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Established in the 16th century, Buenos Aires (B.A.) is frequently referred to as the “Paris of Latin America.” The seductive capital is a blend of the cultural riches of Europe and the flavor of South America. With its wide boulevards, leafy parks, grand buildings and varied culture and nightlife, the city is reminiscent of parts of Paris, Barcelona and even Rome. That’s no surprise since the city was built largely by European immigrants. Instead of one defining landmark or urban focal point, this vibrant city is comprised of many, very distinct neighborhoods. Aside from different sights, each neighborhood has its own character and flavor. Over only a few days, you can visit luxurious La Recoleta, colorful La Boca, authentic San Telmo, trendy Palermo and bustling El Centro.

Portenos, as the multinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity. They value their European heritage highly – Italian and German names outnumber their Spanish counterparts, and the lifestyle and architecture are markedly more European than in any other city in South America. Portenos are intensely involved in the life and culture of their city. The national dance, the tango, is not just something that is pulled out for tourists. It is practiced in dance halls, parks, open plazas and ballrooms and represents both an elegant reserve and an exuberant passion. It’s the perfect expression of what Buenos Aires is all about.

For the title of the “city that never sleeps,” Buenos Aires beats New York, hands down. The nightlife here is legendary. For starters, the dinner hour doesn’t really begin until 10:00 p.m., and nightclubs are either open until mid-morning or all night. One can’t visit Buenos Aires without exploring the city during the evening. And during the day, one favorite pastime of visitors to B.A. is shopping. Shopping here is an experience. Anything you can get in London, Rome or Tokyo, you can get in Buenos Aires and at a fraction of the cost. Plus there are many native products, such as leather goods, that you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else for such value. Best buys in Argentina include leather, fur, wine and antiques.

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