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Situated in Patagonia on the shores of fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi is the chic alpine resort of Bariloche. Famous for its skiing, fishing, water sports, and climbing, this awe-inspiring destination at the foot of the majestic Andes boasts some of the most glorious scenery in the country. Favorite sites in the area include the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay, while must-see attractions in town are the picturesque town center, city hall, clock tower, and the famous chocolate factories.
An energetic port city and capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Here, residents proudly flaunt their European heritage, while modern skyscrapers cast long shadows over colonial architecture, Old World cafés, treasure-filled shops, and smoke-filled Tango bars, where the passionate national dance is the best expression of the elusive spirit of Argentina. Each neighborhood is intimate and unique-in fact, the rainbow-color La Boca district has become an attraction in and of itself. Other renowned Buenos Aires sites include La Casa Rosada (the seat of government), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ornate Colón Opera House, and La Recoleta Cemetary, final resting place of Eva Peron.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Buenos Aires. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Buenos Aires and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Buenos Aires insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
There are many tango shows for tourists in Buenos Aires, but this tango salon is where the locals go to strut their stuff. Have fun observing this graceful dance, but don’t be surprised if an instructor tries to coax you on the floor. Note that this is not a Tango show, but a Milonga salon where local people go to dance and drink. Remark: open from midnight and not all days of the week!
You can stand before the Casada Rosada and see the balcony where Evita addressed her fans, and you can see the tomb where she was laid to rest in the beautiful Recoleta Cemetery. But to truly understand this controversial woman, visit the Museo Evita where her life story is told through her personal objects.
Held every Sunday in Plaza Dorrego, this outdoor market is full of small antiques and crafts. Normally free live music and tango dancing complete the experience. The market does not take place when it’s raining.
Located in the exclusive Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, the Alvear Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in South America. Step into the Lobby Bar to admire the elegant surroundings while you relax with a cocktail. Perhaps enjoy a selection from their extensive cognac and whiskey list.
Located in the exclusive Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, this hotel opened its doors in 2006. The original building was the residence of the wealthy Duhau Family and was constructed with imported material from Europe. The combined old and new architecture is connected with magnificent terrace gardens. You may enter from Alvear Street or Posadas Street.
The average citizen in Argentina consumes 130 pounds of beef per year. If you want to fit in with everyone from local residents to government VIPs, head to this famous steakhouse dating back to 1905. Known worldwide, Cabaña Las Lilas serves the nation’s specialty like no one else. Every night, local and international leading figures of the 20th century flocked to La Cabana—the place to be seen—to enjoy its famous atmosphere and to sample some of the world’s finest beef. Now, it has relocated to Buenos Aires’ fashionable Recoleta area amid many boutiques, 5-star hotels, and beautiful gardens. The restaurant’s original interior has been lovingly recreated with Gaucho-style, large, open fireplaces and many original design details, including heavy-iron ornaments, leather, and burnished-copper utensils.
Taste Jean Paul Bondoux’s haute cuisine in Buenos Aires! La Bourgogne is a kind of gastronomic mecca for gourmets. It offers light meals of fish and beef during the day and the symphony of his creations in French regional specialties during the evenings. There is also the famous boutique of delicatessen products, including top cheeses, on the premises. It is open from Monday to Saturday, mid-day and evenings.
Whether you make it to a performance at the majestic Teatro Colón or not, you’ll want to visit its equally famous Gran Café Tortoni. Sink into one of the red leather chairs, order the sidra, its signature alcoholic cider, and enjoy the 19th-century décor like Albert Einstein and Josephine Baker once did.
If you’re looking for a Buenos Aires neighborhood off the beaten path, look no further than the Chinatown located here. Considering most locals don’t even know it exists, you won’t bump into any tourists while exploring its shops and restaurants.
Shopping in the “Paris of the South” is a delight, and you won’t be disappointed with the shops and boutiques here. Exquisite leather shops line Calle Florida, and many will custom-make something for you during your visit.
Buenos Aires is known for its nightlife and whether you want dinner, drinks, dancing, or all three, you’ll find plenty of hot spots on this street.
This odd-looking building, once the tallest in South America, has just recently been opened to the public. It offers sweeping views of the city from its unusual tower.
Don’t miss the trendy neighborhoods with excellent designer shops, cafés, and restaurants. They are recommended during the day and evening!
Situated on Lake Argentino and the southern gateway to Los Glaciares National Park is the charming village of El Calafate, the "capital of the glaciers." Because of its strategic location, this is a wonderful jumping-off point for visits to the Perito Moreno Glacier, part of the Patagonian Continental ice Field and one of the most visited glaciers in the world. Other appealing activities include exploring Walicho Cave, fishing at Lago Roca, strolling along Bahia Redonda, touring an estancia, horseback riding, biking, and rafting. Although El Calafate only has a population of about 7,000 residents, it has grown into a popular tourist destination-and a peaceful oasis for relaxing among the poplars, willows, and pine trees.
Located in the foothills and high plains on the eastern side of the Andes, Mendoza is one of the greatest wine-producing regions in the world. Home to some of Argentina's most beautiful scenery and a temperate climate, Mendoza highlights include a fascinating Old Town with archeological remains of ancient buildings and ruins, Plaza Independencia, and General San Martin Park with its lake and rose garden. Vineyard visits and tastings of the area's famous Malbec wine are musts!
Once a secluded outpost and penal colony, the city known as the "End of the World" is the fascinating capital of Tierra del Fuego and a key access point to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Superbly situated, Ushuaia offers great access to the sea, mountains, and forest, with abundant wildlife in the area such as penguins, seals, and orcas. A wide array of outdoor activities are popular here, including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and fishing, while the natural beauty of nearby lakes and glaciers and the "Train of the End of the World" are also major attractions.
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