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Famous as the home of Evita Peron, Buenos Aires is more European than South American in feel. Cobbled streets, charming cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants all give it a unique flair befitting the resilient people who live here. Through good times and hard, Buenos Aires has remained the political, economic and cultural heart of Argentina. Wander the streets and plazas and take in the colorful architecture as you explore this charming, historic city.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Buenos Aires has been called the Paris of the South. And just like the "City of Lights," a cruisetour of this lively cosmopolitan capital (it's the birthplace of the fiery tango, after all) and surrounding area has a little something for everyone. This professionally guided tour includes a visit to the Plaza de Mayo and historic town hall, and magnificent Nuestra Senora del Pilar Church, considered a natural treasure. Buenos Aires has also been referred to as the gateway to all things Argentine. And just a short ride beyond that gate lays gaucho country. You'll get to visit El Rosario de Areco Estancia, where gauchos (South American cowboys) tend the local cattle herds much the way their ancestors did. You'll even get to experience an authentic cowboy BBQ featuring prized Argentinean beef and fine local wine. Bring plenty of film - and a big appetite.
Argentines love their beef. And the most popular places for them to enjoy it are parrillas - restaurants specializing in grilled meat. Try the entra˝as (tripe) and achuras (sweetbreads, blood sausages, kidneys) for starters, accompanied by rich provoleta (grilled provolone cheese sprinkled with olive oil and oregano) and garlic-soaked grilled red peppers. Then, for the main course, enjoy flavorful, grilled Argentine beef, served with a salad and French fries.
Stroll down Calle Florida, peering in the windows of the boutiques, souvenir shops and bookstores. You'll find beautiful leather goods like belts, jackets and even shoes at bargain prices. They make wonderful souvenirs - and are a great way to bring this charming destination home with you.
Argentina's currency is the Argentine peso (ARS). Most stores accept credit cards; however, you may get a discount if you pay with cash.
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