Buenos Aires is every bit as vibrant and exciting as you would expect from the capital of a country as flamboyant and diverse as Argentina. Cosmopolitan with a rich history of cultural immigration the architecture gives you something to gaze upon no matter where you look.

Good food and drink combined with great nightlife and friendly people makes Buenos Aires the perfect destination for a holiday filled with a sense of fun by night and a diverse culture that gives you perfect sightseeing by day.

Buenos Aires has a good selection of accommodation ranging from hostels to luxury five star hotels, the prices are generally reasonable and the standards are high.

For city grandeur stay at the Miravido Soho a fantastic converted 1930’s mansion set in a gorgeous avenue of trees in the trendy location of Palermo. Recently refurbished to a very high standard the hotel still retains a sense of history and the charm of tradition. Large cast iron private balconies with great views are this hotels absolute stand out feature.

If you fancy something a little different and a lot relaxed, try the Estancia Villa Maria, close enough to the main city to be convenient but far enough away to give you a taste of country living. The Estancia is a large private estate that has been converted into a luxury country hotel, the amazing grounds are beautiful for long walks, horse riding or a tour in one of the traditional horse drawn carriages.

If you require something a little less budget busting you could do far worse then the B&B Tango & Bandoneon with it’s excellent central location. The friendly staff, clean rooms, good facilities and beautifully sunny roof top terrace lift this basic B&B into something a bit special. Highly recommended by travellers the excellent value speaks for itself.

Argentina and Buenos Aires particularly is a melting pot of culture and cuisine, on the menu you will find foods with Spanish, Italian and Peruvian influences, but you mustn’t forget the steaks. Argentina is famed for it’s cattle and it’s wines. The simplest meal of a good steak and great wine is often the best, but bear in mind that the food is rarely spicy, the Argentinians have a natural aversion to highly spiced foods.

The best steaks in town are to be found at Don Julio in Palermo, a friendly welcome and a great wine list make this restaurant popular with tourists and locals alike.

For something different try at least one Peruvian meal and although formal with fine dining the Astrid Y Gaston is the place to sample these delights. They serve an excellent tasting menu with many small courses offering plenty of variety.

Particularly proud of the Ceviche, a traditional Peruvian dish of raw fresh fish marinaded in bold citrus flavours, this restaurant is bold and brilliant.

Traditional Empanadas are served throughout the city. These deep fried dough like savoury pastries are cheap, tasty and filling, for those in the know San Juanino in Recoleta is rumoured to sell the finest in the city.

Follow the Eva Peron trail, visit the Casa Rosado a pink fronted grand building in the historic Plaza De Mayo for a look at the iconic lower balcony where Evita stood and spoke to the people. Take a trip to the Cementerio De La Recoleta, a huge cemetery with avenues of huge marble statues, tombs and crypts to see the final resting place of Argentina’s most famous woman.

No trip to Argentina would be complete without a Tango show. The largest and most camp of all is the Señor Tango show, horses and showgirls make this slightly more Vegas than Tango but a brilliant night out is guaranteed.

Leave the city behind and take a day trip to a traditional Estancia. These traditional ranches are to be found throughout Argentina and trips are readily available. Horse ride the morning away, indulge in a lazy BBQ lunch, enjoy the local wines and then watch the organised displays of traditional skilled horsemanship. A day out like no other.

The seasons are reversed completely from the northern hemisphere with the hot and humid summer season running from December to February. With rainfall spread evenly throughout the year and warm winters Buenos Aires is a perfect year round destination.

For a little more buzz visit during the spring and autumn seasons when the city is alive with festivals and sporting events.

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