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    Tango!

    A heady blend of South American frenzy and European chic, Buenos Aires is a city full of endless options. Colourful architecture and football-crazed locals in La Boca; swanky bars and ultra hip restaurants in Palermo; world-class shopping in Recoleta; tango danced on every corner in beautiful San Telmo; history at every turn on the vast sweep of Avenida de Mayo.

    Whether you want to feast on Latin culture at the peerless MALBA gallery, eat your bodyweight in stunning steaks at a local parilla or shop your way through some of South America’s finest boutiques, Argentina’s endlessly cool capital has got it covered.

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    Cementerio de la Recoleta

    Azcuénaga
    Buenos Aires
    Argentinien
    Tel: (011) 4803 1594
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1730

    Towering and unique mausoleums make this necropolis an essential visit. The great and good of Argentina are buried here, including Eva Perón, interred with her Duarte ancestors.

    Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

    Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Tel: (011) 4808 6500
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    Opening times:
    Thurs-Mon 1200-2000
    Tues 1200-2100

    Arguably Buenos Aires’ greatest cultural asset, MALBA’s collection of 20th-century Latin American art is peerless. Its permanent collection plays home to works by Diego Rivera, Antonio Berni and Jorge De La Vega, while its rolling exhibitions always garner critical praise.

    Centro Cultural Borges

    Viamonte 500
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Tel: (011) 5555 5450
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-2100
    Sun 1200-2100

    Nestled in the swanky Galerías Pacífico, this cultural centre is named after Buenos Aires’ most famous writer, Jorge Luis Borges. Catch an art exhibition, go to a reading or take in a concert.

    Teatro Colón

    Cerrito 628
    1010 Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Tel: (011) 4378 7100
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700 (guided tours)

    An architectural marvel and one of the world’s greatest opera houses, Teatro Colón is an essential stop. There are daily guided tours of the opulent auditorium, although you’ll need to be quick to snap up tickets for concerts and performances.

    Plaza Dorrego

    Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    The pretty San Telmo Square is a great spot to take in some tango. Take a seat, grab a cerveza, order a steak from one of the parillas lining the streets and be sure to have some small bills handy to tip the hugely impressive dancers. Best time to visit is on sundays when the huge flea Feria del Dorrego market is on.

    Plaza de Mayo

    Plaza de Mayo, Microcentro
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    The home of Argentine protest, Plaza de Mayo buzzes with history. The obelisk at the centre marks the first year of independence from Spain, while every Thursday the ‘mothers of the disappeared’ return to fight injustice in the country.

    El Caminito

    El Caminito, La Boca
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    This colourful strip in the working neighbourhood of La Boca is lined with restaurants and dotted with tango dancers and guys dressed up as the area’s favourite son, Diego Maradona. Stroll around to see a different side of Buenos Aires.

    Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

    Avenida del Libertador 1473
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Tel: (011) 5288 9900
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    Opening times:
    Tues-Fri 1230-2030
    Sat-Sun 0930-2030

    Fine art from Argentinian and European artists line the walls of this hulking building, a short walk from the Cemeterio de la Recoleta.

    Plaza Serrano

    Plaza Serrano, Palermo
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    A cute, bar-lined square, Plaza Serrano plays home to a daily market selling trinkets and souvenirs. But this is as much about the people-watching as it is the shopping. Grab a glass of Malbec and watch Buenos Aires pass you by.

    La Bombonera

    Del Valle Iberlucea, La Boca
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Home of the fiercely supported Boca Juniors, this massive stadium teems on match day. Pick up a ticket through a local agency to see one of Argentina’s best football teams in action.

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    Country overview

    Spirited Argentina, with its frantic capital, vast pampas, rolling wine regions and snowy peaks, is a land bursting with adventure. In the north, scorched red mountains and otherworldly rock formations characterise the Salta region, with its blend of Spanish and Gaucho traditions, and where flourishes Argentina’s famous white Torrontés grape.

    Down south in Patagonia find an astonishing backdrop of expansive lakes, jagged peaks and mile upon empty mile of space. From its sub-tropical top to its icy tip, it is impossible to sum up Argentina as a whole. It is a mesmerising and impactful jigsaw of extremes, ready to captivate and enthral all those who allow it.

    Geography

    Argentina is situated in South America, separated from Chile to the west by the long spine of the Andes. Its landscape is extremely varied, with the top sub-tropical and sun-baked, and its sub-Antarctic bottom tip glistening with icy waters and glaciers. It has 3,100 miles (4,989km) of coastline. Its eastern border is the Atlantic Ocean, with Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil to the north and northeast.

    Argentina can roughly be divided into four main geographical areas: the spectacular Andes mountain range, the dry North along with the more verdant Mesopotamia, the lush plains of the Pampas and the windswept wastes of Patagonia. Mount Aconcagua soars almost 7,000m (23,000ft), and waterfalls at Iguazú stretch out in a massive semi-circle, thundering 70m (230ft) to the bed of the Paraná River.

    Argentina’s lowest point is Laguna del Carbón in Santa Cruz Province, sitting 105m (344ft) below sea level.

    In the southwest is the Argentine Lake District with a string of beautiful glacial lakes framed by snow-covered mountains. At Argentina’s southernmost tip, and so the southernmost tip of the whole of South America, is Tierra del Fuego (Spanish for Land of Fire), a stunning archipelago split between Argentina and neighbouring Chile.

    General Information

    Key facts

    Population: 42600000

    Population Density (per sq km): 15

    Capital: Buenos Aires.

    Language

    Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken with some French and German.

    Currency

    Peso (ARS; symbol AR$) = 100 centavos. Peso notes are in denominations of AR$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of AR$5, 2 and 1, and in 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

    US Dollars are accepted in some hotels and tourist centres. Prices in US Dollars are typically marked with US$ to avoid confusion, but sometimes both peso and dollar prices are both preceded by just $, so check if unsure.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug fittings in older buildings are of the two-pin round type, but most new buildings use the V-shaped twin with earth pin. Travellers should bring a world travel adaptor.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1200 and 1400-1900, although many workers start late and finish late.

    Country overview

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice: 24. March 2014
    Day of the Veterans and Fallen of the Malvinas War: 02. April 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    National Day (Anniversary of the 1810 Revolution): 25. May 2014
    National Flag Day: 20. June 2014
    Independence Day: 09. July 2014
    San Martín Day (Anniversary of the Death of General José de San Martín): 18. August 2014
    Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity: 13. October 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice: 24. March 2015
    Day of the Veterans and Fallen of the Malvinas War: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    National Day (Anniversary of the 1810 Revolution): 25. May 2015
    National Flag Day: 20. June 2015
    Independence Day: 09. July 2015
    San Martín Day (Anniversary of the Death of General José de San Martín): 17. August 2015
    Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity: 12. October 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Journey to the end of the world

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    The great journey: Patagonia

    Volcanoes, glaciers, endless plains: The name Patagonia evokes freedom, wilderness, adventure – but does this rugged land live up to its name? The answer lies in this tale of wind, shards of ice, never-ending bus rides and Maradona’s soccer strip.

    Lufthansa tip

    Lufthansa flies daily nonstop from Frankfurt to Buenos Aires (EZE), and
is the only airline to operate a nonstop service between Germany and Argentina. Domestic airlines offer a daily choice of onward connections from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and Punta Arenas. To calculate how many miles you can earn on a round-trip flight, visit meilenrechner.de. lufthansa.com

    Day 1: Torres del Paine national park

    This is the place that the wind calls home. Rushing in from the icy wastes of Antarctica, it piles up seething waves in the Beagle Channel and charges on over the Andean foothills until there is nothing left to hold it back. It races through the mountains and on to the plains, where it sweeps through the pampas grass, shakes the trees and ruffles the wooly fleeces of the grazing guanacos. Finally, it swoops up into the clouds above the Cuernos del Paine, the horn-like peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, until a moment ago still obscured by what appeared to be a wall of cotton batting. Finding a gap, the wind penetrates the white swathes, nudging, pushing, and within the space of five minutes totally dispersing them. And now? After all the days and kilometers you have traveled through Patagonia, you find yourself sitting quite lost for words, yet again, as you gaze across at the mountaintops. All that’s missing is a dramatic movie-style fanfare to highlight the moment.

    Instead, you hear the rustling of tin foil. South America’s chocolate manufacturers wrap their products with great care – an important precaution given the wildly fluctuating temperatures in this part of the world. It can be icy cold when trekkers sit down for a break, and boiling hot when they set off again a short while later. Patagonia is a land of extremes, of totally unpredictable weather, barely fathomable dimensions. Surveying the vast panorama stretching away toward the horizon on all sides, your knees almost buckle beneath you. And now there’s a weird lump in your throat – must be the chocolate.

    Day 2: Ushuaia

    At the end of the world, you will find a jersey worn by the man who once needed the “hand of God.” It is displayed in a glass case behind the bar of a pub called “Dublin” down by the harbor and was “signed by Maradona himself,” the barkeeper proudly declares. He can say this in Spanish and English, and also in Italian and German. To Maradona! To Diego! Salud! Twenty years ago, only a few passing trekkers would raise their glasses here, but since then business has been booming. Now tourists from Antarctic cruise ships stand three and four deep at the bar, straining for a glimpse of this piece of Argentine soccer memorabilia. Ushuaia’s population, too, has doubled since then to almost 60,000, despite its remote location.

    If any town can truly be said to be at the very end of the world, then that town is Ushuaia. On sunny days, Argentina’s most southerly town seems to be Tierra del Fuego’s answer to San Francisco; on bad days, it apparently stands at the gateway to hell’s laundry room. That’s when the ocean rages around the piers in the bay, clouds roll in off the mountains, and everyone heads for shelter, preferably the pub – as soon as it opens.

    So Maradona actually came here? Not exactly, says the barkeeper. But he (the barman) did go to see an international match in Buenos Aires once, when Maradona was still coach of the Argentine squad – hence the jersey. So before the last World Cup; before the German team blasted the Argentines off the field 4:0, right? Our host falls silent, but the next round is on the house. Salud!

    Day 3: Ushuaia - Puerto Natales

    When it comes to getting around in this part of the world, buses are definitely your best option. They will take you just about anywhere: over mountains and across borders, even across the sounds, riding pickaback on local ferries. But at the very least, they will take you over the rough roads that in western Europe would be deemed fit only for farm vehicles.

    As a passenger, there are two ways to spend the 27 hours between Ushuaia and Puerto Natales: You can either watch a stream of Spanish videos on the TV screen above the driver’s seat, or gaze out the window. Not that there’s anything much to see, hour after interminable hour. The landscape slides by like a highly elitist experimental movie. No wildlife, no plants, and least of all humans to be seen far and wide. That’s what makes the bus a great place to reflect – on the myths around Patagonia perhaps.

    Patagonia’s mythical reputation is inspired not so much by the steppes and mountains, by the raging wind, and the waves that crash against the quay wall, but by all of those other indefinable qualities. By the things you imagined vaguely before starting out that you still can’t really put your finger on now that you’re here, but somehow know for sure that they have something to do with windswept hair and salt spray on your face. With the whinny of horses and the shadow of a condor soaring high overhead. With the glittering blue of a glacier face, the dull thud of hooves on the grassy steppe, and the molten crimson corridor conjured onto a mountain lake by the sun as it hangs low in the sky.

    Patagonia has dual nationality. One part lies in Argentina, the other in Chile, and if it weren’t for the lone checkpoint cabin out there in the middle of the pampas, you wouldn’t even notice that your dusty track had crossed from one territory into the other. Everywhere here is desolate. “The plains of Patagonia are boundless,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1836, “they bear the stamp of having lasted, as they are now, for ages.” Maybe this is what we sense here today. Maybe this all-embracing emptiness gives us an inkling of our own mortality – and of how tiny we are, how insignificant in the great scheme of things. Could be.

    It could also be that these landscapes attract a very special type of person. Today, my fellow travelers on the bus are a group of athletic Californians who have come down here to break some speed-trekking record or other; a handful of Israelis who have fled their country’s military draft, their faces all but obscured by giant headphones; three English ornithologists; a Dutch couple traveling around the world and two other Germans. Hour after bumpy hour, this motley crew is making its way across the countryside on board a bus. The myths about Patagonia don’t say anything about stiff necks and discs that threaten to slip at every new pothole. Many other dream destinations fail to stand up to scrutiny, and expectations frequently dissolve into disappointment on arrival, or soon after. In Patagonia, it’s different. Here, you immediately get the feeling that the myth lives up to the reality – and that’s something even the longest bus ride in the world can’t change.

    Day 4: Glaciar Perito Moreno

    “What size? Maybe this long… “ The ranger indicates the size with his thumb and index finger. But it’s not really their size that matters, he says, it’s their speed. The people on the observation platform look bewildered: Why their speed? The ranger lifts his thumb and index finger to his forehead. “When a shard of ice hits your head in slow motion, you get away with a scratch. If it’s moving at 150 kilometers an hour, it becomes lodged in your skull.” He waits a beat. “Then you’re dead.” The people on the platform nod, they get the point (no pun intended.)

    But they find it harder to imagine how entire sheets of ice the size of an apartment block can break off a glacier at any moment and hit the water, sending a hundred thousand splinters of ice flying in all directions. Normally, when people think of a glacier, they picture one of those dismal expanses of ice in the Alps, but they are laughable compared with Perito Moreno. This glacier shimmers an unearthly blue and doesn’t just lie there, inert; it sweats and wheezes and groans. When the next ice wall breaks off, the world is plunged, for a moment, into absolute stillness. Then the ice crashes to the water below and seconds later, the sound wave reaches your eardrums. If you are close enough, it will even continue to echo somewhere inside you for a few seconds longer. Perfectly still, you listen for the next rumble.
    Witnessed from the observation platform, this spectacle is better than any movie, so there’s absolutely no need to get any closer to the action.

    Day 5: Seno Otway

    On the final day of the journey, the weather behaves as though the four seasons had got together for a party, boozed for days on end and were still pretty much the worse for wear. At the Seno Otwas penguin colony, at least, you can expect to see hail, snow, and pouring rain all within the space of an hour – and in between, the sun will blaze hot enough to give you your first sun burn. Then suddenly the wind will get up again and the rain will begin to pelt down in big, heavy drops that gradually turn into tiny blades of ice and, luckily, fall very slowly. And maybe just because it looks so good against a sky of violet cloud, a rainbow will arch above the ocean. If only it weren’t so cold, you would sit down among the penguins, drink a brandy with them and join them in gazing at the sky.

    Later, at the Pionera Hotel, the receptionist asks if I’ve been to Patagonia, which surprises me because according to my travel guide the Pionera itself is in the heart of Patagonia. This, too, is part of Patagonia’s mystery – no one seems to really know where it is. To some, it’s everything south of Santiago. To others, it starts thousands of kilometers further south. Some include Tierra del Fuego, others don’t. But if you ask the people in Patagonia to define where Patagonia lies, they will tell you that Patagonia is where they live. All it takes is the landscape stretching as far as the horizon. Oh yes, and you must be able to feel your soul breathing and hear your heart beating – amid the wind’s incessant roar.

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    Nightlife in Buenos Aires

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    Buenos Aires is a town that knows how to party and party late. Things don’t really get going here until midnight, so be sure

    to get plenty of rest before hitting the city’s superb roster of bars and clubs.

    Milion

    Paraná 1048
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Set in a beautiful mansion, Milion’s courtyard is the perfect spot to grab a pre-club cocktail.

    Cocoliche

    Rivadavia 878
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    With a hefty sound system, this is the place to go dancing to techno and house.

    Frank’s

    Arévalo 1445
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    A speakeasy serving sensational cocktails. Grab someone out front to get the password to enter.

    Kika

    Honduras 5339
    Buenos Aires
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    An eclectic array of tunes, from drum’n’bass to hip hop, keep this Palermo Soho joint jumping into the early hours.

    Niceto Club

    Avenida Coronel Niceto Vega 5510
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Home to some of Buenos Aires’ best DJs and a burlesque show, this is one of the city’s kookier and cooler nightspots.

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    Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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    You’ll probably find the best steak of your life in one of Buenos Aires’ many parillas.

    But there’s more to this city than red meat, with it’s excellent cafés and unique restaurants.

    Unik

    Soler 5132
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Price: Expensive

    This architect-owned spot serves sensational haute cuisine. Ideal for a special night out.

    Don Julio

    Guatemala 4699
    1425 Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Price: Moderate

    Porteños (locals) rate this steak joint as one of the city’s best and with good reason. Succulent cuts and Malbec to die for.

    Azema

    Angel Justiniano Carranza 1875
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Price: Moderate

    French colonial cuisine might seem odd in Buenos Aires, but be sure to try this spot. Vietnamese and Moroccan food that seriously impresses.

    Dada

    San Martin 941
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Price: Cheap

    A cosy neighbourhood bar in Retiro, this place serves up superb ojo de bife (ribeye), with an impressive wine list to match.

    Ninina Bakery

    Gorriti 4738
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Price: Cheap

    Super hip, Ninina channels New York’s best bakeries. As well as lip-smacking cakes, try the kale, mint and apple juice.

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    Calendar of events

    Buenos Aires Tango Festival

    13 – 26 August 2014
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    Venue: Across the city.

    Dive into the most significant tango festival in the world’s great tango capital. Over nine days Buenos Aires’ usual tango furore reaches new highs, with a bevy of concerts, exhibitions, public dance-offs, classes and general festivities. It really is not to be missed.

    Buenos Aires Gay Pride

    2 November 2014

    Venue: Across central Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires is one of if not the most gay-friendly cities in South America, and its annual Gay Pride event is a truly fabulous celebration of freedom and self-expression. It is typically held on the first Saturday in November, when the streets of downtown fill with colour and festivities.

    Argentine Open Polo Championships

    5 November – 31 December 2014
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    Venue: Campo Argentino de Polo de Palermo.

    Visitors to this, the most revered international polo tournament at club level, can enjoy many a great polo game, as well as scores of high-end socialising and first-rate people watching. Expect to see some of the very best players in the game today, as teams from all over the polo-playing world compete in Buenos Aires. The popular polo championship has taken place in Palermo since 1893, and is a major social event as well as a sporting highlight on the Argentine calendar.

    Marcha del Orgullo

    6 November 2014
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    Venue: Plaza Mayo and city centre streets.

    The annual gay pride parade in Buenos Aires is as vibrant and exuberant as you might expect. This dazzling outdoor celebration takes over the city’s central streets in November, with flamboyant processions, and much dancing and music.

    Día de la Tradición

    9 November 2014

    Venue: San Antonio de Areco.

    The gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco, an hour or so from Buenos Aires, is the place to be on 9 November to celebrate Argentina’s Día de la Tradición. The small, charming town comes alive with a full-on gaucho festival featuring horse parades, music and, of course, lots and lots of meat.

    Buenos Aires Fashion Week

    1 – 28 February 2015
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    Venue: Predio La Rural, Palermo, Buenos Aires

    The country’s most important fashion event is held at La Rural showground in Buenos Aires every February (for autumn and winter collections) and August (for spring and summer collections). See the top Argentine designers showcase their latest offerings on the catwalk, and then head off to a fashion week after party to sip champagne and cocktails with the beautiful people.

    Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI)

    6 – 17 April 2015

    Venue: Various venues.

    Argentina has produced excellent movies for many years. The fact that they are only recently coming to the attention of wider European audiences owes much to the work of festivals such as this one. The Buenos Aires Independent International Film Festival is a young, exciting event that has attracted international recognition for its positive programming, concentrating on quality productions with an emphasis on director-driven films.

    Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires

    20 April – 9 May 2015
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    Venue: La Rural Exhibition Complex.

    This three-week international book fair is one of the five largest book fairs in the world. The event has been going since 1975 and has grown substantially over recent years. More than 50 countries now participate, and notable literary guests have included Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho and Argentina’s much-celebrated author, the late Jorge Luis Borges.

    Arte BA - Contemporary Art Fair

    19 – 23 May 2015
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    Venue: La Rural Exhibition Complex.

    The Contemporary Art Fair opens the cultural season in the Argentine capital with an exhibition designed to bring high-quality art closer to the widest possible range of people. Around 85,000 visitors attend the exhibition each year. A Selection Committee chooses from galleries at home and abroad to give visitors a unique opportunity to compare and buy art pieces from a range of regional and local sources. The event provides a forum where artists, collectors and buyers can meet, discuss and exchange views, and disseminate their thoughts throughout the region.

    La Rural

    17 – 27 July 2015
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    Venue: Predio La Rural, Palermo, Buenos Aires

    This lively annual event sees farmers from across Argentina gather for one monumental showcasing of agriculture and livestock. As well as the arena events, there are dozens of stalls selling beautifully made handicrafts from regions throughout the country. It is a lovely event in which to celebrate Gaucho culture, sample a fabulous steak sandwich and pick up some quality souvenirs.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Buenos Aires

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    Buenos Aires’ varying neighbourhoods mean a decent range of accommodation is available. With prices fluctuating due to the devaluation of the peso, costs are going up though.

    Those who want luxury accommodation will find some excellent spots.

    Mine Hotel

    Gorriti 4770
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Category: Expensive

    A sharp, design-led boutique hotel in slick Palermo Hollywood.

    Hotel Boutique Racó de Buenos Aires

    Yapeyú 271
    1202 Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Category: Expensive

    A 19th-century gem, chock-full of antiques; each room is designed individually.

    Vista Sol Design Hotel

    Calle Tucuman 451
    1049 Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Category: Moderate

    This well-equipped business hotel has sharp rooms and won’t break your budget either.

    Hotel Pulitzer

    Maipú 907
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Category: Moderate

    Spacious rooms complimented by a swanky rooftop bar and swimming pool.

    Le Vitral Baires Hotel Boutique

    Ayacucho 277
    1025 Buenos Aires
    Argentina
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    Category: Cheap

    This family-run spot has cosy rooms, a great breakfast and is perfectly located for all the key sights.

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    7 days forecast

    Saturday

    20.12.2014

    27°C / 17°C

    81°F / 63°F

    Sunday

    21.12.2014

    23°C / 14°C

    73°F / 57°F

    Monday

    22.12.2014

    22°C / 11°C

    72°F / 52°F

    Tuesday

    23.12.2014

    28°C / 13°C

    82°F / 55°F

    Wednesday

    24.12.2014

    29°C / 19°C

    84°F / 66°F

    Thursday

    25.12.2014

    31°C / 20°C

    88°F / 68°F

    Friday

    26.12.2014

    32°C / 18°C

    90°F / 64°F

    Climate & best time to visit Argentina

    Argentina’s climate ranges from the great heat and extensive rains of the subtropical Chaco in the north, through to the pleasant climate of the central Pampas, and the sub-Antarctic cold of the Patagonian Sea in the south. The main central area is temperate, but can be very hot and humid during summer (December to February) and chilly in winter.

    The most pleasant times to visit Buenos Aires are September-November and February- March. The city is best avoided in January, when the heat is at its most intense and many of its residents flee to the coast leaving behind a comparative ghost city. Exploring the wilds of Patagonia is best done in the late spring and summer months – between November and February – whilst the northern regions are at their most hospitable in the spring, autumn and winter. If heading to Argentina for a ski trip, hit the slopes during mid-June to October.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    43 °C

    109.4 °F

    5 °C

    41 °F

    38 °C

    100.4 °F

    4 °C

    39.2 °F

    37 °C

    98.6 °F

    3 °C

    37.4 °F

    36 °C

    96.8 °F

    -2 °C

    28.4 °F

    31 °C

    87.8 °F

    -4 °C

    24.8 °F

    28 °C

    82.4 °F

    -5 °C

    23 °F

    30 °C

    86 °F

    -5 °C

    23 °F

    30 °C

    86 °F

    -4 °C

    24.8 °F

    34 °C

    93.2 °F

    -2 °C

    28.4 °F

    33 °C

    91.4 °F

    -2 °C

    28.4 °F

    36 °C

    96.8 °F

    2 °C

    35.6 °F

    39 °C

    102.2 °F

    3 °C

    37.4 °F

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    119 mm

    118 mm

    134 mm

    97 mm

    74 mm

    63 mm

    66 mm

    70 mm

    73 mm

    119 mm

    109 mm

    105 mm

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    9 h

    8 h

    7 h

    6 h

    5 h

    4 h

    4 h

    5 h

    6 h

    7 h

    8 h

    8 h

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    64 %

    68 %

    72 %

    76 %

    77 %

    79 %

    79 %

    74 %

    70 %

    69 %

    66 %

    63 %

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    22 °C

    71.6 °F

    23 °C

    73.4 °F

    21 °C

    69.8 °F

    19 °C

    66.2 °F

    15 °C

    59 °F

    12 °C

    53.6 °F

    11 °C

    51.8 °F

    11 °C

    51.8 °F

    12 °C

    53.6 °F

    15 °C

    59 °F

    17 °C

    62.6 °F

    21 °C

    69.8 °F

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ depositdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan43 °C5 °C29 °C19 °C64 %119 mm69.0 h
    Feb38 °C4 °C28 °C18 °C68 %118 mm78.5 h
    Mar37 °C3 °C26 °C16 °C72 %134 mm87.4 h
    Apr36 °C-2 °C22 °C13 °C76 %97 mm66.2 h
    May31 °C-4 °C19 °C10 °C77 %74 mm65.6 h
    Jun28 °C-5 °C15 °C7 °C79 %63 mm54.4 h
    Jul30 °C-5 °C15 °C7 °C79 %66 mm54.6 h
    Aug30 °C-4 °C17 °C8 °C74 %70 mm65.6 h
    Sep34 °C-2 °C19 °C10 °C70 %73 mm76.3 h
    Oct33 °C-2 °C22 °C12 °C69 %119 mm87.0 h
    Nov36 °C2 °C25 °C15 °C66 %109 mm88.4 h
    Dec39 °C3 °C28 °C18 °C63 %105 mm78.6 h
    year43 °C-5 °C22 °C13 °C71 %1147 mm796.8 h

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    Good to know

    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +54

    Telephone

    Phone centres called locutorios can be found in most towns. Users are given their own phone booth and calls are added up and paid for at the end. Public pay phones are available in shops and restaurants and on some streets. These take 1 peso or 50 and 25 centavos coins. Most public telephones accept international phone cards.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies, but phones must be tri-band. Coverage is good in most parts of Argentina, but may be lacking in remote and mountain areas.

    Internet

    Available in most towns and cities in locutorios (phone centres) and internet cafés. Many estancias and rural areas are cut off from both internet and telephone access. Wi-Fi is increasingly found in upper range hotels.

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    Shopping in Buenos Aires

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    Key Areas

    Buenos Aires is a shopaholic’s dream. Recoleta is the place to go for big-name international brands, while Palermo Soho’s narrow streets are chock-full of cool boutiques selling unique, one-off pieces. San Telmo and the streets off of Plaza Dorrego are great for souvenirs and superb-quality leather.

    Markets

    Plaza Dorrego plays home to an excellent antiques market every Sunday, ideal if you’re after a small treasure to mark

    your visit. The nearby San Telmo market is alive with food stalls and great spots to pick up old books and tango records. Plaza Serrano is good for cheap knick-knacks.

    Shopping Centres

    Galerías Pacífico is a must-visit for anyone after high-end clothes. The stunning Abasto mall, once the city’s fruit and veg market, is stuffed with international brands, as is the nearby Alto Palermo.

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    Traveller etiquette

    The most common form of greeting between friends is kissing cheeks. It is customary for everyone to kiss cheeks on meeting and departing. Dinner is usually eaten well into the evening – from around 2100 onwards. While Argentina is famous for its wonderful wine, Argentinians as a whole do not have the same propensity for drinking large amounts of alcohol as Europeans, and in bars and even nightclubs many will be drinking soft drinks and few will appear noticeably drunk.

    Formal wear is worn for official functions and dinners, particularly in exclusive restaurants.

    A smoking ban was introduced in Buenos Aires in 2006, prohibiting smoking in public areas including bars and restaurants – with larger bars allowed to have a designated smoking area. Queuing and waiting for things in public places can seem a little less ordered than in Europe; an example is the Subte in Buenos Aires – people will continue to board the carriage until the platform is empty, where there seems to be space in the carriage or not. It can make for a rather crowded and sweaty journey.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 107

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally considered safe in main cities and towns, especially in Buenos Aires, but otherwise bottled water is recommended. If bottled water is unavailable then boil water for over a minute before drinking.

    Other Risks

    Dengue fever, carried by mosquitoes, is present but not common. Leishmaniasis, a skin disease spread by sandflies, is a low risk. Both can be avoided with sensible precautionary measures such as using mosquito nets and insect repellent in lowland and jungle areas. From around March to October time, Argentine haemorrhagic fever – a viral disease caused by Junin virus – can be picked up in the pampas. It is transmitted by the corn mouse, by either by breathing in dust contaminated with droppings or by contact with the creature.

    Psychoanalysis therapy is incredibly popular in Argentina, especially Buenos Aires; it is said that the Argentine capital has the highest per cent of therapists of any city in the world. Argentina is also known for its affordable cosmetic surgery procedures, and a growing number of people visit for this reason. Standards are erratic, however, and it is incredibly important to make sure you conduct thorough research on medical centres and physicians, and opt for somewhere with an excellent reputation.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Alfredo H. Dr. May
    Avenido Maipú 1179 – 1 „D“
    1638 Vicente López
    Prov. Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    Tel. +54-11-4795-9132

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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