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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts that offers European sensibilities and Latin American passion; wide boulevards and cobblestone alleys; steamy tango and wild rock and roll; sidewalk cafés and soccer fanatics. Complex, energetic, and seductive, it stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata and has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. The city's neighbourhoods are small and highly individualized, each with its own characteristic colors and forms. Discover traditional La Boca, bohemian San Telmo, trendy Palermo, cultural Recoleta and the renewed Puerto Madero and let this city win your heart over. For all its diversity, the spirit of Argentina as a country is present everywhere in Buenos Aires. Tango, is perhaps the best expression of that spirit-practiced in dance halls, parks, open plazas, and ballrooms, it is a dance of intimate separation and common rhythm, combining both elegance and passion...

Highlights 
Financial, commercial, industrial, cultural and political capital of the country.
It offers several cultural attractions and an ample glimpse of urban cosmopolitan life.
Varied architecture and rich European heritage.
Tango's birth place.
Transport 
There are lots of means of transportation which makes of Buenos Aires an easy-to-get-around city despite of its size. The city has a large network of buses, locally called "Colectivos". There are 144 lines, each one identified with a number and different colors. The ticket is paid on the bus with coins only. Another way to move around are Taxis. They are black with the roof painted yellow, they roam the city streets 24 hours a day and you can either flag them on the streets or call them for a pick up. Without a doubt, the fastest way to get from one place to another is the subway which is very reliable and it covers the center and the outskirts of the city with five lines identified with letters (A, B, C, D and E). You can also use the train taking it at any of the four Train Terminals that connect the Capital Federal with the suburbs.
The best of the city 

Teatro Colón: One of the best theaters in the world regarding acoustics and artistic value of its construction. It is located in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires. In 2006 it closed for renovations and in 2010 the project worth around 100 million dollars was finished and it reopened its doors in a grand classic arts diplay evening.

San Telmo: The oldest district in Buenos Aires and the most bohemian. It has a great vibe with music coming from everywhere, people having fun, dancing tango and shopping! You'll see street artists in every corner and enjoy the famous antiques market held on Sundays in Plaza Dorrego.

Caminito: An open sky museum, that can take you back to when tango was confined to brothels. There you can see old “Conventillos” (the houses where poor families used to live – and some still today) turned into small shopping centres and for sure you are going to see some Tango on the streets and restaurants.

Puerto Madero: You'll find 19th century docks that today features a residential area along with high-end restaurants and hotels. A lot of the former warehouses and dockyards have been restored and there are some attractions to visit.

Plaza Francia: Great park surrounded by art museums, exposition stores, cultural and design centers and historic places, among others and it is home to a large market, selling handcrafted items.

Café Tortoni: The most famous cafe in all of Argentina, patronized by celebrities since 1858. Famous "Chocolate con Churros" (hot chocolate with sticks of fried sweet pastry for dipping) this bar is as Buenos Aires as it can get.

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Climate

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Climate 
Buenos Aires’ climate is generally pleasant, with an annual rainfall of 900mm spread evenly throughout the year. It has a changeable spring, hot and humid summer and mild fall and moderate winter temperatures. The best seasons to visit Buenos Aires are spring (September to November) and fall (March to May) because of the mild weather and also because most festivals take place during these months, as do a lot of sporting events. Winter can be cold but not freezing, so it's a fine time to enjoy the city’s theaters, museums and cafés. Summer can be very humid, but there are also a lot of things to do.
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