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Buenos Aires Introduction


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Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a wonderful combination of sleek skyscrapers and past grandeur, a collision of the ultrachic and tumbledown. Still, there has always been an undercurrent of melancholy in B.A. (as it is affectionately known by expats who call Buenos Aires home), which may help explain residents' devotion to that bittersweet expression of popular culture in Argentina, the tango. Still performed—albeit much less frequently now—in the streets and cafes, the tango has a romantic and nostalgic nature that is emblematic of Buenos Aires itself.  Click here to see the full Buenos Aires travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buenos Aires Geography


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The city of Buenos Aires occupies 79 sq mi/127 sq km of flat terrain, bordered on the east by the Rio de la Plata. The central city streets are laid out on a grid pattern, with few diagonals, but outlying neighborhoods are more irregular. Greater Buenos Aires sprawls in all directions across the humid pampas and contains roughly half the country's population.  Click here to see the full Buenos Aires travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buenos Aires History


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After it was permanently settled in 1580, Buenos Aires had 230 years—its colonial period—of erratic growth. After Argentina broke from Spain's rule in 1810, Buenos Aires evolved rapidly as a commercial hub and seat of political power, becoming the federal capital in 1880. Europeans recognized the potential of the port city: The British poured money into the area, and the Spanish and Italians arrived in droves, along with French, eastern European, Japanese and German settlers.   Click here to see the full Buenos Aires travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buenos Aires Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, many visitors make a beeline for Plaza Dorrego in the San Telmo neighborhood of colonial and tango fame, whether or not the Sunday flea market is in progress. Many put the Recoleta Cemetery high on their list of things to see: You can pay your respects to Evita if you look for the tomb marked Familia Duarte.   Click here to see the full Buenos Aires travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buenos Aires Nightlife


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Going out at night—until the small hours of the next day—is a cherished porteno custom. In the beginning, there were (and still are) tango music and dance halls, then nightclubs and discos. Now, British pubs, high-end cocktail lounges, angular dance clubs and theme cafes are the rage.   Click here to see the full Buenos Aires travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buenos Aires Restaurants & Dining


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Buenos Aires, with its strong European tradition, offers a symphony of cuisines, many melded in unexpected ways. Italo-Argentine pizzas, for example, have more ingredients and greater variety than the Italian originals. A growing number of restaurants specialize in "new cuisine," or fashionable fusion creations by big-name chefs. Others serve up dishes from the chefs' countries of origin. Asian—particularly Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Indian—restaurants have answered the demand for exotic food.   Click here to see the full Buenos Aires travel guide on Travel42 »

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