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Halloween is a traditional and cultural event that occurs mainly in English-speaking countries, so for this reason it’s normal to assume Halloween in Buenos Aires does not exist. However, such celebrations do in fact take place in the city and tend to involve a number of elements connected to the lore surrounding witchcraft. As in English-speaking countries, the costumes, decorations and other items sold during this period revolve around witches, vampires, ghosts and monsters. Below is a list of the top 5 Halloween myths and legends of Buenos Aires.

1. The Golem of Barrio Once

The Golem of Barrio Once is an anthropomorphic figure from Jewish mythology formed from clay, which comes to life. It measures about 3 feet tall and is a kind of local hero who saves car accident victims and prevents theft. Legend has it that the Golem was born in the mid-sixteenth century and created ​​by the hands of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel of Prague. However, while some claim it was hidden by the rabbi in a hospital annexe in Caballito, others believe that it is currently concealed in the darkness of the Pasaje Carlos Ambrosio Colombo.

Golem of Barrio Once

The Pasaje Carlos Ambrosio Colombo where some believe the Golem is concealed / source


2. The Lost Station

Line A is the oldest subway line in Buenos Aires and has thousands of stories surrounding it. For example, it has been said that they had to change the route of the line due to an encounter with a mysterious graveyard and that it is possible to see the ghost of a bride at a certain time between certain stations, amongst other fables. However, undoubtedly the most interesting legend is that it is a ‘lost’ station, i.e. it cannot be seen.

Some think that the line passes between the stations Pasco Sur and Alberti Norte, which were closed in the past half century as it was not efficient to have so many subway stops within walking distance. Nowadays, these stations can still be seen along the line, and there are many witnesses who claim with certainty that they have seen one of the stations fully lit with people dressed in period clothing, waiting for a train that will never arrive.

Subway Alberti Norte

Subway Alberti Norte, one of the stations along Linea A / source


3. The Caretaker of Recoleta Cemetery

In 1910, the caretaker of Recoleta Cemetery, David Alleno, committed suicide. David was fascinated by the cemetery’s tombstones, which are today a tourist attraction, and began to develop an obsession, wishing with all his might that one of these tombs could someday be his eternal abode.

David started collecting money to buy his eternal spot in the cemetery. When his brother, the administrator of the cemetery at the time, won the lottery and shared the prize with him, David travelled to his hometown to order a beautiful tombstone worthy of standing alongside the many works of art in the cemetery. As soon as the tombstone was completed, he carved on its base the words “Fue el cuidador del cementerio desde 1881 hasta 1910” (He was the caretaker of the cemetery from 1881-1910) and then at the end of the year committed suicide. The following night, the new cemetery caretakers claimed to see the ghost of David wandering the aisles continuing to admire the tombstones.

David Allano tombstone

The tombstone of Recoleta Cemetery caretaker David Allano / source


4. The White Lady Luz Maria García Velloso

This is one of the most important legends of Buenos Aires, and perhaps the world. The white lady is a figure of urban folklore, the story of a woman who takes it upon herself to trick single men that surrender to her charms. Usually it is the ghost of a woman betrayed by her partner, or who lost children tragically. In Buenos Aires there are two alleged white ladies, one of whom is Luz Maria García Velloso, who died in 1925 aged 15 and was also buried in Recoleta Cemetery. Legend has it that long after her death, her spirit encountered several young men, who invited her for a walk or a coffee. After meeting them, the white lady would say that she felt cold, and the men would kindly offer her their coats. She would then accidentally spill something on the coat and promise to return it the next time they met. When the men arrived at her home to retrieve it, they were informed by her mother that she had died long ago. They would run to the cemetery to confirm whether or not it was true and find her tomb there along with the stained coat.

Luz Maria Veloso Garcia

The tombstone of Luz Maria Velloso García in Recoleta Cemetery / source


5. The White Lady Rufina Cambaceres

The other white lady is Rufina Cambaceres. There are different versions of her story, one of which is that after her father died, her widowed mother had a secret romance with the ex-president of Argentina, Hipolito Yrigoyen. Hipolito used to visit Rufina and her mother and the young girl, unaware of his secret relation with her mother, began falling in love of him. In May 1902, during Rufina’s birthday celebrations in the Colon Theatre, a friend revealed this dirty secret to her, and the deception had such a great effect that her heart became paralysed. Rufina was buried in the same grave as her father and on the night of his funeral, the cemetery caretakers heard some noises in Rufina’s grave. When they went to look at it, they noticed the coffin had been moved from its original place. They notified Rufina’s family and when they went back, they were truly shocked by what they saw; Rufina’s body had been turned the other way and her body and face were covered with marks, as was as the coffin’s cover, as she’d had an apoplectic attack and woke up after she was buried. The legend says that she wanders around the cemetery in the night, crying for her beloved Hipolito, still dressed in all her clothes and jewels.

By Anna Flavia Castro | Translated by Camilla Day

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Why should you have a Polo experience in Argentina? http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/polo-experience-in-argentina/ Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12461 One of the oldest sports in the world, polo boasts over 2500 years of history. Throughout this time, polo has seen a magnificent journey from its origins to its current state. During this period polo arrived in America, and eventually found itself in Argentina, where it saw itself developed to maximum potential. How did Polo [...]

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One of the oldest sports in the world, polo boasts over 2500 years of history. Throughout this time, polo has seen a magnificent journey from its origins to its current state. During this period polo arrived in America, and eventually found itself in Argentina, where it saw itself developed to maximum potential.

Polo en Argentina

Enjoy an authentic Polo experience in Argentina and discover why it is so important for the local culture / Photo: Daytours4u


How did Polo arrive in Argentina?

Polo arrived in our country right along with the English, largely landlords, who arrived in our territory in the second half of the 19th century. With the hand of these immigrants, polo was able to find the men and horses in Argentina to bring it to its top level.

Who were the precursors?

One of the precursors in the history of Polo in Argentina was the British Francis Balfour, who started practicing the sport in 1890 prior to emigrating to Argentina, bringing his passion for the sport with him.

One of the most important clubs at the beginning of polo in our country was in Hurlingham Club, founded in 1888 by the Englishmen Campbell, Fortune, Ravenscroft and Robson – and it was the first Polo Club winner of the Argentina Open Polo Tournament.

Why is Argentina the best in Polo?

The key to the superiority of Argentine polo has to do both with the skill of the riders and the quality of the horses. The high skill level of the Argentine game has turned the three most important Argentine tournaments, the Argentine Open, Hurlingham, and Tortugas, into the most prestigious tournaments worldwide. They are known as the Triple Crown of Argentine Polo.

Jugadores de Polo

¿Sabías que los 10 jugadores de polo con mejor handicap son argentinos? Comprúebalo tú mismo en un día de polo en Buenos Aires / Foto: Daytours4u


Ten players in the world have the highest handicap: Pablo Pieres y Guillermo Caset, Adolfo Cambiaso (considered the best polo player in history, David Stirling, Pablo Mac Donough, Juan Martín Nero, Gonzalo Pieres (h.), Facundo Pieres, Nicolás Pieres e Hilario Ulloa. They are Argentinians.

The other key to Argentine success is the excellent quality of their horses, which are a product of a carefully controlled breeding and training. From the robustness of the “criollo” horse, used first, to the speed of the “pura sangre”, the performance of the horses has only improved with time. These days the Argentine Polo horse is a cross between the “mestizo” ranch horse and the Pure Blood horse. This breeding is done under strict control and careful selection, creating an incredibly valuable race of highly skilled horses that are unique to the rest of the world.


Why is it important to try polo when visiting Argentina?

Argentina offers a wide-ranging tradition in respect to polo, giving everyone the possibility to enjoy the noble sport of top-notch horses and skilled polo players. Alongside a typical “asado” and a great bottle of Argentine wine, it’s an amazing experience both for the polo lovers and for those just curious about the sport.

Currently, in a total of 1477 polo players throughout the world, 711 (nearly 50%) concentrate solely in Argentina – the rest are found in the US, the UK, Uruguay, France, the UAE, South Africa, and Chile, among others.

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12 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Buenos Aires http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/things-to-do-with-kids-in-buenos-aires/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000 http://bsas4u.com/blog/en/2012/11/buenos-aires-with-kids.html Buenos Aires is a city famous for tango, architecture and wine, but did you know that it is also a family-friendly vacation destination? Every weekend you’ll find hundreds of families out and about in the city enjoying everything on offer. So if you’re planning on travelling to Argentina, don’t hesitate to bring your kids with [...]

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Buenos Aires is a city famous for tango, architecture and wine, but did you know that it is also a family-friendly vacation destination? Every weekend you’ll find hundreds of families out and about in the city enjoying everything on offer. So if you’re planning on travelling to Argentina, don’t hesitate to bring your kids with you. There are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Buenos Aires.

Children walking down a bridge in a park in Palermo.

There are plenty of fun things to do with kids in Buenos Aires / Source


1. Play make-believe at the Museo de los Niños (Children’s Museum)

Museo de los Niños is actually a miniature city that has been built on the entire upper floor of Buenos Aires’ Abasto Shopping centre, one of Buenos Aires’ best shopping malls. Your kids can pretend to be bus drivers, TV presenters, doctors, cooks, builders and more, and there’s a variety of toys for them to play with. Getting there is easy: just hop on a taxi or take the Subte (subway) line B and get off at the station Carlos Gardel, where escalators will take you straight up to the shopping centre. The kids activities in the Children’s Museum are a great way to keep the kids entertained while you pop off to do some shopping.

Openings hours: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 1pm to 8pm // Entry Kids: A$ 250 (Sat & Sun A$ 280), Adults: A$ 100


2. Get artistic at the Buenos Aires Polo Circo

Buenos Aires Polo Circo is a programme created by the city government to promote the circus arts. There are three permanent tents with regular shows, suitable for various ages. The shows are not only highly entertaining for kids, but are filled with incredible acrobats that are sure to impress parents as well.

Shows: Check the official website for the current schedule and prices.

Families heading into the circus tent at Polo Circo

See incredible circus acts at Polo Circo / Source


3. Connect with the animals at Temaikén Biopark

Take your kids on an entertaining and educational wildlife and animal adventure to the Temaikén Biopark. The park is a foundation that was set up to protect specific animal and plant species and to educate the public about conservation. There’s a huge range of kids activities within the park. Some of the main attractions include a huge aquarium, a typical Argentine farm with farmyard animals, interactive centres and sessions to see hippos and birds of prey up close. The easiest way to visit is with a guided tour to Temaikén Biopark.

Book your Temaikén Day Tour


4. Chase the thrill at Parque de la Costa (Coastal Park)

Situated in Tigre, Parque de la Costa is an amusement park with rides for the whole family, from carousels to roller coasters! During the summer, we recommend visiting on a weekday, when there are less people and entrance is cheaper. A new water park, Aquafan, has recently opened up next door, for some added fun on a hot summer’s day. To get to Tigre, take the Mitre Train from Retiro station in Buenos Aires.

Opening hours: depends on the season, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11am until 6pm // Tickets start at A$ 200

Rollercoasters in Parque de la Costa in Tigre

Parque de la Costa is full of roller coasters and rides for the whole family / Source


5. Interact with everything at the Museo Prohibido No Tocar

This Museo Participative de Ciencias in the Centro Cultural Recoleta is a fascinating interactive museum, ideal for curious kids. As the name (prohibited not to touch) suggests, the idea is to touch everything. The museum is also centrally located in Recoleta, close to the famous Recoleta Cemetery.

Location: Centro Cultural de Recoleta // Opening hours: Tues to Fri, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 3:30pm to 7:30pm // Entry: A$ 180


6. Update your history at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (Argentine Natural History Museum)

A little off the beaten tourist track, the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales is perfect for kids who love dinosaurs and all things prehistoric. If you visit the museum on the weekend, combine it with a trip to the nearby Parque Centenario. Getting there is easy; by taxi or walk roughly 5 blocks from the subway station Angel Gallardo, Line B.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 2pm until 7pm // Entry A$ 50


7. Experience the Argentine football at La Bombonera Stadium

Older kids and football fanatics will enjoy a visit to the most famous football stadium in Buenos Aires: Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera Stadium. Take a tour to the stadium of Boca Juniors and its museum, to live a bit of the legendary history of this clubs and see where some of Argentina’s greatest football players have played.

2 kids playing in the stadium of Boca Juniors

Visit a stadium of legends, La Bombonera in La Boca / Source


8.  Chill out at the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Forest)

It’s not all concrete and skyscrapers in Buenos Aires. The neighbourhood of Palermo is home to a huge network of parks called the Bosques de Palermo. Here you can rent rollerblades, bikes and pedal boats on the large lake. Relax on a quiet patch of grass, or visit the beautiful El Rosedal (rose garden), Botanical Gardens or Japanese Gardens. 


9. Stare at the stars at the Planetarium

Located in the Bosques de Palermo, this impressive dome-shaped building has five floors and is made of a giant sphere, supported by three large arches.The Planetario has plenty to keep your kids entertained, such as interactive exhibitions, shows for kids and a number of events in the auditorium explaining various aspects of the cosmos.

Shows: Check out the full list of shows here, with times and prices.

The Planetarium in Buenos Aires lit up at night

The planetarium is captivating for kids and adults / Source


10. Keep your kids occupied at the República de los Niños (Republic of Children)

República de los Niños makes for a perfect Buenos Aires family day out for travellers with a little more time during their vacation in Buenos Aires, wanting to discover more of the Province of Buenos Aires. The Republica de los Niños lies in the city of La Plata (about 55 km form the centre of Buenos Aires). We recommend putting aside a whole day to visit this park, as it will keep your kids entertained for hours! The theme park has a miniature city, including mini replicas of governmental buildings in Argentina where children can learn more about life in Argentina, a petting zoo and rides. To get there you can take the bus to La Plata, which leaves from Retiro’s bus terminal or take a train from Constitución train station.

Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 10am until 6pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 9am to 7pm // Entry: A$ 20, kids under 7 enter for free.


11. Entertain your babies at the Teatro del Ángel

Buenos Aires has plenty of theatre shows geared towards children. Leading the pack is Teatro del Ángel, which focuses on projects appealing to young kids. As well as plays, they put on art events, cultural workshops, and providing teaching materials in rooms specially equipped for young children and their families.

Shows: See the current schedule of shows at Teatro del Ángel here


12. Enjoy a delicious coffee at Casa Muamor

The concept of Casa Muamor is simple yet genius: a beautiful café where you can relax, combined with a playroom that has everything to keep your child entertained.  As well as toys, books and a chalkboard, there is a door attendant who keeps watch over everything to make sure that no harm is being caused.  Better still, you’ll find all the food you’re yearning for from back home, such as bagels, proper smoothies and cookies, as well as Argentinian treats like alfajores.

Location: Soler 4202 // Opening hours: 8:30am to 9pm 

Casa Muamor

Casa Muamor is the perfect place to relax while your kids have fun / Source


As you can see, the list of things to do with your kids activities in Buenos Aires is endless. You won’t be short of things to do with your kids while in Argentina, plus the whole family will get to experience something completely different!

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Argentinian Malbec: all you need to know before your trip http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/argentinian-malbec/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:16 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11350 On April the 17th, 1830, the Malbec grapes were brought to Argentina from France. That initiative was such a success that nowadays Argentina is the biggest Malbec producer in the world and Argentinian Malbec is recognized around the world. This is why on April the 17th everyone celebrates Malbec World Day. Travelling to Argentina without tasting [...]

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On April the 17th, 1830, the Malbec grapes were brought to Argentina from France. That initiative was such a success that nowadays Argentina is the biggest Malbec producer in the world and Argentinian Malbec is recognized around the world. This is why on April the 17th everyone celebrates Malbec World Day.

Travelling to Argentina without tasting this renowned wine is as unacceptable as not eating a good old asado or not going to a tango show. This article will allow you to fully take advantage of your experience in Argentina and will let you know all you need to about Malbec.

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The geography of Mendoza is ideal for Malbec / Picture by Daytours4u


Where do they produce the Argentinian Malbec?

The main viticultural region of Argentina is Mendoza – Maipú, the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo form the Mendoza Wine Route. However, you can also find these grapes in La Rioja, Patagonia, Salta and San Juan. The Pyros Barrel Selected Malbec 2014 was produced in San Juan – it was chosen as the best wine produced outside of European vineyards at the Japan Wine Challenge 2016.

Joaquín Alberdi, wine expert and owner of a wine cellar named after himself explains that “Malbec is the only continental wine in the world, since it is produced without any maritime influence”. That particularity, says Alberdi, is why the Argentinian Malbec became a symbol of the country and why every tourist travelling to Argentina “should try Malbec from different regions to experiment the difference in flavours and textures as the altitude changes”.

How is the Argentinian Malbec?

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Grapefruits used in the preparation of an Argentinian Malbec of the Bodega Domingo Molina / Source


Malbec is a dark and intense wine. Its aromas will leave a delicious taste of cherry, strawberry, plum, raisin and even maybe red pepper in your mouth. Besides, this sweet, hot and soft wine will overwhelm your palate with flavours. If the wine has aged in oak barrels, you will also notice coffee, chocolate, and vanilla notes.

The ideal plates to uncork a good Argentinian Malbec are red meat, hard cheese or pasta with tomato sauce.

Recommended Argentinian Malbec wine cellars

“Nowadays, all the Malbec of Argentina are of the highest quality”, declares Joaquín Alberdi. Therefore, making a list of the best cellars is a complicated task. However, you can find below four interesting options to suit all tastes and budgets.

1. Bodega Domingo Molina

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Different kinds of wine from the Bodega Domingo Molina / Source


This is a family cellar, located in North Yacochuy – the Calchaquí Valley, Salta province. The experienced Osvaldo brothers, Gabriel and Rafael Domingo run it. Since the cellar is 2 kilometers below sea level, at the foothills of the Andes, they can produce an unique Malbec.

What to bring home: Finca Domingo Malbec (About $225 Argentine pesos)

2. Bodega Viña 1924

Malbec de Ángeles of the Bodega Viña 1924 / Source


This cellar is located in the Vistalba Valley in Mendoza. This is one of the oldest vineyards in the area. The grapes grow between the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, a pretty good location since it is 980 meters above sea level. Their wines are rather fruity and complex and if the consumer pays close attention, they will notice a taste of vanilla or cinnamon.

What to bring home: Malbec de Ángeles (About $385 Argentine pesos)

3. Bodega Altocedro:

Argentinian Malbec

Altocedro and its great range of wines


The artisanal wines of this cellar are produced in La Consulta, a viticultural region of Mendoza. This is a unique location for grape production thanks to its altitude, sun exposure, average temperature and also the water from the natural springs, ideal for irrigation of the grapes. In 2001, the first Altocedra wine range was produced and since then it has become increasingly well-known not only in Argentina but across the globe as well.

What to bring home: Altocedro Reserva Malbec (about $700 Argentina pesos)

4. Bodega Matervini:

Matervini was born out of the hard work of Santiago Achával and Roberto Cipresso. “A great question made us create this wine in 2008: “what comes after Malbec?”. Our answer then was: “More Malbec, from other places and with a different personality!”, state the entrepreneurs. Their wines are from the Uco Valley, Las Heras, Cafayate and Luján de Cuyo.

What to bring home: Alteza (about $1200 Argentine peso)

Argentinian Malbec

Matervini wine is one of the most popular wines of Argentina / Source


 Where to do wine tasting in Argentina?

If you want to bring a souvenir from Argentina, Malbec definitely is a great choice. Enjoy your trip to Argentina and taste a whole range of wines with a professional oenologist so that you can put one of your favourite bottles of Malbec in your suitcase.

If you travel to Mendoza, the viticultural region par excellence, be sure to book the Malbec Wine Experience Tour and visit three extraordinary cellars. You can also discover the main areas of the Mendoza Wine Route. In Salta, you cannot miss the High Altitude Wine Tour in Cafayate – the specialty there is the torrontés, a unique grape variety. If you only stay in Buenos Aires, do not worry! You can go to the Joaquín Alberdi Wine Tasting for a most complete wine tasting experience.

Discover all you can about the Argentinian traditions and live an authentic South American experience. Be sure to include Malbec and tango in your travel itinerary. If you want to know what are the other activities you cannot miss during your trip to Argentina, contact the expert team at  Argentina4u and Bsas4u to clarify any doubt you may have.

 

By Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist specialised in culture and actuality. Writer in Spanish for Daytours4u / Translated to English by: Grégory Noël

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South American Rhythms: Everything you need to know about music in Argentina http://www.daytours4u.com/en/argentina4u/south-american-rhythms-music-in-argentina/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:00:11 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12237 The cultural diversity in Argentina is one of the most interesting aspects of this South American country. Buenos Aires, its capital, is a city full of museums, theaters, and festivals of all kinds and even hosts open-air exhibitions with the most diverse artistic expressions. Music in Argentina is probably the best example of this diversity [...]

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The cultural diversity in Argentina is one of the most interesting aspects of this South American country. Buenos Aires, its capital, is a city full of museums, theaters, and festivals of all kinds and even hosts open-air exhibitions with the most diverse artistic expressions. Music in Argentina is probably the best example of this diversity and in our article we cover the southern rhythms that every traveler must experience to fully enjoy the charm of this vast country.

The Tango is the most well-known musical rhythm of Argentina

National rock

In the mid-1950s, American rock began to penetrate the minds of young Argentine musicians. Some groups started making covers of songs from international bands, but in the 1960s the “national rock” was born, with its own lyrics and styles, which had an enormous influence on the rest of the Latin American youth. Since then, dozens of groups and names have emerged such as Luis Alberto Spinetta, Charly Garcia, Fito Páez, Pedro Aznar, Patricio Rey and his Redonditos de Ricota, and Gustavo Cerati with Soda Stereo, one of the most important groups in Argentina and Latin America.

Rock music runs through the veins of Argentina, the only country that developed a national rock culture in the region and that gained popularity in the 1980s. So make the most your trip and have your senses ready to enjoy this musical rhythm. In Buenos Aires, there are dozens of bars that pay homage to national rock, among them Rodney Bar (Rodney 400 y Jorge Newbery, Chacarita neighborhood), Mitos Argentinos (Humberto Primo 489, San Telmo neighborhood), El Emergente (it has two venues: Acuña Figueroa 1030, in Almagro, and Gallo 333, in Abasto), Makena Cantina Club (Fitz Roy 1519, Palermo) and Niceto Club (it has two venues: Niceto Vega 5510 y Humboldt 1358, in Palermo).


Argentine Tango

It’s impossible to bring up tango and not think of Argentina. The sound of the bandoneon and the spectacle that results from this dance characterized by its seductive movements are irresistable. The tango comes from multiple musical rhythms that began in the Río de la Plata and merged with the music of native people. There is a bit of influence from Spain, Italy, the Middle East and Africa, so it’s the best demonstration of the importance of immigration to Argentina.

Born in the 19th century, it’s become the favorite dance in the most popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. It was declared as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco and is one of the cultural activities in Argentina that no traveler should miss. There are outdoor tango shows in Buenos Aires tourist areas such as Florida Street and Dorrego Square in San Telmo. The tango shows in the famous and traditional tango houses in the city offer an unparalleled experience and there are options to suit all preferences and budgets.

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Cumbia

Cumbia was already around in the 1970s but at the end of the 20th century, in the midst of the economic crisis in South America, the famous cumbia villera was born, a side of this musical rhythm starring musicians from the poorest sectors of Buenos Aires society. Their songs spoke of the violence and the precariousness experienced in the towns of Buenos Aires at the end of 1990 until about 2010. Nowadays, cumbia is listened and danced to in all sectors of society and its lyrics have also diversified.

Nightclubs in Buenos Aires have their moment of Argentine cumbia; you can not lose this!

Folklore

The main musical rhythms of Argentine folklore were born in the countryside and came into the big cities during the 30’s and 40’s. By 1950 it had become the most popular musical genre for Argentines along with tango. Among the most important genres are chacarera, payada, the milonga campera, malambo, the murga porteña, chamamé and zamba.

The City of Buenos Aires hosts multiple cultural spaces where you can dance to all these rhythms and every Saturday and Sunday there are dance performances in fairs and parks. The San Telmo and Mataderos Markets on Sundays offer a very authentic gaucho show, and those who prefer something more lively can take a Buenos Aires Milongas Tour and enjoy the show with professional dancers.

Travel tip: The estancias located in the outskirts of Buenos Aires also have a space dedicated to Argentine folklore, so it’s an excellent option for spending a day in the country and discovering the most outstanding aspects of Argentine culture.

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The San Telmo and Mataderos Markets on Sundays offer a very authentic gaucho show

Argentine music is inexhaustible and apart from these rhythms that are part of its cultural essence, the country has wide and varied options for concerts and festivals. Lovers of classical music can’t miss the shows at the Teatro Colón, both those that take place in its auditoriums and those that are organized outdoors in the plaza that faces the theater.

Jazz fans should note the week of November 14 to 19, 2018 in their calendars; the days of the International Jazz Festival in Buenos Aires. Throughout the year you can also enjoy live shows at several jazz clubs such as: Notorious (Av. Callao 966, near the Microcentro), Virasoro (Guatemala 4328, Palermo) or Thelonious (Nicaragua 5549, Palermo).

Another noteworthy event is the Emerging City Festival, which this year will be held from September 19 to 23, 2018, where music, film, art, fashion, comedy, poetry, dance and street art bring the Recoleta Cultural Center to life. Schedule your festivals and live the best travel experiences in Buenos Aires and every province of Argentina.

By: Keilma Rojas, Web Content Editor at Daytours4u

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April Football in Buenos Aires http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/april-football-in-buenos-aires/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12209 The passion for football in Buenos Aires, far from being a cliché, is almost a scientific fact. Even the less intense Argentine fans have the jersey (T-shirt) for their team and if they pass in front of a cafe or bar where they are broadcasting a game they will most definitely stop in the middle [...]

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The passion for football in Buenos Aires, far from being a cliché, is almost a scientific fact. Even the less intense Argentine fans have the jersey (T-shirt) for their team and if they pass in front of a cafe or bar where they are broadcasting a game they will most definitely stop in the middle of the path with their eyes fixed on the television and may even enter the place to enjoy the rest of the game. In percentage, these less intense fans are the minority, because most go to the stadiums, fill the stands and don’t stop waving their arms while singing at the top of their lungs.

This April, the Argentine capital will vibrate with the most exciting matches of the Copa Argentina and the Copa Libertadores. If you’re in the city for holidays or business, don’t miss this exciting Argentine experience with the football tours from Bsas4u*. Select the game in the month you would like to attend and take advantage of our online booking to ensure your place in the stands.


Boca Juniors Matches at La Bombonera

Enjoying Football in Buenos Aires at La Bombonera you will first be won over by the fans, and later become a fan of the team yourself. While there are exceptions among attendees who take the celebration too far to tense and in some cases violent situations, most of the time you’ll just find true sports lovers, supporting Boca Juniors during the 90 minutes or longer to last the entire game. These are the matches of the Copa Argentina that will be played during the month of April at La Bombonera:

– 01/04 – Boca vs. Talleres
– 07/04 – Boca vs. Defensa y Justicia
– 22/04 – Boca vs. Newell’s

Live the passion of Football in Buenos Aires from the Bombonera, it is a unique sporting experience / Source

River Plate Matches at el Monumental

Boca’s main rival, River Plate, also knows how to put on a great show especially when it’s at home in its impressive stadium known as El Monumental. Recently, River Plate won Argentina’s Superclásico against Boca Juniors, of course, and that triumph has inspired the team to go for even more. Here we present Argentine Cup matches that will be played during the month of April at El Monumental:

– 15/04 – River vs. Rosario Central
– 29/04 – River vs. Estudiantes de La Plata

Discover why River is one of the best Argentine teams seeing it as a local in El Monumental

First Division Matches in Buenos Aires

In addition to River Plate and Boca Juniors, the Argentina Cup has teams of the highest level and in Buenos Aires in particular -both in Capital Federal and in the Province- the fans have a sense of belonging that unites them not only to the team but to the neighborhood it belongs to. It’s a sportive but also territorial hobby.

You can check with teams like Racing Club and Club Atlético Independiente, whose stadiums are located in Avellaneda -province of Buenos Aires- and most of their fans reside in the area. The rivalry of these teams is so intense that every time they go head-to-head it’s said to be the Avellaneda Classic. Take advantage of your trip and book a soccer tour in Buenos Aires to see one of these games in the city:

– 01/04 – Lanus vs. San Lorenzo
– 04/04 – Independiente vs. San Lorenzo
– 06/04 – Argentinos Juniors vs. Unión
– 08/04 – Racing Club vs. River Plate
– 13/04 – Huracan vs. Argentinos Juniors
– 14/04 – Lanus vs. Banfield
– 15/04 – Independiente vs. Boca Juniors
– 16/04 – Velez Sarsfield vs. San Lorenzo
– 20/04 – Argentinos Juniors vs. Olimpo
– 21/04 – San Lorenzo vs. Chacarita
– 23/04 – Independiente vs. Defensa y Justicia
– 28/04 – Huracán vs. Atlético Tucumán

Take advantage of your trip and book a soccer tour in Buenos Aires to watch the Argentina Cup matches / Source

Libertadores Cup Matches in Buenos Aires

Not only in Argentina are there fans of the king of sports. South America as a continent embodies the passion for football to the fullest and that is why the Copa Libertadores de América, also called Copa Conmebol Libertadores, is so important in the region. During the month of April, Buenos Aires will be the setting for 6 of these extraordinary matches that no soccer lover should miss:

– 04/04 – Boca Juniors vs. Junior de Barranquilla (Colombia)
– 05/04 – River vs. Independiente Santa Fe (Colombia)
– 18/04 – Club Atlético Independiente vs. Corinthians (Brazil)
– 19/04 – Racing vs. Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
– 25/04 – Boca Juniors vs. Palmeiras (Brazil)
– 26/04 – River Plate vs. Emelec (Ecuador)

During the month of April, Buenos Aires will be the scene of 6 matches of the Copa Libertadores, do not miss them!

Join the football party in Buenos Aires and reserve your online tours with Bsas4u.

*Our soccer tours include transfers from and to a meeting point in the center of the City of Buenos Aires, a bilingual guide and entries to the selected match.

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The most authentic tango shows in Buenos Aires http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/the-most-authentic-tango-shows-buenos-aires/ Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12193 To think of Argentina is to think about tango … and vice versa. Despite the large number of places and attractions that make this South American nation one of the favorite destinations for tourists of the world, tango is its most prominent artistic emblem and the city of Buenos Aires has been responsible for preserving [...]

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To think of Argentina is to think about tango … and vice versa. Despite the large number of places and attractions that make this South American nation one of the favorite destinations for tourists of the world, tango is its most prominent artistic emblem and the city of Buenos Aires has been responsible for preserving this legacy through its charming tango houses. This article describes the most authentic tango shows in the Argentine capital, which preserve the tradition of this popular dance from the Río de la Plata.


1. EL VIEJO ALMACÉN

El Viejo Almacén is one of the oldest tango houses in Buenos Aires

It’s one of the oldest tango houses in Buenos Aires. Since 1969, it has offered a show that highlights the traditional aspects of tango, mixing live music, passionate choreography, prodigious singers and even a space for Argentine folklore. El Viejo Almacén is located in the traditional neighborhood of San Telmo and its building was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in Buenos Aires in 1982. The tango show El Viejo Almacén can be reserved with dinner, ideal for those who want to enjoy an authentic night in Buenos Aires.

Hours: Monday to Sunday, dinner starts at 8:30 p.m., and the tango show at 10:00 p.m.
Price: USD 74 per person (with dinner included)

Reserve the tango show at El Viejo Almacén online


2. ESQUINA HOMERO MANZI

Esquina Homero Manzi offers a magical show that highlights the song about dance

This tango house in Buenos Aires is located in the Bohemian neighborhood of Boedo and its name pays homage to one of the most important tango poets and writers who resided in the Argentine capital during the 20th century: Homero Manzi. During an hour and a half attendees will enjoy a magical show that highlights the song about dance and apart from many foreigners, you will also find porteños in attendance who add to authenticity to the show as an act of nostalgia for the golden age of tango. If you wish, you can also add an optional dinner to this tango experience at Esquina Homero Manzi.

Hours: Monday to Sunday, dinner starts at 9:00 p.m., and the tango show at 10:00 p.m.
Price: USD 79 per person (with dinner included)

Reserve the tango show at Esquina Homero Manzi online


3. LA VENTANA

32 artists on stage provide an unforgettable show at La Ventana

The tango show at La Ventana is composed of 32 artists on stage: two orchestras, dancers, singers and a folklore group. The show is one of the most authentic in the city, but it’s the building that makes this show an unforgettable experience. It’s a house that at the time of its creation served as a conventillo, that is, as a collective urban dwelling where foreigner immigrants who arrived by boat to Buenos Aires used to live. It opened its doors as a tango house in 1982 and since then it has been one of the most emblematic in the San Telmo neighborhood. Travelers who wish can book the tango show with dinner.

Hours: Monday to Sunday, dinner starts at 8:30 p.m., and the tango show at 10:00 p.m.
Price: USD 99 per person (with dinner included)

Reserve the tango show at La Ventana online


4. EL QUERANDÍ

El Querandí is a “living testimony of the citizen’s memory” and cultural heritage of Buenos Aires

El Querandí’s tango house was declared a “living testimony of the citizen’s memory” and cultural heritage of Buenos Aires. The spectacle that is enjoyed in its historical building from 1920 tells the history of tango from its beginnings to the 21st century. The tango experience that is enjoyed in this venue is truly captivating because, in addition to the choreography and costumes, the house generates an atmosphere from the past with its art deco façade, the checkered floor and the wooden details throughout. Like the previous tango shows, El Querandí can be booked with the dinner service and there is an additional cost if you wish to add a wine tasting.

Hours: Monday to Sunday, dinner starts at 8:30 p.m., and the tango show at 10:00 p.m.
Price: USD 99 per person (with dinner included)

Reserve the tango show at El Querandí online


Treat yourself to an authentic cultural experience in Buenos Aires and return home with the satisfaction of having witnessed in first person one of the most indigenous shows in Argentina, recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Discover the African and European influence that surrounds this popular musical rhythm and let yourself be taken away by the sublime chords of the bandoneon. Book your tours and activities online in Buenos Aires with Bsas4u.

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Where to Party for New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires http://www.daytours4u.com/en/bsas4u/new-years-eve-in-buenos-aires/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:00:15 +0000 http://bsas4u.com/blog/en/?p=3591 If you’re going to be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires, check out our top picks of where to find the best parties.

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Buenos Aires is renowned for being one of the world’s best cities for nightlife entertainment thanks to its huge array of clubs, bars, and parties that last until way after the sun has come up. However, New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires is surprisingly quiet, considering the city’s reputation. This is partly because a large portion of porteños leave the city during this period to take their holidays on the coast, and partly because people tend to celebrate with their families, only going out well after the countdown to midnight. However, there are still good New Year’s Eve Parties in Buenos Aires to be found.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE TANGO SHOWS

One of the most spectacular ways of ushering in the new year is with a New Year’s Eve Tango Show. The tango houses of Buenos Aires put on a very special performance on this night, and besides the tango spectacle, the show includes a decadent three course dinner on top of appetisers and petit fours, an open bar, a champagne toast at midnight, and much more.

At the end of the show, the tango house turns into a party, with a DJ, and you can stay at the venue and party until the wee hours. An added advantage to making this your NYE plan, is that it includes transfers to and from the venue. Choose between some of the city’s top tango houses offering a broad range of authentic, modern and exclusive shows and parties.

1-1Rojo Tango always puts on a very special New Year’s Eve show

Book here Christmas and New Year’s Eve Tango Shows in Buenos Aires


EXCLUSIVE HOTEL PARTIES

Another extravagant option is one of the parties hosted by the city’s top hotels. If you’re looking for a Western style celebration and want a stylish evening, then this is a good option for you. The Alvear Palace hotel is hosting a gala night that promises to be a dazzling affair. The last night of the year will start with an exquisite menu of 7 steps, accompanied by recognized labels of Argentine wines, and will close on the dance floor with music for all tastes.

For its part, the Hilton Hotel will provide attendees a delicious dinner in the Pacific Room and the musical note will be marked by the golden age of jazz. All events at hotels require advanced bookings, and many of them come as a package with accommodation.

SPECIAL DINNERS

If you would like to find a nice meal at a restaurant to celebrate New Year’s Eve, you need to plan in advance. Many places are closed, and the venues that are open tend to host a special New Year’s Eve dinner, which will be highly sought after. As with most things in Buenos Aires, the details are usually posted fairly last minute. Take a look at our list of the best restaurants to spend the holidays in Buenos Aires for further info.

Elsewhere, Puerto Cristal restaurant, located in the most modern and sophisticated neighbourhood of the Argentine capital, will be putting on an evening spectacular with an exquisite dinner, live music show, and front row seats to the city’s traditional firework display.

And for a more intimate celebration, Cookapp, the app that invites you to dine in the houses of various chefs across the city, is also worth checking out. There are a host of menus to be sampled and each offering is unique with different flavours to be enjoyed, distinct atmospheres, and varying prices.

2-1Puerto Cristal offers a fantastic dinner complete with a live show and fireworks display / Image Source

PARTY IN THE CLUB

Most nightclubs around the city will be hosting New Year’s Eve parties (although it will technically be new year’s day by the time the party gets going!). A bar crawl around Palermo is always a good idea, and you’ll find at least one street party in the neighbourhood. Crobar, Pacha, Terrazas and Asia de Cuba are all good options where you’re guaranteed to have a big night. Don’t expect any action around midnight though. As is usual in Buenos Aires, the party only gets going around 2 or 3am.

OTHER CELEBRATIONS

For a more laid-back vibe, gather your friends and family and find a spot to watch the fireworks. People light their own fireworks all over the city, so you should have a good view from just about anywhere. However, the best spots are in Palermo’s parks, where fireworks are usually lit off by the Planetarium, or Puerto Madero, where you can watch the reflections in the harbour water.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Before making your plans, bear in mind that public transport is very difficult to find on New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires. Getting a taxi between 9pm on the 31st, and around 3 or 4am on the 1st, is extremely difficult. We recommend finding a party that is within walking distance, or securing your transport in advance by booking a radio taxi.

However you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve in Buenos Aires, have fun, be safe, and we look forward to sharing more of Buenos Aires with you in 2018.

By: Nicole Eberhard

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Excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers: local experts advice http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/excursions-in-south-america-for-cruise-passengers/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:22:06 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11874 If you are looking for shore excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers we have some local experts advice. If you decided that South America will be your next cruise destination, you will most likely do the classic route that includes Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina or a more extensive trip that includes Colombia. Regardless of the [...]

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If you are looking for shore excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers we have some local experts advice. If you decided that South America will be your next cruise destination, you will most likely do the classic route that includes Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina or a more extensive trip that includes Colombia. Regardless of the final itinerary, if the land of tango and asado is on your list of countries to discover on your next cruise, this is the information you will need to know to ensure a great travel experience with the best tours and activities in Argentina.

Cruise travel has many advantages: an all-inclusive service (accommodation, meals and transfers), an itinerary with several destinations and luxury service. Now, traveling on a cruise through South America implies other great benefits such as the weather that is opposite of the northern hemisphere, the undisputed charm of its cities and the perception of safety that travelers have of the cities of this American continent.

The cruise ports in Argentina known for excellence are the Port of Buenos Aires, the Piedra Buena Pier in Puerto Madryn and the Port of Ushuaia. Once your cruise arrives at any of these cities, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the most important tourist sites and enjoy the classic excursions planned by the tourist agencies so that you can abide by the strict schedules of arrival and departure of the cruise ships and enjoy the best available excursions in Argentina for cruise passengers.

Excursions in Buenos Aires for cruise passengers

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The Hop-On Hop-Off Bus is the ideal sightseeing tour to see the most important attractions of Buenos Aires. It includes a general view of the most important neighborhoods such as San Telmo, Palermo, La Boca, Recoleta, among others, as well as the chance to observe the landmarks of the city such as the Obelisk, the Cathedral or the Planetarium.

Then, take advantage of the nightlife in Buenos Aires with a traditional tango show, whose spectacles perfectly combine the sound and sensuality of yesterday together with modern performances that dazzle the audience. Also live an authentic gaucho experience by visiting Santa Susana Ranch and do not miss for anything in the world a professional wine tasting that will allow you to discover the secrets of the Argentine Malbec.

Travel Tip: Keep in mind that to book these tours on a regular basis you must confirm with the travel agency that you select the availability. Once the time of arrival and departure of the cruise is scheduled, it is only necessary to define the meeting point to start the routes you have chosen. However, you can opt for private tours that simplify the logistics.

Excursions in Puerto Madryn for cruise passengers

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Upon disembarking in the Patagonian city of Puerto Madryn you will have at least three options of tours to choose from that you cannot miss in your itinerary: the Peninsula Valdes Tour, the Punta Tombo Tour with Penguins and the Punta Loma Tour with Sealions. In all cases you will be able to admire the splendor of this unique landscape in South America, as well as the most interesting aspects of its biodiversity.

The Valdes Peninsula was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and during the tour that will take you to see it, you will observe how the wide variety of local animals that include whales, sea lions and penguins live.

The Punta Tombo Tour with Penguins, on the other hand, includes a more intimate experience with these peculiar animals that many of us could only see in Happy Feet. In addition to appreciating the more than 500,000 Magellanic penguins that live here, you can enjoy the spectacle offered by other species such as seagulls and armadillos.

The third option that combines the Tour to Punta Loma and the Welsh Villages is ideal for those who want to appreciate the wildlife of Puerto Madryn and, in turn, learn a little about the culture and history of the city. Prepare your camera to closely portray the charming sea lions that rest on the shores of the Patagonian beaches and finish the day participating in the traditional Tea ritual in this city built by Welsh settlers.

See: Shore excursions in Puerto Madryn

Excursions in Ushuaia for cruise passengers

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When you arrive to the southernmost city in the world, do not waste time and take a tour that will take you directly to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. There are 68,909 hectares of preserved Patagonian forests to safeguard the species that inhabit it and offer tourists an unforgettable experience.

The first attraction that you should visit is the End of the World Train, where you will travel the last 7 kilometers of the prisoner’s train who lived in the Ushuaia prison. During the outing you will learn about the history of the place, visit the Pipo River and you will enter one of the areas where you can not access the park by foot because of environmental restrictions. It is a fascinating journey in time aboard a luxurious steam locomotive in the middle of a majestic landscape.

The experience of this excursion in Ushuaia also includes a short walk along the trails of the national park until you reach the Redonda and Estorbo Islands. Immediately you will be transferred to the Lapataia Bay where you will explore with a local guide the Magellanic forests and you will learn about the history of the Yámanas, ancient indigenous settlers of the area.

The last section of the tour corresponds to Roca Lake, of glacial origin, and you will return your cruise on time after having visited the main attractions of the beautiful city of Ushuaia.

Travel Tip: In case you are only interested in taking the End of the World Train, you can get to the train station on your own or purchase a private car through a travel agency. The rest of the excursions, both in Ushuaia and in Puerto Madryn, are only reserved privately to comply with the schedules of the cruises.

See: Shore excursions in Ushuaia

Expedition cruise through Antarctica

If your idea of a cruise is more inclined towards a researcher experience and you want to visit inhospitable places in South America out of the ordinary and beyond tourism, you must reserve your spot on an expedition cruise through Antarctica. The excursions are made on smaller boats and you will always be accompanied by an expert who will reveal to you the secrets of this cold, dry and unexplored continent, unparalleled on the planet.

In addition to witnessing how colonies of seals, penguins, whales, orcas and more live in their natural habitat, you can admire the imposing icebergs that stand out through the crystalline waters and the length of the beautiful Andes Mountain Range.

Those who will most enjoy this trip will undoubtedly be scientists and photographers. The first for all the information that this place offers about the origin of the planet and global warming; and the second for the spectacle of the light offered by Antarctica where the sunset lasts for hours instead of minutes during the austral summer.

Useful Information for cruise passengers

  • The tours and activities that are booked through tourist agencies usually have much lower prices than those offered by the cruise lines.
  • Private excursions always include transfers of passengers to and from the port.
    Tours are conducted with bilingual English-Spanish guides. Requesting a guide in another language, usually involves an extra cost.
  • Cruise excursions include the port fee in case you take the tour leaving from the port.
    The operators of the services are coordinated with the schedules of boarding and departure of the cruises to guarantee the return to be on time so as to not miss the ship.
  • In the case of excursions in Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn, only regular tours can be taken as long as the ship arrives at 7:00 am or earlier and has a departure time of 6:00 pm, otherwise, the services must be taken in private.

Although the regions that lead tourism in cruises are the Caribbean, Mediterranean Europe, Alaska, Northern Europe and Asian-Pacific, South America continues to consolidate as a holiday destination for cruise passengers and those who choose this region will be guaranteed a experience that is worthy of being categorized as once in a lifetime.

See and quote all Shore Excursions in Argentina for Cruise Liners. If you are planning to take a cruise to other destinations in South America Contact usand get a quote for available shore excursions in Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro or Colombia,.

By: Keilma Rojas
Venezuelan journalist, specialized in travel, culture and current affairs. Translated to English by: Anna Englund

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Top 10 parrillas in Buenos Aires http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/top-10-parrillas-buenos-aires/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:49:21 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11793 The parrillas in Buenos Aires are a classic tradition that every day enhance the best of the popular Argentine barbecue or asado. This tradition is so important for Southerners that until last year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Argentina ranked as the 4th country in the world that consumes the [...]

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The parrillas in Buenos Aires are a classic tradition that every day enhance the best of the popular Argentine barbecue or asado. This tradition is so important for Southerners that until last year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Argentina ranked as the 4th country in the world that consumes the most meat: about 84.7 kilograms per person each year.

Possibly the best way to experience the ritual is with an Asado Argentino a Puerta Cerrada, however, the restaurants of the city do not disappoint and here we leave you with our Top 10 parillas in Buenos Aires.

1. Don JulioPhoto: Don Julio Facebook

It is currently one of the grills of Buenos Aires most visited by tourists. The main reason for the long waiting lines to each night is the excellence of their cuts, especially the Ojo de Bife (Ribeye Steak), one of the best the specialties of the place. The style of this antique house in Palermo offers a very cozy atmosphere and a third aspect that highlights Don Julio, its wine list (all Argentine!) With 700 selections.

Address: Guatemala 4691, Palermo
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 01:00
Phone: 4831-9564 / 4832-6058
Price: $$$$ (more than $600 pesos per person approximately)

2. El Pobre LuisPhoto: El Pobre Luis Facebook

It is about a Parrilla Rioplatense as the owner used to say, Luis Acuña from Montevideo, who died in 2013. El Pobre Luis has 20 years of tradition in the Belgrano neighborhood and is one of the favorites of the porteños. The famous dishes of the place are the gizzards, the chorizo “de rueda sin atar” and the pamplonas de pollo, cerdo o lomo. The parrilla is so famous that there several famous people like Rafael Nadal, Joan Manuel Serrat and even Zinedine Zidane have eaten there.

Address: Arribeños 2393, Bajo Belgrano
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 20 to 00:30
Phone: 4780 5847
Price: $$$ (between $400 and $600 pesos per person approximately)

3. Cabaña Las LilasPhoto: Las Lilas Facebook

It’s a prestigious restaurant in Puerto Madero internationally recognized by several institutions such as the American newspaper “The New York Times” and the Wine Spectator award. The success of Cabaña Las Lilas lies in the meticulous selection of their raw material (Angus and Hereford cattle) brought from their own ranches in the province of Buenos Aires. In addition to trying the classic beef cuts, it is worth asking frutos de mar a la parrilla (grilled seafood) and to take the time to choose between the 750 selections on their wine list.

Address: Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Puerto Madero
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00
Phone: 4313-1336
Price: $$$$ (more than $600 pesos per person approximately)

4. Santos ManjaresPhoto: Santos Manjares Facebook

Santos Manjares is the ideal grill for those who want to eat a delicious parrilla at lunch, since it closes its doors at 4:30 in the afternoon. The best of this popular grill located in the downtown are the entraña with salsa barbacoa, the matambre a la pizza and the achuras: gizzards, chinchulines and kidneys. The atmosphere is very familiar and every detail is taken care of by its founders Néstor Santos and his wife Melisa.

Address: Paraguay 938, Retiro
Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 11:45 to 16:30
Phone: 4326-1272
Price: $$$ (between $400 and $600 pesos per person approximately)

5. La CabreraPhoto: La Cabrera Facebook

It is, undoubtedly, one of the best restaurants to eat well in Buenos Aires, internationally recognized and highly regarded by locals. The menu is full of delicacies like the provoleta con jamón crudo y tomates secos and the most requested dish is the chorizo steak, although the ojo de bife (ribeye) and entraña are also great options. If you want something prior to the meat to share among a few diners, don’t miss the fried eggs with roasted bell pepper.

Address: La Cabrera Norte, Cabrera 5127, Palermo; La Cabrera Sur, Cabrera 5099, Palermo.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 16:30 and from 20:30 to 01:00.
Phone: 4832-5754
Price: $$$$ (more than $600 pesos per person approximately)

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6. El DesnivelPhoto: buenosairesconnect.com

A San Telmo classic. It’s not a place with extraordinary luxury in terms of its ambience; in fact the salon is rather modest. However, it receives the best praises in the most important aspects: the meat and its relative price / quality. The typical dish to order here is a fried meat empanada and then digging into the bife de lomo or chorizo accompanied by the popular French fries. The portions are generous and on Sundays, due to the San Telmo Fair, it is advisable to put your name down early for the waiting list.

Address: Defensa 855, San Telmo
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 01:00. Monday from 17:00 to 01:00.
Phone: 4307-2489 / 4300-9081
Price: $$ (between $200 and $400 pesos per person approximately)

7. Las NazarenasPhoto: Las Nazarenas Facebook

Since 1981 this traditional Argentine grill has been satisfying the most demanding palates of the porteños. Its legacy is so significant for the country that it was declared an official tourist site by the Secretary of Sports and Tourism of the Nation. It’s been administered by three generations of the Barbería family and its best representation is the chivito cooked over a low flame and accompanied by a parrillada de vegetales.

Address: Reconquista 1132, Retiro
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 00:30
Phone: 4312-5559
Price: $$$ (between $400 and $600 pesos per person approximately)

8. El DonPhoto: El Don Facebook

It’s the youngest among the Top 10 of grills in Buenos Aires. It was opened in 2014 and if you are a fan of the movie “The Godfather” it will be love at first sight. However, you will only give your heart to this grill once you try the Bife El Don, which is similar to the chorizo steak but larger. Another extraordinary choice is the boar sausage or lamb gizzard. The wine list is extensive, with complete lines of wineries like Terrazas and Luigi Bosca.

Address: Carranza 1859, Palermo
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 20:00 to 00:30. On Mondays it is only open for dinner from 20:00 to 00:30
Phone: 4774-7389
Price: $$$$ (more than $600 pesos per person approximately)

9. Parilla PeñaPhoto: Parrilla Peña Facebook

The emblematic grill of the Tribunales area. It has a family atmosphere, the service provided by its waiters make you never want to leave, and among its highlights are the entraña de novillo. Before getting to this delicious cut, the waiter will bring you a complimentary empanada and at the culmination of the meat ritual it is almost obligatory to order the bread pudding for dessert. You will not find another that compares! Keep in mind that it is cash only.

Address: Rodríguez Peña 682, San Nicolás
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 00:00
Phone: 4371-5643
Price: $$$ (between $400 and $600 per person approximately)

10. Don ZoiloPhoto: Don Zoilo Facebook

Located 28 years ago in Villa Crespo, Don Zoilo is a typical neighborhood grill frequented mainly by locals. Their figures support it: it goes through 7,000 sets of silverware each month and 180 kilos of asado per weekend. The highlight of his menu is the provoleta, its selection of achuras sprinkled with lemon juice and salt and, of course, the tira de asado. Most of the time it’s packed and they don’t take reservations, which is why it’s very important to arrive early.

Address: Honorio Pueyrredón 1406, Villa Crespo
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 01:00
Phone: 4588-1194
Price: $$$ (between $400 and $600 pesos per person approximately)

Extra tip: The parilla of the moment

11. La carniceríaPhoto: La Carniceria Facebook

For lovers of modern cuisine, this restaurant is a slightly more modern version of the traditional grills of Buenos Aires. Variations to the traditional Argentine dishes include: smoked sausage, homemade blood sausages, lacquered sweetbread and traditional smoked meat cuts and their phenomenal house specialty; the Parrilla Cut (Tira de Bife), have conquered the palate of Argentines and foreigners since its opening in 2017.

Unlike the more conventional grills, the chef of La Carnicería is clear in his belief that the food enters through the eyes and although the meat is the protagonist, and the presentation of each dish, including the roasted or steamed vegetables which have an important role, creating a combination of textures and colors that make each dish look irresistible.

Address: Thames 2317
Horario: Reservation required. From Tuesday to Friday from 20:00 to 20:30 pm and from 22:30 pm until closing. Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 to 15:00 and opens again in two intervals from 8 to 8:30 pm and from 8:30 until closing.
Phone: (11) 2071-7199
Price: $$$ (between $350 and $500 per person approximately)

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By: Keilma Rojas, Venezuelan journalist, specialized in culture and current affairs. Translated by Anna Englund.

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