Cosmopolitan and culturally rich, Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant and appealing cities to visit in South America, combining chic European influences with a true Latin atmosphere.

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  • The city's residents or 'portenos' are famously good-looking so park yourself at a pavement café for a stint of people watching.

Luxury Holidays in Buenos Aires and the Pampas: The Detail

The city is broken down into districts called barrios, each closely reflecting the immigrant groups that arrived in the country towards the end of the nineteenth century.

Palermo is a fashionable area, popular for its parks. The original architects did a fantastic job of creating sociable plazas and gardens, bringing the calm of open space to the bustle of the city. Today, some of the city's top restaurants and hotels have given the area a stylish edge.

Recoleta is a refined quarter of wide avenues and elegant classical architecture. The best restaurants, antique shops and boutiques to visit while on holiday are found in this area, as well as some of the most important museums and cultural centres. Entirely different but equally unmissable is La Boca; home to Maradona's one time team the Juniors and filled with colourful bohemian houses, street stalls, and live tango music and dance demonstrations spilling out onto the streets.

The iconic gaucho of Argentina can be found all over the country's vast rural prairies and rugged landscapes. In the pampas outside Buenos Aires, these gifted horsemen and the estancias (ranches) from which they still operate offer unforgettable insights into the Argentine countryside.

Two hours' drive from Buenos Aires into the pampas is the traditional farming town of San Antonio de Areco. A town absorbed in the gaucho tradition, it offers an insight into the country life of the pampa from the old days.


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This region is the birthplace of tango - but avoid a tourist trap show and instead visit a milonga to get an authentic insight into how local porteños perform this passionate and austere dance.

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A note on price

Like many of its neighbours, Argentina is a large country and so much of the expense in travelling here lies in flying domestically. Hotels, lodges and estancias range from rustic to super-luxe, so it’s possible to arrange holidays catering for all budgets. A two-week trip would start from roughly £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
  • Rainfall — 3cm / 1.3 inches
Flight from London

13:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs


Top picks for Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Tango in Buenos Aires

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

With a history reaching back to the 1880s, the sensual Argentinian national dance comes from roots that combine African slave music with Andalucian melodies and Italian influences.

What to do

La Boca Football Match

La Boca Football Match

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Football fan or not, you are likely to have heard of a controversial footballer by the name of Diego Maradona, hailing from La Boca, one of the poorer districts of the city - now a bohemian and colourful tourist attraction.

What to do

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

The large and luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in the La Recoleta district is perfectly located for exploring the diverse cultural and historical attractions of Buenos Aires.

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Faena

Faena

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Located in the neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, a ten minute taxi ride from downtown Buenos Aires, the Faena is a sophisticated hotel which brings together the most refined aspects of art and culture.

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Candelaria del Monte

Candelaria del Monte

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Set in 200 acres of Argentine pampas, and dating back to the 1850’s, this small family run hotel is an authentic estancia in every sense of the word.

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Mio Buenos Aires

Mio Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Located in Recoleta – Buenos Aires’ answer to Mayfair, yet with bags more history – Mio Buenos Aires is ideally placed for exploring the eclectic capital.

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Hub Porteño

Hub Porteño

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Located in the heart of Recoleta, Hub Porteno is one of the latest hotels to touch down in Buenos Aires, and it certainly gets our vote for its location and true Argentine style.

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Nuss Buenos Aires SOHO

Nuss Buenos Aires SOHO

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Boutique Nuss Hotel is housed in a 1930’s convent on a leafy avenue in Palermo Soho, and is very much a part of Buenos Aires’ ever-trendy address book.

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Legado Mitico

Legado Mitico

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Legado Mitico is a stylish boutique property located in a three-storey townhouse in the fashionable Palermo district of Buenos Aires.

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Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Situated on Avenida Alvear, Buenos Aires’ most exclusive residential and shopping district, the Park Hyatt unifies the old and the new by integrating the city’s historical past with an innovative modern design.

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Sofitel Buenos Aires

Sofitel Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

The luxurious Sofitel Buenos Aires occupies the landmark Torre Bencich skyscraper, which was built in 1929 and looks like it was uprooted from New York and re planted in Buenos Aires.

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Alvear Palace

Alvear Palace

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

The Alvear Palace is located in the historical Recoleta district of Buenos Aires.

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