Luxury Holidays to Buenos Aires & the Pampas

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.

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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El Caminito

El Caminito, or 'Little Path', is one of the most famous streets in Buenos Aires. Explore this open-air museum to see its colourful buildings and admire works of art from Argentinian artists. Shop around for artsy trinkets, enjoy fiery tango demonstrations and pay a visit to La Boca Stadium - nicknamed La Bombonera (box of chocolates) for its shape - to catch a fun football match or cool concert.

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The Art Of Tango

Tango is, without a doubt, one of the most passionate, sensual and intense dance styles the world has seen and Argentinians have created their very own version - Argentine tango - that perfectly reflects their culture and zest for life. Slip on your dancing shoes, answer the music's call and dance the night away at one of the many milongas (tango dance clubs) dotted across Buenos Aires.

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Wander Around Palermo

The biggest neighbourhood in the city, the Palermo contains a magnificent medley of styles, buildings and people. Packed with culture and with quirky bars and chic boutiques at every turn, this barrio (neighbourhood) has something for everyone. Relax in the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden, enjoy your daily dose of culture at the Museum of Latin American Art, or just enjoy a tasty brunch while watching the world go by.

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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.

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