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Dancing with Buenos Aires: A Vibrant Exploration of Argentina's Heartbeat

Written by Peter Lauffer
February 25, 2024

Get ready to dive into the heart of Argentina, Buenos Aires, a city bursting with culture, color, and charisma. This place is a hot mix of football, food, and yes - the irresistible tango. So much so, we'll probably mention it a few more times. Think we're overdoing it? Just wait and see!

Buenos Aires is not for the faint-hearted. It's a city that'll sweep you off your feet with its top-notch dining scene, buzzing local markets, and breathtaking hotels. And let's not forget the tango - it's so integral to the city's identity, it's worth mentioning again. So, pack your dancing shoes and get ready to sway to the rhythm of this passionate city.

Now, as you know, I'm all about exploring at my own pace. To make getting around easy, grab a Sube Card when you arrive. It gives you access to the Metro and Public Bus System in Buenos Aires, so you can roam around freely.

Looking for a place to stay? I'm a fan of the Hotel Anselmo by Hilton in Plaza Durango. It's right in the middle of the historic San Telmo district, surrounded by great restaurants, shops, and the Sunday Antique market. But it's about 6 blocks from the nearest Metro Station, so if you want to be closer to public transport, try a hotel along the 9 de Julio road towards the north. You'll be near Palermo, a lively neighborhood full of bars and eateries.

Tango Dancers at El Querandi Dance Hall

Discover the Magic of Tango

Why not immerse yourself in the captivating world of Tango? Various soirées are available across Buenos Aires, catering to a range of budgets. Many can be reserved through your hotel and often include a delightful dinner as part of the package.

Why add this to your travel bucket list? Seeing a live performance of this iconic dance is nothing short of spellbinding. The crème de la crème of Tango shows, the Rojo Tango Show at the Faena Hotel in Puerto Madero, is a feast for the senses. It might be a bit pricier, but trust me, it's worth every cent. If you're looking for a more wallet-friendly option that still offers an authentic experience, El Querandí in San Telmo is a great choice.

Tango Dancers at El Querandi

For those who are not just Tango enthusiasts but also practitioners, La Cumpasita Tango Bar is an excellent choice. This venue is not your typical tourist destination; rather, it's a vibrant haven where the sensual rhythm of Tango thrives. Their show commences at 11 pm, so ensure you have your dancing shoes ready for an unforgettable night of dance.

Tramway Histórico de Buenos Aires

What si the Tramway in Buenos Aires: Ever heard of the Tramway Histórico de Buenos Aires? It's a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Caballito neighborhood. Imagine hopping on a historic tram and cruising around a picturesque 2km circuit, soaking in the local vibes of Buenos Aires. This awesome, off-the-beaten-path experience is brought to you by the Asociación Amigos del Tranvía, a group of dedicated volunteers who are all about keeping this unique part of city history alive.

The tram rides start from Emilio Mitre Street, corner of José Bonifacio Street. As for when to go, they've got you covered for a fun weekend afternoon outing. From December to February, the trams run from 5pm to 8:00pm and from March to November, you can catch a ride from 4pm to 7:15pm. And here's a bonus - on Sundays, you can enjoy a morning ride all year round from 10am to 1pm. Consult their website for more info: Asociación Amigos del Tranvía

Historical Tramway in Buenos Aires

The best part? No reservations needed. Just show up and enjoy the ride for free! If you're feeling generous, you can support this cool initiative by buying a souvenir on board. So, next time you're in Buenos Aires, add this to your must-do list. You won't regret it!

Malba, Modern Art Museum

What's the scoop? Argentina's foremost contemporary art museum, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (or Malba, for short - you can thank us later) is a veritable roll call of top-tier Latino modern artists. 

Contemporary Art Museum MALBA Buenos Aires

Why should you swing by? The museum houses works by the iconic Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other local talents who may not be household names but are certainly masters of Latin American art. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant hues and thought-provoking themes that define this region's artistic landscape.

Hey train lovers, this one's for you!

Every Sunday, you can hop on a scenic train ride from Mercedes to Tomás Jofré. This isn't your average train journey - it's a trip through picturesque towns, bursting with traditional dishes, rustic charm, and amazing folk shows. It's a hit with travelers who love the romance of train travel and discovering hidden gems of Argentina.

The journey kicks off at the station in Mercedes at 10:30am and makes a pit stop in the peaceful town of Altamira at 11:07am before reaching Tomás Jofré at 11:21am. After a quick break, the train heads back to Mercedes, before making a second round trip. The final return journey starts at 3:30pm. Please note that the times are just indications. Consult this website before you travel for exact information: Descubri Mercedes

Train arriving in Mercedes (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

In Mercedes, you'll find plenty of things to do to round out your train day. From traditional stays to quaint eateries, the local cuisine is a must-try. Altamira is all about quiet and tranquility - perfect for a few days' stay in cozy cabins and enjoying local dishes. Tomás Jofré, despite its small size, is the star of the show. With its old-world architecture, flower-filled courtyards, and lush green fields, it's a slice of rural life that attracts thousands of visitors every weekend.

So, next Sunday, why not trade the hustle and bustle for a relaxing train ride through some of Argentina's most charming towns? Mercedes can by reached by train (various changes involved) and by pubic bus.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

What I am talking about? A majestic theatre turned cinema, now transformed into a magnificent bookstore. The nearly century-old Grand Splendid is indeed one of the most splendid bookstores on the globe.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Why should you visit? Bask in its rich past, where the frescoed ceiling, ornate theatre boxes, and even the striking red drapes all remain untouched, providing an incredibly lavish backdrop for the books. Take a moment to enjoy a coffee and listen to the live piano on the original stage, offering sweeping views of the Grand Splendid in all its... well, grandeur. Trust me, I've marveled at this marvel.

Don't Miss Teatro Colon

Hey, opera fans! You've got to check out Teatro Colón. This place has been hosting big-name directors, singers, and dancers since 1908. The design is super cool too, with perfect sound distribution.

You can pop in any day for a tour, which lasts about 50 minutes. For more info, hit up the Teatro Colon's website. Trust me, this is one spot you've gotta add to your Buenos Aires list!

Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
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