No matter what you've read, Buenos Aires is not Paris. That comparison, often inspired by local exuberance, fails to recognize the city's originality and leaves visitors unprepared. Though deeply influenced by European tastes and immigration, Buenos Aires has evolved into a unique cultural capital. Its endemic cuisine, dance, theater and literature stand on their own.
Buenos Aires was established in 1536—and again in 1580—by navigators who recognized the location's potential as a port for the Spanish Empire. Residents are still known as porteños, and the city's port is one of the busiest in South America.
Buenos Aires' exports now include cinema, fashion, music and art. The city's museums—housing works by Diego Rivera, Wifredo Lam, Frida Kahlo, Jorge de la Vega—are not to be missed. To sort through the ever-changing list of galleries and boutiques, expert shopping guides can be arranged.
This is a city to be experienced on foot. Pedestrian zones crisscross the capital, filled with smartly-dressed couples, and street performers. Parks and plazas serve as community gathering places—venues for picnickers, political activists, and amateur futbolistas.
No other city in South America has such a fine collection of boutique and luxury hotels. Choices range from restored Belle Époque mansions to stark design hotels and charming bed-and-breakfasts. Similarly varied are Buenos' Aires restaurants, milongas (tango clubs) and nightclubs. Porteños like to eat late and dance until daybreak.
Buenos Aires draws visitors year-round. The climate is temperate; monthly averages rarely reach above 80° or below 50°. The spring and summer months (October through February) tend to be sunnier. Overnight flights from New York reach Buenos Aires in 11 hours. Flights from other US destinations last less than eight hours. Trips to Buenos Aires are easily combined with visits to Brazil, Uruguay, and Chile.
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"We should consider every day lost in which we do not dance at least once."