Buenos Aires: A City of Indulgences Certain to Leave You Wanting More

Obelisco and Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, in Buenos Aires

Obelisco and Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world, in Buenos Aires

South America has been on my travel to-do list for years, but there was something in particular that drew me to select Buenos Aires for my first jaunt to the Southern Hemisphere. Maybe it was the nickname the city is often given, “The Paris of South America,” that enticed me. Or maybe it was the promise of the indulgences that Buenos Aires is best known for: late nights filled with tango dancing, delicious steak, and Malbec wine. Regardless, intuition told me Buenos Aires and I would be the perfect match. I decided to test that hunch and planned a trip as Seattle was transitioning from fall to winter in order to take advantage of South America’s warm temperatures and sunshine.

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A Thanksgiving Esado

Maté and beret—the gaucho essentials

Maté and beret—the gaucho essentials

By Ian Coughlan

"What you just did, don't do that."

I looked up, frozen, maté gourd in my left hand, straw in my right as Ruso’s gaze pierced through me. I had unknowingly committed a serious faux pas, altering his unique blend of maté serving, a time-endured gaucho tradition, as ingrained here as the landscape itself.

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Ultimate Women's Ski and Snowboard Adventure

World-Class Skiing in the Andes

SASS, South American Snow Sessions, proudly announces a new trip adding to their already busy summer schedule of events in Argentina.

The trip, scheduled for late August, is designed specifically for women and includes a variety of cultural activities, wellness workshops and Spanish classes, along with the world’s best professional female skiers and riders. In addition, women will have the opportunity to participate in a community service project to help give back to the community of San Carlos Bariloche for their generous hospitality to SASS over the years.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina Will Always Be Home in My Heart

One of the oldest buildings in Buenos Aires, built in the 18th century

Returning home for a visit to the country I grew up in, I had a feeling of nostalgia. After 15 years abroad, I had the chance to return to Argentina, bringing with me many memories of the things I wanted to do. I visited the place where I used to play, where I used to study, where I used to stand for a bus to school, where I used to play video games, where I fell in love for the first time, where I developed a passion for soccer, even where I got robbed. In a short amount of time I did more than just visit Buenos Aires, I relived it. Experience the magic of my hometown yourself; Expedia Buenos Aires has current hotel and airfare. Let me not only show you the most important and typical places to visit, but take you beyond where the average tourist will go.

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A Platinum Trip to BA

A tango club in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

I was all set to meet friends in Rio when the Brazilian consulate advised me that my visa wouldn’t be guaranteed for at least four to seven business days. OK, plan B.

I needed a Plan B because I was logging a few trips before the end of 2009 to maintain my executive platinum status on American Airlines (you’ll read more about those!). I wanted warm, Latin culture, so Buenos Aires it was.

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