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7 Reasons Why Buenos Aires Beats New York

Buenos Aires beats New York

Thanks to carlos and joe.

For years, New York and Buenos Aires have been compared feverishly. But it’s no contest—BA beats NY hands down. Here’s why:

7. BA’s winters don’t include blizzards, nor’easters or ice storms. Nothing is worse…

Lunfardo, a Survivors Guide to Slang in Buenos Aires


Thanks to Brother O’mara for this photo.

Language is something that helps define a country’s cultural identity. Words can reflect the beliefs, values and attitudes people have. Argentines shine in this category. There is no other country in the Spanish-speaking world with the colloquialisms found in Argentina. For anyone globetrotting, learning certain aspects of a language will only enrich your experience. Here lies the difference between a tourist and a traveler.

Recoleta Cemetery, Where the Rich People Come to Rest, Forever

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Recoleta Cemetery Buenos Aires Argentina

Thanks for this picture to blmurch

One of the most visited tourist spots in Buenos Aires is also an oasis of tranquility in the midst of one of the city’s more popular nightspots. After all, it can’t get any quieter than being surrounded by the dead.

Located on 1760 Junín, in what used to be the garden of the Our Lady of The Pilar church, the Recoleta Cemetery was inaugurated as the first public graveyard of the city back in 1822. Decades later, after a restoration and with the opening of the much larger graveyards located in Chacarita and Flores, Recoleta became the posh cemetery: the “it” place to be and be seen in your afterlife if you were a VIP during your life time.

Free Outdoor Cultural Events in Buenos Aires Makes Summertime Sweet

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Murga Belgrano Corso

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Buenos Aires in the summer is one-of-a-kind. The empty streets breathe tranquility with a good part of the population on vacation at the beach. You can walk comfortably through the city fairs. Sidewalk cafes turn into people watching spots or even tanning salons. Ice cream is that much sweeter during the excessively hot weather. February sales and markdowns are at an all time low in some of our favorite stores and boutiques. Parks turn into the most popular daytime hangouts (which these days is well past 9 pm).

BA’s summer cultural agenda also makes this season stand out on its own. The government of Buenos Aires prepares free outdoor cultural events and entertainments throughout the city during these months. Here is the what, when and where of free dance and theater taking place in BA this weekend.

ATG Launch Party Extravaganza in Buenos Aires


Cheers to Argentina’s Travel Guide!If you’re one of our loyal readers (read: moms & grandparents) then you’ve noticed our recent growth spurt. In the last 3 months we’ve grown from one to 3 full-time monkeys and quadrupled our community of writers. Together, we’ve launched a ton of new guide content, a set of free pocket guides, a discussion forum, a directory of services and an advertising program. A new homepage design and logo are also on the horizon. Naturally, it was time to celebrate with some monkey business! So we invited all our friends, our writers, and a bunch of Buenos Aires bloggers, entrepreneurs and expats to the Official ATG Launch Party / Asado this past Saturday. Over 70 invitees turned up to…