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Buenos Aires Beckons Cruisers

Europe and South America combine to create this Argentinean city’s unique charm

In Argentina, late dinners are de rigueur – visit a steakhouse after 10pm, when both grill and atmosphere are hot and ready.
The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is unlike that of any other city. A melting pot of European and South American cultures, with an air of romance and nostalgia, the city’s welcoming vibe and diverse offerings make it a dynamic stop on any cruise.

City Sights
The Teatro Colon is a must-see, whether to enjoy a performance or take a tour of the interesting interior. Unique art-nouveau and art-deco architecture can be found along Avenida de Mayo, while Plaza de Mayo features the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral, the pink palace of Casa Rosada, and the May Pyramid commemorating the 1810 revolution.

Where to Explore
The popular neighborhood of San Telmo is a highlight for many visitors, thanks to the Plaza Dorrego – a good place to see some tango – the Sunday flea market, and the Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita’s tomb (marked Familia Duarte) is located. To wander along the water, the Puerto Madero area is home to a yacht club, high-end restaurants, and two museum ships, while the old port neighborhood of La Boca is Buenos Aires’ version of Little Italy.

Must-Eat Meals
The country’s famous meat dishes can be enjoyed at parrillas (steak houses), which serve a variety of amazing grilled meats. Interesting European-fusion cuisines are another must-try, such as Italo-Argentine pizzas. And don’t forget to try some highly-regarded Argentine wine, particularly red Malbec and white Torrontes, unique to the country. In Buenos Aires, the leading restaurant districts are the Microcentro area, Puerto Madero, Recoleto, Palermo Viejo, and Las Canitas.

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