- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- February through March
- 4 days, 3 nights
This tour gives you a taste of Buenos Aires’ best food and art. The capital city is an emerging foodie destination, famed for other-worldly succulent steaks, world-class red wines and superb street food. The heart of the art scene can be found in local neighborhoods, where the walls have become the voice of its people and closed-door restaurants serve up secret dishes with a unique fusion of local produce and flavors. You’ll leave this trip with great photos of the most scenic parts of the city, knowledge of Argentine cuisine and a few extra pounds to prove it. This tour keeps you busy during the afternoon and evenings and depending on your style and budget you arrange your own accommodation. See Tips & Tricks for info on the different neighborhoods.
Day 1 Wednesday: Wine Tasting Spend your day shopping, visiting galleries or exploring the city, but get ready for an amazing wine tasting at 6pm in Palermo, in a gorgeous private tasting room. Your personal sommelier will strike the perfect balance of wine education, friendly conversation and generous pours. Taste five fantastic wines from boutique Argentine vineyards and learn the stories behind them, as well as the history of the wine industry in Argentina. The wines are paired with traditional foods to bring out the best flavors; chocolate, cheese, and even an empanada are served. Enjoy comparing tastes of the simultaneous pours!
Day 2 Thursday: Street Art Tour & Closed-door Restaurant We kick off the afternoon with the BA Street Art tour. We meet near the train station at 3pm, and then hop on the train and head out of town to Saavedra, where local and international street artists have converted a large park into an ever-changing canvas. Your guide will teach you about local and global trends in street art, while speaking about his friendships with the artists themselves, philosophical ponderings on the movement, current events and themes and trends. Learn about the artists themselves, what inspired them, and fascinating background stories behind this contemporary art form. The city is your museum, and the guide your engaging and knowledgeable docent. The tour lasts between two to three hours – wear your walking shoes.
Tonight you will get to experience a different kind of local tradition at a closed-door restaurant. It’s like a dinner party for 16 where you eat at the chef’s home and share one big table with an interesting mix of locals and foreigners. Buenos Aires is a veritable meat-fest but tonight you will eat plants, make friends and be merry with a spicy flavorsome 3 course vegetarian meal. After each dinner the chef shares her recipes so you can attempt to recreate the meal and the menu changes fortnightly and takes in the natural bounty of food available in Argentina.
Day 3 Friday: Parilla Tour Day three prepare for the best steak the city has to offer! Meet your dining partners in Las Canitas for a walking tour of three different locations and three different courses. Try a choripan, Buenos Aires’s favorite street food, a traditional meat empanada at one of the city’s favorite secret spots before heading to a parrilla for a traditional Argentine asado experience. The guide shares inside knowledge of the cuisine and the traditions that have made Argentina’s beef so famous around the world. You might want to have a light breakfast today as this 4 hour food-fest needs an empty stomach to be fully appreciated.
Day 4 Saturday: Photography tour & workshop, Argentine cooking and dinner experience Sleep in and prepare for an action packed Saturday afternoon. Meet the professional photographers from Foto Ruta at 2pm for an introduction to photography. Talk about your camera, your style and learn priceless tips on how to create the best photography. The guide will provide you with a set of clues and then you’ll go off exploring, looking for the clues and capturing great photo souveniers of the unforgettable sites of Buenos Aires. The tour concludes with a photo show over a glass of wine.
Saturday evening will be an adventure in Argentine cuisine. Don your apron and chef’s hat and learn how to make traditional empanadas. Try other traditional foods like provoleta and chorizo while you wait for your empanadas to cook. The main course is thick juicy steak, the kind that has made Argentina famous! Sip some Malbec wine and for dessert, create your own alfajor - a traditional Argentine dessert that is a must try! The evening finishes up with an explanation and tasting of the Argentine tea ritual: yerba mate.
Length: 4 Days
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Popular neighborhood descriptions to help decide where to book accommodation:
San Telmo is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires that has resisted becoming modern. On its cobble-paved streets, there are colonial big houses, old churches, museums and antique shops. During weekends, its streets offer different shows and, in its bars, people dance tango. The restaurants and bars situated in San Telmo have turned the neighborhood into one of the favorite areas to have a wonderful night in Buenos Aires. Several bus lines cross San Telmo.
Recoleta is a stylish residential neighborhood in the center area of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta Cemetery, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts), the Biblioteca Nacional (National Library), the Centro Cultural Recoleta (Recoleta Arts Center) and the Palais de Glace are situated on its historical streets, apart from huge mansions, embassies and luxury hotels. The traditional bar La Biela and the literary coffee-house Clásica y Moderna (Classic and Modern) are two of the main attractions of the neighborhood. Since it is located near the city center, Recoleta is crossed by a lot of bus lines and the D Subway Line.
Palermo is the largest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), the Planetario Galileo Galilei (Galileo Galilei Planetarium), the Jardín Japonés (Japanese Garden), the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden), the Rosedal (Rose Garden), the City Zoo and the Hippodrome are situated among its elegant houses and tree-lined streets. The coffee stores, design stores, theaters, restaurants and fairs have turned Palermo into a neighborhood full of joy, both during day and night. Several bus lines, the D Subway Line and the General San Martin Railroad cross this lovely Buenos Aires neighborhood, popularly subdivided into Palermo Hollywood (north of Av. Juan B. Justo) and Palermo Soho (south of Av. Juan B. Justo, near the so-called Serrano Square).
Puerto Madero is one of the 48 neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Due to its location, extension and view over the river, Puerto Madero is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. After becoming obsolete as a port, the neighborhood was turned into an expanding commercial center, where many offices and buildings were built, apart from universities, restaurants and 5 star hotels. The Puente de la Mujer (Woman’s Bridge) and the Fragata Presidente Sarmiento (President Sarmiento Frigate) are the main attractions of the neighborhood. Even though there are few means of transport in the area, many of them run in its surroundings: the A, B, D and E Subway Lines, the Sarmiento Railroad (Castelar – Puerto Madero Special Service) and many bus lines.
Downtown Locals call Centro or Microcentro to the 60 blocks surrounded by the following avenues: Cordoba, de Mayo, 9 de Julio, Leandro N. Alem and de la Rabida. It includes part of San Nicolas and part of Monserrat. A lot of offices, stores, companies and banks are located in this area. Thus, at nights, during the week, Downtown is a deserted place. It is very easy to get to different places if you are Downtown, since a lot of bus lines and the A, B, C and D Subway Lines cross the city center.
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