By Christopher Feddersen
Buenos Aires
Argentina
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Buenos Aires is Argentina’s leading city and perhaps South America’s greatest cultural capital. Known as the “Pearl of South America”, its nickname surely refers to the many cultural treasures on display here. Architecture, tango, cafes, football, wine and steak are some of the world famous characteristics of this city that porteños, or Buenos Aires residents, will be proud to share with you.

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Buenos Aires is a blend of European cultures and expansive South American possibilities. As immigrants arrived here mainly from Europe, they grew their love of the arts, cuisine and building to match the vast proportions of the Argentine landscape. Perhaps that is why the steaks are bigger and juicier, the wine bolder, the dancing more passionate and the neighborhoods more charming.

It is through experiencing the unique cultures of each of the city’s neighborhoods that visitors will be able to enjoy Buenos Aires to its fullest. One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, San Telmo, has cobblestone streets and nineteenth century-style gas lamps. This is a wonderful area to browse world-class bookstores and antique shops and of course, the famous San Telmo street fair which is held every weekend.

From San Telmo you can stroll to the Plaza de Mayo where Argentina marks more than 200 years of independence. Among the beautiful colonial government buildings is the Casa Rosada where the offices of the President of the Republic are located. On the palace you can also see the famous balcony from which Eva Peron addressed adoring crowds in the plaza below. Behind the Casa Rosada is the Museo Del Bicentenario which illustrates the nation’s history through its charismatic presidents. Tickets can be reserved here for tours of the Casa Rosada. In front of the palace there is a daily ceremony of the changing of the palace guards every hour.

From Plaza de Mayo, it is a pleasant stroll through the Plaza de la Republica and its landmark Obelisco to the quiet, leafy Recoleta neighborhood. Recoleta reminds visitors of the streets of Paris with its many cafes, fashion boutiques and exclusive villas set behind tree-shaded streets. EscapeWizard.com reminds you that while in Recoleta, you will appreciate a visit to La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of the country’s leading citizens and a stunning example of the city’s architectural and sculptural talents. Walking among the fascinating mausoleums of this famous cemetery is an encounter with the history and achievements of Buenos Aires.

On the other side of town is the less quiet La Boca neighborhood. Lively and heavily influenced by Italian immigrants, La Boca may be the origin of the tango and a colorful architectural style that can be seen nowhere else in the world. Famous for being the city’s port area, La Boca has modernized the wharfs into the fashionable Caminita promenade, a lovely place to enjoy the neighborhood’s eclectic cuisine and some of the world’s best tango performers. What has not changed in La Boca is the popularity of its football team, La Boca Juniors where Diego Maradona became a legend. A visit to the La Bombonera stadium where he and so many other football heroes played is worth the visit.

Puerto Madero, the city’s newest neighborhood, is also a draw for visitors. Featuring a wide variety of excellent restaurants, the neighborhood is perfect for an evening out. Near the restaurants is the Argentine warship Fragata Escuela Presidente Sarmiento which you can visit as part of the naval museum.

Less cosmopolitan is the neighborhood of Mataderos where the culture of Argentina’s pampas and cowboys meets the city. In Mataderos you will experience the country’s ranching culture through livestock markets and gauchos fairs such as the Feria de Mataderos.

As you explore the city’s neighborhoods, take advantage of the incredibly high quality of cuisine, the “subte” subway system to get around and, in the evening, the creative live music venues. In Buenos Aires, you are sure to walk past sidewalk performers almost everywhere. What will ingratiate you most to the local porteños, is to join them in learning and experiencing the tango. There are tango schools that teach one and two-hour lessons to even the most shy foreigners throughout the city.

Buenos Aires has ample culture it is waiting to share with you. It is through enjoying the city’s culture that you will understand the exuberance for life of the porteños. Plan your visit to Buenos Aires with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Buenos Aires
By Chelsea Herskovitz
Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel
Leandro N. Alem 4221, B7602DXC Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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With the flawless mix of adventure and paradise, EscapeWizard.com welcomes you to Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Located less than 10 miles from Astor Mar del Plata Piazzolla International Airport (MDQ), between the center of Buenos Aires and the Atlantic Ocean, the Sheraton Mar del Plata Hotel brings you the best that Buenos Aires, Argentina has to offer.  Let EscapeWizard.com help plan your journey. Get started by clicking here (insert link).

The Sheraton Mar del Plata makes it simple for you and your family with a 3 p.m. check in and onsite self-parking or valet services available at an extra fee. With 194 rooms and suites with every room featuring a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, double glassed windows with views of either the ocean or the skyline of Buenos Aires, they are sure to have the room that best fits your needs. In every room you will enjoy in-room safe, flat screen television, Jacuzzi, and wireless Internet at an additional cost. The Mar del Plata also offers the largest convention center outside of Buenos Aires with the largest meeting space measuring 11,666 square feet and accommodating 194 people, making it the ideal size for your next meeting, family reunion, or wedding.

Here at the Sheraton Mar del Plata, guests get to enjoy the relaxation of the beach within walking distance, as well as the high energy of city center Buenos Aires. Some of the best attractions include the Mar del Plata Golf Club, city zoo, and exploring ocal towns like Miramar, Pinamar, and Villa Gesell. After a long day exploring you can come back to your hotel and relax at one of four restaurants & lounges on property.

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Hotels in Buenos Aires
By Jamie Nicholson
Hilton Buenos Aires
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Within the financial district and among the many attractions of Buenos Aires, lies the Hilton Buenos Aires Hotel in Puerto Madero. The hotel is less than an hour of driving distance from the Ezeiza International Airport, and local transportation is available. Guests may begin checking in at 3 p.m. each day and are welcome to take advantage of valet or self-parking, each for a daily fee; the hotel also offers car rental services. Service pets are allowed, as are pets; there is a weight limit and fee for animals in the hotel. An advanced teller machine is also available

Guest rooms are available, each with a queen-sized bed and accent furniture made of leather and wood. Guests can enjoy the view of the river or green or look out to this beautiful Argentinean city, while relaxing in an armchair or working at a large desk. Other features include an in-room safe box, a walk-in closet and a 32-inch LCD television. Guest rooms with accessibility features are available for guests with these needs and come equipped with wireless internet. For those who prefer more space and a skyline view, suites are a good option, complete with robes, newspapers, bottled water and access to the Hilton Buenos Aires Hotel's Executive Lounge. Executive rooms include all these benefits and more among the top floors of the hotel, providing a truly spectacular view.

The hotel has a convenient location in the city, and convenience is a necessity within the hotel, as well. Therefore, the Hilton Buenos Aires Hotel offers the conveniences of a safety deposit box and luggage hold and laundry service. Without having to worry about these details, guests can relax and enjoy shopping at the gift shop, socializing at the bar or lounge or primping at the in-hotel salon. Recreation is easy to come by at the pool, solarium or pool table. The fitness center is sure to please travelers trying to stay in shape, with a fitness room, cardio theater room, co-ed dry sauna and individual locker rooms. For an extra fee, guests can enjoy stretching classes, personal training services or massage services. With all the services offered, recreation, relaxation and comfort are available for everyone.

From check-in to check-out, guests are sure to enjoy the conveniences of the Hilton Buenos Aires Hotel in Puerto Madero and its location. Check-out is scheduled for noon each day. To learn more about this hotel and how to book a stay, follow this link to EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)
Hotels in Buenos Aires
By Leanne Longwill
Park Tower Hotel
Avenida Leandro N. Alem 1193, Buenos Aires 1001 Argentina
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Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination and the largest cosmopolitan city in Latin America. The Park Tower Hotel is the place to stay in this vibrant metropolis. With its prime location being less than 40 minutes from the Buenos Aires International Airport and only six miles from the Tren de la Costa train, the Park Tower Hotel offers you a blissful retreat in the heart of the city. Visitors from all over the world come to Buenos Aires to enjoy the restaurants, cultural centers, and designer boutiques. The city has beautiful urban parks, art museums, and a zoo. Near the hotel are several high rolling casinos and just a mile away, in the Abasto Tango District, you can learn some authentic tango styles.

The Park Tower’s elegant foyer radiates a warm and inviting vibe. The hotel staff offers you a 24-hour concierge, in-room dining, and personal butler service for each floor. This hotel has 23 floors with 181 guest rooms decorated in the Biedermeier style with Italian marble bathrooms. They have several Deluxe Corner Suites, two Terrace Suites, and the top floor St. Regis Suite provides a spectacular city view. They also offer their guests packing and unpacking services, shoe shining, and a choice of local or international newspapers. Each room has a 42-inch LCD television with satellite channels and DVD players. High Speed Internet Access is available in each room and so are in-room laptop safes. Each bathroom includes a hairdryer, bath amenities, bathrobes, and slippers.

If you don’t want to venture into the city, this hotel offers you both indoor and outdoor pools, lighted outdoor tennis courts, a fitness center, and an in-hotel shopping arcade that includes a gift shop, jewelry store, beauty parlor/barber, travel agency, and a bank office. You can dine in the hotel’s more formal St Regis Restaurant or in the casual sophistication of the Lobby Lounge. You’ll also be glad to know that the Park Tower Hotel strives to reduce their impact on the environment by actively conserving energy and water, minimizing waste, and using responsible purchasing practices.

Check in time is 3 p.m. and check out is 12 p.m. The Park Tower Hotel staff is waiting to welcome you, so hurry to book your Buenos Aires experience through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).