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A tango in Buenos Aires
The capital of Argentina is also one of the largest towns of all South America. More than twelve million people in only one town share the destiny of this iconic destination, where Castilian Spanish is spoken along with Italian and with Cocoliche languages. You will fully appreciate Buenos Aires and its special atmospheres if you rent a holiday apartment or a vacation home. There are plenty of vacation rentals in Buenos Aires which will suit you perfectly, as the ideal accommodation for your holiday and if your budget is tight you can choose among a great variety of rooms for rent and guesthouses all along the town, from Caminito to La Boca.
Where to stay in Buenos Aires
Plaza de Mayo
Headlight and pulsating centre of the capital, the splendid Plaza de Mayo is surrounded by the most important monuments of Buenos Aires. The Casa Rosada, seat of the government and the Cathedral where you will find the tomb of patriot General José de San Martin, main hero of Argentinian, Peruvian and Chilean independence battles.
The San Telmo district
Visit San Telmo district which is one of the main stops of tourists coming from all over the world to shop in its flea markets around which bars and restaurants offer unforgettable moments of relax in front of open air tango performances. If you wish to meet the descendants of Italian immigrants who arrived in Buenos Aires steadily all along more than one century from 1840 to the late years sixties you have to go to Palermo district and you will only hear sheer Italian language spoken.
Belgrano/ China Town
Another interesting barrio of Buenos Aires is Belgrano where you can rent a residential vacation house in one of its wide and leafy splendid avenues where you can stroll among public milongas, flea markets and artisan fairs. Buenos Aires has its own Chinatown in Belgrano, in the area C of the district you will find the Barrio Chino full of Asian shops and restaurants where you can rent an apartment to enjoy the lovely cultures melting pot of Buenos Aires. Any aspect of this town is stunning, in a single one day walk you will easily know at least five or six different aspects of Buenos Aires.
You will discover a very popular Buenos Aires around the harbour with its esquinas for tango and Cocoliche speakers, then an Art Nouveau 19th century middle class exclusive Buenos Aires around the Plaza de Mayo with its wide alleys and boulevards inspired by Paris. Yet there is a more intimate and old Buenos Aires in Recoleta and Caminito and an extremely modern Manhattan styled Buenos Aires in Puerto Madero where the Rio de la Plata dies into the sea under the mighty Puente de la Mujer masterpiece of the architect Santiago Calatrava.
Take time to tango in Buenos Aires
Was Buenos Aires born before tango? Nobody can answer this question because the legend of Buenos Aires comes along with the legend of its traditional dance. Forbidden by Catholic Church for ages and forbidden again under military dictatorship, the history of tango has slowly become the history of Buenos Aires itself. Passionate dance, passionate songs, passionate music and passionate art, its origins are very uncertain, maybe the Cuban Habanera or the Uruguayan Candombe, others say that European migrants brought it to the Rio de la Plata region, nobody knows the real secret of this sensual yet very sad dance.
Tango songs are all about longing, melancholy, loss of the beloved one and endless, unsatisfied desire. You do not need to be a skilled dancer to start learning the tango, Buenos Aires is just full of esquinas and tango schools, mainly in the harbor area of La Boca. For a long time tango and milongas were associated to immigrant low social classes of Buenos Aires as well as with gangsters and thieves environment. Obviously, esquinas were often situated near brothels and this increased the "bad" reputation of tango but in the 20th century the fame of this dance was so worldwide spread that all Paris would do anything for a tango evening in Montparnasse and number of foreign visitors headed to Buenos Aires just for the sake of dancing tango in its homeland. A vacation house in Buenos Aires in La Boca is the ideal accommodation for discovering the capital of Argentina and learn tango in one of its reputed esquinas.
You will never get tired of Buenos Aires and of course, how could you possibly get tired of tango? The mirada and the cabeceo seduction techniques will teach you exactly what to do, do not try to master tango, just let the tango master you.