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10 absolute musts in Buenos Aires

Indulge your sweet tooth

Flickr: Wally Gobetz

Flickr: Wally Gobetz

If you’ve never tried dulce de leche you are in for a real treat. The thick, milky caramel used in many deserts, pastries and alfajores is loved by both portenos and tourists alike. Many of the gelatos in the city sell dulce de leche ice cream which is divine.

Visit the MALBA

Flickr: Médéric

Flickr: Médéric

For anyone with even the slightest interest in art, a visit to the MALBA: Colección Costantini is a must. Artists work on display including Diego Rivera, Tarsila do Amaral, Antonio Berni, Jorge de la Vega and Frida Kahlo.

Shop till you drop in San Telmo

 

Flickr: _Teb

Flickr: _Teb

The bric-a-brac and antique shops that line the Calle Defensa in San Telmo district make for a great day of bargain hunting. The area is best visited on a Sunday when the Feria de San Telmo market take over with a dazzling array of artisanal products and antiques.

Go to a Polo match

Argentina is famous for its polo and matches can be seen in the Spring months of September, October and November. You can even try your hand at the sport at one of the many clubs.

Tour the Tigre Delta

Want to escape the city? Just outside the lush scenery and calm waterways of the Tigre Delta. Jump on board one of the many small boat cruises and while away a sunny afternoon away from the bustle of the city.

Eat steak

Argentina has plenty of fine restaurants and a plethora of cuisines, both Argentine and international. But who (with the exception of vegetarians) could visit the city and not try and least one mouthwatering steak. Best accompanied by a glass of world-class Malbec.

Dance the night away at a milonga

Flickr: Lee

Flickr: Lee

Don’t just go and see a tango show, visit a milonga and try the steps for yourself. Milongas are held in many venues across the city, most of which resemble something between a community hall and a ballroom. 

Gorge on medialunas

Flickr: Jorge Gobbi

Flickr: Jorge Gobbi

Argentina’s answer to the French croissant, medialunas are delicious and best eaten accompanied by freshly roasted coffee in one of the many coffee houses dotted around the city.

Pay your respects to Evita at Recoleta Cemetery

Although it sounds morbid, its actually fascinating. Recoleta Cemetery located in the exclusive district of the same name is most famous for being the burial ground of Eva Peron. Although Evita is the most famous person buried here, there are many poets, scientists, presidents and military leaders that also rest in the cemetery.

Watch a football match at La Bombonera

Flickr: Pablo Alzate

Flickr: Pablo Alzate

There is no better way to introduce you to Argentina’s true passion that watching the Boca Juniors, the team Maradona once played for. Best if they are playing fierce rivals River Plate. If there’s no game you can still take a tour of the stadium.

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11 Experiences You Can Have In Costa Rica

1. Scale a volcano

Arenal

Every fancied hiking around a volcano? Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano is one of the best for hiking in the world. You can even do a night hike should you wish.

2. Smell the coffee

Coffee tourFlickr/Andy Rusch

Costa Rican coffee is considered some of the best in the world. They produce over 168,000 tons of the stuff each year, most of which is exported. Try the Doka Coffee Estate for an excellent introduction to Costa Rican coffee production.

3. Stay in a luxury jungle lodge

Lapa Rios Room

Costa Rica has no shortage of luxury jungle lodges. Head south to Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula and stay at the Lapa Rios Eco Lodge for the best. The sixteen private bungalows are nestled along ridges that overlook the thousand acres of private natural lowland rainforest. Not only is this wonderfully luxurious, it’s also a wildlife lover’s paradise.

4. Learn to surf

SurfFlickr/Petey

The Nicoya Peninsula in the west of the country is one of the best places to surf in the world. Try Playa Santa Teresa, Playa Carmen and Malpaís which have many surf schools.

5. Help protect sea turtles

TurtlesFlickr/Steven Gerner

Conservation of the endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica continues. Tortuguero, located in the east of the country has the largest green turtle rookery in the Western Hemisphere. Leatherbacks and hawksbill turtles also nest here.

6. White-water raft

White waterFlickr/David Berkowitz

Costa Rica has some excellent white water rafting opportunities. We suggest visiting the Pacuare River, which blends great white water rafting and stunning scenery.

7. Search for the resplendent quetzal

QuetzalFlickr/vil.sandi

One of the most beautiful birds on the planet can be found in Costa Rica…….if you know where to look.

8. Visit a national park

National parkFlickr/Beth and Anth

There are currently 50 national parks in Costa Rica and over 25% of the land mass is protected by the Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservacion.

9. Visit a sloth sanctuary

SlothFlickr/Jenny Jozwiak

Love wildlife? There’s is no better place to see the sloths, both in the wild and in sanctuaries. We suggest a visit to Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary which looks after sloths which have been injured or orphaned.

10. Take soak in a hot spring

Hot SpringsFlickr/Jeremy Vandel

After all those activities, take a nice long soak in one of the many hot springs dotted around Arenal Volcano. Tabacon Hot Springs is one of the best.

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