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My Beautiful Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a fabulously boisterous fascinating city that never lets you stop dancing. It is second only to New York on its number of theatres, there are more bookshops per capita than any other city in the world and it is bursting at the seems with culture. MacDermott’s Argentina feels beyond fortunate to call […]

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The fairylike Vicuna

The impossibly delicate waif-like bodies of the Vicuna are a stark contrast to the harsh barren lands of their home, the Andean steppes that stretch from northwest Argentina to Colombia. At first sight, you can confuse their delicate shapes drifting across the landscape with the heat shimmering off the hot ground. It is easy see […]

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Las Peñas Folkloricas

Each of Argentina’s provinces has their unique variation of gaucho folk music and they vary in style across the country. Folklore is an umbrella term for all gaucho folk music, it is hugely popular in Argentina and Las Peñas Folkloricas are when anyone gets together to play and dance folklore. Las Peñas come in all forms […]

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The Argentine Polo Open

The Argentine Polo Open

Professional Polo is a curious sport: each team is made up of four players and generally one player is the patron of the team. The patron pays for everything: all the horses, all the transport, along with any other costs and he pays the wages of the other three teammates. It is fair to say […]

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San Telmo, Buenos Aires

San Telmo

San Telmo is famous for its cafes, art galleries, antique shops and people dancing Tango on its cobbled streets. It is also the oldest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires and has a fascinating history.  Originally it was an industrial neighborhood whose mainly African workers lived on site. Basic services were then added, followed swiftly by the […]

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Tango lessons in Buenos Aires

George Bernard Shaw’s famous quote ‘dance is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire’ never rang so true as with Tango, though you might not find yourself dancing the ‘three-minute love affair’ on your first lesson. Even Tango’s basic steps, often described as walking, are deceptively tricky. Nevertheless, anyone with even a passing interest in […]

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Las Milongas of Buenos Aires

Tango is far from just some bit of cultural heritage that Argentines drag out for tourists or when they’re feeling nostalgic. It is a huge part of many Porteños (citizens of Buenos Aires) lives and there are innumerable Milongas – essentially anywhere people meet to dance Tango – in the city. To see a professionally […]

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Tango show, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Tango Shows

Being the birthplace of Tango the dance has become one of Buenos Aires’ main attractions and for first timers in the city Tango shows are definitely a must. There are a huge range from shows that wouldn’t look out of place in Las Vegas to intimate shows in ancient cafes, there are risque shows to […]

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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is bordered, in the south, by the Atlantic ocean and, in the north, by the southern tip of the Andes mountain range. It is has a variety of landscapes from windswept beaches, to thick Patagonian forests and snow topped mountains. The Park’s deep forest coated valleys are studded with glaciers, […]

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The Glaciarium

In today’s at-the-click-of-a-button world, museums have a tough time. You’d imagine a museum about ice would be an up hill struggle. However, the Glaciarium (Museum of Patagonian Ice) is surprisingly fascinating. Its location is a good start: 15 mins outside of the small Patagonian town El Calafate on the road to the world famous Glaciers national […]

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