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Argentina is truly the Europe of South America. There is a strong influence in Buenos Aires from both Spain and Italy. The people here have a calm zest for life and speak Spanish, but with an Italian accent. The historic architecture that dominates in the city’s center provides endless visual enjoyment. And you will never go hungry or thirsty because there are bakeries, kiosko’s and fruit stands on every block.
A great free activity for people of any age is church hopping. The churches in Buenos Aires are open to the public and they do not ask for any donations (of course you are free to give as you choose). The mosaic tile floors, biblical statues and marble work are captivating. There may be a few people casually asking for change inside or outside the churches. You can start at the oldest church in Buenos Aires , Iglesia San Ignacio. It is in Zona Centro on Bolivar and Alsina. There is a cluster of churches in this area. Look up to see the steeples to direct yourself to the next church. To get there take any subway line into the center of Buenos Aires and get off at the last stop. Ask a policeman or a subway worker for directions.
On Sunday’s when the weather is balmy, it is fun to wander around San Telmo. San Telmo is one of the most famous tourist spots and one of the oldest parts of Buenos Aires. Rain or shine San Telmo’s Sunday market is a must see. Become mesmerized as professional tango dancers twirl under the trees in the park. Meander about the perimeter of the park to look at the colorful street vendors and enjoy their artistic endeavors. Stop into the antique shops and maybe find a souvenir.
To get there, take the dark blue (C) or purple (E) subte line to Independencia Station. Find the street Chile and walk in the same direction as the traffic to head into San Telmo. San Telmo has artisan empanadas and exceptionally rich and delicious ice cream. To really experience Buenos Aires try ice cream flavors that have dulce de leche (caramel).
Buenos Aires is famous for tango but it is also famous for Flamenco. Enjoy dinner and drinks while you watch authentic Flamenco dancers and real gypsy guitarists. It is a high energy performance you and your family will never forget. See if you can notice that the dancers are actually telling the guitarists what to do.