Most people don’t strap on their tango shoes for their flights to Buenos Aires, but we guarantee that they’ve got a pair or two stowed away in their luggage: this South American city is sure to move the most left-footed tourists to the tips of their toes with the passionate throes of its native dance. A Buenos Aires flight nonstop from New York runs about 12 hours, giving you plenty of time to rest up for the vivacious, vibrant nightlife the city has to offer. Dance the tango that made Buenos Aires famous in the streets of San Telmo, the historic, cobblestone-covered quarter of the city. Squeeze in between screaming football fans at a smoky bar in Belgrano to watch the Superclásico, the game which pits two of Buenos Aires’ favorite football teams, Club Atletico River Plate and Boca Juniors, against each other for the most spirited match of the season. And if the complimentary meal served on your Buenos Aires flight doesn’t quite hit the spot, fear not: restaurants serve up empanadas, baked meat and vegetable dumplings, and world-renowned Argentine steak until the sun starts to rise over the shores of the Rio de la Plata.
The energy of “the Paris of South America” doesn’t disappear come daybreak: the money you save on your cheap flight to Buenos Aires will be well spent in Palermo, where porteños, or Buenos Aires residents, peruse the shady streets for treasure found in independently owned boutiques and art galleries. After buying a first edition Borges novel at a second-hand bookstore or a one-of-a-kind belt made of woven newspapers from an edgy boutique, mosey on over to La Boca, the birthplace of tango and arguably one of the city’s most heavily visited neighbourhoods due to its vibrant, candy-coloured walls. It’s here where you can whip out those tango shoes that waited so patiently throughout your flight to Buenos Aires, and dance the dance that made Argentina and the rest of the world fall in love with its illustrious capital city.