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I lived in Buenos Aires for six months and I truly fell in love with the people, the cafes, and the whole experience. The city itself is a great mixture of European style and Spanish mannerisms and traditions. The language "Castellano" is a beautiful language that sounds like Spanish and Italian. You must experience an authentic asado (steak) grill out somewhere. You must find your favorite cafe and restaurant and sit and eat amazing food, drink the best coffee, and people watch. Also, embrace the life of the people -- go to dinner late, go and dance even later! After all Buenos Aires has Mate tea and Medealunas (sweet croissants) to energize your entire day!
The central Buenos Aires is the heart of the city. Recoleta is a boring place where all you see is cars passing, embassies, and rich Argentinians paying twice what you would pay anywhere else in the city for a lunch that is pretty much the same. Same thing happens with Palermo, except for a couple spots that are good for shopping and having a beer. Downtown is not unsafe at all. Anyway don't be scared in Buenos Aires or pretty much anywhere in South America -- people say a lot of crap but you only discover the places by digging deep inside them, so go ahead and use your common sense.
I lived in Buenos Aires for three months. The cute train up to Tigre offers a nice day trip but not much more, jump out at the odd beach or shopping mall. I'd recommend staying in Palermo or Recoleta as they're a bit more like suburbs. Don't stay in Central, it's full of beggars, crap food, and you can feel a bit unsafe, similarly with San Telmo. It's cheaper to get a taxi to Desnivel in san Telmo, eat and return than it is to eat in Central, and the food in central is tourist rubbish. These are the places you'd visit, but getting taxis is easy and they're cheap. Argentinians prefer salsa and Reggaeton, Tango (and Evita) is namely for tourists (try it in San Telmo or watch it in a cafe in La Boca). Never go to La Boca at night. And the newest barrio, Puerto Madero is a bit cold (and pricey in US dollars) and dull, like Canary Wharf in England, but it is close to the park where you can hire a bike which is a nice break from a crazy city. If you have time, take the buquebus across the river to Colonia, the most beautiful place I've ever seen, and it's very safe too.
I loved San Telmo. It was vibrant and cultural with great cafes and excellent restaurants and of course it is the home of Tango. I spent two weeks there and it became home from home.
Tigre and Delta is one of the best attractions of Argentina -- nature, great architecture, and cool places. I live ten minutes away from Tigre and I love it. It's a unique landscape. The world has few deltas, Tigre is one of them, and this has urban area, ecological area with thousands of rivers, and nautical sports -- rowing and yachting among them. If you don't like the nature, you can to go at the Parque de la Costa (funfair/amusement park) -- it's one of the greatest in South America. Don't forget to walk on the Paseo Victoria promenade -- a street on the coast of the river. The place has many historical clubs of rowing, the Argentine maritime museum, where you can watch the naval history through model scale ships, and an amazing, really wonderful art museum on the historic palace, with a balcony that crosses over the street and to the river. Don't forget to travel to Tigre on Tren de la Costa (tourist train) -- a cool ride through the river de la Plata coast, the surroundings of the north side of Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is amazing! We spent a week there and were completely entertained. Don't miss Recoleta. The food and shopping are fantastic -- and cheap. Do not waste a day going to Tigre -- it's boring.
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