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Where to find the best tango in Buenos Aires
- Rojo Tango891Hands down the most exclusive tango show in the city, Rojo Tango is housed within the opulent Faena Hotel in an intimate speakeasy-like room lit in sensual red. Opt for the decadent pre-show dinner where quality Argentine wines flow freely. I feel I never fully understood tango as pure art until experiencing this immersive and creative show where both dancers and live musicians perform within mere feet of you.
- Cafe de los Angelitos1,041For a classic tango experience, check out this gorgeous space that holds more than a century of dance history. An elegant tango show comes to life here with 21 tangueros accompanied by a live orchestra, and it caters to tourists, so it’s a great spot to get introduced to the culture (they even offer hotel transfers). During the day you can grab a coffee at the onsite cafe decorated with hundreds of photos recounting the history of tango.
- Tango Queer0 reviewsBuenos Aires is proudly one of the most queer-friendly travel destinations in the world. As a bisexual woman, I respect that Tango Queer challenges the existing heteronormative roles often present in “traditional” tango (ironically, as tango originated as a ballet-like dance between two men). Tango Queer is a warm, friendly space welcoming dancers of any gender to participate in either leading or being led. There are tango classes followed by milonga, where everyone of all abilities is invited to dance.
- El Viejo Almacen1,074Revered as one of the most classic tango houses in the world, historic El Viejo Almacén has been the home of tango since 1968, when famous local tango singer Edmundo Rivero acquired the century-old building. It’s still one of the top spots to watch tango and perfect for a romantic evening out on the town. Dinner is served starting at 8 p.m., and a 100 minute show begins at 10pm.
- Caminito7,472Not all tango requires a backdrop of red curtains and fancy stages. While it can certainly add dramatic flair, the culture of tango can be found right on the streets of La Boca, an eclectic and colorful neighborhood. When I have visitors, I always take them on a walking tour to see the skilled street performers here and have lunch at one of the many outdoor restaurants that offer casual tango shows such as Encuentro Nativo.
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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Buenos Aires
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What is the best way to get there?
Though Buenos Aires is served by three airports, all international flights arrive into Ministro Pistarini International Airport, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the city in the town of Ezeiza.
The main bus terminal into Buenos Aires is the Retiro Bus Station, which is serviced by numerous bus companies that run services to Brazil and Chile, and destinations within Argentina.
There’s a regular ferry service to Buenos Aires from Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay. Most ferries are operated by Buquebus and Seacat.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Buenos Aires from overseas, see if you need a visa using this website.
When is the best time to visit?
Summer: June-August is when the city is at its liveliest, and more cultural events are available than any other time of year. The weather is not a problem. It never reaches freezing, and it has snowed only once (very briefly) since 1918. The evenings are cool and crisp, the days are perfect for walking the city. For more information on Buenos Aires’ weather and when to go, check out some tips here.
Buenos Aires’ underground metro, known as the subte, has six lines (A, B, D, C, E, and H) that connect the city’s main attractions and major train stations. To travel by both bus and underground metro, you’ll need to purchase a rechargeable SUBE card, which is available at metro stations and kiosks. To plan your journey, use this website.
Known locally as colectivos, Buenos Aires buses are a cheap way to explore. Buses typically run 24 hours a day and cover the entire city. The Metrobus is a rapid transit system that uses dedicated lanes to avoid traffic.
Taxis and Rideshare
The most popular rideshare apps in Buenos Aires are Uber, Cabify, and Easy Taxi. You can also hail taxis from the street pretty easily; ensure you get a car with a meter and a license sticker in the window.