One of the world's most wondrous cities, Buenos Aires is more European than Latin American. Open the phonebook and you'll find as many Italian surnames as Spanish ones. You'll also find many British, German, Jewish and Japanese names. Much like the United States, Argentina experienced waves of immigration at the turn of the century and after the Second World War.

It is a city that hardly sleeps, with restaurants routinely serving until 2 or 3 am. There are no obvious slums and, unlike many US cities, the “downtown” areas are not decaying. In fact, they are the heart of the city, home to the best hotels, shops and restaurants. You'll spend much of your time downtown.

Soccer is a national passion; but, thanks to the British, polo is also first rate.

The city has many fine museums and a world-reknowned opera house. Shopping for fine leathers and furs can be fun and rewarding.

You can begin and end your stay in Buenos Aires. But why not see the rest of Argentina? The second largest country in South America, it covers an area of over one million square miles. If you can imagine South America resembling a lamb chop, Argentina and Chile share the bone.

No matter where you travel, take some simple precautions in order to avoid health problems, crime and other mishaps. Following are a few suggestions:

To avoid suspicion when passing through customs, always carry prescription medications in their original containers. Be sure to bring a few extra days worth of medication in case your return home is delayed.

Research the health risks of the areas you plan to visit and allow yourself time to update or get vaccinations and immunizations as necessary. You should also check on the availability of medical care.

Try to avoid tap water, ice cubes, local dairy products and raw or uncooked foods if you are traveling in rural areas or cities in lesser developed nations. Drink bottled water.

Carry a small medical kit with basic emergency supplies, including stomach remedies, band-aids, gauze, antiseptic, and neosporin or something similar for insect bites. If you have any allergies (insect bites, foods, etc.) or health conditions that require a special medication, include it in your medical kit. Check on the accessibility of medical assistance before you leave home.

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  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: In Search of Iguassu Buenos Aires to Rio (JBR)

    From $2,649.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Brazil, UruguayTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordabl...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (SBLB)

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    Countries Visited: Argentina, Bolivia, ChileTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affordable...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Lima to Rio Adventure (SPMR)

    From $5,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, UruguayTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location a...

  • Classic: The Scenic Route - Lima to Buenos Aires (SPLB)

    From $5,849.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, PeruTrip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultur...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure (SPMB)

    From $3,699.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, PeruTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affo...

  • At Leisure South America 2018: Impressions of South America Summer 2018

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: At LeisureBrochure Type: At Leisure South America 2018Sway your hips to sultry Samba sounds and the melancholic Tango as you sashay across South America on this At Leisure jaunt from the intoxicating shores of Ipanema and the warm welcome ...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: The Great South American Journey Quito to Rio Adventure (SEQR)

    From $7,899.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, UruguayTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for l...

  • Active: Hike Patagonia In Depth (SAPI)

    From $3,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, ChileTrip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the worldHungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinationss No sweat. (Well, maybe a little.

  • Icons of South America Summer 2018

    From $7,759.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: DiscoveryBrochure Type: South America 2018A big adventure awaits-one that will see you crisscross the South American continent, exploring a dazzling array of natural wonders, ancient Incan and Columbian civilisations, "Little Switzerland" ...

  • 18-to-Thirtysomethings: Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure (SABM)

    From $4,199.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, PeruTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Basic Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character Affo...

  • Costsaver 2018: South America Discovery Summer 2018

    From $3,128.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: CostSaverBrochure Type: USA and Canada Costsaver 2018A trip across South America's most influential and intoxicating countries-the icons of Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

  • South America Landscapes Summer 2018

    From $5,219.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: DiscoveryBrochure Type: South America 2018Chile's stunning Lake District takes centre stage on this epic South American journey past snowcapped volcanoes, chardonnay vineyards and the pulsating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio-crossing the g...

  • Complete South America

    From $7,499.00 (USD)

    From the mystical Machu Picchu and a journey through Patagonia to three nights in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, home of the World Cup and Olympics in a span of two years, this is the trip of a lifetime across South America, one of the world's most exc...

  • Cultures and Contrasts of South America with Paracas Extension Summer 2018

    From $9,290.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: DiscoveryBrochure Type: South America 2018Lost kingdoms, intoxicating Latin rhythms and astounding natural phenomena-from the thundering Iguassu to dramatic Tango twists-are yours to discover on this epic voyage from Rio to Lima.

  • National Geographic Journeys: Explore Argentina & Brazil (SAZNG)

    From $2,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, BrazilTrip Style: Information Not availableService Level: Upgraded All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private tran...

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