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Buenos Aires was born between the harbor and the widest brownish river of the world, Rio de la Plata. It had been a little village till the XIX century, when with the constructions of avenues, mansions, high buildings designed by the most famous architects of Europe, it became the most European and sophisticated city of South America.
Just only at ten-hour of flight away from Europe and The USA.
The weather is warm. In winter, July becomes the coldest month of the year, without snow or sleet. The temperature in winter is 3 to 8 centigrade grades.
You can't help feeling astonished by the different architectonic mixture of styles in BA, which are the same you can find in other big cities of the world.
BA has a great metropolitan style with art galleries, museums, theatres, movie theatres, bars, cool restaurants, elegant shops, shopping malls, nightclubs, Bingos and Casinos.
With a population around 11.000.000, it becomes between the ten most popular cities in the entirely world.
The 'Porteño', name given to the BA citizens, is a lover of culture, entertainment, football and gatherings in bars.
BA has two main airports, one for international flights, Ezeiza, 22 kilometers from the city centre, and the other Jorge Newbery, for domestic flights within the country and its boundaries, at only 6 kilometers from the city, situated on the shores of the Rio de La Plata.
Buenos Aires, like other great cities of the world, has its share of hotels and accommodation of different categories in the centre and around the city.
There are five subway lines interconnecting the city. The tube is similar to other cities, being the fastest and most practical way of commuting, chosen by the Porteños, traveling to and from work to different points in and out of the city.
The timetable of these services is Monday to Saturday from 6.00 to 23.00 and Sundays from 8.00 to 22.00. The buses known as 'colectivos' have more than 100 lines running throughout the city and great Buenos Aires. They have a 24 hours service.
The 'Porteños' love to eat, and the city reflexes this with its endless quantity of cool restaurants. You can find typical food from different countries and regions in Buenos Aires, such as French, Japanese, Jewish, Italian, Mexican, Armenian, Vegetarian and Spanish food, just to mention a few. The most outstanding dish is the famous Argentine meat, cooked on the char-grill, without forgetting the famous sausages and salads. Local cooking is varied and delicious. Also try the small pasties called 'empanadas' with a range of different fillings, and the typical stews as 'Locro' prepared with corn, and 'Carbonada'.
Don't forget the 'mate', a popular Argentinean and Uruguayan herb tea beverage. This infusion is drunk throughout the day and it is a mixture of 'mate' herb and water (with or without sugar and fruit rind). You can see many Argentineans sitting in parks with a flask enjoying this infusion.
Argentinean wines are well known through out the world and follow strict quality control procedures, obtaining excellent red wines with stocks like Malbec, Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; and Chardonnays, Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc in white wines, just to mention a few.
Bars & Cafes are the most frequent places visited by the 'Porteños', at any time during the day, to watch television, study, or just to chat with friends. One of the most famous and traditional of these bars is The 'Tortoni Café', in Avenida de Mayo. The Tortoni has an art gallery where you can enjoy different shows at nights: played tangos and recited poetry. 'Las Violetas' is another beautiful and famous bar, located on the corner of Medrano and Rivadavia Av. 'La Biela' in Recoleta and 'La Academia' on Callao and Corrientes.
The most outstanding quarters, known for their food and restaurants, are Las Cañitas, Puerto Madero and Palermo Viejo. Buenos Aires has a very exciting nightlife. The restaurants are most frequently visited after ten o'clock at night and nightclubs are open till 6 or 7 in the morning, being different from New York and Paris.
Shops are generally open from 9.00 to 20.00 and from 9.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays, excepting those within the tourist zones like Plaza San Martin, which opens all day on Saturdays and Sundays.
The banks open their doors to the public from 10.00 to 15.00, from Monday to Friday.