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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  • 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...

  • National Geographic Journeys: Discover Brazil, Argentina & Chile (SCANG)

    From $5,699.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Brazil, ChileTrip 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 priva...

  • 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...

  • Classic: Highlights of Chile & Argentina (SCCA)

    From $1,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, ChileTrip 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 cultures.

  • Classic: End of the Earth (SAPE)

    From $3,999.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, ChileTrip 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 cultures.

  • Classic: Andes, Iguassu & Beyond (SCSR)

    From $3,799.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: Argentina, Brazil, ChileTrip 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 cultures.

  • Active: Patagonia Hiking (SACC)

    From $2,499.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: ArgentinaTrip 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.

  • 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.

  • Active: Argentina Multisport (SAMS)

    From $4,399.00 (USD)

    Countries Visited: ArgentinaTrip 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    From $1,899.00 (USD)

    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: 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: 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...

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