Feria MASTICAR - Buenos Aires Food FairFeria MASTICAR (oct 16- oct 19) is an initiative by a group of Argentinean chefs, ACELGA (a rather un-translatable play on a vegetable name). The group gathers famous chefs – some of them appear on TV- in an effort to promote a new generation of cooks, more relaxed and close to the public than their older peers.

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Palo Santo Hotel is an icon of Buenos Aires green architecture. Over 800 plants grow on its façades, patios, rooftop and balconies. An impressive 18-meter high water fountain goes through the building, from the roof to the lobby.

Palo Santo is the first urban green hotel in Latin America. It was building to the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards.

Para una versión en español de este artículo, por favor ver este post.

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This month in Buenos Aires, we have suggestions for foodies, art-lovers and movie fans. Lots of indoors activities to enjoy these last weeks before spring. Animation Movies Festival, Buenos Aires Food Week and two art exhibitions are our recommended activities for this month in Buenos Aires. Follow our lead!


Buenos Aires Animation Movies Festival: BAFICI Animado

BAFICI Animado

Good news for the animation movies fans: from September 25 to September 28, BAFICI Animado Festival will present local and international animated films productions. A sister to the most popular BAFICI (Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival), BAFICI Animado is a unique opportunity to see the best creations in the animation movies field. There will be films both for children and adults.


September 25 – September 28


Buenos Aires Food Week

Buenos Aires Food Week

During (surprisingly) a fortnight, Buenos Aires Food Week allows diners to discover a selection of high-end restaurants with prix-fixe menus. Over 40 restaurants participate in this season’s edition. Three-courses lunch menu is priced at AR$140 and dinner menu at AR$220, service and drinks not included. Among the participating restaurants, you will find some of the best Palermo restaurants: To (French-Japonese fusion), Francesco (Peruvian) and Green Bamboo (Vietnamese-Thai), to name some.


September 1st – September 14


Art Classics Exhibition at Fundación PROA

Lo Clasico - Fundación PROA

From September 6, Fundación PROA in La Boca will open a new exhibition called “Lo Clásico en el Arte” or “Art Classics”. The exhibition goes through the recurrent themes artists appeal to throughout time.


September 6 – November 2nd


El Ojo Extendido Exhibition at Fortabat Collection

Fortabat El Ojo Extendido

Until September 28, El Ojo Extendido exhibition investigates the influence of the subconscious on 20th century paintings. Works by Antonio Berni and Xul Solar, two outstanding Arngentinean painters, are on display, among others.


July 24 – September 28

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Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay is a nice destination for a one-day excursion from Buenos Aires. Less than 27 miles away from Argentina capital city, Colonia is a quiet and charming colonial town.

Buenos Aires and Colonia are only distant by 27 miles. To reach Colonia from Buenos Aires, you will have to cross the Río de la Plata, one of the world’s widest rivers. Basically, two companies offer this service: Buquebus and Colonia Express. Their terminals are in Puerto Madero (Buenos Aires).

There is another alternative, which is to leave from Tigre, 20 miles north Buenos Aires. We will get into more details of this option at the end of this post.



How to reach Colonia from Buenos Aires


Historically, Buquebus was the only ferry operator to connect Buenos Aires to Colonia. They have a large and well-organized terminal in Puerto Madero, quite close to Retiro bus station.

Buquebus 8:30 am ferry reaches Colonia at 9:45 am. You will have to be at the terminal at least one hour before the departure. To return to Buenos Aires, you can take the 4:15 pm ferry from Colonia (arrival at 5:30 pm) or the 8 pm ferry (arrival at 9:15 pm).

Tickets cost between USD 100 and USD150 (round trip). Tickets can be bought online at buquebus.com. Check out their “Day Tour” section: they often offer a non-refundable day trip promotion that costs about 20% less.


Colonia Express

Colonia Express Buenos Aires

A few years ago, Colonia Express came to compete against Buquebus monopoly. Their clear advantage is price: they are consistently cheaper, but also offer a lesser-quality service.

One of the big cons it their terminal location. While technically in Puerto Madero, the terminal is located just next to a highway bridge, in quite gloomy surroundings. Consider taking a taxi to the terminal.

In the morning, the Colonia Express ferry leaves Buenos Aires at 8:15 am and 12 am. From Colonia, departures in the afternoon are at 4:30pm and 8:45 pm.

The round trip only costs USD 40 to 65. Just add to this price the taxi to the terminal.

Tickets can be bought online at coloniaexpress.com


Colonia via Tigre and Carmelo

Colonia Tigre

Two companies offer the trip from Tigre, a touristic town 20 miles north Buenos Aires, vía Carmelo (95 miles away from Colonia): Cacciola Viajes and Líneas Delta. When the Colonia Express option did not exist, this might have been a valid choice to save on ferry tickets. Now, the price is quite the same and the trip is a lot longer.


We hope you will find these recommendations useful. Please, ask your questions in the comments.

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If you arrive to Buenos Aires from outside Argentina, chances are you will land at Ezeiza Airport. It is located 30 km (19 miles) away from Buenos Aires city center.

To reach your hotel in Buenos Aires from Ezeiza Airport, you will have a variety of options, ranging from regular bus lines to a private transfer. Keep reading to learn more about the available options, travel times and costs.

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We have a good news for all “Dulce de leche” fans! You CAN easily make it at home. How? Out of condensed milk. Easy as that.

Homemade Dulce de Leche

To make your homemade Dulce de Leche you will need:

- One can of condensed milk

- A large pot

- Water

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The cultural agenda this month features some very interesting activities. The highlight is the coming of great Argentinean pianist and conductor Daniel Baremboim, who will be performing at Teatro Colón. August is also the month of the Tango International Festival: 10 days of dancing competitions, talks and tango classes.

Buenos Aires Cultural Agenda – August 2014

Daniel Baremboim and Marta Argerich at Teatro Colón

August 3rd to August 12th

Daniel Baremboim and Martha Argerich Buenos Aires

To listen to Daniel Baremboim, whether directing the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra or, more rarely, playing the piano, is always an amazing musical experience. This month, we are lucky enough to receive the famous artist for a series of concerts, some of them with another Argentinean piano virtuoso Marta Argerich. 

West-Easter Divan Orchestra
Soloist: Martha Argerich
Director: Daniel Baremboim
Program: Beethoven and Ravel
Sunday, August 3rd at 5PM 

Tristan and Isolda by Richard Wagner
Directed by Daniel Baremboim
From August 4 to August 12

Martha Argerich and Daniel Baremboim Piano Duo
Tuesday, August 5th at 5PM



Tango Dance Festival and World Cup

August 13th to Augst 26th

Tango World Cup Buenos Aires

This edition of the world’s major tango event features an attractive program that brings together various generations of artists, musicians and promoters of a music that is the passion of a city. Unlike past years, the 2014 edition will be held mainly in La Boca district, making it quite less accessible to tourist than previous editions in Palermo. Many concerts take place in La Usina del Arte, a very interesting new exhibitions hall in La Boca.

All the activities and shows are free. Please read our specific post about how to get tickets for the Tango Dance Festival.



Le Parc – Lumière Exhibition at MALBA Museum

Until October 6th

Julio Le Parc - Lumiere

Julio Le Parc is an contemporary Argentinean artist and a great exponent of the kinetic art movement in the 1960s. In this exhibition, 17 installations will be on display. The focus was made the artist’s works on light and movement. The spectator will experience how Le Parc plays with the light to build ever-transforming art pieces.



Acción Urgente Exhibition at PROA Museum

Until August 24th

Acción Urgente PROA

This exhibition brings together for the first time a selection of urban actions and performances from the last two decades by South American artists’ collectives. It explores the actions carried out by interdisciplinary groups of artists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay during the last twenty years, all of which form part of a phenomenon that became vital to the region’s art scene during this period.

“The works of these groups respond to immediate socio-political contexts and challenge naturalized conducts with proposals that address—among other things—gender issues, racial discrimination, indigenismo, political inequality, and alienation. They question the art institution as well as certain social structures but, unlike activist groups, their critical moment lies in poetic actions,” state the curators.


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From a culinary point of view, having both Spanish and Italian ancestors is a great asset: hot chocolate in Buenos Aires is delicious. During winter months – June, July and August -, the traditional combo hot chocolate and churros (chocolate con churros) is a must. The warm, crispy batons combine perfectly with the tick and creamy beverage. Delicious.

Buenos Aires chocolate con churros

We have tested many bars to find the best chocolate and churros in Buenos Aires. Here are our picks:

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Where to Stay in Buenos Aires

When traveling to Buenos Aires, choosing the best area to stay is an important decision. Buenos Aires is a large city and each neighborhood has its own atmosphere. When choosing where to stay in Buenos Aires, we can narrow down the list to 4 areas: Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo and Puerto Madero. Let us give you the pros and cons of each of them.

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If you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires you have certainly heard about Palermo. Over the years, Palermo, in particular the areas called Palermo Hollywood and Palermo Soho have become the most sought-after neighborhood in the city. During your stay here, you MUST spend at least a day in Palermo.

At Palo Santo Hotel, we are Palermo experts! Most of our team live work and go out in the neighborhood. Let us guide you through a perfect day in Palermo.

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