By Roy Heale
It’s renowned as the Paris of South America and there is a very good reason why. A year-round warm and gentle climate coupled with the Spanish influence has made Buenos Aires the hottest destination in South America for gay travellers seeking a unique vacation escape from daily routines. From Tango dancing and historic architecture to elegant dining and vibrant gay nightlife it’s guaranteed to be memorable in Buenos Aires. The city’s original European settlers came mostly in the nineteenth century from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Exploring Buenos Aires, you will sense the European history while you explore the splendid boulevards, classic architecture, expansive plazas , extensive parks, and ever-changing charisma of Argentina’s stunning capital city. You will quickly understand why this city is known as ‘The Paris of South America’, populated by sophisticated Porteños—as the local residents are affectionately known.
Perhaps one of Argentina’s most notable tourist attractions at the moment is the low cost of living and shopping bargains to be found here. Here you can enjoy an economical vacation without sacrificing any pleasures or comforts. If a bottle of good wine or a liter of beer for two dollars sounds appealing, then you will also be pleased to rent a cozy vacation apartment for as little as four hundred dollars per week. Even gourmet restaurant dining is affordable when a three-course dinner with wine can readily be enjoyed for less than fifteen dollars per person. And the renowned Empanadas—small pies with a variety of fillings—for less than one dollar each! It’s hard to believe but this summer LAN Airlines is offering fares of approximately $499 plus taxes round-trip between New York and Buenos Aires. Check out their fares from a city close to you in North America.Who can resist this destination in our current financial circumstances?
The gay community is spread throughout the center of town but in small concentrated pockets. The districts of Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo are very gay and the local bars, restaurants and clubs are found mostly in these areas. However, most gay places are within an inexpensive taxi ride of each other. These central communities of Buenos Aires are some of the safest zones of any major city in South America and visitors should feel secure walking around day or night—however, sensible precautions should never be abandoned.
Sidewalk cafes, Argentine beef Parilla grill-restaurants—renowned for the best beef in the world—and cheap shopping make this a wondrous gay destination.
Buenos Aires now has over sixty gay discos, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, saunas, movie theaters, and possibly the best-looking Latin men you will see anywhere. The gay scene in Buenos Aires, in common with other cities in South America, starts very late. Apart from one bar (Flux) and the cruising bars and movie theaters, nothing really starts until around midnight. Very few people arrive at discos until 2:00 AM, but then the discos quickly fill to capacity and line-ups occur, particularly on Saturdays. The principal discos and bars mostly operate from Thursday to Sunday, but there are show bars with comedy drag and strippers open seven nights a week. Most of the cruising bars, cinemas and saunas are open seven days a week, with some being open twenty-four hours throughout the weekend.
So if you are trying to find a place to enjoy a fun gay vacation but these economic times have restricted your budget, then check out the discount flights to Buenos Aires and enjoy the Paris of South America. The temperate climate in South America makes Buenos Aires a year-round gay vacation possibility. Several IGLTA members are ready and waiting to make your visit to Buenos Aires a gay get-way full of hot Latin memories.
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