Argentina luxury travel with Ker & Downey means experiencing a rich culture of fine food, tango dancing, and incredible hotels with VIP experiences. Ker & Downey’s Barrett Caldwell just returned from Buenos Aires and shares his thoughts about the trip with us today.
Buenos Aires and it’s distinguished European feel is awash in culture, charm, fine food, and tango dancing. This South American hotspot bursts with Latin culture – kissing one another on the cheek is a standard greeting. Buenos Aires is so connected to the idea of social gatherings as the centerpiece of culture—eating dinner at 10:30pm followed by an all-nighter is the norm. While there, I met up with locals to get an insider’s perspective. We walked the streets, explored neighborhoods, and started dinner at 11pm, when the restaurants were full with people of all ages.
Steak is what you come for as a foodie to Argentina—and there’s no chance you can avoid the smell of roast and a grill on many street corners. Parrillas (steakhouses) beckon you to grab a table as locals congregate around the smell of a burning charcoal grill. Pizza is as thin as New York’s and restaurants are popular for that here. Empanadas are the snack of choice as pastry shops swing wide their doors for you to grab a quick snack as you walk along. They’re divine. Go with dulce de leche post dinner! And to drink? Well, wine is cheaper than any other beverage, so why not get a glass of some of the world’s best Malbec—from Mendoza, Argentina.
Buenos Aires is lively and clean – split into 48 neighborhoods which are varied and feel entirely different as you move about the city. In the Palermo neighborhood, you’ll find the great Buenos Aires nightlife, shopping, and expansive parks. The Recoleta neighborhood next door is home to some of the city’s finest luxury hotels. All of the Embassies are here too. It’s French arrondissements meets Spanish flair with most excellent vibes.
Not too far away is the neighborhood of Puerto Madero, which sits on an old wharf that has been revitalized. It’s hip and modern and the “it” place to be for the young, successful crowd. So it should be no surprise that the neighborhood’s iconic Faena Hotel screams hip, cool, and modern. It was created by an art mogul who also has two art-deco hotels in Miami. It’s maroon colored throughout and the downstairs bar/pool area feel like the living room of Hemingway – masculine and classy with suede chairs and huge comfy couches. It’s totally cool. They have one of the best and most renowned tango shows in Buenos Aires – Rojo Tango. I had the privilege of experiencing it and it was tango like I’d imagine tango—no gimmick, just art, beauty, passion.
There’s more to explore with Argentina luxury travel than just Buenos Aires! While Buenos Aires is an incredible city, don’t forget about the other 95% of Argentina that is full of different landscapes – from the desert-like terrain in Salta, to the gushing waterfalls of Iguazu, the Andes Mountains, the flatlands of the Pampas, to the glaciers and sandy beaches. It’s all within reach on regional air which I flew down to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Both this city and Punta Arenas (Chile) are the gateways to Southern Patagonia and to the Antarctic waters beyond.