Argentina Local Customs

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Argentina Local Customs

  • Tango

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    Buenos Aires is the ultimate destination for dancing to Argentine Tango, an essential part to experience this kind of dance Numerous show palaces, from the simple cafe to the over top. Many shows are excellent, and each is surprisingly unique It seems impossible to imagine Argentina without thinking of tango, its greatest export to the world San...

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  • Dog walkers = Paseadores de perros

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    If you see someone walking multiple dogs - no, it's not an animal hoarder or someone who has 5 dogs of their own! It's someone who is paid by several people/families to walk their dog. In Buenos Aires, some people either don't have time to walk their dog every day or don't want to, so they pay someone to do it for them. Though my personal opinion...

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  • Taste mate

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    You will see people waiting at the bus stop with a thermos in their hand. You wonder if they are taking their coffee with them or something like that. It's totally common. It's usually people taking water for their mate. Coffee, though it is popular and common, is more expensive than yerba. You will not see too many people drinking their mate when...

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  • Regarding Food

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    Argentine empanadas can be baked or fried depending on the occasion or cook. It is more common in the city to have a baked empanada. They are dough that is filled with filling and folded over into a half moon or triangle shape. Empanadas are not all the same with different fillings such as: beef, chicken or pork, Seasonings can also vary as well as...

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  • Personal experiencies with Argentinians

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    First, let me say that we meet Adalina twice. Once in Cementerio de la Recoleta and the other time at the Jardin Botanico. We were walking around the cementary when Ferni and I said we wondered if people come to visit their loved ones at the cementary since almost everyone we saw were tourist. At that moment, we turn down one of the sections of...

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  • Kisses

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    BA is the gay mecca in Latin America. The main Pride Parade is held in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires usually on the first Saturday of November Pride starts at 3pm and at 6pm the pride is ready to go to the Congress Palace of Argentina. Its all about 3 hours walking and dancing After that, the main stage is in Plaza Congreso, where music...

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  • Language

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    You have no doubt heard that the Argentines speak somewhat "different" Spanish and you might be worried that the phrases you learned will be incomprehensible to an ordinary Argentine. Worry not! All Argentines know standard Spanish. In Buenos Aires they speak somewhat differently. They speak fast, they throw their hands all over the place and get...

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  • Pesos, Argentinian currency

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    I said Buenos Aires is very expensive, but I must also say it's full of people that offers to change money at black market. With official exchange you get 1000 pesos for 150 euro, with the black one you could get 1000 pesos with 100€ I personally did not try as they offered it on the street, so I thought it was too easy to get a so better exchange...

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  • Protests

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    piqueteros? that's how we call the people who protest on the streets. List of the most common places where there are protest: - Plaza de Mayo - The historical square, protest are mainly located in this square because "la casa rosada" (where the presidents works) is in front of it. - El congreso (the congress) The building is located on Ave....

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  • Wines

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    For those who love wine (me!) Buenos Aires (Argentina in general) has a wonderful selection of fantatic wines. There are many "Bodegues" which are wineries here in Argentina producing some of the best you can find. Malbec is a favorite of mine and finding a very good and inexpensive Malbec is quite easy here in Buenos Aires. One of my favorite...

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  • Quilmes

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    Quilmes is the local beer and you will find that no matter where you go, you can order a Quilmes. I particularly don't care too much for beer (except for Leffe Blondes and an occassional pale ale), so when I tried the Quilmes I was surprised with its taste. It wasn't too stronge or bitter, something I can't get quite use to. Ferni and I enjoyed...

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  • Gauchos / Folklore

    Buenos Aires Local Customs

    Lo de Pueyrredón Lo de Pueyrredón, un cálido restaurante ubicado en Armenia 1378 en el barrio de Palermo Viejo, donde podrá saborear platos tradicionales de nuestro país, como locro, empanadas, tamales, humita, parrilla criolla… entre otros. Generalmente hay musica folclorica en vivo. It's a warm restaurant located in Armenia 1378 in Palermo's...

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  • Roadside Shrines

    In my country you will usually see a cross by the side of the road to signify that there was an accident and someone died at or near that place. In Argentina you will see a cross by the side of the road, and most of the time it has the same meaning as elsewhere. However, something that you see in Argentina is a bit different. There are roadside...

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  • Spices or lack thereof

    A lot of foreigners are surprised when they come to Argentina. At the table you won't often find a lot of spices. For example, when we go to a steak house there is salt, pepper and several kinds of sauces. Don't be surprised if you see nothing but a salt shaker. If you are used to slopping A1 or other steak sauces on your steak, that isn't done...

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  • Some differences in Spanish

    You have been getting prepared for visiting Argentina by trying to learn a bit of Spanish or trying to remember what you learned in school. At the end of your first day in Buenos Aires you might feel like what they are speaking is totally different from what you were prepared for. You might even feel a bit of disappointment after having practiced...

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  • Dia de la Tradicion

    This celebration occurs throughout the country on November 10. It started in San Antonio de Areco, to honor the traditions of the Argentine gaucho and his way of life. Since 1975 the celebration has taken place throughout the country, usually just in places where the gauchos play a significant role. For example, you can see it in Northwest...

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  • The Kiss

    One easy way to tell locals from foreigners..just look at how they say hello to each other. A foreigner will normally shake hands, the Argentine will normally give a kiss on the cheek. Really, its not a big deal. Men will give each other a little peck, women etc. its as normal as the sun rising and setting every day. Most locals don't tend to kiss...

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  • Ordering your bife in Argentina

    Argentine steak is excellent! Even with some changes in the industry, the beef here is of excellent quality and makes for wonderful eating.When you go out to eat, your steak will be prepared "al punto" which is basically medium to medium-well. -if you like your steak more pink ask for "jugoso" or "bien jugoso" which means juicy/very juicy.-medium...

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  • Dulce de leche

    Argentines often have a very sweet tooth. You will find fantastic pastries (and pastry shops) throughout the country. A common spread that Argentines will use at breakfast, for example, is something called dulce de leche. What it is, its sweetened milk, boiled and thickened. Often it has the consistency of honey. It is very sweet, I personally...

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  • Drink mate.

    Mate is an argentinian passion.It´s a kinda tea they drink from a little cup with a metal straw and it tastes very very bitter.To be honest i think it´s pretty foul, but i always take part in drinking it as it´s a very social thing to do in Argentina and a great way to meet the argentinians in their own way.like it or not.You gotta try it.It´s the...

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  • Yarba Mate

    Yerba Mate, South AmericaMade by steeping the leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree in hot water, yerba mate ranks among the traveling world’s most surprising and pleasing discoveries.Served in a hollow gourd with a metal straw, the caffeinated bevvie is so much a part of the South American scene -- popular in Argentina, Paraguay,...

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  • Tango

    Tango dancers seem to everywhere you look in Buenos Aries. You can come across them performing in the street almost any place there are crowds, especially areas like San Telmo and Boca. There are also tango shows and clubs. Many visitors come to Buenos Aires to take tango classes.There are a number of theories about the origin of the word "tango"...

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  • Dog Walkers

    One thing you'll notice in Buenos Aires, possibly more than in any other city in the world, are the Paseaperros or professional dog walkers. You'll see them sitting around, with a pack of dogs on leashes, in almost every major park in the city. As the fashionable dog in Buenos Aires at the moment is the Canadian Husky, you can see why they need...

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  • Falklands War Veterans

    The Falklands War Veterans demonstrating in Plaza de Mayo, with their flags and banners, have become something of a tourist attraction in central Buenos Aires. Their protests are aimed at demanding an increase in their pensions, access to better quality health care, home loans and official recognition of their service and suffering in the form of...

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  • Vinos tintos y blancos

    Argentinia's wine industry is huge, the fifth largest in the world, with the vast bulk of it going for home consumption, though changing methods and a concentrated marketing push in the last few years has seen exports and overseas recognition growing rapidly. For all the varieties of wine that are grown and produced there, one stands head and...

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  • Cult hero

    Faded red flags and streamers fluttering over little red roofs caught our eye as we drove across the Uspallata Valley high in the Andes near Mendoza. Getting out to look closer, we found broken toy cars, messages tucked into bottles, red candles and plastic flowers, all sorts of mostly red rubbish and small wooden crosses, in an odd sort of fairy...

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  • El Libertador

    He's remembered everywhere, with a statue, a street, a plaza named for him in towns and cities all over the country. General Jose de San Martin - soldier, Governor of Mendoza, liberator of Chile. Ferociously anti-colonialist but a royalist at heart, he wanted to see a constitutional monarchy installed to rule over his beloved Argentina. When the...

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  • Berries

    The calafate bush is a native of southern Argentina and Chile. In the summer they produce a blue-black berry. The berries are used to make jams, sauces, and eaten raw. They say if you eat some of the Calafate berries then you are sure to return.I hope that is true because I ate many berries while I was there. I also bought several jars of preserves...

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  • Tip the Street Entertainers!

    This guy was great ... Everytime you threw a coin in the hat in front of him he'd move and then stop still in another crazy stance .. !! Great stuff !!

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  • Night and day ...

    ... the strains of the tango filter into the air of Argentina, part of the heartbeat of the country, and Buenos Aires is the source of the pulse. Born in the bars and brothels of 19th century BA, it was a fusion of Arican and Cuban rhythms with a little touch of Central Europe, and definitely not something for polite society. When it first appeared...

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  • An acquired taste

    In Argentina, yerba mate (pronounced sherba mah-tay) is a way of life, a social ritual enjoyed by everyone right across all walks of life and stratas of society.What is it? A bitter herb tea is probably the best description - made from the young leaves of a member of the holly family and definitely an acquired taste for those not born to it. And if...

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  • CEFERINO CEFERINO CEFERINO

    Ceferino was a religious student who somehow became the object of a Roman Catholic cult and veneration in northern Patagonia.Here's a little 'witchcraft' you can try to get your questions answered. We need a white, black or red roll of long, thin cloth. Use toilet-paper if you really can't find such a thing.Fold the paper/cloth into half and put a...

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  • One Kiss or Two?

    A quick note of interest for travelers visiting Argentina. In Buenos Aires, both men and women greet each other with a kiss on the right cheek. However, in Misiones, women are kissed on both cheeks and men only on the right cheek. If you make the mistake of kissing a man on both cheeks, you might be mistaken as having romantic intentions. As a...

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  • The "cartoneros" - best recyclers in the...

    You may see in the Cities, people rummaging through the public waste bins around dusk. They have supermarket trolleys with them, and are basically sorting out the rubbish to extract any food they can eat (they are homeless or very poor), along with tins, cans, cardboard, plastic bottles and glass.They separate out all the recyclable material in...

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  • Protest and strikes

    A part of the daily life in Buenos Aires. Protest and strikesDuring my stay, for a couple of days in BsAs there was almost everyday a protest against whatever you can imagine.Most favorite places are Plaza Mayo and Plaza El Congreso, centers of the gouvernmentOther strike actions i've seen ?? Yes even in Ushuaia, the most southern city in the...

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  • Sherba Maytay

    Drinking Yerba tea in a mate (cup)Mate is as tea-like beverage consumed mainly in Argentina, Uruguay and ParaguayIt is a tropical or subtropical plant, needing high temperatures, high humidity and up to 1500 mm of annual rain. On average, 300,000 tons of Mate are produced each year.It was introduced by the primitive Guarani Indians and the Spanish...

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  • Singing And Dancing In Restaurants

    Salteños are very proud of their culture and you will see that they know their songs and dances when you go to a restaurant in Salta. Diners will enthousiastically rub shoulders with the professional dancers or the whole house may join in a song and it is nothing like drunk caterwauling you may encounter in other parts of the world.The atmosphere...

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  • ‘Un’fashionable Change, by Cara –

    Just as traditional tango music and style of dancing have begun to wan in the eyes of the next generation tanguearos, so has the dress. In this new age of tango, the women have decided to leave their prostitute-like dresses in the closet and their fishnet hose in the tackle box to form a style of their own. Basically, anything goes. Many of the...

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  • Tango, by Cara

    On any given night there are at least 25 places to tango dance (that is if you only count the ones listed in the BA Tango magazine). It is unbelievable. Instead of visiting different tango salons as we did when we were here in 2003, we have found one venue to patronize that fits our needs to a ‘T’, called El Motivo. The style and level of dancing...

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  • Yerba Mate

    You are welcome to visit my travelogue on "mate" under my Santo Tome's pageI ran out of travelogue space on my Argentina page:o)

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  • Street performers on Florida Street

    I enjoyed some of the street performers on Florida Street, that stay motionless until some one provides them with a well deserved tip.

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  • Mate

    My first introduction to Mate was with friends at Casa Pueblo. Now I have it at home and at work. In Canada, you can buy it in health food stores like Amaranth in Calgary. In Argentina it is common to have Mate in the afternoon at home. I think I'll go heat up some water right now...

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  • I would like to dedicate this

    Tip to Mercedes Sosa..the great argentine Singer, in fact very much respected in all of South America. In the early 70's she had to leave Argentina, a threat to the Junta. She went to Spain and France.She returned to Argentina 1984Her Music can be found on the web.

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  • Game of Pato

    a ball embeded in lederstraps which gets trown around by players on horses...and tried to smash the ball in a big net on poles.in the early days, a poor Duck got strapped up and trown around...no kidding!!each succesful goal gives 1/2 a point to the team. the horses are special breed, just like Polohorses....why did I put it under Local Custom, I...

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  • Wine Tasting

    Some wonderful stuff is made here, especially (but not just) from Cayfayate, try, try and try some more. Try a nice full bodied Malbec when you're dining on every part of the cow on the grill.Some noteable estates are Lopez and Wineart. I would like to hear some more if you have any.

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