Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango and what identifies best the Porteños or people from the port, as natives of the city are called.
It's rooted in Argentina culture and everybody from the intellectual to the suburban speak and feel its language.
It's also an expression of romance, mood and emotion, is pride and arrogance, sad and nostalgic.
A silent, intimate dialog between dancers. Provably the most sensual dance ever...
Born during 19th. century in the brothels and working-class districts of Buenos Aires - particularly in the neighborhood of Montserrat - spread among the working-class slums, Black population and European migrants, and became popular throughout society.
Danced its way to Europe in the early years of 20th. century, when orchestras and dancers traveled to Paris. London followed and then Berlin, Finland, USA and the world at large.
It went as far as Japan, where it has many followers, schools, clubs, singers and orchestras devoted to it.
There are several styles of it...
The Argentine approach it's provably the best music ever made, and nothing characterizes it more than a "bandoneon", the musical instrument through which gets played on. It is feeling... sentiment...
Let us quote the description of this beautiful documentary film called Subtango, the Spirit of Tango, done by Sofia Vaccaro in 2000...
"Even after a century of history, the enshrinement as the national music, after rampant commercialization and packaging for export, still speaks to the Argentine soul.
Subtango shows how this music, dance, art and poetry are an essential part of the emotional expression of regular people, featuring the gamblers, ramblers and barroom prophets of the Buenos Aires night, playing weather-beaten accordions and singing old songs of heartbreak and resentment.
Through interviews with the citizens of this subterranean world, the film expands on its lugubrious aesthetic, the origins of its melodramatic lyrics in the laments of alienated immigrants, the sensuality and profound communication of its dance.
The film explores the faded old bars where the nightcrawlers of Buenos Aires come to dance and drink amidst the peeling paint and thick clouds of smoke.
Subtango is a portrait of that world that lies closest to the true meaning of what tango is in Argentina".
So when you're ready for some Buenos Aires tourism don't miss a good diner-show or even take a few lessons in one of the many academies and clubs scattered around the city.
For the best shows in town, check some of this...
You too can dance your way through Buenos Aires...
International flights arrive to Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza, some 35 km to the south of the city.
Aerolineas Argentinas has regular flights to/from Buenos Aires, as well as a good number of other international airlines such as Iberia, British Airways, Lufthansa, etc. The list is HUGE so check with your Travel Agent from your point of departure in order to get the best connection or direct flight according to your needs.
Domestic and Uruguay flights use Aeropuerto Jorge Newbery - within city limits.
Both are connected through shuttle services, buses and taxis.
Within Argentina there are other airlines to choose from. Líneas Aéreas del Estado (LADE) and Líneas Aéreas Privadas Argentinas (LAPA) are some of the options available.
For more information on airports and airlines please visit Argentina airports.By Bus:
Estación Retiro is the main bus terminal in Buenos Aires to/from anywhere within the country as well as neighboring countries: Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.
A well run bus system with long distance buses that usually provide meal service and toilets.
You could also choose to eat at restaurants along the way if not meal service is provided.
From Dársena Norte (Buenos Aires Port) there is a regular hydrofoil and ferry service to Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
From Tigre (1/2 by train from Retiro train station) you could also get a boat to Carmelo, Uruguay, through a catamaran (about four hours ride). Check with Cacciola Viajes y Turismo
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