5 Ways to Experience the Real Buenos Aires

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Jill Kruidenier
April 29, 2014

Each semester, IES Abroad staff organize a wide range of free cultural activities and outings to help students immerse themselves in the local culture. This week, we'd like to highlight our Buenos Aires Program, which puts together more than 30 events to help students see and experience the real Argentina.

Here are just a few examples:

  1. Learn to tango.
    Take tango lessons alongside Porteños (people from Buenos Aires) to experience this famed dance, not as a tourist but as local people do.
  2. Visit Tigre. 
    Roughly 17 miles north of Buenos Aires, this picturesque city is a popular weekend destination situated on the Paraná Delta, and was once an important hub for fruit trade. A boat ride through its famed canals and rivers is a relaxing getaway from the bustle of the big city.
  3. Take a cooking class.
    Learn how to make your own empanadas and other local cuisine at the well-known Instituto Argentino de Gastronomía.
  4. Explore San Isidro
    Walking its cobbled streets and admiring the beautiful architecture, you can see why San Isidro is one of the most affluent and beautiful places to live near Buenos Aires. You also visit the local market and Villa Ocampo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the home of famous writer/feminist Victoria Ocampo. The day ends with a stop for afternoon tea alongside the Rio de la Plata, the widest river in the world.
  5. Experience Fuerza Bruta. 
    Think aerial displays, rain, actors sliding through water in a tank above you, and heart-pounding music and dancing. Students often say this theatrical performance was one of their most amazing memories of Buenos Aires.

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