On the banks of the De la Plata River, Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, attracts travelers with its history, its architecture, its streets and its people. A city of contrasts, immigrants – mainly European – and a bohemian style, Buenos Aires blends the antique and the modern; the historical cafés and the avantgarde pubs; the colorful slums in the south, the stylish mansions with well-kept gardens in posh neighborhoods and the huge glass buildings in the city center. Buenos Aires mixes the quietness of an old neighborhood and the rush of the downtown,or City Porteña; the stylish gourmet restaurants and the typical old bars with generous portions, homemade flavors and regular customers; the narrow passages and the broad avenues; the relaxed living room of a Buenos Aires Hostel and the lobby of the most traditional hotels in the city. Buenos Aires is all the above, with the daily murmurs –which can be heard in spite of the noise the chaotic traffic of the city makes – of the lunfardo, or slang, the melancholy of the tango, and the cheering of the fans of football.
Buenos Aires is the political, administrative, commercial and cultural center of the country and its streets bear both its historical heritage and the latest trends in fashion and design. The public means of transport - train, subway and bus – will take you anywhere in Buenos Aires, a city where there is plenty of shopping streets and shopping malls and the cultural choice – theater and music shows, museums and art galleries – is incredibly intense throughout the year. Every Buenos Aires Hostel of the Hostelling International chain becomes the main door to some of the most attractive areas in the city. Buenos Aires downtown, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta are the starting point in the adventure of getting to know the city and its dwellers: it´s in the Buenos Aires Hostels where you will find the necessary guidance to take a tango class, or to go to a milonga, to go to a football stadium, to discover a new drink in fashionable pubs and bars, to enjoy a typical asado or some of the best Argentine wines.