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The Buenos Aires Scene

The Buenos Aires Scene
By Roy Heale

A warm and gentle climate coupled with the Spanish influence has made Buenos Aires the hottest destination in South America for gay vacationers seeking a genuine Latin experience—from Tango dancing and historic architecture to elegant dining and vibrant nightlife.  Exploring Buenos Aires, you will sense a sort of déjà vu of Europe while you explore the splendid boulevards, classic architecture, plazas everywhere, extensive parks, and ever-changing style of Argentina’s stunning capital city. You will quickly understand why this city is known as ‘The Paris of South America’, populated by sophisticated Porteños, as the local residents are affectionately known.

Perhaps one of Argentina’s most valuable tourist attractions is the low cost of living and shopping bargains to be found here. If a bottle of good wine or a liter of beer for two dollars sounds appealing, then you will also be pleased to rent a cozy vacation apartment for around five hundred dollars per week. Even gourmet restaurant dining is affordable when a three-course dinner with wine can readily be enjoyed for less than twenty dollars  per person.

Although there is no gay village in Buenos Aires, the community is spread throughout the center of town. The districts of Recoleta, Palermo, Barrio Norte, and San Telmo are very gay and the local LGBT bars, restaurants, and clubs are found mostly in these neighborhoods. Many gay venues are within a relatively short walk or inexpensive taxi ride of each other. These districts of Buenos Aires are some of the safest zones of any major city in South America and visitors should feel secure walking around day or night—however, sensible precautions should never be abandoned.

Sidewalk cafes, Argentine beef  Parilla grill-restaurants—renowned for the best beef in the world—and cheap shopping make this a wondrous gay destination.  Buenos Aires now has over sixty gay discos,
restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, saunas, movie theaters, and possibly the best-looking Latin men you will see anywhere.

The gay scene in Buenos Aires---in common with other cities in South America---starts very late. Apart from one bar (Flux) nothing really starts until around midnight. Very few people arrive at discos until 2:00 AM, but then they quickly fill to capacity and line-ups occur, particularly on Saturdays. The principal discos and bars mostly operate from Thursday to Sunday, but there are show bars with comedy drag and strippers open seven nights a week. Most of the cruising bars, cinemas and saunas are open seven days a week, with some being open twenty-four hours throughout the weekend.

There are two essentials to enjoying your vacation in this new Latin American gay mecca. Firstly you will need a pocket edition of a Spanish phrase book. Secondly the local GMAPS 360 gay guide and map will ensure you know where to find all the hot gay action.

So, put on your dancing shoes for a gay tango lesson, prepare for a sophisticated Latin culture, have your pink dollars or plastic ready for severe action, and head to the gay Paris of South America.

For More Travel Stories by Roy Heale Visit: www.royheale.blogspot.com

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