Traveling to Argentina as a visitor is fun, but to get a true feel of the country, it is important to see how the locals live in it. Here, we share some well known secrets on how you can make like an Argentine on your Buenos Aires trip or the country’s other regions.
This strong tea is an Argentine classic and not to be missed on any Argentina holiday. Not only is it an energy provider popularly used for long student study sessions, it is a social activity that binds its drinkers across the barriers of age and background. During each casual mate drinking session, a host is declared who is responsible for administering the tea. The host makes the first batches of mate, drinks it to make sure it tastes good for the others, and continues to refill the gourd with hot water throughout the session as it is passed around for all to share. Feel free to slurp the end of your drink because it shows the host that you enjoyed it very much; saying thanks afterwards means you wish to have no more. What better way is there to make new friends?
The tango is a Buenos Aires staple and a part of Argentine culture that mixes history with modern entertainment. The dance was originally created and practiced by those lowest in society, the poor African and European working classes who needed an escape. It wasn’t until later that the middle and upper communities came to accept tango not as a disgraceful activity, but a legitimate kind of fun for both artistic and social value. Today, as many Argentina travel packages will take you to Buenos Aires, visit the heart of tango in the neighborhood of La Boca where professional dancers demonstrate their talents along the walk.
Argentine beef is known all around the world for their succulent flavors because generally, the meat is not heavily treated. That is, many cows are raised in the flat Pampas region in the north where the natural grasses help the animals grow at an organic rate. As such, no trip to the country should leave out a meal at a steak restaurant. If the meat itself doesn’t satisfy you, then pair it with a glass of red wine from the Mendoza area known for its wine output. The two flavors notoriously complement each other, making steak and red wine of the most characteristic dining combinations to add to your travel experiences.