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Friday, May 1, 2009

Looking for a Vacation on a Lower Budget this Year?

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. The city’s original European settlers came mostly in the nineteenth century from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 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 today is the low cost of living and shopping bargains to be found here. You can enjoy a low-cost vacation without sacrificing any pleasures or comforts. 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 as little as four hundred dollars per week. Even gourmet restaurant dining is affordable when a three-course dinner with wine can readily be enjoyed for less than fifteen dollars per person. With airfares this summer from LAN Airlines of approximately $499 plus taxes round-trip between New York and Buenos Aires, who can resist this destination in our current financial circumstances?
Although there is no specific gay village in Buenos Aires, the community is spread throughout the center of town. The districts of Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo are very gay and the local bars, restaurants and clubs are found mostly in these areas. Many gay places are within an 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 or gay-friendly 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) and the cruising bars and movie theaters, nothing really starts until around midnight. Very few people arrive at discos until 2:00 AM, but then the discos 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.
So if you are trying to find a place to enjoy a fun gay vacation but these economic times have restricted your budget, then check out the current discount flights to Buenos Aires and enjoy the Paris of South America. The temperate climate in South America makes Buenos Aires a year-round gay vacation possibility. Several IGLTA members are ready and waiting to make your visit to Buenos Aires a gay get-way full of hot Latin memories.
Visit http://www.gmaps360.com/ for local gay information in Buenos Aires.

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