This sophisticated Argentine jewel is the most European of the South American capitals. Buenos Aires is often referred to as “The Paris of South America,” but it’s so much more than that. The city features characteristics of great global cities like Paris, Vienna, Rome, Barcelona, Havana, San Juan, Miami and others. But Buenos Aires stands alone, a sprawling metropolis of more than 12 million people, located well below the equator (closer to Antarctica, in fact) in the upper-eastern quadrant of Argentina. Most of the city’s goods and services remain a tremendous bargain for visitors from Europe or North America. Compared to other world-class cities, a trip to Buenos Aires is a bargain, and once you visit, you’ll likely want to return.

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