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Witnessing the tango on the streets of Buenos Aires is not so uncommon ... the dance is the staple of the city's colorful culture. So join in -- or watch from the sidewalk -- and experience the many exciting layers that make the country's capital.

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You can indulge in free-range melt-in-your-mouth beef paired with an excellent Argentinean wine and stroll past La Casa Rosada, the pink government palace where Eva Peron rallied her public (and her final resting place in the upscale, but no less eerie La Recoleta Cemetery). But you haven't truly arrived in Buenos Aires until you've witnessed the mystique and fervor of the tango -- whether you attempt it yourself, attend a dinner-time show or simply happen upon locals breaking into dance in the streets.

The capital of the world's eighth largest country and home to nearly 12 million people, Buenos Aires was built by European immigrants and clearly shows the influence of its early settlers. This city beside the Rio de la Plata is often compared to Paris because of its sidewalk cafes and bustling sidewalks -- in fact, its nickname is "the Paris of South America" -- but you may also be reminded of Barcelona or Rome by its Old World architecture, plazas and parks, and pizzerias (85 percent of its immense population is of European descent).

Buenos Aires' many neighborhoods, or "barrios," command a pre- or post-cruise stay -- you could easily fill three days visiting colorful La Boca with its authentic squat houses; Recoleta, an elegant residential and shopping district; and up-and-coming Puerto Madero, boasting a riverfront promenade and chic clubs. What you'll take home with you is more than snapshots and memories of buildings and boulevards. You'll have captured the vibrant Latin spirit of the "portenos" or "people of the port" -- natives to Buenos Aires who are passionate about sports, food, politics, culture ... in a word, life.

--by San Diego-based Jana Jones, who is the creator and editor of lodging Web site, as well as one of Cruise Critic's stalwart ship reviewers.

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Buenos Aires: Families Mini-Break
Don't spend your vacation watching water drain ... make this trip an outdoor adventure with amusement and nature parks, zoos and more!
Buenos Aires: Couples Mini-Break
Hit the town with your loved one and experience Buenos Aires' world-class shopping, dining, museums and theater, and above all: the tango.
Buenos Aires: Seniors Mini-Break
This city is made for walking ... and when those old bones start creaking, transportation is cheap and plentiful.
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