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Barrio Hopping in Buenos Aires

With the energy of New York, the feel of Paris, and the chaotic pace of a major Latin American city all rolled into one, Buenos Aires is in a class of its own. Travelers have long flocked here to sample Argentina’s famous wine and beef and to be seduced by the tango, but the city is gaining acclaim for another reason: its never-ending nightlife. Here’s my recipe for a hedonistic long weekend in the Argentinian capital.

This month National Geographic Traveler announced 2014’s must-see places in the annual Best of the World feature. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, and sustainably minded. Discover what makes these destinations worthy of a visit—and how they ended up on the list.

The Best of Central Argentina

Whether you’re heading to central Argentina for romance, adventure, business, or complete cultural immersion, here are a few recommendations based on my personal experience.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Buenos Aires is a city that needs an exclamation point after its name. And maybe all caps. BUENOS AIRES! seems to capture the city’s exuberant, exhausting, and beautiful urban buzz. I spent a full week in the South American capital and left wanting more.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in May.

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There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April.

The average person couldn’t point the Falklands out on a map. Even in the U.K. (the Falklands are a “British Overseas Territory”), mention of the islands often invites remarks along the lines of “Oh, how I love Scotland!”

Extra Padding in Patagonia

Campsites have long been the main option in Patagonia, a challenging prospect as freezing rain and gale-force gusts threaten much of the year. Now, less hardy travelers can rest easy at local operator Vertice Patagonia’s new series of affordable eco-lodges linking the region’s popular attractions.

Malbec in Mendoza

The award-winning vineyards of central-west Argentina can trace their roots to the 16th century, when Spanish colonialists began to travel and settle there. Here’s our guide to making the most of your time in Malbec Country (but don’t forget Torrontes while you’re there).

Best Bike Tours for Foodies

What better way to sample the culinary delights of a region than by peddling along its backroads, enjoying the scenery and working up an appetite for the next meal?

Here are ten great itineraries for all you food- and wine-loving cyclists out there.

In the mid-19th century, Buenos Aires’s wealthiest families lived in San Telmo, south of downtown. But an 1870s yellow fever epidemic sent the well-to-do packing, their former digs repopulated by Spanish and Italian immigrants. The resulting cultural stew gave rise to tango and a robust street life. Walking San Telmo reveals how Argentina’s capital looks toward the future while holding on to its past.

We just launched our Best Spring Trips 2012 list and yesterday on IT we gave you three ideas for yoga-centered trips. But if the longer spring days are awakening the inner adventurer in you, then strap on some spurs, saddle up a horse, and read on for three trip ideas that will take you out…

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Tango Heats Up in Argentina

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: At the Tango Festival and Dance World Cup, held for the past 12 years in Buenos Aires, visitors are treated to seminars on the dance, tango-related films, and beginning or intermediate dance classes. At night, put those steps to work at a steamy electro-tango dance party. But the main spectacle remains the…

The Archives of Jorge Prelorán

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Glimpse the remote and rugged lives of rancheros in the western Pampas of Argentina 40 years ago, or watch an Afro-American dance ensemble in Poland in the 1950s, or meet the Warao people of Venezuela in 1974: The eclectic and heartfelt ethnographic documentaries of Argentine filmmaker Jorge Prelorán will transport you, and make you feel…

Places Rated: Scotland’s Moray Firth Coast

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Scotland:…

Patagonia is pure, dramatic nature–craggy peaks that seem to signal the end of the Earth (the tip of South America is nearby, after all); panoramas of grassy foothills, each topped with a single guanaco on the lookout for pumas; waterfalls and glaciers seeping into lakes colored a startling blue. Every windblown inch of it screams…

Best Bites in Buenos Aires

Traveler alumnus and Travel Telegraph blogger Emily Haile is back from a trip to Buenos Aires… On a recent trip to Buenos Aires with Borello Travel & Tours, I unabashedly grilled the employees at the Faena Hotel + Universe. It turns out the Faena is simply too swank to have a concierge. Rather, each guest…

Photographer Bob Krist treats us to a slideshow of tango photos taken while on assignment for the magazine in Buenos Aires. He tells us about the shoot:   I was planning on doing a “little” tango photography as part of the assignment, but I quickly got hooked on shooting it…in the street, in the milongas…

Bus2Antarctica: Scared Strait

Nobody said getting to Antarctica by bus would be easy, but even Andrew Evans didn’t think he’d feel this close to death as he crossed the Strait of Magellan. I almost died on my last bus. I think it was the “almost” that was so terrifying. Never mind my crossing of militarized Colombia or dodging…

Bus2Antarctica Video: Windy City

While waiting for his last bus to Ushuaia, Andrew Evans spent three days in the windy city of Rio Gallegos. Watch out Chicago. You’ve got competition. After three days in Rio Gallegos, I can vouch that its reputation for high and constant winds holds merit.   For so many travelers, Rio Gallegos marks the end…

After traveling 7,000 miles by bus through the Americas, Andrew Evans found the gold standard of buses in Argentina. As far as buses are concerned, I saved the best for last. I’m so glad. Had I started my journey on an Argentine bus, I would have been spoiled rotten right from the beginning. Every bus…

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We continue with our blog recaps of Andrew Evans’ journey to Antarctica. In today’s dispatch, Andrew challenges you not to salivate after watching this video. Travel makes me hungry. After a month of riding buses I’ve learned to pack light and eat light while en route. But after 30 or 40 hours on the road,…

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Andrew Evans recounts his race to reach Ushuaia before his boat left for Antarctica. One country, five buses, seven days. Argentina is a huge country. I suppose I was aware of that fact beforehand–subconsciously–but traveling the entire length of the country in person really drives the point home. Pun intended, I guess. I entered into…