While in Argentina, you are going to have to try the native dance – the tango. Originating in this South American country, the tango has become popular all over the world and while you will probably do the tradition a great injustice and completely murder the dance, try it anyway. If nothing else, it will give your spectators a laugh.
Of course, you will need to see how the professionals do it first and as with most other things in the country, the best place for tango is in Buenos Aires. While several establishments portray one of the country’s most famous exports, they can be quite expensive. Therefore you should try to get discounted tickets or attend the free Sunday shows in the various plazas.
If, on the other hand, you would prefer to stick to what you know, the good news is that there are more than enough discos and bars where you can display your dancing or singing talents. The clubs in the larger cities and provinces don’t actually get going until between 12.00am and 2.00am and don’t close until after sunrise so you could be in for a pretty long night.
You may well associate South American countries with flamboyant festivals but Argentina actually has very few. All the public holidays are centred around the Roman Catholic liturgical year meaning that the country practically closes down at Easter and Christmas. The other big days in the country are the May Revolution commemoration on May 25th, Malvinas Day on June 10th and Columbus Day which is on October 12th.