Discovering Buenos Aires: A Guide for First-Timer's



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Buenos Aires is a city full of passion and charm, and one week is barely enough time to pack in all of the sights and sounds. However, with some smart planning and full pockets, visitors can expect a lively time in beautiful, historical Buenos Aires. A stroll around the Plaza de Mayo, with its Casa Rosada and Cabildo, offers a big dose of political history, while a walk down the grand Avenida de Mayo is a feast for the eyes of architecture buffs. The Teatro Colon and the Museo Evita are at the top of the list for cultural options, while the San Telmo antiques fair and designer boutiques along Avenida Alvear are for indulging the consumer in you. But don't forget to eat - world-class dining options in Buenos Aires include the award-winning La Bourgogne and, at La Brigada, the cuisine for which Argentina is best known - beef.

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Viejo Almacén (El)

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Avenida Independencia y Balcarce 1064
1100 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Day 1 - Buenos Aires


Start with the basics at Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ most historical square that continues to the be the backdrop for political demonstrations and protests - hence the need for the heavy-duty riot fencing dividing the plaza in half. Circle around the perimeter for a condensed dose of history, starting at the Casa Rosada, Argentina’s equivalent to Washington’s White House (where, like the White House, visitors have to remain outside). Work your way over to the magnificent Catedral Metropolitana before skipping across the square to the Cabildo, Buenos Aires’ original city hall and the site of a city museum. Be sure to round the building to the back passageway where local artists and craftspersons hawk their best wares. The history continues down Avenida de Mayo - walk along the wide boulevard to Cafe Tortoni, one of the city’s oldest and most grandiose cafes and an excellent spot for a coffee break. Once you’ve got your buzz it’s time to hit the pavement again, working your way down Ave. de Mayo to the Plaza de los dos Congresos and the National Congress building, where, again, visitors are not allowed inside. Keep your eyes peeled for more demonstrations in this plaza - Buenos Aires is renowned for restless union workers fighting for their rights. Zip down to the famous La Brigada in cobblestoned San Telmo for a hearty steak dinner, the first of many on this trip. As the evening winds down, turn in at the Design Suites Hotel in Barrio Norte, a sophisticated, centrally-located style hotel. Try to get a front-facing room over the plaza opposite the hotel for the best view.


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Plaza de Mayo

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Avenida de Mayo 800
Plaza de Mayo begins at the eastern terminus of Av. de Mayo and is surrounded by calles Yrigoyen, San Martín, Rivadavia, and Balcarce
1084 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Pirámide de Mayo

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Avenida de Mayo 800 - Plaza de Mayo
1084 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4312 2232 (Tourism Information Centre)


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Catedral Metropolitana

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San Martín 27
San Martín, At Rivadavia overlooking Plaza de Mayo
1004 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Palacio de Gobierno

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Bolívar 1
1406 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4323 9400


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Café Tortoni

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Avenida de Mayo 825
At Esmeralda
1084 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Plaza de los Dos Congresos

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near Monument of The Thinker
1033 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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La Brigada

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Estados Unidos 465
At Bolívar
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4361 4685
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Design Suites Buenos Aires

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Alvear Marcelo T. De 1683
1060 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Day 2 - Buenos Aires


Day 2 kicks off with a stroll down Avenida Corrientes, the bustling Broadway of Buenos Aires. Take in a show at one of the classic theaters along the avenue, or drop into a pizza joint for some steamy, cheesy pie. Whether you start at the east or west side of Corrientes, you’ll end up at the 16-lane Avenida 9 de Julio intersection, crowned by one of Buenos Aires’ most recognizable monuments, the Obelisco. Circle around the imposing tower and then walk north a few blocks the the Teatro Colon, South America’s most important opera house. Inexpensive tours will shed light on post-renovation changes and the inner workings of the theater - don’t miss the wig collection in the costume closet. Dinner is just a short walk away at Milion, a restored mansion with an eclectic South American menu and the best frozen mojitos in town. If the weather is agreeable, request a patio or courtyard table. Work off your dinner with some dance lessons at the Academia Nacional de Tango in Montserrat, just to the south of Milion. Taxi back up to the Design Suites when it comes time to call it a night.


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Avenida Corrientes

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Avenida Corrientes
1125 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Obelisco

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Av. 9 de Julio
San Nicolás
1043 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Teatro Colón

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Cerrito 618
C1010AAN Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4378 7100 / 54 11 4378 7344
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Milión

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Parana 1048
Barrio Norte
1018 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4815 9925
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Academia Nacional de Tango

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Ave de Mayo 833
1084 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4345 6968 / +54 11 4345 6967
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Day 3 - Buenos Aires


Now it’s time to see Buenos Aires like a local at the Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires’ biggest city park. Porteños stream out to the park on weekends throughout the year, rain or shine, to enjoy the bike and jogging paths, the paddle boats, and the rose gardens, or just to bask in the sunshine on the wide lawns. The busiest spot is along Avenida Libertador and La Infanta Isabel, where food and coffee carts stocked with sausage and steak sandwiches roll out around lunchtime in case you get hungry. If you fancy a sit-down lunch, pay your few pesos entrance to the Japanese Gardens at the southern end of the Bosques and head straight for the traditional teahouse, where sushi and noodles are served throughout the day. Once satisfied, you can continue your lazy park- and garden-heavy day at the Botanical Gardens in Plaza Italia, where the cats are the main feature. Stroll around Palermo for awhile, making sure to hit Plaza Serrano’s hectic weekend design market, before grabbing dinner at the gourmet cafe inside the lovely Museo Evita, Finish your night off by putting your tango moves to the test (or just kicking back and watching with a glass of Argentina’s pride, malbec) at the milonga La Viruta, located in the basement of the Armenian Cultural Center of Palermo.


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Bosques de Palermo

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Avenues Del Libertador, Dorrego y Figueroa Alcorta
Palermo
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Japanese Garden

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2966 Casares
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Botanical Gardens

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Santa Fe and J.L. Borges
Av. Las Heras, at Plaza Italia, across from the subway entrance
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 48314527
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Museo Evita

Location:

Calle Lafinur 2988
At Gutierrez
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: + 54 11 4809 3168
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Viruta Tango (La)

Location:

Armenia 1366
At Cabrera
1414 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4774 6357 / 54 11 4779 0030
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Day 4 - Buenos Aires


Sunday is always San Telmo day in Buenos Aires, as the neighborhood comes alive, as it has for over 20 years, with the sights and sounds of a lively mix of old and new Argentina. The feria runs from sunrise to sundown from Plaza de Mayo along Calle Defensa to the southern edge of the neighborhood (not to mention San Telmo’s sole green patch), Parque Lezama. Stroll around the sleepy park to catch a glimpse of men enjoying their own weekend tradition of sipping mate and playing chess before dropping in to the tiny but worthwhile Museo Historico Nacional. Back on the street, stroll up past the street performers to San Pedro Telmo. The former psychiatric hospital and women’s prison next door opens on Sundays for interesting tours as well, and a new Basque tapas restaurant across the street is an excellent spot for a midday drink or snack. Turn back to befriend the antiques hawkers in Plaza Dorrego, or bypass the commotion and opt for a corner window table at the Plaza’s namesake bar, Bar Dorrego. Prices have skyrocketed in recent years, so skip the food and indulge in a rich coffee or glass of wine to help you soak up the atmosphere. Afterwards, slowly make your way up the street through the tango orchestras, dancers, and puppeteers to the Iglesia de San Ignacio, Buenos Aires’ oldest church. A peek inside gives a glimpse of the ongoing renovations trying to keep the building from crumbling. As night sets in, grab some friends and go for a steak dinner at the iconic El Desnivel, where a few cheap dishes and pinguinos of hearty red wine will feed a crowd. Wrap the day up with a nightcap at classic Bar Seddon, where live bossa nova or tango is performed most weekend evenings.


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Barrio de San Telmo

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Defensa 1200
1065 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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San Pedro Telmo Antiques Fair

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Dorrego Square
Defensa and Humberto, 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Parque Lezama

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Calle Defensa and Calle Brasil
1098 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Museo Histórico Nacional

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Calle Defensa 1600
1143 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Parroquia San Pedro Telmo

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Humberto Primo 340
1103 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Plaza Dorrego

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Defensa and Humberto Primo
Plaza Dorrego, at the intersection of Defensa and Humberto I
1065 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Bar Dorrego

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Defensa 1908
1143 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4361 0141


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Iglesia de San Ignacio

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Bolívar y Alsina
Zona Centro
1066 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Desnivel

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Defensa 855
At Independencia
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 4300 9081


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Bar Seddon

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Defensa 685
1002 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 54 11 43130669


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Home Hotel

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Honduras 5860
Between Carranza and Ravignani
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: 5411 4778 1008
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Day 5 - Buenos Aires


Day 5 takes on a different type of sightseeing that is just as porteño as soccer and steak - shopping along Avenida Alvear, the poshest address in Buenos Aires. Top couture designers have their locales along the leafy boulevard - don’t bypass the Alvear Palace Hotel galeria just off the street, where various jewelers and high-end craftspeople showcase some of the finest Argentine silver and wool products. At the end of the street is Plaza Francia, the heart of Recoleta and a popular meeting place for locals, young and old alike. Do a bit of people-watching outside of La Biela before venturing into the maze that is the Recoleta Cemetery, and then next door to see what’s on at the Centro Cultural. Hop on a bus to zip up Libertador to the Hipodromo for some hedonistic fun in the form of horse races and some slot machine action. As nighttime rolls around, head back to Ave Alvear’s award-winning French eatery, La Bourgogne. If you take to the scene, bear in mind that La Bourgogne serves a well-priced, stuff yourself silly high tea daily. Turn in for the night at Home Hotel, one of Buenos Aires’ most stylishly comfortable lodgings - grab a poolside nightcap if you’re not quite ready to hop into bed.


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Avenida Alvear

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Avenida Alvear 1300
1014 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +51 11 4312 2232 (Toursim Information Centre)


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Plaza Francia

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Avenida del Libertador, entre Agote y Pueyrredón
1405 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 (0)11 4372 3612 (Tourist Information)


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Cementerio de la Recoleta

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Azcuénaga 1901-1999
Recoleta District
1116 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Centro Cultural Recoleta

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Junín 1930
1113 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo

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Avenida del Libertador 4101
1426 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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La Bourgogne

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Av. Alvear 1891
At Ayacucho in the Alvear Palace Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Day 6 - Buenos Aires


Now’s time for some of the other major tourist sights that you simply can’t leave without seeing - namely, El Caminito in La Boca. Take a morning coffee at Fundacion Proa’s terrace cafe, where patio tables have the best views over the Riachuelo harbor. Grab a cab up to the Boca Juniors Stadium, a national landmark that can be toured if no game is on. The neighborhood’s finest eatery, Patagonia Sur, is the place for lunch, where you can fill up on meat, potatoes, and red wine to your belly’s content. Head over to the Reserva Ecologica for the closest possible encounter with the Rio de la Plata, before crossing over the picturesque, modernist Puente de la Mujer in Puerto Madero, on the way to an upscale Argentine dinner at the expensive but very worthwhile Cabaña las Lilas.


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El Caminito

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Caminito entre Magallanes y Lamadrid.
1160 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Boca Juniors Stadium

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Brandsen 805
At Del Valle Iberlucea
C1161AAQ Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Patagonia Sur

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Rocha 801
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Puente de la Mujer

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Dock 3
C1107AAP Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Puerto Madero

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Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 200
1007 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Cabaña Las Lilas

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Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 516
At Villaflor, in Dique 3
1107 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Day 7 - Buenos Aires


Start the morning off right with breakfast at the cozy Home cafe before heading out to take in the works by Argentine masters such as Antonio Berni and Xul Solar in the collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Jump down the road to the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo for a quick coffee break at the delightful outdoor tables of the museum cafe, then continue on to the Constantini collection at MALBA - admission is waived and the galleries stay open until 9 on Wednesdays, so take your time poking around. As nighttime falls take in an essential Buenos Aires dinner time tango spectacle at San Telmo’s corner theater, Bar Sur.


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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

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Av. del Libertador 1473
Recoleta
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo

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Av. del Libertador 1902
At Lucena
1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4802 6606 / +54 11 4801 8248 / +54 11 4806 8306
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Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

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Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415
C1425CLA Buenos Aires, Argentina

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tel: +54 11 4808 6500
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Bar Sur

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Estados Unidos 299
1101 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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