A is for Alfajore: Traditional dessert made of wafer cookies and a rich chocolate or dulce de leche filling. Alfajores are of Spanish origin and are quite popular across the Latin world, but Argentina holds the title for highest consumption of alfajores per capita (yes, that's a real statistic). They can be purchased individually or by the case. My favorite brand of alfajore is Cachafaz, because of their fluffy fudgy filling.
B is for Buenos Aires: Translated literally, Buenos Aires means “good air.” The city was named after Our Lady Saint Mary of the Fair Winds at the time of its founding in 1536.
C is for Café Tortoni: Travel back in time with a visit to this charming European style café. It’s the perfect place to enjoy traditional afternoon snack of coffee and mini croissants, or say they call them in Argentina, medialunas (half moons).
D is for Dulce de Leche: Also called “manjar”, this sweet spread is a staple in Argentinian culture. Enjoy with apple slices for breakfast, or sweet biscuits for dessert – Dulce de Leche can be enjoyed at any hour.
E is for Eating: You’re going to do a lot of it. Embrace it.
F is for Football: Brazil may have the rowdiest fanaticos, but you won’t find anyone more deeply passionate about football than Argentinians.
G is for Gelato: The perfect treat to enjoy while strolling down BA’s cobblestone streets on a hot summer’s day.
H is for Hostel: Don’t waste your money on pricey hotel rooms. Chances are you’ll be out until the wee hours of the morning anyway. In Buenos Aires, Hostels are the way to go. I recommend the Mill House (Hippo). This famous party hostel is the perfect setting to make memories that will last a lifetime.
I is for Italy: Argentina’s Italian community, which grew out of an immigration boom during the 19th Century, is alive and thriving. Subsequently, Argentina boasts some of the best pasta below the equator.
J is for Juniors: The Boca Juniors are the most infamous soccer team in Argentina. CABJ fans are known for being exceptionally rowdy. Attending a Boca Junior game at the home stadium in the La Boca neighborhood is a once in a lifetime experience, but scoring tickets can prove quite challenging.
K is for Kilometers: Buenos Aires is 203 square kilometers which is comparable to the size of New York City.
L is for La Boca: This waterfront neighborhood is full of colorful buildings and street attractions. It’s the perfect spot for finding unique souvenirs and snapping festive pictures.
M is for MALBA: Bernis, Boteros and Kahlos, oh my! The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires boasts a stunning collection of art from across the Latin world. This one is a MUST SEE.
N is for Nightlife: Buenos Aires is home to the best nightlife south of the equator. The good parties don’t start until 2AM and some don’t stop until sunrise.
O is for Obelisco (Obelisk): Buenos Aires’ famous structure stands tall in the middle of El Avenida de Julio and serves as the symbolic center of the city.
P is for Polo: Hold your horses! Did you know that Argentina is a major player in the international polo scene? Saddle-up for a posh afternoon at one of Argentina’s many polo farms.
Q is for Queen Evita: Move over Queen B, in Buenos Aires, it’s all about Queen E! Although Argentina is a democracy, Eva Peron (First Lady of Argentina from 1932 to 1955) is basically royalty.
R is for Recoleta: This beautiful urban cemetery houses the bodies of some of Argentina’s most prized citizens, including Eva Peron.
S is for San Telmo: The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires is filled with classic Argentinian charm. Explore during the day for the shops and cafes and return at night for dining and nightlife.
T is for Tango: In Argentina, tango isn’t merely a form of music or dance, but a way of life. The spirit of tango is felt throughout the city. Visit La Catedral de Tango on Saturday at midnight to see the pros strut their stuff in the most authentic setting imaginable.
U is for Uruguay: Itching to add more stamps to your passport? Take a two-hour ferry ride across the bay to Uruguay. Quaint towns and tranquil beaches make it perfect for a weekend getaway.
V is for Vos: You know that weird formal form of second person we all learned in Spanish class, but actually use? Argentina is one of the few places where vos is the norm.
W is for Wine: Argentina and Chile may fight over which one is the wine capital South America, but when it comes to Malbecs, Argentina wines hands down. Plan an overnight getaway to Mendoza to visit some of the world’s most famous vineyards, or stay in Buenos Aires, where the vino runs like water.
X is for X-change rate: The exchange rate in Argentina is set by the government and may not accurately reflect the true value of the currency. Make sure you do your research to make sure you get the most bang for your buck before exchanging your money.
Y is for Yerba Mate: The official beverage of Argentina. Mate is an herbal loose-leaf tea is steeped in a wood-lined cup and sipped through a middle straw. Los Argentinos drink mate all day, everyday.
Z is for Zoo: Get up close and personal with animals from around the world as well as unique creatures you can only find in South America like the Patagonian Mara (pictured below).