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Rosario is a city in Santa Fe province, Argentina.
The third most populated city of the country, Rosario is gradually becoming a tourism spot.
There are daily flights (50 min) from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Airport and Ezeiza Airport, although still the more convenient way to get into the city by is to hire transport at EZE Airport. It is a four hour trip. There are also flights from/to Brazil, Perú and Uruguay.
On most days there are two trains to and from Buenos Aires, although the rail condition is not very good. The trains take six hours and the price difference compared with taking a bus is not worth it. Also consider that in Argentina it is common for shantytowns to be established on old fiscal land which belonged to the national railway company.
Two freeways (autopistas) connect Rosario with Buenos Aires and Santa Fe (and soon to Cordoba), although there is a part st locals take the bus, a remisse (a private Taxi service), or hail one of the many taxis roaming the area.
The most convenient way of travelling in Argentina. There are many buses departing daily from the Rosario bus station to almost every city in the country. It is also possible to travel by bus to southern Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. EGA bus lines operates a daily bus direct to Montevideo leaving at 23:50 and arriving in Montevideo 8:30 next morning. The cost is 286 pesos (Aug 2011).
Rosario is swimming with things to do for both tourists and the locals! Providing an adventurous variety of services such as: Kayaking, City tours on bike, Skydiving, Horseback riding, Sailboat rides, Spanish classes, Dance classes in both Folklore and Tango, Guitar and drum classes, as well as Capoiera and many others, Rosario is the new hotspot!
You can go to the beach at the river's edge, locally referred to as La Florida, to enjoy a cold drink on a summer's day, or cross the river to the island and spend a day at the beach. Either way you will find a wide variety of bars and restaurants with a spectacular view of the Parana!
Also known for their nightlife, which amazingly starts around 2AM (with luck) and ends as the sun is coming up, Rosario counts on a large variety of night clubs and discos to dance the night away!
Rosario is also known as the Salsa Capital of Argentina, Wednesdays and Sundays are the most popular days at Willie Dixon's.
You can meet locals at the Polyglot Meetings done every Tuesday at 8:30 P.M. at La Chamuyera Bar, Corrientes 1380. The meetings are part of Language Exchange International and Polyglot Club. They are a great way to meet local people, practice languages and make friends. You can contact [email protected] for more information. The meetings are free, you learn and teach at the same time!
American travelers might be surprised to see that many of the goods sold in “el centro” (Rosario's central shopping area), are much like that in any mall. Goods that might interest travelers, however, are the leather handbags, wallets, belts, and accessories. A must-see shop in that area is Raices, the perfect shop to pick up a purse or mate set.
Also note that, although the currency difference, apparel, shoes, handbags, etc. are not that much cheaper than in the United States. If you're looking for a bargain, stick to the street vendors and artisans posted up around El Centro and the park surrounding the Argentine Flag Monument.
A great store not found in Buenos Aires (possibly anywhere in Argentina) is called Underworld. It is found in a number of locations in Rosario and stocks different and interesting t-shirts and other funky clothes and accessories for girls.
Try the "Rincon" Vegetarian restaurant (Mitre St. between Córdoba St. and Santa Fe St.). For $AR 11 you get an all you can eat buffet with all sorts of innovative vegetarian goodies. Good if you want a break from steak.
* Room 302, offers Thai-Argentine fusion dishes, it is one of the trendiest restaurants in town and probably the only one offering something different from the regular steak or pasta. Great music and ambiance managed by well known chef Alejo Uribe. 3 de Febrero 893, phone: (0341)447-5667 (gay-friendly)
* Alexandros Greek Tavern: Located on Corrientes 1673, a great Greek restaurant with a lively atmosphere. On weekends there is usually a dance show starting at 10 featuring a belly dancer and a trio of very talented Greek dancers who display an array of Greek dances from tsamiko to zeimbekiko. Have the soublaki platter and smash some plates while you watch some of the best Greek dancing in the world!
When dining out at the local hot spots and eateries, make sure to make a reservation. Much like the U.S. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are busy nights and you'll need a reservation to get through the doors.
Recommendation for a great asado, empanadas and wine dinner: "La Estancia" (Av. Pellegrini and España St.).
Rosario is known for having big nightclub nights all week long. Ask around to find out where the hip place is for the night you want to go out and don't plan to be home until the morning. It is also famous for having a disproportionately large woman/man ratio (more women)!
In Rosario, there are two types of Hostels: The traditional backpacker hostel full of young travelers from all over the world. And the more down to earth hostels designed to have a relaxing and more mature environment.
In the center of the city, you will find: