Top 5 Alfajores

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The alfajor is a typical sandwich like snack made up of two “cookies” usually filled by, you guessed it, dulce de leche, (although there are variety’s filled with fruit jams and chocolate as well) and covered in chocolate, confectionary, sugar or coconut. Each region of the country has its own type of alfajor, which varies its fillings and dough type. The most well known are the Cordoba alfajores, with an airy dough typically filled with fruit jams and chocolate and coated with a sugar glaze, the northern alfajores which are often filled with meringue, and the coast alfajores which have a more compact dough and are generally covered in chocolate. Below are our favorite five for you to seek and sample.

Havanna: This famous Mar del Plata alfajor company is probably the best-known producer of these top-quality treats. Their chocolate alfajor is what made them famous and it is everything it should be, plus, they are easy to find and can be bought at the airport to take back home.

Estancia el Rosario: This is the epitome of the Cordoba alfajor and is quite different from the coast versions we usually get in Buenos Aires.  Their must try`s are the fruit filled kind, which is typical of this region, and their dulce de leche ones are also sublime. Find the addresses of stores in Buenos Aires that sell their products here.

La Olla de Cobre:  Although not so readily available as the other two, these Areco delicacies are well worth the trip to the countryside. Plus this is a great place for chocolate too, made from scratch starting from the processing of the cacao bean to the delicious end product.

Tresam: These extra sized alfajores come from Rosario and are filled with top quality San Ignacio dulce de leche. They are most well known for their alfajor de maizena, which is made with cornflour and decorated on the sides with coconut.

Del Tucuman: As the name suggests these traditional delicacies come from the North of the country. Their typical alfajor is called cicero or casita, and is filled with meringue and cane sugar; a totally different alfajor from what we generally see in Buenos Aires.

Popular Beach Destinations

Come the summer and porteños flee the city for the annual beach season. During December the first vacationers start to arrive and by New Years the beaches are crowding until they peak in January. The beaches quiet down a bit in February, as do prices and by March the crowds have disappeared and scattered visitors remain, taking advantage of the last days of summer, the bargains and the solitary shores.

So where are the most popular and nicest beaches for a quick escape? Read on.

 

In Argentina

For a crowded classic summer location: Mar del Plata

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Founded in 1874, Mar del Plata is one of the oldest beach towns in the Buenos Aires province and a very popular destination. The seaside town gets incredibly crowded, so, it´s not the place to go for a quiet gettaway, however if you like beaches with bustling city options such as theatres, cafes, and shops then it may just be the place.

 

To go with a group of friends or family, enjoy the shade of pine forests: Pinamar, Cariló and Mar Azul

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Pinamar (the largest and most crowded of the three), Cariló and Mar Azul are all along the same coast in the Buenos Aires province. There are also some in between towns on the coast such as Ostende, Valeria del Mar and Villa Gesel (this last one is popular but not so nice as the others). All of the towns are surrounded by small pine forests, have great sandy dunes and are popular beach destinations.

For colder waters and amazing wildlife- Puerto Madryn

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Puerto Madryn is to the south of Argentina in the province of Chubut. This popular destination is visited every year for its unique fauna, including whales, penguins and seals!

 

Other popular beaches in Argentina include Las Grutas, Necochea, and Miramar.

 

In Uruguay

For fashion, parties and celebrity sightings- Punta del Este.

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This upscale beach in Uruguay is the hottest vacationing spot for models, sports stars and other fashionable Argies who like to strut their stuff and party to the early dawn. Fashion shows, and of course intense parties are par for the course.

 

For a romantic getaway- Punta del Diablo

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This small colorfull fisherman’s town in the Rocha district of Uruguay has beautiful beaches and great stretches of deserted shores to explore.

 

To get away from civilization- Cabo Polonio

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Cabo Polonio is an eco beach town where no cars are allowed and where there is no electricity. The beaches are amazingly beautiful and clean as are the eco houses built there. Due to the environmental preservation of the area the stars at nights can be seen brighter than in any other beach town and they also have a small group of sea lions living in the area.

Other popular beaches in Uruguay are La Paloma, La Pedrera and Piriapolis.