Buenos Aires (BA) is rapidly becoming one of the most popular cities to visit in the world. If you've ever wondered why, here are ten of my own reasons why you might want to visit.

1. Since the devaluation of the Argentine peso around 2001, the exchange rate menas that BA is a bargain for anyone coming from a country with a relatively strong currency.

2. The above exchange rate can mean that shopping can be an absolute pleasure. If you are on the hunt for leather goods, such as leather jackets, you will be in paradise. I doubt that you will get a quality, genuine leather jacket for this value anywhere else in the world.

3. If you like meat you are going to find some of the best value steaks anywhere in the world. Bear in mind with restaurants that Argentines tend to go out to eat at 9-10pm. If you arrive at 8pm you are likely to be alone, and if you arrive at 6.30pm you are likely to find the doors locked! As well as meat, there is a lot of Itlalian influence in the cuisine, especially in the wide variety of pizzas and ice-creams.

4. If you like football/soccer, then a trip to one or several matches in BA is a must. The most popular teams for tourists are Boca Juniors and River Plate as they are the biggest clubs and you can often go to matches as part of a package, including lunch and transport. However, don't be afraid to try out some other clubs like Independiente, Racing, San Lorenzo, Velez Sarsfield or Huracan. Take a taxi to the stadium if you're unsure.

5. The nightlife in BA is legendary and the first thing that you will notice is the time that people go out. If you are used to getting home at 2am, prepare to be shocked! Argentines tend to go out after midnight and not return until around 7am. If you go to the more exclusive clubs, prepare to pay much higher prices for drinks.

6. There are plenty of sights to see, at least for a few days. Many people like to go and see the tomb of Eva Peron (Evita) in the Recoleta cemetery. However, if you do this be prepared that the tomb is very understated compared to the nore grandiose examples around it. There are no signposts to it and you will probably have to ask somebody where it is or follow someone else who looks lost!

7. BA is a relatively safe city to travel to if you exercise common-sense. Whilst it's true that recent economic hardships are having a knock-on effect with poverty levels, you should be able to walk around without any fear as long as you keep your valuables hidden when not in use. I would be extra-vigilant around the bus and rail stations and not leave your possessions out of your sight for even a second!

8. You get to try Yerba Mate (pronounced ma-tay). If you don't know what this is, it is basically the national drink and consists of 'Yerba' (think of it like a tea-leaf equivalent), that almost fills a mate(a metal or wooden drinking vessel) and has hot water added. You then drink it through a metal straw. It is usually passed around and shared. You'll probably either love it or hate it.

9. BA is the home of tango! This sensual and moody dance can be seen in special shows, especially in the neighbourhood of San Telmo. If you're lucky enough you may even see a free street performance.

10. If you're new to South America, BA is a great transitional city to visit. It is often noted for its European influence; indeed Argentines often look to their European heritage as some kind of cause for superiority over their South American neighbours.

So there you go, 10 reasons to visit Buenos Aires. If you like it, you can then start to explore the rest of Argentina!