Honduras 5765, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Quite good places
We stayed in november at Casa Esmeralda hostel, it`s in the avenida Honduras...street number was about sth with 6700. Don`t remember exactly. There were a lot of people around the world. It`s not vey cheap but they are really frienly there. Double room was about 100 pesos per night.
In december we spent some night in San Telmo Hotel ...don`t remember the name in spanish but in english it`s Three Kings. It was about the same price as in Palermo Casa Esmeralda.
Unique Quality: Very friendly staff especially Husto and Cecilia and there`s a great dog Mora ;)
We had problems with deciding where to go and how to plan our 5 week trip and Cecilia gave us suer trooper ideas. And the place has little innergarden where you can have your breakfast and it`s quiet place. But if you want to have a nice parissa then you have to walk some blocks.... in San Telmo there`s more those places if you want to experience more local atmosphere.
An Oasis of Calm (Dog Included)
One of the best hostels I have stayed in on my travels. As you enter there is a huge patio where you can relax in a hammock, have a snack at one of the tables or just stare up at the sky through the trees. It's unusual to have this kind of calm in the centre of town. Alternatively there's a terrace where bbqs (asados) are cooked or a very chilled out living room where breakfast is served with fresh honey by the young charming team who run the place. TV and hifi are also available and there's some great photos and paintings by local artists and guests who stayed previously.
Staff are very helpful and will recommend trips or just where's best to eat locally.
Fast internet is available for a small fee.
This isn't a big 'party' hostel and tends to attract a mid-20's+ crowd rather than the late teens - but if you want somewhere to relax after the mayhem of a night on the town you couldn't ask for a better spot.
$7 per bed in the dorm
$20 double bedroom with bathroom next door
$22 double bedroom with ensuite bathroom
(all prices in US dollars)
Unique Quality: Nowhere else has Mora - the dog that thinks it's a (very big boistrous) human. She'll be the first to greet you at the door and if she's not dancing with the owner will be quite happy to follow you from the living room to the patio. If you are dog-phobic this is not the place for you.
Directions: Palermo Viejo - probably the best part of town to hang out - loads of bars, restaurants, cool one-off shops and clubs nearby and it's much safer than many other barrios. I was happy to walk the streets here late at night on my own.
More about Buenos Aires
on the way to La Boca
Another view of the copula
View from terrace
I read the tip about taxis at the airport, but I did not understand how to get a good one that is fair. Do they only take pesos or will they take dollars? What can you expect for the charge from the airport to San Telmo on Defensa street? What about tipping? What is customary? Sorry if the answers are somewhere on this site but I have missed them so far.
Once you exit the final customs station and enter the arrivals hall in the center will be a taxi kiosk. It is a flat rate charge to the city, tolls included. Prices have been steadily increasing so not certain what the current is but has been around $arg 80. Your other option is a remise, which will normally be about the same price but more comfortable and the driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and assist with your luggage. One I can highly recommend is Dante and his web site is http://dantesairporttransfers.hazedaze.com/
As for tipping, once upon a time it was not expected. However, times have changed a bit with all the tourist arriving who are more accustomed to tipping so a max of 10% if the driver is really outstanding and assists you and much, much less or nothing if little or no assistance is given.
You should get pesos at the airport, either through Banco La Nacion or one of the ATM machines in the lobby. Under no circumstances use the exchange at baggage claim, there rates are 20 to 30% lower than you will get inside the terminal. Thieves they are :)
Dollars are widely accepted but you should become familiar with the currency right away. When you use an ATM machine instead of putting an even number such $arg300, ask for 290 or 390. That way you will get smaller bills since 100 peso notes can be difficult to use in purchasing smaller priced items. Also ask for some smaller bills if exchanging money at a bank. You will always need to show your passport if exchanging money at a bank or a cambio. Many times you will also be asked for it if you are using a credit card at dinner or a store, but most of the time a drivers license will also be accepted for charge cards as long as you point out the number to the person. That seems to be the main thing is getting that document number down.
Hope this helps
Porteno: Thanks so much for the helpful reply. If you know anyone that can give a gay traveler tips when visiting BA, it would be appreciated.
port --can not bring up web site--thanks
Not sure why it is not working for you but you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I had no problem getting to the web site via the link, you do have to copy and paste to your browser,
Travel Tips for Buenos Aires
Local volunteers to show you around
I came across this organization the other day, they were covered in Clarin (the biggest newspaper in Buenos Aires) and it sounds like a good option to try out - it's called "Cicerones de Buenos Aires" and it's modeled after the "Big Apple Greeters" in New York. They are basically a group of volunteers who are argentine and speak foreign languages and are willing to show you around Buenos Aires, which may be a good thing to have when trying to find some off-the-beaten-path activities.
They are sponsored by the Buenos Aires City government and the Argentine Tourism office, which gives them a bit more clout (and let's be honest, makes you feel safer)
One more thing: the service is absolutely free!
To reach them, check the form under "Visitors" on their web site : http://www.cicerones.org.ar
It is not unusual to see people having their mate pots with them. I had the feeling that some of them were drinking litters a day of this typical South American tea :)))
Well, I had tryed it twice once from the pot of the driver of our bus and the other time in Teatro Colone. I needed to go to the bathroom, so I went but I had to wait my turn, there was a guard who was drinking his mate, so he offered to me and one other Bulgarian guy to try it :))). So, it has very specific taste but it is still nice. I would recommend you to try it :)
The picture is not mine, I took it from Yerba Mate Online website. If you are interested to know more about mate you will find quite a lot of info there. I could have my own picture but I forgot to take one before giving as a present the mate pot I bought in Iguassu :)
Time Out's city guide to Buneos Aires is the bible of where to go and what to do. After a quick rundown on the history of the city the majority of the book is dedicated to highlighting the best of the city. It's particularly strong on nightlife and restaurants - the second edition was published this year so it's completely up to date. The book also contains detailed colour maps of the city with the subte laid out over them so it's very easy to navigate your way around the huge metropolis.
Several other travellers also agreed this was the best guide book to the city - but it's surprisingly hard to find once you arrive so best to buy in advance. It's superiority is probably down to the fact it is written by experts living in the city rather than 'travel-writers' who passed through.
The company also do a Patagonia guide - but if you plan to travel far beyond Buenos Aires you might want to consider the Lonely Planet (see my Argentina page).
There are many plazas on the north side of BsAs dedicated to foreign countries: Canada, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador. Here, on the north side of Avenida del Libertador and at the eastern end of the large Parque 3 de Febrero, is Germany’s. The plaza’s central monument, donated by the German community of BsAs on the centennial of the May 1810 revolution, commemorates the wealth of Argentine agriculture. Around the base of the monument are plaques for the different Laender – states – of Germany.
b1bob's Buenos Aires shopping tip nº 7
Maybe is a leather goods shop on the Avenida de la Florida. December, 2001 was a trying economic time for Buenos Aires. They literally had employees coax folks in from the streets. I was coaxed in by the owner. He was so nice that I almost didn't have the heart to tell him that I didn't have any use for leather. It was 95°F (35°C) on 24 December 2001. The owner pointed out it was cold up where I live at that time of year. (I was painfully aware of that on my arrival.) Even if I wanted it, I had no place to pack it.
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