Gran Hotel Vedra

Av. de Mayo 1350, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Visiting BA for two weeks....

by NikkiKim

I've found most of the information I've needed... Now I'm down to little stuff.... such as

Can I buy American Cigarettes in BA? where? how much do they cost?

What about Monster Energy drinks?? (I know thats an odd question but it's like coffee for me :))

I've heard all the young women there wear high heels... is that true?? can I just wear my flip flops or will I look like a tourist??

Thanks :D

Re: Visiting BA for two weeks....

by Porteno

You can buy USA branded cigs yes but they are not the same blend that you would get here. I don't smoke but from what I am told they are stronger. The price is about a dollar a pack.


Re: Visiting BA for two weeks....

by thetcheese

I also do not smoke but are available everywhere. There a very good grocery stores and shops that should have these drinks. I was in BA last year and loved it! There should be no problem with your Flops but remember there are a lot of dogs there and you may get your toe nails painted the wrong colour! Cheers!

Re: Visiting BA for two weeks....

by virtual786

A great many of the sidewalks are broken up. Wear comfortable shoes.You might have probems with flip flops or high heels.

Re: Visiting BA for two weeks....

by Porteno

No matter what you wear you will look like a tourist. Not sure about Monster but Red Bull is certainly available.


Re: Visiting BA for two weeks....

by Gravitas343

Flip flops, at least for the summer so far, are practically standard issue for the people. You will look like a foreigner, they can tell pretty well. Just try not to look like a stupid one and watch your things, I saw a native woman get her purse swiped by a motorcycle thief just the other day. I live in las CaƱitas in Belgrano and there's a lot of well-dressed 20-40 somethings, and most don't wear heels.

On energy drinks, I can't specifically recall seeing Monster, but you might check around. Coto is the name of one supermercado. One of the most popular local energy drinks is called Speed (very confusing for an American when someone offers you some by name).

Travel Tips for Buenos Aires

Dining with a Large Group

by cjg1

Dining with a large group can prove problematic but I have managed to pull it off in Buenos Aires for years. The Flyer Talk group is normally over 25 people sometimes more. Calling ahead and telling restaurants about the whole "group" dynamic gives them a chance to oraganize a private room or to section off a space in the restaurant. Dining with a large group normally means you will be eating earlier than normal; so the group will not interfere with the restaurants normal dinner crowd.

The only problem I have ever experience was on this last trip with people not paying towards their meal. It became an issue on two of our dinner experiences but fortunately the rest of the group kicked in extra to make up for the "bad" apples.

Pesos, our currency

by sof76

introducing you our currency....
We have 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 pesos bills. Paper is textured, so if it is plain, it's false!!
And we have 0,05 (silver and golden) , 0,25 (silver and golden), 0,50 (golden) and 1 pesos (half silver, half golden) coins.
We have 0,01 coins, but we hardly use them.

Tenemos billetes de 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 y 100 pesos. El papel es texturado, asi que si es liso son falsos!
Las monedas son de 0,05 (plateadas y doradas), 0,25 (plateadas y doradas), 0,50 (doradas) y un peso (mitad platedas, mitad doradas).
Tenemos monedas de 1 centavo, pero casi no las usamos.

Packing List

by Gucho

you must bring winter and summer cloth I recomend to bring winter an summer cloth, you never know, Bs.As has a strange weather so you could also bring an umbrella!! No problem, forget about it, we have excellent hospitals and doctors 24 hours open and aveilable. Bring all you got, there are excellent shots and the opportunity is unique. Fishing And a good and warm tent. Money, its expensive!!

Hotel in Tigre

by sof76

Laura Hotel
EstaciĆ³n Fluvial de Tigre, Local 8
Buenos Aires, Argetina
Tel.: (54-11)4749-3898 Tel./Fax: (54-11)4749-5960
Hotel 4728-1019/2760 . Canal VHF Nro7

Milongas - Nights of Argentine Tango

by mircaskirca about Milongas

Milonga, 'tango party', is a place or an event where tango is danced; people who frequently go to milongas are sometimes called milongueros. There are endless varieties of milongas available throughout the city every day, with a greater concentration on weekends. Each milonga has its own style, ambient and clientele. Most of them often begin with dancing classes and many have presentations by professional performance dancers. Three to five songs are usually played in a row followed by a short brake when they can change partners.

Same place hosts different quality milongas on different days of the week, so it's a good idea to look at the program (you can get it in tango shoes shops, tango music shops and milongas), before you decide for one. The link below is the most up-to-date list of milongas of Buenos Aires. My favourites were:

La Viruta
It is a preferred place for the younger public where people attend dancing classes before the dance.
Armenia 1366
phone number: 011 4774 6357/4779 0030
video 1
video 2

Scalabrini Ortiz 1331, Palermo
phone number: 015 5738 3850
video 1
video 2 tango shoes and a nice dress would be fine


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