Hostal El Candil

Lerma 476, Buenos Aires, 1414, Argentina
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Traveling solo to Buenos Aires

by i5rider

Hi there,
I am making up my mind last minute about going to BA around mid-May. I have a free flight and there seems to be availability for most of the month of May, so why not? Since I will probably go to Rio as well, I would be spending only 5 to 7 days in BA.

I am a guy, 33 yrs old, and I'm wondering whether people around my age hang out in hostels. It's been a while since I stayed in a hostel and since I traveled on my own! I've seen pictures of the hostels and in many I see mostly younger crowds... which is great, but it'd be nice also meeting older people since I don't think I can handle clubbing all night every day :)..
Although I'm a night owl and I'm always up to go for beers, chatting, late dinners, etc, I'd also like to see a football match, eating parrilladas, doing walks around the city, museums, some leather shopping, hanging out in local bars, oh, and dancing salsa.. It'd be great if I can find people with similar interests.

I'll be flying from Canada (my current home), but I'm from Mexico (my true home) so the language won't t be a problem. Actually, it's my chance to finally use the words "che" and "boludo" :). If anyone is planning to travel around those days and want to maybe hang out there, it'd be great... my contact info:

Any recommendation/advice will be appreciated very much..


Re: Traveling solo to Buenos Aires

by Porteno

At that time of year, early winter, Buenos Aires will not be so crowded with tourists. And the current world wide financial crisis has also caused a decrease in tourism. However there are many mid to low priced hotels available in the city. Really depends on what sort of district you would prefer to be in. La Recoleta is the most central and upscale area. A well located and nice enough hotel with a good price is Juncal Palace, very close to Ave. Santa Fe and the subte line D making it easy to get around the city. The trendiest area of the city would be Palermo SoHo/Hollywood and here are two places you might consider, Che Lulu is maybe a step above a hostel but a fun place and the second is a bit more expensive, Hotel Costa Rica. This area has the highest concentration of clubs, restaurants, bars and boutiques in the city and a very lively day and night life.

This is great interactive map for the city
but remember if you are checking an address the street name goes first then the number.

For general information the city tourism web site is very good

Hope this helps and suerte

Re: Traveling solo to Buenos Aires

by i5rider

Hey, thanks Sam, this is great information.

Re: Traveling solo to Buenos Aires

by Porteno

You are very welcome have a great visit.


Re: Traveling solo to Buenos Aires

by Canaprit

All the information Sam had gave you was excellent! I was in Buenos Aires last November for five days and I stayed in a hostel located in San Telmo, that was also a good "town" of the city: also there you can find lots of pubs and restaurant, salsa and tango places... about location it`s also very good cause you are near all the subways lines and is very easy to travel all around Buenos Aires. If you`re going to stay in a hostel, the staff from there can help you with other information obviously. Hostels there in San Telmo? It`s realy full of them... I`d never seen so many! I`d been in the Art Hostel and it was a nice one and not expensive ( Hope this can help you, cheers! Andy

Travel Tips for Buenos Aires


by Constanza

It is this one of the most tourist neighborhoods in the city, besides one of the biggest, concentrating a great variety of attractions, the coastal one, the race track, the parks, a group of green spaces designed at the beginning of century, among those that the Rosedal stands out, the Planetarium, center of exhibitions of astronomical topics, the traditional Rural Society that at the moment transformed its place in a center for events of all type, the Zoological of the city and the Botanical Garden that has near 7000 species vegetable, and numerous shoppings. Besides the Forests it has other green spaces as the Plaza Las Heras, in the place where formerly it works a jail, and the Plaza Cortázar, call popularly Plaza Serrano, in Old Palermo that although small, it concentrates interior usually joined.

On its proximities bars and pubs, being an important place for night entertainment. As this city grew giving the back to the river, the access to the Coastal, recently beautified, is not carried out directly from the urban space, but rather the group of parks should be crossed and to surround the city airport.
Equally is recommended to arrive until there.

This neighborhood is crossed by diverse avenues, Santa Fe, Libertador, Figueroa Alcorta, all which unite the center with the north area of the city and some continue many kilometers in the Great Buenos Aires, the avenue Las Heras arises in the Plaza Italia, important center for the transport, and it runs toward the center in some itineraries in diagonal with the layout of the city.

They stand out several monuments of the many in this neighborhood, as that of Garibaldi, in Plaza Italia, that of the Spaniards, that of Urquiza and the one dedicated to Sarmiento, carried out by the french sculptor Rodin. In this neighborhood the population of resources concentrates, from middle class to high class. The neighborhood has a wide history, with an origin classified as of slum, marginal, in its old area, beside the Stream Maldonado that before crossed the city and that today runs tubed below the avenue Juan B. Justo. It contains several buildings of interest like embassies, that of the Automobile Argentinean Club (ACA) and the Palace Errázuriz that originally was the Chilean ambassador's residence and today works like National Museum of Ornamental Art.

Juan Peron and Evita

by Maggies

During the 1940s, while the generals ran the government, Colonel Juan Domingo Peron served as a minister of labor in a junta government. Peron was extremely popular even though he was an authoritarian ruler. He was a populist, a nationalist and a fascist sympathizer. His followers formed the Peronist Party. Peron appealed to the working class with higher wages, pensions, stronger unions and other benefits. He won the loyalty of the soldiers by increasing the military budget. His charm and appeal to Argentina's national pride helped him remain popular. He and his second wife, Eva, a former film and radio star, became the real heroes. Eva Duarte de Peron (Evita) was a powerful leader and ally for her husband. She was worshipped by the working class and poor. She obtained the right to vote for women and founded women's political organizations. Evita supported the construction of schools, hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. She had millions of shoes, sewing machines, and other household goods distributed to the poor. The masses held huge demonstrations of support and affection for her. She assisted Peron in his rise to power. Peron's popularity dropped rapidly following her early death in 1952 from cancer.

Sunscrene in summer

by VolsUT

The lightest cloths you have in the summer and a rainjacket if you have one. Thunderstorms are fairly common in the summer afternoons and sometimes large clusters of storms can move in and last well into the following day if the steering patterens are strong enough from the northwest. SUNBLOCK and Water by all means

the outskirt of Buenos...

by pepples46

the outskirt of BsAs...many years ago where not that flash. where the poorer people live the not so fortunate and priviliged.
Evita Peron made huge efforts to give dignity to the people, building housing areas in the post war years, sure she had a political agenda, bringing Peron to Power, but that was secundary for Argentines

b1bob's Buenos Aires Shopping tip nº 6

by b1bob about Cuspide Libros

Cuspide Libros is an Argentine chain book store rather like their Barnes & Noble. I bought a cookbook for my mama called "La cocina Argentina" (Argentine cooking for those of y'all in Roxboro.) It is in Spanish, so I have to translate it.


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