Pesos, Argentinian currency, Buenos Aires
Small bills and change are hard to come by in Buenos Aires so when you are given change make sure to hold on to it as you will need it to pay for small items like the collectivos, cabs, tips and anything else you may need small change for.
And note that there are signs everywhere, especially near the collectivos stands, that change is not given (unless of course you purchase something), so it is definitely a good idea to hold on to those small bills and change.
I said Buenos Aires is very expensive, but I must also say it's full of people that offers to change money at black market. With official exchange you get 1000 pesos for 150 euro, with the black one you could get 1000 pesos with 100€ I personally did not try as they offered it on the street, so I thought it was too easy to get a so better exchange rate to be true, I suspected that could be a trap, but local friends told me I could have done that as it was safe, I still wonder then if I am the only stupid that used credit card and withdrawed money with that odd exchange rate.
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.
After the great Argentinian economical shock caused by irregular politicians peso currency has devaluated from those former days when 1 peso was 1 american dollar.....
Nowadays prices are reallly expensive for locals who are buying to european prices and they earn like argentina average....for outsiders almost all is really cheap...actually you can exchange 1 euro per 3.95 pesos ...when i was there in march ..just for 3.55..or 3.60 as much as !!
That's the message you'll see everywere in every shop! "no hay monedas" (no coins) that means that if you are buying something for $3.50 and you paid with a 5 pesos note, they wil probably ask you for the 0.50 cents or will ask you if they can give you a candy or lollypop instead of the 0.50 cents coin!
for some reason Argentinians we are still trying to find out why coins are missing! for change or to travel in Colectivos. There is a mafia or smth like that, that it's keeping our coins!
So save your coins! there are not that many around!
The Argentinian Peso is the currency used here. The bills range in denomination from a 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 bill and then the coins which range from 5, 10, 25, 50 and the 1.