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Miscellaneous: 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).
Written Dec 3, 2004
Luggage and bags: Nothing special
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are travelling in October. I must say that you must pack an umbrella and a jacket or sweater.
Some days it poured rain as through the heavens opened up. Any kind of unbrela would not have helped. Thats just a day you are better of sitting home with hot choclate (even thought its your vacation)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most stuff can be bought. If you have special medication do take it with you.
Photo Equipment: Bringing any kind of Camera is safe. I carried around a professional Nikon camera all over and shot and never felt unsafe.
Its very, very safe. Just don't be a stupid tourist when not shooting throw the camera in the bag.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan on going camping.
Miscellaneous: Carry some basic medical kit like cough/cold medication. I had one hell of a experience explaining my symptoms to the pharmacist who knew only spanish.
Written Oct 26, 2004
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure u throw in some nice clothes to go out at night along with your dancing shoes cos even if you re going out just for dinner you ll want to look nice... Portenos like looking good and elegance is a little overrated in Buenos Aires.
Photo Equipment: Bring ur camera or buy one here, the same with films...
Miscellaneous: Make sure ur electrical things are ok for 220 volts.
Written Aug 7, 2004
Miscellaneous: When it comes to getting your clothes taken care of while on vacation, it's best if you have an idea of the different options available. If you're in a hotel, it really doesn't matter as they, in most cases, can take care of your laundry without problems. But if you're in an apartment, then you'll have to hit the street.
There are basically two different options; Dry Cleaning (Tintorias) and Laundries (Lavadero Autoservicios). I made the mistake of taking some jeans and t-shirts to the Tintoria and that was a huge mistake. Not only do they charge about 10X more than a laundry, but you'll clothes will be totally streched out.
After making the mistake of using a Tintoria for my drawers, I found a Lavadero that was excellent: Lave-Rap. They have locations all over town, and the one I used was at Castex 3380 near Salguero.
Written Jun 17, 2004
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: dove facial disposable wash cloths-to wash face and underarms
summers eve disposable feminine cloths-to wash private places
toothpaste/mouthwash combo for breath
there really is no need to smell frowsy on long flights anymore
Written Mar 31, 2004
Photo Equipment: This belongs to a "well, duh" category, but I didn't realize how useful the MPEG movie function of my Sony digital camera was, until we went to Feria de Mataderos and I took a short movie of people folk-dancing. It captured the movement and the sound, and the atmosphere, remarkably well.
Buenos Aires seems very rich in subjects for such a movie; I wished I had captured a tango performance in Galerias Pacifico, a street musician in the San Telmo Antiques Fair....
Of course, a full-fledged video camera would be able to capture more, but a still camera would be more discreet (hence less noticeable by theives, etc.) and versatile.
I have downloaded that movie but haven't erased it from my camera. I play it from time to time on my camera for memories!
Written Jan 14, 2004
Photo Equipment: Buenos Aires is full of great photographs waiting to be had. The colorful neighborhoods, architectural details, monuments and people all make great subjects, so be sure you come prepared with all of your photo equipment.
Updated Nov 22, 2003
Luggage and bags: Standard luggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As the climate in December is summer, the weather tends to be in the high 70's and low 80's during the day and somewhat cooler at night but altogether PERFECT CLIMATE!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Standard items
Photo Equipment: I used both the digital camer and my Pentax with zoom.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Luggage and bags: Depending on the type of trip you are on. Common sense is handy. But always have locks on your bags. If your bags go astray at any Argentinian airport... you have trouble.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer is really hot and Winter is really cold. But always take an umbrella, Buenos Aires especially has unexpected showers, even in Summer.
Photo Equipment: Camera Film is a lot more expensive here. Best to buy it where ever you came from. With the financial crisis at the moment, it can be tricky tracking down any unusual camera batteries too.
Written Sep 8, 2002
Luggage and bags: you must bring winter and summer cloth
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I recomend to bring winter an summer cloth, you never know, Bs.As has a strange weather so you could also bring an umbrella!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No problem, forget about it, we have excellent hospitals and doctors 24 hours open and aveilable.
Photo Equipment: Bring all you got, there are excellent shots and the opportunity is unique.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Fishing And a good and warm tent.
Miscellaneous: Money, its expensive!!
Written Sep 7, 2002
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