This place is tourist hell. A lot like Times Square in New York. You have people come here because its the place everyone says to go and see. It is also located well and is a place you'll walk past to get to other places you want to go.
Unique Suggestions: Walk. Look. But realize most things you buy here can be had elsewhere cheaper.
Fun Alternatives: Go to Onze for your leathers.
For most of porteños, this street is not very nice, but it´s in every guide book so you´ll probably go and take a look
Unique Suggestions: Beware with the guys standing in front of the leather stores, they will try to make you buy leather products all the time, so try to avoid them (I know they are doing their job, but this is not a street market and they can be very pushy).
Another thing, be careful if you stop to watch a street performance, someone can try to pick your pocket.
Fun Alternatives: You can try to imagine this street at the beggining of the XX century, it was the place where all the rich people used to walk to catch some eyes.
And take a look at the buildings, they are very nice!
my friend and relatives always told me that be very carefully one time you get out from the exchange bank.. there are people who told u "hey mate this money on the floor is yours?" or something like that .. the trick is that you turn around it means that you carry money with you ..yes its stupid but there are so many people suffering so serious economics troubles in Argentina and its just a way to survive... so be aware
There are lots of little kids milling around trying to get you to buy a rose. Don't do it. It just perpetuates the whole problem that's going on. I'm pretty sure these kids have parents that are hanging out at home, not working and waiting for their 6 year old to come home late at night with money from people who feel sorry for them. Yes, it's sad, but don't add to the problem. If you feel inclined to do something, offer to buy them a sandwich, or some milk. Chances are, they're not interested in food. They are very persistent, and on one occassion punched my boyfriend in the back when he refused to give them money.
La Boca at the mouth of the river is just a huge tourist trap. The only locals there are there to sell to the tourists. It was hard to even walk around because of all the tour busses that were there. A local young lady we know said she was sorry to hear that as she had lovely childhood memories of La Boca and hadn't been there for years.
Unique Suggestions: Go early in the day before too many tour busses arrive.
Fun Alternatives: Try the weekend craft fair in the Plaza Francia instead. There are acres of booths with all sorts of arts and crafts.
The prices for the wines are about 12 times more expensive than the supermarket/store prices. They have a fix menu that doesn't include any meat (the main reason you go to that place) so we decided to go a la carte... and it's extremely expensive and not worthed
I do NOT recomend anybody to go there, overrated.
Unique Suggestions: Don't drink wine
Fun Alternatives: Go to Cabana Las Lilas in Puerto Madero where you will have:
a better place
a better service
a really good wine list that is not a steal
the same food quality (very good food, no complains on that)
If you are coming to hunt, remember that you must declare your guns.
Unique Suggestions: The NATIONAL REGISTRY OF FIREARMS (RENAR) informs, replying to various inquiries, that no changes have been made in the legal policies that regulate the transitory introduction of hunting firearms hold by foreign citizens arriving at Argentina, which effects have not been modified since 1975.
The only modification lately achieved was formal and consists in updating the "TECHNICAL FORM" that must be filled by the tourists that travel with their own firearms, with the only purpose to be adapted to the specific requirements of the database system that will operate soon.
Related to the consulate previous authorization at the departure check in point, required by various civil airlines, mentioned request has not basis, cause the legal policy on that subject, specifically foresees the possibility of transitory introduction of hunting firearms without the consulate previous authorization, in which circumstance the Police authority that takes part will give the applicable temporary authorization and temporary possess permit during the stay in the country.
As a final point it is informed that the authorities of ARGENTINE AERONAUTIC POLICE (PAN), NATIONAL GENDARMERY (GENDARMERÍA NACIONAL) and ARGENTINE COAST GUARD (PREFECTURA), which have the specific competency on that subject, will assist -obviously, always subject to the legal regulations- on the procedures corresponding to the introduction and traffic of the hunter tourists through the national territory, duly authorized for that proposal.
Buenos Aires, 15th March 2002
Here you can get de form:
Unique Suggestions: Below you will find information from the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning visa requirements (15 March, 2002). You are suggested to enter the country as a tourist. For further information, please contact Mrs. Silvia Pondal at email@example.com.
COUNTRY - TOURIST
Armenia - do need VISA
Australia - VISA not required
Austria - VISA not required
Belgium - VISA not required
Brazil - VISA not required
Bulgaria - do need VISA
Canada - VISA not required
Chile - VISA not required
China - do need VISA
Colombia - VISA not required
Croatia - VISA not required
Czech Republic - VISA not required
Denmark - VISA not required
Egypt - do need VISA
Finland - VISA not required
France - VISA not required
Germany - VISA not required
Greece - VISA not required
India - do need VISA
Ireland - VISA not required
Israe - l VISA not required
Italty - VISA not required
Japan - VISA not required
Latvia - do need VISA
Malta - VISA not required
Mexico - VISA not required
Moldavia - VISA not required
New Zealand - VISA not required
Northern Ireland - VISA not required
Norway - VISA not required
Peru - VISA not required
Philippines - do need VISA
Poland - VISA not required
Portugal - VISA not required
Puerto Rico - VISA not required
Romania - do need VISA
Russia - do need VISA
Slovakia - VISA not required
Slovenia - VISA not required
South Africa - VISA not required
South Korea - do need VISA
Spain - VISA not required
Sweden - VISA not required
Switzerland - VISA not required
Taiwan - do need VISA
The Netherlands - VISA not required
Tunisia - do need VISA
Turkey - VISA not required
United Kingdom - VISA not required
Uruguay - VISA not required
USA - VISA not required
Venezuela - VISA not required
NOTE: Those who want to enter the country as a CONGRESS ATTENDEE do need a VISA along with an invitation to assist the XIIIth Congress. Should you need an invitation letter, please inform the Local Organizing Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, consult with your nearest Embassy or Consulate.
Be aware of any guy that aproaches you while in Flordia or Lavalle (both pedestrian streets).
They will hand you a calendar, card or even your zodiac sign trying to be chatty and "nice"
They claim to represent either charities helping hungry kids, artist collectives or single moms organizations. Do not trust them, ask to see their credentials and if they get nervous and call you names just aproach a policeman or enter a shop. If you really want to help out local organizations, its much more helpufl to contact the local Red Cross or any organizaion helping out Street Kids.
Unique Suggestions: Walk Florida and enjoy the shopping experience but ignore any person asking for a coin.
Fun Alternatives: Missing a stroll in Florida is just out of the question,. However, Lavalle is totally no big deal and if possible avoid walking in Lavalle. There's really nothing interesting to shop, eat, see or do along the entire street.
If you are in Buenos Aires for a short period of time, Calle Florida seems like the obvious choice for tourist shopping due tu its central location. It is not exactly a tourist trap, since there are a lot of locals there as well, but why would you want to deal with all the hassle and the mass of people. Yes, there are plenty of stores, catering to the tourists that are interested in buying leather goods, souvenirs, or the occasional soccer jersey. But there s not much original stuff here. You are better off heading to Palermo, better shops, better quality more creative and less mainstream.
Unique Suggestions: Ok, some of the Galerias (malls) on Calle Florida are not that bad...
Fun Alternatives: Do your shopping in Palermo, trust me, you will love it.
If you want to pretend that you are in the genuine working class neighborhood you'd better go several blocks out of the painted decor of the "downtown" La Boca. There is nothing genuine in the tango “exercises” either. There are bits and pieces here and there to spur the tourists’ generous mood, but nothing coming spontaneously from the “home of tango”. Even the improvised shows on Florida Street look more natural. The whole of BA is cut off the sea because of the many ports but in La Boca there is bran new “corniche”, what a surprise! Accordingly, the prices of all trinkets in the vicinity are the most expensive ever – even the airport is cheaper for the same products; what a rip off! Go to a restaurant there and you’ll discover the magic of Boca affects your purse. After all the area has been turned into a “symbol” of BA so now the visitors are “stuck” with going there. Enjoy!
Don't let the taxi drivers take you the "long way" somewhere. Make sure you know your directions...however, for the most part - the taxi's that say "Radio Taxi" are dependable.
Unique Suggestions: Pay the cab fare and bear it. It's not that big of deal.
Many guide books say that the only restaurants in Recoleta are those by the cemetary. There are about eight or ten of them all in a row
Unless you want to eat with lots of other tourists and pay twice as much as the locals would, don't eat at these restaurants!
Fun Alternatives: Walk away from this area and up streets such as Azcuenaga, or Pte J E Uriburu and you will find lots of small, local bars and restaurants, where many will speak only Spanish and where you will get great food, with a local neighbourhood vibe for around 16 peso for a fillet steak, or even less.
Rincon is a great place where people queue to get in!
First of all, as a tourist I think you should visit La Boca, it is something different and very local. On the other hand, living here, I dont like it at all. Its just a bunch of houses painted with different colors and EXTREMELY touristy, full of people trying to sell you stuff.
One recommendation, dont buy anything here, everything is overpriced (and not just 10% more, 100, 200% more!).
It's your call....
If you are twenty something and enjoy being jammed into an extremely crowded noisy smoky bar without room to even walk four feet, you will enjoy the Kilkenny. I got there around 8:30p and had to fight my way into the door as people were spilled out onto the sidewalk about 6 deep.
Unique Suggestions: Go early! Like right when they open.
Fun Alternatives: There's got to be a lot of other fun bars in B.A>