Avoid the restaurants in San...
Avoid the restaurants in San Telmo that host indoor tango shows. I witnessed a group of Americans getting ripped off by the most prominent of the places (sorry, I can't rememember the name but it's a two-story joint on the corner of the square). They had just ordered drinks without asking for the price and were outraged to find out they had been charged hundreds of dollars for drinks only. They were also charged $90 for a tango show that they had only seen a few minutes of. They argued for a while with the waiters and a hostile manager and then threw some bills in his face and fled the scene. I snuck out shortly thereafter without ordering anything. Lesson - check the menu first for drink prices before ordering!
Taxis in Buenos Aires are a...
Taxis in Buenos Aires are a lucrative business for the unknowing tourist. It is best to organise a 'Remise Taxi' once you arrive at the airport. And be sure to take one of their cards so you can use that company throughout your stay. If you hail taxis from the street, it can be both very dangerous and a total rip-off. Especially for female and non Spanish-speaking travellers. And now with Argentinas financial crisis, people are even more desperate. So remember, always order a Remise Taxi.
This obelisk stands in the...
This obelisk stands in the middle of Av. 9 de Julio. it is said to be the broadest avenue in the world. It may be true but it is actually not very attractive. The obelisque itself is also quite ordinay when you approach it. Anyway, you should at least go and visit the impressive Teatro Colón, one of the most reputated theaters in the world.
Brrrr... those corporate...
Brrrr... those corporate monsters are everywhere. The BEST STEAK IN THE WORLD CAN BE FOUND in Buenos Aires!! However this corporate monster with its phoney, sickenig, fast food had nerve to appear even there. What can you say, McD entered Paris as well... arghhh...
La boca is the signature of...
La boca is the signature of Buenos Aires, so suggested as no guidebook dares to be published without a picture of La Boca. It only cost me 15 pesos to get there and back while the hotel driver waited while I did the touristy things like take photos and browse the many trinkletts and local crafts on sale. As La Boca is the neighbourhood do specify that you want to visit the 'Caminito' street the only colorful part. When I got there I had the same reaction to when I first saw the the Mona Lisa in the Lourve ...'IS THIS IT'? The colorful street runs no more than 100 metres. It was said that the reason for the color was that this poor neighboorhood (still poor) could not afford paints and used leftovers from the shipbuilding yard nearby. Colorful as the leftovers were not sufficient to complete a single wall let alone the complete unit. If you miss La Boca on your short trip to BA don't feel too bad, my photo has shown you the best part. People have warned me about small stores giving tourist the incorrect amount of change. I did not encounter this but best to beware anyway.
Arrival: It´s a real shame....
Arrival: It´s a real shame. The tourist doesn´t have a single cheap choice. Anyway It´ll cost you U$S 30 just to get out of the airport.
Please, get very informed before you travel. It isn´t Europe, it´s a very big city and a very bad signed one.
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Do not visit restaurants in "La Boca"
Most of the restaurants are expensive and the food is not worth it!! Be careful...
One example will be "Los Gitanos" (see photo)
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I couldn't resist this one. In La Boca, there are several Tango Dancers on the main square. For a few pesos tip, you can pose with them... Cheesy, I know....
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