Buenos Aires Travel Guide

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Buenos Aires Highlights

  • Pro
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    mrtourne says…

     Friendly people, 24-hr city life, VERY walkable city, great food - great city for immersing yourself, especially now that the peso is 3-1 to the dollar 

  • Con
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    DPando says…

     polution, criminality, insecurity, traffic jams 

  • In a nutshell
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    sof76 says…

     You ask, you have! That's Buenos Aires! 

Buenos Aires Things to Do

  • San Telmo

    The oldest residential neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, San Telmo exudes a special historical vibe As one of the most important centres during the 19th century, San Telmo has preserved many of Buenos Aires’ architectural landmarks, museums, antique shops and old churches that nowadays serve as a backdrop for business, cultural events and day to day...

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  • Plaza de Mayo

    Argentinian Executive branch building. If you're here at the right time, there is a changing of the guard ceremony. You can't go into the building itself but there is a small musem on the right side of the building in the basement. The museum is free but you must present your passport upon entry.

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  • La Boca

    We have been advice to take a taxi and we did. This place has a reputation of being prone to more crime than central areas. Tourist areas are relatively safe, going beyond the unmarked borders (crossing a street can be enough) of the tourist area can put you at risk of trouble. This wonderfully colourful neighbourhood right next to the old port of...

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Buenos Aires Restaurants

  • Cafe Tortoni

    In early November 2012 we visited this cafe with another American couple. One of us put his knapsack on the floor next to his foot, and five minutes later it was gone. The pickpockets and thieves in this town are smooth-- four of us at a table, near the back of the cafe, and none of us noticed the thief. What was most infuriating was that the...

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  • General tips about eating in Buenos...

    The Grant's serves all kinds of meat in a variety of ways through a buffet. It was not the best restaurant I went to in Buenos Aires, but I was satisfied. I find it interesting that, of all the American Presidents to name a restaurant after, the owners selected one of the most mediocre Presidents in the history of the U.S. At any rate, I'm pretty...

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  • Cabaña Las Lilas

    Hmm... where to start... OK, the beef will never dissapoint you, that's true, but hey! we live in Beef Paradise, so why would you spend a minimum of 70 pesos (23 dollars) just for a coke, a piece of meat and a cover charge of 15 pesos? It's sooo not worth it. You can get extraordinary beef anywhere else and pay half as much, including a side order,...

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Buenos Aires Nightlife

  • Tango shows - Tango places

    La Viruta is a super-popular tango place in Buenos Aires. Apparently, everyone in BsAs who is into tango has been there. Early in the evening, they give dance lessons - not just tango and milonga, also salsa and rock&roll. They split the dance floor into several levels (from beginner to advanced) for each lesson and have 2 teachers (a guy and girl)...

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  • Milion

    A must-go night club! It is a converted mansion in the heart of Buenos Aires, which is chock full of Portenos and tourist. The structure is amazing, with the sweeping staircases and large waiting roms of a Southern mansion. The bathrooms can be hard to find and are small. Lots of tourist and locals. The waiters come by slowly, the place is packed...

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  • Opera Bay - (Used to be El Divino)

    Opera Bay is a nightclub which architetural roof is well known to be similar to Sydney Opera house (don´t expect the actual Sydney Opera house architecture though). It is especially good on Wednesday nights because it becomes an "after office" gathering and it gives people a little break during the week. You have different music sections and a...

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Buenos Aires Transportation

  • To/From Airport - A/Desde Aeropuerto

    I found very few information on how to get to Ezeiza airport and how to get back to the city center (Capital Federal). Going there by taxi would be the fastest and the most expensive option. However, if you are not a budget traveler and are ok with paying approximately 300 pesos or more, I still recommend you to book a taxi in advance and agree on...

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  • International Airport - EZE

    A lot of people ask the same question, how do I get from the airport to the city? TAXI, or REMIS is the best option. The airport is VERY far away from the city, it will take you over 30 minutes to get there by taxi. Public transportation will take you hours, not a good idea when you have bags with you... You can pre-order online (right now, $340...

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  • Subway = Subte

    The city has a metro network ("subte", short form of "tren subterraneo", which means "underground train"). It is very efficient and you can save a lot of time by using it It is also very cheap (1.10 pesos for any combination) however, the Subte will be incredibly crowded during peak hour and depending on where you are catching it from, you may have...

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Buenos Aires Shopping

  • Calle Florida (Florida street)

    Florida Street and Lavalle Street (from 5 pm up to 10 pm) are for pedestrians only and is the place to find the majority of tourist's shops in MicroCentro. At the intersection of these two pedestrian streets, there is often some sort of interesting street performance going on, especially at night You will find everything from: shirt,leather,and...

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  • Leather

    Argentina is known for its leather goods, and there are lots of stores downtown that sell leather and/or fur. Usually, you'll find both in the same store. Coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, etc made of leather and/or fur. Some of these things are also dyed in different colours. Very pricey, though it's usually good quality.

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  • Galerías Pacífico Shopping Mall

    Inside Galerias Pacifico you have the "Centro Cultural Borges" a cultural center. It's worth entering Galerias Pacifico to see the ceilings! Dentro de las Galerias Pacificos esta el Centro Cultural Borges. Vale la pena entrar a las Galerias para ver el techo!!

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Buenos Aires Local Customs

  • Tango

    Buenos Aires is the ultimate destination for dancing to Argentine Tango, an essential part to experience this kind of dance Numerous show palaces, from the simple cafe to the over top. Many shows are excellent, and each is surprisingly unique It seems impossible to imagine Argentina without thinking of tango, its greatest export to the world San...

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  • Dog walkers = Paseadores de perros

    If you see someone walking multiple dogs - no, it's not an animal hoarder or someone who has 5 dogs of their own! It's someone who is paid by several people/families to walk their dog. In Buenos Aires, some people either don't have time to walk their dog every day or don't want to, so they pay someone to do it for them. Though my personal opinion...

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  • Taste mate

    You will see people waiting at the bus stop with a thermos in their hand. You wonder if they are taking their coffee with them or something like that. It's totally common. It's usually people taking water for their mate. Coffee, though it is popular and common, is more expensive than yerba. You will not see too many people drinking their mate when...

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Buenos Aires Warnings and Dangers

  • Buenos Aires assault and attempted...

    Robbed in broad daylight in Palermo Soho. A guy tackled me from behind and threw me to the ground. He ripped my watch off my hand and ran down the street. A man chased him and a bunch of citizens tackled him. I was detained by the police for a long time but managed to get my watch back. Lessons learned. Don't wear any jewelry. They trued the stain...

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  • Attacked and Robbed

    I was on a guided tour with a group of 11 people in supposedly the safest area in Buenos Aires. The park by the Memorial Tower; right across the street from the Plaza Hotel. We were staked out by a group of 4 thugs that attacked us from the back and stole my Rolex watch off my wrist. There were 2 on motorcycles and 1 on bicycle and 1 the attacker...

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  • Money issues - ATMs and American dollars

    Even though the ATMs supposedly give the option of withdrawing Argentine pesos or American dollars, they do not dispense dollars anymore (dollars are restricted for purchase and sale). You can only withdraw pesos, and dollars are not available at banks either. If you are required (or encouraged) to pay a deposit or other fees in American dollars...

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Buenos Aires Tourist Traps

  • Beware of the tango dancers

    La Bocca area is not only known for its colorful houses, is also known for the Tango dance. Strolling in the barrio, from the beginning to the end is a very photogenic areaAnd there were a place where you get into where they give a Tango Dance demonstrationThe dancers are standing waiting for victims, they grab everyone who passes through. I've...

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  • Street vendors

    As in many cities, street vendors can be manipulative when it comes to convincing you to buy their stuff. They'll often tell you that they made that mate gourd, jewelry, etc themselves, but then you'll find another vendor in another part of town selling an identical one. So unless you actually see them making it, don't believe them when they say...

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  • prices

    I knew Buenos Aires was not cheap as hotel prices in Recoleta and Palermo were pretty high. But I really did not expect that also food was so expensive. I really hardly paid a dinner less than 200 pesos which with official exchange rate is 30€, I don’t know if it is normal here, but it’s definitely expensive for Italian standards. I can understand...

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Buenos Aires What to Pack

  • Cloths in general

    I found traveling in Argentina was much easier because the cost of having laundry done is minimal, hence you can travel much lighter than you would in other places! a good windbreaker, there is a lot of wind, especially in Patagonia. a roll of toilet paper good sunscreen filters

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  • Health and body care

    I always forget to bring meds with me. I have been very very sick the first two times down here and have had trouble finding the meds I want, even with a local who is fluent in both Spanish and English to help me.

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  • No need to pack a lot of clothes

    I found traveling in Argentina was much easier because the cost of having laundry done is minimal, hence you can travel much lighter than you would in other places! a good windbreaker, there is a lot of wind, especially in Patagonia. a roll of toilet papergood sunscreen filters

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Buenos Aires Off The Beaten Path

  • Tigre

    If you are in buenos aires, don't miss going to Tigre. Is an excursion of 4 hours (at least) and truly that is worth going! During weekends there is a fair in the port of fruits where they seld very nice and cheap handycrafts. A trip in a catamaran by the islands of the Tigre, it's a must! But try to go in a shinny day! To go there you may take the...

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  • Palermo's Park

    If you feel tired of the city and want to see a green space, then Los Bosques de Palermo is a good place. They are located 15 minutes away from downtown and they get packed with locals, mostly at the weekends, who go there to jog, cycle, rollerblade, play football or just sit on the grass and have a picnic. It's a good place to combine chilling out...

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  • National Fine Arts Museum

    I went to Malba and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Bellas Artes was far superior to Malba, so if you can't make it to both, go to the B.A. There is so much to see you will need at least a couple of hours. Room after room of Latin art and another section with European art. You can check any bags at the security desk at the entrance for free. And there...

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Buenos Aires Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    This stadium overlooks a desolate garbage-strewn lot, at the corner of calles Del Valle Iberlucea and Brandsen But on game day, when street parties and general debauchery take over the area La Bombonera lies in the middle of the working-class La Boca area, which has a slightly negative reputation in terms of safety, and therefore care should be...

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  • Golf in Buenos Aires

    Every year I organise a golf trip somewhere in the world. After much discussion we decided to go to Buenos Aires. Amazing courses, the best meat and friendly people. My suggestion: Olivos, Buenos Aires Golf, Martindale and San Andres. Our trip was organised by a local golf & travel company. P.S. Night life not to be missed in Recolletta."

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  • Watch Polo

    Set in the stunning surroundings of the Argentine countryside, Puesto Viejo Polo Days give visitors to Buenos Aires the opportunity to learn more about the game, enjoy a lesson with a professional bi-lingual instructor and watch polo club members play in an adrenaline fuelled match. No previous riding experience is required! Guests are collected...

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Buenos Aires Favorites

  • Personal experiences & helpfull hints

    I like walk much and enjoy the citys in every where and Buenos aires is great for it, is easy to walk because is flat many things to see in any corner always you discover something new, the twon, the square I find the amazing painting in the wall the coffe place, the wall, the square, the weather, thi colectivos, the light, the local people.

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  • Plaza de Mayo, Goverment House, el...

    Among Casa Rosada located in plaza de Mayo and Puerto Madero this huge square split in two areas this part of the city... its a crowded area with lot of traffic in each direction ,,be careful crossing !!!

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  • Monuments

    This flower like monument stands at the Plaza of the United Nations. I think this is one of the most unusual sculptures that I've seen. "Floralis Generica" by architect Eduardo Catalano is a gigantic metal flower, with 6 motorized 20 meter high petals that open on special occasions.

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  • ISPARTACUS's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Gee, I was in B. A. During Holy Week 2011. I attended Easter services in the main Cathedral of B. A. After mass , the arch Bishop of Buenos Aires , who presided over the mass, worked his way back to the rear of the church shaking hands with the locals. He looked up at me waiting to shake his hand and took note that I appeared to be an American.
    We shook hands and I left the church. Two short years later, that Arch Bishop, the then Cardenal of B. A. , was installed as the Arch Bishop of Rome. He is now called Pope Francis l.

 
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