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Buenos Aires

Sexy, alive and supremely confident, this beautiful city gets under your skin. Like Europe with a melancholic twist, Buenos Aires is unforgettable.

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The City

The birthplace of the tango is, like the dance itself, captivating, seductive and bustling with excited energy. Atmospheric old neighborhoods are rife with romantic restaurants and thumping nightlife and Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Cafe Tortoni, the city's oldest bar, will transport you back to 1858, and the spectacular Teatro Colon impresses just as it did in 1908. Latin America's shopping capital offers the promise of premium retail therapy along its grand, wide boulevards.

Night Life

While other cities sleep, darkness makes Buenos Aires come alive. One thing you'll notice immediately in this city is that nightlife is a huge part of the Porteño experience. From Avenida Corrientes theaters to tango salons to big techno clubs, Buenos Aires offers an exceptional night out.

But nightlife is not just about clubbing. There are numerous cultural activities for visitors and residents alike. Professional theaters (many located along Av. Corrientes, between Av. 9 de Julio and Callao and in the San Telmo and Abasto neighborhoods) show Broadway- and off-Broadway-style hits, Argentine plays, and music revues, though most are in Spanish. 

how to get there

By plane: BA is Argentina’s international gateway and easily accessible from North America, Europe and Australasia, as well as most other capital cities in South America. Aerolíneas Argentinas is the country's main airline, but smaller Argentine airlines are in constant flux and come and go very frequently. Even airline offices will often move. Always check current travel information during your tenure here.

 

By boat: There’s a regular ferry service to and from Colonia and Montevideo, both in Uruguay. Most ferries leave from the Buquebus terminal at the corner of Avs Antártida Argentina and Córdoba in Puerto Madero; there are other Buquebus offices at Av Córdoba 879 and at Pueyrredón 1786. Colonia Express is cheaper than Buquebus but has fewer departures; its central office is at Av Córdoba 753, but its terminal is in an ugly, industrial neighborhood near La Boca.

 

Both companies have many more launches in the busy summer season; book online in advance for discounts.

history

One of the most important cities in South America, Buenos Aires has a long and interesting history. It has lived under the shadow of secret police on more than one occasion, has been attacked by foreign powers and has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the only cities in history to be bombed by its own navy. It has been home to ruthless dictators, bright-eyed idealists and some of the most important writers and artists in the history of Latin America.

The city has seen economic booms that brought in stunning wealth as well as economic meltdowns that have driven the population into poverty.

general info

 

Country Code

 +54

 

Climate

Summer (November to March) is the best time to visit. Spring (September to November) and fall (March to May) are the best temperature-wise; winter (June to August) is cold but not freezing.

 

Transportation

  1. Bus: Buenos Aires has a huge and complex bus system. If you want to get to know it better you’ll have to buy a Guia T – it’s sold at any newsstand, but get the pocket version (about AR$10). It details hundreds of the city’s bus routes. Just look at the grids to find out where you are and where you’re going, and find a matching bus number. Bus ticket machines on board will give you small change from your coins. Rides around town are cheap; just mention your destination to the driver and he’ll cue the machine. If you're staying in BA awhile, consider getting a SUBE card for cheaper fares and to make paying easier. You can buy nearly any long-distance bus ticket without taking a special trip to Retiro bus station. Use the practical booking services of Omnilíneas. Just reserve and buy your ticket over the website, and either print it out at home or pick it up at the office. Prices are the same as at Retiro bus station, and English is spoken.

 

  1. Car & Motorcycle: Anyone considering driving in Buenos Aires should know that most local drivers are reckless, aggressive and even willfully dangerous. They’ll ignore speed limits, road signs, road lines and often traffic signals. They’ll tailgate you mercilessly and honk even before signals turn green. Buses are a nightmare to reckon with, potholes are everywhere, traffic is worse every day and parking can be nonexistent in places (and cost a bundle). To top it off, pedestrians haphazardly cross the road, seeming to beg to be run over at times.

 

  1. Reconsider your need to have a car in this city: public transportation will often get you anywhere faster, cheaper and with much less stress. And you won’t have to worry about the police, who have been known to stop cars to check for violations, while subtly asking for coimas (bribes). If this happens to you when you weren’t doing anything illegal, insist on contacting your embassy – too much trouble for some officers.

 

  1. If you want to rent a car, expect to pay US$30 to US$50 or more per day. International chains can be more expensive than local rental agencies; call around. You’ll need to be at least 21 years of age and have a valid driver’s license; having an international driver’s license wouldn’t be a bad idea, though you don’t necessarily need one. A credit card and passport are also necessary.

 

  1. If you have experience driving scooters and are up to the challenge of getting around BA on an electric version, check out Green Scooter. You'll need to pay an AR$2500 deposit (cash or credit card) and bring your passport. The cost is AR$190 per day, helmet and lock included. For motorcycle rentals, be at least 25 years of age and head to Motocare. Bring your own helmet and riding gear. Crossing into Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil is possible.

 

  1. Tram: A light-rail system in Puerto Madero is called the Tranvía del Este. It’s currently 2km long and has only four stops, with plans to extend the line from Retiro to Constitución. It’s cheap to ride, but consider skipping it – stroll Puerto Madero’s lovely cobbled lanes instead.

 

  1. Train: Trains connect Buenos Aires’ center to its suburbs and nearby provinces. They’re best for commuters and only occasionally useful for tourists. Several private companies run different train lines; train stations are all served by Subte.

 

  1. Subte (Underground): BA’s Subte opened in 1913 and is the quickest way to get around the city, though it can get mighty hot and crowded during rush hour. It consists of líneas (lines) A, B, C, D, E and H. Four parallel lines run from downtown to the capital’s western outskirts, while Línea C runs north–south and connects the two major train stations of Retiro and Constitución. Línea H runs from Once south to Av Caseros, with plans to expand it. One-ride magnetic cards for the Subte cost AR$3.50. To save time and hassle, buy several rides, since queues can get backed up (especially during rush hour).

 

  1. Taxi & remises: Buenos Aires’ very numerous (about 40,000) and relatively inexpensive taxis are conspicuous by their black-and-yellow paint jobs. They click every 200m (or every minute of waiting time) and cost 20% more after 6pm. Make sure that the meter’s set to the current price when you start your ride. Drivers do not expect a big tip, but it’s customary to let them keep small change. Taxis looking for passengers will have a red light lit on the upper right corner of their windshield.

 

Document Formalities

 

 

Nationals of the USA, Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Argentina, but check current regulations. Most foreigners receive a 90-day visa upon arrival. To get yourself a 90-day extension (AR$300), visit the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones. Set aside some time, as there are lines and this process can take an hour or two. Get your extension the same week your visa expires.

 

Overstaying your visa (AR$300) costs as much as an extension, but it’s also much more stressful – and the rules can change quickly. Another option if you’re staying more than three months is to cross into Colonia or Montevideo (both in Uruguay; Colonia can be an easy day trip) and return with a new three-month visa. This strategy is most sensible if you are from a country that does not require a visa to enter Uruguay. Americans, Australians and Canadians need to pay a reciprocity fee (tasa de reciprocidad) when arriving in Argentina.

 

 

Safety Measures

 

 

Buenos Aires is generally pretty safe. You can comfortably walk around at all hours of the night in many places, even as a lone woman. People stay out very late, and there’s almost always somebody else walking on any one street at any hour of the night. (Some areas where you should be careful at night, however, are around Constitución’s train station, the eastern border of San Telmo, and some parts of Once and La Boca – where, outside tourist streets, you should be careful even during the day).

 

Like all big cities, BA has its share of problems. The economic crisis of 1999–2001 plunged a lot of people into poverty, and street crime has subsequently risen. As a tourist you’re much more likely to be a target of petty crimes like pick pocketing and bag-snatching than armed robbery or kidnapping. Be careful on crowded buses, on the Subte and at busy ferias (street markets). Don’t put your bag down without your foot through the strap (especially at sidewalk cafes), and even then keep a close eye on it. Be especially careful at Retiro bus station.

 

Restaurants
  • I Latina: Latin cuisine. Price Range: USD 80-90. Murillo 725 | Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires 1414, Argentina. Tel. 00 54 11 4857. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Casa Umare: French cuisine. Billinghurst 362, Buenos Aires C1174ABF, Argentina. Tel. 011 4861-2030.
  • Uco: Argentinean cuisine. Soler 5862, Fierro Hotel, Buenos Aires 1426, Argentina. Tel. +54 11 3220-6820

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