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1. Posted by TrvlJunkie (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

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My mother and I are thinking about taking a trip to Buenos Aires sometime next year. So I just have some general questions...

1. How affordable are things like food, transportation, accommodation's and so on?

2. When is the best time to go? I was thinking August/September or March/April.

3. Where is the best place to stay in the city? I want to stay some where that is central to pretty much everything but price is also a concern.

4. What are some of the coolest things to see and do?

Gracias!

2. Posted by Macachae (Full Member 240 posts) 9y

1. How affordable are things like food, transportation, accommodation's and so on?
All is in Pesos
Food: Hot dog $ 1.25 (pesos)
familiar size pizza $7 - $15
a "Tenedor libre" (free fork meal) $9- $15
stake with salad and drink from $25
transportation:
subway $0.70
Bus in town $0.80 ...
Taxi or Remis service in downtown $5
Bus from Buenos Aires- Puerto Madryn $175
Accommodation:
Youth Hostel dorm from $21/1 night
a simple hotel doble bed room $50/1 night

2. When is the best time to go? I was thinking August/September or March/April.
It´s depend on what do you like to do... your age... your mommy age... both season bring a lot of good Cultural activities and trips opportunities check: http://www.turismo.gov.ar
3. Where is the best place to stay in the city? I want to stay some where that is central to pretty much everything but price is also a concern.
Best place always is downtown but Buenos Aires is developing nice areas like Palermo and San Telmo, also you have alternatives such Tigre weekend
4. What are some of the coolest things to see and do?
Spot like "la Boca" or "Abasto" for Tango... Recoleta for History, arquitecture and art , Palermo is a trendy neigborhood, San Telmo mix Tango and bohemians...
and "Caminante no hay camino ... se hace camino al andar"
http://www.bue.gov.ar/home/index.php?&lang=en

3. Posted by juanka (Inactive 48 posts) 9y

Hi from BA:

Some explanation about last post:
-- currency, to undestand prices, is 1u$s = 3,1 ar$
-- "tenedor libre" means "all you can eat"(dinks not included.
-- web links: the 2nd is useful for you, because it has good info in English about the city. The 1st is for the rest of the country, and a very bad site, so don't lose time.

About season to come,both periods you put are OK. I think it's better August/September because it's the beginning of Spring.

About accommodation: many travelers choose to stay with host families, so they can talk about daily news, an to know the non-touristic places as locals would, for an "authentic" experience as possible in the city.
But it's not so easy to find in internet a guesthouse or local families that host foreign travelers.

If you need extra info, don't hesitate in enmail me ...
and enjoy Buenos Aires!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

If remotely possible, I'd try to go later, like October. I lucked out two times in August (chilly & rainy).

5. Posted by TrvlJunkie (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

thanks to everyone that replyed and sent me messages they were all very helpful! Gracias!

6. Posted by artdealer (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

Hi TrvlJunkie,

Buenos Aires is beautiful both in Fall and in Spring, which are the two options you propose. Remember we are in opposite seasons in the southern Hemisphere... In either you'll probably have nice mild weather and lots of activities to take upon...

Price wise, Buenos Aires is much more affordable than other great cities. To start off with the fact that the dollar is worth 3 times more than the Argentine peso.
You can get cab rides from central areas in the city from USD 2 -3 Great dinner out for USD 10-20 per person in a nice restaurant... For a local lunch you can find great stuff for less than USD 10...
As to accommodation, I would recommend that if you and your mom are coming together you can rent an apartment per day or week, in a beautiful area such as the old quarter of the city San Telmo, check the web, there are plenty of places ........

I would definitely recommend to stay at San Telmo or Palermo... two great places, hip, and modern.

If I had to rank the best things to do in the city, I would say, first cultural approaches such as San Telmo and La Boca, where you'll be able to appreciate the great dance of Tango and the traditional culture of the city... Food is amazing and a must from the traditional beef to the gorgeous Argentine wines...
The sights are amazing, since this Latin American capital has a strong European feel that results in a truly appealing aesthetic...

The list could go on and on... Let me know if I was helpful and if I can provide other information...
I'm known to provide interesting insights, Cheers for now, Bob

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 4, 2007, at 1:38 PM by frassinett ]