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Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a sprawling mass of a city on the banks of the Río de la Plata, not a river but the world's widest estuary. First impressions may be of a dirty, polluted and noisy city, but a scratch below the surface will unveil a wealth of character. This city lives for football, in particular the age old rivalry of Boca and River. It's a city of extremes, from the wealthy Recoleta (where a grave will cost you more than a house in London's rich suburbs) to the filthy but charming Barrio de Once, a crowded neighborhood with pickpockets and beggars.
The city of Buenos Aires is divided in 48 barrios (neighbourhoods), grouped in 15 comunas (councils). Alongside their official names, many areas are also referred to by their traditional names: have a look here for an overview. The following list contains the barrios of greatest interest:
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The offer of cultural activities in Buenos Aires is huge, and most of them are either free (i.e., sponsored by the government) or charge very modest entry fees. The city maintains an excellent on-line cultural agenda in which information on numerous exhibitions, festivals, projects, etc. is collected. Besides that, there are various Centros culturales across the city centre that organise their own activities, plus a large number of theatres.
Weekends are the best days to sightseeing Buenos Aires as most of the tourist places, parks and central avenues are full of craft markets, street concerts and other cultural expressions.
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Ever since the Plaza de Mayo was the scene of the 25 May 1810 revolution that led to the Argentinian independence, this is the focal point of many Argentinian political events. The square dates back to the earliest dates of the Spanish colonization. Located in the center of the Plaza de Mayo is the Pirámide de Mayo, which rather looks more like an obelisk. It was ordered in 1811 to commemorate the first anniversary of the May Revolution, making this is the oldest national monument in Buenos Aires. Also around the plaza is the Casa Rosada (The Pink House) which is home and office of the President of Argentina, the National Bank, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, and City Hall.
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Palermo Soho is all about going shopping, so the best boutique clothing stores, along with the independent designer and the usual international brands are located here. You can stop shopping in any minute and have a coffee or a drink in one of the many cafés and pubs that can be found near the famous Plaza Serrano, a lovely square filled with craftsmen, travellers, families and lots of cultural activities during weekends. You can find out more about this place here Plaza Serrano
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Buenos Aires is renowned for the tango, a dance birthed in 19th century Argentina. While it isn't practised widely by Argentines anymore, the tango is still a major drawcard for tourists. Far from being a clichéd dance style, Tango has a depth of character and innovation that will draw you stepping and spinning into its soulful world. For everything and more on Argentine tango and where to dance it, have a look at the Argentine Tango article.
Wine trips are starting to create quite a stir in the world of hospitality. Argentina has a unique terrain which makes its wine products very different to those encountered in Europe. The most popular wine from this region is Malbec, though the cultivation of several other varietals have proved quite successful and created interesting products.
Although not even located in Argentina, a daytrip to the Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento is definately worth a visit. There are quite a few ferries daily that make the short trip across the river to Uruguay and it makes for a great day escaping the crowds of the huge metropolis that forms Buenos Aires.
Various major annual festivals take place in Buenos Aires. This list mentions some of them; for up-to-date information, consult the city's cultural agenda.
Being close to the Atlantic, Buenos Aires has a moderate climate although it can be swelteringly hot in summer (December and especially January). Average daytime temperatures are around 30 °C during these months, but 40 °C is not uncommon during some heatwaves. Thunderstorms are common in late spring (October & November). Winters tend to be cool around 15 °C during the day and 8 °C at night from June to August, but warm days are not unheard of either. Buenos Aires has a persistent smog problem, which is at its worst in December.
Most of the precipitation falls from October to April, with a peak in March (134 mm), though winters still see around 60-70 mm of rain a month. Snow and frost are uncommon.
|Avg Max||30.4 °C||28.7 °C||26.4 °C||22.7 °C||19 °C||15.6 °C||14.9 °C||17.3 °C||18.9 °C||22.5 °C||25.3 °C||28.1 °C|
|Avg Min||20.4 °C||19.4 °C||17 °C||13.7 °C||10.3 °C||7.6 °C||7.4 °C||8.9 °C||9.9 °C||13 °C||15.9 °C||18.4 °C|
|Rainfall||121.6 mm||122.6 mm||153.9 mm||106.9 mm||92.1 mm||50 mm||52.9 mm||63.2 mm||77.7 mm||139.3 mm||131.2 mm||103.2 mm|
Buenos Aires has two airports. Ministro Pistarini International Airport (IATA: EZE, ICAO: SAEZ), more commonly known as Ezeiza International Airport, is Argentina's main international airport. Aerolineas Argentinas flies from here to Auckland, Barcelona, Bogota, Caracas, Córdoba, Lima, Madrid, Mendoza, Miami, Rome, Santa Cruz, Sao Paulo and Sydney. Quite a few other airlines serve cities like Mexico City, Toronto, Paris, New York, Dallas, London, Houston, Panama City, Havana, Atlanta, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, Frankfurt, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Montevideo, Brasilia and Washington, D.C..
Buenos Aires' other airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newberry (IATA: AEP, ICAO: SABE), serves mainly domestic flights, including services to Córdoba, Ushuaia, Mendoza, Salta, Tucuman, Bariloche and Puerto Iguazu.
From the Ezeiza International Airport to the city centre:
There is a local bus #51 that runs from the airport to Constitucion railway station which takes 2 hours and costs 2 pesos. Also Tienda Leon runs an express bus to the city centre for 50 pesos. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes. Alternatively, it's possible to catch a taxi, although this works out to be much more expensive.
There are trains to Buenos Aires from the rest of Argentina, but there are currently no international train routes.
Listed below are the main routes, with rough prices in pesos (as of 1/1/2008):
Check the Ferrobaires website for up-to-date times and prices.
There are three main classes: Pullman is air-conditioned and has reclining seats; Primera is similar to pullman class, but has smaller seats; Turista class is the cheapest. Some routes also have super pullman or pullman especial which are, predictably, the fanciest of the lot.
Embrace yourself for the suicidal Bonairese traffic, buy a good map and you're set to go. Not recommended for the faint-hearted.
As buses are the main means of transport throughout South America, you are most likely to arrive by bus. Buenos Aires has a number of bus terminals, the largest of which by far is Retiro. From here, all major Argentine cities are served, as well as a number of international destinations. The ticket booths are on the second floor, grouped by region of destination; the ground floor is reserved for arrivals and departures, while luggage storage and other services are located in the basement. The other bus terminals are of lesser use to tourists, since they are located much farther away from the center, and are serviced by much fewer lines. Check the Omnilineas website for more information about cities, schedules and prices.
Retiro bus terminal is well connected to local public transport, as a large number of city buses call here, as well as the B-line of Subte. Minivans to Ezeiza (Aeropuerto Ministro Pistarini) leave at a 5-minute distance. The Retiro and Once train stations (see above) are located right next to the bus terminal. Aeropuerto Jorge Newbery, which serves many domestic destinations, is a 2-minute bus-ride away.
Bus tickets are not expensive in Argentina, but if you want an even cheaper deal than you get at the terminal, see if you can buy tickets in one of the business houses downtown, for instance on Rivadavia, near the crossing with Saavedra street. The number of destinations on sale is limited and they may not always sell to you, but prices are up to 50% lower than at the terminal.
Buenos Aires is large, and though many barrios are built according to the classical rectangular colonial streetplan, the overall organisation is somewhat confusing. Note that most city maps on sale are 'upside down', and have the north to the bottom of the page. The city maintains an excellent digital map which gives a good overview of the city.
When taking a taxi at the street try to take only cabs with the word Radio Taxi written above. They suppose to be more secure as they are affiliated to a radio taxi company and not independent drivers.
Strong rains in the city usually block some subway stretches and stations are closed generating a big traffic chaos. Is better to wait until is clear up especially if it gets you during the rush hours (9:00am & 6:00 to 8:00pm).
To pay a taxi ride with a ARS$100 bank note could be almost an insult to the taxi driver. Change the high denominations bank notes and try to carry small change to pay the closest you can to the total amount. If you couldn't find change, ask the driver if he can give you change before to get into the cab.
Be aware that all streets and most avenues are one-way. Typically, streets that are decreciente (traffic running south or east) alternate with those that are creciente (traffic running north or west). On the avenues, frequent/continuous lane-changing is customary, as is trying to push other drivers off the road. If you want to blend in, try to approach traffic lights at the highest possible speed before skidding to an unexpected stop when they turn red.
Be wary of traffic police. Their salary is low, so they will continue searching your vehicle and documents until they find something not in accordance with some rule or other. Be diplomatic in offering an 'informal settlement', and never do so when you're stopped by federal police (PFA). If you suspect your ignorance is being abused, insist that you get a ticket and ask for badge number, or ask to settle it at the precinct.
The Bonairese bus system is one of the very few examples worldwide of successful tendering of public transport. The city issues concessions to private carriers who do the actual transport. On a downside, it is rather difficult to make sense of the 300+ lines that traverse Greater Buenos Aires. Trying to defy the system using rational logic proves pointless; instead, you can buy a Guia T, in which itineraries of all lines are collected. The booklet divides the city into quadrants and gives a list for each of them with all the lines that call there. The trick is to find a matching line number between your quadrants of departure and arrival, but this is no easy task. Better ask a random stranger for directions, since there's a fair chance that s/he will know exactly which bus you should take to get from A to B.
Unless you travel very far, the usual fare is AR$1.20 for a one-way trip. Changing buses requires a new ticket. You have to tell the driver your desired fare and toss your coins in the machine and take your ticket. Drivers don't have change for bills, so have some coins ready.
Besides buses, Buenos Aires has a five-line subway system known as Subte. Lines are numbered A-E. The network currently undergoes renovations, and most of the lines get extended as well. Bear in mind that the same stations have different names on all lines; for instance, Carlos Pellegrini, 9 de Julio and Diagonal Norte all refer to the same station underneath Obelisco. A map of the network can be found at the mapas website. The fare has recently been upped, and is now AR$1.10 per ticket, valid for as long as you stay underground. You can buy tickets at each station; paying with exact change is much appreciated.
The third form of public transport in Buenos Aires is a network of nine lightrail connections for commuter traffic between the suburbs and the centre. As a tourist, you are unlikely to have any need for using them. An integrated map can be found here.
Although Buenos Aires is spread out, most touristic sights are within a 60-minute walking distance from each other, which makes going on foot an excellent way of exploring the city. By daylight, that is: although the city is nowhere near dangerous, it is not a good idea to walk the streets on your own after dark, especially not outside Microcentro.
Be careful when crossing streets. Stop signals doesn't exist in the city and pedestrian crossings are not respected by the drivers, in the same way, don't pretend the cars are going to stop people are not use to give the pedestrians to pass.
It is a good thing that you won't easily find a bike rental in Buenos Aires. Given the mayhem that is motorised traffic, you would likely get killed in under 10 minutes. Around Parque Centenario and Carioca Subte station, there are a number of bicycle lanes painted on the streets, but these are mostly used by car owners to park their vehicles.
If you have set your mind on exploring the city by bike nonetheless, at least stay off the main avenues and cross as a pedestrian. Exercise extreme caution. Helmets are obligatory.
Taxis are cheap to European standards, and many taxistas are great fun to talk to if you speak some Spanish. They will be only too glad to give you their two cents on Argentine politics, economy, culture, and their own married life.
Taxis come in two kinds: the ones you can stop on the streets, and radiotaxis that you can order by phone. The latter kind is generally deemed safer, but incidents involving taxis are getting increasingly rare nowadays anyway. Just don't accept rides from illegal taxis (not painted black and yellow, and no numerical ID printed on the doors), as their drivers may well be less well-meaning citizens.
See also Money Matters
Be careful where you exchange your money in Buenos Aires. The casas de cambio in downtown Buenos Aires have mediocre reputations. You may consider asking your hotel front desk clerk to change the currency or for a recommendation of the nearest bank that allows foreigners to make exchanges. Most ATMs will have an additional charge of around $16 pesos, but will allow you to withdraw the local currency. For more information about money, also see the Argentinian section about this subject. Be aware of the counterfeit bills that circulate in Buenos Aires. Tourists are targeted especially in dim bars, clubs and taxis.
While the primary consumption of Argentinians is beef, there are other options in this cosmopolitan city. Italian food is pervasive but in neighborhoods like Palermo, pizza joints are seeing heavy competition from sushi, fusion, and even vegetarian bistros. Just about everything can be delivered - including fantastic, gourmet helado (ice cream).
Italian and Spanish food are almost native here, as the cultural heritage heralds in great part from these two countries. Other popular meals are pizzas and empanadas (small pastries stuffed with a combination of cheese and meats). They are a popular home delivery or takeaway/takeout option.
You will want to try asado (beef/steak barbecue) at a parrilla, restaurants specializing in roasted meats. There are expensive parrillas, and more simple and cost effective ones, In either case you will likely have some of the best "meat" you have ever tasted. The bife de lomo (tenderloin) is unbelievably tender.
There are a lot of al paso (walk through) places to eat; you eat standing up or in high chairs at the bar. Meals vary from hot-dogs (panchos), beef sausages (chorizos, or its sandwich version choripán), pizzas, milanesas (breaded fried cutlets), etc. Don't forget to indulge in the perennially popular mashed squash - it is delicious and often comes with rice and makes a full meal in itself. It is perfect for vegetarians and vegans to fill up on.
One incredible and typical Argentinian kind of "cookie", is the alfajor, which consists of two round sweet biscuits joined together with a sweet jam, generally dulce de leche (milk jam, akin to caramel), covered with chocolate, meringue or something similarly sweet. Any kiosk, supermarket, bakery and even cafe is crammed with a mind-jamming variety of alfajores, and every porteño has its favourite. Be sure not to leave without trying one.
Also, all bakeries offer a wide selection of facturas, delicious sweet pastries of all shapes, doughs and flavors, most of them of French, Spanish and Italian inspiration but with a twist of their own. Porteño's are very keen of these, which are generally served by afternoon, with -of course- some mate.
Tipping is not mandatory but it is always well received. The usual is to give between 10% and 12% and many places tip is only allowed in cash.
Small stores and restaurants don't receive credit card. If they do, you will be usually charged with an extra 10%. In order to avoid misunderstandings try to ask before consume.
Restaurants use to charge an extra fee that can vary between $4 and $10 ARS each person for table service.
Usually kiosks don't sell alcohol beverages after 10:00pm.
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The main areas to go out are: Puerto Madero, close to the Casa Rosada. Safe during the day and night, due the obvious reason (Casa Rosada). At Recoleta area (close to the famous cemetery) there are also plenty of restaurants, bars and a cinema complex. This area used to be trendy but it is now mainly for tourists. Palermo SoHo and Palermo Hollywood are full of trendy stores, restaurants, and young and trendy bars. Palermo Las Cañitas is another nice area close to the Polo stadium. Also, San Telmo has a very bohemian, and very fun, nightlife scene. Buenos Aires has a popular cafe culture.
There are hundred of apartments, ranging from economy to deluxe, and the prices are very good. As well as going through an agency keep an eye and an ear out for individuals who rent their upscale apartments by the day, week, or month. Many times these apartments are three times the size of a hotel at half the price.
It is worth noting that there are many short-term rental agents in Buenos Aires (a online search will bring up most of them). However the availability calendars can be misleading, since that apartments are often advertised by multiple agents and the agents don't communicate with each other. Photos can also be misleading and street noise can ruin an otherwise beautiful apartment so do some research off and on the field before signing up. If you are flexible on the area it may be better to wait until you arrive before looking - it is also easier to negotiate discounts face-to-face.
There is an enormous number (more than 150) of hostels. In the more famous hostels, booking in advance might be necessary, but you'll always find a dorm bed if you need it. There are many budget hotels where you can get your own room for no more than 55 to 75 pesos ($15 or $20) per night. You will not find them advertised on the internet. They can be hard to find, but there are many. Walk down Avenida de Mayo near Café Tortoni. Start from Avenida 9 de Julio (the giant, wide one) and make your way towards the Plaza de Mayo. Look on the small side streets plus or minus two blocks and you will find many of these places.
|+1 Hostel||Calle Bras Cabrera 4716||hostel||-|
|06 Central Hostel||Maipu 306||Hostel||78|
|1551 Palermo||Acuna de Figueroa 1551 Palermo Soho, Palermo||Hotel||-|
|A lo Garcia||Chile 1462||Hostel||-|
|About Baires Hostel||Viamonte 982||Guesthouse||-|
|Al Sol de San Telmo||Chacabuco 1181 1p||Guesthouse||69|
|Amasoho BYB||Darregueyra 2317 Palermo||Hostel||-|
|America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires||Chacabuco 718||Hostel||90|
|Apartment El Salvador2||El Salvador 5975 PB (Intersection with C/ Areva Palermo Holliwood||apartment||-|
|ARG Hostel||Juan Domingo Perón 2108||Hostel||-|
|Arribo Buenos Aires Hostel||Ruggieri 2785||Hostel||-|
|Art Deco Hotel & Suites||Libertad 446||HOTEL||-|
|Art Factory||Piedras 545 San Telmo||Hostel||83|
|Art Home Bed & Breakfast||Virrey Loreto 2811||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Asterion House||Perú 1043||guesthouse||-|
|Augur Hostel||Sanchez de Bustamante 497 Capital Federal||Hostel||80|
|Ayres Porteños Hostel||Peru 708||Hostel||-|
|BA Soho Rooms||J. A. Cabrera 5004 2o B||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|BA Stop||Rivadavia 1194||Hostel||83|
|Adventure Baires Hostel||Lavalle, 477 - 1||Hostel||-|
|Back in BA||El Salvador 5115 Palermo Viejo||HOSTEL||78|
|Baucis Boutique Hotel Palermo||Angel Justiniano Carranza 1608||Hotel||-|
|Bello Hostel||Navarro 3090 Capital Buenos Aires||Hostel||-|
|Bohemia Buenos Aires||Peru 845||Hotel||-|
|Borges Design Hostel||Paraguay 4539, Buenos Aires,Argentina||Guesthouse||-|
|Buenos Aires V&S Hostel Club||887 Viamonte St.||HOSTEL||78|
|Casa De Papa||Avenida de Mayo 1460||hostel||75|
|Casa Esmeralda||Honduras 5765||Guesthouse||-|
|Casa Los Angelitos||Hipólito Yrigoyen 2178||Guesthouse||-|
|Caserón Porteño||Ciudad de la Paz 344||Guesthouse||-|
|Che Lagarto Hostel Buenos Aires||Venezuela 857||HOSTEL||-|
|Che Lulu Guesthouse||Pasaje Emilio Zola 5185||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Che Telmo Guest House||Alsina 492 3o C||GUESTHOUSE||77|
|Chill House||Aguero 781||Guesthouse||82|
|Circus Hostel&Hotel||Chacabuco 1020||HOTEL||81|
|Complejo Tango Boutique Hotel||Av Belgrano 2608||Hotel||75|
|Corrientes and Esmeralda Apartments||Corrientes and Esmeralda||apartment||-|
|Cypress In B&B||Costa Rica 4828 Palermo Soho||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|El Firulete Downtown - Ar Hostels||Maipu 208||Hostel||72|
|El Sol Hostel de Recoleta||Marcelo T De Alvear 1590 Piso 2 (middle buzz)||Hostel||78|
|Elefante Rosa Hostel||Alberti 1191, Boedo||Guesthouse||82|
|Estaci�n Buenos Aires Hostel||Solis 458 Congreso, Buenos Aires||HOSTEL||78|
|Flats In Buenos Aires||Huergo 250||Apartment||-|
|GardenHouse B.A.||Avenida San Juan 1271,San Telmo.||Hostel||81|
|Gecko Hostel Buenos Aires||Bonpland 2233||hostel||-|
|Gente del Sur Hostel Boutique||Jeronimo Salguero 717||Hostel||-|
|Giorgio's House||Avenida Rivadavia 5012||Guesthouse||-|
|Gorriti 4290 Bed & Breakfast||Gorriti 4290||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Gran Hotel America||Bernardo de Irigoyen 1608||Hotel||-|
|Hostal de Granados||Chile 374||Hostel||-|
|Hostal de La Boca||Av. Brown 162||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal El Candil||Lerma 476||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Mi Bulin||Honduras 5759||Guesthouse||-|
|Tercero del Sur||Chile 368 San Telmo, Buenos Aires||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Arrabal||Salta 661 Montserrat San Telmo||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Carlos Gardel||Carlos Calvo 579 San Telmo||Hostel||74|
|Hostel Dreams Belgrano||Amenabar 1029||Hostel||-|
|Hostel EN BS AS||Tucuman 2021||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Estoril||Avda. de Mayo 1385 1� Piso||HOSTEL||89|
|Hostel Giramondo||Guemes 4802||Hostel||-|
|Hostel One||Bolivar 1291||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Parada||Avenida Rivadavia 1291||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel San Telmo||Av. San Juan 820||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Santa Maria Bayres||Av. Diaz Vélez 4996||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Sol||Lima 1169||Hostel||77|
|Hostel Suites Florida||Florida 328||Hostel||84|
|Hostel Suites Obelisco||Corrientes Avenue 830||Hostel||75|
|Hostel Suites Palermo||Charcas 4752 Charcas 4760||Hostel||82|
|Hotel Babel||Balcarce 946 Balcarce 944||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bolivar||Bolivar 886||Hotel||75|
|Hotel del Prado||Paraguay 2385||Hotel||-|
|The Ritz by Hostel Inn||Avenida de Mayo 1111||Hostel||78|
|Kaixo Hostel Central||J.D. Peron 1267||Hostel||-|
|Kapake Palermo Hostel||Paraguay 5570||hostel||-|
|Kilca Hostal||Mexico 1545, Monserrat||Guesthouse||-|
|La Menesunda Hostel||Av. Boedo 742||Hostel||-|
|La Rocca Hostel||Av. Callao 341 1st floor||HOSTEL||-|
|La Rocca Hostel Palermo||Av. Córdoba 3874||hostel||-|
|Lime House Youth Hostel||Lima 11||Hostel||62|
|Livian Guest House||Palestina 1184||Guesthouse||-|
|Los Incas Tango||Echevarria 4785||hostel||-|
|Melo & Ayacucho Apartments||Melo and Ayacucho||apartment||-|
|Kurmi’s Hostel||Sarmiento 3122||HOSTEL||52|
|Metro I||Av. Rivadavia 2010||Hotel||-|
|Metro II||Virrey Cevallos 411 3er piso||HOTEL||-|
|Milhouse Avenue||Avenida de Mayo 1245||Hostel||84|
|Milhouse Hipo||Hipolito Yirigoyen 959||HOSTEL||88|
|Milonga Hostel||Ayacucho 921||Hostel||-|
|Mitre Suites Hotel||Bartolome Mitre 4315||Hotel||75|
|Morena's Place Hostel||Gurruchaga 2143||Hostel||-|
|Ostinatto Hostel||C/Chile 680 San Telmo||Hostel||77|
|Palermo House||Thames 1754||Hostel||-|
|Pampa Hostel||Ibera 2858||Hostel||80|
|Pangea Hostel Buenos Aires||Avenida Entre Rios 1222||Hostel||-|
|Pax Hostel||Salta 990||Hostel||-|
|Petit Recoleta Hostel||Pte. J.E.Uriburu 1183||Hostel||79|
|Portal del Sur||Hipolito Yrigoyen 855||HOSTEL||83|
|Posada Gotan||Sanchez de Loria 1618||Guesthouse||-|
|Puerto Limon||Chacabuco 1080||Hostel||81|
|Rancho Urbano||Av. Corrientes 4139||Hostel||72|
|Rayuela Hostel Boutique||887 Belgrano Ave. 1o||HOSTEL||84|
|Recoleta Apartments||Azcuenaga and Guido||Apartment||-|
|Recoleta Guest House||Laprida 1821||guesthouse||-|
|Reina Madre Hostel||Tomas Manuel de Anchorena 1118||Hostel||80|
|Republica San Telmo||Chacabuco 1163 2 piso, San Telmo||Guesthouse||76|
|Sabatico Travelers Hostel||Mexico 1410||Guesthouse||83|
|Hostel Tango Argentina||Chacabuco 747||Hostel||-|
|Solar Soler Bed and Breakfast||Soler 5676||Guesthouse||-|
|St. Nicholas Hostel||Bartolome Mitre 1691/93||Hostel||-|
|Sudamerika Hostel & Suites Centro||Hipolito Yrigoyen 951 b/Tacuari & 9 de Julio Ave||HOSTEL||77|
|Sudamerika Hostel & Suites Recoleta||Jose E. Uriburu 1287||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tango & Bandoneon||San Jose 574||HOSTEL||-|
|Tango Backpackers||Paraguay 4601||Hostel||-|
|Tango Studio||Blanco Encalada 2272||Guesthouse||-|
|Tanguera Hostel||Chile 657 San Telmo||Guesthouse||75|
|Telmotango Hostel Suite||Chacabuco 679||Hostel||73|
|Terrazas Estoril||Avda. de Mayo 1385 6� Piso||HOSTEL||85|
|Downtown Mate Hostel||Rivadavia 1181||Hostel||76|
|The Hostel-Inn Buenos Aires||Humberto Primo 820||Hostel||83|
|The Hostel-Inn Tango City||Piedras 680 san Telmo||Hostel||-|
|The Recoleta Hostel||Libertad 1216||Hostel||77|
|TRIP Recoleta Hostel||Vicente López 2180 Recoleta Capital Federal||Hostel||-|
|Vi Luz y Entré||Mexico 2233||HOSTEL||76|
|Tango Cozy Home||Blanco Encalada 2272||Apartment||-|
|Hostel Viva La Vida||Jose Hernandez 2268||Hostel||-|
|Eco Pampa Hostel||Guatemala 4778||Hostel||81|
|Soul Buenos Aires Hostel||Salta 170||Hostel||-|
|Avenue Hostel||Av. de Mayo 950 b/ Tacuari & 9 de Julio Ave.||Hostel||-|
|Olmo Dorado - Wellness||Venezuela 2495||Hotel||-|
|Magandhi Hostel||Av. Olazabal 3691||Hostel||75|
|Membrillar GuestHouse||Membrillar 820||APARTMENT||82|
|Palermo EasyHostel||Jose A. Cabrera 4056||Hostel||-|
|Open Bayres Hostel||Godoy Cruz 2175||Hostel||-|
|Le Batiment Apartments||Paraguay 2862||Apartment||-|
|Los Patios de Montserrat - Overseas Club||Piedras 83||HOTEL||-|
|Amable Buenos Aires Hostel Boutique||Av. Corrientes 4965||Hostel||-|
|Mystic House Hostel Boutique||Angel Carranza 1717 Palermo Hollywood||Hotel||-|
|Yalumbraba||San Luis 2908||HOSTEL||-|
|San Telmo Park, Suites & Spa||Avenida 9 de Julio||APARTMENT||-|
|Hotel Frossard||Tucuman 686||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Plaza Buenos Aires||Av. Corrientes 3973 C.A.B.A.||Hostel||69|
|La Nave de los Locos||General Paz 320 Tandil||Apartment||-|
|Piedras Suites||Piedras 906, San Telmo, Buenos Aires||Hotel||78|
|Torrontes Studio||Ciudad de la Paz 43||Apartment||-|
|Cambalache Hostel||Av. Rivadavia 1709||Hostel||79|
|Embassy All Suites||Av. Cordoba 860||Hotel||-|
|Aires Express||Bartolome Mitre 3410 Buenos Aires||Hotel||-|
|Mayflower Suites Hotel||Parana 720||Hotel||-|
|Apart Totalmente Equipado||Castelli 190||Apartment||-|
|Ideal Social Hostel||Suipacha 362||Hostel||78|
|Buenos Aires Tango Hostel||Boedo 847||Hostel||76|
|Giramondo Suites||Fray Justo Santa María de Oro 2472- Buenos Aires entre Av. Santa Fe y Guemes||Hostel||-|
|Nuevo Hotel Maipu||Maipu 735||Hotel||-|
|Downtown BA Hostel||Maipu 556||Hostel||-|
|Galeon Del Plata Hotel||Estados Unidos 842,||HOTEL||-|
|Akais Hostel Fashion||Costa Rica 4520 Buenos Aires||Guesthouse||-|
|Terranova Hostel||Humberto Primo 670||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Rey||Combate de los Pozos 465/71||HOTEL||-|
|Fraternity House||Mexico 3717||Guesthouse||-|
|Estancia La Morena||Baradero s/n entre Montevideo y Antartida Argentina Tristan Suarez / Ezeiza||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Milan||Montevideo 337||Hotel||-|
|Play Hostel Buenos Aires||Guatemala 4636||HOSTEL||79|
|Che Argentina Hostel||Piedras 708||Hostel||-|
|Petit Hotel El Vitraux||Estados Unidos 1383||Guesthouse||78|
|Primo Hostel||Humberto Primo 724||Hostel||-|
|Entre Libros Hotel & Hostel||Chile 484||HOTEL||-|
|Southern House BA||Anchorena 1117||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Via Via Buenos Aires||Chile 324||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Sol de Oro||Santiago del Estero 949||HOSTEL||-|
|Boho Rooms||Uriarte 1389 Palermo||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Baires Soho Bed & Breakfast||Malabia 1935||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|AUGUR HOSTEL||Sanchez de Bustamante 497||Guesthouse||-|
|Mi Espacio Sur Hotel Boutique||Ayacucho 640 y Tres Arroyos||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Residencial San Telmo||Av. San Juan y Piedras||HOSTEL||-|
|Susana Just B&B||Arenales 2960 - Florida - Vicente Lopez||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostel Nomade||Carlos Calvo 430||HOSTEL||-|
|Baires Apartment||Carlos Pellegrini 485 (4to. C)||APARTMENT||-|
|River House Bed and Breakfast||Tte. Gral. Riccheri 2965||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|On The Road Hostel||Fitz Roy 1983||HOSTEL||-|
|Wall Rental Apart||Av. Corrientes 818||APARTMENT||-|
|La Fresque Hotel||Avenida de Mayo 984||HOTEL||-|
|MT Soho||Guatemala 4612||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Sportsman||Av Rivadavia 1425||HOTEL||-|
|Telmho Hotel Boutique||Defensa 1086 San Telmo||HOTEL||-|
|Viejo Telmo||Mexico 974||HOTEL||-|
|Residencia Mi Casa||Hernandarias 663||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Monarca Hoteles||25 de Mayo 724 (C1002ABP)||HOTEL||-|
|1385 Hostel||Av de Mayo 1385 Piso 3||HOSTEL||-|
|Congress Building||Teniente General Juan Domingo Peron 1618||APARTMENT||-|
|Vain Boutique Hotel||Thames 2226||HOTEL||-|
|Hostel Mantengase||Carlos Calvo 651||HOSTEL||-|
|Infinito Hotel Eco Design||Arenales 3689||HOTEL||78|
|San Tango Hotel Boutique||Bolivar 1692 Bolivar 1692||HOTEL||-|
|Atenea Apartments and Suites||Cabrera 6054, Palermo, Buenos Aires||APARTMENT||-|
|Cimma Suites||Paraguay 5326||APARTMENT||-|
|Maitre Hotel Boutique||Arce 385||HOTEL||-|
|El Paraiso Polo Resort||Km 165,9 Open Door||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Meeting Point||Venezuela 3276||HOTEL||-|
|Mansion Junin Hostel & Suites||Junin 1418 Lima 11||HOSTEL||-|
|Defensa 821||Defensa 821 San Telmo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Easy Premium Palermo||Loyola 947||HOTEL||-|
|Easy Recoleta Quintana||Quintana 440||APARTMENT||-|
|Easy Luxury Los Galgos||Av. Callao 1200||APARTMENT||-|
|Easy Downtown Cordoba||Av. Cordoba 875||APARTMENT||-|
|Tango Hogar||Estados Unidos 772 San Telmo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tango Lodge Palermo Soho||Fray Justo Santamaria de Oro 2047||HOTEL||-|
|Lynns Budget Boutique Hotel||Costa Rica 4754||HOTEL||-|
|Buenos Artes Hostel||Av. Cordoba 4439||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rock Hostel Km0||Rivadavia 1587||HOSTEL||-|
|Reyna Violeta Bed & Breakfast||Gorriti 4364 Palermo||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Olivos Apartment||Rosetti 4297, Olivos.||APARTMENT||-|
|Km0 Rock Hostel||Avenida Rivadavia 1587||Hostel||-|
|Departamento en Recoleta||Cerviño 3240 7°A Buenos Aires||APARTMENT||-|
|Arribo Buenos Aires Hotel Boutique||Peru 291||HOTEL||82|
|Luco B&B||Avenida Cordoba 2409 Barrio Norte||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Chez Seb||Lavalle 3119||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Aparthotel Sures Belgrano Suites||Ciudad de la Paz 2969||APARTMENT||-|
|Moreno 820 Design Apartments||Moreno 820||HOTEL||-|
|Le Petit Palais||Gorriti 3574||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dogo Hostel||José Antonio Cabrera 4716||HOSTEL||78|
|06 Soho Suites||Thames 1407||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Babel Suites||México 840||HOTEL||-|
|Departamento Recoleta||Larrea 174||APARTMENT||-|
The Regal Pacific Hotel Beautiful 5 star boutique hotel, fantastic location. 25 de Mayo 764, Buenos Aires 1002 ABP, Argentina.
The InterContinental is on Piedras and Moreno streets, close to the San Telmo and Montserrat areas. Other international-class hotels are the Alvear Palace Hotel (said to be the most luxurious hotel in South America) in Recoleta, the Hilton in Puerto Madero, the Marriott-Plaza, the Sheraton in Retiro, and the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires - Palacio Duhau in Recoleta.
There are also many suites-only hotels like the Broadway Suites which are very close to the Obelisk. The stylish and Bohemian Palermo Soho and Palermo Viejo neighborhoods are home to some of the trendiest small boutique hotels in Buenos Aires. These hotels offer the amenities of their larger international chain counterparts, plus a more personal style of service, often at a fraction of the cost.
Employment is available for Spanish-speaking visitors in Buenos Aires. Many foreigners work as translators, or English teachers. There's also a recent trend for technology and recruiting companies hiring English-speaking or bilingual employees.
If you wish to work, remember to obtain proper immigration status so as to be able to work legally. It is possible to convert your tourist visa into a work permit, but you need to bring with you a letter of good conduct for your country of residence and a birth certificate. Both documents has to have apostille and a certified translation to Spanish if they are not already in this language. Some employers may still offer you work under less than formal terms, but be reminded that if you accept this sort of employment you may not receive the full benefits that are mandated by law and are actually 'helping' that employer break a good number of local laws.
Spanish courses offer is tremendous, but so is the variation in quality. If learning decent Spanish is your main concern, be wary of private ads unless teachers can provide verifiable references in advance; many private 'teachers' have very little or no qualifications. One programme that's above all suspicion is that of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). It is pricey and takes considerable dedication, but their results are generally quite good. Others includeIBL, a Spanish School in downtown Buenos Aires.
Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.
You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.
Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.
Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.
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