Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Where to Stay

What to See

La Boca

Where to go in Buenos Aires - La Boca
by Charly about 8 years ago
Where to go in Buenos Aires - La Boca

Whereas Argentina is notorious for the Tango, La Boca struts the Tango with arrogance...and is very good at it. San Telmo's tourist walk is a few blocks of brightly colored buildings laden with shops, restaurants, and street dancers. Pick a restaurant with a stage, stop and have a good Argentina-ish lunch (a huge steak) and enjoy thhe dancers (Tango or Salsa) as well as the traditional singers. An experience you can't miss and definitely won't forget.

On the way to here you can easily check out Puerto Madero, the refurbished port, as well as the stadium for the underdog "Boca Rivers" Soccer Club.

Recoleta

Where to go in Buenos Aires - Recoleta
by Charly about 8 years ago
Where to go in Buenos Aires - Recoleta

Buenos Aires has been dubbed the "Paris of South America" and with good reason. All that being said, backpackers moniker Recoleta the Paris-esque portion of Buenos Aires. For a good time, chart the area on a map and wander. The architecture is amazing, and having a coffee at one of the streetside cafe's with a book can be very surreal and Europe memory invoking. For the best of Recoleta, wander from the north end of Florida Ave to Recoleta cemetery. The way is covered with beautiful buildings and many castles ending at the cemetery that houses Evita's grave. Along the way, also plan to see the "Casa Rosada", home of the president.

What to Do

Touring La Boca

Colorful buildings bring tourists to "dangerous" part of town
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago
Colorful buildings bring tourists to

I don't know if it is advisable or not to visit La Boca alone. Everyone says it is dangerous, so when I saw that our hostel, Milhouse, offered tours of La Boca, I thought I would tag along. For USD$10, you visit the Boca Stadium and see the famous Caminito, the colorful, touristy part of La Boca everyone goes to see. We had a sit-down lunch with our group, although you can get cheap, tasty sausages on the street. The colorful buildings you see are the work of famous Argentine painter, Benito Quinquela Martin, whose work restores (and showcases) a part of La Boca's Italian immigrant history.

Watching a Futbol Game

Boca Junior v. River Plate - futbol or war zone?
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago
Boca Junior v. River Plate - futbol or war zone?

Once it was explained to me that the superclasico represented one of the biggest and longest rivalries in the history of futbol, I had to go. Since the match would be held in Boca Stadium, I dressed for the occasion--blue and gold. Our van dropped us off near the entrance and we walked past several blocks of police barricades; fans are not allowed to mix when entering or leaving the stadium. Once we got inside, we were told to sit under the level above us to avoid getting peed on. People threw lit objects and various fluids onto opposing fans below. Now you understand the need for the police barricades. Though USD$100 is a lot to shell out, it is one of the things you have to see for yourself.

Where to Stay

Downtown (Microcentro)

Got parents visiting? Put them up at the Hotel Mundial.
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago

If mom and dad arent too high maintenance and dont really care where they stay (as long as its not a hostel), try the Hotel Mundial on Av. de Mayo 1298. Its basic, clean, near the historical and political center of the city, and not too expensive. Its also conveniently located across the street from Milhouse Youth Hostel, arguably one of the best hostels in Buenos Aires. This arrangement worked out great for me! Ask for a recently remodeled/renovated room that faces Av. de Mayo. Breakfast is included and there is free Wi-fi.

Where to Party

Dancing / Discos / Clubs

The Best Saturday Night Entertainment in BsAs - Terrazas del Este
by Charly about 8 years ago

Terrazas del Este is a multi-room club in Palermo -Buenos Aires that plays everything from Latin (South American), Euro, Hip Hop, American top 100, and the rest of the worlds best as well. The Portenos (Buenos Aires Natives) come in throngs dancing and looking as beautiful as ever. Becuase the venue is separated into rooms, the vibe and dance feel is not disturbed and rides until the sun come up. Drinks are fairly well priced (but you can buy a bottle of anything for a little more than 300 pesos). The backyard under the stars is a great place to chat and meet people. All in all, this club has a clean, open, upscale feel, an energetic crowd, and tons of locals. A Buenos Aires must see!

Where to Shop

Antiques

Pasaje de la Defensa - the cradle of art in Buenos Aires
by Maxpilrit2 about 8 years ago

This gallery is located on an old street at Defensa 1179 in the center of San Telmo, the historical district of Buenos Aires. It houses extensive antique shops, where you can find clothes, furniture and antique jewelry at incredible prices. The most fabulous lies on the top floor of this gallery, where artists gather the most illustrious capital of Argentina who opts for an extremely avant-garde artistic production, and independently using a historical space of the city for construction of new paintings, sculptures, and performance.

Getting Around

Air

U.S. citizens beware the $140 entrance fee enforced at EZE
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 8 years ago

If you have the option to get to Buenos Aires without going through the EZE airport, do it. For some reason, the $140 entrance fee is enforced only at EZE. I took a flight from Rio to Buenos Aires and actually got off in Montevideo to avoid paying the fee, opting to cross over into BsAs by ferry instead. In the end, I think it was worth it, and I got to see a little bit of Uruguay.

Bus

How to get student discount for bus from Retiro
by Merritt of merrittwuchina.com/blog.html about 8 years ago

If you are a student studying abroad in Buenos Aires, it's easy to get a 20% discount on buses from Terminal de Omnibus in Retiro. Go to the international student office at your university and tell them you need an official letterhead with the name of the bus company you are taking, your passport number and the date. (I'm certain University of Belgrano has this form letter, and I would imagine other universities would also.) Take the letter and the copy of your passport with you to the Retiro station. There are lots of companies to choose from and I know Nueva Chevallier and El Turista will accept this discount.

Bus

How to get student discount for bus from Retiro
by Merritt of merrittwuchina.com/blog.html about 8 years ago

If you are a student studying abroad in Buenos Aires, it's easy to get a 20% discount on buses from Terminal de Omnibus in Retiro. Go to the international student office at your university and tell them you need an official letterhead with the name of the bus company you are taking, your passport number and the date. (I'm certain University of Belgrano has this form letter, and I would imagine other universities would also.) Take the letter and the copy of your passport with you to the Retiro station. There are lots of companies to choose from and I know Nueva Chevallier
and El Turista will accept this discount.

Border Crossings

Uruguay

Ferry to Colonia from Buenos Aires
by Gregdev about 8 years ago

Most people, when heading over to Colonia from Buenos Aires, automatically use Buquebus, a great service and the only one available if you are taking your car, but if you're on foot, check out Colonia Express. Great prices, particularly if you book online and 20 days in advance (you can get one way for as little as ARG$58) and - if you are in need of a visa extension - it is considerably cheaper and more fun than spending the day in Immigrations (The visa extension currently costs ARG$300.) Be aware that food and hosteling can be very expensive in Colonia, so do your research first and if possible avoid traveling weekends and holidays.

What to Avoid

Scams & Petty Theft

Safety in Buenos Aires
by Katerich about 8 years ago

My friend and I have just arrived in Montevideo after a week long stay in Buenos Aires. Our first stay in PPalermo for 3 nights was perfect, its a brilliant location for a good night out and the neighborhood is safe and friendly. We then moved to the microcentro which was obviously a lot busier and required getting the subway subte. I would advise travellers to take extra care on the subway as pickpocketers work very quickly!!!! For safety and location I would advise Palermo rather than the Centro, where as two blonde English travellers we recieved a lot of unwanted attention which we hadnt encountered as much in Palermo! Safe travels!