Introducing the city

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About Buenos Aires

The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is a juxtaposition of wealthy districts and poorer areas centred around the Latino passion for life and merriment.

Argentina's capital has been nicknamed the 'Paris of South America', sprawling over 78 square miles of European-style cobblestone streets and Argentinian barrios (neighbourhoods). Its population sits under 3 million, with about 2.5 million tourists visiting each year, placing it at number 83 on the top 100 city destinations list for 2017.

A thriving nightlife scene, turbulent political history and delicious culinary options are woven into the fabric of Buenos Aires. To experience the best of the city don't get hung up on visiting all the tourist attractions, instead hang out at a barrio café and simply soak up the culture.

Buenos Aires is a walkable city, although there is a subway system and regular bus service. Make like a local on your next trip, or just overindulge on steak and wine. We won't judge.

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When should you visit?

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit when temperatures are bearable, not that the summer highs aren't doable.

June - August is winter and the coldest time to visit Buenos Aires. Average temperatures fall to around 12 degrees Celsius, lows are around 8 degrees. The temperature rarely falls below freezing. It has only snowed twice in Buenos Aires since records began.

September - November (spring) and March - May (autumn) are the best months to visit with average temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius. The heat isn't too drastic in the summer, (December - February) averages are 25 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year with less than 10 days of rainfall most months.

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Travioor top tips

Greeting
Wifi
Free things

Insider Info

  • The standard greeting in Buenos Aires is one kiss on the right cheek.
  • There is free wifi in many places throughout the city.
  • If you'd rather save your pesos, there are many free things to do around the city. Guided tours are always good to start then there's museums, cemeteries and a nature reserve, you'll be surprised how much you can do without spending a penny.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.09 | $ 170.00

3-Course Meal £28.56 | $ 600.00

Cappuccino £2.23 | $ 46.94

Beer £1.90 | $ 40.00

The Scene

Those craving authentic Argentine cuisine in Buenos Aires will revel in grilled meats, gourmet tasting menus and open kitchens. Beef is popular here and Argentine steak is a must-try; go for the bife de chorizo - a popular dish. Influences are drawn from all over, notably Italian from the influx of Italian immigrants in the 19th/20th centuries. French and Japanese cuisine (especially sushi) are popular too.

Argentina is the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the world and has plenty of high quality options for low prices. Red wines in particular are popular. Nightlife starts late - clubs opening at 2am. Dinner is also served late - typically from around 9pm onward.

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History

Buenos Aires’s Story

Buenos Aires was, peculiarly, founded twice. The first time in 1536 by Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza - the small settlement was soon claimed by indigenous peoples when the Spanish failed to establish themselves properly. In 1580, Juan de Garay led an expedition back to re-found it as, 'Ciudad de Trinidad' (City of Trinidad).

As a port town it suffered since the Spanish Empire was selective of which port towns could trade. As such, goods that needed to reach Buenos Aires had to be carted from Callao (a port near Lima) - a six month journey. Goods that needed to be transported to Spain would take well over two years to even reach Cádiz.

Contraband and ranching enabled Buenos Aires to carve its own path. In the last part of the 18th Century the city nearly doubled in size and in 1810 the town council severed ties with the Spanish government, declaring allegiance to the ruling junta. Buenos Aires became the capital of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata a few years later when other provinces also declared their independence. In 1880, the city was made the federal capital a governmental reshuffle.

The 20th Century saw decisive development in Buenos Aires, namely waves of European immigration and the implementation of inner city transport networks - buses and cars. The 'Dirty War' of the mid-1970's to the mid-1980's translates as state-terrorism - 30,000 people labelled 'communists' disappeared.

The economic collapse of 2001 saw unemployment reach an all-time high but recovery was in hand by 2004. Buenos Aires has been on the up since, embracing the technological age and connecting with the rest of the world.

Language

Hola | Hello
Gracias | Thank you

Speak The Lingo

Argentina's official language is a variation of Spanish referred to as castellano. Spanish speaking people will have no problems. Most people will speak some English. When talking to someone (male or female) the word 'che' is often used as a universal interjection. It is the equivalent of saying hey/you/mate etc. Some other useful phrases that may be helpful are:

  • Goodbye: Chau
  • Excuse me: Perdón
  • Do you speak English?: ¿Hablás inglés?

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Need to know

+54 11 International dialling code
911 Emergency number

Get The Low-Down

  • For the Tourist Police call 4309-9700 ext. 6422.
  • The peso is used throughout Buenos Aires although some businesses accept US dollars. It is safest to change money in casas de cambio (exchange bureaus) and most banks. Make sure you take identification.
  • Get a SUBE Card to use on all forms of public transport.
  • Many businesses close in January for a summer vacation so check opening times.
  • Argentina has experienced a spike in petty theft in years of late. Use common sense when carrying valuables.

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Argentina here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Museo Beatle

See the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia in the world. More than 2,200 trinkets including records, posters and figurines are displayed for all to see.

2. Caminito

Caminito may be a popular tourist attraction, but with a curious history and brightly coloured Instagrammable buildings, we think it's well worth the visit.

3. El Zanjon

Take an underground tour of Buenos Aires and discover the origins of the city and five centuries worth of archaeology in a spectacular labyrinth.

4. Plaza de Mayo

As the centre for protests in Buenos Aires, the Plaza de Mayo is a must-visit for visitors looking to immerse themselves in culture. There are protests most days.

5. Street Art Tour

Take a 2 and a half hour tour from Colegiales to Palermo, seeing some of the biggest murals in Buenos Aires by world-famous street artists.


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