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City Guide Buenos Aires, Argentina

Visiting Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a great metropolis with eleven million inhabitants and one of the largest in the world. It is also the most elegant and busiest city in South America and is in some way the essence of the variety of the Argentine.

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Buenos Aires - A city tour

As Buenos Aires is so big, seeing all it can to offer can prove to be difficult. A good way to see as much as possible is by going on a city tour. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Mariana Gallow of Travel Line tours in Buenos Aires to talk about their 'Traditional Buenos Aires City Tour' which can be booked on Hostelworld.com. In the podcast she tells Colm about some of Buenos Aires' most famous squares, neighbourhoods and much more.

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Buenos Aires City Reviews

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    Anonymous

    Buenos Aires

    A great city- loads of different areas to explore- Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, La Boca are definite must sees. It's worth staying near a metro to help you get around easily (the red line was the most useful for us).

    Insider Tip:The Tango Complejo package is a good place to start (tango lesson, dinner and show- highly touristy but worth it for the introduction). Stay in Palermo Try Persicco's ice cream. Eat at Cabana Las Lilas in Puerto Madryn (expénsive but worth it)

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    Anonymous

    Buenos Aires

    What a great city!! So much to see and do- we spent 5 days here in total and could have spent 2 weeks! Palermo is the best district to stay in, preferably somewhere near the metro lines. It has great bars, cafes and parks. It's really worth looking into each neighbourhood as well- we did a bike tour, which took in the Recoleto cemetary among other sights. La Boca and San Telmo districts are great too- colourful and characterful!

    Insider Tip:Doing the touristy Tango Complejo gives a good overview of the origins and meaning behind the dance. We really wish we'd had to time to go to a 'real' tango experience in San Telmo though. The Puerto Madryn district has some excellent restaurants, well worth the splurge- we loved Cabana las lilas. The only place to eat ice cream- Persicco's chain. I can highly recommend the Dulce de Leche casura con brownie!

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    Anonymous

    City for just about anyone

    Buenos Aires is a city that I think just about any type of traveler could find interesting things to do that are right up their ally. There's wonderful parks to walk through, historical monuments to see, amazing street art, and cultural shows.

    Insider Tip:If you're in Buenos Aires for more than a couple days - try splitting your hostel/hotel stay in half. Stay half of your time in the San Telmo neighborhood, and the other half in the Palermo neighborhood. Both have an incredibly different feel that needs to be experienced by actually staying in said place.

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    jandiriken2912

    A day in Buenos Aires

    Like most capitals in the world Buenos Aires is huge but it seems to me a clean and safe place to stay around. Enjoy the fairs downtown, or wander around La Boca, each street offers something new. Not the place to expect great monuments or excessive sightseeing but definitely worth a stay.

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    matthewjameswilkinson7264

    Great city!!!

    Stayed in BA for a week so we could take some Spanish lessons while we were here. It's a really great place with a wonderful atmosphere. There's a bit of something for everyone here from culture to nightlife, sport and great food.

    Insider Tip:The main tip at the moment is to make sure you take advantage of the 'blue' rate for currency exchange - bring dollars or euros and exchange them on the street to increase spending power by 50% - larger notes give a better rate. Check out this website for public transport: http://mapa2.buenosaires.gob.ar/ Also go out for a good steak (we went to Don Julio's which is popular & fantastic but there are others) - you can also get a great bottle of wine in a local bar for a very reasonable price.

Argentina: Itinerary

Founded in 1536, Buenos Aires became the Argentinean capital in 1862, 42 years after Argentina received independence from Spain on the 9th July, 1816. Today it has a population of approximately 3 million people (Greater Buenos Aires has nearly 13 million) and strongly resembles a European city with its tree-lined streets and large squares.

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