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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    Buenos Aires - Europe in South America

    Buenos Aires is a very interesting city: in my mind, it is a mixture of New York, Paris and Lima. It is a stark contrast to the typical Latin America city. If you are from Europe you may be less impressed with it. The food there is great; YOU SHOULD EAT STEAK FOR EVERY MEAL UNTIL YOU GET SICK OF IT. Empandas are also good and cheap. Transportation is mainly done by bus and is easy and affordable.

    Insider Tip:You must use the black market to exchange your money, you will effectively double your money by doing so. Bring US Dollars into Argentina and head down to Florida St first thing from the airport (there is a lot of accommodation nearby if you really want to plan; San Telmo is a good area to stay in). People will be shouting "Cambio", go up to them and ask them for their rates and find one you are happy with. All of this is perfectly safe and a way of life there. Police patrol the street protecting everyone.

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    Too much to see!

    The Paris of South America has the good and the bad things of a big city, you can see a lot of culture there, many historical places, great places to eat and is also very dirty, can be dangerous and no great landscapes to see. If you like antiques you must go to San Telmo, and specially on sundays there is a big flea's market.

    Insider Tip:- Go to the Florida street to change your money, ask several guys the price and choose the best price. You can check the dollar price looking for dollar blue in google. - If you're going to stay several days you should buy the SUBE card which allows you to take the subway and the buses in the city. There is an app to find the buses or subway stations to take from one place to another: BA Cómo llego. - You have excellent free walking tours of Recoleta and the city center offered by Demasiado Tours.

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    Buenos Aires was by far my favourite city in South America!

    The food, atmosphere and nightlife are everything its hyped to be. In terms of value for money, the food you get there is more expensive than plenty of other places in South America, but it is all much better quality. The nightlife is phenomenal, and you must visit a milonga (tango club), they are incredible. A lot of them offer lessons too! It's a beautiful city to just walk around and explore all the very different sections.

    Insider Tip:Take USD with you and exchange it there for a very good rate.

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    Buenos Aires is Amazing

    In Buenos aires I felt like it was my home, it's possible use the public transport by allnight (only bus) and the ticket is really cheap. How i like partys, Buenos Aires became almost perfect to me, because has party everyday, or everynight if you prefer. But Buenos Aires isn't a city with only nightlife, it has a lot of places to meet. The people said what Buenos Aires is a too dangerous city, but to me, Buenos Aires, when we talk about safe, is exactly equal to most big cities of the world.

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    Buenos Aires

    Highly recommend to stay in the centre (9 de Julio) as this is a great scene and located next to all forms of transport. A must see is the cemetery.

    Insider Tip:MUST learn basic Spanish. Also, do NOT get pizza here, it is abysmal, stick to the steak.

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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