Buenos Aires, the city where the simple things of life are appreciated. A coffee, a siesta, a walk in the park, a little chat with friends… In Buenos Aires you will find busy streets at any time (but especially at night) with people drinking wine, eating, and even sleeping at Plaza San Martin. The nightlife is incredible. If you are going to Buenos Aires, you’re in for a treat because it is an amazing place!
How to Reach the Destination
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina, in South America, and is easy to get to.
Once in South America, you can go by car to Buenos Aires. Actually, you can cross all of South America by car.
You can reach Buenos Aires from the majority of big airports in the world. You can also search for the Argentinian Airlines, “Aerolineas Argentinas”.
You can use Buquebus to get to Buenos Aires from Montevideo or Punta del Este, for example.
Dos and Don’ts
Do Try to Tango
You have to try to dance a little bit of Tango as it’s a very popular dance in Argentina. It is possible to find some free lessons with a local in a Milonga or in some hostels. If you just want to appreciate the dance, there are many places in the city where you can pay to watch a show. If you’re lucky like us you can even get pulled on stage for a dance! Have fun!
Don’t buy water
Unlike other South and Central American countries the water is safe to drink. You can refill your bottle with Buenos Aires’ tap water, is totally drinkable. Save your money for the steaks!
Do a free walking tour
There’s no need to spend loads on a guided tour if you are trying to save some cash. You can enjoy a free walking tour like on the biggest cities of Europe. Of course don’t forget to tip your guide. Another option is renting a bicycle and cycling around Buenos Aires which is quite fun.
Do a day trip to Delta el Tigre
With a return ticket of 8 ARS more or less, you can take a slow train of one hour each way to visit Delta el Tigre and enjoy a nice way to relax and the beautiful view of the Delta.
Eat all the meats!
Argentina is know for it’s grass fed beef. Head to a parrilla and try a little bit of everything. My favorite place was La Brigada Parrilla which was featured on Bizarre Foods. Be sure to try some sweet bread as well (it’s not what you think it is).
Don’t leave Buenos Aires without trying dulce de leche
The amazing flavor of the milky caramel sweet… You can find this incredible treat in different types of desserts but don’t leave until try it, you won’t regret it!
Price Range for Hotels
Prices of dormitory rooms at a hostels ranges from 75 ARS and you can find hostels for under 100 to around 200 ARS for the most popular ones (always in shared bedrooms). If you want some privacy, you will find private rooms at around 500 ARS. Hotels are around 180 to 200 ARS. For a good location, you can search an accommodation near San Telmo or Palermo. If you want to stay in a more trendy type area the Soho district is quite nice.
Cost of meal
If you are on a tight budget, it is possible to find meals at 93 ARS at lunch and 210 ARS at dinnertime. If you really want to go out to eat in the city, do it at lunchtime, as some cafes have lunch menu that often includes steaks. Some popular places in Buenos Aires are Café Tortoni and Guerrin. My favorite restaurant of course is La Brigada Parilla.
Cost for commute
Getting around is easy. You can walk, take a bus or subway to lots of places in Buenos Aires. A one-way ticket is 4,50 ARS and a 24 hour touristic bus 260 ARS. Taxis were also affordable and safe which is how we chose to get around most of the time.
Top Places to Visit
The Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires that was opened in 1857. It is considered one of the best opera houses in the world. The architecture is also beautiful. It’s worth a visit even if you aren’t an opera fan just to see it.
Once home to the great Maradona this stadium hosts the Boca Juniors one of Argentina’s biggest futbol club. The stadium is quite amazing and it gets wild during games. The area itself is very vibrant as well and worth a little time to explore.
La Brigada parrilla
An amazing place to eat located in the San Telmo area of the city. This place has an amazing selection of meats most of which are so tender they will slice them table side with a spoon. I’m from Texas and this still has to go down as one of the best steak houses I’ve ever been to.
This beautiful Japanese Garden is worth a visit year round. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the garden and pretend like your in Japan. If you’re out this way it’s for sure worth a stop in to visit.
Plaza de Mayo
Built is 1884, The Plaza de Mayo is a city square and is centrally located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Here you can find some sites like the Casa Rosada and the History Museum. Spend some time and kick back with the locals and have a snack in this nice plaza.
Full of beautifully designed tombs the Recoleta Cemetary is like a mini city in itself. This cemetary is also the resting place of the famous Evita as well as many Argentinian presidents. Be sure to get a map at the entrance as this place is huge and nobody wants to be lost in a cemetery.
A cool neighborhood known for it’s bohemian vibes and tango dancing! There are tons of cool restaurants, bars, cafes and art galleries in this area. Drop into the area and explore!
For some reason when I think of Buenos Aires I think of this sculpture.It’s massive and very cool to walk around. It’s a for sure stop for any art lover. Also, it’s conveintly located next to the National Art Gallery.