Buenos Aires Travel Guide
Buenos Aires goes way deeper than the tired "Paris of South America'' cliche. Sure, it's got lively cafés spilling onto the sidewalk, a wealth of Belle Epoque architecture, and grand leafy avenues leading to flowering urban parks. But Buenos Aires wouldn't be the dynamic capital city it is without the native Argentines and immigrant Portenos who call it home and make it distinctly Buenos Aires. Local passions run deep, whether it's for asado, tango, literature, art, or fashion. Paris could never.
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Best Time to Go
Buenos Aires is a lively metropolis, and there's something to see and do all year round. Futbol (soccer) season runs from January until May and August until mid-December. Argentina's La Triple Corona, triple crown, runs from September until the end of the year. Travel might be tricky during Semana Santa, the Holy Week of Easter, when Argentina all but shuts down while residents travel to visit family and attend religious services. The city hosts an international tango festival in mid-August.
Things to Know
Currency: Argentine Pesos
(Check the current exchange rate)
I don't speak Spanish: No hablo Espanol/Castellano. (Argentines call their Spanish Castellano to specify its regional roots in Castilla, Spain.)
I'm lost: Estoy perdido.
I would like…: Me gustaria...
Calling Code: +54 (Argentina) 11 (Buenos Aires)
How to Get Around
Buenos Aires has a dependable metro/subway called Subte. Six lines connect commercial, tourist, and residential areas in the city. Trains run every three to 10 minutes depending on the line. To travel by bus or subte in Buenos Aires, you'll need to get a rechargeable SUBE travel card. Buenos Aires has 40,000 licensed taxis and Uber access. The city is also walkable, though construction and dog droppings can make some streets difficult to pass. Want to go by bike? Buenos Aires has a free bike-share.
Things to Do
Neighborhoods to Know
Recoleta and Palermo remain the reigning king and queen of Buenos Aires neighborhoods. Palermo is hip and artsy with boutique hotels and trendy cafes. Recoleta is classic Argentina with luxury hotels, glamorous bars, and cosmopolitan culture. Villa Crespo, the barrio just southwest of Palermo, is the up and coming prince. The former shoe factory worker neighborhood is now attracting artists and nightlife to its cobbled streets.
Buenos Aires has a warm and temperate climate. Remember, the seasons are opposite to that of the northern hemisphere. You won't see snow, but expect about four days of rain per month. June is generally the driest month, and March is the wettest. January is the hottest month with an average temperature of 86°F (30°C). July is the coldest with an average temperature of 44°F (7°C). No matter the time of year, nights are always chillier.