USEFUL TIPS


*Useful Tips during your stay in Buenos Aires*

What to enjoy about this city and country?
Argentina is not all about tango, meat and wine. It all comes down to people’s buena onda! What do we mean? By interacting with locals, you will feel their charisma and friendship.

About its weather:
During the wintertime our recommendation is to dress like an "onion" because when you go out early it is quite chilly, then it turns hotter at lunchtime and turns cooler in the evening. So as you see it’s a good idea to put on layers, since you can always take off some layers if the weather changes.
In summer always take a bottle of water since both the days and nights are very hot and humid!

About the economy:
Unfortunately we have a lot of inflation, that’s why the prices keep rising.

About safety:
As in every big city, pay attention to your personal belongings, especially big cameras and wallets. Stay near tourist areas and don’t explore out of the way or dark areas.

How to know if a note is fake?
For AR$ 100 and AR$ 50, it’s easy to spot a fake note: Before you hold a bill up to have the light show through it, you’ll see a vertical line of silver-like dashes. On the bad fakes, the dashes are clearly painted on. Notice how when you hold the bill up to the light, the dashed line turns to a solid black line and it has writing on it (BCRA).
Precaution: When you exchange money, check each note. Checking bills is totally normal here. People will not be offended. 

About transportation:
In Buenos Aires, it is almost impossible to avoid taking a taxi at some point during your stay. Actually, you will probably be using them quite often. The subte (subway) and colectivos (buses) are more economical options and can be quite efficient.
If you want to travel by TAXI, these are some points that you should bear in mind:
a) The fares expressed in the taximeters are in pesos. Always try to pay the driver with a small bill. Never use a AR$ 100. Most taxi drivers don’t have the appropriate amount of change. 
b) There are two different fares depending on the time of the day in which you hail the taxi:
Between 6 am and 10 pm, the moment you get into the taxi you will be charged AR$ 11. For each minute that the vehicle is idle and for each 1/8 mile you will be charged AR$ 1.10.
Between 10 pm and 6 am, as soon as you start your journey you are charged AR$ 13.20. For each minute that the vehicle is idle and for each 1/8 mile you will be charged AR$ 1.32.
c) It's a good idea to ask the hotel receptionists to get you a taxi. All the travel guides to Buenos Aires strongly recommend taking only "Radio Taxis". Maybe they are indeed safer.

If you want to travel by BUS ("colectivos"): 
a) There are lots of different lines! Before you get on a bus, make sure that you have already found out if it's going to take you to your destination.
b) Coins are used to pay the fare and you can't pay using bills once you’re on the bus. If you travel within the city of Buenos Aires, the fare of your journey will cost AR$ 5. Tell the bus driver your destination, put the coins in the machine and then, you will get a receipt.
c) Bear in mind that you can only pay single-ride fares.
d) Bus drivers don't mention the different areas that the bus is going through, so do make sure that you know where you are getting off!
e) In general each line has a stop every two blocks.

Buenos Aires also has an efficient SUBWAY ("subte") system:
a) You can check the schedule and the map of the network, visiting www.subte.com.ar
b) Each ride costs AR$ 3.50 and you can pay the fare at the subway station. You can pay using both notes and coins.

How can we travel by bus or subway system?
Here you will find how to reach any place by bus or subway system: http://mapa.buenosaires.gob.ar
First click the second flap on the left that says "¿Cómo llego?" ("How do I get there?"), write the departure address on "Desde" ("From") and the arrival address on "Hasta" ("To"). Once you’ve finished, see the map.

Most important newspapers:
www.lanacion.com.ar

www.clarin.com


*Free things to do in BA!*
* First visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is considered to be the city's most important church. Take note of the black candlelight symbol on the outside of the building. This represents the remains of Argentina's liberator, José de San Martín, as the church houses his mausoleum. Address: San Martin 27 – Plaza de Mayo. www.catedralbuenosaires.org.ar
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* BA's Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) is always free, and its permanent collection features works by masters such as Degas, Gauguin, Klee, Kandinsky, and Van Gogh as well as Argentinean and South American artists. Museum opening times:
Tuesdays to Fridays 12.30 - 8.30 p.m./ Saturdays and Sundays 9.30 a.m. - 8.30 p.m. / Mondays closed. Address: Avenida del Libertador 1473. 
www.mnba.org.ar
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* On Sundays, be sure to stop by the colonial-era neighborhood of San Telmo for the antique and handicraft fair of Feria de Plaza Dorrego. The fair attracts 10,000 visitors and features 270 vendor stalls selling books, tango paraphernalia, and much more. Enjoy the festival-like atmosphere provided by mimes, buskers, and tango performers. Address: Defensa and Humberto Primo - Plaza Dorrego. www.feriadesantelmo.com
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* In the Botanical Garden, free tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.30 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. There is also a self-guided tour in English that you can get at reception. Address: Avenida Santa Fe 3951 – Plaza Italia. www.jardinbotanico.buenosaires.gob.ar
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* There is also the Nature Reserve in Costanera Sur, which is perfect for bird watching, hiking, exploring hidden beaches or riding a bike. Address: Avenida Tristán Achával Rodríguez 1550. 
www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/reserva/ 
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* The National Congress Building, which offers free-guided tours in English on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. You need to show up one hour before the tour begins to enroll. The building was opened in 1906, and contains many furnishings and pieces of decor from Europe. Address: Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849. www.senado.gov.ar/web/museo/visitaguiada.php 
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* Then head over to the Casa Rosada, or Pink House, which is the building where President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner works. There is a museum inside, and free tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Address: Balcarce 50. 
www.presidencia.gob.ar/visitas-guiadas
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* If you want to dance tango or see people dancing, the popular “La Glorieta” offers free entrance to their open-air milonga on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7.00 to 10.00 p.m. Even when milongas are not free, they are usually very inexpensive and you can see some of the city's most talented dancers. www.visittangobuenosaires.com/La_Glorieta-en.htm
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Located on Avenida del Libertador in Palermo, you will find the historical Palermo Argentinean Racetrack. Argentineans love thoroughbred horses so visiting the site is also a cultural experience. Opened in 1876, the racetrack has held competitions for the most elite thoroughbred horses. The venue is grand in design and massive in size, accommodating up to 100,000 guests. While placing bets will obviously cost you, it is free to enter and enjoy the races. Address: Avenida del Libertador 4300 and Dorrego. www.aapolo.com