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Welcome to my Buenos Aires Travel Guide!
Argentina is a truly stunning part of South America…
Named “The Paris of South America” it’s a city well worth visiting and enjoying.
I travelled to Buenos Aires for the first time in 2015, and lived there for six months.
I must say it was a truly special experience.
Arriving in Buenos Aires
Getting to Buenos Aires, though, is easier to arrange than learning the language most of the time. For those arriving from Asia or Europe, I found that travelling to Madrid in Spain was the best way to manage the travel experience.
You might find something closer to yourself, but this was my most comfortable travelling option.
Arriving in Buenos Aires via another South American country?
I recommend that you travel by bus. It’s a stunning, scenic way to take in many parts of the continent and allows you to pass through Uruguay; a stunning, small nation where you can easily hop on a ferry from Montevideo to Buenos Aires without much hassle.
The scenic route is always the best option if you fancy a longer, more intimate travel experience. I highly recommend taking an overnight bus in South America.
Buenos Aires typical costs and budget
Day-to-Day costs Breakdown:
🇺🇸 1USD – 🇦🇷 17ARG
My daily budget:
Up to 100ARG per day
Suggested daily budget:
200-300 ARG / $28-35 USD
Is it possible to travel to Buenos Aires on a Budget? The answer is yes!
Where ever I can I like to travel smartly. I try my best to get the highest quality for the less price. I have many strategies to achieved this.
I’ll highlight my Smart Travel tips throughout this article.
Expect to pay anything from 180ARG for hostels and 400ARG upwards for hotels. I tend to use AirBnb but I also stay with friends in Buenos Aires. Please refer to the guide below where I talk about the where to stay in Buenos Aires and the rest of Latin America.
You can easily live on Empanadas, Medialunas and Pizza which can be bought for less than 20ARG. I recommend you dig deeper and look for barres notables (defined as having historical or cultural importance in some way) there’s 73 scattered around the city.
Train, Buses, Taxis, Metro, Uber. You have access to all modes of transport in Buenos Aires. The great thing is how cheap it is to travel. Expect to pay 6.50ARG for the bus. 7.50ARG will get you a ride on the metro.
Buenos Aires is thriving with things to do every night of the week. You can expect to find theatres, cinemas, shows with lots of free events which you can on the government website difutemosbuenos.ba.gov.com
💡Smart Travel Tip
Travelling at night taxis can be safer 27ARG is the starting meter rate.
The Ultimate Buenos Aires Travel Guide
If you’re travelling to Buenos Aires for the first time there are some places you must see. Below I’ll list some the best things to do in Buenos Aires.
Best places to visit in Buenos Aires
Use the links below to jump to locations most relevant to you.
Where to Stay in Buenos Aires
There is a wealth of Accommodation in Buenos Aires to suit all tastes. Hotel prices do vary depending on the time of year. On a budget, finding a place to stay in such a diverse city is hard work.
I personally recommend investing in an AirBnb travel scenario. It’s cheaper, easier and allows you to engage with the city a bit more. Here’s are 3 more reasons why I use AirBnb in Latin America.
- To get to know local people
- To gain an authentic living experience
- To have a private space to think/work
If you use Hostels below are 3 reasons why to use a hostels in Buenos Aires. Hostels can be a great choice if you want to connect with other travellers.
- Connect with other travellers
- Find special activities
- To practice living on a budget
If you are doing solo travel in Buenos Aires . I highly recommend this as a method for connecting with other travellers during your trip.
Healthy Eating in Buenos Aires
Given the exceptionally rich Italian culture that runs through much of Argentina, you won’t be surprised when you spot things like pizza and pasta being made in many restaurants. The food quality here is quite diverse – if you like meat.
Menus can be very meat-heavy and if you look in the right places you probably get the best steak you’ve ever tried.
Eating well here costs you a lot of money – the best foods are all very expensive in comparison to meat dishes. However, eating right in Buenos Aires can be made a little easier if you avoid excess; small portions of fruit and veg can be made affordable if you are smart with your money.
If you want to avoid eating too much, then I recommend that you take a trip to the Tenedor libres (buffets) – as they give you excellent value meals and you can usually get a better variety of nutrition and taste by doing so.
You can expect to find a wide section of food and drinks in Buenos Aires. You can find the most local specialities to internationally recognised dishes. When I travel in Latin America I like to eat mostly local food.
Below are 3 healthy places to eat in Buenos Aires:
- Cumaná: Rodríguez Peña 1149, C1020ADW
- Green Life: Av. Corrientes 1915, C1045AAB
- Las Cholas: Arce 306, Palermo, C1426BSD
Due to inflation in the country, the prices change in these restaurants frequently. But you’ll find healthy food options in all 3 at very reasonable prices. Green Life was one of my favourite go to food spots in the daytime.
Transport in Buenos Aires
One of the best things about travelling around Buenos Aires is how cheap it is. You can get a SUBTE card which you can top-up and use in a pay-as-you-go style. The card works for the bus and the SUBTE (name for the metro). The New York style Taxis are also widely available.
Watch out for protests and marches. They’re quite frequent in the city and have a major impact on the transport network above the ground.
💡Smart Travel Tip
Avoid travelling during hora pico (Rush Hour) as the city can become gridlocked very quickly.
To see me living in Buenos Aires watch the video below…
Best things to do in Buenos Aires
In this amazing city, there is plenty to do. it’s one of the main reasons I love to visit it; the sheer wealth of entertainment and opportunity is outstanding. Even on a minimalistic budget, I still recommend that you try and make the time to visit:
San Telmo Market
A truly outstanding marketplace, you’ll find everything here from extravagant accessories and utilities to amazing foods hailing from all across Argentina and beyond. If you want to see how commerce in Argentina feels outside of the supermarkets and shopping centres, be sure to try out the San Telmo Marketplace for good measure.
An engaging neighbourhood in the city, La Boca retains a rich European heritage that hails from the earliest settlers from Genoa, Italy coming here many years ago. Therefore, it retains that difference to the rest of the city and for European visitors it can feel quite comforting to get a little taste of ‘back home’ in many ways. Near the south-east of the city towards the old port, this is a truly exceptional part of the city and worth your time visiting.
The Chinatown of this wonderful city it’s a major part of the Belgrano district of the city and has become wildly popular thanks to its rich and diverse collection of restaurants and stores to visit. If you are looking for extra diversity when in the city, then this can give you an extra taste of the wonderful, unique culture that runs through the very veins of this tremendous city.
Palermo is a unique part of the neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, and is one of the best barrios to go and visit. It’s the largest neighbourhood in the city and has many smaller parts to it, from its own mini takes on famous places like Soho, Viejo and Hollywood. A must-see if you are looking to experience the largest and most rambunctious part of the city, for sure.
This stunning part of the city is notable for the use of its rich tango identity, which the area is still very much proud of. Walking through here can feel like a different part of the city altogether, and is sure to tie you into a hectic but wonderful experience of this stunning city.
Known as ‘the street that never sleeps’ there’s always something wild going on here. A must-see if you are looking for something a bit more creative and a part of the city that can really give you a taste for the classy side of Buenos Aires nightlife.
Conclusion – The best things to do in Buenos Aires
This city, as one of the most vibrant in South America, is a perfect way to get introduced to the rapid and wild culture of Argentina. This is a high-pace city that shows you Argentina at its best, and will easily prepare for you to travel to the North of Argentina or other cities such as La Plata, Cordoba, Salta, Bariloche and many more.
If you are interested in Smart Travel in Latin America, then a trip to Buenos Aires should definitely be on the cards.
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