Neighborhoods of Buenos Aires
The City of Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and has 48 districts called barrios, which can be broadly grouped into the following areas:
Barrio Norte, Palermo and Recoleta
Palermo is a fashionable residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires with tree-lined streets and intersections full of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Recoleta is considered one of the finest and most expensive areas of the city. It has many French style buildings, large green spaces and first class restaurants. The famous Recoleta Cemetery is worth a visit on your trip to Buenos Aires.
Downtown: Retiro, San Nicolás, Puerto Madero, San Telmo, Monserrat and Constitución
In downtown Buenos Aires are many of the main tourist attractions, such as the pedestrian street Florida, the Casa Rosada, the world famous Teatro Colón and the renovated part of Puerto Madero among many others.
Southern Buenos Aires: Barracas and La Boca
La Boca is considered the most colorful neighborhood in Buenos Aires with a very outgoing personality. Tourism prefers this picturesque district for its rich history and its vibrant colors: greens, yellows, reds and purples highlight the urban landscape.
It is also home to La Bombonera, Boca Juniors’ soccer stadium. Barracas is famous for its Pasaje Lanin – a street, where all the houses are decorated with colorful tile mosaics.
What to do in Buenos Aires
If you are a fan of walking through green spaces and parks we recommend you take a walk in Palermo, a beautiful area in the north of the city. Here you will find not only open spaces for walking, but also a large lake where you can rent rowboats and a huge flower garden that you can freely enter. .
Another great place to walk and experience Argentine street life is Puerto Madero, the tourist port of the city of Buenos Aires.
La Boca is famous for Tango and you can often see Tango dancers practicing in the streets. If you would like to have your picture taken with a Tango dancer, you can pay a small fee. In addition to the tango, La Boca is famous for its soccer, and you can take a tour of the Bombonera Stadium where the buildings are painted in bright colors.
Prices of almost everything in La Boca tend to be 2 or 3 times higher than in the rest of the city. It is very touristy as it is a nice place with some authentic Argentinean views. La Boca is probably better to be enjoyed during the day when the streets are full of people and there are other tourists around, it is generally advisable to avoid it at night.
Recoleta Cemetery: This is where all the rich families of Buenos Aires have their final resting places. You can visit the grave of Eva Perón, the daughter of an aristocrat and beloved First Lady who, despite having the most visited grave in the cemetery, is considered by many to be too close to town for her eternal burial in Recoleta, the most expensive and aristocratic neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
The Palermo Viejo neighborhood: This is a trendy neighborhood with charming cobblestone streets, bookstores, bars and boutiques; definitely the best tourist area in Buenos Aires in my opinion. Palermo station, on line D, is the closest subway stop.
San Telmo: Widely visited on Sundays, when tourists and locals gather to attend the weekly fair and flea market. On Sunday nights, there is a tango show in the charming San Telmo square.
Brief history of Buenos Aires
The official name is Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, also called Capital Federal. It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, and probably the one with the most cultural offerings, and it is also the starting point (HUB) to travel to the rest of the country.
The inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, which means “people of the port”, since Buenos Aires was founded as a port city to defend itself from pirates and other enemies.
The city is geographically contained within the province of Buenos Aires but is politically autonomous.
About three million people live in the City of Buenos Aires (the Federal Capital of Argentina with 202 km2). The city is divided into 48 districts or neighborhoods. Together with its metropolitan area called Gran Buenos Aires, it is among the 30 most populated urban conurbations in the world with more than 15 million people. Most of Argentina’s economic activity is concentrated in this one city and its surroundings.
Buenos Aires always receives tourists from all over the world and offers a wide range of cultural events, nightlife, restaurants and bars, for which you can expect good service.
The Climate of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires enjoys a temperate climate with 4 well-defined seasons. Because it is located near the coast, extreme heat and cold are rare and the climate allows the city to be visited all year round. Winters are cold although frosts are rare. Although daytime temperatures are mild, nights are much colder. It is necessary to take a coat.
The winters in Buenos Aires are characterized by a temperate, foggy and humid climate, although sometimes there can be a warm day.
Spring and fall are changing climates with heat waves that push temperatures up to 38°C (100°F) and masses of cold, polar air that push temperatures down to -4°C (25°F). Even in November, temperatures can drop to 2°C (36°F).
Summers are hot and humid with severe thunderstorms. It is the sunniest and least cloudy season. Heat waves can bring periods of wet weather with high humidity, making it uncomfortable. However, these heat waves do not last long and cold fronts bring thunderstorms followed by cooler temperatures and lower humidity, bringing relief from the heat.
How to get to Buenos Aires
Travelling to Buenos Aires by plane
Buenos Aires (BUE IATA) is the international gateway to Argentina and is easily accessible from Europe and North America, along with other major cities in South America.
The main airport for international flights to and from Buenos Aires is Ezeiza International Airport, about 35 km south of the city center.
Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires
Most domestic flights use Jorge Newbery Airport, a short distance from downtown Buenos Aires, while low-cost airlines are starting to use El Palomar Airport.
Information on flights from Ezeiza International Airport and Jorge Newbery Airport is available in English and Spanish at +54 11 54806111 or on the website aa2000.com.ar.
Flights from Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina are usually more expensive for foreigners. This can be a problem for short term travelers who do not have time to take a bus to places like Iguazu Falls, Bariloche and Ushuaia.
The most recommendable thing for foreign tourists is to reserve from the country of origin and through a local agency of tourism a package of flights that includes the international and the internal flights, the package altogether leaves but economic.
On the other hand it is not advisable to buy the tickets inside Argentina because you will be exposed to pay an extra tax to the currency exchange for foreigners.
Finally, if you are a foreigner, you will have to pay a reciprocity fee upon arrival at the EZE international airport. The amount depends on how much the country of origin charges Argentines to enter that country.
Ezeiza International Airport
The first and largest airport in the city of Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (called Ministro Pistarini International Airport / Ministro Pistarini International Airport EZE IATA) (located in the suburban area called Gran Buenos Aires, about 30-45 minutes from downtown by highway).
Planes fly to and from most countries in the Americas and Europe. Ezeiza is a modern airport with good services such as ATMs, restaurants, free (but slow) Wi-Fi and duty free stores. Being the main airport in a metropolitan area of 14 million people, it is surprisingly compact.
To get to Ezeiza, you should calculate approximately one hour per remis/taxi or Uber.
Although if the highway is clear you can get there in 45 minutes.
If you want something cheaper, there are two bus options: you can take the regular line 8, which will take you to/from La Boca, passing by Plaza de Mayo (make sure you take the bus that goes to the airport). Alternatively, there is another Tienda Leon bus that goes to/from Puerto Madero for AR$290 (Jul 2018).
Jorge Newbery Airport
Second airport in the city of Buenos Aires. It is the domestic flight airport about 20 minutes by cab from downtown Buenos Aires.
Jorge Newberry Airport Buenos Aires
The smallest airport, used by most domestic flights. In the Aeroparque there are 2 ATMs. There is also a small exchange office, with a huge queue. Free (but very slow) Wi-Fi in the departure area.
For travelers who are worried about their budget, the regular bus line 33 passes just a few meters from the main door of the Costanera Rafael Obligado Avenue and goes to Retiro-Plaza de Mayo-San Telmo for a very low fare.
El Palomar Airport
Third airport in the city of Buenos Aires, El Palomar Airport.
Once a military base, El Palomar airport is now becoming a hub for low-cost airlines. The Fly Bondi company has regular flights to 12 destinations within Argentina.
From the door of the airport building, it is a 4-minute walk to the El Palomar suburban train station – San Martin line (as you exit the building, turn left and keep walking until you see the bridge that crosses the railroad line).
This is the safest way to get there, as it is not affected by traffic jams.
The company Tienda Léon operates van services that connect the airport to Plaza Italia and Retiro for 150 pesos.
The trains from and to Buenos Aires
Long distance trains are slowly returning to Argentina, but are still few in number and limited compared to the intercity bus network. There are no international services, but using the national train to get around has finally become a somewhat viable option again.
Trains to and from Buenos Aires
There are night services with bed from Bahía Blanca, Córdoba and San Miguel de Tucumán, while there are day trains from Mar del Plata and Rosario. Most trains run 2-3 times a week. Ticket prices range from about AR$400 in second class to AR$1200 for the bunk beds.
Trains from Córdoba, Tucumán and Rosario arrive at Retiro central station located downtown. While Mar del Plata and Bahía Blanca arrive at the Constitución Terminal.
Arriving by car in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires can be reached from any of the neighboring countries by car, but is far from most borders. It is common only to reach Buenos Aires by car from Uruguay and from the south of Brazil.
Buses in Buenos Aires
Also called “Micros” or “Colectivos” by the Argentines. There are very good services that cover the whole country. In general, the more expensive the ticket, the more comfortable the bus will be. The most expensive tickets include fully reclining seats and also and maybe you will be served meals and drinks by an assistant on board.
With an almost non-existent rail system and somewhat expensive air ticket prices, the long-distance bus system is widely developed. Almost all long distance buses use the huge and well organized Retiro bus station, located at the northern end of the city center.
The buses are mostly relatively new, however the roads they travel on are relatively old; there are frequent services to most of the country and international bus services to neighboring countries. A second bus terminal is located in the Liniers neighborhood, but is much smaller and not connected to the subway.
To get to the Retiro terminal the most recommended thing to do is to take a cab or the subway (metro) that also stops there.
Buses in Buenos Aires
Travel times of the buses to/from Buenos Aires
Mendoza: 12-14 hours
Córdoba: 9 hours
Bariloche: 22 hours
Iguazú: 20 hours
Rosary: 4 hours
Santiago de Chile: 20 hours
El Calafate ?
Puerto Madryn (Peninsula Valdes)
Arrival and departure by boat from Buenos Aires to Uruguay
From Puerto Madero in the city of Buenos Aires, there are daily trips to and from Colonia and Montevideo in Uruguay.
Three companies operate these services: All three offer ferries to Colonia and connecting buses to Montevideo, Piriapolis and Punta del Este. Buquebus also offers a significantly more expensive direct ferry to Montevideo. For all three companies, tickets are cheaper if booked in advance.
The Buquebus is the most expensive but most popular option for travel to Uruguay. To go to Colonia, they have a cheaper slow boat as well as a slightly more expensive hydrofoil. Like the Seacat Colonia, they leave from the terminal in Dársena Norte/Puerto Madero.
Dársena Norte is a modern terminal. There is currency exchange, food and car rental available.
On the other hand, the city of Buenos Aires is an important destination for the maritime and river cruise industry in South America. The Benito Quinquela Martin Passenger Terminal, a few blocks from downtown, on Ramón Castillo Street between Immigrants Avenue and Mayor Luisioni Street, has an area of 7,100 m², a boarding lounge for 1,000 passengers and baggage facilities with capacity for 2,500 suitcases. It also has tourist information, handicraft stores, cafeterias, as well as the offices of Immigration, Customs, Interpol and Prefecture.
If you want to travel from Europe to Buenos Aires by boat
Grimaldi Lines (Freight Travel). Operates a bi-monthly freighter link from Europe to South America via Africa. Five cargo ships make the rotation and each one accepts 12 passengers.
The duration of the trip is about 30 days (60 days for a return trip) and includes stops in the ports: Hamburg, Tilbury, Antwerp, Le Havre, Bilbao, Casablanca, Dakar, Banjul, Conakry, Freetown, Salvador de Bahia, Vitória, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Zarate, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Paranagua, Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Dakar, Emden, and back to Hamburg.
Only the stops in Europe and Buenos Aires allow passengers to embark or disembark. However, passengers can visit all the ports visited.
All stops are subject to change depending on the loading and unloading needs of the ship. Tickets for a cabin on a trip from Europe to Buenos Aires start at 1,450 euros per person for a double cabin and 1,890 euros for a single cabin (more expensive luxury cabins are available).
Public transport in Buenos Aires
Public transport in Buenos Aires is very good, although at rush hour it is very crowded and the bus network can be confusingly complex.
The subway (or subway railroad) here is called “Subte”, which is short for Subterraneo. The network itself is not very large, but it reaches most of the city’s tourist attractions, and there are a variety of bus routes (Colectivos as they are known in Buenos Aires)
Buenos Aires Subway
The trains, subway and bus are more easily paid for with a SUBE card, which is a magnetic card that can be purchased at kiosks, some kiosks and all subway stations.
You will not get credit when you buy it, but you can load it with money at train/metro stations or kiosks (grocery stores).
Sube Buenos Aires Card
A card can be shared by any number of people as it is used only once, when entering the transport (except on trains, where each passenger needs his or her own card). If you travel in a group, you do not need to buy your own card.
The card is also used in many other cities (e.g. Bariloche), so don’t throw it away when you leave Buenos Aires, as your balance can be used elsewhere.
Digital maps in Buenos Aires (Google Maps)
Some electronic resources can help you find bus routes: the websites ComoViajo and CómoLlego (the official and most reliable application in Buenos Aires), or the iPhone application miTinerario.
Google Maps is not always accurate when it comes to buses and many important lines are noticeably absent in the Google application.
Finding the way is relatively easy. Most of the city’s network is divided into equal squares with block numbers in the hundreds, using a grid system similar to that of Manhattan, New York.
Walking in Buenos Aires
Walking is a great way to get around Buenos Aires during the day and can be even faster than a cab or bus. The larger avenues are full of stores, so there is a lot to see.
In the Microcentro, Florida Street is a pedestrian shopping street where you can walk from Plaza San Martin to Avenida de Mayo near Plaza de Mayo. Cross Lavalle (also pedestrian) which takes you to Plaza de la Mayo and the Obelisk. For safety reasons do not walk to La Boca, take a bus or a cab instead.
It is also not recommended to make long night walks, it is preferable to take cabs at night.
The cabs of Buenos Aires
Cabs are not the fastest way to get around the most congested parts of the city, especially during rush hour, as traffic jams are common.
However, cabs are generally quite cheap, convenient and exciting. Be sure to take the “radio cab”, as some cabs do not turn on the meter and will ask for a more expensive fare. With Radio Taxis you are sure to get into an official vehicle that is authorized to circulate.
The cabs of Buenos Aires
If you travel by cab, tell the driver the street and the number of the block, for example “Santa Fe 2100”; or two streets that cross each other, for example “Corrientes y Callao” this gives the cab driver the impression that you know where you want to go and will avoid him to walk you around the city so that the trip is more expensive.
If you feel uncomfortable calling a cab on the street, you can always do it from your hotel or you can even ask a restaurant to call a cab for you.
You should always check that the driver’s personal information is legible in the back of the front seat and make sure that they turn on the meter after they leave, to avoid any disagreement about the fare later.
As of December 2016, Uber is available. You will probably have a 5 to 10 minute wait compared to a cab that can be called in seconds.
As cab drivers are against Uber, it is not recommended to ask for an Uber at a cab stand and don’t be surprised if the Uber asks you to sit in the front of the car, it is just to go unnoticed in front of the cab drivers.
The Buses (Colectivos) of Buenos Aires
The main means of public transportation within the city are buses (colectivos). Tickets must be purchased on the bus through a machine that uses a proximity card called SUBE, it is the only way to pay for transportation in Buenos Aires.
There are more than 150 lines that cover the whole city. They work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but operate less frequently on holidays and late at night. For each route the bus is painted differently, which makes it easy to distinguish.
The Buses (Colectivos) of Buenos Aires
The best way to get to know the bus system is by using the “BA Como Llego” application, or by purchasing a “T” Guide which is essentially a small book with a street directory, corresponding to map pages, and has bus listings on the opposite page for each map.
On most services, get on the bus and tell the driver your destination and he will press a button that tells the SUBE machine to deduct the fare from your card.
The Buenos Aires Subway
The city has a subway network (“subte”, short for “subway train”). It is very efficient and you can save a lot of time when using it since it is the ONLY way to avoid traffic jams.
If you need to be somewhere between 08:00 and 09:30 or between 17:00 and 18:00 on a weekday, the Subway will be incredibly crowded and, depending on where you take it, you may have to miss several trains in a row before there is room for you.
Many subway stations have interesting murals, tiles and artwork. The “Peru” station is the oldest subway station and still has the old trains that require passengers to open the doors manually. The transfer between lines is indicated by the combination signs.
The Buenos Aires Subway
The current network comprises six metro lines, labelled “A” to “E” and “H”, which converge in the city center and connect to the main bus and train terminals.
The A line used to be a destination on its own because of the old wooden wagons. It was built in 1913, making it the oldest subway system in Latin America, the southern hemisphere and the entire Spanish-speaking world. The old wooden wagons have been replaced in 2013.
The car in Buenos Aires
If you are truly adventurous (and a bit risky), there are cars available for rent in Buenos Aires. There are several things to consider before renting a car in Buenos Aires.
First, Buenos Aires is such an excellent city for walking that if something is within 20 or 30 blocks, it is often worth the extra effort of going on foot and getting to know the city on a more intimate level. The terrain is flat, so you can easily walk on it.
Secondly, if you are not a great walker, the Buenos Aires public transportation system is cheap and efficient. It can take you anywhere quickly!
Third, and perhaps most importantly, the traffic in Buenos Aires is extremely unpredictable. Traffic lights, signs, traffic laws – for many Buenos Aires drivers – are mere references.
It is also very difficult to find where to park your car in many neighborhoods, and almost impossible in the center of the city.
In conclusion, we do not recommend you to rent a car to drive on your own in Buenos Aires.
Cycling in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is not the most suitable city for cycling. Traffic is dangerous and disrespectful to bicycles; the largest vehicle gains the right of way, and bicycles are down in the rankings of those who have priority in traffic.
However, a bicycle network has developed and is constantly expanding.
Soccer matches in Buenos Aires
Argentina has a renowned soccer reputation and soccer is the most popular sport in the whole country, including, of course, Buenos Aires.
The capital is home to two of the world’s most popular soccer teams, Boca Juniors (which resides in La Boca) and River Plate (Nuñez). A match between these two legendary teams is called “Superclásico”. This is by far the hottest match in town and one of the most intense rivalries in the world, with frequent violent confrontations between fans, sometimes even leading to deaths. It is often necessary to buy tickets well in advance.
Argentinean fans are known for their passion and the songs (which are practically love songs) they sing to their teams. Even if you are not a big soccer fan, going to a match is definitely worthwhile just to enjoy the atmosphere and watch the fans singing and cheering.
The most advisable thing is to buy the tickets including the transfers to the field in a tourist company.
I don’t recommend you to go alone.
Tango in Buenos Aires
A trip to Buenos Aires is not complete without some experience with Tango, the national dance of Argentina. A good place to go and see some authentic tango is Confiteria Ideal Suipacha 384 (just off Corrientes, near Florida Street). However, tango is best experienced not in La Boca but in the Milongas. A milonga is a place where tango is danced by locals and tourists.
Milongas are held during the day or late at night. The “Milongas Matinée” usually start in the early afternoon and last until 8:00pm-10:00pm. They are popular with tourists who may have difficulty staying until 5:00 p.m. every night. Within a milonga, you will find many locals who will be more than willing to show you how to dance. The evening Milongas start around 23:00, but do not fill up until around 01:30. They can continue until 05:00 or 06:00. Some Milongas to keep in mind are Salón Canning, El Beso y Porteño and Bailarín.
There are many milongas that are held in different parts of the city every day. There is a free distribution guide called TangoMap Guide that contains all the information about the milongas day by day, including schedules and location.
Currency Exchange in Buenos Aires
Money can be exchanged at the Banco de la Nación Argentina at the Ezeiza airport and at any of the changes along Florida or Lavalle streets, but, if you have time, look for the best rate in the area known as “Micro Centro”.
This area is the banking district of Buenos Aires, and numerous exchange places are located very close to each other. This means fierce competition and options to check the best rates.
Furthermore, in this area it is possible to exchange not only US dollars or Euros, but also some other important Latin American currencies (such as Brazilian Real, Mexican Pesos, Colombian Pesos), Canadian, Asian (Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan, etc.) and European (Swedish Crown, Swiss Francs, etc.) dollars.
Please note that whenever you go to an official exchange house you must present your passport.
Shopping in Buenos Aires
The stores in the shopping centers and supermarkets are usually open from 10:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week.
Small stores, not chains, usually close around 8:00 p.m. and remain closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays, except in the large avenues and tourist areas.
All the main avenues are full of kiosks and small convenience stores that are open 24 hours a day.
Florida Street and Lavalle Street (from 500 to 1000) are pedestrianized and are the location of most of the tourist stores in the center. At the intersection of these two pedestrian streets, there is often some kind of interesting street show, especially at night.
The Old Palermo in Palermo has many stores that attract young people or art people (think of New York’s SoHo). Nearby is Murillo Street, a block full of leather houses.
Buenos Aires book stores
One of the passions of the porteños, of which they are very proud, is reading. It is believed that Buenos Aires is the city with more bookstores per citizen in the world, it has some of the largest and most beautiful bookstores in the continent, and it is home to some of the most prestigious publishing houses in the Spanish-speaking world. Expect to see people reading on the bus, in the subway, in the park, and even in the streets!
Santa Fe Avenue not only offers lots of clothes and bookstores, but also a pleasant environment where you can walk. You can start from the intersection of Avenida Santa Fe with Avenida 9 de Julio, and walk through Santa Fe to Alto Palermo Shopping (Av. Santa Fe 3253).
On Corrientes Avenue, from the Obelisk (big obelisk at the intersection with 9 de Julio Avenue) to Ayacucho Street, you will find many cheap bookstores with tons of books, most of them in Spanish. Some are open until 3:00 a.m., seven days a week.
What to eat in Buenos Aires
Although the main food consumed by Argentines is beef, there are other options in this cosmopolitan city. Italian food is omnipresent, but in neighborhoods like Palermo, pizzerias are seeing strong competition from sushi, fusion and even vegetarian bistros. Almost everything can be delivered – including the fantastic gourmet ice cream.
If you are not a vegetarian you have to try the roast in a grill, restaurants specializing in grilled meats. There are expensive grills and other simpler and cheaper ones. In any case, you probably have one of the best “meats” you have ever tasted. The tenderloin steak is incredibly tender.
Where to eat meat in Buenos Aires
Juicy means rare (literally “juicy”) and is not the usual for locals.
Argentines cook their meat to the last, and they can only get away with it because the meat is so tender that cooking it well doesn’t necessarily mean it’s shoe leather.
Italian and Spanish food is almost native here, thanks to the cultural heritage of these two countries. Other popular foods are pizzas and empanadas.
Eating Pizza in Buenos Aires
Pizza is a strong tradition in Buenos Aires.
It comes to the mold (cooked in a pan, usually medium to thick crust), to the stone (baked in a stone oven, usually thin to medium crust), and to the grill (cooked on a grill, very thin and crispy crust). The best places: “Los Inmortales, Las Cuartetas, Guerrin, El Cuartito, Banchero’s, Kentucky.
Vegetarians and vegans don’t have to despair. No less than a dozen vegetarian-oriented bistros have appeared in recent years (notably in the Palermo neighborhood) and many popular places offer vegetarian versions of traditional foods.
An incredible and typical Argentinean “cookie” is the alfajor, which consists of two round sweet cookies joined together by a sweet jam, usually dulce de leche, covered with chocolate, meringue or something similar. Any kiosk, supermarket, bakery and even coffee shop is filled with a variety of alfajores and every porteño has his or her favorite. Make sure you don’t leave the country without trying one.
Where to eat Medialunas in Buenos Aires
In addition, all the bakeries offer a wide selection of bills, delicious sweet pastries of all shapes, doughs and flavors, most of them of French, Spanish and Italian inspiration but with a touch of their own. Porteños are very fond of these, which are usually served in the afternoon, with some mate of course.
Safety in Buenos Aires
Most people travel in Buenos Aires without any incident. However, as in any big city, such as in Europe, crime is a problem for both tourists and residents. Handle yourself intelligently as you would in any other big city.
The most frequent incidents of crime involve the theft of wallets and purses. Distraction robberies commonly occur in public areas such as cafes, train and bus stations.
You should simply keep a close eye on your belongings at all times
Armed robberies on the street, in cabs and in restaurants are very unlikely.
Difficult places and neighborhoods in Buenos Aires
As in any big city, it is suggested that some places be visited carefully, and others avoided completely. The most common dangerous spots are the three largest train terminals in the city: Constitución, Once and Retiro.
They are very crowded and centrally located, so it is very likely that you will have to stop at one of them. Although most of the time they are safe during the day, minor thefts are common, so you have to be careful with your belongings, avoid any confrontation and be cautious and avoid these places completely after 22:00. The same happens with some tourist spots like La Boca or the vast parks of the city of Palermo.
The dangerous neighborhoods that should not be visited without the guide of the locals are Barracas, Nueva Pompeya, Villa Lugano, Villa Soldati, Villa Riachuelo, Bajo Flores (not Floresta) and Mataderos.
Drinking tap water in Buenos Aires
Unlike many Latin American cities, the water in Buenos Aires can be drunk directly from the tap.
LGBT community in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has one of the largest LGBT communities in Latin America. There is a receptive attitude towards LGBT culture in the city.
Same-sex marriages are legal and recognized in Argentina. There are many LGBT-oriented businesses based in the city that extend into the tourism industry.
For example, there are travel agents, various classes and nightlife events, as well as accommodation for LGBT travelers. There are gay cruises and even a five-star gay hotel.
Speaking Spanish in Buenos Aires
Spanish in Buenos Aires is pronounced differently from most other Spanish-speaking countries. The most striking thing is that the ll sounds like “calle” and the “pollo” sounds with the “sh” of English or German something like “cashe” or “posho”.
The difference in pronunciation probably reflects the influence of Italian merchants on the port in the 19th century-many of the words that porteños pronounce differently from the rest of the Spanish-speaking world are pronounced identically to an Italian word for the same thing.