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“Great city”, “wonderful climate”, “fun people”, “delicious food”, “romantic evenings”, “exquisite wine”, “lots of green open parks”, “Tango”, “Old world Elegance”, “a city that never sleeps”, “I loved it”… these are some of the ways visitors describe Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. Located in the southern hemisphere below Brazil, Argentina is very large and extends south nearly as far as Antarctica. On the coast of the Rio de la Plata, just west of Uruguay, Buenos Aires and its surrounding metropolitan area host a population of over 12 million people, making it one of the most populated urban centers in the world. Buenos Aires is a Gay-friendly city and has recently approved gay marriage.

In the last few years, Buenos Aires has become a trendy destination as well. In 2007, Travel & Leisure’s readers rated B.A. 2nd after Florence, Italy in its list of world’s best cities. World class shopping and dining, night clubs, pubs, Tango shows, Spanish Lessons, and even exotic, antique flea markets and street fairs, as well as an array of museums, theater, and classical music performances are all activities to be enjoyed in BA.

Click on the titles below to get useful tourist information about your trip to Buenos Aires:

HISTORY

The city was first founded in 1536 by a Spanish gold-seeking expedition under Pedro de Mendoza. However, attacks by indigenous peoples forced the settlers in 1539 to move to Asunción, Paraguay, and in 1541 the old site was burned. A second and permanent settlement was begun in 1580 by Juan de Garay.

In 1617 the province of Buenos Aires, or Río de la Plata, was separated from the administration of Asunción and was given its own governor. Buenos Aires remained subordinate to the Spanish viceroy in Peru until 1776, when it became the capital of a newly created viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. In 1806 a British invasion was repelled by the locals without much help from the Spanish, leading in 1810 to the forced resignation of the Spanish Viceroy (May 25). Independence from Spain was declared on July 9, 1816, and was followed by a long conflict between Unitarians and Federalists, eventually resolved in 1860, when Bartolomé Mitre became president in 1862 and made Buenos Aires his capital.

BA NEIGHBORHOODS

Officially, there are 47 neighborhoods in BA. We list a selection of the most visited neighborhoods below together with some of their attractions.

Recoleta: This is the city's most elegant district. It is also the most desired tourist destination. Cafes and restaurants line the streets near the Recoleta Cemetery. Here you’ll find the exclusive Alvear Palace Hotel, and world renowned fashion and jewelry shops. This neighborhood is the home of the Argentine aristocracy. The area is a meeting point for tourists and locals with an interest in international design and arts.

Plaza San Martin: When foreign dignitaries come to visit, one of their first stops is the Plaza San Martin, named in honor of Jose de San Martin, whose statue towers over the park. This elegant Plaza, in whose center is a very old and Majestic tree, and which extends from the Retiro Train Station to Santa Fe Avenue, is also at the base of Florida Street, Buenos Aires’ best known pedestrian shopping street. Also facing the park are the elegant Cavanaugh Building, the Plaza Marriott Hotel, the San Martin Palace, and one of the seats of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The area, located right in the heart of the city, is hustling and bustling with workers and tourists. Its narrow streets are full of hotels.

Puerto Madero: Prior to its complete revamping and official inauguration in 1998, this section of the port had fallen into significant disrepair. Today, luxurious restaurants, apartments, offices and movie theaters have replaced the old and dirty brick silos, making this the city's “newest” and most exclusive district, preferred by many business travelers.
Many multinational companies have their offices in or near Puerto Madero, and with the Hilton Hotel catering to many business travelers right in the heart of this neighborhood, many executives take their visitors out to dinner, cafes and nightclubs in the hotspots that line Alicia Moreau de Justo Street nearby. An interesting note: All the streets of Puerto Madero are named after women. Also, every Saturday and Sunday, Vera Peñaloza street becomes a pedestrian-only zone, where the public can skate, ride bicycles or stroll. Nearby you will find the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, a wildlife reserve.

Caminito/ La Boca: Somewhat of a tourist trap, the famous “Caminito” is a one block long pedestrian street without sidewalks, where all the houses are made of metal sheets, painted in different colors. Along the street, arts and crafts vendors, as well as painters and tango dancers show their abilities to visitors and tourists. The name of the street was inspired by a famous tango called “Caminito”.
La Boca was an important immigrant destination since it was the port where boatfuls of immigrants arrived. Works by Artist Benito Quinquela Martin exemplify this neighborhood and its role in Buenos Aires history. You can eat lunch in a “cantina”—a restaurant where tables are usually in long aisles, or side by side-- while enjoying a tango show or other musical entertainment. Other attractions include the wax Museum, (Museo de Cera) or the Boca Juniors Soccer stadium.

San Telmo: This neighborhood is very unique. It feels like you’ve gone back in time 100 or more years. The buildings and architecture maintain their colonial style. The streets are cobble stoned in many areas. Antiques shops abound. On Sundays, there is an Antiques Fair on Plaza Dorrego, and you will find Living Statues and other street performers on Defensa Street. You will also find the Museo de la Ciudad and Church of Santo Domingo in this area. There are also many Tango houses in this neighborhood.

Palermo: Palermo is the city’s largest neighborhood. It hosts 350 acres of parks, wooded areas, and man-made lakes. It is a quiet neighborhood, ideal for walking or jogging, and full of great restaurants enjoyed mostly by the locals. Although they can get somewhat crowded on sunny weekends, on most days, you’ll find that the “Bosques de Palermo”, the “Rosedal”, the “Jardin Japones”, the “Jardin Zoologico”, the “Jardin Botanico” and the “Planetario” are ideal escapes from the city center. The Polo Field and the horse-racing track are also important landmarks of this neighborhood.
Palermo also has many subdivisions: Palermo Chico (a very small, very private, and exclusive area), Palermo Nuevo (An area teeming with modern hi-rises where many ex-pats live), and Palermo Viejo, (which further subdivides into Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, and Las Cañitas).

Palermo Hollywood: This area of Palermo Viejo has been dubbed “Hollywood” in recent years because of the multiple TV and film studios and production companies which opened up offices in the neighborhood. (Its borders are: Juan B. Justo Street, Niceto Vega, Dorrego, and Paraguay Streets). Plaza Julio Cortazar and its surrounding streets are full of restaurants, art galleries, bars and other interesting stores. It is known as an “artsy” neighborhood and many of its streets are still cobble-stoned.

Palermo Soho: Similar to Palermo Hollywood, the blocks surrounding Plaza Serrano are another picturesque and artsy neighborhood in which to go out at night, or for a stroll in the afternoon. Many single-story residential houses have been torn down or recycled and converted into exclusive stores in this area which has experienced a significant revival in recent years. It is a very trendy area, full of young people and nightlife.

Las Cañitas: Las Canitas is mostly about food. This part of Palermo, bordering with Belgrano, between Dorrego Street and the Military Field has also experienced a resurgence in the past 10 to 15 years. While it used to be full of houses with big back yards, today it is full of modern building and lofts. This bustling neighborhood is full of restaurants and bars. Many younger tourists like to stay in this neighborhood because of its relative security and never-ending nightlife.

Belgrano: Belgrano is a very residential neighborhood. It is also divided into different parts: Belgrano R, and Belgrano C. “Belgrano R” is a neighborhood with many cobble-stoned streets and mostly single family houses. It is quite removed from the hustle and bustle. Belgrano C, on the other hand, is right in the middle of things, though also a 30 to 60 minute taxi or bus-ride away from the city center, depending on traffic. Barrancas de Belgrano is a 10 acre hilly area, next to the train station, where folks go to sunbathe, jog, or walk their dogs. Cabildo Avenue, which is a continuation of Santa Fe Avenue, is also a location for modern day shopping for everything from clothing to electronics.

MUST-SEE DESTINATIONS

Listed below are some of the most commonly visited places by tourists while in B. A. For additional sightseeing recommendations and suggested walking tours go to the following link.

Obelisco: At the intersection of Corrientes and 9 de Julio Avenues in the heart of the city, the Obelisk was built in May 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first foundation of Buenos Aires.

Plaza de Mayo/Casa Rosada: This plaza, located in the Heart of the downtown area, has been a central figure in almost all significant occurrences in Argentine History. It is a place made famous world-wide by Evita in her speeches to the “descamisados” from the balcony of the Pink House (Argentina’s equivalent to the White House in the US). Several important landmarks including the “Catedral de Buenos Aires” surround the Square.

Cabildo: This was the first government building in the city of BA. Over time, it has undergone many changes and renovations from its original construction. It is now a museum called "Museo Histórico Nacional del Cabildo y la Revolución de Mayo" where a collection of old weapons are displayed. Location: Bolivar 65 on the Plaza de Mayo .Tues- Fri: 12:30pm- 7pm, Sun 3pm - 7pm.

Plaza Dorrego/San Telmo: On Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm in the streets surrounding the square (Defensa and Humberto Primo Streets) in San Telmo, you can see street performers doing tango and folklore shows.

Caminito: This is a one-block long area that recreates the typical “conventillos” (housing projects) of the early days. It is at the intersection of Garibaldi and Olavarría streets.

Puente de la Mujer: This new pedestrian and pivoting bridge is located in Dock 3 of Puerto Madero and symbolizes the work of women in society.

Recoleta Cemetery: This is the most exclusive Cemetery in Argentina and includes the tomb of Evita. Junín 1760. Open daily from 8 am - 6 pm.

Manzana de las Luces: This is a block in the city’s historical center, bordered by Bolivar, Moreno, Alsina and Peru Streets. It was dubbed the “block of lights” because of the intellectual institutions that were located there-in. Underneath this block is a series of secret tunnels, suspected to have been built in the 17th and 18th centuries, either for protection from Pirates, or for contraband. Meeting point: Peru 272. Mon-Sun at 3pm. Tel 4331 9534.

Reserva Ecológica: This is a 360 hectare area of green space next to Puerto Madero that was gained from the river and over time has been inhabited by a variety of species. It is now a protected area. Av. Tristán Achaval Rodríguez 1550.

Botanical Garden: The Botanical Garden was designed by the French landscape designer Carlos Thays. It sits on nearly 7 Hectares (17.5 Acres) near Plaza Italia and is home to nearly 7000 species of plants. Santa Fe 3951. Mon-Sun, 8 am - 6 pm. Free admission. Guided tours: Tel 4831-4527

Tango Shows: You cannot leave BA without having seen a Tango Show in one of the many Tanguerías. Ask us for information about various alternatives depending on your arrival dates.

Sports Fans Must See

Cancha de Boca: It is said that half plus one of all the Argentine population are fans of the Boca Juniors soccer team. Alma Mater to greats like Maradona, and Tevez, and with truly ardent fans, (sometimes too much so), matches at this stadium (La Bombonera or “the candy jar”) are definitely memorable experiences. Brandsen 805 (La Boca). Daily, 10am - 6pm. Tel 4309-4700 ext 717.

River Plate Stadium: Known as “El Monumental” this stadium was one of the first big stadiums in South America. It is also the home of the Argentine All Star Soccer Team. The 1978 World Championship Soccer Matches were played here and most big-name concert artists, like Madonna and The Rolling Stones have held their events in this 70,000 seat stadium. It also houses a 3500 Sq. meter museum. Av. Figueroa Alcorta 7597 (Nuñez) Tkts tel: 4789 1200 ext 5. www.cariverplate.com.ar

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

Buenos Aires offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment including museums, theater, classical music concerts, ballet, opera, rock concerts, alternative performances, comedy shows, cinemas, fine dining, long nights of tango, sporting events, and of course: football (soccer).

Museums and Cultural Centers:
Numerous and varied Museums and Cultural Centers are spread around the city. Here we list only a few. For a complete listing of museums and cultural centers go to the following link.

National Museum of Fine Arts
Av. del Libertador 1473. Tel: 4803 8817 Tues – Fri, 12.30 am- 7.30 pm. Sat and Sun 9.30 am - 7.30 pm.

Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires. Costantini Collection (Malba)
Figueroa Alcorta. 3415 Tel: 4808 6500 Mon, Thu and Fri, 12 pm -7.30 pm; Wed, 12 pm - 9 pm; Sat- Sun 10 am-7pm.

Hispanic American Art Museum Isaac Fernández Blanco
Suipacha 1422. Tel: 4327 0272 / 0228

National Historic Museum
Defensa 1600. Tel: 4307 4457 / 3157 Tue - Fri 11 am - 5 pm. Sat 3 pm - 6 pm. Sun and Holidays 2 pm - 6 pm.

Museum of Fine Arts of La Boca 'Quinquela Martín'
Pedro de Mendoza 1835. Tel: 4301 1080 Tue - Fri, 10 am - 5.30 pm; Sat and Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.

Historic Museum of Waxworks
Dr. E. del Valle Iberlucea 1261 (La Boca). Tel: 4301 1497 / 4303 0563

Museo del Cine Pablo Ducros Hicken
Defensa 1220. Tel: 4361 2462 Tue. - Fri., 11 am - 7 pm; Sat and Sun., 11.30 am - 6.30 pm.

Museo Casa Carlos Gardel
Jean Jaurés 735. Tel: 4964 2015 / 2071 Mon., Wed. Thu. and Fri., 1 pm - 5 pm.

Museum 'Evita'
Lafinur 2988. Tel: 4807 9433 // 4804 3168 Tues – Sun and Holidays, 2 pm - 7.30 pm

Centro Cultural Recoleta
Junín 1930. Tel: 4803 1040 | website

Centro Cultural San Martín
Sarmiento 1551. Tel: 4374 1251/59 | website

Centro Cultural Borges
Viamonte 500. Tel: 5555 5359 | website

Restaurants:
Eating in Buenos Aires is certain to be one of your favorite activities. You can choose from all sorts of cuisines from around the world, or taste the sultry Argentine Steaks and dishes. Puerto Madero has the most expensive restaurants, but you’ll find great restaurants in each of the neighborhoods we’ve highlighted above, including particularly Recoleta, Las Cañitas, and Palermo Hollywood/Soho. The links below will lead you to 2 restaurant guides (in Spanish). However, we will mention one restaurant with great food and service in Puerto Madero called “Cabaña Las Lilas”, which is an excellent steak house.

Guía Oleo

El Gourmet

Theaters:
Buenos Aires is rich in art and culture as evidenced by the numerous theaters dispersed around the city. Many of these are supported by the government and offer a wide variety of attractions at a very low cost. In this section we are again listing only a few. For a complete listing of the city theaters click on this link.

Teatro Colón
Libertad 621. Tel: 4378 7100 / 4378 7132 | website

Teatro General San Martín
Av. Corrientes 1530. Tel: 0 800 333 5254 | website

Teatro Nacional Cervantes
Libertad 815. Tel: 4816 4224 / 4815 8883

Teatro Alvear
Av. Corrientes 1659. Tel: 4373 4245

Teatro Regio
Av. Córdoba 6056. Tel: 4772 3350

Teatro Sarmiento
Av. Sarmiento 2715. Tel: 4808-9479

Complejo Teatral La Plaza
Av. Corrientes 1660. Tel: 6320 5350

Teatro de la Ribera
Pedro de Mendoza 1821 (La Boca). Tel: 4302 9042

Teatro La Trastienda
Balcarce 460 (San Telmo). Tel: 4342-7650. |website

Buenos Aires Events:
Countless interesting and exciting events go on in BA all the time. You can find a good calendar of events at the following site. In addition the link below will take you to a local newspaper’s summary of what is playing in movie and theater houses in BA (in Spanish).

Infobae

SHOPPING

Shopping in BA can be a full time occupation and with its currency exchange rate, some great deals can be had: especially for leather goods. We list below some of the primary locations for shopping. Please consult with us over specific items you may be looking for.

  • Florida Street (pedestrian shopping street)
  • Galerias Pacifico (on Florida Street at Cordoba Ave.)
  • Santa Fe Avenue (from the 800 block to the 2400 block)
  • Paseo Alcorta Shopping Center (on Figueroa Alcorta Ave)
  • Alto Palermo Shopping Center (on Sta Fe Ave)
  • Abasto Shopping Center (on Corrientes Avenue)
  • Unicenter Shopping Center (25 kms from city center in Martinez)
  • Shopping Las Palmas (50 kms from city center in Pilar)

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Supermarkets are to be found all over the city. Some of the main supermarket chains in BA are called:

  • Norte
  • Disco
  • Carrefour

We’ll be happy to help you find a market near to your location.

Pharmacies
Some pharmacies are open 24 hours per day (at least one in each neighborhood). The FARMACITY chain has 90 pharmacies, most of which are open 24 hours per day all over the city.

TRANSPORTATION

Airports

Ezeiza International Airport
Visitors worldwide are welcomed at this airport located 35 minutes away from downtown through a highway. It offers taxi, or private car “remise” service, transfer and bus services 24 hours a day. Ave Tte. Gral. Ricchieri (54 11) 5480 6111 | website

Jorge Newbery Airport (domestic)
Tourists coming from the interior of the country or from bordering countries arrive at this airport located by the riverside, ten to fifteen minutes away from downtown. Ave Rafael Obligado s/n (54 11) 4771 0104 | website

Ferry Boat
Buenos Aires is connected with Uruguay by the river. Trips to/from Colonia and Montevideo are scheduled daily.

Buquebus
Av. Antártida Argentina 821 (Puerto Madero) (54 11) 4316 6500/50 | website

Ferrylineas
Puerto Viamonte and Costanera (Puerto Madero) (54 11) 4314 4580

Trains
If you want to visit areas outside the Capital such as the Tigre Delta or other neighborhoods further away from downtown, the railways provide an affordable service. Several lines allow access to the center of the city.

Tren de la Costa (Touristic and Shopping Train line)
Provincia de Buenos Aires Tel: 4732-6000 | website

Trenes de Buenos Aires (TBA)
Metropolitan trains leaving mostly from Retiro train station. Ramos Mejía 1358 Tel: 4317 4400 tel from BA: 0800 3333 822 | website

Ferrobaires (Inter-city Trains within BA Province)
Tel: 4304 3165 www.ferrobaires.gba.gov.ar

Metrovías (Subways and trains)
Av. Federico Lacroze 4191 (Chacarita) 4959 6800 / 0800 555 1616 | website

Intercity Buses
Retiro Bus Terminal is the main bus station where all bus lines start their long-distance services. Intercity buses have hostesses; show movies on DVD, and have seats that recline to almost horizontal positions depending on the bus line selected. Ave Antártida Argentina and Ave Ramos Mejía.

City Public Transit
Multiple means of transport allow you to travel around Buenos Aires: five lines of subways (subtes—short for subterráneo), many city-bus lines (“colectivos”), intercity trains, and taxis or remises will get you to your destination.

Subways
The metropolitan subway system is the fastest and easiest way to reach your destination across town. There are five subway lines A, B, C, D, E that are connected with the main avenues and railway and bus stations. They converge on downtown, the main tourist and hotel area. We recommend you avoid them during the morning and afternoon rush hours unless you want to travel like a packed sardine.

City Buses
The bus (colectivo) is a relatively fast and definitely inexpensive means of traveling across the Capital. There are more than 100 lines going through the city. The service is available at very frequent intervals during the day. Sometimes, streets may be blocked in the downtown area due to traffic jams. Hours: Bus service is available all day long but its frequency decreases significantly between midnight and 7 am. Keep coins handy before you board.

TAXIs
Taxis are a very common, safe and affordable means of transport. Taxis can be requested by phone (radio-taxis) or you may call them on the street. Radio taxis are considered safer. Nevertheless, with over 35,000 taxis in the city, finding one in the street is usually relatively easy, especially outside of rush hour, or near luxury hotels. (Unless, of course, it’s raining.) Taxis can be easily recognized by their colors: black and yellow. Always speak the number of Pesos you are giving the driver when you hand him payment so you avoid confusion.

Remises
Remises are private chauffeur-driven car services that you request by phone. They have a pre-determined fee based on your destination. These cars are not identified with a special color.

Car Rental
The major rental companies are in BA: Avis and Hertz as well as many others. You must be above 21 years old, have driving license issued at least two years before, and a credit card limit authorized to cover rental and the guarantee.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Language
Spanish is the official language but most people involved in tourist activities speak English

Visa requirements
Contact the Argentinean embassy or consulate in your home country to confirm if you require a visa to visit Argentina. If you wish to extend your stay you should go to the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (Av. Antártida Argentina 1355 -Retiro- Tel: 4317-0200) to obtain information and requirements. Citizens from Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil can visit Argentina with an ID card and do not currently need to have a passport to get into the country.

Climate
Buenos Aires has a mild, pleasant climate all year round with a mean annual temperature of 18º C (64.4º F). As such, visitors can enjoy walking around the city in any season. July is usually the coldest month of the winter (June 21 to September 20). In the summer (December 21 to March 20), the weather can be hot and humid. Rains are more frequent in autumn (March 21 to June 20) and spring (September 21 to December 20). Argentina is in the GMT-3 time zone.

Business hours
In general shops in B. A. are open Mon-Fri, from 9 am to 7 pm, and Sat from 9 am to 1 pm with the exception of those located in important Avenues that are also opened on Saturday afternoon. In shopping centers, business hours extend until 10 pm, including Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Banks operate Mon-Fri from 10 am to 3 pm. You can also extract cash and perform other transactions in ATMs, 24 hours a day. In small towns outside of BA, you may find that the Siesta is still in use during the afternoon hours. Most of the holidays that fall on a Saturday or Sunday or between Tuesday and Friday, are generally transferred to the next or previous Monday. However, many restaurants, cinemas, theaters and companies operate normally. Here is a list of National Holidays.

New Year: January 1
Good Friday: Per calendar
Labor Day: May 1
1810 Revolution Day: May 25
National Sovereignty Day: June 10
Flag Day: June 20
Independence Day: July 9
J. San Martín's Death Anniversary: August 17
Race Day - Columbus Day: October 12
Christmas: December 25

Currency and money exchange
Peso ($) is the name of the Argentine currency. There are $ 100, $ 50, $ 20, $ 10, $ 5 and $ 2 bills, and 1, 0.50, 0.25, 0.10 and 0.05 cent coins. The U.S. dollar is the most common foreign currency. You can exchange foreign currency at banks or at currency exchange bureaus “casas de cambio” by presenting your passport. Many hotels exchange money as well. You may see people on the streets offering money exchange at better rates, DO NOT ACCEPT, most are fakes. Most of the shops accept credit cards and some do accept U.S. dollars as well.

Tax Info
VAT (Value Added Tax) in Argentina is 21% and is in general included in the final price of the purchase. When you are leaving the country, at the airport you may request to be refunded for part of the VAT (paid on purchases from participating shops). Make sure you keep all invoices or tickets and fill out forms (from the stores) in order to request the refund. The procedures may be tricky, so find out during your stay which information you’ll need to present at the airport to get your refund. There is a tax refund info office on the 2nd floor of Galerias Pacifico, on Florida Street.

Security
Buenos Aires is in general a safe city; however, like any other big city in the world, some precautions should be taken, such as: avoid walking alone at night along poorly lit areas. Do not leave your purse or bag hanging from chairs in public places. Watch out for pick pocketing in crowded areas. Do not have expensive jewelry at easy reach or highly visible, and try to ignore or keep away from people begging for Money. In case of emergency dial 911 or 101 from a public phone for assistance, or contact the Tourist Police Station at Tel: 4346 5748 or toll free at 0800 999 5000

Health
24-hour emergency service in Public hospitals is available for tourists without a charge. There are also numerous private Clinics and Hospitals spread around the city where you can get assistance for a fee. A free ambulance emergency service called SAME can be reached by dialing 107. Vaccination is neither obligatory nor necessary to visit Buenos Aires.

Telecommunications
There are many public phones spread around the city that operate with coins (5, 10, 25, 50-cent and 1-peso) or with Phone cards available at the “kioscos” (sweet and tobacco shops). These phones support urban, national and international calls. There are also many communications centers “locutorios” that offer long distance telephone, fax and internet services. For international calls, you should dial: 00 + country code + area code + local number. The country code for Argentina is 54, and the area code for Buenos Aires is 11. International calls are still very expensive in BA. Contact us if you would like to rent a cell phone during your stay in BA, or for advice on purchasing prepaid cards for making international calls.
Calling to cellular phones uses a calling party pays mechanism in Argentina. When dialing to a cell phone from within BA, the prefix “15” is dialed before the number. If you are expecting to receive a call to a BA cell phone line from abroad, the caller must dial the country code 54 followed by the suffix “ 9” and then the area code (11 in the case of BA), and then the number. (For example from USA, the caller would dial “011 – 54- 9 - 11 xxxx- xxxx” to reach a cell phone in BA).

Electricity
In Argentina there is a 220 volt, 50-cycle (Hz) alternating current. In general the outlets have 2 cylindrical (Type C) or two diagonal flat holes (Type I) with ground connection. It might be convenient for you to bring an adaptor or a transformer for your 110 v electrical belongings or buy one in a local hardware store. You can see a picture of these adapters here.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Official tourism locations and websites
You can obtain tourist information about the city and the rest of the country at the airport and other offices in B. A. provided by staff of the Secretary of Tourism of the Nation in the following locations:

Aeropuerto International Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)
International Hall. Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm 4480 0224.

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (Costanera Norte)
Aerolíneas Argentinas Central Hall (Palermo). Mon-Sun: 10am -5pm. 4771 0104.

Bus terminal (Retiro)
Av. Antártida Argentina (Bus terminal, shop 83). Mon-Sat: 7:30am-1pm 4311 0528.

Recoleta
Quintana 596. Mon, Thu, Sat and Sun from 11-7 pm; Tues, Wed and Fri 10:30-6:30 pm.

Puerto Madero
Alicia Moreau De Justo 200 Dique 4. Mon-Sun: 11am-6pm 4313 0187.

Plaza San Martin
Av. Santa Fe 883, ground floor. 4312 2232/ 4312 5550.

You can also obtain tourist information by visiting the official tourism and government sites for the city of Buenos Aires:

Tourist Police Station
Corrientes 436. Tel: 4346 5748 / 0800 999 5000 | email

Tourist Ombudsman
Ave. Pedro de Mendoza 1835 ("Benito Quinquela Martin" Museum) in the neighborhood of La Boca. Monday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tel: 4302 7816.

Emergencies

SAME: (free ambulance emergency service): Toll free call: 107
POLICE: Toll free call: 101 or 911

Credit Card Offices

  • American Express: Arenales 707 // Tel: 4312-1661 (24hs) Mon- Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Visa: Av. Corrientes 1437 3º // Tel: 4379-3400 Mon-Fri: 9 am - 5 pm
  • MasterCard: Perú 151 // Tel: 4348-7070 (24 hs) Mon- Fri: 9 am - 6pm

Consulates and Embassies

Australia
Villanueva 1400 (Belgrano)
4779 3500
Mon to Thur: 8.30 am - 12.30 am; 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm.
email | website

Brasil
Carlos Pellegrini 1363, 5º (Retiro)
4515 6500
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 1 pm.
website

Canada
Tagle 2828 (Palermo)
4808 1000
Mon – Thu: 2 pm - 4 pm.
email | website

Chile
San Martín 439, 9º (San Nicolás)
4394 6582 / 6371
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 1 pm.
email | website

Colombia
Av. Santa Fe 782, 1º (Retiro)
4312 5538 / 5446
Mon - Fri: 8.30 am - 2 pm.
email | website

United States
Av. Colombia 4300 (Palermo)
5777 4533
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 12 am.
email | website

France
Av. Santa Fe 846, 3º and 4º (Retiro)
4312 2409
Mon - Fri: 9 am - 12 am.
email | website

Germany
Villanueva 1055 (Belgrano)
4778 2500
Mon- Fri: 8.30 am - 11 am.
email | website

Israel
Av. de Mayo 701, 10º (Monserrat)
4338 2500
Mon - Thu: 9 am - 5 pm; Fri: 9 am - 2.30 pm.
email | website

Italy
Marcelo T. de Alvear 1149 (Retiro)
4816 6132 to 36
Mon, Tues, Thu and Fri: 8 am - 2.30 pm
email | website

Japan
Bouchard 547, 17º (San Nicolás)
4318 8200 / 8220
Mon - Fri: 9.15 am - 12.30 am; 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm.
website

México
Arcos 1650 (Belgrano)
4789 8826 / 8827
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 1 pm.
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Netherlands
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4808 2200
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4806 6796
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4811 0070
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4311 6491 to 95
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