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The City

Argenitinian flags.

Buenos Aires might be said to have the diversity of New York, leavened with some European charm, but this would still be an imperfect description. It has its own unique feeling, a pulse that is unlike any other city on earth. The people are friendly, courteous and know how to have a good time, but are also amazingly motivated and hard workers. The attitude of Buenos Aires is undeniably contagious.

A Diverse Urban Experience

Visitors to Buenos Aires are invited to explore the city's various barrios (neighborhoods), from elegant Recoleta, which maintains an intricate blend of Spanish colonial and French classical architecture; to boisterous La Boca, Buenos Aires' most Bohemian quarter, famous for the brightly painted houses that line its colorful streets; to historic San Telmo, one of the city's most beautiful barrios, known for its trendy cafes and popular antique shops.

Famed as the birthplace of the passionate tango, Buenos Aires is also home to the world-famous Teatro Colón, numerous museums and theaters, and a botanical garden that draws enthusiasts from around the world.

The locals, known as Porteños, are a friendly people who live their lives passionately. Throughout the city, you will find groups of people discussing world politics, economics, fashion, and football (soccer) in an animated style that is distinctly Argentine.


 

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Climate

Most days in Buenos Aires are sunny and temperate, with a light, clean breeze flowing through the city.

Because it is in the southern hemisphere, Buenos Aires is the inverse of North America. Buenos Aires' winter lasts from June to September, and is comparatively milder than New York. Spring and summer are often humid, and summer especially can be quite hot.

Transit Tips

The city is divided into 48 separate neighborhoods and each is navigable through the public transport of the city

Walking

  • The city is set up on a rectangular grid pattern, which makes finding your way while walking quite easy and is the recommended method of transport

Bus

  • There are over 100 bus lines through the city, so often a bus will take you right where you need to go
  • Buy a Guia "T" de Bolsillo - the map of the city with all the bus routes listed

Subway

  • Although it is convenient when traveling to major areas, the subway system is overcrowded and lacks air conditioning
  • The majority of pickpockets work in the subway so be careful when riding

Taxi

  • Taxis are the simplest way to get around town
  • They are inexpensive, convenient and safe, especially at night. A taxi fare will usually clock in at about 1/3 of the price of New York cabs
  • Be alert, though if the price seems inflated, because many drivers do try to scam tourists
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