Cruise ships can sail up the Rio de la Plata right into the heart of the city. The Passenger Terminal Benito Quinquela Martín opened recently is located about a ½ mile from the city center. If your ship is moored at one of the outlying docks at the port, a complimentary shuttle bus is provided to deliver you to your ship. Taxis are readily available and very reasonable. Taxis throughout the city are metered, in pesos, but US currency is accepted. However, at the port, radio taxis are available with pre-set prices to the various neighborhoods in the city. You will also find complimentary shopping shuttle buses for your convenience at the port. They will shuttle you back and forth to the different shopping areas. It's free and saves negotiating fares with "touts". You can always take a cab where the shuttle has dropped you off. Microcentro at the Avenue Florida is the commercial and pedestrianized center of town.
The streets around the port area are not safe to traverse on your own.
Buenos Aires has two airports. Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarni, Ezeiza, services most international flights, and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Aeroparque, services domestic and regional flights.
Local buses serve both Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports. Ezeiza is 35km (22mi) and 1.5 hours south of downtown, allowing for traffic conditions. Aeroparque is only 8km (5mi) north of downtown. Deluxe buses make the journey to both airports for a higher fare than local buses, but often include hotel drop-offs.
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Often referred to as the "Paris of South America," Buenos Aires displays very little of its Spanish heritage as it was largely forgotten during colonial times. The city experienced its boom in the 19th century taking its cue from Paris. Based on the original Spanish settlement, old Buenos Aires was laid out around a central plaza, bordered by a fort and armory, the city hall and cathedral. This ensemble was to become the Plaza de Armas, later to be redesignated as the Plaza de Mayo.
Tango is best experienced not in La Boca and on Calle Florida, but in the Milongas. A milonga is both a place where a Tango dance will take place, as well as a specific type of tango dance.
A walking tour of the downtown Port of Buenos Aires is a wonderful way to learn about the city's history and culture. Going from the historic and beautiful 1914 Centro Naval to the historic Galerias Pacifico shopping center, visitors move on to Harrods, the Sociedad Rural Argentina, and the Ana Diaz Historical House. Don't miss the Galeria Mitre, a spectacular and ornate example of Spanish colonial architecture built by Indian slaves in the late 1500s, that is today a department store. After a long day's walk, you'll want to check out one of the many wonderful Argentinean steak houses in the neighborhood.
City Tour hop on /off The prices for the 24 hour ticket are: Adults: is $ 490 Argentine pesos Children 4-12: is $ 260 Argentine pesos Children up to 3: Free Disabled: Free
For visitors who plan to explore on their own, the subway system is simple to follow and is the quickest way to get around and avoid downtown traffic. A fare only costs about 70 cents. Also, Line 1 (Blue) is an attraction in and of itself as it is the oldest in South America (opened in 1913) and uses beautiful trains with wooden interiors and the stations are pretty. Even if you use the HOHO bus it would be advisable to take an amble on line 1 for its own value.
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Buenos Aires is a shopper's paradise – quite simply the best shopping city in the whole of Latin America. The range and quality of goods are excellent – and are even better value for visitors since devaluation. Shopping malls have sprung up all over the city and are usually found in old buildings. They are exquisite, air-conditioned, pleasant places to walk around, even if you don't usually enjoy shopping. Two of the most exclusive malls are Galerias Pacifico, Calle Florida and Calle Córdoba, and Patio Bullrich, Avenida del Libertador 750 and Posadas 1245, which are brimming with boutiques of Argentine fashions and international labels. One of the best shopping streets for high-street fashions and leather goods is Calle Florida, a pedestrianized thoroughfare in the city center. Palermo Viejo has been likened to New York's Soho and is crammed with boutiques selling trendy fashion.
Important things to know about Argentina, like tipping, toilets,taxes etc.
The Argentina Peso is volatile
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Buenos Aires has dozens of cyber cafes and WiFi spots.
Shopping hours:Generally Mon-Fri 0900-2000, Sat 0900-1300, but many shops close for a long lunch. Opening hours are often unpredictable.
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