Buenos Aires, located in Argentina, is often called the Paris of the south. Many comment on how gorgeous the city is over all, and prize its famed architecture, shopping, nightlife and dancing. Among tourists’ favorites are skydiving, soccer games, art galleries and tango. As with any city, when you have a plan to move there or you are looking for a change of pace, you should do a bit of research about where you might be living. Here are a few questions you might be wondering.
What is the cost of living like in Buenos Aires?
The cost of living is relatively high, since Argentina has one of the highest inflation rates in the world. It averages out to about 2.4 percent each month or 25 to 30 percent every year.
A gallon of milk is around $6 or more, with other general groceries being as expensive as more than $100 per person for a week. Buying in bulk won’t save you, since bulk prices are higher than smaller packages.
What should I know before I visit or move to Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires is alive twenty-four hours a day. Between the vibrant daytime activities and one-of-a-kind night life, it would be difficult to become bored in this fabulous city. Currently, Buenos Aires is one of the most visited places due to the value of its currency compared to others. This creates a massive divergence of cultures that you should be aware of during your visit. While your dollar will go a long way in Argentina, it is important to keep a watchful eye out for any locals who may be trying to get one over on tourists.
For the most part, tourists can feel safe and enjoy everything that the city has to offer. Some key attractions that every visitor should experience includes:
- Plaza De Mayo
- Street Vendors and Performers
- Outdoor Marketplaces
- Cementerio de la Recoleta
- Dance Tango at a Milonga
- Drink at Gran Bar Danzon
- Enjoy Dulce De Leche
- Visit Palermo for a Polo Match
- And much, much more..
When visiting, you may be surprised at the pricing of accommodations. What many tourists do not know is the fact that there are a wide variety of furnished apartments that can be rented during your stay. These apartments provide a much better value for your money. Keep in mind that locals usually receive a preferential rate compared to tourists. It may be in the best interest of your budget to do a little negotiating before signing on the dotted line.
What will I love about Buenos Aires?
If you love learning about and immersing yourself in other cultures, you will love this city. Many people comment on how wonderful the food is, as well as the beautiful architecture, art galleries, museums and rich history. If you love to dance, you will love to watch displays of both tango and boca. For those more nature inclined, there are all kinds of gardens, zoos and wildlife parts that allow you to see the 200 species of birds in the city.
What are some I should see or things I should do while I’m there?
The widest street in the world, Avenida 9 de Julio, or July 9th Avenue, resides in Buenos Aires. Try some of the local food and drink including wine and a tea called mate. Buenos Aires is also famous for its beef. Milongas or tango nights are a blend of social clubs and elegant 1930s ballroom dance. If you’re only visiting or you plan on taking (or sending) a few things home, don’t forget souvenirs. You can hunt for antiques at bargain prices on San Telmo, or get other souvenirs like shirts from other places in the city. For the fashion conscious, try picking up a cocktail dress.
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