Buenos Aires City Guide
OVERVIEW: The capital of Argentina and one of the largest cities in Latin America. Often considered to be the cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires offers much in the way of old architecture, museums and art. It is also the most-visited city in South America, and the second-most visited city in Latin America, behind Mexico City.
WEATHER: Humid subtropical (20-31 °C). Temperate winters.
SAFETY: Safe compared to almost all other Latin American capitals. Petty crime and theft is what you should be most concerned about. Violent crime against tourists is rare.
MUST DO: Palermo. Embrace your inner gringo and head straight for Palmero, with bookstores, bars, boutiques, Americans, Australians and Canadians.
RENT IN BUENOS AIRES: $450-$750. Don't count on finding anything less than $450.00 near the city centre.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $9.00-$14.00. There are a dizzying number of hostels and hotels in this city.
NIGHTLIFE IN BUENOS AIRES: 10/10
Like Sao Paulo and Mexico City, Buenos Aires earns a perfect ten in the nightlife department. This is a party city, by anyone's standards. Ergo, there are bars and discos all over town. When you first arrive, just stick to Palermo so as not to get overwhelmed and frustrated trying to find any "hidden gems" that are "off the tourist track." It would take at least a year of living here to be in the know in regards to any underground parties or secret hip bars that "aren't out yet." Sorry for all the quotation marks.
I recommend: Kika Club. Sometimes the obvious choice is the best choice. Kika's is by far the most well-known bar to young tourists in Buenos Aires. On any given night it will be at least 20% gringo, if not more. If this sounds like a turnoff, you're right. it is. However, it's unfortunately also the best place to get your feet wet if you're new to Buenos Aires.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.75
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN BUENOS AIRES: 6.5/10
Argentina has the reputation of being a particularly tough nut to crack when it comes to bedding the local women. Although they don't take to the sack like Colombians or Brazilians, you certainly don't need to go sexless in this city. The challenge of hooking-up with Argentine girls has to do with a few things. First of all, they don't care about foreigners. Girls here would much rather date an Argentine dude than a Canadian or Australian chap. Second, if you're white, you'll have no exotic capital, and if you're darker, you could be discriminated against because of it. Third, they're fit and they know it, and the guys are good-looking, insanely horny and won't hesitate to cockblock. Finally, casual sex just isn't as big a part of the culture as you'd probably like it to be.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN BUENOS AIRES?: 9/10.
All the rumours are true: the women are stunning. It gets tiresome trying to explain how gorgeous the girls are here; you need to come and see for yourself. Long, dark hair, beautiful eyes, perfect skin and immaculate faces. Their personalities can seem a bit cold and unwelcoming, but Argentine girls are pretty much impossible to hate for any reason.
If you want to meet women in Argentina, you will need to speak some Spanish. The Pickup Spanish Program is the only course of its kind, designed specifically to teach you Spanish for meeting Latinas in Latin America.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.50 Loaf of Bread= $1.75 Eggs= $2.50 Water (1.5L)= $1.25 Cigarettes= $2.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Plenty of English teachers here. It's actually one of the better destination in Latin America to go to teach, but expect a lot of competition and some not so high wages.
TAXI: $3.00-$5.00 if you don't get scammed. Traffic can also be very bad so you'll end up paying more than it's worth. Buses and subways are a convenient way to get around during the day.
NOTES: One of the most livable cities in Latin America. If you are looking to settle down somewhere for a couple months, or even a year, give Buenos Aires some serious consideration. It has all the comforts and attractions of a European capital, but it is much cheaper and dare I say edgier than many European cities. Don't, however, come here if sleeping with girls is your first priority. For that, you are much better off in Peru or Colombia. Buenos Aires would be a good place to come if you're an artist looking for inspiration, a telecommuter of any kind or just a romantic who's in love with cafe culture, old buildings and city dwelling.
OVERALL RATING: 9/10
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