Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city, is one of the 20 biggest cities in the world, and a popular tourist destination thanks to its lively European-influenced South American culture.
Founded as a portside city in 1580, European migrants effected great change on the shape of the city’s architecture – today, people refer to the city as ‘the Paris of South America’. The Teatro Colon, an opera theatre that opened in 1908, is regarded as one of the greatest concert venues in the world. Luciano Pavarotti himself once claimed that the acoustics are so perfect, a singer ought to be scared to perform there.
The Port of Buenos Aires is located in the Rio De La Plata, with Uruguay on the opposite side of the estuary. It is a mere 5 kilometres from the centre of town, and many hotels are within a short distance.
About 5 kilometres north of Buenos Aires CBD, the piers at the port face east towards Uruguay and are nestled just above Retiro, a popular area of town due to its 5 star hotels and central location for public transportation.
The port facilities are minimal, as it operates for the most part as a cargo and container shipping port. However, a short, flat walk south will lead to the Puerto Madero waterfront, where there are a number of restaurants, hotels, ATM facilities and also a cinema complex.
Alternatively, the walk to the city is even shorter and allows you to get a feel for the surrounds right away.
How to Get Around
Taxis operate from the terminals at the Port of Buenos Aires, often offering pre-arranged fares to certain hotels and inner-city locales.
Generally, however, taxis in Buenos Aires are metered services. They occasionally accept United States dollars in place of the local peso. Shuttle buses are provided by local shopping areas to take passengers to and from the port; these are complimentary and a good way to get into town quickly. The Buenos Aires City Bus operates a 24-stop loop route, with a complete circuit taking around 3 hours. Tickets are available to book in advance online.
- Currency - the currency in Buenos Aires is the Argentine Peso ($), subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 centavo and $1 and $2 denominations. Notes come in $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Buenos Aires is on Argentina Time (ART), which is 3 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - the city of Buenos Aires experiences a humid, subtropical climate that is subject to unexpected deviations from the norm. The average daily temperatures range from 11° Celsius in July to 25° Celsius in January.
- El Ateneo - a former theatre that has been converted into a grand yet quirky bookshop, El Ateneo is a great example of the European architecture of the city. It also houses a huge number of books, and there is a café on the back of the former theatre stage.
- Teatro Colon - Buenos Aires’ premier Opera Theatre, Teatro Colon is preceded by its reputation as one of the world’s best concert venues. After a 4-year closure for renovations, the excellent acoustics and regular performances of opera standards ensure a very special night out.
- Milonga - Milongas are tango nights. They take place at several venues around the city and showcase the art of dancing for which South America is so well known.
- Casa Rosada - the pink hue of the Casa Rosada, mansion of the Argentine President, is instantly recognisable. An official National Historic Monument, come here to see first-hand the spot where Juan Peron addressed hundreds of thousands demanding his release, as immortalised in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s dramatisation ‘Evita’.
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