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Too big, too expensive, and too polluted. While there are many interesting activities here, cut your time in Buenos Aires short to visit more relaxed cities such as Mendoza, Cordoba, and Salta. One advantage here is that more girls speak English.
There are many neighborhoods to stay at, from the rich (Palermo, Recoleta) to the working class (San Telmo). If you want to stay where the action is and get the bit city life experience, head straight to the microcenter. The nightlife is Palermo is overhyped, and even if you are staying there you still need to take a taxi to the clubs. San Telmo is nice if you want to sleep.
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In Palermo, go to Piccolo near JL Borges and Uriate for excellent pastries and empanada lunches. Look for the huge sign. When you want to spy on girls doing aerobics, go to Always Gym on Paraguay between JL Borges and Gurruchaga. For butter soft steak, visit Don Julio on Guatemala and Gurruchaga.
San Telmo has rather ho-hum food options. For cheap tango shows, inquire at Centro Cultural Torquato Tasso (Defensa 1575). Some nights have free shows. Also recommended is a trip to La Boca’s touristy area by the river. Watch tango shows for the drop of spare change in the hat.
Plaza Serrano in Palermo has a dozen bars, but they are of the sit-down variety. Mint on Friday is good if you like cocaine. Otherwise take the 30-minute cab ride to Sunset for their foam party. On Saturday, Crobar is the obvious, somewhat reliable choice next to the transsexual park. Niceto is a sausage fest with good house music on Thursday. If you like to spend lots of money, go to the clubs in Puerto Madero, specifically Asia de Cuba. Compared to Cordoba or Salta, the nightlife here was massively overhyped. You pay four times more for less. The girls speak more English but there are just as messed up in the head as the other cities.
Tango Backpackers (Paraguay 4601 in Palermo)
$12/night for dorm. Party hostel with enough people to find to go out with. Can be annoying with all the young guys trying to get on the girls. Has breakfast, barely adequate kitchen, and wireless internet.
Extremo del Sur (Dr. Enrique Finochietto 473 in San Telmo)
$10/night for dorm. Modern and small hostel (20 beds) that is a great place for catching up on sleep. It felt like I was staying at a guesthouse. Has breakfast, kitchen, wireless internet. The owners go out of their way to make your stay a good one.
Buenos Aires On The Blog
In a Buenos Aires restaurant I dissed an old homeless lady and ran into her a week later.
I ignored her, brushed her aside like she was nobody. You have people coming at you with some pitch so many times a day that it’s hard not to develop a shield to it. Continue Reading
In another post I complained about how Argentine girls don’t give eye contact compared to girls from other culture.
I was sitting in a cafe when I locked eye contact with a girl for two seconds. The first thought to my head was, “Not from Argentina.” I walked by her table of friends and they were speaking Hebrew. Continue Reading
Other Cities In Argentina
If you're only going to visit only Argentina then I recommend you get this guide, which is far more detailed than the continental guide below, with options that cater to a range of budgets instead of only the shoestring backpacking crowd. Also it gives more respectable treatment to small cities and towns that the larger guide breezes over with a paragraph or two.
South America On A Shoestring Guidebook
This is the guidebook that I used in my six month trip in South America. The maps are excellent, the information is complete and thorough, and the reviews are accurate, which is why it's often called "the bible" by many travelers. The only problem is that everyone else has this book so if you are the type of person that wants to hit the isolated small towns you will be disappointed. My advice is to use this book for its maps and information on getting from city to city, but talk to the locals and other travelers for those isolated gems that Lonely Planet for some reason didn't find worthy to include.
Spanish For Beginners
My copy of this book is so beat up and weathered it's disintegrating before my eyes. I took it with me to South America because I loved how it was organized in a logical way that kept me motivated to keep studying. Lessons start short and easy and increase in complexity as you tackle frustrating readings that help take you to the next level. The only downside of this book is that it was originally published in 1957 so some of the vocabulary is very dated. Still, you'll be hard-pressed to find a modern equivalent of this book whose teachings approach the same quality. Last time I checked you can grab a used copy from Amazon for less than a dollar.
I’m doing a Rio/Buenos Aires/Mendoza/Cordoba trip in 2 weeks and I was hoping you could go a little more in depth about the nightlife in cordoba (which club is good on which night, etc.) Also, what are the spots to hit up for someone traveling solo? I speak fluent Spanish but I definitely look like a gringo so not getting robbed would be great. And how should I shoot back when girls ask me why I’m alone?7 years, 4 months ago
hey! i’m from argentina, so i coudn’t get my eyes off what u have been telling! i’m sourprise that u didn’t came to quilmes, for u to know, it is the city of the beer, the clubs, and also the garch-and-go (one night stand) if u decided to return, please, come here, it’s about 20 minutes from san telmo, but is completely diferent, u can’t go sightseen, but u can be drunk in 30 minutes! think about it.
lot of kisses!7 years, 4 months ago
MAN I AM ARGENTINE AND YES, YOU NEED A BOOK TO UNDERSTAND ARGIE GIRLS. THEY ARE PROBABLY THE COLDEST IN THE WORLD. THANKS GOD I DON’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE, I’VE BEEN TO TENS OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND THE MORE I KNOW THE WORLD THE MORE I AM CONVINCED ARGIES ARE NOT WORTH MY TIME AND MY PATIENCE SO MY QUESTION IS: WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LIKE SO MUCH ABOUT THEM? IF YOU LIKE SOUTH AMERICANS, BRAZILIANS, VENEZUELANS OR ANY CENTRAL AMERICAN GIRLS ARE HOTTER, FRIENDLIER AND DEFINITELY EASIER TO HOOK UP WITH
Just found this website while looking for places to go out…awesome. was in sunset last sat and ended up shagging this hot local girl in the back! Foam party tomorrow night…BRING IT ON!! 😀6 years, 5 months ago
I am a real restaurant addict and I made a site about the restaurants I have visited in Buenos-Aires during my travels. So if you want to read some reviews about some buenos-aires-restaurants then visit my blog. I hope you will enjoy your stay and hope to here from you soon!1 year, 2 months ago
Tiffany – Hey, those pictures are unellibvabee! it reflects what Buenos Aires really is. I went to Buenos Aires last year and let me tell you that the Ecological Reserve and the Botanical Garden are one of the most beautiful places. After doing some research to I found one in Palermo which was near the zoo and also the downtown.I had a great time!Tiffany