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The following information was prepared by a Buenos Aires local, Maite Herrero, as an informal resource for csv,conf attendees. Thank you, Maite!
For any criminal episode: 911. If you can’t communicate in Spanish, you can ask for the “tourist police” once an officer picks up the phone.
For medical emergencies: 107. If provided, you can also call the emergency number of your travel insurance. Universal Assistance and AssistCard are the most popular in Argentina.
Gender violence: The hotline number 144 is available 24/7, 365 days a year, to provide specialized care to women who have experienced gender-based violence. Trained specialists are available to offer advice, information, and support at any time.
We suggest that you always keep your belongings close to you, use authorized taxis, and make sure that your bags or backpacks are securely closed. It’s advisable to stay on well-lit streets during nighttime and avoid wearing flashy jewelry or expensive accessories. Do not use your phone on the streets. In case of an emergency, dial 911.
Please find more safety & security tips below.
The Argentine currency is the Peso ($; with 100 centavos in each peso). Cash is available in notes ($ 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000) and coins ($ 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1, 2, 5, 10). Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted in stores, restaurants, etc. The most accepted cards are Visa, American Express and MasterCard.
Argentina is experiencing hyperinflation. Sometimes you may be offered, or you can request, a 10% discount when buying with cash instead of credit and debit cards. You might want to bring USD cash and exchange this to Argentine Pesos in the hotel or locally. Argentina has an “official exchange rate” and an unregulated one called “blue” that might offer a better rate than the official (the gap is almost 100%). Do not change your money on the streets – it is a common scam. Instead, ask your local host to change your money. Exchange houses use the official exchange rate.
ATMs, known as ‘Cajeros Automáticos’, are available in Buenos Aires and a few other major cities to withdraw cash against a credit card. (An average of Pesos Argentinos $5,000.00 per day – Please check it with your bank before traveling). It might include an extra charge for withdrawing money from foreign accounts.
Banking & Shopping Hours: Banks are regularly open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stores are open from Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. (some 9:30 or 10:00) to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Shopping malls open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There is public wifi in many parts of Buenos Aires, provided for free by the Buenos Aires City Government. The connection is unsecured so you may wish to use a VPN.
You can also use mobile data. If your mobile provider does not already allow you to roam in Argentina, some advice from travel blogs (e.g. 1, 2, 3) is to buy a prepaid SIM (or “chip”) directly from one of the Argentinian mobile providers (Claro, Personal, Movistar) either in-store (you’ll need your passport for activation!) or online in advance. You can buy a SIM card from Personal at Efeifa airport, but apparently you can only pay by card (subject to official exchange rate) so you may be able to get the same deal for half the price if you can wait to buy from a store in the city in cash.
Transfer from Ezeiza National Airport: there are many taxi and transportation services that you can hire at the airport. Most of the time, you pay a fixed price before taking the ride. It’s advisable to book your taxi in advance using Tienda Leon, which offers door-to-door service and transport to and from the airport
Subte (Underground train network): is the quickest way to get around in Buenos Aires. There are six lines (A, B, C, D, E and H) that connect the city’s main avenues. The B line takes you to Novotel, where the conference will take place. You have to hop off at Callao or Uruguay stations and walk a couple of blocks.
Bus: They run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and cover the whole city. Tell the bus driver where you are headed (give the name of the crossroad nearest to where you wish to get off) and he will select the correct fare. The “Metro Bus” is a bus rapid transit system using dedicated bus lanes to cut journey times on several of the city’s main arteries. Several Metrobus stops have free WiFi access.
You can find information about when buses or subways are arriving and how to get to any place using google maps or Moovit: Search for any destination and get turn-by-turn directions; very useful for public transportation (Bus, train and metro).
SUBE card: to take any bus or metro train, you must pay with a SUBE card, which is a rechargeable magnetic card that allows payment for the different means of public transportation in Buenos Aires; you can charge it with credit in the metro station or in most drugstores (you can only charge your card with Argentinian pesos, and the fee for each ride is approximately ARS$50). Here’s a map of all the locations where you can buy your SUBE card.
For car rides: While Uber is available in Argentina, the service isn’t actually legal, and therefore, it has no legal or security control. You can use “CABIFY” instead: download the app, it works the same way as Uber, and cash payments are recommended.
AIRBNB: it offers a wide range of prices and accommodations. You may wanna book a place near the CSV conference, which is located in the San Nicolas neighborhood.
IBIS HOTEL: This hotel, which is next door to the conference venue, provides excellent service at an affordable price. It’s located in Ave Corrientes 1344. You can find additional information by visiting their website:
Fruits and vegetables are safe to eat. Milk and butter are pasteurized. Argentine beef and wine are the two musts when visiting Argentina. Breakfast at cafes is usually served until 10 am; lunch runs from 12:30 to 3 pm (locals show up at 1-1:30); dinner from 8:30 to midnight (locals dine as from 9 pm and until late hours). Several restaurants stay open all night, catering to the after-theater and nightclub crowd. It is perfectly safe to drink tap water in Buenos Aires city, but not so in the countryside. However, it is advisable to drink mineral water (sparkling or still), as every organism is different, and tap water could cause stomach digestion problems.
Please see below for recommended places to enjoy Argentine cuisine.
We hope you enjoy the city during your visit. Here, we suggest various activities and places to enjoy during your stay.
La viruta tango club: Buenos Aires is the city of tango, wine, and folklore. At La Viruta, you can take tango classes or simply watch them while enjoying a drink. After that, there’s usually a tango show, and the night ends with everyone dancing. It’s located in Armenia 1366. You can find further information by reaching out to @lavirutatangoclub on Instagram.
Caminito: Caminito is a colorful pedestrian street in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s famous for its vibrant houses, tango music, street performers, and art galleries. Created by local artist Benito Quinquela Martín in the 1950s, Caminito is a bustling area full of shops, restaurants, and outdoor performances, making it a must-visit attraction in Buenos Aires.
Palermo SoHo: this is a trendy neighborhood with a vibrant atmosphere known for its bohemian vibe, street art, boutique shops, and lively nightlife. There, you can visit cafes, and trendy shops selling designer clothing, artisanal goods, and unique accessories. In the evenings, the area comes to life with a bustling nightlife scene, including a wide range of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, catering to all tastes and budgets.
MALBA: The Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires is a prominent art museum dedicated to showcasing Latin American art from the 20th century and beyond, with over 7,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations, from some of the most significant Latin American artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Tarsila do Amaral. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions, educational programs, and events, making it a vibrant and engaging cultural hub in Buenos Aires. Visitors to the MALBA can enjoy guided tours, audio guides, and educational workshops, as well as a bookstore, cafe, and restaurant. It’s located in Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, you can buy tickets and get more information in https://www.malba.org.ar/en/.
Colón Theater: considered one of the best opera theaters in the world, the theater’s exterior features impressive neoclassical architecture, while its interior is decorated with luxurious materials such as marble, bronze, and crystal and adorned with intricate frescoes, statues, and paintings. The theater’s schedule features a diverse range of operas, ballets, and classical music concerts, as well as guided tours of the building, which allow visitors to learn about its rich history and cultural significance.
It’s located in Cerrito 628, an easy way to get there is by taking the D line and hopping off at “Tribunales-Teatro Colon”. You can buy tickets or a guided tour on their website: https://teatrocolon.org.ar/en
Avenida de Mayo: Lined with impressive buildings such as the Palacio del Congreso, the Palacio Barolo, Cafe Tortoni, the Cabildo and the Casa Rosada, this street is considered one of the most beautiful in Buenos Aires. You can take line A and hop off at “Plaza de mayo” (the last stop), where Casa Rosada is located and also where the avenue begins.
Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur: if you want to get away from the crowded city, you can visit the biggest ecological reserve of Buenos Aires where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities such as walking, bird watching, picnicking, and cycling. The reserve is free to enter and is open every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset. The Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve has two entrances, one on Brasil Street and Costanera Avenue, and the other on Viamonte Street and Costanera Avenue.
RECOLETA: a centrally located residential neighborhood in the city of Buenos Aires, renowned for its distinctive architecture and ample cultural spaces. It is one of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists due to the abundance of attractions and its accessibility. You can visit places like the Recoleta Cemetery (Junín, 1760. Tickets available for purchase on site), which features mausoleums and vaults of great architectural value and is the final resting place of notable Argentine figures, including Eva Peron, whose tomb is one of the most visited. Located near the cemetery is the National Museum of Fine Arts, which houses over 12,000 pieces of art (Av. del Libertador 1473. Free admission). For those who enjoy shopping, just a couple of blocks from the museum is the Recoleta Urban Mall, which features numerous shops and dining options (Vicente López 2050). Overall, Recoleta is a fantastic neighborhood to visit, and all these activities can be done in a single day, with several restaurants to dine at, attractions to see, and parks to rest in. You can reach this area by taking the H subway line and getting off at the Las Heras station.
SAN NICOLÁS: One of the oldest and most renowned neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, with many tourist hotspots to visit. The most famous of all, located at the intersection of 9 de Julio and Corrientes streets, is the Obelisk, one of the city’s most important monuments. After your visit to the Obelisk, you can continue exploring Corrientes street, which is adorned with lights, theaters, bookstores, and amazing restaurants. Nearby is the Kirchner Cultural Center, a grand building dedicated to visual arts, exhibitions, and free performances. It also offers guided tours and special events (Tickets or more information available on their website). Another great place to visit is Galeries Pacífico, a luxurious shopping mall located in the heart of Buenos Aires. It’s known for its stunning French-inspired architecture, high-end shops, and cultural activities, including art exhibits and tango shows.
LA BOCA: a vibrant and colorful neighborhood located in the southeast of Buenos Aires. It is known for its picturesque streets, artistic culture, and strong football culture. The neighborhood has a rich history of Italian immigration, which is reflected in its unique architecture and cuisine. It is a popular destination for tourists seeking to experience the authentic culture of Buenos Aires. First on the list is La Bombonera, the iconic stadium of the Boca Juniors football team. Even if you’re not a football fan, the stadium’s unique architecture and colorful exterior make it worth a visit. You can take a guided tour to learn more about the history of the club and the stadium. It’s important to note that the area around the stadium can get crowded and somewhat chaotic on game days, so it’s recommended to plan accordingly. Another highlight of La Boca is Caminito, a vibrant street museum with brightly painted buildings and lively street performers. It’s a great place to stroll around and soak up the neighborhood’s bohemian atmosphere. You’ll find plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants here as well, so it’s a good spot to grab a bite to eat. For a dose of culture, check out the Usina del Arte, a contemporary art center housed in a beautifully restored former power plant. The center hosts exhibitions, concerts, and other cultural events, so be sure to check the schedule to see what’s on during your visit. La Boca is a unique and colorful neighborhood that offers a taste of Buenos Aires’ culture and history. Just remember to stay aware of your surroundings and plan ahead to make the most of your visit.
SAN TELMO: one of the oldest and most picturesque neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, known for its historic buildings and bohemian atmosphere. Plaza Dorrego is one of the main meeting points, where the famous San Telmo Fair takes place every Sunday. Visitors can also enjoy the old San Telmo Market, with its food stalls and antique shops. Other tourist attractions include the Church of San Pedro Telmo, the Casa Mínima (the smallest house in Buenos Aires), and Pasaje de la Defensa with its design shops and art galleries. Defensa Street is another highlight, where tourists can find many antique and souvenir shops. In terms of gastronomy, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants and bars in the area, from traditional grills to more modern and avant-garde options. To get to San Telmo, you can take the subway line C to San Juan station, bus lines 29, 61, 64, 86, and 130, or a taxi/Uber from the city center.
Don Julio: In Argentina, steak is a crucial element of its cuisine, so visiting a steakhouse (popularly called “parrilla”) is a must in the city of Buenos Aires. Included in the “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants” in 2016, Don Julio is a well-known parrilla that also has to offer a couple of excellent vegetarian options in the form of the vegetable parrillada, and the wine list is also excellent. It is Located in Guatemala 4699. For more information you can check their website, where you can also make a reservation: https://www.parrilladonjulio.com/ (you may want to make a reservation at the restaurant in advance, as it is very crowded).
Fogon Asado Experience: a unique culinary experience located in the Palermo neighborhood, which offers visitors the chance to learn about and participate in the “asado” experience, a cultural tradition in Argentina. FOGON’s asado experiences are led by a professional asador who will guide you through the process of preparing and cooking the asado. The FOGON Asado Experience is available for private groups, you can make your reservation here: https://fogonasado.com/es/home-2/. It’s located in Uriarte 1423. (The menu can also be tailored to dietary restrictions and preferences).
Cadore ice cream shop: named one of the top ice cream shops in the world by National Geographic, Heladeria Cadore is an emblematic ice cream shop in Buenos Aires that offers a wide variety of classic and unique flavors, such as dulce de leche (a must-try), dark chocolate, and yerba mate, as well as sorbets and sugar-free options. It’s located in Av. Corrientes 1695, find more information on their website: https://www.heladeriacadore.com.ar/home-en.html
Pizzeria Guerrin: Is one of the most famous pizzerias in Buenos Aires, located in Corrientes Avenue 1368. The pizzeria’s interior is unpretentious, with a classic Italian pizzeria feel, featuring a long marble bar, wooden tables, and vintage posters. In addition to its delicious pizzas, Pizzeria Guerrin also serves a variety of Argentine and Italian dishes, such as empanadas and pasta, as well as local beers and wines. For more information, you can check their Instagram account: @pizzeriaguerrin
Sacro: The restaurant offers a variety of plant-based dishes that are not only healthy but also delicious, with options that cater to different dietary requirements and preferences. The menu includes a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, such as raw vegan sushi, quinoa bowls, and vegan burgers, as well as fresh juices, smoothies, and cocktails. The restaurant’s interior features a chic and modern decor with wood and metal accents, which creates a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. It is located in Costa Rica 6038, you can make a reservation on their website: http://www.sacro.com.ar/
El Preferido de Palermo: is a traditional Argentine restaurant located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It has been in business for over 60 years and is well-known for its high-quality food, including its delicious_ milanesas_ (Milanesa is a traditional Argentine dish that consists of breaded and fried meat cutlets, typically made with beef or chicken). One of the standout features of El Preferido is its impressive wine selection, which includes a wide range of Argentine and international wines. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers, as well as classic Argentine cocktails like the fernet con coca.
It’s located in Jorge Luis Borges 2108, you can find more information on their Instagram page: @elpreferidodepalermo
ISABEL Bar & Resto: The restaurant offers a mix of Argentine and international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The interior of ISABEL is modern and stylish, with a sleek bar area and a dining room featuring a mix of vintage and contemporary design elements. ISABEL’s menu features a variety of dishes, including Argentine classics like empanadas and chorizo, as well as international favorites like ceviche and tuna tartare. The restaurant also has an extensive cocktail list, with a focus on classic and creative drinks made with high-quality ingredients. In addition to its food and drink offerings, ISABEL is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, with live music and DJ sets on certain nights of the week. It’s located in Uriarte, 1664. For more information, check their Instagram page: @isabelbar
La Cava Jufré: Argentina is one of the largest-producing wine countries in the world, and it is an important part of its culture and cuisine. La Cava Jufre is a wine bar which offers a wide selection of Argentines wine, as well as a variety of international wines. In addition to the drinks, La Cava Jufre also offers a selection of tapas and small snacks to accompany your visit. It’s located in Jufré, 201. You can find further information on their Instagram page: @lacavajufre.
Argentina is a diverse country with a wide range of attractions for tourists, including stunning natural landscapes, vibrant cities, rich culture and history, and world-renowned food and wine.
Some of the top destinations in Argentina include:
In general, Buenos Aires is a bustling city at all hours, but there are parts of town that will feel unsafe at certain times of the day. Avoid them or take a radio taxi/CABIFY. Some areas where you should be extremely careful are La Boca, San Telmo, Retiro, some parts of Balvanera and Constitución. Outside tourist streets, you should be careful even during the day.
Using your common sense is good advice anywhere.
Please take this advice during your visit: