At the airport (EZE). We suggest lining up a remise (reh-mees’) in the terminal before heading out to the sidewalk. A remise is a taxi by a different name, but you will be safer and less likely to get overcharged. There are several remise companies’ booths within the terminal, and you can compare and contrast prices. Just ask, “How much does a remise cost to San Telmo?” (¿Cuánto cuesta un remise a San Telmo?)

International Airport (EZE).

Banco De La Nación. Located at the airport outside of Customs, this is the best place at the airport to buy some pesos (see below for the current exchange rate). Do not use the booths in the baggage claim area, they are a rip-off.

Argentina Exchange Rates Information. The Peso shares the same currency symbol ($) as the US dollar, so be careful (!!) with ticketed prices. An item marked $30 is 30 pesos, not 30 US dollars. Almost all prices displayed in Argentina are in Pesos. Those in USD are indicated by U$D, $US or US$. Universal Currency Converter:

City of Buenos Aires Mass Transit Information. How to get from here to there. Bus (Colectivo), Subway (Subte/Metro) and Train (Tren) information. Use the second tab, labeled Como Llegar to enter your starting location and destination. Very handy. Unfortunately, it’s only in Spanish, but it’s not that hard to figure out.

Buenos Aires Bus Routes Information. This is a great site. Just enter the address of where you are and where you want to go and it shows you all the bus routes that come close. Check out several routes because some of the buses (collectivos) take very roundabout routes.

City of Buenos Aires Tourist Information. City news and events:

Argentina Ministry of Tourism. Travel information for all of Argentina, including a virtual tour of the country's tourist regions, shopping tips, links to city tourist sites, and general travel facts:

El Zanjón de Granados (San Telmo Tunnel Tour). Do not miss this! An entertaining, informative tour of underground San Telmo. Learn local history while taking an air-conditioned, well-lighted tour beneath a restored 175 year old mansion. Ask for the English tour with Matilda—she’s great! Cost: 40 pesos for a 1 hour tour. Address: Defensa 755 in San Telmo. Phone: 4361-3002:

Buenos Aires Tango Data. What? A government-sponsored tango information website? Of course. After all, this is Buenos Aires:

La Bicicleta Naranja (Orange Bicycle Rental). 2 blocks south of Carlos Calvo at the corner of Balcarse and Pasaje Giuffra. Rent a bike—a great way to explore Buenos Aires, you can take a guided tour or just pedal out on your own. (We recommend weekends when the traffic is lighter. Buenos Aires drivers are, shall we say, “unpredictable.” The concept of a “lane” of traffic hasn’t been widely accepted.)

Check out the website for routes and information:

Walking Tour of San Telmo. Note: Carlos Calvo Escape is located at the corner, esquina, of Carlos Calvo y Balcarse:

Walking Tour of Recoleta.

Electricity Guide. The electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC); wall outlets usually take Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs or three flat, angled prongs. This is a great information site with pictures of electrical plugs, etc (Note: the apt. has some 110v outlets in the kitchen, office and bathroom for your convenience):

Mobile Phone Information Guide. Will your mobile phone work in Argentina? Maybe...

Google Argentina. In Spanish. The Argentina division of the Google search engine. Clicking on "Páginas de Argentina" will give you the most up-to-date locally produced information:

The Buenos Aires Subway System (Subte). In Spanish. Locate hotels and other sites of interest in relation to subway stops. Includes downloadable maps and an interactive feature allowing you to figure out travel times between subway destinations:

Malba Modern Art Museum. (Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, +541148086500). Eduardo Costantini’s important collection of 20th-century art from all over Latin America, including Frida Kahlo, Tarsila do Amaral and Xul Solar:

Museo de Bellas Artes. (Avenida del Libertador 1473, +541148030802). Lots of porteño (local Buenos Aires residents) painting, including vivid, social realist collages by Antonio Berni and the tango-inspired figures of Antonio Segui. Located near Recoleta’s district of beautiful plazas, parks and monuments. Site is in Spanish:

Fortabat Art Museum. Official name: Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat.

Worth a trip. New museum in an impressive modern building at north end of Puerto Madero: Dock 4 (Dique 4). Check out the art, location, hours at the English/Spanish website listed here. Closed Mondays.

Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve. (Av. Tristán A Rodríguez 1550 near Padre M Migone in Puerto Madero). Just a few blocks east of our apartments. 864 acre wildlife park. Fun for sightseeing, hiking, bicycling and bird watching. Stroll along the boardwalk or the many walkways through the park to escape the rapid pace of city life. Don’t miss the Nereidas Fountain (See below. Photo on “Things to Do” page).

The Fuente de las Nereidas Fountain. The impressive Sea Nymphs Fountain, located on the Costanera Sur, was made by the Argentine sculptress Lola Mora (1877-1936), known as a rebel and pioneer woman sculptor. Created in 1903, it was embroiled in controversy almost from the start (too racy). It was moved several times from its original downtown home to its present location near Avenida Dr. Tristan Achaval Rodriguez. Sculpted out of Carrara marble, the main scene depicts the goddess Venus emerging from the ocean accompanied by a retinue of Nereids (sea nymphs) and Tritons (sea gods and goddesses—half human, half fish).

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Current time in Buenos Aires:

Current Temperature in Buenos Aires. The seasons are opposite those in North America & Europe. The temperate climate is often described as “Mediterranean.”

  1. When it’s Winter in North America it’s Summer in Argentina.

  2. When it’s Spring in the North, it’s Fall in the South.