Useful information

CLIMATE

Buenos Aires offers friendly climate most of the year. Seasons of intense cold and heat are usually brief, while temperate days are the winners in the calendar. Average temperature goes around 18 degrees.

Summer in this part of the globe begins on December 21 and is characterized by clear days and temperatures often exceeding 30 degrees. While it is possible to experience periods of three and five hot days, the fact is that they alternate with winds and rains that return the soul to about 25 degrees of happiness. Days are long with sunsets that culminate around half past eight p.m.

On June 21 the start of winter is celebrated, but may present temperatures below 10 degrees, in general, it tends to be moderate. The coldest month is July with maximum temperatures not exceeding 15 degrees. In winter it gets dark at 6:30 p.m. approximately.

CLOTHING

During summer time. Fresh and light clothing during the day. At night it always pays to carry a light jacket because the temperature tends to drop between five and seven degrees.

On winter time. The key to getting along with Buenos Aires cold season is to dress in layers onions type: T-shirt, shirt, cardigan and jacket that are administered as indicated by the forecast day. A scarf and gloves are never over.

Midseason. During the fall and spring, shirts are indicated with raincoat and, if possible, rain boots so as not to miss a day.

GEOGRAPHY

Buenos Aires urban area is characterized by an imaginary dividing line identified by neighbors as Rivadavia Avenue. With a route that crosses the entire city, the artery defines the beginning and the end of the north and the south, two areas that have styles and architectures with marked differences. To the north, a horizon of skyscrapers announces the most developed sector of downtown with the port as luck factor and the presence of more affluent neighborhoods such as Belgrano, Recoleta and Palermo. The South, in turn, poetic and suburban, offers a view of low houses that ends at the edge of the stream with Caballito as the best Buenos Aires exponent of the middle class.

But many still speak of the hundred neighborhoods of the city because of the words of a famous tango song; the truth is that Buenos Aires is divided into 48 districts or units.

TOURIST INFORMATION

The city has detailed tourist information stations located in key places for visitors. There you can get maps, guides and brochures to move freely through the city streets.

Florida: Florida 50. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm.

Plaza San Martin: T.de Florida and Marcelo T de Alvear. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm.

Puerto Madero: Juana Manuela Gorriti (Dock 4) 200. Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm.

Recoleta: Av. Quintana 596 Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm.

Retiro: Bus terminal. Store 83. Open Monday to Sunday from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm.

HEALTH SERVICE

The public health system in the city is free, runs 24 hours and is available to any tourist who needs it. For emergencies, the ambulance emergency service (SAME) has a line of free care (107) available all day.

Buenos Aires is a safe city in health issues so you do not need special care or vaccines to visit us.

By operation of law, smoking in enclosed public places such as bars, shopping malls, cinemas, banks, hospitals, public transport and offices, among others are not allowed.

Alcohol consumption is forbidden for children under 18 and for everyone traveling on the public highway or assisting a show organized in big stadiums. In supermarkets and warehouses, regardless of age, alcoholic beverages are sold only until ten at night.

HOLIDAYS

With celebrations and anniversaries almost every month of the year, Buenos Aires offers a calendar of festivals to consider whether you want to participate in some, if it amuses you know the empty city of Buenos Aires, as well as to know when museums and other attractions will be closed.

The calendar:

  • New Years eve: January 1.
  • Monday and Tuesday of Carnival: variable dates during February.
  • Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice: March 24. It commemorates the victims killed during the military dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.
  • Good Friday: date varies from March to April.
  • Malvinas Day: April 2. The soldiers who fought in the Falklands War are reminded.
  • Labor Day: May 1.
  • May Revolution Day : May 25. The first homeland Argentine party. The event happened on May 25, 1810 and starts the process of the emergence of the State.
  • Anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgrano: June 20. Death anniversary of the creator of the flag of Argentina, who was also one of the leaders in the history of independence.
  • Independence Day: July 9. Celebration of Argentina's independence proclaimed on July 9, 1816.
  • Anniversary of the death of D.Jose de San Martin: August 17. The death of Jose de San Martin, key man to proclaim the independence not only of Argentina, but also of Chile and Peru.
  • National Sovereignty Day: November 20. Commemoration of the defense in the Vuelta de Obligado, in which the Argentine neutralized the attack of the Anglo-French army.
  • Day of the Immaculate Conception: December 8.
  • Christmas: December 25.

PESOS

The currency of Argentina is the peso that is acquired in banks or exchange houses. Due to the functioning of the economy, the dollar is today one of the protagonists of the daily life of the Argentines. With a changing value, an international currency has two names: the official dollar with a quote defined by the Central Bank of Argentina, which is achieved in authorized exchange houses and banks. And the informal dollar or blue with a price determined by the parallel and illegal market value.

The actual value of dollar can be found on the site of the Banco de la Nacion Argentina (www.bna.com.ar) and on the website of the AFIP (www.afip.gob.ar), among other sources.

Banknotes in circulation today are 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 pesos, while coins are 2 and 1 and 50, 25 and 10 cents.

Tourists can request a refund of 21% of VAT in the case of purchases of domestic goods equal or greater than 70 pesos. The AFIP site provides a detailed guide on that issue: www.afip.gob.ar/turismo.

SAFETY

In Buenos Aires we must be careful as in any big city in the world. It is always advised to watch your handbags and wallets; keep cell phones and cameras when not in use; avoid displaying large amounts of cash; leave your ID in the hotel safe; do not talk on the phone or send messages walking down the street; and try to be clear about the value of dollars and pesos to avoid deception. At night, better walk through illuminated streets and spaces.

The city has a Tourist Ombudsman where you can go in case of abuse or uncomfortable situations. You can call 4302-4816 or send an email to turista@defensoria.org.ar to get informed.

If you suffer a theft, robbery or you are victim of a crime, the Tourist Police Station serves complaints 24 hours and is staffed in English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Japanese. The place is located in Avenida Corrientes 436.

The Metropolitan Police is responsible for security in Buenos Aires along with agents of the Federal Police. The former wear black uniform with details checkered black and white and the latter identify them because they are in blue.

ENERGY

The voltage of electricity in Argentina is 220 so any device with another value should use a power transformer to avoid accidents. The plugs have three flat prongs.

COMMUNICATION

Calls between handsets do not require the city code, except in the case of cell in which precedes 15 then eight digits are dialed. If you call within the country, first press zero, then the corresponding area code and finally the local number. For international calls, zero is twofold. The prefix for calling from outside the city of Buenos Aires is 5411 from a fixed line and 54911 from a mobile.

You can acquire prepaid mobile phone cards in Kiosks or booths. The city has more than 250 points where there is free WIFI signal. To use it you only need to download an application to your phone or tablet: http://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/aplicacionesmoviles/ba-wifi.

In addition, most of the bars and restaurants offer free Internet by a password you ask the waiter.

PETS

If you want to travel with your pet (dog or cat), you must vaccinate it against rabies between 30 days and 12 months before the entry. You must submit the veterinary certificate of Argentina with a date not earlier than ten days before the trip, obtained in the public agency responsible for animal health in your country of residence.

TIPS

Gratuities (tips) are not included in the total cost of the acquired service. In general, you usually leave 10% of the value consumed in bars and restaurants. It is also often tip the taxi drivers, the film and theater ushers and taxi door openers. However, in no case it is mandatory and is always up to the customer.

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