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Enjoying Buenos Aires as a Local: Places

Enjoying Buenos Aires as a Local: Places

In the first piece of this serie about enjoying Argentina as a local, I showed you some tips about people and local history, this time, is about places and how to get there.

 Discovering places

You can visit for free:

      • Barrio Chino: Chinatown, located in Belgrano. When you get there ask for a “melona”. You’re welcome! 😉
      • Biblioteca Nacional: National Library Mariano Moreno. Huge place! Used to be the Presidential Home in the past. Now it’s a lovely place to find books and read.
      • Bosques de Palermo: Located at Palermo, of course, a nice place where you can go to walk or bike and have a nice time

    Sunny days are about to end

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      • Casa Rosada (The Pink House). President doesn’t live here, in fact, he lives in Olivos, Provincia de Buenos Aires, very close the Capital City. Check out the website you can sign up for a free visit!.

    Winter day

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    • CCK: Most of the events here are free. Check out the website to get the schedules and events.
    • Centro Cultural Recoleta: It used to be a church, now it’s a great place to discover new bands and enjoy the local cultural movement.
    • Ateneo (the biggest bookshop in Latin America), there are a lot Ateneo around the city, on of the most beautiful is located at Santa fe Street
    • El Cementerio de La Recoleta: Yes is really weird a Cementery as a tourist place, however, here you can get a piece of the history of the city; is also located in a very fancy district, so it’s worth to visit.
    • El Obelisco: I’m pretty sure this doesn’t neet and explanation, is the high obelisk you have seen in postal cards.

El Obelisco de Buenos Aires cumple hoy 81 años de inaugurado ? #Argentina

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Sunset is nicer from Puerto Madero

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  • Reserva Ecológica: Green space of 350 hectares. Special for biking!

Not so free:

    • Centro Cultural Islamico Rey Fahd: Great place to know better about the islamic culture in this city.
    • Jardín Japonés: (Japanese Garden) They *sometimes* have free activities, however, the regular ticket is not so expensive. It’s a good place to visit at least once.

I’m turning Japanese, I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so??

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    • Malba: Lovely place located in Recoleta.


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  • Teatro Colón: One of the theather in Latin America. It’s a must when you come to this city!

How to get to places

  • App: Cómo Llego Designed  by the local government, you can download it for free in your phone or tablet, it shows you more choices to get to places than Google Maps
  • Buenos Aires Bus: Bus for tourists, there are different routes and places.
  • Google Maps: the best app for travelers!
  • Streets numbers: Here streets have name and numbers, so, if it’s an even number, the place you’re looking for will be in the right side of the street, if it’s an odd number, it will be on the left side.
  • Colectivo: Here in Argentina, buses are called “colectivo”.
  • Trains: Trains in Argentina were inaugurated in 1857. There are eight lines that can take you into the Capital city and even to Provincia, you just need to check out the line. It’s important to know that Subte, Colectivo and Tren can be paid with Sube, a prepaid card for public transportation. You can find it in almost every kiosko in the city.
  • Subte: This is the common name for subway system in Buenos Aires. There are six subte You’ll need Sube to get to them, also, after 21 times using it per month, you’ll pay less; the more you travel, the less you pay.
  • Ecobici for tourists: Buenos Aires has a free bike system, for locals and tourists, as a tourist you can check out the information here. Instructions are also available in English.
  • Taxi: You can identify taxis here are because they’re black and yellow.
  • Uber: Uber system has some major issues here; it’s not totally legal because according to local rules every public transportation system need to pay some taxes and insurances that, of course, they don’t pay. However, you can still use it.
  • Easy-taxi: Similar to Uber, but legal. It’s an app were legal taxi drivers and companies register. You can track your ride and get the driver’s information.
  • Buenos Aires Taxi: This app was released this year by the local government, very similar to Easy Taxi. Completely legal. You can check out the information here.

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Enjoying Buenos Aires as a Local: People and History
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