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.
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
- 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!.
- 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.
- Floralis Genérica: It is a metallic sculpture of 20 meters high located in Recoleta (Buenos Aires), was donated to the city by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano.
La Floralis Genérica es una escultura metálica de 20 metros de altura ubicada en #Recoleta (Buenos Aires), fue obsequiada a la ciudad por el arquitecto argentino Eduardo Catalano. Según Catalano, Floralis significa que pertenece a la flora y Genérica deriva del concepto “género” e indica que representa a todas las flores del mundo.
- Jardín Botánico: Beautiful garden located in Palermo. There you can find different species of flowers, most of them local.
- La Boca: Caminito: many songs writen about this lovely place!
- Mafalda: statue located at “Paseo de la Historieta” (San Telmo)
- Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo: Closed on Mondays!.
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Closed on Mondays too!.
- Museo del Cine: Ticket: $5. Wednesdays and Fridays free
- Planetario: This place was opened to public recently after an update, you can check out the website about their current activities.
El #Planetario Galileo Galilei de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires inició su construcción en 1962 y finalizó en 1966. Su apertura definitiva al público ocurrió el 5 de abril de 1968. Está ubicado en la Av. Sarmiento y entre su patrimonio destacan pequeñas rocas lunares traídas por la tripulación de #Apolo 11 y los restos del meteorito que cayó en Campo del Cielo, #Chaco, hace unos 4.000 años. También cuenta con el Copernicano, un instrumento alemán que data de 1901. #Argentina #BuenosAires
- Plaza de Mayo: This is located in front of Casa Rosada, is mostly know because is a place where Argentineans get together to protest (Be careful!)
- San Telmo Market: Just during Sundays.
- Tecnopolis: check out the website for events and schedules.
- Puerto Madero: There you can see: Puente de la Mujer or Buque museo fragata Sarmiento
- 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.
- Malba: Lovely place located in Recoleta.
- 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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