I want to get to know BA, but i only have 3 days! Help!

Relax, if you are planning a trip to Buenos Aires for only 3 days, the best we can do it is knowing which are the activities the city propose according to our interests. The different schedules below will help you plan your trip and activities to enjoy it to the most.

3 days for the whole family

Buenos Aires is a city that has a lot of entertaining activities for all ages. In this guide, we will visit in 3 days the most beautiful places in the city for the families to visit.

Day 1

- 10:00 hs

The first stop in our tour will be the Buenos Aires Zoo located in Palermo. The main entrance is located in Las Heras Av. and Sarmiento Av. (Plaza Italia). The value of the entry is AR$ 75 and free for children under 12 years old.

Located in Palermo, the zoo hosts 2500 animals belonging to 350 different species. It also has a farm were it’s allowed to interact and feed the animals.

By lunch time, inside the zoo we will find fast food restaurant, where we will be able to have lunch outdoors and surrounded by animals.
-  14:00 hs.

Located at only 15 minutes by car, our next stop will be the Museum of the kids. After spending time outdoors, the museum of the kids is a space created for children inside the Abasto shopping mall.

There, children will have the chance to play, learn and enjoy of puppets shows, gardening and painting. At the same time, family can also walk through the shopping mall, buy clothes from exclusive brands and enjoy a refreshment from the restaurants located in the mall.

Museum of kids

Road by car to the Museum of kids

 

Day 2

- 10:00 hs

The second day of our tour we will visit the Participative Science Museum (Museo Participativo de ciencias prohibido no tocar). Located in Recoleta, 1930 Junin St. The value of the entry is AR$ 40.

Created with the purpose of playing while we learn, the museum has exhibitions of mechanics, nature and electricity among others, always under the premise that it’s forbidden not to touch.

- 13:00 hs

After visiting the Participative Museum, located just a few minutes by walking, we will find La Biela, a traditional café built over 150 year ago. In this café you’ll have a variety of fast food dishes with a gourmet touch.

- 15:00 hs

The next stop of our family tour through Buenos Aires is located 10 minutes away by car.

The Planetario Galileo Galilei, is located on the “3 de Febrero Park”. The purpose of this place is to encourage Astronomy investigation. To achieve that it has a screen with the highest LED technology where visitors can enjoy recreational and didactic shows.

After visiting the Planetario of Buenos Aires, the entire family can walk through the park, better known as “los bosque de Palermo“.

Bosques de Palermo

Going to los “Bosques de Palermo”

Day 3

- 10:00 hs

The third day in Buenos Aires, we will visit the neighbourhood called San Telmo, the oldest one of the city. The style of the buildings offer the chance to see how Buenos Aires was in the past. Located in San Temos, there is a park called “Plaza Dorrego”, which is surrounded by restaurant where you can have a magnificent breakfast.

While walking through San Telmo, we suggest to visit the Walk of the Comic (Paseo de la historieta). Starting in Chile St., then Balcerce St., turning right in Belgrano St. and left in Paseo Colon Av., we will find the sculptures of the most popular Argentinean comics.

Walk of the Comic

Walk of the Comic

- 14:00 hs

Located at 25 minutes away by car, we will arrive to the Natural Science Argentinean Museum (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales), located in 490 Angel Gallardo Av. The value of the entry value is AR$ 10.

The museum was built in 1937. Its purpose is to exhibit all the natural discoveries made in the country. It has fossils found in different places and the researches made from each discovery.

Natural Science Argentinean Museum

Natural Science Argentinean Museum

So now you now. 3 days, all the stuff you need to do before leaving. In future post we’ll be making tour day suggestions for specific interests. So keep coming back and we’ll have fresh information for you.

So, when will you be back in BA?

We miss you!

Squares in Argentina. Places to meet and gossip

When you walk through the towns of Argentina it is inevitable that at some point you will come across a square. Our cities are born and built around them. Nearby are schools, churches, the town hall… but there are others, especially those far from the town centres, that rely upon the personalities and stories of those who visit them.

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t have a strong childhood memory of being at one. This is because Argentineans can find green spaces at squares, as well as various games for kids to enjoy. Hammocks, slides, seesaws, carrousels, all brightly painted and their sounds inviting kids to come and play.

Families gather at them on Sundays and during the summer holidays. Women with their deckchairs and mate, the little ones with their footballs and, if there´s enough space, a kite. There, friendships are made that last forever. But these places don´t only belong to childhood. During your teens they are usually the scene for flirting and your first kiss, and where you go if you want to share secrets with your friends. In this sense it becomes a space somewhere between public and private, because as time passes it continues being both, but at the same time at one with all its memories.

Squares in Argentina

The green spaces and the blue sky are a beautiful sight of Buenos Aires

And just as the seasons pass by in front of the squares, so does life. You go from a child having fun playing games, to a teenager being up to no good, to adulthood and bringing other kids to experience the magic you felt when you were young. (Most likely that when no one´s looking we´ll give into temptation and climb back into the hammock to feel like we´re flying again).

These places reflect the spirit of the community that surrounds them. Sometimes they are taken care of by their neighbours, who plant flowers and paint games or the walls with creative and colourful images. They are the home of various celebrations such as carnivals, championship victory parades, town anniversaries, cultural events and national holidays, amongst others.

By not being designed for tourists, but rather for the good of the community, it is where ´local colour’ is most genuine and evident.

Some of them include:

  • Parque Las Heras (Palermo), surrounded by the streets of General Las Heras, Coronel Díaz, Jerónimo Salguero and Juncal.
  • Plaza Jardín de los maestros (Recoleta) found between Marcelo T. de Alvear, Pizzurno and Paraguay.
  • Plaza Francisco Canaro, situated in Cochabamba between Combate de los pozos and Sarandí. It is home to murales of the celebrated Patoruzú and is open from 8am until 9am in the summer.
  • Plaza Conesa (Quilmes), surrounded by the streets of Conesa, Moreno, Lavalle and Colón.
  • Plaza Ameghino in Parque Rivadavia, surrounded by Av. Rivadavia, Doblas, Beauchef and Rosario.

These probably don´t appear in tourist guides like the famous Plaza de Mayo or Plaza Congreso, with their towering monuments and statues of important figures of the country´s past. However they are spaces that show off the part of Latin American culture that perhaps goes unnoticed by those who visit them regularly. What unforgettable memories will they leave you with?

A Guide to Buenos Aires: Student visas

Argentina’s educational system is considered the best in South America.  Not surprisingly, students and young professionals from all over the world choose to enroll in Argentina’s many universities.  The combination of quality education and the rich culture offers an unparalleled  opportunity for students desiring a unique experience both in their studies and daily life.

Each year Argentina receives tens of thousands of foreign students into their universities and study programs.  Given this large influx of foreign students, the official procedure and documentation necessary to study abroad rarely presents major problems or difficulties.  However, a common question of potential or future study abroad students is whether they will need a student visa to live and study in Argentina.  The answer to this question depends on a few factors: the student’s country of origin, the planned duration of their stay, and sometimes, the particular type of program the student enrolls in.  The last two factors are often interrelated.

The first thing to find out is whether citizens of a student’s country of origin are required to have a visa to enter Argentina.  Note for most countries a visa is not required prior to entry into Argentina, rather a 90 day tourist visa is issued at customs upon arrival.  Furthermore, for students coming from these countries a student visa may not be necessary if their course of study will last less than 90 days.  If duration or program requirements dictate that a the student obtain a student visa, the student will need to visit the Dirección National de Migraciones.  At the DNM they will need to present the inscription certificate of the participating university, passport, and a certificate attesting that the student does not have a criminal record over the past 3 years for students from MERCOSUR countries (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Venezuela).  Students from outside MERCOSUR countries must provide these same documents as well as proof of the absence of a criminal record for the past 5 years and a legalized birth certificate.

For students wishing to study in Argentina from countries that are required to have a visa to enter the country, the process is slightly more complex.  First, the Argentine institution at which these students wish to study must request a form from the DNM that will authorize these students to come into the country.  Once this has been obtained, the student will then need to visit the Argentine consulate in their country and present proof of their identity, absence of a criminal record over the past 5 years, a legalized birth certificate, as well as additional evidence of their ability to support themselves in Argentina.

In general, this process proceeds smoothly and many university programs will provide detailed instructions to students if a student visa is necessary for their course of study.  For more information we suggest you check out the DNM’s website or the Argentine consulate in your country.  Additional information about Argentina and studying her can be found here.

 

 

 

A Guide to Buenos Aires: How to get around

Buenos Aires offers a wealth of memorable experiences for visitors.  However, with so much to see and do, it can be a challenge to figure out just how to spend your time here.  Of course there is no one “best” way to experience Buenos Aires, and different people will enjoy different aspects of this immense city.  With this in mind, we’d like to present a series of guides offering practical information that will help ensure your stay in Buenos Aires goes smoothly, no matter your reason for visiting.  Combined with the great sites we’ve highlighted in this blog, we hope this information we’ll help you get the most out of your stay.  So enjoy!  And for any accomadations needs you may have, please check out our main website.

Buenos Aires is huge.  Stretching from the banks of the Rio de la Plata to Pampas of Argentina’s interior, the federal capital officially takes up 78.5 square miles but includes a metropolitan area of near 4800 square miles.  To explore this entire territory would be an arduous task and an unnecessary one.  The most famous barrios found nearest the Rio de la Plata, from La Boca in the south to Belgrano in the north, contain all of the most popular tourist destinations.  However, even when you limit Buenos Aires to these barrios, you still need to know how to get around.  Therefore, we offer this guide for transportation around the city.

Walking

While not the most glamourous or speediest form of travel, walking is often the most enjoyable way to discover the city.  Buenos Aires is a wonderful walking city and most of its streets are on a grid system, making navigation simple.  Walking is also the best way to get a true feel for the city and a great way to stumble upon stores and restaurants you may not have noticed otherwise.  Furthermore, you get an up close view of Buenos Aires’s mix of architectural styles that adorn many of the buildings lining the larger avenues.  Due to Buenos Aires size, however, walking may not always be convenient; luckily, numerous other transportation options exist if your destination is outside of walking range.

Subte

Buenos Aires boasts South America’s oldest subway system, and today it remains one of the quickest and simplest ways to move through the city.  Thousands of porteños depend on the subte to bring them to and from work everyday.  Trains are generally punctual and run from 5Am to 10PM Monday through Saturday and 8AM to 10PM Sundays.  Currently a oneway ticket costs $2.50 Ar., which can be purchased at a boleteria next to the subway’s turnstiles.  Not surprisingly, trains tend to fill up during rush hours in the morning and evening.  If you desire to avoid cramped travel it may be best to avoid taking the subte during these hours.

The subte has 6 lines: A, B, C, D, E , and H.  Lines A, E, B, and D start in Downtown, next to Plaza de Mayo, and spread apart as they move west into the metropolitan area.  Lines C and H run perpendicular (north-south) and allow passengers to connect to the other lines without traveling all the way to Downtown.

Colectivos

Step foot on any street in Buenos Aires and you will notice dozens of numbered buses carrying passengers all over the city.  Since buses cover the entire city they are the most popular form of transportation for porteños and are incredibly inexpensive.  However, colectivos require some knowledge of the city’s layout and at least a general understanding of a few bus routes.  Travelers may experience some initial difficulty if they are unsure of where they are going or the particular bus route to use.  If you plan on using Buenos Aires’s bus system it’s worth picking up a “Guia T”.  This pocket-sized booklet contains maps of the city broken down into grids and lists of the corresponding bus routes between each numbered grid.  At certain bus stops you can find a list of the route’s stops.  They are often written underneath the sign that displays the bus’s number.

Perhaps the most inconvient aspect of colectivos is that, unless you have a sube card, each bus requires that you pay for your fair in coins.  Once you enter a bus, you indicate your destination to the driver (or the corresponding price to this destination) and then insert coins into a machine behind the driver.  While the fair is extremely cheap (the average fair at this moment is around $1.25 Ar.) it may take a traveler a few purchases in Argentina before they have enough change to use for the bus.  However, once you have change and a general knowledge of the layout of the city, colectivos are a great way to travel.  Not only are they efficient and reliable but you get superb views of the city’s many barrios as you travel to your destination.

Taxis

Taxis are almost as ubiquitous as colectivos on the streets of Buenos Aires.  Today all cabs are black and yellow and are required to have a meter.  They are simple to wave down and you can also order one from your phone.  While fares are relatively inexpensive, compared to the low rates of the subte and colectivos they are the most expensive form of travel in Buenos Aires.  However, with taxis you never have to contend with the tight squeezes of rush hour that can occur in both colectivos and the subte.  When hailing a taxi, look for an illuminated “LIBRE” sign located on the front windshield that indicates the cab is empty and available for pick up.

Some more help

If you are unsure how to arrive at any destination in Buenos Aires a great resource to use is the city’s website mapa.buenosaires.gov.ar.  By clicking on the “Como Llegar” tab, you are able to enter your current location and the address or location you want to travel to.  The map will then provide a number of travel options including subte lines (if any subte stops are near) and bus numbers, listing them in order of fastest to slowest with an estimated time of how long each will take.