Summer has arrived to Buenos Aires!


Summer in Buenos Aires

There´s one season of the year in which there is a special air about Buenos Aires, and that season is summer. The hustle and bustle usually found in the city transforms during these warmer months, slowing down and leaving the city with a more relaxed feel about it.

You can already notice it in the streets, where, while still fairly crowded, the numbers of passer-bys have started to drop. Many of the city´s residents flock to nearby coastal towns to take a break from work and enjoy the beautiful beaches, while many others opt to stay and take advantage of what the country´s capital has to offer, despite the soaring heat that will be felt between December and March.

The woodlands in Palermo (found in Av. Libertador and Av. Sarmiento) are the most popular destinations at this time of year. During this peak season, the woods are filled with young people having picnics, people in their deck chairs sharing mate with their friends or basking in the sun, teenagers exercising on skates or bikes, and couples of all ages taking a walk amongst the shadows cast by the variety of trees that make up this beautiful landscape.

Typical Argentinean beverage mate is a tea usually served hot, but still continues to be a popular drink despite the warm weather. It is possible to find a cold version called tereré, also a mixture of fruit juices that, when combined with the mate herb, gives it a very distinctive taste and refreshing quality.

To accompany these beverages, Argentineans prefer sweet, flour-based snacks such as pastries, churros (fried dough rolls usually filled with a sweet custard or cream and sprinkled with sugar) or cubanitos (hard dough rolls filled with custard cream). Those that prefer a more salty taste opt for biscochos de grasa (cupcakes made typically from the fat of cows).

The country´s population is made up of a high percentage of descendants of Italian immigrants that arrived between 1880 and 1910. This is important when you picture summer in these parts and their inherited love for ice cream.  Many companies that produce it come from these origins and have adapted to local tastes by offering a variety of flavours and portions a lot larger than those normally served on the ‘old continent’.

At night you can enjoy a picada with a cold beer (as is the custom) in one of the many and diverse eateries to be found. They are usually presented on a wooden board, served with a variety of cheeses (Pategrás and Gouda being the most popular) and accompanied by an array of sausages such as salmines and chorizos secos. The plate is finished off with green or black olives, salted or shelled peanuts and slices of bread. This option doesn´t replace dinner, but rather comes before it. Taken from its name, picar (to nibble) or picotear (to peck at), it means to nibble on something small in the same way a bird would, reducing your appetite while you wait for the main meal which will fully satisfy your hunger.

To walk through the city during its most peaceful season really is a joy to behold. Without being distracted by hordes of people filling the streets, you can fully appreciate it´s impressive European-style architecture, allowing you to relax, contemplate and catch a glimpse into the slower paced lifestyle of its inhabitants, if only for a few minutes. You can always start to look for somewhere a bit busier if you want (remember than Buenos Aires doesn´t stop just because a lot of people have left to enjoy their holidays), while those who find themselves in quieter surroundings can adapt to see whatever they want on any given day.  Undoubtedly a great opportunity to get to know another side of this metropolis.


Argentina through neighboring eyes


Argentina

Argentina is hugely popular amongst visitors from its neighboring countries. Here we will discuss just some of the things that are a proving a big attraction for such visitors.

When we think about what might be the main attraction, one of the first words that springs to mind is football. Argentineans are extremely passionate about football, to that point that you´ll find people playing it day and night in all cities and towns across the country. There are lots of clubs, as well as professional fields and ´Five-a-side´ (a version with fewer players and a shorter playing time).

Going to a football match is a spectacle in itself, while the football schools found in the capital are renowned for their high class coaching and producing players of international quality.

The Tango is another big draw for visitors. This unique and seductive music almost shrouds the dance floor in a cloak mystery, tempting even those who have no experience to give it a try.

Several variations of this musical genre can be heard today, from your typical orchestras to little groups playing classic guitar, right through to the increasingly popular ´electronic Tango´.

Continuing on with the arts, the film industry in Argentina has seen a huge surge in recent years, both in the number and quality of films produced. For example, ´El secreto de sus ojos´ won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010. Since then Buenos Aires and other urban areas have been and continue to be host to several film festivals, seminars and conferences, all with big names in attendance.

The city of Buenos Aires is also home to a number of important museums. Whether it be history or art, collections of high cultural importance are exhibited throughout the whole year, attracting many visitors.

As for the food, the meat produced in Argentina is top quality as the bovine cattle are fattened through grazing. We only have to travel through the country to see the vast amounts of land dedicated to this, as well as the amount of animals bred especially for this purpose. Hereford and Holando-Argentina are the most common breeds of cattle. They can be found at just about any restaurant, and at a low price due to them being readily available and produced. The most typical way it is prepared is ´Asado´ (roasted), in which the meat is cooked over a wood fire for several hours, and accompanied by red wine. This is followed by Argentina´s most traditional dessert ´pastelito´, a fried pastry filled with quince paste.

From a geographical point of view, the country has an extensive land area, made up of many different landscapes. From the Cataratas del Iguazú in the north, to the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south, passing through the Ruinas de San Ignacio and the beaches of Buenos Aires province, as well as many more in between. There are so many different views to be seen all on the same trip.

A final point of interest in the eyes of its neighbors is that Argentina, since the 2001 crisis, has managed to achieve and maintain a certain level of economic stability and job security for its workers. This ability to bounce back from adversity is also a common characteristic found in the Argentinean personality, something that is an attractive quality in the eyes of foreigners. A popular phrase often heard is: “lo atamos con alambre” (literally “we tie it with wire”), which refers to the action of seeking solutions to problems, even if they are nothing more than the most sensible and basic starting points.

Due to the above reasons, as well as others, many people choose Argentina as their place to live, integrating themselves into the current society. This only adds further to a culture distinguished by the mixing of several other social backgrounds, and which date back to colonial times.

For its landscape, sports, cultural expressions, cuisine, and its people, Argentina is very much worth the visit.

 


December 2013 Buenos Aires Events Calendar


Here we have the December 2013 Buenos Aires events calendar.

Remember that Baires Apartments can offer you a variety of apartments in buenos aires, fully furnished and equipped for your stay during the congress/event. Contact us!

December 2013 Buenos Aires Event Calendar

December 2013 Buenos Aires Event Calendar. Click on the picture to enlarge

 

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Here you have a series of links to the event’s websites so you can get more information:

- XII Congreso de la sociedad Latinoamericana y del Caribe del Trasplante:

http://bit.ly/1dQwCWz

- 50º Congreso Argentino de Ortopedia y Traumatología: http://bit.ly/1g7m59H

- Joan Miró: El Jardín de las Maravillas: http://bit.ly/1gF1dUE

- Contemporáneo 30: Elba Bairon en el Malba: http://bit.ly/1iA7VQt

- Muestra Ron Mueck en el Proca: http://bit.ly/19hyP5T

- Fuerza Bruta: http://bit.ly/1bhbhSI

- IV Jornada del Consejo de Insuficiencia Cardiaca e Hipertensión Pulmona:

http://bit.ly/IEDbNt

- Feria Internacional de Artesanías en Buenos Aires:  http://bit.ly/18mlgls

- VIII Festival Beckett Buenos Aires: http://bit.ly/1eQ9q7t

- Handel Feria de Diseño: http://bit.ly/1cbxIFG

- XIV Reunión de Jóvenes Endoscopistas – ENDIBA: http://bit.ly/IsHdJi

- Recital The magic numbers: http://bit.ly/1cYqZRh

- Recital Andrés Calamaro: http://bit.ly/IOkOGH

- Gallery nights: http://bit.ly/IOkVCd

- Recital Manu Chao: http://bit.ly/19hziVQ

- Expo Todo Mujer Navideña: http://bit.ly/1jmxq5q

- Colección Navidad (Feria de Diseño): http://bit.ly/1g7nkFW

- Recital Stevie Wonder:  http://bit.ly/1jmy6YM

 
So now you know, don’t forget to let us know if you need accommodation in Buenos Aires during your event.


Dinner time! Top 10 restaurants review


Among the things we have to do when we visit a foreign country is to try some typical food, those tastes which make this place out-standing. Today we will present you a top 10 with the most famous restaurants and the chosen ones when we want to enjoy the culinary specialties that Buenos Aires has to offer.

# 1 Parolaccia Puerto Madero

Parolaccia Puerto Madero
Parolaccia Puerto Madero

Located in the exclusive Puerto Madero. A. M. de Justo 276. La Parolaccia, specialized in Italian food, offers a wide variety of gourmet dishes prepared with fresh pasta and sea food. Besides an excellent customer service, this restaurant offers an spectacular view of the river.

Website: www.laparolaccia.com

# 2 Las Cabras

Las Cabras
Las Cabras

Located in Palermo we will find one of the best options to try Argentinean meat. Located in Fitz Roy 1975, Las Cabras offers a wide variety of dishes prepared with fresh vegetables to go with the best grilled meat.

With a simple decoration and a great quality of attention, this restaurant is ideal to try typical Argentinean dishes in a good price.

 

 # 3 La cabrera

La Cabrera
La Cabrera

Located in Palermo Soho, Cabrera 5099. La Cabrera honors the national pride with the most exquisites cuts of Argentinean meat with classic and innovated side dishes. This restaurant is outlined for the abundance of the dishes and the excellence in the attention that is offered to its customers.

Website: www.parrillalacabrera.com.ar

 

# 4 Tegui

Tegui Restaurant
Tegui Restaurant

The most important characteristic of Tegui is that it’s an indoor restaurant, which from the outside does not allow to imagine the immensity and beautiful decoration of the place. The menu offers the chance to try different dishes, all of them of excellent quality and prepared with a lot of creativity. Located in Costa Rica 5852, Tegui is an ideal restaurant for couples who wish to spend and unforgettable gourmet experience.

Website: www.tegui.com.ar

 

# 5 Chila

Chila Restaurant
Chila Restaurant

Located in Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160, Chila offers to its customers a gourmet experience inspired by the best Argentinean products of the season. To preserve the excellence of the dishes, this restaurant has a changing and dynamic menu. It also has a wide variety of wines to its customers to have the chance to try the best national and international creations. Beside the high level of attention and decoration, this restaurant is located in Puerto Madero, one of the most beautiful and exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

Website: www.chilaweb.com.ar

 

# 6 Sucre

Restaurant Sucre
Restaurant Sucre

Located in Belgrano, Sucre offers the best contemporary and international food created by the reinterpretation of different cuisines like the Peruvian, the Spanish, the Japanese and the Italian among others. It also has a wine cellar with a wide variety of national and international wines. What’s more it has a bar to enjoy a selection of drinks and appetizers. This luxury restaurant is located in Sucre 676.

Website: www.sucrerestaurant.com.ar

 

# 7 Pura Tierra

Pura Tierra Restaurant
Pura Tierra Restaurant

Located in Belgrano neighborhood, 3 de Febrero 1167. Pura Tierra utilizes the best Argentinean products to prepared their dishes. This restaurant has a season menu and a tasting menu, which proposes an 8 steps tour through the best dishes prepared with the best local and regional products.

Website: www.puratierra.com.ar

 

#8 La Bourgogne

La Burgogne Restaurant
La Burgogne Restaurant

Located in Ayacucho 2027, in Recoleta. La Bourgogne is considered the best French food restaurant in Buenos Aires. It has a big salon, the best personalized attention and the most exquisite dishes to offer its customers an unforgettable gourmet experience.

Sitio oficial: www.alvearpalace.com/v3/la-bourgogne.php

 

#9 Oviedo (Recoleta)

Oviedo Restaurant
Oviedo Restaurant

Located in Beruti 2602, Oviedo is a restaurant specialized in seafood dishes. It’s the best option for people who enjoy this kind of food. This restaurant has a wide and comfortable salon besides a great quality of attention.

Web: www.oviedoresto.com.ar

 

#10 Duhau Restaurante 

Duhau Restaurante
Duhau Restaurante

Located in Av. Alvear 1661 the main characteristic of Duhau Restaurante y Vinoteca is the amazing decoration. This restaurant has a menu with a great variety of dishes and the best attention. It also has a winery and a cheese room with over 45 kinds of cheese.

Web: http://buenosaires.park.hyatt.com.ar/es/hotel/dining/DuhauRestauranteandVinoteca.html

Ypu can´t miss any of these restaurants, and then, of course, write back to us to let us know what you think of them!


[SURVEY] So, are you a hotel or an apartment kind of person?


Hotel or apartment? Both options are very different and each one has its benefits. Where did you have the best stories?  In a private apartment or in the lobby of a hotel? Answer this 5 questions – it won’t take you more than a minute – and let us know: Are you a hotel or an apartment kind of person?

Share your experience with us and you will learn from other´s experiences!

 Hotel Vs Apartments

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2-day Buenos aires guide for art lovers


For art lovers, we offer a 2 day schedule to enjoy from the different artistic expressions located in different spots of the city. With this guide we propose a tour through the art in Buenos Aires, bearing in mind all the important information to consider.

Day 1

– 09:30

We’ll start our tour in the National museum of fine arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) located in 1473 Libertador Av.

Inaugurated in 1932, the museum exhibits over 1500 pieces of national and international artists. It also has temporary exhibitions that can be of artists recognized in the whole world or of new artists.

National Museum of Bellas Artes

The National Museum of Fine Arts, an icon in the city landscape

After enjoying the exquisite art that the National Museum of fine arts has to offer we can continue our day with a little bit of Latin-American art, but not without having lunch first.

- 12:00 hs.

On our way to the Latinamerican Art Museum (Museo Nacional de Arte Latinoamericano - MALBA), located on the street called Pres. Figueroa Alcorta, we will find magnificent culinary options for all the tastes.

For gourmet food lovers, you can enjoy of a wonderful lunch in Red Point. In this restaurant, there are many specialties prepared with seafood or the best Argentinean meat.

Located a few meters away from Red Point, you’ll find Dashi, a restaurant that offers the most traditional Japanese food.

Located next to the museum we’ll find Café des Arts. This French restaurant offers international dishes in the finest area and the best personalized attention.

- 14:00 hs

We start put visit to the Latinamerican Art Museum (MALBA) located in 3415 Pres. Figueroa Alcorta Av.  

MALBA Museum

MALBA – Latin American Art Museum

The MALBA is dedicated to latinamerican art of the twentieth century. At present it exhibits paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, collages, photographs and installations of latinamerican artists,

Leaving the museum, after finishing out first day surrounded by art, we can enjoy the parks located around the museum, where we can spend a beautiful time outdoors. There we will find the Floralis Genérica, a metallic sculpture located in Plaza de las Naciones Unidas.

Day 2

- 10:00 hs

Having to take in consideration the opening hour of the museums un Buenos Aires, we will start our second day taking a walk through one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Buenos Aires called Puerto Madero, which stands out for its beautiful and modern architecture.

Among the spots of Puerto Madero that we can’t miss we find “el Puente de la Mujer” (The Brigde of the woman), built in 1998 and the central Market, located in Pierina Dealessi and Macacha Guemes. There we will have different options such as fast food, pastries, home-made ice-cream, candles, pottery and even accessories of design.

- 12:00 hs

- Fortabat Art Collection

Located in 141 Olga Cossettini St., it was built by Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat. This ultra modern space located in Puerto Madero, exhibits the Fortabat family’s private collection, which includes pieces of national and international artists such as Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.

Fortabat Art Collection

Fortabat Art Collection

- 15:00 hs

At only 20 minutes by car, the next stop in out tour will be the Museum of decorative art located in 1902 Libertador Av.

Built in 1937, the museum is a symbol of the french influence in Buenos Aires. By walking through the residence, we can appreciate the private collection of Josefina de Alvear and her husband Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar, whose families had great influence in the political matters of the country.

Decorative Art Museum

Decorative Art Museum

This way we finish our tour through the most important museums of Buenos Aires, the ones you can’t miss if you’re an art lover.


November 2013 Buenos Aires Events Calendar


Hello to all, in today´s post we leave you a very complete calendar with the most important events ongoing in BA during November 2013.

So many beautiful events go on in this lovely city! If you are planning to come to any of these vents, Baires Apartments can offer you a variety of apartaments to rent in Buenos Aires for your stay during the congress/event. Contact us!

November 2013 Buenos Aires Calendar

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We have selected the most important events going on this month and he hand picked the following apartments as suggestions for renting for the ones coming to attend this events.

CASA FOA (4 oct – 10 nov): Bartolomé Mitre 559

2 or 3 people

Viamonte & Florida

Reconquista & Viamonte III

Bartolome Mitre & Libertad

4 or 5 people

Cerrito & B. Mitre

Cordoba & Reconquista II

 

BIEL LIGHT + BUILDING (5 nov – 9 nov): La Rural

2 or 3 people

Santa Fe & Gurruchaga

Borges & Paraguay IV

Santa Fe & Humboldt

4 or 5 people

Segui & Salguero II

Salguero & Arenales

 

EL OJO DE IBEROAMÉRICA: (6 nov – 8 nov): Macacha Guemes 351 (Hotel Hilton)

2 or 3 people

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso VI (Hotel Faena)

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso II (Hotel Faena)

4 or 5 people

A. Moreau de Justo & San Juan II

Juana Manso & P. Dealessi III

 

II CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE CÍNICA MÉDICA Y MEDICINA INTERNA (5 nov – 8 nov): Centro de convenciones UCA

2 or 3 people

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso VI (Hotel Faena)

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Juana Manso & Guemes Macacha

4 or 5 people

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Juana Manso & Azucena Maizani

 

12th CONGRESS WFTIN: (9 nov- 14 nov): Macacha Guemes 351 (Hotel Hilton)

2 or 3 people

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso VI (Hotel Faena)

Olga Cossettini & Vera Peñaloza II

Petrona Eyle & Juana Manso II (Hotel Faena)

4 or 5 people

A. Moreau de Justo & San Juan II

Juana Manso & P. Dealessi III

So now you know, don’t forget to let us know if you need accommodation in Buenos Aires during your event.


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.