To those of you who post to this forum all the time, I thank you.
You definitely contributed to the fantastic experience that my husband and I had in Buenos Aires.
Here is a short list of the things that I learned and utilized from Trip Advisor, and again, I am so thankful to have been armed with this knowledge.
• Change your money at the Banco de la Nacion, located to the (sharp) right when you exit the customs area.
• For a taxi into town, you must go to the blue and white EZE TAXI stand. Buy your ticket there and wait for someone to escort you to a cab.
• We spent the first five nights at the Duque Hotel Boutique in Palermo Soho, in part based on T.A. reviews. The overall experience at this hotel was wonderful. The location is really convenient, breakfast is great, the coffee machine is available all day – with cookies in the afternoon/evening, the rooms are clean, and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
• On advice of Trip Advisor posters, we made sure to eat at the café at the Museo Evita Café; I agree – the brie and onion crepe was fantastic!
• I was interested in a specific type of guided tour, an Evita-centric tour. A posting on the forum led to a day spent with Sebastian from Buenos Aires Experience, which included a stop at the CGT. This was quite possibly the highlight of my entire trip.
Here are a few other things we picked up, either from experience or guidebooks and want to pass on:
• The Open Bus tour was a fun way to get a grip on a good portion of the geography of Buenos Aires. We went the extra 10 pesos and got a full 48 hours on our ticket. We rode around the city on a Friday afternoon, and then again on a Sunday morning. It was well worth the money.
• Our guidebook mentioned a unique experience in Belgrano on Sunday nights. There is a tango class at 7pm in a band shell in Barrancas de Belgrano followed by a milonga. What a sight it is to see 200 people dancing cheek to cheek on a random Sunday night. Be smarter than us – go for the class at 7pm. Go prepared to dance. Bring minimal “stuff” with you. Leave your passports and cameras in your hotel. It is a real experience in a real city with real people.
• 1810 Cocina Argentina Cuisine. This is comfort food, Argentinean style.
• If you are planning to go to Iguazu, do give yourself two days there. Not necessarily to see the falls both days, but as a cushion. It is far away from anything else. If you get all the way there, and, for example, there is a general strike and the road – the only road – to the park is closed, then you are hooped. It could also happen that your overnight bus from B.A. is inexplicably 2 hours late, which would also cut down on your waterfalls time if you were only planning on having the day there.
Both of these things happened to us, on the same day even. However, a four-hour delay of our flight to Montevideo the following morning allowed us the time to hire a taxi from the airport to the falls. We went, we took the train, hiked to Devils Throat, and made it back, with time to spare, since the plane was further delayed.
Kudos and special mention to our taxi driver, Basilio. He is an excellent driver, and seems like a very sweet person. We highly recommend him for any travels in the Iguazu area. His contact information is: 03757-15449188, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Walk, walk, and walk some more. This is a fabulous city. People seem to be wonderful. Keep your wits about you, and don’t worry. It is a lovely and friendly place, and walking around is such a great way to experience the vibe of Buenos Aires.