My girlfriend and I will be traveling from NYC to BA for about 10 days in mid-November. I have been to BA before, but it was for work and I was housed via my job and provided a stipend. I did not have much time to visit the city, so I don't quite know the lay of the land.
Not wanting to do too much traipsing, we were considering spending most of the time in BA and spending perhaps a night or two in Uruguay. (was thinking Montevideo and/or Punta del Este, but wouldn't mind some advice on such)
We are in our 20's and looking to spend our time eating and drinking well (though not "fancily", if that makes sens), learning tango and meeting friendly locals. "Old world" style architecture, shops and rustic dining/drinking is also something we'd like to check out. From what I understand, clothes shopping is expensive and not worth considering. We enjoy nature and are "medium" in terms of adventurousness. My girlfriend speaks very minimal Spanish. My Spanish is decent - I can usually get my point across and get the gist of most text, though listening is sometimes difficult.
From my experience, Palermo is a great neighborhood but I do not know much about the others. Does the TA community recommend neighborhoods in which to stay? Our budget is a few thousand dollars for the trip, plus or minus. We'd like to enjoy ourselves, but neither penny-pinch nor be spendthrift. What is the best way to book a place to stay and not have to deal with the official exchange rate?
On the note of money, from what I understand the following is something to consider:
1) bring down USD and find a way to change them to pesos for the "blue rate". Also, use all pesos before leaving because no one will want them.
2) avoid using ATM or credit card.
3) exchange money via a trusted local or use xoom.
I consider myself a decent researcher when it comes to trip planning, but sometimes there are things one may not know to look up or investigate. (e.g. I just learned about the official vs blue rate) Are there other considerations that I should take into account?
Many thanks in advance.