I loved Buenos Aires. I'm so glad I stayed 10 days.
I got to truly feel the city at a more Porteno pace, although they do walk extremely fast even faster than my very long legs could. Hahahahaha
Here's a breakdown. :
Passport control was a breeze for me. No lines
Luggage was already in the conveyor belt when I got there.
Customs was crazy long but it moves fast , or sort of.
So count at least an hour going though immigration from touchdown to exiting the airport.
Cash. I changed USD $1,000 at the Banco Nación after customs at the airport. The wait line wasn't too bad The exchange rate not the best but good enough Be prepared for a lot of cash to stash lol.
I spent about USD $100 a day on food and miscellaneous about ARS $1,400 and it was perfect. I used my credit card a lot too because some places couldn't change a $100 bill.
I changed another $1000 yesterday at a small western union by my apartment in Palermo soho. Horrid rate but the ease of it was better. Convenience trumped the few dollars lost.
Now I have enough money for the next 11 days ;)
Be sure to check your bills. Like the usd they have a hidden watermark on the bills with a face hidden.
Taxis. Fantastic. I do t know what people are afraid of. I took some non radio taxis but just was stern with my directions in minimal Spanish. Easy way to get around when your feet hurt.
Subte subway system. You must obtain a SuBe card first at a kiosk. You can find them everywhere but you may do some hinting as some don't have them in stock. Some kiosks will top them off for you. If not when you're at the station , just put the card up and show them how much you want to put I tipped off at $150!ARS and have used them constantly Don't be confused by heir system. Think of the lines as fingers on a hand. They don't intersect lol. But it's an easy , extremely cheap way to travel.
Museums: fantastic. Most are free. Can you believe it ? Especially in Recoleta
Food : omg even as a non beef eater , I ate fantasticaly You're going to love it.
Calle Florida. "Cambio .....cambio cambio ... Cambio ... Senorita cambio? Dollars? euro lol" yep they are everywhere. No need for them anymore.
At first I was really not interested I. This street , but it did save me on a few occasions when I needed certain things. But I would see it once and move on.
Shopping: don't do it. It is ridiculously expensive for very poor quality. Sorry if in offending anyone. But they look pretty , but the materials are like HnM poor quality and extremely expensive. I'm talking like $250 usd for NiKe for instance. Not that I wanted NiKe but to give you an example.
I did find some excellent deals in San Telmo. Seriously I couldn't believe it. Great quality and style I was amazed.
Bring excellent shoes please. The streets tore up my favorite pair of boots. I'm not happy about that hahahaha but I'll survive.
My favorite is Palermo soho. Everything is here. Cool stores, fantastic restaurants , and a plethora of art You can enjoy getting lost here and in their drop dead gorgeous parks.
Recollecta love so mic as well. Beautiful barrio. Easily traversed Just walk lol. Free museums , lovely restaurants and charming g squares and perks.
San Telmo. I like :) Only went in a Sunday , but had a wonderful time.
La Bocca : 1 hour was enough. Sketchy but I knew that. Very colorful. Perfect pictures. But that's it.
Centro: interesting lots of history , tons of people cold for day walking and touring around the many monuments and museums. Note... The Bicenterio museum is currently being renovated. So do t rate your time like I did three times trying to see it.
Puerto Madero: very modern and lovely.
Abasto: interesting area with all sorts of history.
Tango. Didn't see a show , but saw street performers ;) and Inhad a private lesson which was fantastic. Maybe when I'm back in a few weeks I'll try to see a show.
Overall? Loved BA Smile and be pleasant and they will be pleasant right back at ya