Why Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires, praised as the ‘Paris of South America’, but with a distinctly latino feeling and energy, is an incredible city of fusion. Even a year is not enough time to explore everything, but it’s a great start. Enjoy the bars and terraces of Palermo, the old streets and markets of San Telmo, or the colourful maze of La Boca to get a feel for some of the different neighbourhoods in this metropolis. The city that never sleeps, but also a relaxed place of long, slow coffees, there’s something for everyone here. Steakhouses, speakeasies and soccer, all you need for an amazing time in Buenos Aires is on this page.
El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Book lover or not, check out El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a theatre turned bookshop complete with the old stage, frescos and theatre boxes.
For an oasis in the middle of busy Palermo, head to the botanical gardens. It’s also free to enter, which is another great plus.
For a distinctly authentic Argentinian experience, watch a football game at La Bombonera in La Boca. The atmosphere will be electric.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MALBA) deserves its incredible reputation, housing the works of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Xul Solar, but also offering visual insight into Argentina’s complex past.
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To travel by bus or subte (metro) in Buenos Aires, you'll need to get a rechargeable SUBE travel card (like an Oyster card) and charge it with credit. SUBE cards are available at big subte stations and at many "kioskos" (corner shops selling mainly chocolate and cigarettes) throughout the city. Cards can be charged with credit at all subte stations, national lottery outlets, and at kioskos with a SUBE sign outside.
"To meet people I would recommend going to BAIS events or Mundo Lingo. Look on to the 'BAIS Argentina' Facebook page where they will publicise day and night events daily, depending on the kind of things you like to do. They also have huge parties every few weeks, including beer pong tournaments every Thursday evening in Buda Bar in Palermo. These events are only for students so it is great way to meet young people from all around the world. We found out where to go through Facebook groups such as - 'Buenos Aires Expat Hub', 'Buenos Aires exchange students', 'Estudiantes Internacionales - Buenos Aires' and 'BAIS Argentina'.
Mundo Lingo is held in bars all over the city and is designed for people of different nationalities to come and practise speaking any language of their choice while having a drink. This is very useful to meet people and practise Spanish. To meet people I would recommend going to BAIS events or Mundo Lingo. Look on to BAIS Facebook page and they have day and night events daily, depending on the kind of things you like to do. They also have huge parties every few weeks and beer pong tournaments every Thursday evening. These events are only for students so it is a great way to meet young people from all around the world. Mundo Ling is held in bars all over the city and is designed for people of different nationalities to come and practise speaking any language of their choice. This very useful to meet people and practise Spanish.”
I travelled around Argentina, down to Patagonia, and hopped across the border to Uruguay. I also did weekend excursions to Tigre and Tortugas (about an hour outside central Buenos Aires but still in Buenos Aires province) to escape the city at weekends, which can get very hot during the summer months. I also visited the Iguazu Falls - can just stick to Argentinian side or can do the Brazilian side too if you want to see the full panoramic view of the falls. There is not much to do in Uruguay other than beaches so if the weather is not nice I would not recommend it.
Punto del Este is very very overpriced and not particularly exciting unless you want to lie on a beach doing nothing or party at vast expense. However, I would highly recommend going to Patagonia - I went to Bariloche and El Calafate during the summer months. They are very different places -in Bariloche all the hotels are surrounding huge lakes. We trekked and took boat roads on the lake. However, in Winter it becomes a ski town. Further down South in El Calafate, you will find some of the biggest glaciers in the world. The glacier excursions are very expensive, but an amazing experience if you can. I would save going to Uruguay for when you have to renew your visa. It is quite expensive to get there so it is not a trip you will want to be taking all the time if you do not have to. Patagonia is also very expensive - expect England prices and the excursions can be extremely pricey.
In Bariloche I would recommend hiring a car and trying to do some of the lakes yourself, without a tour guide, to save money. Flights to Patagonia from Buenos Aires are also expensive so you should book far in advance unless you decide to bus it. Would definitely recommend going to Iguazu Falls - you can fly or bus there and will only need a day or two at the Falls. If you are just wanting a weekend outside of the city, I would recommend renting an AirBnB on the delta in Tigre, or heading the Pilar/Tortugas to see a polo game."
"Hi! I’m Becca and I worked for both of my year abroad placements (2018-2019); firstly as an English Teaching Assistant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and secondly as a Sports Social Media Intern at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. Although very different professional and cultural experiences, I loved them both equally and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about either of the jobs or cities!"