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Buenos Aires Experience

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An August 2005 trip to Buenos Aires by Travelny2

Flower Sculpture and Fountain Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina More Photos
Quote: Buenos Aires feel like Europe, not South America. It is still incredibly cheap and has great food and culture!

Buenos Aires Experience

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Buenos Aires is one of the most amazing cities I have ever been to. It is still incredibly cheap following the devaluation of the peso a number of years ago. For some reason their dollar seems to be linked more to the U.S. dollar than world markets so even as the American dollar has tanked recently in relation to the euro and other currencies the exchange rate with Argentina is still almost exactly the same as it was when I went back in 2005. The food in Buenos Aires is incredible and unlike nearly everywhere else in Central and South America you do not have to worry about food or water borne illnesses here. It is an extremely clean city. I have a very sensitive stomach and have gotten sic...Read More

Avenida Libertador

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Flower Sculpture and Fountain Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Taking a walk down Avenida Libertador is a great way to spend an afternoon in Buenos Aires and a convenient way to hit a lot of the major sights and monuments that the city has to offer. We were staying near Palermo and began our walk up by the Campo Argentina de Polo (the Buenos Aires polo field) and then walked all the way down to Puerto Madero. I will reference sights in order walking in this direction but if you are staying downtown or in Puerto you can just do the walk in the opposite direction. It is also important to note that Libertador runs one way south and its sister street Avenida Presidente Figueroa Alcorta runs one way north from Palermo to Recoleta. During much of this stretch the two s...Read More

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Government Monuments Walking Tour

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Parisian Style Architecture Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Another fun walk to do in Buenos Aires is along Avenida de Mayo. It will take you past a number of the most important and widely recognized government buildings in Buenos Aires. The walk is only about a mile and a half long so you definately do not need to devote an entire day to this activity. It's a good way to walk off a solid lunch in Puerto Madero.From Puerto Madero find the Park Colon which has a plaza with a statue of Cristobal Colon in the center. It is next to the Edificio Libertador building which is a very large Parisian style looking building that houses numerous government offices. The building is very prominent from Puerto Madero and a good example of some of the architecture...Read More

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Shopping in Buenos Aires

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You will never feel wealthier than when shopping in Buenos Aires. The exchange rate makes everything here seem so cheap and reasonable that it literally makes sense to buy everything you think you will need as far as clothing goes for the next couple of years. I think that the exchange rate is still at about 1USD to 3.3pesos...meaning that you essentially get to divide the price of everything by 3.3 if you are coming from the states...or by about 7 if you are coming from the UK. It's ridiculous but an incredible deal.What makes this such a good deal is that Buenos Aires has a number of international brands. You can buy products that would cost you significantly more in the states for a fra...Read More

Calle Florida

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Calle Florida Street Performer Photo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Calle Florida near downtown Buenos Aires is a great place to walk around, do some shopping and have lunch. It is a pedestrian street that is closed off to traffic and is lined with restaurants, stores and street performers. The pedestrian section runs from approximately Avenida de Mayo to Plaza San Martin. It is easily walkable from one end to the other and a fun spot to people watch. Calle Florida has many stores lining both sides of the street and is an excellent place to go shopping and enjoy the favorable exchange rate. There is a store called Vetement that carries a number of luxury brands. This is the store where I got a suit, shirt and tie for around $300USD. Very very very good dea...Read More