What most travelers wish they knew before their trip to Buenos Aires
Are you planning to visit Argentina? We are so happy to help you make the most of your trip. In order to get a deeper connection with the locals and a smoother landing into Argentine culture, we will help you with interesting travel tips most travelers wished they had known before their trip to Buenos Aires.
Having a good travel insight will make things easier for you when you get to your destination.
When is the best time to visit Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires can be visited all year round. It is a vibrant city with lots of places to visit and plenty of activities to do, so that you can make the most of your stay in Buenos Aires. This travel insight will help you to make your choice about your best time to visit Buenos Aires.
Well, Buenos Aires has a mild climate. It is important to take into account that our summer (December to February) implies winter season for the northern hemisphere. So, many people arrive in Buenos Aires to take a cruise and enjoy other ports of call in Argentina and Chile.
Autumn (March to June) is also a good option. Days are usually very sunny and the temperature drops a little at night so that it is nice to walk around and enjoy a beer. One advantage is that prices tend to be a little lower.
Winter (July and August) is cold but you will not find snow in Buenos Aires. Prices are usually good, except in July because of winter holidays and the ski season.
Springtime (September to December) offers pleasant temperatures. The city parks offer special landscapes, and trees are in bloom. The lovely jacaranda trees show their purple flowers all around the city.
As you see, Buenos Aires is a wonderful city, worth visiting all year round!
Useful language tips when you visit Buenos Aires
In order to get a deeper connection with the locals and a smoother landing into Argentine culture, it will be wonderful to have some language tips. So, we want to share with you a bunch of useful Spanish phrases for travelers that will open the door to many enjoyable experiences (and act as icebreakers!).
Many people speak English and will make an effort to help you when asking something. As locals will appreciate your effort in learning some basic Spanish, don’t worry if you find pronunciation a little bit difficult. We suggest including greetings in your basic list as they will help you in many different situations. Let’s see some examples:
-Good morning. “Buen día”.
-Good afternoon. “Buenas tardes”.
-Good evening. “Buenas noches”.
-Until tomorrow. “Hasta mañana”.
-Bye. “Chau”. This is a very common word in Argentina, but it is very informal.
Being polite will be appreciated and, for sure, will open you many doors. Here, some useful language tips for being polite:
-Please. “Por favor”.
-Thank you. “Gracias”.
-You are welcome. “De nada”.
-Yes, please. “Sí, por favor”.
-No, thank you. “Sí, por favor”.
-Excuse me. “Disculpe/Permiso”.
-I am sorry. “Lo siento”.
Other useful phrases are related to communication at the hotel:
-The gym. “El gimnasio”.
-The restaurant. “El restaurante”.
-Room service. “Servicio a la habitación”.
-Can I book a tour, please? “¿Puedo reservar un tour, por favor?”.
-Which is the rate of Exchange for American dollars?. “¿Cuál es la cotización para el dólar estadounidense?”.
– Where can I find an ATM. “¿Dónde puedo encontrar un cajero automático?”.
We are sure that you will include some shopping during your stay. Let’s deal with some language tips:
-Shopping center. “Centro comercial”
-Currency Exchange: “Casa de cambio”.
-Exchange rate. “Tipo de cambio”.
-How much is…? “¿Cuánto cuesta… ?”.
-Your change. “Su vuelto”.
-Shoe shop. “Zapatería”.
-How much is… . “¿Cuánto cuesta…”.
-Do you have my size? “¿Tiene mi talle?”.
-I like it. “Me gusta”.
-I do not like it. “No me gusta”.
-I will take it. “Lo llevaré”.
Even though bargaining is a common practice in many cities, it is important to know that it is not common in Buenos Aires; even more, you could get an impolite answer.
Safety tips when you visit Buenos Aires
We are sure that you will make friends and enjoy your stay in the city and Buenos Aires is one of the most important cities in South America, millions of people live here. So, it will be very useful to know some of the ins and outs when moving around.
It is always important to leave all your valuables in your hotel safe.
The main issues are pickpockets and snatchers. Sometimes, they are walking around, just waiting for the moment to get their loot.
It is important not to wear expensive or flashy watches and jewelry. Maybe you know that your flashy watch is only worth a few dollars, but it will still be attractive to those people. Please, wear backpacks across the front, never at the back.
Some pickpockets use the “mustard” scheme. They “accidentally” spill something on you; then they will try to “help” you to clean your clothes while they also “clean” your pockets.
Cell phones are another favorite item. Don’t walk around with your cell phone in your hand. Pay special attention whenever you are outdoors.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash if it is not necessary. Think about how much you might need while you are out during that day and, again, the hotel safe will be a good option.
Keep an eye on your belongings (including cell phones) when you are at a restaurant. Being distracted could be a tempting opportunity for thieves.
Avoid dark or lonely streets. A good option is to ask your hotel concierge and know details about the area where you are staying.
These are just some useful safety tips that are good to know before your trip to Buenos Aires or even to any big metropolis.
These are some travel tips which are useful to know before your trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Still having questions about your travel insights? Don’t worry. We can help you with that!
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