Buenos Aires

Introduction

Buenos Aires is the capital of the Republic of Argentina and the country´s largest city with a population of 13 million. Located on the Southern side of the Rio de la Plata (“Silver River”), it is a modern, dynamic and radiant city that features the European architecture of its founders (the Spanish ) and absorbs the passion of its people.

Considered "The Pearl" of South America, Buenos Aires has an intense cultural life where tango, long coffee breaks and football (soccer) are essential elements in day to day life.

Language Spoken

Spanish is the national language of Argentina, but English is also widely spoken.

Currency

The currency in Buenos Aires is the Peso. 1 GBP = [CCExhange base="GBP" currency="ARS"] ARS*

Time Zone

ART – Argentina Time (GMT - 3 hours)

International Dialing Codes

+54-11 (+ local number)

Climate

The climate in Buenos Aires is warm all year round with not much difference in temperature between summer and winter, but it is advisable to avoid the city in the summer months (January – March) which can show temperatures in excess of 40 Celsius.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 4346-5748 Medical Emergency: 107 Fire Department: 100

Public Transport Information

Buenos Aires has a widely spread metro system covering most of the city. The cheapest mode of transport is the bus, of which there are many in the capital all with different colours, depending on which line they represent.

Furthermore there are 7 train lines operating in Greater Buenos Aires and they offer the most reliable form of transport. Additionally Buenos Aires has approximately 32000 taxis.

Airport Code

EZE – Ezeiza International Airport Argentina, appr. 50km outside Buenos Aires. There are direct flights to Buenos Aires from London and Madrid in Europe. From other airports, a connecting flight will have to be taken from various airports in the USA. There are many domestic flights available in Argentina.

And Another Thing...

The La Boca neighbourhood is for Buenos Aires what Montmarte is for Paris. In Caminito Street local artists line the pavements to show you their talents. The colourful houses have a strong Scandinavian influence. La Boca is also the birth place of the tango.