Acerca Buenos Aires

The City

Buenos Aires is a fascinating and friendly city for visiting tourists. There are many cultural activities, restaurants, museums, promenades, shops, night entertainment, theaters, cinemas and much more to discover.

Population

Buenos Aires has approximately 3 million inhabitants, but adding the population of neighboring municipal settlements (known as Greater Buenos Aires) the population reaches 14 million.
The city of Buenos Aires has a strong identity marked by immigrants arriving from different parts of the world. It is considered an open, very cosmopolitan city, and its inhabitants are known as “porteños”, a word originating from the harbor condition of the city.

Useful Information

Electricity and voltage in Buenos Aires
In Argentina, the electric current voltage is 220 volts and the sockets are compatible either with cylindrical not grounded two-pin plugs (mostly out of use) or grounded flat three-pin plugs (used in most hotels and modern buildings). Nevertheless, if you have any other type of plug, it is easy to find adaptors in the city.
Banks and money exchange

The Exchange rate at the airports is usually lower than in exchange houses in the city. It is necessary to present the passport to exchange money at the bank or exchange houses.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 15 PM. Few exchange houses are open on weekends. You may find some in Florida Street or the Recoleta area.
Do not exchange in the street or taxis, as there is danger of receiving fake money.
Many hotels exchange money, though the rate is not always the most convenient.
Traveller checks: Many banks and exchange houses receive traveller checks. The best place to exchange them is the American Express Central office: Arenales 707 (Plaza San Martín) in downtown Buenos Aires

Traveller safety

Buenos Aires is a peaceful city for tourists, but nevertheless it is advisable to take some precautions to avoid problems.
You have to be alert when you pay a taxi.
Do not hang bags or purses on the back of chairs in restaurants, coffee shops, etc.
Be careful with purses, bags and wallets in crowded places such as Florida Street or the San Telmo Fair.
Avoid changing money in the street, taxis or unauthorized places.
Do not leave your luggage unattended at the Airport or Bus Terminal.

Telephones and useful addresses

The Police and the Tourist Police Station take care of inquiries in English, Portuguese, Italian and French. Address: Avenida Corrientes 436 Tel: 4346 5748 / 0800 999 5000
Tourist Protection Office phone: 4302 7816
Medical emergencies: The city of Buenos Aires has several public hospitals with free medical care. All of them have Emergency Departments on duty 24 hours a day. The ambulance service for emergencies, known as SAME is also free. Phone: 107 (free call).

Buses / Public Transportation in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires buses (colectivos) are a cheap means of transportation that connects all the city neighborhoods. They run all day, but after midnight, their frequency decreases.
Important: Colectivos do not sell tickets and only accept the SUBE card. It is thus necessary to purchase the SUBE card at candy and cigarette stands to travel by colectivo.

Train sites:
– Tren Sarmiento:www.trensarmiento.com.ar
– Tren Roca:www.trenroca.com.ar
– Tren San Martin:www.trensanmartin.com.ar
– Tren Mitre:www.trenmitre.com.ar
– Tren Belgrano:www.trenbelgrano.com.ar
– Tren Urquiza:www.trenurquiza.com.ar

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