Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. The city is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata. The population of city is around seventeen million. Buenos Aires' quality of life was ranked 81st in the world and one of the best in Latin America in 2012.

Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination. and is known for its preserved Spanish/European-style architecture. and rich cultural life. Buenos Aires is a multicultural city, being home to multiple ethnic and religious groups. Several languages are spoken in the city in addition to Spanish, contributing to its culture and the dialect spoken in the city and in some other parts of the country. This is because in the last 150 years the city, and the country in general, has been a major recipient of millions of immigrants from all over the world, making it a melting pot where several ethnic groups live together and being considered as one of the most diverse cities of Latin America

Planning a trip

As with any trip, a little preparation is essential before you start your journey to Buenos Aires. No visa is required for citizens of United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa for tourist stays in Argentina of up to 90 days. Banks are generally open weekdays 10am to 3pm, and ATMs work 24 hours. Shopping hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm or 10pm, and Saturday from 10am to 8pm or 10pm. Shopping centers are open daily from 10am to 10pm. Most independent stores are closed on Sunday, and some close for lunch. The legal age for purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages is 18 in Argentina, and proof of age is almost never required, meaning that teenage travelers may have easy access to alcohol. Buenos Aires in January and February can be terribly hot and humid — often in the high 90s to more than 100°F (38°C) while winter (approximately June-Aug) can be overcast, chilly, and rainy, though you won’t usually find snow.

Getting around

By Air: The Buenos Aires international airport is located in the suburb of Ezeiza. The Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport, located in the Palermo district next to the riverbank, serves only domestic traffic and flights to Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. A smaller San Fernando Airport serves only general aviation.
By Ferries: Buenos Aires is also served by a ferry system operated by the company Buque bus that connects the port of Buenos Aires with the main cities of Uruguay. More than 2.2 million people per year travel between Argentina and Uruguay with Buque bus. One of these ships is a catamaran, which can reach a top speed of about 80 km/h.

Travel resources

Buenos Aires is based on a square, rectangular grid pattern,
Cycling: there are 31 rental stations throughout the city providing over 850 bicycles to be picked up and dropped off at any station within an hour.
Commuter rail: The commuter rail system has seven lines covering the different areas of the city.
Underground: the underground system is a high-yield system providing access to various parts of the city. It is the oldest underground system in the Southern Hemisphere and oldest in the Spanish-speaking world. The system has six underground lines and one over ground line, named by letters (A to E, and H) and there are 100 stations, and 58.8 km of route,
Tramways: Buenos Aires had an extensive street railway (tram) system with over 857 km of track. which was dismantled during the 1960s in favor of bus transportation, but surface rail transport has made a small comeback in some parts of the city.
Buses: There are over 150 city bus lines called Colectivos, each one managed by an individual company. These compete with each other, and attract exceptionally high use with virtually no public financial support. Buenos Aires has recently opened a bus rapid transit system, the Metro bus. The system uses modular median stations that serve both directions of travel, which enable pre-paid, multiple-door, level boarding.
Taxis: A fleet of 40,000 black-and-yellow taxis ply the streets at all hours. License controls are not enforced rigorously. Taxi drivers are known for trying to take advantage of tourists. Radio-link companies provide reliable and safe service; many such companies provide incentives for frequent users. Low-fare limo services, known as remises, have become popular in recent years

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