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Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

The FREE Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

Before you begin your trip to Argentina there are a few things you might want to know. Starting with Argentina history. This will help you to better understand the environment you will find and what to expect. You may also want a few tips for tourists about what to pack, how much money you might need, and cultural differences. Take a look at all the unique places to travel in Argentina as well as stunning Argentina pictures.


Tango, Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide TangoMost trips to Argentina begin in Buenos Aires , the cradle of Tango, where your visit is sure to be unforgetable. This is a romantic South American Metropolis and a unique urban jungle landscape filled with interesting nooks and crannies that can satisfy the pallet of even the most experienced world traveler.

There are so many things to do in Buenos Aires that it’s hard to know where to begin. Which is why we recommend you take a Buenos Aires tour. These can send you off in the right directions and make the most our of your time here. This city is densely stacked with treasures, as well as hectic traffic, making the walking tours an excellent choice.

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina, CongressoCurrently there are 3 daily Buenos Aires walking tours in English. The Buenos Aires City Tour is historic and cultrual and is excellent to get an overview of the main attractions of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta Cemetery is the most visited Cemetery in South America. Host to Eva Peron’s tomb as well and important Argentina legends. To see the Recoleta Cemetery and the elite neighborhood around it, the daily Recoleta and Cemetery Tour combine both. And the San Telmo Tour provides a look at Tango, the old city, and a very unique neighborhood.

We strongly advise everyone to explore the rich Tango culture present in Buenos Aires. You should try to see a Tango show from the numerous venues. Or learn a step or two at a Tango lesson. You may even want to make a day out of it all and take the Day Of Tango Tour.

Don’t forget to leave room in your suitcase for all the supurb shopping in Buenos Aires. And remember that most of it will be a huge bargin due to the devaluation of the Argentina peso.

Nightlife in Buenos Aires is so diverse and interesting that you may want to take a unique Nightlife Tour just to give you the scope of your options. The many excellent restaurants alone, could keep you quite busy, and stuffed, for weeks.

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires Argentina Also on the website is Argentina information and recommendations from people who live here or have visited recently. For example, the best methods to get to and from the Buenos Aires International Airport. Or how to see a La Boca Juniors soccer game. And if you have the time, the best ways to see Iguazu Falls.

This interesting country is also famous for Argentina beef, Argentina wine, Argentina leather and exciting theater. The city architecture here rivals many European cities and is referred to as “Paris in the America’s”. Even better is the warm nature of the Argentine people and old fashion customs they have protected.

Of course we can tell you everything you will need to know about a visit to Argentina, but you still must come experience it for yourself. Please contact us about the many private tours we can offer guided in English. And do not hesitate to contact us about any questions you have about traveling to Argentina.

Enjoy this free Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide and write to me to tell me what you thought about it.

Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

See You In Argentina!!!!

Buenos Aires Bars

Buenos Aires Bars

Buenos Aires Bars


There really are some fantastic Buenos Aires Bars. And most of them are very spread out. But here we have compiled a list for you to choose your watering hole from.


Some things you might want to know about Buenos Aires bars.

Generally, the beer selection will be small and contain Quilmes, Izenbec, and Warsteiner and Heiniken if your lucky. However they can make your favorite cocktail.

There is always great red wine to choose from and the markup is over 50%.

Juke Boxes require a fecha, or a pre paid coin. They can be about 50 centavos per song.

Pool tables can be found in bars that are designed for pool tables. There are about a dozen great pool halls in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Bar hours usually last until the sun comes up and open at 7pm.

For any additonal questions about Buenos Aires Nightlife, contact us.


Enjoy These Buenos Aires Bars

TAZZ – Serrano 1556 – This bar is located in the exciting area of Plaza Serrano in the Palermo Hollywood district. This bar always has a tremendous amount of young people, many whom speak different languages. The music is fashion. This bar is actually a clothes shop during the day and bar at night. Great pool tables if you can get one. On busy nights, they may charge you 10pesos or more to get in. A good place to see and be seen. You can not go wrong here.

The Kilkenny -corner of Reconquista and Paraguay in the Center– This is an Irish pub and always busy. It has become very famous and packed. At 6pm its cocktail hour for the local businessmen, after 11pm the cost is 10 pesos if you are male. A great place to meet fun people and sometimes there is alive band.

La Cigale Avenida 25 de Mayo 722 in the MicroCenter – A hip and trendy bar with interesting drinks and a great looking crowd. Sometimes a DJ and sometimes a band. The best band I have seen in Buenos Aires was here. The door man may give you trouble but just pretend like you want to go somewhere else and he will let you in.

Deep Blue – Ayacucho 1240 in Recoleta- There are two locations and I recommend the one in Recoleta. This is a great upper scale fun bar decorated in a fashion district manner. The pool tables are supurb and there is an upstairs and courtyard worth seeing. Deep blue is a little pricy but I have never had a bad time there. The food is nice and there is a tap at each table.

Thelonious Club This bar in Palermo is great for live music especially jazz and blues however check first because it is not everynight. A New Orleans motif. LOCATION – Salguero 1884Palermo – tel: (54-11) 4829-1562


La Academia This neighborhood bar in Recoleta is the perfect place for all night pool. There are plenty of pool tables in a dark large room. You will never know the sun has risen. Somettimes it can be a tough crowd but always an interesting one. LOCATION – Callao 368

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Buenos Aires Nightclubs

Buenos Aires Nightclubs

Buenos Aires Nightclubs The Buenos Aires Nightclubs are exciting. They usually pack them in on the weekends. The music is usually popular but it varies. Due to last years fire in a popular nightclub killing hundreds of people and causing a few high ranking people to be jailed, many of the Buenos Aires Night Clubs have closed temporaraly. However there are some great ones thriving. Nightclub hours are from 7pm to dawn.

MUSEUM – Located on Defensa near Des Nivel in San Telmo – This is a gigantic discotheque and nightclub that has a large dance floor and great light show. 3 balconies. Wed – Sun begins at 7pm and ends at dawn. Cost varies to about 20 pesos for the door. This place can get busy and wild and sometimes difficult to get a drink. But this is a famous place for locals and you are sure to see true entertainment here.+

Operabay – used to be El Divino in Puerto Madero at the foot o of Jaun D. Perón – A huge place with 3 dance floors with varying music. The best thing about this place is the view of the water and the city lights. From 6pm to 6am. Dress is whatever. Cost is about 10-20 pesos for the door.

Hippopotamus Famous since the late 1970s disco days, Hippopotamus has swayed with the trends and is still a very sophisticated and exclusive club, especially for the thirtysomething crowd. Considering its location in a prime tourist area people from all over the world take to the dance floor for an all night party. The bar offers many varieties of whisky, shots, and cocktails.average cost: 30pesosLunch & Dinner Tu-Sa; Disco: 11pmLOCATION-Junín 1787

Buenos Aires Tango Shows

Buenos Aires Tango Show

Buenos Aires Tango Show A trip to the capital of Tango is not complete without a authentic Buenos Aires Tango Show. However they are becomming more numerous with the rise of Tango’s popularity in Argentina. Today, you have many choices for the kind of Tango Show you would like to witness.

There is no one place that is the best. They all offer something different. Which is why it’s good to do a little exploring before you choose your Buenos Aires Tango Show. They range in price and style. The food at these places is usually not the main attraction.

Buenos Aires Tango Show Tip Call ahead to pre book your tickets.

Buenos Aires Nightlife Tour The Buenos Aires Nightlife and Restaurant Tour allows you to actually see the many different restaurants and Tango Show locations before you spend your money there. This is a private tour and also entails the amazing history and cultual of the entertainment district in Buenos Aires. The Buenos Aires Nightlife and Restaurant Tour

Buenos Aires Tango Show (Big Production)

Piazzolla Tango is a dinner and a show in an old theater that has just been renovated. The Tango show is in the traditional style and the cost is 200pesos with dinner. 140pesos with just drinks. The theater is beautiful and located on Florida Street. The menu is very simple with a 3 course meal. The portions are small. The later you arrive to the show, the farther back your seats are. Ask about a private balcony seat. The show is very controlled. This is a fantastic show and the sure thing however slighlty tame. (54 11) 4344-8200 LOCATION: Florida 165 / San Martin 170. Galería Güemes. Buenos Aires. República Argentina |

MichelAngelo This show is located in a fantastic old brick building in San Telmo. The show has three parts and that detail the history of Tango. The cost is $140pesos for drinks and the show. Or $200 pesos for the dinner as well. We strongly advise against the VIP ticket for this show. Make sure you just getting what you asked for. The cast is huge and the costumes are great. An excellent choice is you want a Tango Show that will entertain you. There are special seats available at a higher cost. LOCATION – Balcarce 433 –

Senor Tango This is a beautiful old building turned modern. You can also get dinner here and the menu is good. This is an “over the top” show and you may love it or hate it. Surely the most dramatic Buenos Aire Tango Show available. So if you do not speak English, you will still get alot out of this performance. Take a taxi to this place because it is slighly out of the way. Expect to pay around 150pesos for the diiner and show. LOCATION – Vieytes 1655 in Barracas 4-303-0231

BocaTango This is an interesting Tango experience where you will be picked up at your hotel, taken to La Boca and given a small tour, then dinner and a Tango Show which is more like theater. It is performed in a beautiful building with 20 actors portraying the history of Tango. The cost for Boca Tango is 150pesos. However if you go to the theater and prebuy tickets, it will be less. But it is a good idea to call first. 4302 – 0808. LOCATION – Brandsen 923 near the La Boca Juniors Stadium.

Tanguera This Buenos Aires Tango show is almost like a broadway musical. If you like this style, you will love this show. Locals and tourists both have given this great reviews. The opening introduction is even spoken in English for English speakers. This show is located at Teatro Astral on Corrietes Ave and starts at 9PM. The cost is great comming in at 50pesos.


Buenos Aires Tango Show (Medium Production)

El Viejo Almacén – Indepencia 330 in San Telmo – This Buenos Aires Tango show receives the best reviews. The most tourists will be at this place. The place has ego. Capacity is 240 people making it somewhat intimate. You will have your own table. Dinner and a show is 200pesos. Just a show is 140pesos. They put a lot of effort in the show to make it authentic and entertaining. The dinner is eaten across the street. (Just a tip, often you can save money by eating dinner somewhere else and just going for the show.) From Sunday to Thursday the show begins at 22.00 hs. and from Friday to Saturday there is show at 21.30 and at 23.45 hs

Taconeando This is one of the less expensive Buenos Aires Tango shows but still a good in with a fine traditional Argentine dinner. The cost is 110 pesos for dinner and the show tells the story of Tango starting when the men used to dance together. A medium sized room and nice decor. LOCATION:in San Telmo Balcarce 725 – (C1064AAO) Capital Federal – Rep. Argentina – TE. (5411) 4307-6696

El Querandí – Peru 302, in San Telmo – Dinner and a Buenos Aires Tango show. Cost of ticket is 125pesos. Included in the price is hotel or hostel pickup, dinner at 8:30 and Tango show at 10:15. Show lasts an hour. Wine is not included. The building is fantastic, built in 1920. The menu is outstanding and diverse. The Tango Show is excellent. Dress nicely. 5199-1770

Tango 1921 –Chacabuco 454 in San Telmo- This great place has it all and if you want to get your feet wet with a lesson, then eat and watch the pros all within the setting of the way it was, you have found your spot. The Buenos Aires Tango shows are almost every night and the price can vary. A good idea is to call them first and or check the website. Tango lessons on Friday and Saturday from 5 -7pm. Cost is 30pesos. Private lessons are 125pesos. 4334-2001

Buenos Aires Tango Show (Small and Intimate Production)

Cafe Tortoni Ave De Mayo 825, in the center, 4342 – 4348 – This is a famous cafe and the Tango shows are small and only 25pesos plus food and drink. The shows are in the lower level of this beautiful cafe. It is a good idea to call ahead for reservations and time schedule.


Confiteria Ideal – Suipacha 384 in the Microcentro- This is a famous old hot spot for Tango lessons and deancing and they often have a Buenos Aires Tango show. The club was founded in 1912 and it has been restored to look and feel like that era. It is an older crowd but friendly. Tango classes are available from Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 3pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 3pm to 9pm Dances are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 3pm to 9pm and on Thursdays from 10 pm to 4 am. Fridays they usually have a show that starts around 8pm. The cost for the class and/or dance is 5 pesos. 5006-4102


The Casa Blanca – Balcarce 668 in San Telmo – They serve dinner along with the Buenos Aires Tango show. Get there at around 8pm. The cost will vary but is medium priced. Dinner is not mandatory. The building and performance are in great décor of the old times. Sophisticated interior to go with a stunning visual stage production. Dress seductively. 4331-4621



36 Billares – Av. De Mayo 1265 in the Center – This is a fantastic old neighborhood restaurant that many famous people have enjoyed throughout history. They have a good menu, excellent service, a tremendous amount of pool tables in the back, and Tango shows as well as local artists that perform a wide range of entertainment. Cost varies but is generally about 50pesos for a 5 course dinner and a show. The Buenos Aires Tango Shows usually begin at about 8:30pm and can last many hours. 4381-5696



Bar Sur This will seem like the most authentic interpretation of the old style Tango. 135pesos gets you a tango show and a bite to eat at this serious tango location. Just the show is 75 pesos. This is a famous place and the decor is old alsmost similar to an old brothel. The Tango show is small and lasts all night long. The food is not the main attraction. Tango shows are from 10pm -3am. LOCATION – Estados Unidos 299 – SAN TELMO – TEL/FAX: 4362-6086

Buenos Aires Tango Show

The Day Of Tango Tour is an exclusive and private tour desinged to get the most out of a day in Buenos Aires Argentina. On this exciting tour you will get a chance to take Tango lessons, go Tango shopping, watch modern Tango danceing as well as view a Buenos Aires Tango Show with dinner. City attractions and points of interest are also included on these Buenos Aires Tours.

The Day Of Tango Tour

Contact about a Buenos Aires Tango Show or any other questions you might have about Buenos Aires Argentina. We would be happy to make a reservation at one of these, or other tango shows. Please write to us and ask about

Buenos Aires Walking Tours In English

Buenos Aires Walking Tours in English

Buenos aires Walknig Tours

Allow us to guide you through the amazing city of Buenos Aires on one of the best Buenos Aires walking tours in English.

Buenos Aires walking tours This fascintaing city is a tresure trove of sculptures and unique architecture that can be only truly discovered on a leisurely walking tour.

Buenos aires walking tour Turn back the hands of time to reveal why this city was once an evny of the world and why you see the condition of it today.

Buenos Aires walking tou The most econimic and intelligent way to get the most out of your trip to the land of Tango is to begin with a cultrual and historic walking tour. These Buenos Aires walking tours will send you off in the right directions and answer any questions you might have.

Buenos aires tours Grant yourself the freedom to explore this vast urban landscape with professional guides who live here and can point out the best Buenos Aires attractions. Leaving you free to simply take pictures and enjoy yourself.

Currently there are 3 daily Buenos Aires walking tours guided in English.

The Daily Recoleta/Cemetery Tour The Daily City Tour.

The San Telmo Tour

These walking tours are filled with useful information, entertaining history and attractions. They are offered daily at the price of 20 pesos per person for the group rate, or 30 pesos per person for a private tour.



Please contact us about any questions you have about these walking tours in Buenos Aires.

The Buenos Aires Nightlife And Restaurant Tour

Buenos Aires Nightlife Tour

Buenos Aires nightlife

On the Buenos Aires Nightlife Tour, you will discover the best places for:



A Buenos Aires Tango show.

You will also be exposed to the more famous Buenos Aires restaurants where you can view the menu for yourself.

You will also be guided to some great bars and fantastic Buenos Aires nightlife hot spots.

As well as hearning about the tango history and cultural interest.

You may also wish to sample a drink along the way.

Also included in this Buenos Aires tour is good hotel recommendations, Tango lesson locations, and Buenos Aires history.

The tour is given in English by professional tour guides living in the city.

The Buenos Aires Nightlife tour is a 2 hour tour through several entertainment districts where most of the nightlife is centered.

Hotel pick up and drop off as well as all transportation is included in the price.

This is a private Buenos Aires tour and cost is 105pesos or ($35USD)per person.

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The Evening Of Tango Tour

The Evening Of Tango Tour

Evening of Tango Tour On The Evening Of Tango Tour you will begin with a gentle stroll through cobblestone streets in the most fascinating and unique neighborhood in Buenos Aires. On this tour you will discover Tango history and learn how the dance began and where it began and why. You will see how the City itself helped shape this unique art form that we enjoy today.

Currently in Buenos Aires, Tango is enjoying a comeback. On the Evening of Tango Tour you will experience the current Tango culture, the thriving Buenos Aires nightlife, and become informed about various Tango hotspots.

Also on this tour, you will be exposed to excellent antique shopping areas and places of historical interest.

After your 2 hour walk through the birthplace of Tango, you will be taken to a carefully choosen Tango Dinner to dine.

And after dinner, you will be witness to the best Buenos Aires Tango Show available. Within the Tango Show, you will see the recreation of how the dance began, how it evolved, and the state of the art form today. It has been well preserved here in Buenos Aires and only here can you get Tango in its authentic form.

The price of this private Evening Of Tango Tour is 270 pesos per person. ($90USD) Which includes hotel pick up and drop off within the city center, transportation, tour and tango show. Price does not include restaurant fees.

Please contact us to book this tour and mention your interest in the Evening Of Tango Tour.

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Buenos Aires Tour Prices

Buenos Aires Tour Prices

Buenos Aires Tour


Buenos Aires Tour prices can range a great deal depending on what your Buenos Aires tours include.


Buenos Aires Tour
The Buenos Aires Walking tours
are the least expensive way to see the city in depth. Currently there are 3 walking tours giuded in English and avilable everyday, if you contact us first. They meet at a specified location. The price is only 30 pesos per person. ($10USD)1

Private Buenos Aires Tours Private Buenos Aires tours, If you would like to take one of the three walking tours privately, the price is 30 pesos per person. (10$USD)

If you would like a 2 hour tour with hotel pick up and drop off, the price is 60 pesos per person. ($20USD)

And for a 4 hour tour of the city inclduing areas of your choice and transportation, the price is 150 pesos per person. ($50USD)


Buenos Aires Nightlife tour The Beunos Aires Nightlife Tour is a great way to get a feel of the city and a good idea about the choices you have for entertainment. Including Tango Show venues, excellent restaurants, culture and history, Tango lessons, Milongas, and much more. It’s a 2 hour tour will all transportation included and covers several areas of the city. The price is $105 pesos per peron. ($35USD)

Buenos Aires Tours The Evening Of Tango Tour includes a 2 hour stroll in the Tango district where Tango was born. Then you will be taken to a special restaurant to enjoy the best steak in Buenos Aires. Then off to a carefully choosen Tango Show to witness the number one attraction in Buenos Aires. This 5 hour tour includes all transportation including holte pick up and drop off as well as your tango show. Additional cost is restaurants fees. The price for this tour is 270 pesos per person. ($90USD)

Special Buenos Aires tour, the day of tango tourFor the Special Day Of Tango Tour which lasts 12 hours and includes a city tour, a tango history tour, 3 different areas of the city, a tango lesson, lunch, dinner, and a tango show, and more, the price is 450 pesos per person. ($150USD)


Please contact us for further information or to reseve your Beunos Aires tour.

Buenos Aires Tango

The largest cultural contribution Argentina has made to the world in the last 100 years is Tango. So if you are visitng Buenos Aires Argentina, the smartest way to get a feel for the cultural, the history, and the passion, is by taking the Tango Tour. This Buenos Aires Tango Tour combines history, and Tango lesson, City sightseeing, A Tango Show, a Tango Dinner and much more.

Follow this link for Buenos Aires Tango Tours in English.

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Argentina Worries About Importing Oil

Farm groups cheer the anti horading law however, some analysts questioned the efficacy of a law passed by former president Juan Domingo Perón in 1974, and little used since then.
The head of the FAA farming federation, Eduardo Buzzi said “I’m glad the government announced that it will be applying the law. I discussed this issue with Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno last week, so I was glad when he announced it.”
In turn, Luciano Miguens, the head of the powerful Argentine Rural Society, admitted that “there is a shortfall in supply. We have been saying this for some time. We know that imported prices are way above local prices, but that is something the oil companies will have to discuss with the government.
“There is no doubt that there is a shortage of some products in the market at a time when the farm sector needs fuel. The harvest is in full swing and we are really worried,” he told a local radio station.
A third farming leader, Néstor Roulet, who is the vice-president of the Argentine Rural Confederations, said in a radio interview that “the issue is a bit more complicated than importing it; the issue is how do you import it.
“Today you go to a service station and they give you 20 or 30 pesos worth. Farmers are waiting to see whether it will rain or whether there will be diesel fuel, they can’t go on like this,” he emphasized.

This article is taken from The Buenos Aires Herald

10 Things To Know About Teaching English In Buenos Aires Argentina

Here is some honest and truthful advice to anyone who is considering teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina.

10 Things To Know About Teaching English In Buenos Aires Argentina.

1. It helps to have a TEFL degree and a TEFL degree will cost you $1500 USD. The course is located in Buenos Aires and will last 4 weeks. It is intensive training about how to teach, however “what” you teach will take you some time to learn. You will have to re teach yourself English. The TEFL degree is not necessary to get jobs teaching English in Buenos Aires but it will improve your odds of finding work by more than 50%. And it can be used all over the world.

2. If you need to teach English to survive, you are going to be poor and to be honest, it is almost impossible to only teach English and survive in Buenos Aires. The pay scale is still 15 – 20 pesos per hour. However that “hour” does not account for preparation time and travel time. Think of each hour you are paid for as 2 -3 hours of work on your part. At best, you may work 6 “hours” a day but it will actually require more like 12 hours on the job and on a good day you may make 90 pesos. Please do the math for your rent and your pay before you consider teaching English in Buenos Aires as a “real” job.

3. Working for language institutes. The quickest way to begin teaching English in Buenos Aires is by working for language institutes. If you graduate from EBC with your TEFL degree, you will be given a list of language institutes in Buenos Aires to work for. It’s a good idea to start contacting these folks and start setting up interviews. Many of these schools are terrible. Some will try not to pay you at all, while others will pay you a percentage, and some will take taxes of 11% from you while others do not. In order to get enough hours for me to make just enough money to survive in Buenos Aires, I had to work for 5 language schools for the first several months until they felt comfortable with me and then I stuck with 3 schools. Some were better than others and I noticed the smaller schools tended to be more organized. But even those are over managed and sloppy. There are more bad language schools than good ones so when you go to an interview, make sure to interview them too.

4. Getting your paycheck will require some extra steps. Typically, a language institute in Buenos Aires will pay you at the end of the month. They will give you a check and you will have to go to the bank that it was issued from and stand in line, show your passport and collect the money. This takes about an hour and a half and is one more thing you have to do that you will not be paid for. This is illegal too if you do not have a tax ID however the bank will still cash the check. Some schools will not hire you unless you have a tax ID while others will. Getting a tax ID for teaching English in Buenos Aires is a process of first having a police man come to your home and sign a paper saying you live there, then going to a government office and asking for a factura or tax ID. Many people are denied for whatever reason. Many people simply choose never to get one and just work “under the table” however if you choose this, many schools will deduct 11% to pay the taxes for you.

5. Travel Time– Most language schools you will be working for in Buenos Aires will send you to teach at the student’s office. The time it takes you to travel there will not be compensated for. Most of the students work in the Microcenter so if you don’t live near there, you will spend a lot of time of buses or in the subte. Forget a taxi because a teacher’s salary cannot afford it. Typically I took about 6 buses a day and learning which bus went where took some time. Get a Giat (bus Schedule) Some schools will want to send you out to an office away from the city. They may schedule a remiss (taxi) for you to be picked up in and taken 45 mins somewhere, and then back. Although they will pay for this, the time it takes is not compensated for.

6. Being a teacher in Buenos Aires requires doing stuff you don’t get paid for. In addition to travel time, and spending an hour at the bank picking up your paycheck, there are other things you have to do that you won’t get paid for. Like spending time to plan your lessons. For me, a 2 hour lesson requires 40 mins of preparation time. Also, you will want to work out a policy for photocopies since most of the students don’t have books, you will have to photocopy the lesson from a book. Or you may want to print out something from the Internet, which costs 50centavos per page. Not cheap. Photocopies are 10-15 centavos. Also, the language schools often have bi monthly teachers meetings about testing and other things. This will require a few more hours you won’t be paid for. And if you are required to grade homework or tests for finals, then add more hours you are not on the clock. It adds up. You may well be very very busy with very little money.

7. The Students are great. Although teaching English in Buenos Aires does not pay well, there are other rewards such as meeting very interesting and successful people from a different culture that want to know more about your culture. If you teach for institutes, then many of the students will work for large companies and be excellent students because their livelihood requires it. Students are typically very polite however they can often be extremely busy and many classes will be canceled, meaning you may not get paid for the time. Chances are you will find one or two students that you click with and make long lasting friendships. It’s almost like getting paid to meet people and sightsee.

8. Working hours of an English teacher in Buenos Aires. Typically you are on call from 8am – 8pm Monday through Friday. You may teach a morning class, then an afternoon class then an evening class at three different locations. Classes range in time from an hour to 4 hours. (I have found that an hour and a half is perfect.) These are subject to cancellation at the last minute. You may be asked to substitute for another teacher at the last minute also. You will get holidays off but you may not know when they are. You can always tell a holiday if you wake up and don’t hear the deafening sound of buses and street noise. Many students do not take classes in the summer months because it’s simply too hot in the office buildings. You may get a few months of very little work during Dec, Jan and Feb.

9. Others places to teach English in Buenos Aires. The quickest and easiest way to find work as an English teacher in Buenos Aires is to work for the language institutes. However I have never met anyone who actually enjoyed them. Some of them can be very nasty and difficult to deal with. There are other options. Acquiring private students to teach will double your income and give you twice as much freedom. You can charge 30 pesos per hour, which is what the institutes are charging and you can set up your own syllabus. Some teachers end up working for a private school in the suburbs and teach children for about 2 – 3,000 pesos per month. And other teachers find one mega client like a bank or a small business and you can teach all the employees there everyday. The view of most teachers is that if you are still teaching English for the institutes full time after 6 months, you are doing something wrong or you don’t need money.

10. Very few people take it seriously. There are 2 kinds of English teachers. Native teachers and non-native. The Non Native English teachers take the job serious and have studied half of their life to learn how to do it. Most of them are excellent teachers. The native teachers are just passing though and often don’t prepare well for classes, or concern themselves with the job. However the students simply enjoy the chance to just converse with a native. But, sooner or later, if you don’t take it too seriously, you may be fired. But in the end, just showing up on time is 70% of teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina.

Because of all this, many people start teaching English in Buenos Aires and soon discover the pay is poor and there is little time to do anything or any money to do it. And the last thing you feel like doing is learning another language. Out of the 7 people I got my TEFL degree with, only one was still teaching English full time a year later.

This article about the ten things everyone should know about teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina, was written by Tom Wick who lives in Buenos Aires Argentina and has been an English teacher for several years as well as an expert travel guide and Argentina travel consultant. If you would like more information about teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina, please contact Tom at:

Many people write to me asking more questions about teaching English in Buenos Aires which is great. But here is a letter that may answer some more of your questions.

Hi Nick,

Thanks for writing again and providing all your personal info.

The simple truth is that teaching English for the Language Institutes in Buenos Aires is not a good situation. It’s where most foreigners work at first because the legalities can be bypassed and almost anyone can get hired.  But if you do the math, you can clearly see that you can’t make enough money to live on, and the institutes don’t always treat teachers very well. For the majority of native English teachers, they don’t need money, and plan on spending 3 -6 months in town and these institutes are a decent way to experience the culture. But ask anyone who has been there longer than 3 months, and you will get sharp hatred about it.

The other thing to know if you are going to be in Buenos Aires for a year, is that the diet is limited. The menu’s are almost all the same, no spicy food, mostly Italian, and some Spanish food. After awhile, everyone starts to complain about the limited types of food in the grocery stores and restaurants. So I’m just warning you.

A couple other warnings for you. Trying to rent a long term apartment as a foreigner is going to be difficult. It is the #1 most difficult thing about living in Buenos Aires for an extended time. Most landlords won’t rent to foreigners unless you pay 6 months upfront. If this is not an issue for you, then no problem, but after you have lived there 6 months, you may had difficulty coming up with another 6 months down payment. Some people I know just bought an apartment, but that can be a little tricky too. Some people just bounce around in the monthly rentals (like but they are 3 times the price the locals pay and on a teachers salary, it’s not an option. I found a crappy place that someone had just been murdered in, and cut a deal with the landlord to fix it up. It’s possible to find landlords like that, but it’s going to take lots of time searching. Or you can roomate with a local and bypass all the trouble.

The other warning I have is that the quality of life in Buenos Aires is low. I slowly began to see that and then I really saw it. It’s a city of 16million people. Pollution is the norm and some people have trouble breathing after awhile. It’s very loud, very hectic and very busy. Usually a year of it is no big deal but 2 or 3 and it can drive you crazy.

So, I just wanted to let you know about these things in advance. Now for teaching. My advice is to work for the private (not public) high schools or grade schools in the suburbs. These schools are bi-lingual and almost all the teachers are Argentine. They need native teachers who are willing to commit for a year, which is rare. You may teach English, and math in English, and even science in history at the high schools. Or something more simple at the grade schools. The pay is about 2000-3000 pesos per month but you will make more if you offer private lessons after school. Lots more! Finding a job at one of these requires you to search for them in the phone book and newspaper. San Isidro is the richest suburb and I would start there, find the private bi lingual schools by calling and asking. Put together a resume and go for the interview. Always dress in a suit. Dressing well in Argentina goes a long long way.

The best time to find these jobs is now before the next school season begins. Also, if you are hired by a real school, you may get a real work visa, and if you do, finding a place to live will be much easier.

Do you need a TEFL? Well, that’s a difficult question. I got one because I was worried about finding a job. But looking back, it was a big waste of money in many ways. In Buenos Aires, the TELF program at EBC is $1500 for a one month intense class. It’s decent but certainly over priced. In many ways, it’s a teacher factory for all the evil English Institutes that cater to business people. I went through all that, along with others, only to discover  it’s a dead end.

But getting a TEFL surely will help you get a job at the private suburban schools. However, I have known many teachers who did not have one who got a job anyway. They did have some prior teaching experience though.

Also, getting a TEFL at EBC in Buenos Aires will give you local contacts for your future employer to call which is a good thing.

It’s up to you. If it were me, doing it again, I might try to bluff my way first. Go directly to the private suburban schools and try to get a job and perhaps embellish about prior experience. If it fails, well, spend the money and a month to get your darn TEFL. I can tell you that getting the TEFL is all about how to teach, more than what you will be teaching. So if you already think you know how to teach, then skip the TEFL.

Getting a TEFL outside Argentina would defeat the purpose of gaining local references.

Wow, this is getting long. Sorry about that. Just one more warning. Although the people of Buenos Aires are very nice and very down to earth, they are shrewd in business and there is a reputation of not always treating foreigners working there well. So be careful. But most of the time, I found I was treated very well so long as I worked hard and did what I was asked.

Well, I hope all this gives you some clues to navigate by. You won’t make a whole lot of money in Argentina, but you will explore a whole new culture and that is priceless.

Bueno Suerte

Dentist In Buenos Aires That Speaks English

If you are looking for a good dentist in Buenos Aires that speaks English then I can help you.

I am not affiliated with this Beunos Aires dentist in any way. I searched for about a month looking for a dentist that spoke English and finally found one through a friend. This dentist was kind, professional and cost me 800 pesos to yank 2 of my teeth. I found the service more efficient than the American dentists I had been to and I found the whole experience quite nice.

Dr. Daniel M. Basanta
located in Congresso and Recoleta
4815 5200
4815 2144
cell 15 4411 5422

contact me if you need his email address

Or post your own expierence with a Buenos Aires dentist.

Ezeiza, Buenos Aires Airport Information

Ezeiza is the airport that services Buenos Aires Argentina. Most international flights to and from Argentina go through Ezeiza which is not far from downtown Buenos Aires Argentina.

Here is some important Buenos Aires airport information.

Flying to Buenos Aires Argentina.  – When you are flying into Ezeiza international airport, you will be greeted by 2 lines when you exit the plane. 1 line is for people who have Argentina passports. And the other, much longer line is for foreigners. This line takes about 45 minutes or less to wait in and when it’s your turn to get your passport stamped, you may be asked a few questions about your visit. Sometimes they speak English, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they ask you questions, sometimes they don’t. But generally you will get your 90 day tourist visa here and your passport stamped.

Ezeiza airport customs imports. – If you are from Argentina, or anywhere else, and are bringing expensive items or goods with you that are not made in Argentina, you may end  paying a large sum for them. For example, if you bringing a guitar worth $1,000USD from the US, then you will have to pay a $500 tax for it. There are ways around it, but this is generally the rule.

The exceptions are laptop computers which usually are allowed and even desktop computers have been allowed without tax.

When I brought my cats, I paid a $11USD tax each for them.

Picking up your bags and luggage.  – Once you clear the passport and the customs then you walk through a hallway to pick up your luggage. There are carts here for free if you have lots of stuff.

Entering the terminal.  – Once you have your luggage then you will walk through sliding glass doors. You will see some money exchange places and some airport shuttle booths before the glass doors. Just keep on going.

Immediately after walking through the glass doors you will see all the wonderful Argentine people waiting for loved ones who have traveled abroad. You may find some crying and emotional people here. You will also see people waiting for a specific person with their names on cards.

Before you do anything. Take a right and walk around the glass partion and keep going all the way to the back where you will see a blue Banco sign. This bank has the best currency exhange rate in the airport. Wait in line for a few minutes and get about 400 pesos.

Getting to downtown Buenos Aires from Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina.  – You have several options for getting to your hotel or where ever you need to go in Buenos Aires from the airport. I strongly suggest that you take the white taxis. It ends up being almost the same price as the shuttle and is a much nicer service. Cost is 54 pesos. To get a white taxi, go to the middle of the terminal after you get your currency exchange and you will see a white both. Tell them, “Capital Federal” and have an address of where you are staying. You will pay and then soon a guy will escort you and your bags to a white taxi. Then you will be driven safely to your next destination in Buenos Aires. It will take about 40 minutes or less.

If you hail a cab from the curb, you will be sorry. These cabs have a history of robbing people. If you take the shuttle, then you will be dropped off downtown and still have to take a taxi or the subway to your final destination. Saving you about 15 pesos but adding about 30 minutes.

Leaving Buenos Aires Argentina at Ezeiza international airport.  – My advice for getting to Ezeiza International airport from Buenos Aires is the same as for getting to the city. Take the white taxi. In fact, try to remember to keep their card that they will give you when you catch them the first time. The other option I endorse in the time honred Manuel Leon Tienda airport shuttle. These guys have been around since 1927. The cost is $25 pesos per person and this option makes sense if you are traveling alone. You get the shuttle in Retiro a little ways away from the English Tower. I strongly advise agaisnt catching a black and yellow taxi and a private remise is also a gamble. So take the white taxi if you can and make it easy on yourself. 

Leaving Buenos Aires. –  It takes about 40 minutes to get to the Ezeiza airport from downtown Buenos Aires. If you are taking an international flight, make sure to get there 2 hours before the flight leaves.

There are 2 ports at Ezeiza international airport. One for domestic flights which is the first port you come to, and one for international flights which is the second port. Enter into the terminal and you will see the lines.

First you wait in line and deal with immigrations. If your visa has expired, then you pay a 50 pesos fine but it’s a 3 step situation that will add an hour. If your visa did not expire, then you clear immigrations and wait to check your luggage.

Once checked in, you must go and stand in another line to pay an airport tax. I think it’s about 57 pesos.

Once you have this, then go to your gate. Before you go through security, you can take your receitps or facturas and get a tax refund. This can be substantial and I recommend that you keep your receipts for everything you buy while shopping in Buenos Aires. After you go through security, you enter a duty free shopping mall. It’s good and cheap and worth buying stuff. There is only 1 kiosk here so try to get gum before getting to airport.

Then you go to your gate and your carry on bags are checked along with passport and ticket and airport tax receipt.

Then you get on the plane and say good bye to Argentina.

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San Telmo Buenos Aires

San Telmo

San Telmo is a unique barrio in  Buenos Aires Argentina. This old neighborhood is lined with classic Spanish architecture from the days when Tango was just beginning. San Telmo was rich, poor, rich then poor again. Finally in the 1980´s the city of Buenos Aires designated it a historical zone thus protecting much of the orginal architecture, but also angering many of the citizens. But for now, San Telmo is perserved for your veiwing pleasure. 


Pictures of san telmo  

San Telmo has an excellent arts and crafts fair on Sundays at Plaza Dorrego. After the fair, there is a milonga which is a large Tango dance. This neighborhood is filled with antique shops and holds the oldest active shopping mall in Buenos Aires. Restaurants are also very interesting in this area. And there are many excellent Tango shows offered too.

Pictures of San Telmo

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The Day Of Buenos Aires Tour

Day Of Buenos Aires Tour

The Day Of Buenos Aires Tour will allow you to see a large portion of the City Of Buenos Aires, and its attractions, in a short period of time. This tour is a private tour with transportation included as well as hotel pick up.

If you would like to combine some of our other tours and create your own day, or if you would like us to create a special day for you, then this tour is perfect.

Possible Attractions For This Tour Include:

1. Puerto Madero

2. Flordia Street

3. The Downtown and Microcentro

4. Ave Nuevo De Julio (widest street in the world)

5. Recoleta Cemetery

6. Caminito

7. San Telmo

8. Tango Lessons

9. Restaurants and Nightlife

10. Recoleta

11. Tango History

12. Argentina History and Govenment

13. Evita Peron

14. Colon Theater

15. The Theater District

The Day Of Buenos Aires Tour is guided in English by professional tour guides living in Buenos Aires.

Prices for this tour will vary depending on where you would like to go and what you would like to see with a minimum of 100 pesos per person. The minimum length for this tour is 4 hours and the maximum is 12 hours.

Please contact us about this tour and we will be happy to arrange it for you.

About the author of this blog.

Tom Wick is an American expat living in Buenos Aires. An expert travel consultant and tour guide offering free travel inforamtion and private guided tours of Buenos Aires.

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Please write to me about any Buenos Aires Argentina travel information or about living in Buenos Aires as an expat.

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October 2006