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Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

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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.

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Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

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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

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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Caminito Buenos Aires



There is an area of Buenos Aires called Caminito. It is the world´s first free outdoor museum and was opened in 1959. Caminito is located in the neighborhood of La Boca, which is anything but a museum. La Boca is the oldest port in Buenos Aires and is rich in history and exotic tales. Not to mention the La Boca Juniors, a religion for football fans.

Caminito Caminito is painted many colors because the immigrants, mostly from Genoa Italy, worked on the shipyards here, and used the paint from the ships to paint their small dwellings, called conventillos. The Caminito we see today is a life size replica of what it used to be like at the beginning of the 1900’s when millions of European immigrants came to Buenos Aires seeking a better life.

The man that painted this area became a famous artist named Benito Quinquela Martin. He was raised in La Boca on the water front and from his childhood images, he painted the port. His works became world famous and he was asked to paint the outdoor museum itself. He also painted the inside of the school in this area and has his own museum next to it.

Caminito, La Boca The name Caminito is taken from a famous Tango song that depicts a small country road in Argentina. Which alludes to the Tango history found within this interesting neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The immigrants would socialize in the brothels and it was there that Tango found its feet.

Today in Caminito, you will find lots of tourists. And also some Tango street performers as well as Tango musicians playing in outdoor cafes. There is also some great shopping for a variety of interesting Argentina products. The activity here begins about 10am in the morning and shuts up shop at 6pm. The weekends are the most crowded.

Just a few blocks away is the La Boca Junior stadium. This famous icon can be toured during the day.

Caminito Beunos Aires If you would like more information about Caminito in Buenos Aires, or if you are interested in a tour of this area, and others, please do not hesitate to write to us and indicate your interest in viewing this special Argentina attraction.

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Iguazu Falls Pictures

Iguazu Falls Pictures

Enjoy these Iguazu Falls pictures taken in Feb of 2006. Iguazu Falls are located on the northern border of Argentina and Brazil. They are located in Iguazu National Park which is a semi tropical jungle and one of the fastest growing forests in the world.

Iguazu Falls pictures

The waterfall system consists of almost 300 falls, with heights of up to 70 meters, along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguassu River. The Garganta del Diablo (“Devil’s Throat”) is the most impressive of them all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Most of the falls are within Argentine territory, but from the Brazilian side a more panoramic view of the Garganta del Diable is obtained.

The Falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil).

The name Iguassu comes from the Guarani words y (water) and guasu (big). The legend says that a god pretended to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipú, who fled with her mortal lover in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

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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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