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Quickfacts

Basic Facts About Buenos Aires:

  • City inhabitants: Porteños
  • Population: 13 million (including surrounding areas)
  • Record breaker: The street of 9 de Julio is the widest in the world, with 16 lanes!
  • Famous landmarks: Casa Rosada, National Congress Building, the Obelisk, Teatro Colón, Recoleta Cemetery (where Eva Perón is buried)
  • Famous faces: Eva Perón (Evita), Carlos Gardel, Diego Maradona, Che Guevara, Jorge Luis Borges
Tourism

What To Do in Buenos Aires While Learning Spanish

Why choose Buenos Aires, Argentina to study? It is an ideal city for any student. Follow our quick tips and student guide for Buenos Aires and you will soon feel like a true Porteño!

Buenos Aires is unique in that it combines Latin American passion and charm with European elegance. It is a city bursting with modern and classic culture with a world-class restaurant and nightlife scene. There are so many exciting things to do in the city (as demonstrated in the following student guide for Buenos Aires). The options are endless! Practicing Spanish is at the top of the list, of course. When it comes to exploring Buenos Aires, let Expanish be your Buenos Aires tour guide!

Top 5 Sights:

  • The Obelisk
  • Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo
  • Puerto Madero
  • Recoleta Cemetery
  • Caminito – La Boca

Top 5 Things To Do:

  • Take a guided bike tour around the city
  • Drink coffee at the historic Cafe Tortoni
  • Explore the fashion boutiques and restaurants of Palermo
  • Take the antique A line of the subway
  • Browse the antiques and markets in San Telmo
Cultural

5 Cultural Activities:

  • See a show at Teatro Colon
  • View Latin American modern art at the MALBA museum
  • Visit the Evita museum
  • Enjoy the drums at La Bomba de Tiempo
  • Take a graffiti tour and uncover the city’s street art scene or take a historical tour
Going Out

5 Nights Out:

  • Eat steak at one of the city’s famous steakhouses
  • Sip cocktails at Palermo’s best night spots
  • Dance until dawn at one of the famous nightclubs
  • Watch and dance the Tango at a traditional milonga
  • Try empanadas and the finest pizza outside of Italy
City Escapes

5 Sights Outside of Buenos Aires:

  • Tigre and the river delta
  • San Antonio de Areco and the Gaucho Festival
  • Colonia, a charming and picturesque town in Uruguay
  • Iguazu Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world
  • Mendoza’s wine region to try some of South America’s best wine
Sports

5 Sports Activities:

  • Watch a game of Polo
  • Go to a Boca Juniors fútbol game
  • Watch a match of the Pumas national rugby team
  • Attend a horse race at the Hipódromo
  • Go for a run around the ecological reserve
Cost of Living

Below is a brief look into the cost of living. Please keep in mind that Buenos Aires experiences an annual inflation rate of 40%, so you could see higher prices upon arrival.

  • Cup of Coffee: AR$40
  • Bottle of water or soda: AR$15
  • Breakfast (at a restaurant): AR$40 to AR$120
  • Lunch (at a restaurant): AR$80 to AR$150
  • Dinner (at a restaurant): AR$120 to AR$500
  • Ice Cream: AR$50
  • Empanada: AR$15
  • Bus ride: AR$9
  • Subway ride: AR$11
  • Monthly gym membership: AR$400 to AR$1000
  • Drink at a bar: AR$50 to AR$100
Local Terms
  • Porteño – a person from the port (the city of Buenos Aires)
  • Asado – a typical Argentine barbecue
  • Mate – an herbal, loose leaf tea drank from a gourd and a metal straw
  • Tango – the national dance
  • Colectivo / Bondi – a public bus
  • Subte – the subway (metro)
  • SUBE – the public transportation card needed to ride both the subway and bus
  • Locutorio – an internet and phone center
  • Cajero Automático – ATM (Cash Machine)
  • Che – an informal way to address another person
Travel Tips

What kind of plugs are in Argentina?
Argentina has two types of plugs – the European plug with two circular metal pins and the Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade.

Electricity: 220v
You can buy a transformer and/or electrical adaptor at most travel stores, but these items can also be found in any hardware store in Buenos Aires and are inexpensive.

Weather

Buenos Aires has a temperate climate all year round, meaning that the city experiences all four seasons. Temperatures peak around January and February during summer and are at their lowest in the winter months of July and August, but they do not drop below 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit). With such a pleasant and mild climate, Buenos Aires is a great place to study any time of the year.