Getting Around Argentina
Buenos Aires is a vast city that houses a lot of people. The last population consensus of 2010 stated there were 2 million people in Buenos Aires proper, but the metropolitan area around it houses up to 13 million (World Population Review). Needless to say, Buenos Aires is huge. In my previous post, I talked about how Buenos Aires is still a cash only city, and that includes their trains and taxi systems. They all rely on cash payments, wether paying the taxi driver or loading up your train card. The only exception is Uber. Uber does work in Argentina, the only caveat is they do not accept American Express. My friend was unable to order an Uber with her Delta American Express Card, but I was able to order one with my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. This is a great way to save cash, however because taxi’s are very important in Buenos Aires, the Uber drivers want you to sit in the front seat so it doesn’t look like they’re driving you around.
One thing to note- even if you choose not to use Uber, it is significantly cheaper to take an Uber to the airport than it is a taxi. A taxi cost around $60USD and an Uber cost $35USD. This is the rate from the hotel, and it was about a 50 minute drive to the airport.
San Telmo, Buenos Aires
The area I stayed in was called San Telmo. This is considered the art and historical district, as there are many art galleries and preserved buildings in the area. We stayed at the Anselmo Hilton Hotel, a boutique hotel that was purchased by Hilton. It’s a great modern hotel that doesn’t feel like it’s out of place in the area. I stayed one night in the Circus Hostel & Hotel which is a few blocks from the Anselmo Hotel. The hostel was clean and friendly. It was your basic hostel, wasn’t overly amazing but wasn’t terrible as well. I stayed in a 6 bedroom with a private bathroom and it cost me $11.33 USD for the one night, plus $2.50USD for breakfast the next day.
On Sundays, in San Telmo and steps outside from the hotel, they have host a market. The market is full of antique items, homemade goods and arts and crafts. It’s the perfect place to get souvenirs that aren’t completely touristy nor are they overpriced.
We did a wine tasting at Pain et Vin (Address: Gorriti 5132, C1414BJT CABA, Argentina) which is located in Palermo. Palermo is the hip, young area in Buenos Aires. All the clubs, night life and shopping is in Palermo. The wine tasting was fantastic and very well priced. They were very knowledgeable about their wines and had quite a range to choose from. The wine tasting, for 3 wines with bread and cheese cost us $30USD. I ended up buying 3 bottles of wine and a bottle of olive oil, and including the cost of the wine tasting, it was $70USD total. It is locally owned by a family. They even included a box with bubble wrap for flying back, and I am happy to report all the bottles made it back in one piece. *Please note they are quite busy on the weekends and a reservation is encouraged, we went during the week and it wasn’t as busy.*
I didn’t want to make this post too long to read, I kept writing and I realized it was really long! I am splitting it up and will posting more about what I did in Buenos Aires in a few days.