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Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

11 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Buenos Aires, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 11 people living in Buenos Aires what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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It is the heart of the country, but it suffers from bad infrastructure and a government that arrived in 2007 and has not been changed, despite the fact that the transport system is stagnating and getting worse each year. No new metro stations have been built and due to the new national government’s policies for the average porteño it is impossible to pay a rent in his own city and has to leave for the outskirts in the Province of Buenos Aires. For foreigners, it may be OK if you don’t mind a country that gets closer to a civil war due to the new government, but for the average Argentine, as it happens with Argentina nowadays with Milei, this place was bad before and is starting to become hell on Earth.

First of all, a knowledge of Spanish will help you a lot if you’re new to Buenos Aires. While there are people who speak English, it is not the norm in Argentina and people may feel uncomfortable. Beyond that, Buenos Aires’ architecture is well known for keeping several neo-classical styles. In particular, visiting the Recoleta neighborhood (more so if you are walking down the Libertador Avenue) will remind you why several people refer to Buenos Aires as the Paris of Latin America with its French-like architecture mixed with Italian and to a lesser degree Spanish styles. San Telmo’s bohemian feel, particularly in the Lezama Park, is a must-see. Many also suggest visiting Caminito in La Boca for its colorful “conventillos” and the Tango vibes and spectacles (keep to the touristic zone, however, and go in groups). Be careful when showing your cellphone in the streets, however; crime is a reality in Argentina, and while it is not as high as places like Brazil or Uruguay, it exists. Our food is also quite tasty, particularly our meat (even if I don’t eat it myself). Do come to visit Argentina, we’re a bit of a mess, but a warm, welcoming and sometimes even elegant mess!

Lautaro, says: 2022

I recommend visiting the river and the Memory Park. It has a beautiful view and you can learn a lot about history and the dictatorships that took place in Argentina. Another very tourist place is El Obelisco. It’s placed in the middle of the biggest avenue in Argentina and Latin America.

Andrés, says: 2020

Buenos Aires is one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. It attracts 1,000s of tourists per year and argentians love receiving them with open arms. Its colours make everyone fall in love with our country. Known for its delicious meats, it has 100s of restaurants for a wide range of tastes.

As a capital city, Buenos Aires can sometimes be loud. It is not the cleanest of the world, but it is not the dirtiest either. People are extremely friendly when they “detect” a foreign citizen. In summer it can get really hot and exhausting, but you can always look at the bright side, right?

Estefanía, says: 2020

Be cautious of muggers in the streets, especially in deserted areas after sundown. Another factor to consider is taking advantage of the vast availability of public transport as much as you can, given that it is fairly cheap and reliable.

Buenos Aires is, indeed one of the most remarkable cities in Latin America. This can be stated because of the rich story this city comprehends. Likewise, there are plenty of activities to dabble you want to spend some of your leisure time. It is the biggest city in Argentina and centralizes a very significant part of the economic activity of the country.

If moving to Buenos Aires, my advice would be as follows: be prepared to find a very big city, full of nightlife, culture and international dishes. People here are always willing to make you feel at home and a new member of the group.

Franco, says: 2020

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, with a heavy European influence. However, it is a city founded by immigrants, and so, it portrays many cultures. One thing that may be of importance to someone considering Buenos Aires as their future home is university is can become a doctor without paying a dime. And, the University of Buenos Aires is as open its own nationals as it is to foreigners.

Julieta, says: 2020

If moving to Buenos Aires, they should consider saving money for all the city tours available, since there are plenty of places to explore. If you weren’t born here, you should also consider taking some basic Argentinian Spanish classes due to our differences with Spanish.

Matias, says: 2020

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital city, has a climate well defined by its four seasons. That is, during spring and fall the weather and temperatures tend to be moderate. During winter, temperatures are relatively cold and sometimes tend to be very cold marked by the damp factor. On the other hand, summer tends to be hot and you may expect heavy thunderstorms during this season as well.

Franco, says: 2020

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