Buenos Aires is the Capital of the Argentine Republic.
It is located on the River Plate coast.
The Río de la Plata and the Riachuelo are the natural
borders of the city on the east and south, respectively.
The rest of the metropolitan perimeter is surrounded by
the General Paz Avenue from north to west. This avenue
provides a fast connection between the city and the
Greater Buenos Aires, a densely populated area with
important business and industrial activity.
The climate of Buenos Aires is mild all year round. The
mean annual temperature is 18º C (64.4º F), making
extremely hot and cold days very infrequent. Thus,
visitors can enjoy walking around the city in any
July is the coldest month. Although frosts are rare, a
woolen coat, a jacket or an overcoat.
In summer, the weather is hot and humid.
Rains are more frequent in autumn and spring (from
March to June and from September to December,
Summer (December 21 to March 20)
Autumn (March 21 to June 20)
Winter (June 21 to September 20)
Spring (September 21 to December 20)
From ºC to ºF: multiply by 1.8 and add 32.
From ºF to ºC: subtract 32 and multiply by 0.59.
| Month || + || / || - |
| January || 35 || 28 || 20 |
| February || 30 || 25 || 19 |
| March || 25 || 21 || 17 |
| April || 22 || 17 || 13 |
| May || 19 || 14 || 10 |
| June || 15 || 11 || 7 |
| July || 14 || 10 || 5 |
| August || 16 || 11 || 6 |
| September || 18 || 14 || 9 |
| October || 22 || 17 || 13 |
| November || 25 || 20 || 15 |
| December || 29 || 25 || 18 |
Buenos Aires has always been an open-door city. Its
inhabitants are called "porteños", which makes reference
to the fact that the city is a port. The inhabitant of the
province of Buenos Aires is called bonaerense.
The official language is Spanish. Something to note is
the use of "vos" (you) instead of the Spanish "tú" for
informal treatment, and the use of "che" to address a
person. Most people involved in tourist activities speak
The "che" is an informal expression used
to call the attention of the interlocutor. It
allows to call somebody without saying
his/ her name: "che, can you tell me what's the time?"
Argentina recognizes the freedom of worship. The
official religion is that of the Roman Catholic Church.
There are also other places of public worship,
such as the Jewish central synagogue, and the
Mosque of Palermo neighborhood.
Vaccination is neither obligatory nor necessary to visit
Buenos Aires since the city is safe from the sanitary
viewpoint. The public water supply is reliable. Public
hospitals - available for tourists offer a 24-hour
emergency service, without charge. Argentine
physicians are considered excellent professionals
SAME, the ambulance emergency service is also for
free. Call number 107.
Buenos Aires is a safe city, but as in any other big city in
the world, the tourist should take some precautions. For
example, avoid leaving your purse or bag hanging from
chairs in public places, as well as walking at night along
poorly lit areas.
You may visit the city all the year round. January
(summer) is the quietest month since many residents
are on vacation, but the cultural offer is still abundant
If you stay for several days, you may combine city tours
with visits to places around the city such as the Delta (of
the Paraná river), estancias (ranch houses), or Martín
Banks, businesses and some shops close on holidays,
but most cinemas and theaters are open.
Generally, companies offering city tours and excursions
do not suspend their services.
If a holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday or between
Tuesday and Friday, it is generally transferred to the
next or previous Monday.
The time zone corresponds to GMT-3 and currently no
change is made in the summer months.
Activity in Buenos Aires starts in the first hours of the
day and extends until late at night.
Shops are open Monday through Fridays, from 9 am to
8 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm; however,
shops located in important avenues are open on
Saturday afternoon. In shopping centers, hours usually
extend until 10 pm, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Banks open at 10 am and close at 3 pm (some banks
extend their closing time to 4 pm). Cash extractions and
other transactions may be made in ATMs, 24 hours a
Telephones Calling from Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has many public telephone booths.
Public phones operate with:
- 5, 10, 25, 50-cent and 1-peso coins.
- Phone cards that may be bought at any quiosco (sweet and tobacco stalls).
These phones support urban, national and international calls.
In addition to public phones, there are many communications centers (locutorios and telecentros)
offering telephone, fax and internet services.
For international calls, dial: 00 + country code + area
code + local number.
Telephones Calling to Buenos Aires
The country code for Argentina is 54, and the area code
for Buenos Aires is 11.
For example, to call to 4555-5555 from outside the
country, you should dial: 0054-11-4555-5555.
The Argentine currency is the peso ($).
There are notes of $ 100, $ 50, $ 20, $ 10, $ 5 and $ 2, and
coins of $ 1, 50 cents, 25 cents, 10
cents, 5 cents, and 1 cent.
The U.S. dollar is the most common foreign currency.
Banks and currency exchange offices,
where you must present your passport, exchange
foreign currency. Shops accept credit cards and dollars.
Rate of Exchange
The exchange rate in Argentina is convenient
for the foreign tourist.
The main banking area is located in the so-called "city".
This area comprises the first five blocks
(numbered 100 to 500) of San Martín, Reconquista,
25 de Mayo, Sarmiento, Presidente
Juan Domingo Perón and Mitre streets.
The U.S. dollar is accepted in most shops,
but it is convenient to exchange them for pesos
in currency exchange offices or banks.
VAT in Argentina amounts to 21%.
At the airport, and on departure day, you may request to
be refunded the Value Added Tax (VAT) paid for articles
purchased in shops having a sign reading:
Tax Free. To that purpose, you should keep all invoices
or tickets and fill out a form you may request
at the Airport.
In Argentina is 220 volt, 50-cycle alternating current.
Power outlets have 2 cylindrical holes or 2 flat holes
with ground connection. It is convenient to bring an
adaptor for these outlets to use your electric
devices without problems.
Secretariat of Tourism - Government of the City of Buenos Aires