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El Cuartito

El Cuartito (937 Talcahuano, Buenos Aires) —  anyone walking into this brick oven pizza restaurant will notice there’s a sense of history here.  That’s because it’s been in business since the 1930s (through the ups and downs of the country’s turbulent history and economy) – reflected by the posters and photos on its walls.  The […]

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Cumaná

Cumaná (1149 Rodriguez Peña, Recoleta, Buenos Aires) – this restaurant in the Recoleta district serves both Argentine meals (such as cazuelas de camarones – a favored prawn dish), and various ítems baked in its adobe oven – from humita (a mix of corn, cheese, and spices wrapped in a cornhusk) to locros (pork belly, chorizo […]

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Bus

Bus – Buenos Aires has a large and often confusing network of bus lines that go in and out of the city (with various independent bus lines covering the city and its outskirts.  The minimum fare on these lines is $1.50   Check the following website for info on the various lines and geographic areas it […]

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Metro

Metro – Buenos Aires’ Metro system (known locally as the “Subte”—short for subterráneo) opened in 1913, and is the quickest & safe way to get around town.  It has six lines (A, B, C, D, E and H).  Four parallel lines run from downtown to the capital’s western and northern outskirts, while Línea C runs […]

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TAXI

Buenos Aires has over 40,000 taxis in circulation (most of which are painted in black & yellow) and are usually easily to find in the city’s major avenues.  Any taxi with the red-lit “Libre” sign (on the corner of the windshield) is available.  Such taxis are metered.  The initial fare is $10 during the day […]

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Bosques de Palermo

Bosques de Palermo (Buenos Aires) – a.k.a. “Parque Tres de Febrero”, this 400 hectare park is located in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires, and is considered the city’s version of New York’s Central Park.  Designed with the help of prominent French landscape designer Carlos Thays, the park was first inaugurated in 1875 and has […]

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Avenida Corrientes

Avenida Corrientes (Av. Callao & Av. Corrientes, Buenos Aires) – this is one of the most important thoroughfares in the city of Buenos Aires.  Stretching some 8.6km from Puerto Madero up to Chacarita, Avenida Corrientes got its current name in 1822 in homage to the province of Corrientes, which was the first to support the […]

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Avenida de Mayo

Avenida de Mayo (downtown Buenos Aires)— this is the central avenue in the city of Buenos Aires.  The street connects the two main government buildings in the city, the Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo with the National Congress and Plaza Congreso. Both sides of the street are lined with tall, decorative buildings with wrought-iron […]

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Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk

Avenida 9 de Julio and the Obelisk (downtown Buenos Aires) – this multi-lane boulevard is the world’s widest avenue.  It’s named after Argentina’s Independence Day (July 9th).  The avenue runs from the Retiro district in the north to Constitucion station in the south, roughly one kilometer to the west of the Rio de la Plata […]

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Argentina — THINGS TO SEE AND DO

With Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas ushering in Spanish colonialism through much of the Americas, Spanish explorers arrived in the sparsely-populated South American country now known as Argentina in 1516 (at a geographic site known as Rio de la Plata).  Since Argentina was not known for having significant deposits of gold (unlike Peru), no […]