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Buenos Aires

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  • Buenos Aires
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Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina is a vibrant metropolis, home to some 4 million people in the center and 16 million in the metropolitan area, eye-catching architecture both old and new, and a sizzling arts and cultural scene. The city is a major commercial, financial and political centre for Latin America and an important business meeting point; it is ranked by the International Congress & Conventions Association (ICCA) as the No. 1 city in all of the South America for international meetings.

History
The City of Buenos Aires was founded twice. It was first founded in 1536, when the Spanish colonizer Pedro de Mendoza established the first settlement. He named it ‘Ciudad del Espíritu Santo y Puerto Santa María del Buen Ayre’ (City of the Holy Spirit and Port Saint Mary of the Good Air). The second and final foundation was made by Juan de Garay in 1580, who named the city 'Ciudad de Trinidad' (City of Trinity).
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the port was the point of arrival for the big immigration wave promoted by the Argentine State to populate the nation. Spanish, Italians, Syrian-Lebanese, Poles and Russians engraved on Buenos Aires that cultural eclecticism which distinguishes it.

Throughout the twentieth century, successive internal migration from Latin America and the Orient made Buenos Aires a cosmopolitan city, where people from different cultures and religions live together.
 
Getting there 
There are two airports that serve the Buenos Aires metropolitan area: Aeroparque Jorge Newbery​​ (AEP)​​ which has mostly domestic and regional flights and Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) which handles most international flights. ​​​

Population
Argentina's current population is over 42 million people, almost half of which live in the City and the Province of Buenos Aires. People per square kilometer amount to 14.

Language
The official language of Argentina is Spanish, and differs from the other Latin American variants in the pronunciation of some words. Many of the immigrant communities have preserved their mother tongue and there are at least 17 aboriginal languages.

Currency
The official currency of Argentina is the Argentinean Peso. There are $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $2 notes and $2.00, $1.00 and 50, 25, 10 cent coins.
Even when US dollars and euros are generally welcome, foreign currency may be exchanged at banks and exchange offices. The passport is required to exchange money. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are welcome.

The exchange rate in Argentina is convenient for foreign tourists. Tourists may also request the reimbursement of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) paid for items bought at stores with the VAT Reimbursement notice: Tax Free.
To get the reimbursement , all bills or tickets should be kept and a form needs to be completed. On the day of departure, tourists have to go to the Information Booths at the airport.

Stores Open Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Malls are open seven days a week, from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Working Hours
In Buenos Aires the working hours are usually from 9 am. until 6 pm. From Monday to Friday. So you will find that Buenos Aires downtown remains barely empty after 7 pm. This is beacuse we have most of the offices and commercial locations mainly in this area.

Passports
We suggest you to keep your passports in the safe of the Hotel and to go around the City with a photocopy of it. If you need to exchange money on an exchange office you will need the original. In case you don’t need to exchange money we suggest you to leave it in the Safety Box. 

Tipping
Tipping depends on your thoughts and feelings about the service. 
If you are happy with the service, a 10% tip is customary, particularly in restaurants or cafés.

Electricity
In most of the Hotels of Buenos Aires you will find adaptors for your chargers, laptops, notebook, iPads, etc. In Argentina most of the plugs have 220 V of electricity, depending on the Hotel you could find some plugs that has 110 V. Please, ask this to the Hotel Consierge or Receptionist.

Public Transportation
For public transports you will need the Card “Sube”.
With this Card you will be able to go around the City using Buses, Metro-Bus, Trains, Subways and all its combinations. You can buy it at any “Kiosko” (Drugstore) or at the Subway station. You will have to charge some credit in it.

Taxis 
If you are going to wave at a taxi on the street we suggest you to do it at “Radio Taxies”. This taxies are safe and they have the Licence number written on the front door inside a yellow circle and a telephone number on the back door. This number can help you in case you forget something in the vehicle. There are several “Radio Taxi” companies, for example: “Premium”, “Pidalo”, “Alo”, “Paris”, “Porteño”, “Del Plata”, etc.
If you ask for a taxi in the Hotel, please ask them to fetch you a “Radio Taxi” and then to give you a control of the Taxi.


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