Monday, July 23, 2012

5 Things you must do while in Buenos Aires!

1. Go to La Bomba de Tiempo

Every Monday night a group of 15 musicians come together to play all types of percussion instruments at the Centro Cultural Konex (Saramiento 3131). Every week there is a different guest and the crowd of both tourists and locals go wild. It’s a unique experience, like nothing you’ve ever heard before. It lasts 3 hours but goes by too quickly! You’ll definitely want to go again! It's an incredible experience you don't want to miss! Every Monday, rain or shine! Plus monthly all night "Fiestas" on Saturdays.

2. Buy a Guia T (and try to master the bus lines!)
Trying to find your way around Buenos Aires can be a frightening/intimidating experience. You’ll learn quickly that the city streets are full of cars, taxis, and buses, and that if you’re crossing the street, it doesn’t mean cars will stop for you! But, don’t be scared! The bus system is incredible, anywhere you need to go there will be a bus that will take you there. 

Two life savers that help you find your way

1. the Guia-t, a tiny little guide that has a map of the city, where you find where you are, and where you want to go and it says which buses are in both areas. You can buy the guide at any Newstand and many kioscos.
2. or to find your way online, This helps you while you’re still at home. But make sure you never leave your house without your Guia t! (and you won’t look like a tourist, all the locals have them as well)

3. Have a drink in Plaza Serrano
The meeting place of Palermo, this plaza is full of people ALWAYS! With bars surrounding the entire plaza, you have plenty of options of which restaurant to choose from, and when the weather is nice (well, even when it’s not nice) you can sit outside and enjoy the Buenos Aires nightlife. Plus, if you go on the weekends there is the feria de Palermo that takes place in the plaza, so after taking a stroll around you will be very tempted to sit at one of the restaurants and people-watch!

4. Drink Mate in the park with friends
Any time the weather is nice, you pass by any park and it will be full of people of all ages..from families to friends and guarantee most, if not all, will be drinking “mate.” Although may taste strange at first, it is a custom that is shared throughout Argentina, and is a drink you must try. You can buy a mate (which is the cup your drink from) at any feria, or most street vendors, and yerbas (the herbs that go inside, looks like tea leaves more or less) can be bought in any store). Only precaution, don’t drink too much in the evening because it contains a lot of caffeine!

5. Go to the Casa Rosada at night time
La Casa Rosada, one of the top touristic destinations in Buenos Aires, located in the Centro, is always a site to see. But one thing you may not know is that at night, the entire building is lit up in pink and blue lights, and is beautiful!

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