Buenos Aires is a world class city. It is rightly called the Paris of South America. At one time, it was one of the richest and most prosperous cities on the planet. It still holds a lot of that charm. Some things for you to consider about Buenos Aires.
1) The climate is subtropical: Roughly similar to coastal South Carolina or Georgia. They do have palm trees, but Buenos Aire’s winters can be chilly. Snow and frost are rare, but it can hit the low 40’s or high 30’s during a winter’s nighttime – though it may bounce back to the 50’s in a winter’s daytime.
Summers are humid and hot, and many locals leave the city for the duration.
Spring and Autumn would be the best time to visit.
2) The seasons are reversed: Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere. So if you go to Buenos Aires in July, it is their winter. If you go in January, it is their summer.
3) Argentina is a democracy: The dicatatorship fell over 30 years ago. So do not worry about it, now.
4) Their currency is the Argentine peso ($): However, they use the same symbol as the US Dollar. So do not be fooled. As of October, 2017, the ratio was over 17.4 Arg $ to 1 US $. So if you see a price of $100 in Argentina, it is roughly only $5 and change. DO NOT GIVE THEM A $100 US Bill.
5) Buenos Aires is modern: Yet, it has some slums, as do all cities; but those are easy to avoid. Much of the city is quite modern. They have an impressive skyscraper skyline.
6) Buenos Aires is very European: There was a massive immigration to Argentina from Italy, Northern Spain, and Germany & Austria. Many other Latin America countries are mestizo (mixed Indian and European), but Argentina is different, with much of Argentina, especially Buenos Aires, populated by people who are European in ancestry. Not all, but far more than most Latin nations.
7) Buenos Aires is very Italian: Half or more of Argentines have some Italian extraction. This is particularly so of Buenos Aires. So many Italians were moving to Argentina around 1900, that the Italian government made it illegal to emigrate to South America for a while.
Yes, the Argentines speak Spanish – the Spanish got to that part of South America first – but Argentine Spanish has an enormous amount of Italian slang. The Argentines often say Ciao, instead of Adios; however, they spell it Chau.
8) The dictator Juan Perón was part-Italian (see above): Yes, he was also part-Spanish as well; but he boasted of his Italian ancestry. He was also part-Basque, part-Scottish, and English or Welsh (Click Here), believe it or not. He claimed to have some native Tehuelche Indian in him, but historians have held that claim to be suspect. He may have been grandstanding to the electorate to claim a native ancestry.
9) Argentina has a lot of Germans: Anywhere from 6 to 10% of Argentines are German in whole or part. Most Germans arrived in Argentina before or around World War I. Most German-Argentines had no connection to the Nazis. No one is quite sure how many Germans are in Argentina, because of immigration issues. Around the time of WW I, there were ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe who entered Argentina under many passports. They still spoke Germans, and were descended from Germans, but when they entered Argentina, they had another passport. So all figures admit the number of Germans in Argentina may be higher than the official figures.
10) The Argentines call the disputed islands Las Malvinas: The Argentinas still want those islands back from Britain. They call them Las Malvinas, not the Falkland Islands. It is a sore point with them. They think the British stole the islands from them in the 19th century; and they do have a point.
11) The Argentines love beef: The Argentinës eat more beef than anyone else on the planet. The Pampas start just outside Buenos Aires. Be aware, however, that they like their beef well done. So if you want it rare, you have to tell them.
12) Be aware: Argentines have been known to charge tourists different prices than they charge the locals. So be aware.
All ages dance tango in Buenos Aires. It is expected to tip the dancer.
13) The Argentines love tango: They dance it in the street, in halls, in bars, everywhere. The love of tango cuts across generations. Seniors, middle-aged, children. Everyone dances the tango.