In addition to the FAQ (frequently asked questions) page about our tours, here is an FAQ that is about Buenos Aires, in general.
What is the currency in Argentina? How can I exchange dollars for pesos?
The Argentine currency is called the Argentine peso and the rate varies with the markets, but at the time of this writing it is valued between 14 to 14.50 pesos to the U.S. dollar. Click HERE for the approximate rate today.
You can exchange at many banks and exchange houses, and you can also withdraw pesos (but not dollars) from many ATM’s, but be aware that when you make a withdrawl there is usually a local fee of about 90 pesos, plus whatever your bank may charge you, and in the end you may lose 5 – 8%. Also, there are still “cuevas” (literally “caves”) where you can exchange your dollars at the blue dollar or black market rate which may fetch you a few more pesos. Click HERE for the approximate blue dollar rate, and contact us if you are interested in finding a cueva for exchange.
Is Buenos Aires a dangerous city? Should I be careful about going out at night?
With respect to life-threatening crime (i.e., being mugged at gun or knife point), Buenos Aires is not a dangerous city, but it is definitely a city with a lot of “crimes of opportunity”: pickpocketing, snatch and run, and scams. And it is a big city so, in general, if you are exploring the city, you should not dress ostentatiously and think twice before taking out a high quality smart phone or your wallet on a street corner.
Be aware that the pedestrian street of Florida and the streets surrounding the famous Caminito in La Boca, both very popular tourist destinations, tend to have lots of scammers and very fast thieves. Feel free to write to us for our thoughts on different neighborhoods.
With respect to violent crime, a study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on the 24 most populous cities in the Americas put Buenos Aires as the third lowest murder rate, following Toronto and Santiago, and less dangerous than New York City that came in at number four.
How cold and how hot does it get in Buenos Aires?
Winters (late June – through early September) are relatively mild in Buenos Aires – a morning that dips into the high 30s F / 4 degrees C – is considered really cold. It snowed here in 2007, and for the first time since 1918!
The summer (January / February), on the other hand, can get brutally hot and humid! Plus, we highly recommend a good sunscreen.
Here is a nice overview.
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