My wife and I just came back from BA this morning after 8 days there. I will put down my personal observations and some helpful hints -- at least to me. Overall had a great time with great food and great people mixed in with great shows. Some of these tips may be redundant as I am just going off the top of my head.
1. When you arrive after going through customs there is a money exchange right there at the baggage claims for your luggage -- walk past this one -- when you walk out of the authorized areas there will be a money exchange there (where everyone stands to check in their luggage) -- you will get a good rate there and safe as well.
2. After changing your money there is a taxi service IN the airport before you walk out the doors. Just go there and the rates are published right there -- dont leave the airport yourself just get a taxi there -- safe and effective -- we had to wait about 20 minutes but worth it -- 60 pesos should be the charge if your hotel is centrally located; FYI the person that takes you to the taxi will be waiting for a tip
3. We stayed at the Esplendor de BA --located at San Martin and Florida -- cant say enough nice things about the hotel -- we payed roughly 1700 us dollars for 9 nights -- the rooms were modern in appearance, had a balcony overlooking the street -- this price was for a suite that included a free breakfast buffet -- the Galleria PAcifica mall is right next to the hotel -- way overpriced but has a food court that you can go in and have soom really good food. Only negative is that the streets are always loud and could affect your sleep -- but i guess you can use ear plugs
4. Make sure that when you go to BA there is no holidays -- The stores were closed on Monday for Malvinas Day (like an independence day) and then lots of shops were going to be closed forr Good friday and also saturday -- with many shops closed thu-sunday. Just be aware
5. We used tangol.com for many of our trips; really helpful and replied through emails beforehand in a timely manner. Booked a city tour, El Querandi tango show, Tigre day trip, Colonia day trip, and Boca Jr soccer game with them. Total cost was aroung 500 us dollars
6. The highlight of the trip was the soccer game. It was an unbelievable experience that lets you absorb the portenos passion for soccer. I am not that much of a soccer fan but I had goose bumps just being there. Go with a guide for safety and transfers to and from hotel. Just leaving the game is crazy enough. You will see fans chanting song after song and then you will see the opposition fans doing the same. People will climb the stands and the gate just to get a better view. Also try the hamburgers and hotdogs at the stadium -- my wife said that they were unbelievable - im veggie shes not -- for 2 people the cost was 140 us dollars
7. We went to El Querandi tango show -- not worth the money and food lackluster -- decent show overall but not worth the price. As a result we went to the Senor tango show ....AMAZING The food was great, the service impeccable and the show was a Vegas sort. Absolutely loved it -- 80 us dollars per person --go to their website and make a reservation --their price inludes pick up and dropp off at your hotel -- do this because not such a good location -- FYI anytime you do a tour or take in a show, there will be people taking a video of you or a picture of you to sell it back to you -- usually the pictures are 10 us dollars and the dvd 30 us dollars -- just be aware
8. Went to colonia, urugauy on the fast ferry. Great day trip Leave the hustle and bustle of BA -- slowed down life -- take the fast ferry b/c you can get there in 1 hour -- great little town and really neat shops -- hassle going through immigration to get there and come back but worth it -- dont worry about changing money there -- they take us dollars and argentinian pesos.
9. We did the Tigre day trip -- ok but if you dont have time i would skip this -- neat to ride the train but really nothing fantastic -- got on a boat and rode on it for 45 minutes and came back -- nothing totally impresssive
10. We went to San Telmo Fair on Saturday -- lots of antiques and such -- if you dont like antiques then i woudnt recommend going -- i know that there is other stuff like performers but you can get that on Florida street -- to me it was a waste of time but if you like antiques then this is heaven
11. My wife and I arent into eating at established upscale restaraunts. We mostly ate at restaraunts that looked nice enough and saw their menu and went in -- We ate at alot of restaurants that were little restauraunts on the street that had pizza pasta and beef __best food you can get -- also at indian food at mumbai really good food
i will post some more suggestions later -- i think this is getting too long
as the portenos say ciao ciao besito besito