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Argentina: cash or card?

Cash

While many stores will accept cards, there are many others that will only accept cash. Also, even if the store accepts cards, you might find a good discount when paying in cash, as is the case of IW Languages, which offers an interesting discount too for payments in cash. USD 100 bills as well as Euros are the ones you will need, so bringing them with you is a very good idea as banks only give cash to Argentineans.

 Cards

If you prefer not to bring cash with you, your option will be to withdraw money from an ATM. There are two different ATM terminals: Banelco and Link. While Banelco will charge you around 10% per withdrawal, Link will charge you half (5%). Recommended ATMs near the school are marked on the map above.

Paraguay 4301

Avenida Santa Fe 4018

Avenida Santa Fe 3392

Avenida Santa Fe 2877

Avenida Las Heras  2724

Avenida Corrientes 4043

Withdrawals are limited. You might want to withdraw the maximum allowed and thus avoid paying the fee twice.

If on your first attempt the ATM does not work with your card, don't worry. Just try another ATM. Some of them only work with national cards.

Certain banks in Argentina are members of international alliances. You won't be paying fees if your card belongs to said alliances. So check with your bank prior to your trip.

Vocabulary on ATMs

Because not all ATMs have an English menu, we have put together those words you might find necessary:

Cajero Automático: ATM

Introduzca su tarjeta: Insert your card

Inserte su clave: Insert your PIN

Extracción/Adelanto: Withdrawal

Tarjeta de Crédito: Credit Card

 

 

 

 

How to get to your Spanish school and other places

As in many other cities, Buenos Aires has a very broad transport system. Public transport includes buses called colectivos, an underground metro system called subte, some trains, and taxis painted in black and yellow. 

These are some things you need to know to move around Buenos Aires easily: 

1. Except for taxis, on colectivos (buses), subtes (underground metro) and local trains you will need a SUBE card. This is sold at subte stations and in many kiosks in the city. Also, you can get the SUBE card at the Tourist Information Offices. Once you have it, you will need to pre charge it. Need more info?

2. Buenos Aires map. Buenos Aires is a large city and to have a map in print might be a good option. Yet, you can also use an interactive map to get from where you are to where you want to go. The other option is that you download the App "BA Cómo llego" (how do I get to) from your Google Play Store.

As you have seen, there are many alternatives as regards traveling Buenos Aires. In my opinion, the subte is the fastest way to get around, especially if you are heading downtown. Colectivos are colorful and run through avenues and main streets. Taxis are the most expensive option although you get to the exact place. And about trains, this option is limited; yet, it is a good option to go, for example, to Tigre.

 

On November 30th, Argentina celebrates the National Day of the Yerba Mate. 

More than 500 years ago, native guaraníes were already using these leaves to prepare an energetic beverage. Nowadays, both Argentina and Uruguay love "mate", not only in the countryside but in the cities too. 

But what can we expect when we are offered a "mate"?

Its 50th anniversary, and The British travel magazine decided to find the 50 best neigborhoods in the world for travelers as well as for locals. With its various art galleries, boutique hotels and a broad variety of restaurants and nightlife, Palermo Soho in Buenos Aires was ranked as one of these neighborhoods. The photo above shows you a street in this quiet and yet vibrant neighborhood.

Talking about steakhouses, Don Julio Buenos Aires is one of my favorite, rated 6 among the 50 best restaurantes in Latin America. The address: Guatemala with Gurruchaga, quite close to IW Languages Spanish school.

Our Spanish vocab tips as regards ordering a steak:

Puede traerme un bife de chorizo o un ojo de bife con ensalada? / Can I have a strip steak or a ribeye steak and a salad?

Quisiera mi bife a punto/jugoso/cocido. / I'd like my steak rare/medium/well-done.

 

 

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