Advance Planning

Two months before Book accommodation if traveling during busy times and your hotel is popular.

One month before Check the website to see what's on at the Teatro Colón and book tickets.

One week before Pack smart, comfortable clothing. Porteños are a well-dressed lot, and you’ll stick out as a tourist in a loud shirt, shorts and flip-flops.


Pick up the Fork ( Restaurant and bar reviews, plus where to shop for ingredients.

The Bubble ( Current affairs, culture and listings.

Buenos Aires Ciudad ( BA city government's English-language tourist site with up-to-date info, articles and advice.

My Beautiful Air ( Vivi Rathbone's arts and lifestyle guide to BA.

Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Embrace the unpredictable. Be prepared for strikes, pickets and protests, which can make moving around the city slow and tedious. Keep your itinerary flexible and avoid the hassle of transport problems by sticking closer to your accommodation if there are road blocks or demonstrations going on.
  • Stay up late. To experience the charms of Buenos Aires by night you'll need to stay awake past bedtime at least once during your trip. Make up for it with a lie-in – on weekends many porteños snooze until noon.
  • Watch your step. Walking is one of the best ways to get around in Buenos Aires, but beware of loose paving slabs on the sidewalks; these wobbly tiles are hard to spot but you'll find your foot drenched in water if you step on one after a rain shower.

What to Take

  • Good walking shoes – BA's barrios are best explored on foot
  • A camera
  • An umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • A small day pack
  • Insect repellent, to ward off mosquitos in summer
  • An adapter plug
  • High-factor sunscreen

What to Wear

Anything goes in Buenos Aires so wear whatever you find most comfortable. Bear in mind, though, that dressing for the beach will mark you out as a tourist. Porteños are a stylish lot so bring something smart for nights out – you'll want to dress up for that splash-out meal and cocktail bar. The city's sidewalks are pitted with pitholes and loose tiles; you'll need sturdy shoes. If you're coming in summer bring lightweight clothing suitable for heat and humidity; in winter bring a coat.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • If you are Canadian or Australian make sure you have paid your reciprocity fee. From August 2016, US passport holders are no longer required to pay
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away
  • Check you've had the necessary vaccinations