Good to know about Buenos Aires

Íbero´s location in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires allows our students quick and easy access to many of the city´s top attractions.

Good to know about Buenos Aires: Just north of the school is the barrio of Recoleta. The main draw here is the Recoleta cemetery, a veritable necropolis where Evita Peron rests along with national heroes and the highest social echelons of the city´s dead. Despite its popularity, and the bustle of the parks and artisanal markets that surround it, within the cemetery walls there is a serenity that lends itself to peaceful strolls, either on your own or on one of the frequent tours offered.

Adjoining the cemetery is the Centro Cultural Recoleta, which showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary visual art, as well as concerts, performances, and film screenings. It is also the Buenos Aires base for the touring and well-acclaimed dance spectacle Fuerza Bruta.

Across  Avenida Libertador from the cultural center is the Museo de Bellas Artes, or  the Fine Arts Museum, which houses an extensive permanent collection of classical and modern art. Entry is free and on the last Thursday of every month the museum extends its hours and remains open late into the night, providing free beer to visitors who can present the appropriate ID. These “Bellos Jueves” are wildly popular among locals as well as tourists and the museum quickly reaches its maximum capacity, so it´s a good idea to show up early.

If you´re up for slightly longer walk, cross the footbridge and head along Avenida Figueroa Alcorta towards the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. In addition to the MALBA´s exceptionally diverse and well-curated collection, the museum also has a movie theater with features a monthly cycle of Argentine and international films.

Another attraction of Recoleta is the Biblioteca Nacional, designed by the architect Clorindo Testa and known for its distinctive brutalist architecture. Associated with the Biblioteca Nacional is the Museo del Libro y de la Lengua on Avenida Las Heras. The permanent installation offers an engaging illustration of the evolution of the Spanish language in Argentina, and the rotating exhibits allow for an intriguing glimpse into Argentina´s rich literary history.

Good to know about Buenos Aires: Bookworms might also be interested in El Ateneo Grand Splendid. A renovated opera house just six blocks from Íbero, this bookstore conserves many of the old structures of the theater, with the stage repurposed as a café and the opera boxes transformed into reading nooks.

To the south of Íbero is Avenida Corrientes, one of the main arteries of the city. At the point where it crosses through microcentro, it also marks a vibrant cultural district, with a dense concentration of bookstores in theaters.

Further south is San Telmo, the oldest barrio in the city, where a hint of antiquity remains preserved in the the European architecture, the narrow, cobblestone streets, and the low-lit cafés with wooden furnishings. Every Sunday people flock to San Telmo for the artisanal and antiques fair, where you´ll see available for purchase anything you can imagine and many things you haven´t.

Coming to Buenos Aires?- Good to know about Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires is the most European city of Latin America, very similar to Paris, also called ‘Paris of the South’. Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital city, a truly cosmopolitan city. For the traveler, Buenos Aires delivers. Wander the cobbled streets, marveling at faded architectural glories and colorfully painted metal houses at La Boca, Talk world politics and fútbol (soccer) in an atmospheric old cafe; then tuck into a famously delicious Argentine steak to power a long night’s partying. Spring and fall are tourist low seasons in Buenos Aires and are the best times to visit. Hot summer nights, however, make for a wonderful experience.

Why choose Buenos Aires? – Good to know about Buenos Aires:

  • Comfort– Buenos Aires is often referred to as the Paris of the south, and truly lives up to its nickname.
  • There is much to love about the city including its renowned nightlife, gastronomical pleasures, cultural pride, welcoming citizens, and historical charm.
  • Safety and security– Buenos Aires is one of the safest capital cities in South America.
  • Affordability– Though the country has made a remarkable recovery from its recent financial troubles, the exchange rate remains very favorable for foreign visitors.

Useful information on Buenos Aires and Argentina

Buenos Aires

Good to know about Buenos Aires:  The city (or at least the central part) feels very European. Paris is probably the city with the most similar architecture and design since Buenos Aires is home to wide, endless boulevards; plazas with sculptures; carved stone buildings; and more.Since the Argentinean peso crash in 2002, Buenos Aires has become very affordable. Íbero students enjoy some of the world’s best restaurants and entertainment at a fraction of the former cost.

Healthcare in Buenos Aires

Healthcare in Buenos Aires is far better than you might expect. It’s certainly not expensive compared to the US and it’s a much faster service. As for seeing a doctor in Buenos Aires, an English speaker might want to go to Hospital Británico. This is the English-speaking hospital, but, of course, the staff there speaks Spanish as well and a few other languages also. Another option, for German native speakers would be hospital Alemán. Plus, the Swiss Medical Group also runs clinics.

Weather in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires has a mild and warm climate throughout the year.
The winter months are June to August, the summer months are December to February, the spring months are September to November, and the autumn months are March, April and May.
Buenos Aires is ideal in spring and fall while the summer months are sometimes very hot, but usually pleasant.
The humidity is sometimes high during summer. Winters are mild, with possible fog and mist at night and in the mornings.

Information booths

These are located at different spots around Buenos Aires and have friendly, bi-lingual staffs to help you with any questions you might have. These booths are extremely helpful with up-to-date information. Additionally, they offer free walking tours.

Good to know about Buenos Aires: Late nights

Most people in Argentina usually don’t eat evening dinner until around 1100pm or 10pm at the earliest. If you are going out for the night, things also start very late. People might go to a bar at midnight, head a club for dancing at 3.00am, and finish up when the sun rises (or a long time after), usually with a breakfast of coffee and medialunas (Argentine croissants) in a café with friends.

Good to know about Buenos Aires: Safety in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a very safe city and local police keep it that way by actively patrolling all tourist areas. Violent crime is extremely rare and smaller towns in Argentina are even safer than Buenos Aires.
You just have to be careful here in Buenos Aires, like in all huge cities, and you must use common sense! Don’t wear flashy jewelry, leave your valuables locked up in your accommodation, and don’t wave around cash in front of everyone. This is simple common sense that you should use.

Good to know about Buenos Aires:  Phone calls

Locutorios (something like communication centers offering telephone, fax and internet services) are quite cheap and plentiful. You can find them nearly on every main street in Buenos Aires, near Íbero, and they are clearly signed. These places are just great for international calls and they sell phone cards for calls from your accommodation. If your phone does not work in Argentina, you can purchase a new one here in Argentina, at a low cost

BUENOS AIRES, THE CULTURAL CAPITAL CITY

Buenos Aires is, for many reasons, the cultural capital of Latin America. Our city is currently positioned as one of the southern hemisphere’s most highly-developed centers for a number of reasons. The quality of education, infrastructure, numerous cultural and historic tourist attractions, and good business climate due to a favorable exchange rate are just a few of the reasons to choose Buenos Aires.Of some of the most interesting yearly cultural events are the Festival and World Championship of Tango, the Book Fair, the Independent Film Festival, the Livestock Show, the Polo Open, the International Latin American Tourism fair, Fashion Week, ArteBA, and the musical season at the Colón Theatre.

THE BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT FILMS (BAFICI)
Good to know about Buenos Aires:  For 15 days, Buenos Aires becomes a great source of independent international films in many theatres around the city.INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL OF BUENOS AIRESE
very year in April or May. The Buenos Aires Rural, a well known international exposition of a wide variety of genres.GALLERY NIGHTS
Schedule: from 7pm until late in the evening
A circuit for art lovers that unites art galleries, museums, and cultural centers of a variety of neighborhoods around the city.BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF TANGO
Location: different stages around the city The two events occur simultaneously in August with the goal of making tango more well known internationally. The dance actually becomes the Argentine identity. At the Obras Stadium, there will be a huge milonga with live orchestras, famous tangueros, and hundreds of local and foreign pairs of dancers. INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL OF BUENOS AIRES
Location: Buenos Aires theatres.
This jazz festival brings out the best local jazz scene and well-known foreign artists.
Places to see in Buenos Aires

  • Avenida Corrientes
  • Barrancas de Belgrano
  • Barrio Chino
  • Basílica de Santo Domingo
  • Bosques de Palermo
  • Cabildo de Buenos Aires
  • Casa Rosada
  • Calle Florida
  • Catedral Metropolitana
  • Cementerio de la Recoleta
  • Café Tortoni
  • Calle Lanín
  • Caminito
  • Cancha de Boca
  • Casa de la Cultura
  • Cementerio de la Recoleta
  • Edificio Kavanagh
  • Estadio de River Plate
  • Feria de Mataderos
  • Feria de Plaza Dorrego
  • Galerías Pacífico
  • Iglesia Santa Catalina
  • Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays
  • Jardín Zoológico
  • Manzana de las Luces – Iglesia San Ignacio
  • Mercado de Pulgas
  • Museo Arte Español Enrique Larreta
  • Museo de Arte Hispano Fernández Blanco
  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)
  • Museo Carlos Gardel
  • Museo Eva Perón (Evita)
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
  • Obelisco
  • Palacio Barolo
  • Parque Lezama
  • Parque Temaikén
  • Plaza Julio Cortázar
  • Plaza de Mayo
  • Puente de la Mujer
  • Reserva Ecológica – Costanera Sur
  • Teatro Colón
  • Teatro San Martín
  • Torre de los Ingleses

Good to know about Buenos Aires: LOCALLOCAL BARS

  • Acabar
  • Empire Thai
  • Granados Bar
  • Kim y Novak
  • La Cigate
  • Mundo Bizarro
  • Super Soul
  • Milion

Good to know about Buenos Aires: LOCAL DISCOS

  • Big One
  • Asia de Cuba
  • Crobar
  • El Living
  • La Diosa
  • Maluco Beleza
  • Link
  • Mint Club
  • Moliere
  • Museum
  • Niceto
  • Pachá
  • Rumi

Good to know about Buenos Aires: LOCAL GAY BARS AND DISCOS

  • Sitges (bar)
  • Bach Bar (bar)
  • Empire Thai (bar)
  • Marlene – Club Lésbico Argentino (bar)
  • Amerika (disco)
  • Confusión (disco)
  • Contramano (disco)
  • L’averno Disco (disco)
  • Palacio Buenos Aires (disco)