INSIDERS TIPS TO BUENOS AIRES TRAVELERS
Travel tips before to arrive to the city, are important to understand cultural parameters and habits. Some insiders recommendations like the described below will certainly help you to get the most of your vacation time in Buenos Aires.
Always carry an ID (could be your driving license). It could be required if you want to pay with your credit card.
Keep your small change if you decide to travel around in urban bus. Buenos Aires has a coins crisis since last year and results very difficult to find change as bus tickets are paid in machines that only receive coins.
When taking a taxi at the street try to take only cabs with the word Radio Taxi written above. They suposse to be more secure as they are affiliated to a radio taxi company and not independent drivers.
Strong rains in the city usually block some subway stretches and stations are closed generating a big traffic chaos. Is better to wait until is clear up especially if it gets you during the rush hours (9 A.M.& 6 to 8 P.M.).
To pay a taxi ride with a ARS$100 bank note could be almost an insult to the taxi driver. Change the high denominations bank notes and try to carry small change to pay the closest you can to the total amount. If you couldn't find change, ask the driver if he can give you change before to get into the cab.
Be careful when crossing streets. Stop signals doesn't exist in the city and pedestrian crossings are not respected by the drivers, in the same way, don't pretend the cars are going to stop people are not use to give the pedestrians to pass.
Even though Buenos Aires is a big city, small neighborhood kiosks and stores use to close during 2:00 P.M until 4:00 P.M to rest during their siesta time. Be sure you don't need anything important during these hours.
Tipping is not mandatory but it is always well received. The usual is to give between 10% and 12% and many places tip is only allowed in cash.
Small stores and restaurants don't receive credit card. If they do, you will be usually charged with an extra 10%. In order to avoid misunderstandings try to ask before consume.
Restaurants use to charge an extra fee that can vary between $4 and $10 ARS each person for table service.
Usually kiosks don't sell alcohol beverages after 10:00 P.M
Weekends are the best days to sightseeing Buenos Aires as most of the tourist places, parks and central avenues are full of craft markets, street concerts and other cultural expressions.