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I am going to the Rio Grande in February. I will have to stay one night in Buenos Aires, and make the transitions from one airport to the other. Has anyone used Uber in Buenos Aires? The taxis are famously not a good idea, and the drivers for hire and quite expensive. Wondering if UBER is a viable alternative. Also, has anyone booked a room there with Air BnB? How did that go? Thank you.
 

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BA has Uber, but we were warned the situation between Uber drivers and the taxi drivers was very tense, with some ugly confrontations possible. Didn’t witness anything personally, but had that advice on good authority. I used the taxi service located to the left of the arrivals hall for the international airport to downtown transfer (I think it was a blue stall) and found it very efficient and reasonable. For the internal flight we arranged a private driver. Bit expensive but needing to get to the airport for a 4:55 am flight made it worth the expense.
 

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I was in BA last year. We used Taxis to get to and from the airport without issue. I’m wary of Taxis in SA too but think your probably ok in BA.

Can’t help you on the AirBnB front. We used booking.com or something like that and our place was great. Their currency has collapsed so lots of good deals floating around.


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There is a black market for US dollars in Argentina as there has been off and on for decades. Mostly on. The 'black market' is relatively open.

Might be an idea to carry some US dollar bills and even pay in US dollars in some circumstances assuming you know the current black market rate. That said, do yourself a favour and don't flash fistfuls of dollar bills in some neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.

I read that the main currency black market is located in 'la cuevas' in calle Florida.

Looks like los Peronistas (Neo-Marxist guided populists) will return to power. In that case, expect the black market in Argentine pesos to get worse which means 'better' for those carrying US dollar cash.
 

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When you exit immigration look straight ahead and slightly to the left for a BIG sign that says “taxi Ezeiza”. At their desk you can book a taxi directly to you hotel/lodging, pay the normal taxi rate (in dollars, credit card or pesos) and get a receipt. They will then walk you directly to your taxi and you’re off.

Another good option is Manuel Tienda Leon for a private car/van if you’re with a few people. You can book at the airport at their easy to find kiosk.

Both places have websites if you want more information.
 

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Tierra del Fuego

Thank you, friends. This helps a lot.
 

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BA travel tips

As others have noted, you can book and pre-pay a cab from the international airport without hassle.

You can use Uber in BA without problem. Just make certain someone sits in the front seat next to the driver to disguise his function. Uber is quicker and much cheaper than calling a metered taxi.

I recommend the Fierro Hotel (fierrohotel.com). It's about 15 minutes from the domestic airport. Staff speak excellent English, the service is excellent, and they have a top-ten steak restaurant in the lobby (UCO) with an excellent wine list and two fun young sommeliers (Manuel and Victoria). You're also in the middle of the best walking-around-and-dining area of BA, Palermo with superb Italian a 10-minute walk away.

Just to seal the deal for Fierro, they also have a separate wine shop that they can open for you. Manuel can give you a steer, but if you like big reds, the Cab Franco Benegas Bodegas Lynch 2007 or 2009 is fantastic and under $40.

On the money front, you want to change USD at either the airport or at Western Union shops (not that many, so not very convenient). ATM withdrawals are capped, and the fees are so high you'll end up paying 6%-10% of the amount in fees.
 

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Pre paying for a cab at the airport is definitely the way to go. when i went i didn't bother switching money. The lodges prefer you use american dollars for tips.

i stayed at the Sheraton. It wasn't that expensive and was relatively nice. They can order you a taxi right there and you pay the hotel, so no need to deal with the taxi driver.
 

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American dollars yes but dollar bills could be a problem. Twenties are probably the lowest denomination that will work for everyone. When you get a wad of bills back, be sure to count them out right in front of the cashier or exchanger. Trust but verify.
 

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Hi everybody !, I´m from BA, (almost close to) 13kms from capital city, was born in BA. I´m absolutely agree with everything said about my f*...ing country. Sadly, we still are a shame at the eyes of the whole world, and and what is about to come .... is still worst.

Some advices: take Taxis or "REMISES" from EZEIZA international Airport, all of them are reliable.

Take advantage on the current situation, take a look at the dollar day quote and you can trade just in the airport... there´s always someone who want "US dollars" , no need to go to Florida street, to "las cuevas". Always try to pay in PESOS, because if you pay in US bucks, you can lose some % on that trade, just an advice.

I never used AirBnB so, sorry, can´t help on that.

I really like red wine, here you can get a lot of brands and different kind of grapes, but our flagship is the MALBEC, the CABERNET SAUVIGNON is also a very good grape, and one I really like is BIANCHI "PARTICULAR", once you taste it.....you want more and more ....

Don´t know if this is useful, anything I could help, please don´t hesitate and contact me.

Hope you have a great journey !
 

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che christian: Good post.

Unfortunately, I agree with your sentiments. Chile now sports a higher average per capita income than Argentina! I reckon that if Argentinians knew how to play better together that the per income capita would be over twice the current level.

What a shame. Coming out of WW II, Argentinians enjoyed a higher material standard of living than Canada.

The wines are indeed terrific. I am a little partial to the Cabernet Sauvignons myself. Actually the food in general is just stunningly good.

Decades ago, I recall buying 5 litre garrafas of red wine for US$1.00 (black market). In Junin de los Andes, Alan Fraser and I would finish 5 litres of red wine well before supper...... I recall tying one order of New Zealand trout patterns for Bebe Anchorena. Under the influence. Pucha, those flies were very badly tied. How hard is it to mess up a Fuzzy Wuzzy or Mrs. Simpson?
 
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