Vivacious and welcoming, Buenos Aires is a great city to visit but there are a few things you'll need to know before you go. To help you with your travel homework, check out our basic information guide to the Argentine capital below.
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to holiday in Argentina but must pay a reciprocity fee of US$100 before travel via the Argentine Migration website. The fee is applicable to all ports of entry into the country and is valid for multiple re-entries within a one-year period, so keep your receipt on hand. Visitors to Argentina are also required to have their thumbprint scanned and a digital photograph taken on arrival. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Argentina.
The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Argentine Peso can change constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing and exchanging cash.
Standing proud as the steak capital of the world, food in Buenos Aires is made for carnivores. While a piece of sizzling slow-cooked steak is a must-try, another popular meaty snack to savour are empanadas. A pastry packet with a meat or cheese filling, empanadas are a fantastic snack for when you're on the go. Italian food with a twist is also popular in Argentina, such as heavily topped pizzas and ravioli. For dessert, Porteños love the sickly-sweet caramel sauce known as dulce de leche. Try it with ice-cream, as a spread on bread or as a filling in a biscuit sandwich called alfajores.
Buenos Aires is revered as one of the best party cities in South America, and Porteños - renowned 24-hour party people. Even the most seasoned Aussie drinkers may struggle to keep up with locals happily partying into sunrise and beyond. The key to keeping up with them is to start your night late, bar hop with the best of them and not peak too early. Warm up with a midnight drink at a rooftop bar in Puerto Madero followed by a sweaty dance session at one of the clubs in Palermo, Centro, Costanera Norte or San Telmo. After you've partied hard, then there's the after-party - best enjoyed while watching the sunrise at Miloca in Palermo.