Buenos Aires General Information

Buenos Aires General Information

As with any long haul destination, many questions will cross your mind when preparing for your trip to Argentina. We'll try to answer the most common ones here.

Neighborhoods and districts of Buenos Aires

La Boca

La boca is a colourful neighbourhood, full of life. Visitors are presented with its more friendly side, with picture postcard street scenes.


Recoleta is a central residential neighborhood of Buenos Aires that is of great historical and architectural interest. Learn what to see in Recoleta.


Palermo is a large residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires that stands out for its beautiful tree-lined avenues and elegant homes.

San Telmo

Witness to all the transcendental events in the history of Buenos Aires, San Telmo is the oldest and most traditional neighborhood in the city.

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is the perfect place to stop by and enjoy a tasty dinner on one of its many terraces.


Monserrat is the area of Buenos Aires where the city's first settlers established themselves. Its most important street is Avenida de Mayo.


The Microcentro area of Buenos Aires consists of approximately 60 blocks that are filled with offices, stores and banks.


Retiro is a nice neighborhood located in the east of Buenos Aires, between the neighborhoods of Recoleta and San Nicolás. Get to know the two sides of Retiro.

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Electricity sockets and plugs

Plugs in Buenos Aires have three flat pins, so electric appliances brought from the USA, UK, or the European Union will require an adapter. Most hotels will provide you with an adapter at the reception desk and some have universal plug sockets fitted.

Official time

The official time in Buenos Aires is GMT-3 but the clocks do not change during the summer months.

Business hours

Opening hours for shops and businesses in Buenos Aires are, in general, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 8 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. In the principal shopping areas, the stores remain open all day on Saturday.

In shopping malls, the stores remain open until 9 pm every day, including weekends and public holidays.

Useful telephone numbers

  • Civil defense: 103.
  • Medical emergencies: 107.
  • Argentina international dialing code: 54.
  • Buenos Aires national dialing code: 11.