For more detailed tourist information, the Ente Turismo of the City of Buenos Aires has its own Tourist Information Centers (CIT) located in different neighborhoods. These centers provide any kind of material (maps, guides, brochures) and useful information to move freely around the city. This is the list of places where they are:
• CIT Florida. Florida 50. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 pm., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 09.00 to 18.00 hs.
• CIT Plaza San Martin. T.de Florida and Marcelo Alvear. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 pm., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 09.00 to 18.00 hs.
• CIT Puerto Madero. Juana Manuela Gorriti (Dique 4) 200. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 pm., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 09.00 to 18.00 hs.
• CIT Recoleta. Av. Quintana 596. Tel. 4806 0904. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 17.00 pm., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 09.00 to 18.00 hs.
• CIT Retiro. Bus terminal. Local 83. Open Monday to Friday from 07.30 to 14.30 h; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 07.30 to 16.30 h.
For information on tourist destinations in the interior of the country, you have to get close to the National Tourist Information Centers, under the Ministry of Tourism of the Nation:
• Av.Santa Fe 883 PB. Tel. (+54 11) 4312-2232 / 5550 // 0800-555-0016.
• Jorge Newbery Airport, Costanera Norte. Tel. (+54 11) 4771-0104.
• Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Groyne International Ezeiza. Tel. (+54 11) 4480-0224.
The time zone that corresponds to Argentina is GMT-3 and is not modified in the summer months. Activity in Buenos Aires starts in the early hours of the morning and runs until late at night.
– Shops. They are open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 20.00 pm., and on Saturdays from 9.00 am to 13.00 pm., although the shops of the big avenues are open all afternoon. In shopping malls schedule extends until 22.00 pm. even on weekends and some holidays.
– Banks. Open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 15.00 pm. (Some banks City Centre extend hours until 16.00 pm.). You can make cash withdrawals and other transactions at ATMs, which operate 24 hours.
– Foods. Times in which the inhabitants of the city have their four meals are variable, since accommodated according to their activities. Breakfast is between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm. It is customary lunch between 12.30 and 15.00 pm. and dinner is usually served between 20.00 and 22.00 pm.
History of Buenos Aires
The City of Buenos Aires was founded twice. The first foundation happened in 1536, when the Spanish colonizer Pedro de Mendoza established the first settlement. Named City of the Holy Spirit and Puerto de Santa María del Buen Ayre. The second and definitive foundation was made by Juan de Garay in 1580, who called the site Ciudad de Trinidad.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the port was the arrival point for the great migratory wave promoted by the Argentine State to populate the nation. Spanish, Italian, Syrian-Lebanese, Polish and Russian immigrants provided Buenos Aires with the cultural eclecticism that distinguishes it.
Throughout the twentieth century, successive migrations (internal, of Latin America and Asia) completed the picture of Buenos Aires as a cosmopolitan city where people live in different cultures and religions.
Buenos Aires is a safe city, but as in any big city in the world, take some precautions. For example, do not leave bags and wallets hanging chairs in public places or walk at night through dimly lit streets.
If your visit to Buenos Aires you suffer some kind of abuse or discrimination, ponete contact the Tourist Ombudsman (Tel. 4302-7816). You can also attend personally to AV.PEDRO de Mendoza 1835 (Museum of Fine Arts «Quinquela»), in the neighborhood of La Boca, from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00 hs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org also consultations are treated at the Tourist Information Centers City (CIT).
Tourist Police Station:
Cater complaints 24 hours of tourists victims of crime, robberies, thefts, losses, whereabouts and failed. It works in crime prevention. Assists with special procedures before embassies or consulates. Has interpreters of English, Italian, French, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Japanese.
Address: Av Corrientes 436..
The city strives to be the best hostess and thus multiplies your options and offers through the VOS card.
In this sense, and because Buenos Aires deserves to be enjoyed thoroughly, comes the VOS card, a program of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires that allows you to access benefits and discounts to not stay with the desire to anything on your visit.
Get the card is easy and fast, so you can take advantage of the maximum time possible. From the comfort of your home you can ask your card. Once in Buenos Aires personally remove it with your ID at delivery centers.
The card is free and only present at participating locations are automatically taken to the benefits.
It is important to remember that the card is non-transferable and must always submit it with your ID card or a document proving your identity.
Get the benefits we have to offer in: turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/beneficios
You own more questions?
1. If you ordered your card from the web form Tourism, you can withdraw immediately at the point of delivery selected.
2. If you ordered your card by other means, you’re in town and you have any questions, contact the 147 by phone or via Web: www.buenosaires.gob.ar/chat.
3. If foreign sos, loading your data on the form, select your country and «Province» and «City» chose the option «NOT INFORMED».
4. The card is not sent home, you have to remove it at the point of delivery.
5. Any questions, please contact us by e-mail to: email@example.com