Why Buenos Aires?
Aside from this city being known for it's architecture, meats and love for books, Buenos Aires has so much to offer in terms of sight seeing, successfully working as a digital nomad and meeting some of the most interesting people along the way. As our time here winds down, the tribe has been able to experience so many things and we definitely wanted to share some great insight for the future traveler to this great location.
Money (ATM prices)
While there are ATMs on almost every corner, keep in mind the fees that are associated. Even if your bank that does not charge international transaction fees, there's still a ARS $94.00 ATM fee per transaction at virtually any bank ($6 USD). And, with a ARS $2000/day limit ($130 USD), use cash only when you HAVE to, and a card everywhere else to cut down on fees.
Where to Stay
Download the Speed Test app for a quick connection test (for both uploads and downloads). Also, the Work Hard Anywhere app shows you all the places nearby that have great internet service, as well as full meals/snacks, and pricing for each. Lastly, check out this quick WiFi guide specific to BA.
Things To Do
Both within walking distance and/or utilizing a small commute by bus, train or Uber, there is so much to do around Buenos Aires! There are beautiful rose gardens to view, amazing outdoor markets showcasing hand crafted goods, free walking tours, kayaking, wine tastings and tango lessons for all!
Mobile Internet/SIM Card Use
The main service competitors in Buenos Aires of Movistar, Claro and Personal. Check out this easy SIM WiKi page to see how the compare.
Meeting Other Nomads
This EXPAT FB group was super helpful to check in on meet-ups happening around the city. Also, World Lingo holds weekly language socials so you can get to know some locals, as well as travelers in the city (and work on your Spanish of course).
Places to Work
As digital nomads, one of the most important necessities is great WiFi. Maybe you're into coworking spaces (Urban Station, HIT and La Maquinita are all available and have multiple locations). Or, maybe all you need is a mix of comfortable seating, ample plugs to keep power, yummy food and good drinks to make a perfect work day. We explored all over the city of the perfect place to work and some of our favorite cafe's include Mooi Restaurant in Belgrano, Libros Del Pasaje in Palermo and Tea Connection in Recoleta.
Oh, and FYI, WeWork will be opening a new coworking space soon (in construction right now), right in Recoleta and it looks awesome! With a bank and cafe nearby, plus a wonderful city view of traditional Buenos Aires architecture, can't wait to try this location out.
Uber is prominent out here, as well as regular taxi's, but please keep in mind rush hour traffic. Alternatives include walking to nearby hot spots (there is so much to see in the city) and public transportation! It's super easy and very cheap (about $.40/ride... yes, 40 cents per ride). Moovit is a GREAT app to use that gives you real-time updates public transit and perfectly laid out routes to get you where you need to be. Lastly, BA offers free bicycle rentals!
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Here's to you becoming a bit more interested in the city of Buenos Aires and potentially planning a trip there soon! Or maybe you would be interested in joining WiFi Tribe in the future for more adventures across Latin America, let us know!