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Old Nov 13th, 2018, 04:12 PM
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Also, just wanted to add, we found working ATMs, but they charge about a $10 (US) fee. Cambios (money exchange places) are the way to go, but their hours are limited and many are closed on weekends.
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Old Nov 14th, 2018, 12:34 AM
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https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi..._District.html

About SUBE card, see post 18.

Have a great time in my town.
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Old Nov 14th, 2018, 06:20 AM
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Thank you MFNYC. Nice to hear that the walking tour of La Boca was worth it (yes, we are aware that there is a fee for this tour). I do want to visit that area. Did you take a taxi or walk? And if you walked what was your route? If you took a taxi, when the tour was finished was it difficult to hail a taxi there?

Based on what everyone hear has said, we’ll rely on changing dollars to pesos at Banks or cambios.

avrooster. Thank you for the link about SUBE at the airport as an option.I think we’ve decided on taking a taxi.

We look forward to our upcoming visit to Buenos Aires.
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Old Nov 14th, 2018, 10:00 AM
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Also, just wanted to add, we found working ATMs, but they charge about a $10 (US) fee. Cambios (money exchange places) are the way to go, but their hours are limited and many are closed on weekends.
I am sorry but I have a very difficult time believing that ANY exchange bureau is going to give a better exchange rate than an ATM and if it does then I usually expect there to be a high commission charged
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Old Nov 14th, 2018, 11:27 AM
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Kathy: the SUBE card is for public transportation (buses, subway) in BA, NOT for transportation from and to the airport.

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Old Nov 14th, 2018, 12:01 PM
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We just got back Monday. Used both ATM and storefront Cambio (not the black market guys in the street). The Cambio was the better deal (the one we used was in San Telmo area and open on a Saturday). We brought $100 bills from home, because we read they prefer that and give a better rate, so deal may not be as good if you exchange $20s. There was no fee at the Cambios. My husband is a fanatical numbers person, and compared the 2 options very carefully. Also, when using a Cambio, they ask to see passport, will not accept other IDs.

As far as La Boca, we took a taxi there. We had no trouble finding a taxi afterwards.

If you want to do local, more artisan shopping, the market in Recoleta (Plaza Francia) is very good. We also went to the market in Palermo Soho (Plaza Armenia). It was much smaller than the other, but vendors may not have shown because the day before there was heavy rain and thunder, and same was forecast for the day we went (last Sunday). The weather turned out much better (no rain). There were empty booths at both places, so I don't think either, was at their vendor capacity. We did not have time for the market at San Telmo.
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Old Nov 15th, 2018, 05:49 AM
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MFNYC. Thanks for the information. Every little bit helps. We're thinking now of having the hotel request the taxi to La Boca, then hail one on the street for the return. Appreciate the shopping info as well.
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Old Nov 15th, 2018, 08:06 PM
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A hello to Rooster. Returning to BA on way to Patagonia after Thanksgiving via Isabel plan. My daughter still talks about the grilled Provolone we had with you so many years ago!
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Old Nov 16th, 2018, 06:12 AM
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Dukey1: you wrote above: " I have a very difficult time believing that ANY exchange bureau is going to give a better exchange rate than an ATM and if it does then I usually expect there to be a high commission charged" Well, I can assure you that it is correct...In Argentina, ATM charges are high and the machines are not infrequently out of money - especially on weekends and near holidays. The Cambios are safe and offer the best exchange (as does Banco de la Nacion at the Airport).

It is a bit different here.
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Old Nov 16th, 2018, 07:28 AM
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Hello to you too, mjs!

I understand you are coming back to Argentina after Thanksgiving, is that right?
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Old Nov 16th, 2018, 04:36 PM
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Do not mean to hijack this thread but yes, daughter and I arriving BA noon November 24 and depart for Bariloche on the 25th to start a tour of Patagonia. On to Puerto Varas, Puerto Arenas than Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Ushuaia than back to BA on the 7th with departure home on the 8th.
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No problem as I am now interested in searching menus for grilled provolone. I believe crellston mentioned that item as well.in another thread. Sounds unique and tasty. Kathy
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Oh yes, that provaleta is delicious - and filling, so sharing is good. It is on most parilla menus.
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