Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina, is a huge tourist draw. Located on the Rio de la Plata in South America’s south-eastern coast, it has a colourful history due to its port and trading activities. People from this city are known as porteños or people of the port.
Most international air travellers will use Buenos Aires as their gateway to Argentina, or even South America. Hire a car in Buenos Aires and see what the city and the rest of the country have to offer. Having your own rental car may be less stressful than taking a taxi – taxis here may not always switch on their meters and some may even give you counterfeit money for change, so pay in small bills!
Depending on your tastes, there is much to do in Buenos Aires from football matches to tango dancing. The nightlife here, like any part of Argentina, is extremely busy during the weekends. During the weekends, in the daytime, you can also do a lot of street shopping from the markets and fairs selling fashion, jewellery, arts and crafts and more. Getting a car rental in Buenos Aires is one of the easiest ways to enjoy all that the city has to offer. One of the thrills in driving your rental car is to go on the world’s widest road, the famous Avenida 9 de Julio. Another road, the Avenida Rivadavia is one of the world’s longest avenues.
Having said that, a rental car is best used outside the city; the roads in the city centre are often congested and parking is extremely hard to find. Do not park illegally as there is a high probability that your vehicle will be towed away, and it will be extremely expensive to get it back. There are many speed cameras in Buenos Aires so make sure you stay within the speed limit. In Buenos Aires, the traffic lights not only show yellow when they go from green to red, but they also turn yellow the other way i.e. from red to green so be warned that drivers will get off their marks very quickly.
After you rent a car in Buenos Aires, you can easily reach the different parts of the country due to the fact that this city is the centre for the larger and more used routes. There are four main highways which bring you out of the city. If you head north, you can reach Rosario, which is famous for being the place where the Argentinean flag was first displayed. Drive an hour or two outside Buenos Aires and you can stay at the estancias (ranches) and enjoy the countryside and the warmth of the gauchos. These may be found in Capilla del Senor, Baradero, Chascomus and many other locations in the Buenos Aires province. One of the most popular routes would be that towards the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. You take the southeast highway and then National Route 2 which will lead you to Mar del Plata city. This drive is about 400 km from Buenos Aires, and is well liked not just by visitors but also the porteños during summer. The beaches here get very crowded, so you may need to get there early. The ice-creams here are heavenly on a hot day. As might be expected, wherever you go in Argentina, there are a lot of parillas (restaurants with mixed grills) so you can eat steak every day as the meats are not expensive. Having a car is essential in seeing as much of Argentina as possible; it allows you the freedom to not be tied to a tour schedule or have long waiting periods for public transportation. This is one big country!
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