General Information – Visiting Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires is a vivacious and alluring port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata. Buenos Aires is the cultural and economic center of Argentina, with around 3 million people living in the city and over 12 million in the greater metropolitan area.

The city is full of offerings that will captivate Congress delegates. Spanish, Italian, British, German, and French influences can be experienced throughout the city’s design and cuisine. Congress delegates will experience a blend of Victorian architecture and cosmopolitan construction around the city. Beautiful parks, squares, restaurants, and shops blend the European lifestyle while keeping the authenticity and fervor of the Latin America. Local food is famous for the quality and quantity offered, especially beef. And Argentina is the world’s fifth largest producer of wine and popular varieties of Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon are widely available.

And no matter where you go, the city’s love of music and dance can be felt throughout. Argentina gave birth to the Tango and it plays a vital role in Argentine culture. Congress delegates will have the opportunity to experience this affective and stirring dance throughout the many tango bars in the city.

Climate and Weather

October weather in Buenos Aires is ideal. It is the spring season with low humidity and comfortable temperatures. The average high temperature is 27°C (81°F) and the average low temperature is 17°C (62°F). Very little rainfall is seen and you can expect approximately 8 hours of sun each day.

Disabled/Special Needs/Accommodations/Access

If you require reasonable, special accommodations or have questions about access to any of our activities, please contact the Congress Secretariat, MCI Buenos Aires, by phone at +54 1 5252 9801, by fax at +54 11 4813 0073, or by email at iasp2014@mci-group.com. All requests must be received at least 14 days in advance of the intended activity start date.

Official Language

Spanish is the official language of Argentina. English is widely spoken at varied levels of proficiency in the well-traveled touristic areas. English is the official language of the World Congress on Pain.

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Smoking

The city of Buenos Aires is 100% smoke free in all bars, restaurants, and public places.

Sights: Buenos Aires Botanical Garden 
This beautiful garden is located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The garden is triangular in shape, and is bounded by Sante Fé Avenue, Las Heras Avenue and República Árabe Siria Street. It was declared a national monument in 1996, has a total area of 69,772 square meters (751,020 square feet), and holds approximately 5,500 species of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as a number of sculptures, monuments and five greenhouses. Designed by French-born Argentine architect and landscape designer Carlos Thays, the garden was inaugurated on September 7, 1898.

Sights: Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires
The Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) is one of the cornerstones of the city's cultural life. Its centerpiece is businessman and founder Eduardo Constantini's collection of more than 220 works of 19th- and 20th-century Latin-American art in the main first-floor gallery.

Sights: Plaza de Mayo
Founded in 1580 as Buenos Aires’ first central plaza, Plaza de Mayo is the symbolic and physical center of Argentina’s rocky history. The square’s name commemorates the May Revolution that began Argentina’s process of independence from Spain. Plaza de Mayo has seen it all – spirited crowds cheering as Eva Perón shouted from the Casa Rosada’s balcony, military bombings in 1955, and the march of the Madres as they protest the ‘disappearance’ of their sons.

Sights: The Pink House
This rosy Renaissance-style palace is known as the Pink House. It is home to Argentina’s presidential offices. Construction began in 1862 on the site of Buenos Aires’ fort, and the building was painted pink shortly after. Visitors marvel at the coral hue without realizing the gritty fact behind it – at the end of the 19th century, ox blood added color and texture to ordinary whitewash.

Sights: The Recoleta Cemetery
Wander for hours in this amazing cemetery where ‘streets’ are lined with impressive statues and marble sarcophagi. Crypts hold the remains of the city’s elite: past presidents, military heroes, influential politicians, and the rich and famous. Hunt for Eva Perón’s resting place, and bring your camera – there are great photography opportunities here.

Food

The history of Argentine cuisine is rich and diverse. The country benefited from numerous food influences stemming from their extensive immigration through many years. Local food is famous for the quantity and quality offered, especially beef: the country’s national dish. Italian, Spanish, British, German, Jewish, and other cultural influences are immersed in the delicious dining experiences of Buenos Aires. Argentina is the world’s fifth largest producer of wine, and the variety of grapes grown reflects the country’s many immigrant groups. Among the more popular varieties are Malbec, Syrah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Torrontés.

Shopping

Buenos Aires has some of the best shopping in the world. The Palermo district, where the La Rural convention center is located, is the trendiest part of Buenos Aires. It is full of boutique shop and name brands catering to men and women alike. San Telmo is the essential place to go if you are looking for antiques. Explore San Telmo on a Sunday, when the streets are closed off and become a large market where individual merchants selling all kinds of things flood the streets. El Centro, the downtown of Buenos Aires, is filled with all different kinds of stores. Recoleta is the most upscale neighborhood of Buenos Aires and you can expect to find high end brands here. Visit the Villa Crespo neighborhood if you are looking for leather goods.

For more information about Buenos Aires visit the official Buenos Aires Tourism site (www.bue.gov.ar/?lang=en).