Buenos Aires is a city with a huge cultural heritage and its own characteristics. It is amusing and serious, folk an urban, humble and sophisticated, crowdie and intimate, American and European.
Studying in Buenos Aires is a great opportunity. We have not only a varied and prestigious educational offering, museums, theatres, cinemas and cultural centers but also spontaneous political, cultural and social activities in the street.
Besides, Buenos Aires has cafes and restaurants opened until late at night; people who is mad about soccer; a representative music: tango, a multicultural architecture with French and Arabian palaces, and precarious and colorful metal sheet houses; colonial and new buildings; and the view of a large city with parks and wooded streets.
Being on the River Plate side, Buenos Aires is an interesting gate leading to Argentina and Latin America.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina Republic and a very important tourist destination in South America. It is one of the biggest cities in the world, with a population of more than 10 million.
Buenos Aires climate is mild all year round, with an average temperature of 18ºC (64ºF). Extreme temperatures are few and far between which makes Buenos Aires very pleasant. The hottest days of summer are in January and the coldest days of winter are in July.
Language and religion
The official language is Spanish which contains subtle differences from Spanish spoken in other parts of the world (the use of “vos” for “you” singular, some sounds and words, and lots of expressions).
Porteños can usually understand Portuguese and Italian due to the similarities in the languages and proximity with Italians and Brazilieans.
The official religion in Argentina is of the Roman Catholic Church, however all religions are welcomed here.
Customs and safety
The people from Buenos Aires (know as “porteños”: “from the port city”) are
generally warm and hospitable. They have their own habits: are futbol fanatic; love meeting friends at a bar; enjoy going out at night (they have dinner after 9 p.m.); argue and express their opinion about all topics and have “mate”: a drink consisting of warm water and a tipical herb, which is usually shared with friends.
Buenos Aires is a relatively safe city, but it is a very big city. Tourists are advised to be sensible, not to leave a purse on the table unattended and go to the bathroom, walk in well lit streets at night, etc. BASI is in Monserrat, a safe neighborhood because many commerce and restaurants are open all night.
Liberal and gay-friendly attitude
From the July 15, 2010 Argentina is the ninth country in the world to recognize marriage between same sex with the right to adoption, and is at the forefront of Latin America on this issue. It is no coincidence. Buenos Aires was already famous for its liberal attitude, and, in recent years, became a very important option for gay tourists. Buenos Aires and other large cities in Argentina have many gay discos, hotels, saunas, cinemas, and possibly the men and women more interesting.
Argentina is now recovering strongly from the economic crisis and devaluation of 2002 and prices of just about everything are, compared to the northern hemisphere, at bargain level. Consequently in Buenos Aires there has been an increase, along with the increase in LGBT tourism, in gay-friendly businesses such as real estate, apartment rental, travel agents, language classes, tango classes, bars, restaurants, hotels and guesthouses. As well as here you can find many of these advertised in the gay maps and magazines.
Monserrat is a popular neighborhood crossed by the famous Av. De Mayo, the Buenos Aires “Gran Via”, which runs from the Parliament building, as big as the power that it represents, to Plaza de Mayo and the Pink House.
The hole area shapes an eye-catching set of important buildings with domes and well preserved fronts, typical restaurants, hostels and hotels with last XIX and early XX century architecture and the oldest Metro line (A) under the avenue. Being in Monserrat, you can easily experience the true Buenos Aires spirit and move everywhere