I know a lot about Argentina and especially Buenos Aires. I like to say that Buenos Aires is my second home. I went to Buenos Aires frequently as a child, a huge part of my family is from there, I was raised on the culture, and I lived there in 2009 for four months and again in 2012 for three months. I even have the Argentinean accent when I speak spanish and enjoy drinking yerba mate. I often confuse other spanish speaking countries when I speak spanish after I tell them I’m from the US while having a strong and fluent Argentinean accent. I know Buenos Aires very well and I’m often asked by others what they should in the city.
Last year I had the chance to meet Stephanie Ockerman from The Travel Chica in Buenos Aires. I made an asado in our apartment and we drank wine for hours along with a few others. Basically a typical Argentinean night. At the time she was in the middle of writing her new Buenos Aires guidebook and told me stories about the crazy amount of research and work she had put into it already. I was super impressed and couldn’t wait until it was released so when she emailed me not too long ago telling me that her guidebook has finally been released, I was excited about checking it out.
While reading through the ebook I started to feel very nostalgic often telling myself “oh yeah! I remember that!” Stephanie goes into complete detail about the culture. Visiting Argentina isn’t just about eating their delicious steak, drinking their amazing cheap wine, and dancing tango (although all three are great) but it’s about understand the culture behind it all. Why is the beef so good? What is the tea like drink everyone is carrying around? Why are dollars hard to find? And why is there poop on the sidewalks? Answers are inside this guidebook.
Every districted is broken down and goes into more details on where to eat, what to do, where to sleep, and things to see. Included are touristy places as well as local places. It even tells you if the places offer Wifi, Vegan, or Gluten-free options! Also there are mini-itineraries and top places to go if you’re short on time.
I like that it’s also broken down by theme. It has categories for spa, sports, holidays, events and festivals, nightlife, and more.
The entire layout is beautifully done too. The pictures are great, the fonts are easy to read, and very well organized.
If you plan on living or traveling in Buenos Aires, you need this guidebook. I say this as someone that has been raised as a half-Argentinean and has visited Buenos Aires many times, this seriously is the most informative guidebook you’ll ever find on the city.