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Brazilians in Buenos Aires – what it’s like to live in the Buenos Aires capital!

how is the life of Brazilians in Buenos Aires? Here I’m going to tell my vision of those who lived there for a year in 2015. I was accompanied by my husband who was on an international assignment in the country and I had an incredible time!

Bike Tour in Palermo – photo Lu

life in Buenos Aires

live in Buenos Aires It is wonderful in many ways and difficult in others.. Certainly the amount of tourist attractions in the city, restaurants, bars and cafes are a big plus point. I really miss the mornings in Palermo between shops, museums and cafes with delicious brunches.

O chaotic traffica city ​​disorganization and constants economic problems are the complicating factors. Some of them directly affect our daily lives, I lived in a residential neighborhood not so far from the center (Vila Urquiza) and it took more than an hour to get to the central area.

To escape the subway mess I chose to take a taxi, often an adventure! Taxi drivers go fast, talk even faster and sometimes get angry and lose patience. Recently on a tourist visit to the city, I chose Uber and I found it much better.

But overall, living in Buenos Aires is a delight and I would live that experience again FOR SURE! After all, all major capitals suffer from infrastructure problems, right?

Now if you ask me if I would move to Buenos Aires for life my answer is NO. I think so because there is a lot of economic instability causing strikes and affecting the functioning of schools and hospitals (ie, insecurity).

At the Brazil We also have a similar scenario, our unemployment rate in 2019 was very similar to theirs. However, here we are in our country, our culture, close to our family members, and for me this has a greater weight.

What did you find most difficult in everyday life?: traffic, lack of quality fruits and vegetables in supermarkets and greengrocers, internet that goes out ALL the time, general strikes almost every month, when it rained too hard, the light went out and we were already 2 days without power, lack of some products in the supermarket eventually (we’ve already run out of washing powder for 1 week) and that’s it!

What I liked most in everyday life: the climate, the media lunas for breakfast, the wines and very cheap sausages, the possibility to visit restaurants and taste the gastronomy, easy access to theaters and museums, easy access to destinations in the country and the culture of dolce fair niente weekend (wake up late, relax and do nothing). On Sundays you only hear noise in residential neighborhoods after 10am.

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Plaza Italia already in Palermo Soho

climate and temperature

Many Brazilians in Buenos Aires are frightened by the temperature drops that occur in winter. I don’t think it’s such a negative factor because the houses and restaurants are all prepared with ideal heating and the stores with appropriate clothing.

But it’s a fact, Buenos Aires is cooler than Brazil, maybe not as much as in the South region of our country, but compared to the Southeast, temperatures are lower there. average temperature of 10 degrees Celsius in the month of July for example.

At this time, the ideal is to run to theaters, bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants and malls. In the summer, there are many options of parks and restaurants on the sidewalk to entertain everyone. Even because the summer is very hot too. average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius in the month of December for example.

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One of the best experiences in Buenos Aires: the coffee shops!

Living costs in Buenos Aires

By Brazilian standards the cost of living is high! Especially if your salary is converted into Argentine pesos. When we talk about going on tourism, travel costs are lower, yes; an excellent dinner in Puerto Madeiro with wine, starters and desserts will hardly exceed R$350 a couple.

If you drink the same wine and choose the same style of menu in São Paulo, you will certainly spend almost twice that amount and the quality can be even lower. In short; speaking of tourism, Brazilians in Buenos Aires find costs similar or lower than those practiced in Brazil.

As for living in the city, I think the costs are high for the minimum wage there, for example:

  • Minimum wage in Brazil: R$1039.00
  • Rent in downtown São Paulo: R$2000.00 (practically 2 salaries)
  • Minimum wage in Argentina: 4400.00 pesos
  • Rent in downtown Buenos Aires: 17000.00 pesos (almost 4 salaries)

But as I lived there a while ago, I leave a video of my colleague Luiz Rodrigues updated in 2019:

Public health system in Buenos Aires

Argentina is a country recognized for having an excellent public health system. It also has great private options, I had friends who even took the opportunity to have some cosmetic surgeries while they lived there like putting silicone on Things that are not covered by the private health system in Brazil.

Health services are organized in three ways (source Wikipedia site):

  • public health system: it is universal and free, used by about 37% of the population, has hospitals and clinics widely distributed throughout the national territory. It provides vaccines, medicines, consultations, emergency services, surgeries and rehabilitation, free of charge, even to foreigners. It also includes universities for education, training and recycling of health professionals. It is funded by the national, provincial and municipal government. It is mostly used by the lower classes or by anyone during emergencies.
  • social works: a mixed system, with public investments, workers, employers, pensioners and retirees. It was consolidated in the 70’s and is currently used by about 52% of the population. When a registered worker needs a health service, the State pays part and the worker pays another part, whether the public or private clinic. Retirees and pensioners use the Comprehensive Medical Assistance Program (PAMI).
  • private health system: When a person wants to use the service of a private clinic, but does not have a social work, he can pay in full the value of the services at the time of the consultation or monthly with a service of Prepague Medicine. There are more private clinics than public ones, but only 8% of the population has a Prepaid Medicine plan. Most services are concentrated in Greater Buenos Aires (GBA).

Travel insurance for Argentina – is it really necessary? If you are moving to the country, no. But if you’re going for a walk, YES. Read this text and I explain in detail. And below I leave my travel insurance suggestion; use the coupon TURISTANDO5 and get 5% off, pay with boleto and get another 5% off:

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Tourism in the country

Tourism in Buenos Aires is a delight! I highlight wine tourism, restaurants with exceptional meat and pasta, museums, parks, bookstores and coffee shops. Read more about the city below where I leave my links to help Brazilians in Buenos Aires in search of tourism.

Another positive factor is the easy access to other tourist regions in the country:

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Mendoza in Argentina – photo Lu

Well folks, that’s it! That was my experience living in the country. Any questions just ask in the comments or on social media.

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