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Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina is a vibrant metropolis, home to some 4 million people in the center and 16 million in the metropolitan area, eye-catching architecture both old and new, and a sizzling arts and cultural scene. The city is a major commercial, financial and political centre for Latin America and an important business meeting point; it is ranked by the International Congress & Conventions Association (ICCA) as the No. 1 city in all of the South America for international meetings.

History
The City of Buenos Aires was founded twice. It was first founded in 1536, when the Spanish colonizer Pedro de Mendoza established the first settlement. He named it ‘Ciudad del Espíritu Santo y Puerto Santa María del Buen Ayre’ (City of the Holy Spirit and Port Saint Mary of the Good Air). The second and final foundation was made by Juan de Garay in 1580, who named the city 'Ciudad de Trinidad' (City of Trinity).
During the second half of the nineteenth century, the port was the point of arrival for the big immigration wave promoted by the Argentine State to populate the nation. Spanish, Italians, Syrian-Lebanese, Poles and Russians engraved on Buenos Aires that cultural eclecticism which distinguishes it.

Throughout the twentieth century, successive internal migration from Latin America and the Orient made Buenos Aires a cosmopolitan city, where people from different cultures and religions live together.
 
Getting there 
There are two airports that serve the Buenos Aires metropolitan area: Aeroparque Jorge Newbery​​ (AEP)​​ which has mostly domestic and regional flights and Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) which handles most international flights. ​​​

Population
Argentina's current population is over 42 million people, almost half of which live in the City and the Province of Buenos Aires. People per square kilometer amount to 14.

Language
The official language of Argentina is Spanish, and differs from the other Latin American variants in the pronunciation of some words. Many of the immigrant communities have preserved their mother tongue and there are at least 17 aboriginal languages.

Currency
The official currency of Argentina is the Argentinean Peso. There are $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $2 notes and $2.00, $1.00 and 50, 25, 10 cent coins.
Even when US dollars and euros are generally welcome, foreign currency may be exchanged at banks and exchange offices. The passport is required to exchange money. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are welcome.

The exchange rate in Argentina is convenient for foreign tourists. Tourists may also request the reimbursement of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) paid for items bought at stores with the VAT Reimbursement notice: Tax Free.
To get the reimbursement , all bills or tickets should be kept and a form needs to be completed. On the day of departure, tourists have to go to the Information Booths at the airport.

Stores Open Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Malls are open seven days a week, from 10:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Business Hours
Monday to Friday from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
 
 
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