Resources for expats living in Argentina and everyone else that finds themselves in the land of Messi, the Pope, and Tango. Suggestions for inclusion in the resource page should be sent via our contact page.
The Irish Embassy in Argentina is located at Edificio Bluesky, 6th Floor, Avenida del Libertador 1068, Recoleta, Buenos Aires.
The UK embassy is located at Dr Luis Agote 2412 (1425), Buenos Aires and the US embassy can be found on Av. Colombia 4300, (C1425GMN) Buenos Aires
Books of Interest
A collection of books of interest to readers of this blog can be found on our Irish in Argentina Books page.
If you’re looking for a guidebook to Buenos Aires then I recommend Moon Handbooks as an updated version comes out in April 2017. You can preorder now. With prices changing so fast in the country it’s hard for guidebooks to keep up. The Rough Guide was traditionally the best book on the subject but the publishers are not updating it. Next best is the Lonely Planet. Truth be said, it’s a great guidebook, but everyone has it, so don’t expect it uncover any ‘secrets’. For Buenos Aires, the best guidebook by far was the Time Out guide. Unfortunately, it has become difficult to get. The magazine version of Time Out appears to be selling much better and it’s also an excellent resource so check it out. The magazine comes out once a quarter. Lonely Planet’s Argentina guide was last updated on 16 Aug 2016, so it’s fairly recent.
If you speak Spanish and want to understand Argentinians then I highly recommend ‘El Libro de Oro de la Argentinidad‘. This is a fascinating book full of bite-sized information about the people and the country. It’s also written with a lot of humour and love. 10/10.
To deepen your knowledge of the Spanish spoken only in Argentina you should check out the hilarious ‘Che Boludo! A Gringo’s Guide to the Argentines‘. It’s hard to get (and my copy’s not for sale) but you can find older copies and second-hand versions on Amazon.
Read your Mail
A great way to check your post when you’re overseas. IrishPostBox.com is a digital solution to an analog service. With this service you can check your post mail from anywhere in the world using the interwebs. A great resource for anyone needing snail mail communication while overseas.
Money Transfer to Argentina
Currency transfer services are starting to pop up all over the internet with the emergence of sophisticated web-based platforms for trading. This is good news for travelers and people living overseas. More competition means better rates for us and lower fees for the banks who traditionally have scooped off huge commissions for these types of transactions.
A new money transfer website that popped up on the radar and works very well is HiFX. You can transfer between Ireland and Argentina, and indeed most countries, at very competitive rates. Check them out.
When you need the funds and calling on the folks is the only answer, a money transfer service is what you need. For everyone else, regular struggles with unreliable ATM machines and credit card machines in stores means that alternatives become a better option. Try the money sending service that started it all Western Union. In my tests, it’s either first or second on the money-transfer leaderboard usually. You can also send money to Ireland using the same service.
Moneygram is another great option for sending money to Argentina or receiving funds from Ireland. As you probably know, Argentina’s financial markets were closed off for years and transferring funds in or out of the country has been notoriously difficult. Only a handful of companies, like Moneygram and WU were able to negotiate a presence in this difficult space.
Accommodation in Buenos Aires
The biggest city in Argentina is the most visited and where almost everyone that visits the country will need to spend at least one night. Here’s an excellent guide to finding a place to stay in Buenos Aires.
Sending Parcels to Argentina (or receiving Parcels)
Irish Parcels offer a pay-as-you-go, no weight limit service for customers in Ireland wanting to courier packages overseas, including Argentina. They have an online booking system so you don’t need to pick up the phone to a courier. They claim to save their customers 80% on normal costs so definitely worth a look. Customers appear to be very happy with the service judging by reviews here.
Another option is The Post Coach, a Wexford based business that services 200 countries, including Argentina. I particularly like their simple interface for choosing collection point, destination, and shipment dimensions.
Flights to Argentina and flights to Ireland
Check out this page for info on flights to Argentina and cheap domestic flights. Try Expedia for some great deals. It might not always be the best portal but I’ve scored some great trips with them and their support is really very good.
People Transfer from the Airport
Getting from the airport can be scary for the first-timer to Argentina and a plain annoyance for everyone else. Don’t get scammed (especially if your Spanish isn’t perfect) and use an online service like Hoppa to check prices beforehand and even get discounts. (check the Irish in Argentina facebook page for updates). The service works for both Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini and Aeroparque Jorge Newbery.
Cabhrú is an Emotional Support Service for the Irish Abroad. The free service provided by the wonderful people at helplink.ie addresses the emotional support needs of distressed and vulnerable Irish emigrants anywhere.
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