Cash And Climbing...


Jul 12, 2009
Hi All, Used to live in BsAs 2009 - 2012 and back to visit in a couple of weeks. Guess a lot has changed so have a few questions..

- What's the deal with money these days? ATMs working or $$$ down the cueva still the best way to go?
- Any good rock climbing / bouldering gyms around barrio norte / palermo? Anyone here climb?
- And the most important....where are the good new places to eat?

Thanks in advance!
I avoid ATMs because the fees are way too high. I'm not exactly sure what the current numbers are - there seems to be some new info about the max amount of cash withdrawals and transaction fees, but the last I heard was a 2500 peso limit and a 96 peso fee. Fees may be higher.
For restaurants see or the guide.
Yeah, for long term stays and if you don't mind carrying cash USD it is the best way to go. ATM fees have risen to about 10% ($175 pesos) of a max withdrawal of $3,000 pesos per transaction now. I'll be updating that article as frequently as I see changes. Cuevas and cash remain king IMO.

I'd check out that same site that Julian listed for new restos. She stays on top of the food scene. I think you'll be quite pleased with the new additions- tons of them!
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you can open an account on XOOM, wire yourself any amount, and pay only 3% fee
If you are suggesting to use Xoom to get pesos by having it transfer USD and exchange them here...when I checked yesterday Xoom was exchanging 1 USD for 16.8x pesos and that was the rate for a 10,000 USD exchange. (I got 17.78 from my guy).
Hi @EDC - I am visiting BA (Palermo area) for New Year's Eve and a week after. Would love to climb (ropes) if you're looking for a partner. Have you found a gym you like?
Has anyone used a Scwab atm card in BA? I use mine in Colombia and Costa Rica and they reimburse the fees, if the atm fees were refunded would an atm be worth it ? Plan on coming to BA since i can only be in Colombia 180 days a year
I have one in Neuquen and it works without issues. I never use it anymore due to the western union transfers to my local account being a much better value.

Remember, you only get 59 pesos/dollar our of atms so it's kind of a ripoff. At least you won't pay the 11 dollar fee with the schwab card.
and....using a Schwab card in Colombia is useless if you are smart and use the Colpatria/Scotia ATMs. In Argentina tear it up....use WU