With a rich culture and incredible weather, Buenos Aires, Argentina is the perfect destination for anyone who loves affordable travel and beautiful landscapes. However, digital nomads are primed to love the city even more than your average joe.
The city holds the coveted number 4 spot on Nomad’s list of the top places to live, work, and play for digital nomads. This is most likely due to the low cost of living, solid internet availability, job opportunities, great healthcare, as well as all the fun and excitement that a city like Buenos Aires can promise.
But, if that isn’t enough for you, we’ve put together this guide to help you decide when (not if) you want to plan your trip.
1. What’s so great about Buenos Aires for digital nomads?
Nomad’s list is a crowdsourced guide of the top places for digital nomads to live. And, as I mentioned before, Buenos Aires scores one of its top spots. But what is it about Buenos Aires that makes it so conducive to good living for digital travelers?
Summertime, all the time.
The mass majority of Argentina sits in the temperate climate zone (there is a small section of northern Argentina that is considered a tropical zone). That means that there’s no need to pack that heavy winter jacket.
Conditions in Buenos Aires hold strong at around 30 degrees centigrade for 6 months (October, November, December, January, February, March) out of the year. In Buenos Aires’ “winter months”, the temperature can reach lows of 15 centigrade.
If you’re not great at understanding temperature, I’ll put it more simply. In the summer months, Buenos Aires is beautiful and hot. And in the winter months, it’s just cold enough to not be considered hot.
Buenos Aires was first founded in 1536. Since then, and thanks to the eclectic groups that have come to inhabit it, the city has become an incredibly seductive cosmopolitan area.
It won’t take long for you to find one of the cities many European styled architectural landmarks. It also has an intense cultural life with many theatrical shows and a plethora of art galleries. But the real beauty of Buenos Aires’ cultural life lies in its cafés. The city is often considered one of the most European area of Latin America, and where the Europeans go the cafés will follow.
As digital nomads, you can set up your laptops in the prime office real estate of cafés and be at the heart of a thriving community. Once there, so long as you avoid tourist traps, you can enjoy all the delicious classics of Argentinian cuisine without dropping a whole lot of cash. That means empanadas, asados, all kinds of pasta, and dulce de leche as dessert.
Cost of Living
Like a lot of South American cities, Buenos Aires is an incredibly affordable place to live. Some estimates put the cost of living for a single person at $449.99 without rent and $1053.99 while paying monthly rent on a 900 sq ft home in the expensive part of town.
Food is also very attainable. You can get your average lunchtime order for about $5.49, or you and a friend can enjoy a three-course Italian meal and pay roughly $30 (that includes wine.)
While they’ll save on daily expenses, digital nomads may have to pay more toward internet if they want to run their remote business from Buenos Aires. 4/10 fixed internet connections in Argentina do not exceed 6 Mbps (megabits) per second. While this may be acceptable for some, this may hinder other tech-focused nomads. However, you can keep reading to find some good co-working stations that provide solid internet access.
The Subtle, Buenos Aires’ subway system, is an incredibly popular and effective way to navigate the city. So popular, in fact, that the system is often in heavy use by locals as well as tourists.
In addition to the Subte, Buenos Aires’ efficient transport network also includes buses, many licensed taxis, quite a few hop-on / hop-off sightseeing tours, and a vast free public bike share scheme.
English Speakers Friendly
While the number of English speakers may be limited among locals, the city itself is incredibly welcoming to foreigners.
This may be due to Buenos Aires’ background as a multicultural city. For the past 150 years, the city has attracted immigrants from all over the world making it an incredible melting pot of different cultures. No one will notice your accent in this the most culturally diverse city of the Americas.
2. Where to live in Buenos Aires?
While USD will undoubtedly continue to outperform the Argentina Pesos, the “gringo” tax is an ever-present threat in Buenos Aires. Finding reasonable accommodations can require some networking and some bargaining as well. In this section, we’ll go over some good resources for nomads looking for a place to live in Buenos Aires:
- Nomadh – Buenos Aires first co-living nomad hub.
- WiFi Tribe – Well located co-living in Buenos Aires that also includes community activities and travel.
- Baexpats.org – This is a great website for expats living in Buenos Aires. It can help you with accommodations among many other essentials.
- Thebrokebackpacker.com – Here is a list of the 20 best hostels in Buenos Aires. It was last updated in December 2018.
- Craigslist – Although it is hit or miss, many nomads have found great living spaces on Argentina’s Craiglist.
3. Where to work in Buenos Aires?
WiFi is; obviously, one of the first things you’ll need to find in Buenos Aires. Most digital nomads rely on it to facilitate moves to new cities and changes in lifestyle. But in a city like this, it can be hard to find. Luckily, there are several different groups who have established co-working spaces in the city that have multiple locations:
There’s also plenty of great cafés where you can plug in and get some work done. Here’s a list of a few:
4. Where to network with other digital nomads in Buenos Aires?
You won’t be the first digital nomad to travel to Buenos Aires. Many before have made the trip, and many of them are plenty eager to meet up and show you the ropes. Here are some ways to get in touch with them, so you can really make the most of your time in Buenos Aires.
Besides them, there is an Expat Facebook Group that posts general tips and tricks for making your way around the city regularly. They’ll also keep you in the know on local meetups.
Although Argentinians are quite welcoming to English speakers, some of you out there may be wanting to bone up on your Spanish. If that’s the case, World Lingo holds weekly language socials. Here you’ll not only be able to meet some travelers like you, but you’ll also be able to broaden your horizons and network with some locals.
TL;DR: Which type of Digital Nomad is Buenos Aires for?
Buenos Aires is a great place for nomad newbies looking to explore Latin America as well as the seasoned veterans who’ve done it all and seen it all. It’s a beautiful city where a dime will get you a dollars worth and the weather can’t be beat.
Some reasons as to why the city is so great for newbies is how accessible the culture is, the multitude of resources, plenty of co-working / co-living accommodations, and the easy access to transportation.
Grizzled nomads will love Buenos Aires for the same reasons that so many travel there annually. The city is culturally rich as well as being culturally diverse. The weather is beautiful and sunny. And you’ll find many like-minded travelers looking to take in the city.