Buenos Aires preview

Argentina

Owning a car in Buenos Aires is unnecessary thanks to the city's comprehensive public transportation system. It's crowded, sometimes chaotic and, thanks to government subsidies, very cheap. There is an efficient subway system (the Subte, short for 'subterraneo') which runs from the center of the city to the outskirts near the province. The posted hours of operation are 5am-11pm, Monday-Sunday, however it is common for stations to shut down early or open up late. There are frequent strikes by Subte employees, so don't be alarmed if the system is shut down for a few hours or even an entire day. The buses, or 'colectivos', are reliable and privately owned and operated, so strikes don't happen. They run all day and night long, so no matter what time you…