Archive for September, 2006

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

Puerto Madero

 

buenosaires101.jpgPuerto Madero is a modern neighborhood in Buenos Aires Argentina. The port that we see today was built in 1898 and was designed by a man named Modero. However the port was a failure due to navagation troubles and was abondonded after 30 years of use.

puerto maderoIt was then turned into a warehouse storage space and later offices. Then the restaurants took over and it is now lined with one after another of some of the best Buenos Aires restaurants. There are also excellent hotels here including the Hilton and Fina.

Puerto Madero Puerto Madero is a large area which hosts new high rise construction. There is alos a natrual reserve here that can be hiked in about 2 hours. This area of the city used to be the river. But during the widening of the streets in the late 1800’s, the city dumped debris here. Over time, natrual vegitation grew and the city designated this area an ecological reserve and park. This contributes to many misquitos and also can hurt the air quality of Buenos Aires. Where the city used to receive a fresh breeze from the river, now it stops in the area.

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Caminito Buenos Aires

 

Caminito

Caminito
There is an area of Buenos Aires called Caminito. It is the world´s first free outdoor museum and was opened in 1959. Caminito is located in the neighborhood of La Boca, which is anything but a museum. La Boca is the oldest port in Buenos Aires and is rich in history and exotic tales. Not to mention the La Boca Juniors, a religion for football fans.

Caminito Caminito is painted many colors because the immigrants, mostly from Genoa Italy, worked on the shipyards here, and used the paint from the ships to paint their small dwellings, called conventillos. The Caminito we see today is a life size replica of what it used to be like at the beginning of the 1900’s when millions of European immigrants came to Buenos Aires seeking a better life.

The man that painted this area became a famous artist named Benito Quinquela Martin. He was raised in La Boca on the water front and from his childhood images, he painted the port. His works became world famous and he was asked to paint the outdoor museum itself. He also painted the inside of the school in this area and has his own museum next to it.

Caminito, La Boca The name Caminito is taken from a famous Tango song that depicts a small country road in Argentina. Which alludes to the Tango history found within this interesting neighborhood in Buenos Aires. The immigrants would socialize in the brothels and it was there that Tango found its feet.

Today in Caminito, you will find lots of tourists. And also some Tango street performers as well as Tango musicians playing in outdoor cafes. There is also some great shopping for a variety of interesting Argentina products. The activity here begins about 10am in the morning and shuts up shop at 6pm. The weekends are the most crowded.

Just a few blocks away is the La Boca Junior stadium. This famous icon can be toured during the day.

Caminito Beunos Aires If you would like more information about Caminito in Buenos Aires, or if you are interested in a tour of this area, and others, please do not hesitate to write to us and indicate your interest in viewing this special Argentina attraction.

Please write to us here for information about a tour of Caminito.

Buenos Aires Women

Buenos Aires WomenThere is a secret hidden in Buenos Aires. And I am going to give it away for free. The number one attraction of Buenos Aires Argentina is Buenos Aires women. The ratio of women to men here is mroe than most people want to admit. Reason for this is that the women from smaller towns can come to University of Buenos Aires for free, if they test in, and the usually end up staying and getting jobs. Thus the population has shifted to more women than men. The men from the smaller towns and cities in Argentina usually prefer to stay there. If they do go to Buenos Aires, the numbers indicate that they return to their home after college.Whats so great about Argetnina women? If I told you, you would not believe me. You simply must have to see for yourself. They are traditional women, and enjoy traditional conservative roles for the most part. Womens equality was late to arrvie in Argentina with women getting the right to vote in 1952. They can thank Eva Peron for that.

Overall, the clash between the sexes is seldom seen in the relationships of men and women. Argentina women enjoy intense relationships with their friends. An Argentine women cares deeply for her friends and will often view them as family memebers.

However on the street, the copetition amung women is also intense. It is common to stand at a street corner and watch all the women looking at eachother. Sometimes more than the men look at them. And men do look. Old men, young men, boys, fathers, priests, they are all looking, all the time. And how could you not?

Iguazu Falls Pictures

Iguazu Falls Pictures

Enjoy these Iguazu Falls pictures taken in Feb of 2006. Iguazu Falls are located on the northern border of Argentina and Brazil. They are located in Iguazu National Park which is a semi tropical jungle and one of the fastest growing forests in the world.

Iguazu Falls pictures

The waterfall system consists of almost 300 falls, with heights of up to 70 meters, along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguassu River. The Garganta del Diablo (“Devil’s Throat”) is the most impressive of them all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Most of the falls are within Argentine territory, but from the Brazilian side a more panoramic view of the Garganta del Diable is obtained.

The Falls are shared by the Iguazú National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil).

The name Iguassu comes from the Guarani words y (water) and guasu (big). The legend says that a god pretended to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipú, who fled with her mortal lover in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.

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Tango Tour

The Evening Of Tango Tour

Evening of Tango Tour On The Evening Of Tango Tour you will begin with a gentle stroll through cobblestone streets in the most fascinating and unique neighborhood in Buenos Aires. On this tour you will discover Tango history and learn how the dance began and where it began and why. You will see how the City itself helped shape this unique art form that we enjoy today.

Currently in Buenos Aires, Tango is enjoying a comeback. On the Evening of Tango Tour you will experience the current Tango culture, the thriving Buenos Aires nightlife, and become informed about various Tango hotspots.

Also on this tour, you will be exposed to excellent antique shopping areas and places of historical interest.

After your 2 hour walk through the birthplace of Tango, you will be taken to a carefully choosen Tango Dinner to dine.

And after dinner, you will be witness to the best Buenos Aires Tango Show available. Within the Tango Show, you will see the recreation of how the dance began, how it evolved, and the state of the art form today. It has been well preserved here in Buenos Aires and only here can you get Tango in its authentic form.

The price of this private Evening Of Tango Tour is 270 pesos per person. ($90USD) Which includes hotel pick up and drop off within the city center, transportation, tour and tango show. Price does not include restaurant fees.

Please contact us to book this tour and mention your interest in the Evening Of Tango Tour.

tangohistorytours@gmail.com

Instructions For Bringing Your Cat or Dog to Argentina.

Bringing A Cat Or Dog To Argentina

When I originally planned on moving to Argentina, I had a choice of what to bring and what not to bring. I sold off most everything I owned including a very nice car I had worked years to pay off. One of the few items I did not sell was my 2 cats. And there was no place to leave them either. So, the cats came with me to Argentina.

Actually, Argentina is one of the more pet friendly places and very liberal about bringing in your cat or dog. There is no quarantine time, and only a small amout of paper work will be needed before you leave.

Here is what you will have to do in preparation for brining your cat or dog to Argentina.

1. Contact your vet and tell them about your trip. You will need to bring your animal in and get a quick check up, plus you will need to get paperwork to fill out. You do not need to have it completed in Spanish. And you do not need to have it signed by the state. But make sure that they complete it fully. They may need some time to do so so do this step first.

2. Contact the airline you are traveling with. You have to buy tickets for the little guys. Trying to get in touch with a representative to buy tickets for your animal means getting in touch with someone about cargo. It is best to store the cat or dog in the luggage compartment under the plane. At least it was for me because I was brining in 2 cats and didn’t have the money to buy them a ticket with a seat. And if you are flying during extreme temperatures in the summer or winter, some airlines will not allow pet travel under the plane. The cost was $100 per animal. It is a good idea to double check this reservation before you fly. I paid for the ticket when I checked the cats in at the airport.

3. Carrying case. You can go to just about any pet store and find a nice solid plastic carrying case for your animal. You will want to make sure it is of the highest quality so it does not smash. And you must be able to put a water dish and food dish somewhere in the case for the animal. When I checked the animals in at the airport, a guy actually drilled screws into the case for extra protection to ensure the carrying case did not open up during transit. For free, more or less. Also, put up signs on the case everywhere indicating live animals, handle with care, and your contact information in both countries. They will do more of the at the airport when you check your pet in.

4. Leaving. Make sure to have all your paperwork with you at the airport before you leave. Make sure you get to the airport about 3 hours early. Check yourself in first, then check your pet in. When I checked in, I had to actually take the animals out of the case so security could get a good look at both the cats and the inside of the case. My cats did not enjoy this, and I got scratched trying to put one back in. But you have to do what you have to do.

A man gave me a receipt and I was told to use this to confirm my animals had indeed been put under the plane before we took off. After I took my seat on the plane, I could look out the window and actually see the cats waitimg to be stored. They were the last items packed in cargo. Then I asked a flight attendant to verify the ticket stub, and she confirmed it.

5. Arrival. After I got myself through customs and security in Argentina, I found my cats stacked up near the baggage claim. I grabbed my luggage and a cart. Then I was sent to a special line where 2 people in white coats asked me some questions in Spanish. They wanted to see my paperwork for the cats, and needed to know where I was staying. I had an address. They looked at the cats, and at me, and charged me $11 for each animal as a tax.

Finally, I was cleared to go through. The cats where pretty shaken up that day. But they were glad to hear my voice again. The flight was 11 hours. You are not allowed to drug your animals because this can cause them to die at high altitudes.

The cats slept well for a few days and began to get used to the new smells and sights in Argentina. There are still with me today and we live in the deep city of Buenos Aires. They didn’t like all the noise at first but they have adjusted and are working on their Spanish.

Update on instructions for bringing your cat or dog to Argentina: If you fly Delta, you can carry your cats or small dogs in the cabin.

When heading back home to the united states from Argentina, you must go to a governement office in Puerto Madero to get a certificate. In order to get that, you must have a current health certificate and radies shot for the animal. Then you can get the international certificate at Puerto Madero. Call your airline in Buenos Aires for the address of this place.

Warning: This place is only open from 11am – 4 pm and has been known to go on strike. So give yourself a few days in advance. Once you get the international health certificate, you have 10 days to fly.

Letter from a cat owner 

I have just read your blog on the internet regarding bringing pets into Argentina. It is one of the best sources of information that we have come across in our months of searching.  We have a cat that we wouldn’t think of leaving behind, but have found nothing on the internet to help us learn more about what we have to do. Do you have a suggestion on where to start or what to do? Vets are not very abundant here in the area that we live in, and most of them deal with farm animals. I’m afraid that cats and dogs are a low priority in the overall scheme of things. Do you have any suggestions at all?

Thank you so much for any help that you might give us,

Reply from TangoTours

 

The first thing I would try and find out is if Argentina has special restrictions about animals from your country. My guess is that they do not. Argentina is one of the most open minded countries in the world in regards to allowing pets in. To be honest, I think a small bribe would get any cat in. But better to be safe than sorry. I feel confident that after a great deal of research and effort on your part, you will get you cat into Argentina without incident.

Contact the Argentina embassy in your country and see if they can give you any additional info about papers you might need. Getting my cats into Argentina was much easier than getting them back to the US. But no need to worry about that now.

You may want to find a very good vet in a rich neighborhood or something. You will absolutely need documentation of your animals rabies shot, and you will need it within a window of time, like 10 days before the flight. 30 at most. You should also try your best to get an international health certificate.

I have in front of me the vet papers I used to get into Argentina. The most important document you will need is a certificate of a rabies vaccination. Also 3 other vaccinations are documented. Panleukopenia, Calicivirus, and Rhinotracheitis. And if I remember correctly, these were given as an all in one shot. But one of my cats did not like shots, and we were unable to hold him down, so the vet just checked the boxes anyway. And the same thing was done in Argentina.

You will also need to make sure the airline you are flying will allow animals at the time of year you are flying in the cargo bay. Sometimes if it is too hot, they won’t put the animal there. Some airlines allow a small cat to ride with you under your seat, and some do not. Either way, there will be an extra charge for the animal to fly.

Always tell officials and vets that your cat is an indoor cat. And when you finally do get to Argentina with your cat, and get your baggage, you will see your cat sitting near by if you had it checked into cargo. Pick it up and go towards the exit. A couple of doctors will call you over to one side, and ask you questions, look at your rabies vac document, ask you where you will be living, and then charge you a very small fee. Give you a smile and then off you go.

It can be done, it is a process, but I promise you that if you go through the process, it will work out just fine.

 

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Buenos Aires Tango Lessons

Buenos Aires Tango Lessons

Buenos Aires Tango Lessons We have provided a few places for Buenos Aires Tango Lessons. But before you choose a Tango Lesson in Buenos Aires, there are a few things to consider.

1. Will you need someone to speak English?

2. How serious are you about learning Tango?

3. Do you want a private teacher or a group class?

4. What day of the week do you need to take a class?

5. What part of the city can you travel too?

6. Are you interested in the Milongas, or large groups of people dancing Tango?

7. How much are you willing to pay for a Tango Class?

As you may have guessed, Buenos Aires Tango lessons vary alot and the information is subject to changing at any moment. Those of us who live here and manage this website try to keep an upated account of some options for people who are visiting Buenos Aires. This page has been updated on March 15 2006.


Finding The Right Buenos Aires Tango Lesson For You. Most of the inexpensive group Tango lessons in Buenos Aires Argentina are taught in Spanish and are taken quite seriously. Tango is a religion here. If you have never danced Tango and are looking for something fun and to learn a step of two, in English, you may have a difficult time finding the right teacher. And you may end up spending alot of money. There is an alternative. It is common here to give Tango Lessons at Tango shoe shops. These can be on the lighter side of things and realtively inexpensive. However if you are looking for a more serious Buenos Aires Tango lessons, or a series of classes, you will have no trouble finding that. But again, being taught in English can create an additional expense.


Buenos Aires Tango Lessons Listings

Complejo Tango – Private 55 USD per person, anytime, group 7:30 – 8:30 everyday – English translation is additional 20USD – comes with a diploma. LOCATION Av. Belgrano 2608.

The Studio – 30US for one person and 20US for interpretinghttp://www.thestudio.com.ar/Tango.htm.

Patricia Milillo Currently teaches private lessons in the Belgrano area. I have experience teaching in Buenos Aires and in the USA since I spent some time teaching there, so I can speak English if you prefer. Contact me for more info. patrimtango@yahoo.com

Cori y Omar. Nuevo Siglo (Av. de Mayo 877) (054 11) 4827-2557/ 155-133-9099. Clases / Lessons: lunes, miércoles y sábados, 19. En / 7pm Mon, Wed & Sat . Precios/ Fees: $8 la clase; $25 por mes / $8 per class,: $25 monthly. Idiomas / Languages spoken: English & Portuguese.

Nuevo Salón La Argentina Bartolomé Mitre 1759. 4371-6767El Beso Congreso. Riobamba 416. 4953-2794

Centro Armenio Buenos Aires Tango Lessons and other dance lessons. Armenia 1366. 4774-6357

Sunderland Club Lugones 3161. 4541-9776 / 4605-8234

Salón Canning Palermo. PARAKULTURAL Scalabrini Ortiz 1331 – 4342-4794 / 4832-6753 Milonga: lunes y viernes de 21 a 04 hs. Cómo llegar: colectivos 140-142-168-151-39-29-106-110-57

DARCOS is in Buenos Aires centre:Suipacha 259 (Only one block from the “Obelisco”) Buenos Aires, Argentina. A Tango shoeshop where they make shoes and offer dance lessons in English and French. These Buenos Aires Tango lessons are not expensive. Tel.: (54 11) 4326-0232

Casa de la Cultura. Av. de Mayo 575, Patio central. (054 11) 4323-9669. Clases / Lessons: Saturdays: / 3pm beginners, 4pm intermediate, 5pm advanced. Profesora / Teacher: Graciela Cabrera. Free admission. Inscription for Intermediate and Advanced levels: 2.30pm Sat.

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano “Isaac Fernández Blanco”. Suipacha 1422 (entre Av. Libertador y Arroyo), Centro. (054 11) 4326-3396 / 4327-0228. E-mail. Clases / Lessons: 6pm-9pm Mondays & 11.30am-1.30pm Thursdays. Profesor / Teacher: Luis Boccia.Precios/ Fees: $2

Daniel Lapadula. Escuela Argentina de Tango, Centro Cultural Borges, Viamonte y San Martín, Centro. (054 11) 773-9383. ClubStyleTango@yahoo.com Clases / Lessons:/ 6pm Sat (2-hour lesson). Intermediate and Advanced levels./ Fees: $15

Quique Camargo y Rosana Tolosa. (054 11) 4650-0273 . Clases / Lessons: / 8:30pm-10:30 pm Tue (Charcas 3673). 8pm-10pm Sat & Sun ( Av. Rivadavia 6465).. Precios/ Fees: $5Idiomas / Languages spoken: English.

Confiteria Ideal – Suipacha 384 in the Microcentro- This is a famous old hot spot for Buenos Aires Tango lessons and deancing. The club was founded in 1912 and it has been restored to look and feel like that era. It is an older crowd but friendly. Tango classes are available from Monday to Thursday from 12:00 to 3pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 3pm to 9pm Dances are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 3pm to 9pm and on Thursdays from 10 pm to 4 am. Fridays they usually have a show that starts around 8pm. The cost for the class and/or dance is 5 pesos. 5006-4102


For other places for Buenos Aires Tango Lessons, you can check out tangodata.com

Buenos Aires Tango Lesson Tips Always call first before a Tango Lesson. Sometimes it may say they speak English but they don’t. And often the times may change. It is even wise to actually visit the place first to see if you are interested.

Don’t forget about asking for Milonga info after your lesson. A large group dancing Tango.


About the author of this blog.

Tom Wick is an American expat living in Buenos Aires. An expert travel consultant and tour guide offering free travel inforamtion and private guided tours of Buenos Aires.

Contact Me

Please write to me about any Buenos Aires Argentina travel information or about living in Buenos Aires as an expat. tangohistorytours@gmail.com

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