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.

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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.

Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel

picture of Carlos Gardel

Carlos Gardel was the Buenos Aires tango king at one time. Although his birth place is a mystery , Carlos Gardel is generally thought to have been born as Charles Romuald Gardés in Toulouse, France to unknown father and Berthe Gardés. Whenhe was 2, he came to Argentina and his name was Hispanicized. When asked about his nationality he would answer I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the age of 2 years and a half.

Gardel began his career singing in bars and parties and in 1913 formed a duet with José Razzano (which would last until 1925), singing a wide variety of folk songs. Gardel made the music his own by inventing the tango-canción in 1917 with “Mi Noche Triste”, which sold a 100,000 copies and was a hit throughout Latin America. Gardel went on to tour Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia and made appearances in Barcelona, Paris and New York. He sold 70,000 records in the first three months of a 1928 visit to Paris. As his popularity grew, he made a number of films, which were essentially vehicles for his singing and his matinee-idol looks.

Gardel possessed a dark baritone voice which he used with excellent musicality and dramatic phrasing, creating miniature masterpieces among the hundreds of three-minute tangos which he recorded during his lifetime. Together with his long-term collaborator, lyricist Alfredo Le Pera, Gardel also wrote several classic tangos, notably “Mi Buenos Aires Querido”, “Volver”, “Por una cabeza”.

When Gardel and his collaborator Le Pera were killed in an airplane crash in Medellín, Colombia in 1935, millions of his fans throughout Latin America went into mourning. Hordes of people went to pay their respects as the singer’s body travelled via Colombia, New York and Rio de Janeiro to its final resting place in La Chacarita cemetery in Buenos Aires.

Gardel is still revered in Buenos Aires, where people like to say of him “he sings better every day.” His fans still like to place a lit cigarette in the fingers of the life-sized statue which adorns his tomb. One of Gardel’s favorite phrases, Veinte años no es nada (Twenty years is nothing) became a famous saying across Latin America.

El Tigre Argentina

El Tigre Argentina Tourist Information

El Tigre

The best day trip outside of Buenos Aires is to go to El Tigre. There you can shop, eat, take a boat ride and relax. The weekends offer lots of activity and everything is open. The weekdays offer peace and quiet and a boat ride.

On the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires is a place called “El Tigre”. This is where the Parana and Uruguay Rivers flow into the Rio de la Plata, one of the world’s largest estuaries. These rivers drain portions of Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay, and the silt and sediment that have brought to the delta with them now make up the hundreds of islands, which are now inhabited. There are no roads on the islands and residents must go to and from their homes by boat. There are supermarket boats, ice cream boats, and even pizza delivery by boat. It is a really interesting place to see, and it is easily reached from central Buenos Aires.

To get there, I recommend that you go to Retiro in Buenos Aires. (the large train station near Plaza Martin). It’s the first terminal, the Mitre Station. Buy a ticket from the ticket vending machines. Push “Tigre” and the deposit 95 centavos. This is a beautiful train station built by the British in 1900. There are several tracks so make sure you board the right train that says El Tigre on the digital sign.

This is a communter train and can be loud as well as crowded. It is known as the bad train but it is cheap and quick. You will arrive in El Tigre in about 45 minutes and get some great views along the way.

El Tigre Boats When the TBA commuter train arrives at El Tigre, get off and take a left to the small bridge. Then take a right and walk along the river there and pick out a boat ride from the various vendors. You may also want to get a map from the tourist informaiton booth near McDonalds.

El Tigre Boat There are many El Tigre boat rides to choose from. You can take a large one to Colonial Uruaguay over night. Or just for the day. You can take a 4 hour boat ride to one of the islands and have a meal. Or you can take a 90 minute boat ride of the area for 14 pesos. They leave every 30 minutes.

On the boat ride you will see the communites in this area that often have no roads but do everything by boat. You will also get a chance to see the things to do in El Tigre around the area.

When you get back from the boat trip, step off and take a left. As you walk, on your right you will see beautiful old mansions dateing back 200 years. You will also find some decent places to eat. El Tigre

You will walk past many boats, then see an amusement park that is only open on the weekends. It is large and has a nice ferris wheel that can offer spectacular views of the area.

At the El Tigre Amusement Park, you will also find a Casino that is open everyday. Just past the Casino is the Tren De LA Coasta. An excellent train and your ride back to the city.

If you walk past the Train, you will find yourself in the neighborhoods of El Tigre. Simple Spanish homes and a typical small Argentina town. Keep walking and you will cross the train tracks, then pass a another huge Casino. Then if you take a left down a small road you will find the Puerto De Frutos. On the weekends, this place hosts one of the most amazing shopping centers around Buenos Aires. Everything is cheap, high quailty, and great. You can spend hours here. On the weekdays, it hosts a few shops of fresh fruits and wood used to make the funiture you will find for sale all over Tigre.

Tren De La Costa Then when you are done at the Puerto De Frutos (Estaci), head back the way you came and buy a ticket on the Tren De La Costa. This is perhaps one of the nicest trains in all of South America. It is small and quiet. The all day pass is 6 pesos and you can get off and back on at any stop.

The best place to get off is at San Isidro. This is the best suburb of Buenos Aires Argentina and is a great place to shop. At San Isidro you will first see a large outdoor shopping mall that is open everyday. Past that is a small hill, walk up that to find downtown San Isidro. An amazing church is present to the left. Walk past that against traffic and then take a right at Belgrano. Then you will be in the shopping center of San Isidro and there are plenty of worthy things to buy and see. San Isidro Buenos Aires You also might want to get a coffe in San Isidro. They have fantastic restaurants and coffee shops.

Back on the Tren De La Coasta, which comes every 20 minutes, you can head back toward the city. At the final stop, Maipo, you will get out and walk down a long hallway to catch another train. Along this hallway there is some shopping booths during the weekends that can be very interesting.

You will reach another train. Buy your ticket to Retiro for less than 90centavos and wait for the train. This train is not the worst train, but not the best either. It is a long ride with many stops. But eventually you will end up back where you started. In Retiro in Buenos Aires.

Evita Peron

The History of Eva Peron (Evita Peron)

Eva Peron picture

Eva Peron was born Eva Duarte in the province of Buenos Aires in a ranch town called Los Toldos. Her mother was an unwed cook at the ranch of Juan Duarte. She was one of 5 illegitimate children. When Eva turned 15, she left home and came to Buenos Aires to seek fame and fortune and spent several years having a difficult time until she found work as an actress in radio and then later in film. Eventually she met her husband, Jaun Peron at Luna Park. After they were married, all her films were banned in Argentina because it was frowned upon for politicians to marry entertainers. Eva Peron supported her husband and helped him to finally become president. Due to political pressures and her health she could not accept.

Eva had humble beginnings and often used this to rally support behind her husband. She was hated by the blue bloods and middle class of society for not having a proper education and being so powerful in government. But everyone else loved her intensely. At one point she was clearly the second most powerful person in Argentina next to her husband and easily the most powerful women in South America. She used her power to make health care available to all classes in Argentina and she created a political women’s party. She also helped in giving the women the right to vote in 1952.

Eva died of cervical cancer although some think it was leukemia. She died at age 33 but the public was told she was 30 because she altered her birth certificate before entering public life and changed her illegitimate statue and also knocked a few years off her age. A few moments after her death was announced, the entire country of Argentina stopped working and began to mourn. She died at the height of her popularity. She was given the title, “spiritual leader of the country”.

Eva Peron´s funeral At Evita’s funeral, over 1 million people paid their respects. 17 people were actually crushed to death and many others were injured. There were plans to construct a monument larger than the stature of liberty with Eva Peron buried with an open coffin, but before that could happen, Peron was overthrown in a surprise coup and was forced to leave the country very quickly. Thus leaving behind Evita´s body.

The military dictatorship that took over made wax copies of the corpse to hide her exact location although strangely, there were always fresh flowers at the secret place here body was kept.

Eva Duarte and the Duarte family tomb One time, the man guarding Evita’s body accidentally shot and hilled his wife when he thought she was a kidnapper. Or body snatcher. And once the chauffeur driving the body died suddenly of a heart attack. Eventually, the government flew the body to Milan and buried it under a different name. There Evita rested in peace for 20 years until the old dictatorship reveled the hiding place and Jaun Peron had it flown to his home in Spain. During this period, Evita’s body was kidnapped again and finally recovered in an exchange deal for another kidnapped body. Finally, Evita was given to here sisters and they put her in their family vault here in 1974. She is buried under 5 meters of steel.

Buenos Aires Culture

Buenos Aires Culture

Buenos Aires Cultures

10 Things To Know Before Visiting Buenos Aires Argentina.

Argentina Wine

Argentina Wine


History of Argentina Wine

Argentina wine arrived from Spain in 1557. It took some time to find the appropriate locations for the cultivation of wine however it was indeed discovered that parts of South America were excellent for wine growing. But during those early days, due to navigation troubles, and sparsely populated regions, wine became scarce. It was only later when religious services and missions demanded wine, and the need for wine for the sick, that serious wine production began in Argentina.

The cuttings cut from vines in Spain during the winter budded during the long voyages, having passed through the more southerly and hence warmer latitudes. Arriving at their destination they were planted in an inappropriate season. Later, material in pots was tried hoping to solve these problems, but again problems of transportation occurred. It is also known that seeds from grapes were used in the formation of those first vineyards. The problem here was the varietal characteristics of the original grapes were not the same. However these plantings would be the origin of numerous native varieties that populated the colonial vineyard and are still used today.

Many varietals in Argentina reflect its Italian and Spanish immigrant population. Italians brought Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Bonarda. The Spanish brought Tempranillo, (Spain’s answer to Cabernet Sauvignon), and Torrontés, a white wine grape from Galicia. Torrontés can be a delightful wine with crisp acidity and a lovely Muscat-like aroma. Other Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, and almost all reds, achieve the same deep color and soft tannins found in Malbec. This is largely due to the increased ultraviolet light from high altitude plantings (as high as 5400 feet in some areas.

Mendoza wine Although there are several regions of Argentina that grow wine, Mendoza is the largest producing 60% of all wine in Argentina. This region is snug against the Andes Mountains and is sunny most of the year. The soil is excellent due to snowmelt drainage from the mountain range. In 1598, the first wines from Mendoza appeared in Buenos Aires. Two preponderant factors influenced the huge growth of viticulture: on the one hand, the large proportion of European immigrants in Mendoza originating from South European countries where viticulture was a large industry. On the other hand the arrival of the train in 1885.

Why Is Argentine Wine So Good?

Argentine winemakers have traditionally been more interested in quality rather than quantity. Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, moulds and other disease that affect grapes in other countries. This permits cultivating with little or no pesticides, allowing some organic wines to be easily produced.

There are many different varieties of grapes cultivated in Argentina. The most popular is the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon among the reds. The Torrontés and Chardonnay among the whites.

The Malbec

Argentina wine The most distinctive grapes are the Malbec, introduced in the 19th century and currently Argentina is the world’s number 1 producer of it. . Malbec is a minor blending grape in Bordeaux and California, but in Argentina, it is a primary varietal. Malbec in Argentina produces a dark, juicy, spicy, and meaty wine, a great match for Argentina’s wonderful grass-fed beef. Malbec is said to provide a more compelling personality than the top wines from Chile.

Argentine Wine Industry

Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world and the largest wine producer in South America. However it is the 13th largest exported of wine in the world. Argentineans drink less wine than they used to, so there is plenty to export. Total production in 2000 amounted to 440 million gallons, but less than five percent of that was exported. But after the devaluation of the Argentina peso, there is more money to be made and foreign investors have helped to increase quality and production such as Moet and Chandon, the French based company.

Of course, “you can’t dismiss Chardonnay. It’s the driving force for American wine consumption,” says George Rose of Allied Domecq, the international beverage conglomerate that owns Balbi. “Chardonnay is incredible in Argentina. We sell twice as much Chardonnay as Malbec,” Catena says. “Altitude is the key. At different altitudes you get different characters. For example, more acidity from higher altitude, more tropical flavors from lower altitudes. When you blend them together you get a more interesting wine with a lot of layers of flavor.”

Nonetheless, Johnson thinks Sauvignon Blanc has a better future than Chardonnay because “it loves the heat.” Generally, Sauvignon Blanc in Argentina gets no oak treatment. In fact, says Johnson, “Argentineans are just getting comfortable with Chardonnay in oak.” José Alberto Zuccardi, proprietor of Santa Julia, likes Pinot Grigio and Viognier, particularly Viognier, which he says “shows a great adaptation capability to the climate and soil of the region (Mendoza).”

Argentina has the ability to produce good wine at very inexpensive prices. And it has also stunned the wine industry with it’s excellent wines, making it one of the most diverse and constant players in the wine world. With prices depressed, quality rising, and all things Latin becoming more and more popular on a global scale, this is the best time ever to discover Argentinean wines.

Argentina Wine Reviews and Recommendations

Because there are over 3,000 different labels of Argentina wine to choose from, it is difficult to pinpoint the best. Here we have narrowed the search to a few factors. Price and grape variental.

Argentina Malbec From Mendoza


Argentina wine

Producer: Finca La Linda

Wine: Malbec

Vintage: 2003

Appellation: Mendoza

Country: Argentina

Wine Type: Red

Varietal: Malbec

Grade: A-

Designation: Cheap and Good

Price: 20 pesos in Buenos Aires

This 2003 Malbec is a great deal. It’s a medium-bodied red with ripe fruit and good balance. Its central theme is plum and dark berry fruit, both in aromas and flavors. There are also soft floral flavors, some pepper, and then a creamy toffee and butterscotch finish that is silky and smooth. A good food wine or romantic wine. The Cabernet and Tempranillo are also excellent.


Argentina wine Producer: Altas Cumbres

Wine: Malbec

Vintage: 2003

Appellation: Mendoza

Country: Argentina

Wine Type: Red

Varietal: Malbec

Grade: A-

Designation: Cheap and Good

Price: 20 pesos in Buenos Aires

This 2003 was surprising excellent. From the first sniff, I got a sense of place, and a large body. It’s a large-bodied red with a dark berry fruit aroma. It was incredible from beginning to end and I was atonsihed at just how much I enjoyed the body. It is a sweet wine, but not too sweet and works as a desert, a romantic event, or just for pure pleasure of the grape.


Argentina Malbec Producer: Bodega Catena Zapata

Wine: Alamos Malbec

Vintage: 2003

Appellation: Mendoza

Country: Argentina

Wine Type: Red

Varietal: Malbec

Grade: B+

Designation: Cheap and Good

Price: $10

This Malbec displays ripe blackberry and cassis on the palate with notes of chocolate and espresso.


Argentine Wine Producer: Bodegas Lopez

Wine: Lopez Malbec

Vintage: 2004

Appellation: Mendoza

Country: Argentina

Wine Type: Red

Varietal: Malbec

Grade: B+

Designation: Cheap and Good

Price: (if in Argentina, 10pesos)

This is a excellent table wine from the Lopez vineyards who have been around since 1898. In Buenos Aires, this is a standard table wine to accompany most meat dishes in restaurants.

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Buenos Aires Pictures

Buenos Aires Pictures

Casa Rosada

Buenos Aires picture taking tips:

Enjoy these Buenos Aires pictures and some picture taking tips. Many of these were taken on the Buenos Aires tours like the daily Buenos Aires city tour and the Tango history and city tours.

There is a tremendous amount of things to see in this unique city but camera batteries can be expenisve and often difficult to find. Make sure you bring extra ones.

Tip: There are plenty of cyber cafes (locotorios) that you can download your pictures with and they are very inexpensive. Discs are about 1 peso each. To use a computer in a cyber cafe is about 1 peso per hour.

Tip: The best time to take good photographs is in the afternoon when the shadows are the smallest.

Tip: Taking great pictures in the city can be difficult due to the amount of poles in the way. It is a joke among tourists as to how many poles per picture.

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Mar Del Plata Argentina

Mar Del Plata on the Atlantic Coast of Argentina is home to the best beach.

Argentina beach at Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is also known as “Ciadad Feliz” (celebration city). This young town became the popular tourist destination for portenos around 1900 and combines relaxing and nature with an exciting urban environment. This city hosts the most famous Argentina beach becuase of its long beaches, dunes, cliffs and ravines, as well as swimming, windsurfing, jet skiing, diving and sailing. It is also home to the biggest casino in the world.

How to get to this Argentina beach from Buenos Aires

By Bus – There are at least 10 different bus companies that run to Mar Del Plata from Buenos Aires. The trip takes about 5 hours and the cost is less than 50pesos for a luxury ride one way.

By Car – Driving from Buenos Aires is an easy jaunt lasting about 5 hours. However many of the roads require constant tolls and are often only one lane. Forcing you to pass trucks habitually. The scenery is mostly farmland and small farm towns along the way.

By Air – Flights from Buenos Aires to Mar Del Plata are common and last about 45 minutes. The cost is typically $200USD for the round trip.

What to do in Mar Del Plata

Interesting neighborhoods – The most outstanding attractions are the Colón Square, the Torreón del Monje (The Tower of the Monk), Los Troncos neighbourhood, the Harbor and Mar del Plata Sailing Club, Punta Mogotes, Barrancas de los Lobos, De los Padres Hill and Lagoon, and Chapadmalal Beach.

Mar Del Plata nightlife – This seaside city has an active nightlife especially in the summer months. Theater is huge here, often shows on the road from Buenos Aires. Tickets sell out quick. Casinos and bingos have a large following in Mar Del Plata. And of course there are amble amount of pubs and discos to choose from.

Outdoor activities – Not only is El Paraíso a zoo full of animals but also a fantastic botanic garden. Just a few minutes from Mar del Plata, this spot is ideal both for children and grown-ups to have a closer look at Mother Nature. The Gold Cathedral offers the possibility of playing along the sea, in the hills or in the cliffs. The famous golf cathedral is something unique and not to be missed. There is a surf school that also teaches a philosophy of life and a passion as well as how to surf this spectacular Argentina beach. You can cruise the water in various sea going vessels and get great views of the city or share a romantic meal with someone special. Diving and snorkeling is also available here to explore the sub aquatic brimming with fauna and colors.

Museums – The successors of Mr. Benjamín Cisterna created the Museum of the Sea in Av. Colón 1114, an amazing history and tribute to the ocean. “Juan C. Castagnino” Municipal Art Museum is on Av. Colón 1189, where the residence of the Ortiz Basualdo family used to be. Villa Victoria Ocampo Cultural Center is at 1851 Matheu Street. It is a building that was constructed by Mr. Manuel Ocampo as a present to Victoria’s grandmother- Mrs. Francisca Ocampo de Ocampo.

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Patagonia Argentina

Patagonia Argentina

Patagonia tours The area known as Patagonia Argentina is one forth of the entire country of Argentina. The Argentina provinces that Patagonia occupies are Santa Cruz, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, and Tierra del Fuego. The terrain is primarily flat baron land with rising jagged mountains near the Andes and in Chile. On the Atlantic coast there are numerous penguins and large amounts of migrating whales. In the center is evidence of volcanic activity. The original myth of European settlers was that of giants living there. The region has become famous because of the clothing line called Patagonia. The main industry is sheep herding mostly attended to by decedents of Irish immigrants that settled the land in the late 1800’s.

How to get to Patagonia Argentina from Buenos Aires

By bus – There are several cities of interest in the Patagonia region of Argentina and it is easy to get there by bus. To get to the heart of the area takes about 15 hours. Some of these are nonstop lines. The average cost is about 120pesos one way.

By car – Perhaps this is the best way to explore Patagonia due to the sheer size of the area and various different attractions. Create your own Patagonia tours. Car rentals run about $400USD for the week from Buenos Aires. To drive to Patagonia will take you about 15-20 hours to reach the heart of the region.

By Air – There are several different cities to choose from when flying to Patagonia. To fly to the Atlantic Coast will cost about $250USD round trip. The travel time is roughly 3 hours.

What to do in Patagonia Argentina

Outdoor activities– The main activities for a tourist in Patagonia Argentina is to camp, hike, ski, and mountain climb. Fishing is also popular. There is a tremendous amount of natural beauty to observe here. There are thousands of lakes; in fact the 6th largest lake in the world is here. Often these lakes turn a shade of blue unseen anywhere else in the world.

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La Pampa Argentina

La Pampa Argentina

Argentina tour La Pampa Province And A La Pampa Argentina Tour

The province of La Pamapa Argentina is rich in Argentina history and tradition. For it was there that Argentina beef became famous and it was the agriculture of La Pampa that drove the boom of Argentina in the early 1900´s and made it one of the richest nations in the world. The two most famous things to come from La Pampa are the Goucho (or Argentina cowboy) and Asado, which is slow grilled beef or barbecue.

How to get to La Pampa Province from Buenos Aires.

By bus – Just a short jaunt from Buenos Aires, there are many bus companies that offer service. The time is about 3 hours and the cost is about 50 pesos one way for a high quality ride.

By plane – It is possible to fly into La Pampa to Santa Rosa or Rio Cuarto on small planes. The fee is about $100 USD round trip and it takes about 45 minutes.

By car – Driving to the Pampas is often the preferred method of travel due to the area being so spread out and so close to Buenos Aires. The travel time is about 2 – 4 hours.

What to do in La Pampa Argentina

Luro Park – Located 35 km away from Santa Rosa, Luro Park consists of 3 different environments; the Lake area, the low mountain area and the ‘medanos’, or the meadows. The 3 combine to create a wonderful natural habitat for animal life. The Park is completely enclosed, surrounded by a wire fence. Pedro Luro bought the land at the trun of the century with the purpose of making a self-enclosed hunting area or a “coto”, just like the ones he saw from his trips to Europe.

La Pampa Ranch – While in La Pampa, it is best to stay at a local ranch to better become acquainted with Argentina’s countryside and all its rich gaucho traditions. At a ranch, visitors are invited to ride horses, witness gaucho’s skills, enjoy argentine’s famous beef (asado, where most of the animals organs get cooked) and have the same landowners as companions. Ranches can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 20 people and are usually very spacious. Their main purpose could be cattle breeding or agriculture. The Goucho ranch is a fantastic Argentina tour.

 

Lithuel Calel National Park. – This park is about 300 km south of Luro Park. It was created in 1977. The name Lihuel Calel is native for “mountain of life”. There is a tremendous amount of wildlife in this park and from 1986 – 1989 the USA performed a very comprehensive study.

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Tierra Del Fuego Argentina

Tierra Del Fuego, great for Argentina camping and adventure.

Argentina camping TIERRA del FUEGO, Argentina camping and adventure at it’s best

The land was discovered in 1520 by conquistador Hernando de Magallanes while he was looking for a path that would connect the Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean. Tierra del Fuego means “land of fire” although really this land is of ice and mountains. The southern most province of Argentina is Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world is Ushuaia. In this region there are many things to see and explore and is most famous for Argentina camping.

Getting there from Buenos Aires Argentina

By Bus – It is possible to get to the end of the world from Buenos Aires by bus although the ride takes about 5 days.

By Car – It is possible to drive from Buenos Aires to Tierra del Fuego. If you attempt this you will surely find adventure and fantastic camping along the way. On your way down you will pass through Commodore Rividavia and see the oceanic wildlife. Endless mountains will accompany on your 3 day of the trip.

By Plane – certainly the most time efficient method of travel. It is possible to fly into Ushuaia and go from there. The air times takes 5 hours and the cost is about $350 USD roundtrip.

What to do in the Argentina province of Tierra Del Fuego.

The Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino sightseeing train was built for comfort and viewing pleasure. The train runs the route of the old “convict train” when prisoners were once banished to this island. It is a steam engine train and offers panoramic views of snow-covered mountains. The train trip lasts 2 hours and from Oct – Mar it leaves at 8:30am 4 times a day just a few miles from the center of Ushuaia.

Tierra Del Fuego State Park – A subantartic forest covers the region up to 600 mts above sea level. There are plenty of rabbits and the fauna is similar to the rest of the island but much more abundant. It is recommended a walk to the “black or dark” lake where dark waters have a mirror-like effect and where today rabbits have become a plague after having been introduced in the 40’s from Europe. Excellent Argentina camping is available here if the weather is decent. Tents are available to rent and make sure to bring warm shoes and extra socks. There are facilities and showers and a forest guard.

Fagnano Lake – Fagnano Lake is about 100 km long. It ends in the “Estrecho de Magallanes” and it is the 6th biggest lake in the world. Although winds can get very strong it is considered excellent for fishing as well as camping.

Ushuaia – , capital of Tierra del Fuego, has seen explosive growth in recent years due to Federal programs for development. In 1970 there were only 5,000 habs. Today 30,000. Visits to local ranches can be arranged, where there is usually a very friendly environment, local sweets and a good warm tea !

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Mendoza Argentina

Mendoza Argentina

Mendoza Argentina MENDOZA

Mendoza Argentina is wine country. Situated near the Andes Mountains the city is a picturesque environment with lots of outdoor activity to enjoy. Skiing is famous in this area as well as wine production. The area is populated by 1,500,000 people although it often feels like a small town.

How to get there from Buenos Aires

By bus – There are many bus companies that travel to Mendoza from Buenos Aires. The cost one way is a little less than 100 pesos for a comfortable ride. Nonstop is available and will take about 8 hours.

By car – An excellent car trip. Driving to Mendoza takes about 9 hours and on the route you can pass through the city of Cordoba and the deserts of the North of Argentina.

By plane – an easy two-hour trip from Buenos Aires. Cost is about $200 USD round trip.

What to do in Mendoza Argentina

Downtown Mendoza – Mendoza was under the rule of the Inca Empire during the 1600´s, then the Peru viceroyalty controlled it, finally it became part of Argentina in the 1800’s. And the result is a vibrant and interesting as well as beautiful downtown with diverse architecture and sense of culture and history. There are great water canals and fantastic parks throughout downtown Mendoza. Plenty of wonderful restaurants and shopping as well as hotels and hostels can be found. Also popular are the many wonderful museums of history and culture in Mendoza Argentina.

Mendoza outdoor activities at Atuel Canyon– There are so many to choose from. Outdoor Mendoza activities include rafting, kayaking, skiing, horseback riding, windsurfing, parachuting, and cave exploration. A half hour drive from San Rafael will lead to incredible outdoor beauty. Atuel Canyon and Nihuil Dam. Clear waters, and diverse shapes surround this region. The Atuel river is born at 4,000 mts above sea level at Las lenas, descending all the way to Nihuil Lake where a dam holds the water to form an artificial lake of about 9600 has: the perfect place for those looking for outdoor activity. Rafting, douqui and cataraf. Also, the walls of the Canyon born at the lap of Nihuil lake, are used to do rappel and perform climbing activity. Those looking for a quieter time can choose trekking trips or horse riding journeys through the valleys of the Canyon. Picture lovers can take ‘picture taking safaris’ On the lake, it is common to see windsurfers, jet skis and enthusiasts of water ski. There is also parachuting and wing flying as well.

Wine tasting in Mendoza Argentina – There are a number of large wine makers in the Mendoza region and it is possible to tour the vineyards and same the crop within a short drive from the downtown.

Aconcagua State Park – High in the Andes mountains is the Aconl, the largest mountain in the Americas and the second highest in the world. About 250 km outside of Mendoza is an amazing trip through the mountains reaching Las Cuevas, Portrerillos, Uspallata and Puente del Inca. Puente del Inca holds old Inca ruins and natural hot springs.

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Salta Argentina

Salta. Renoun for Argentina fishing and the Train to the Clouds.

Argentina fishing in Salta Argentina Salta Argentina is in the northern part of the country and a very unique and culturally rich destination. It was once part of the Peru empire and before that, part of the Inca empire. Recently amazing ruins have been discovered in this region. This is a medium sized city with various types of architecture from different periods blending well together. It is an excellent location for Argentina fishing by fly fishing or otherwise.

How to get there from Buenos Aires

By Bus – The bus trip to Salta is about 20 hours. There are several bus lines to choose from and the average cost is about 120 pesos. One way.

By Car – It is possible to drive to there from Buenos Aires traveling through Cordoba and the deserts of the North. The trip will take about 2 or 3 days.

By Plane – To fly to this region in Argentina from Buenos Aires will cost about $200 USD and will take about 4 hours.

What to do in Salta

Salta’s Train in the clouds (Currently Not Running!!!!!) – Known to be one of the highest trains in the world. This train from Salta runs through a titanic structure built by American eng.Richard Maury in the 30’s. Covers 217 km in about 16 hrs departing every Saturday (April – Oct), twisting its way through the awesome Toro ravine to reach 4200 mts above sea level at Polvorilla Viaduct. The train has a restaurant and a medical staff in case of emergencies There are also bilingual guides, a video system and regional bands on board.

Visiting Tastil Argentina, – one of the first pre-incaic cities in South America. Tastil was discovered by Eric Boman in 1903. It is believed it was populated by 2500 natives in 1300 BC. One of the branches of the “Inca Trail” (from Peru) used to cross the middle section of the town. The archeological value and ruins are astonishing. Following the same path there is San Antonio de los Cobres in the middle of Toro ravine.

Argentina Fishing Trip in Salta- Adventure oriented visitors will enjoy fishing trips organized to “Dique Cabra Corral” and to Rio Bermejo, where trouts, dorados and surubies can be found. Camping, tents and trips on 4×4 ‘s can be arranged with a local guide. There are several restrictions that need to be followed. A Permit is required in order to fish in the different lakes. Also the size of the catches and the fishes itself has been subject to regulation (60 cm dorados and 20 cm for bagres, minimum). Argentina fishing season starts April 1st through Oct 31 st each year.

Salta wine tasting. – Some of the best regarded wines in Argentina are produced in Cafayate, a small area south of Salta. where weather and grape varieties combine to obtain internationally acclaimed wines like Torrontes. From Cafayate crossing “Calchaquies valley” visitors can get to “Cachi” (1500 habs) where small familiy owned wineries plus local artist offer their goods to the public.

Iruya, is a must see. At 2800 mts above sea level the town is the center of many religious celebrations. Every Aug. 1st natives celebrate the ‘Pachamamas Festival’ to show devotion to Mother Earth. The first week-end of October ‘La Virgen del Rosario’ celebration takes place where natives play peculiar instruments like Quenas, Cajas and Sikus.

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San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina

Bariloche Argentina

Bariloche Argentina picture San Carlos de Bariloche Argentina

Bariloche Argentina is in the Rio Negro Province near the Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina. This town is popular for tourists all year round. All outdoor sports and activities are available here especially skiing. Bariloche is a fast growing city due to the high quality of life and the scenery. It is situated on a lake that remains very cold all year round due to snowmelt.

To get to Bariloche from Buenos Aires:

By plane · Aerolineas Argentinas [www.aerolineas.com.ar] flies from Buenos Aires. A ticket is around Ar$830 (Nov/05) · LAN Argentina [www.lan.com] flies from Buenos Aires. A ticket cost around Ar$800 (us$270). Data of November 05

BY CAR To go by car to Bariloche from Buenos Aires takes about 22 hours. One of the best alternatives is to go to Neuquen first day (about 1200 Km) and continue the second day driving about 450 kilometers.

By bus If you decide to travel by bus you can choose between diferent companies, such as “Via Bariloche”, “El crucero del Norte”, “AndesMar”, etc. The first 2 companies offer different services where the main variable is confort and price. You can take “supercama”, wide and large seats. “Cama”, wide seats. “Semi-cama”, normal distribution of 4 seats per line. “Supercama”, and “cama” take as long as 19hs (summer), “semi-cama” makes several stops and takes as long as 22hs (summer).

What to do in Bariloche Argentina · Circuito Chico – This beautiful 60km route can be biked, clockwise is the most easiest way. Or take a bus. · Cerro Otto – Transport there costs $25 pesos (it’s not on the standard bus circuit). Either take the cablecar up or mountain bike to get to the top. The rotating restaurant at the top has some impressive vistas of the region (average meal costs about $25 pesos) and there are some nice hiking trails behind the restaurant. · Paragliding – Ernesto Gutierrez, 02944-462234 / 02944-1543037 (parapente@bariloche.com.ar) offers 50 minute tandem flights for Ar$120 and an additional Ar$10 to Ar$30 transportation cost depending on the location. · Rafting – Several agents offers rafting on the grade III Rio Limay or the grade III/IV Rio Manso. · Cerro Campanario – $15 pesos (usd$5) for entry/ski-lift up the mountain. This is another peak on the circuit with spectacular views (no hiking trails, though) and a non-revolving restaurant at the top. Take city bus #20 out of Bariloche to arrive/return.

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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.

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