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Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

The FREE Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

Before you begin your trip to Argentina there are a few things you might want to know. Starting with Argentina history. This will help you to better understand the environment you will find and what to expect. You may also want a few tips for tourists about what to pack, how much money you might need, and cultural differences. Take a look at all the unique places to travel in Argentina as well as stunning Argentina pictures.

 

Tango, Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide TangoMost trips to Argentina begin in Buenos Aires , the cradle of Tango, where your visit is sure to be unforgetable. This is a romantic South American Metropolis and a unique urban jungle landscape filled with interesting nooks and crannies that can satisfy the pallet of even the most experienced world traveler.

There are so many things to do in Buenos Aires that it’s hard to know where to begin. Which is why we recommend you take a Buenos Aires tour. These can send you off in the right directions and make the most our of your time here. This city is densely stacked with treasures, as well as hectic traffic, making the walking tours an excellent choice.

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina, CongressoCurrently there are 3 daily Buenos Aires walking tours in English. The Buenos Aires City Tour is historic and cultrual and is excellent to get an overview of the main attractions of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta Cemetery is the most visited Cemetery in South America. Host to Eva Peron’s tomb as well and important Argentina legends. To see the Recoleta Cemetery and the elite neighborhood around it, the daily Recoleta and Cemetery Tour combine both. And the San Telmo Tour provides a look at Tango, the old city, and a very unique neighborhood.

We strongly advise everyone to explore the rich Tango culture present in Buenos Aires. You should try to see a Tango show from the numerous venues. Or learn a step or two at a Tango lesson. You may even want to make a day out of it all and take the Day Of Tango Tour.

Don’t forget to leave room in your suitcase for all the supurb shopping in Buenos Aires. And remember that most of it will be a huge bargin due to the devaluation of the Argentina peso.

Nightlife in Buenos Aires is so diverse and interesting that you may want to take a unique Nightlife Tour just to give you the scope of your options. The many excellent restaurants alone, could keep you quite busy, and stuffed, for weeks.

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires Argentina Also on the TangoTour.wordpress.com website is Argentina information and recommendations from people who live here or have visited recently. For example, the best methods to get to and from the Buenos Aires International Airport. Or how to see a La Boca Juniors soccer game. And if you have the time, the best ways to see Iguazu Falls.

This interesting country is also famous for Argentina beef, Argentina wine, Argentina leather and exciting theater. The city architecture here rivals many European cities and is referred to as “Paris in the America’s”. Even better is the warm nature of the Argentine people and old fashion customs they have protected.

Of course we can tell you everything you will need to know about a visit to Argentina, but you still must come experience it for yourself. Please contact us about the many private tours we can offer guided in English. And do not hesitate to contact us about any questions you have about traveling to Argentina.

Enjoy this free Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide and write to me to tell me what you thought about it.

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Buenos Aires Argentina Travel Guide

See You In Argentina!!!!

Buenos Aires Tango

The largest cultural contribution Argentina has made to the world in the last 100 years is Tango. So if you are visitng Buenos Aires Argentina, the smartest way to get a feel for the cultural, the history, and the passion, is by taking the Tango Tour. This Buenos Aires Tango Tour combines history, and Tango lesson, City sightseeing, A Tango Show, a Tango Dinner and much more.

Follow this link for Buenos Aires Tango Tours in English.

For more information about the Day Of Tango Tour in Buenos Aires Argentina, please contact me at

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Argentina Worries About Importing Oil

Farm groups cheer the anti horading law however, some analysts questioned the efficacy of a law passed by former president Juan Domingo Perón in 1974, and little used since then.
The head of the FAA farming federation, Eduardo Buzzi said “I’m glad the government announced that it will be applying the law. I discussed this issue with Domestic Trade Secretary Guillermo Moreno last week, so I was glad when he announced it.”
In turn, Luciano Miguens, the head of the powerful Argentine Rural Society, admitted that “there is a shortfall in supply. We have been saying this for some time. We know that imported prices are way above local prices, but that is something the oil companies will have to discuss with the government.
“There is no doubt that there is a shortage of some products in the market at a time when the farm sector needs fuel. The harvest is in full swing and we are really worried,” he told a local radio station.
A third farming leader, Néstor Roulet, who is the vice-president of the Argentine Rural Confederations, said in a radio interview that “the issue is a bit more complicated than importing it; the issue is how do you import it.
“Today you go to a service station and they give you 20 or 30 pesos worth. Farmers are waiting to see whether it will rain or whether there will be diesel fuel, they can’t go on like this,” he emphasized.

This article is taken from The Buenos Aires Herald

10 Things To Know About Teaching English In Buenos Aires Argentina

Here is some honest and truthful advice to anyone who is considering teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina.

10 Things To Know About Teaching English In Buenos Aires Argentina.

1. It helps to have a TEFL degree and a TEFL degree will cost you $1500 USD. The course is located in Buenos Aires and will last 4 weeks. It is intensive training about how to teach, however “what” you teach will take you some time to learn. You will have to re teach yourself English. The TEFL degree is not necessary to get jobs teaching English in Buenos Aires but it will improve your odds of finding work by more than 50%. And it can be used all over the world.

2. If you need to teach English to survive, you are going to be poor and to be honest, it is almost impossible to only teach English and survive in Buenos Aires. The pay scale is still 15 – 20 pesos per hour. However that “hour” does not account for preparation time and travel time. Think of each hour you are paid for as 2 -3 hours of work on your part. At best, you may work 6 “hours” a day but it will actually require more like 12 hours on the job and on a good day you may make 90 pesos. Please do the math for your rent and your pay before you consider teaching English in Buenos Aires as a “real” job.

3. Working for language institutes. The quickest way to begin teaching English in Buenos Aires is by working for language institutes. If you graduate from EBC with your TEFL degree, you will be given a list of language institutes in Buenos Aires to work for. It’s a good idea to start contacting these folks and start setting up interviews. Many of these schools are terrible. Some will try not to pay you at all, while others will pay you a percentage, and some will take taxes of 11% from you while others do not. In order to get enough hours for me to make just enough money to survive in Buenos Aires, I had to work for 5 language schools for the first several months until they felt comfortable with me and then I stuck with 3 schools. Some were better than others and I noticed the smaller schools tended to be more organized. But even those are over managed and sloppy. There are more bad language schools than good ones so when you go to an interview, make sure to interview them too.

4. Getting your paycheck will require some extra steps. Typically, a language institute in Buenos Aires will pay you at the end of the month. They will give you a check and you will have to go to the bank that it was issued from and stand in line, show your passport and collect the money. This takes about an hour and a half and is one more thing you have to do that you will not be paid for. This is illegal too if you do not have a tax ID however the bank will still cash the check. Some schools will not hire you unless you have a tax ID while others will. Getting a tax ID for teaching English in Buenos Aires is a process of first having a police man come to your home and sign a paper saying you live there, then going to a government office and asking for a factura or tax ID. Many people are denied for whatever reason. Many people simply choose never to get one and just work “under the table” however if you choose this, many schools will deduct 11% to pay the taxes for you.

5. Travel Time– Most language schools you will be working for in Buenos Aires will send you to teach at the student’s office. The time it takes you to travel there will not be compensated for. Most of the students work in the Microcenter so if you don’t live near there, you will spend a lot of time of buses or in the subte. Forget a taxi because a teacher’s salary cannot afford it. Typically I took about 6 buses a day and learning which bus went where took some time. Get a Giat (bus Schedule) Some schools will want to send you out to an office away from the city. They may schedule a remiss (taxi) for you to be picked up in and taken 45 mins somewhere, and then back. Although they will pay for this, the time it takes is not compensated for.

6. Being a teacher in Buenos Aires requires doing stuff you don’t get paid for. In addition to travel time, and spending an hour at the bank picking up your paycheck, there are other things you have to do that you won’t get paid for. Like spending time to plan your lessons. For me, a 2 hour lesson requires 40 mins of preparation time. Also, you will want to work out a policy for photocopies since most of the students don’t have books, you will have to photocopy the lesson from a book. Or you may want to print out something from the Internet, which costs 50centavos per page. Not cheap. Photocopies are 10-15 centavos. Also, the language schools often have bi monthly teachers meetings about testing and other things. This will require a few more hours you won’t be paid for. And if you are required to grade homework or tests for finals, then add more hours you are not on the clock. It adds up. You may well be very very busy with very little money.

7. The Students are great. Although teaching English in Buenos Aires does not pay well, there are other rewards such as meeting very interesting and successful people from a different culture that want to know more about your culture. If you teach for institutes, then many of the students will work for large companies and be excellent students because their livelihood requires it. Students are typically very polite however they can often be extremely busy and many classes will be canceled, meaning you may not get paid for the time. Chances are you will find one or two students that you click with and make long lasting friendships. It’s almost like getting paid to meet people and sightsee.

8. Working hours of an English teacher in Buenos Aires. Typically you are on call from 8am – 8pm Monday through Friday. You may teach a morning class, then an afternoon class then an evening class at three different locations. Classes range in time from an hour to 4 hours. (I have found that an hour and a half is perfect.) These are subject to cancellation at the last minute. You may be asked to substitute for another teacher at the last minute also. You will get holidays off but you may not know when they are. You can always tell a holiday if you wake up and don’t hear the deafening sound of buses and street noise. Many students do not take classes in the summer months because it’s simply too hot in the office buildings. You may get a few months of very little work during Dec, Jan and Feb.

9. Others places to teach English in Buenos Aires. The quickest and easiest way to find work as an English teacher in Buenos Aires is to work for the language institutes. However I have never met anyone who actually enjoyed them. Some of them can be very nasty and difficult to deal with. There are other options. Acquiring private students to teach will double your income and give you twice as much freedom. You can charge 30 pesos per hour, which is what the institutes are charging and you can set up your own syllabus. Some teachers end up working for a private school in the suburbs and teach children for about 2 – 3,000 pesos per month. And other teachers find one mega client like a bank or a small business and you can teach all the employees there everyday. The view of most teachers is that if you are still teaching English for the institutes full time after 6 months, you are doing something wrong or you don’t need money.

10. Very few people take it seriously. There are 2 kinds of English teachers. Native teachers and non-native. The Non Native English teachers take the job serious and have studied half of their life to learn how to do it. Most of them are excellent teachers. The native teachers are just passing though and often don’t prepare well for classes, or concern themselves with the job. However the students simply enjoy the chance to just converse with a native. But, sooner or later, if you don’t take it too seriously, you may be fired. But in the end, just showing up on time is 70% of teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina.

Because of all this, many people start teaching English in Buenos Aires and soon discover the pay is poor and there is little time to do anything or any money to do it. And the last thing you feel like doing is learning another language. Out of the 7 people I got my TEFL degree with, only one was still teaching English full time a year later.

This article about the ten things everyone should know about teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina, was written by Tom Wick who lives in Buenos Aires Argentina and has been an English teacher for several years as well as an expert travel guide and Argentina travel consultant. If you would like more information about teaching English in Buenos Aires Argentina, please contact Tom at:

tangohistorytours@gmail.com

Many people write to me asking more questions about teaching English in Buenos Aires which is great. But here is a letter that may answer some more of your questions.

Hi Nick,

Thanks for writing again and providing all your personal info.

The simple truth is that teaching English for the Language Institutes in Buenos Aires is not a good situation. It’s where most foreigners work at first because the legalities can be bypassed and almost anyone can get hired.  But if you do the math, you can clearly see that you can’t make enough money to live on, and the institutes don’t always treat teachers very well. For the majority of native English teachers, they don’t need money, and plan on spending 3 -6 months in town and these institutes are a decent way to experience the culture. But ask anyone who has been there longer than 3 months, and you will get sharp hatred about it.

The other thing to know if you are going to be in Buenos Aires for a year, is that the diet is limited. The menu’s are almost all the same, no spicy food, mostly Italian, and some Spanish food. After awhile, everyone starts to complain about the limited types of food in the grocery stores and restaurants. So I’m just warning you.

A couple other warnings for you. Trying to rent a long term apartment as a foreigner is going to be difficult. It is the #1 most difficult thing about living in Buenos Aires for an extended time. Most landlords won’t rent to foreigners unless you pay 6 months upfront. If this is not an issue for you, then no problem, but after you have lived there 6 months, you may had difficulty coming up with another 6 months down payment. Some people I know just bought an apartment, but that can be a little tricky too. Some people just bounce around in the monthly rentals (like bytargentina.com) but they are 3 times the price the locals pay and on a teachers salary, it’s not an option. I found a crappy place that someone had just been murdered in, and cut a deal with the landlord to fix it up. It’s possible to find landlords like that, but it’s going to take lots of time searching. Or you can roomate with a local and bypass all the trouble.

The other warning I have is that the quality of life in Buenos Aires is low. I slowly began to see that and then I really saw it. It’s a city of 16million people. Pollution is the norm and some people have trouble breathing after awhile. It’s very loud, very hectic and very busy. Usually a year of it is no big deal but 2 or 3 and it can drive you crazy.

So, I just wanted to let you know about these things in advance. Now for teaching. My advice is to work for the private (not public) high schools or grade schools in the suburbs. These schools are bi-lingual and almost all the teachers are Argentine. They need native teachers who are willing to commit for a year, which is rare. You may teach English, and math in English, and even science in history at the high schools. Or something more simple at the grade schools. The pay is about 2000-3000 pesos per month but you will make more if you offer private lessons after school. Lots more! Finding a job at one of these requires you to search for them in the phone book and newspaper. San Isidro is the richest suburb and I would start there, find the private bi lingual schools by calling and asking. Put together a resume and go for the interview. Always dress in a suit. Dressing well in Argentina goes a long long way.

The best time to find these jobs is now before the next school season begins. Also, if you are hired by a real school, you may get a real work visa, and if you do, finding a place to live will be much easier.

Do you need a TEFL? Well, that’s a difficult question. I got one because I was worried about finding a job. But looking back, it was a big waste of money in many ways. In Buenos Aires, the TELF program at EBC is $1500 for a one month intense class. It’s decent but certainly over priced. In many ways, it’s a teacher factory for all the evil English Institutes that cater to business people. I went through all that, along with others, only to discover  it’s a dead end.

But getting a TEFL surely will help you get a job at the private suburban schools. However, I have known many teachers who did not have one who got a job anyway. They did have some prior teaching experience though.

Also, getting a TEFL at EBC in Buenos Aires will give you local contacts for your future employer to call which is a good thing.

It’s up to you. If it were me, doing it again, I might try to bluff my way first. Go directly to the private suburban schools and try to get a job and perhaps embellish about prior experience. If it fails, well, spend the money and a month to get your darn TEFL. I can tell you that getting the TEFL is all about how to teach, more than what you will be teaching. So if you already think you know how to teach, then skip the TEFL.

Getting a TEFL outside Argentina would defeat the purpose of gaining local references.

Wow, this is getting long. Sorry about that. Just one more warning. Although the people of Buenos Aires are very nice and very down to earth, they are shrewd in business and there is a reputation of not always treating foreigners working there well. So be careful. But most of the time, I found I was treated very well so long as I worked hard and did what I was asked.

Well, I hope all this gives you some clues to navigate by. You won’t make a whole lot of money in Argentina, but you will explore a whole new culture and that is priceless.

Bueno Suerte

Ezeiza, Buenos Aires Airport Information

Ezeiza is the airport that services Buenos Aires Argentina. Most international flights to and from Argentina go through Ezeiza which is not far from downtown Buenos Aires Argentina.

Here is some important Buenos Aires airport information.

Flying to Buenos Aires Argentina.  – When you are flying into Ezeiza international airport, you will be greeted by 2 lines when you exit the plane. 1 line is for people who have Argentina passports. And the other, much longer line is for foreigners. This line takes about 45 minutes or less to wait in and when it’s your turn to get your passport stamped, you may be asked a few questions about your visit. Sometimes they speak English, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they ask you questions, sometimes they don’t. But generally you will get your 90 day tourist visa here and your passport stamped.

Ezeiza airport customs imports. – If you are from Argentina, or anywhere else, and are bringing expensive items or goods with you that are not made in Argentina, you may end  paying a large sum for them. For example, if you bringing a guitar worth $1,000USD from the US, then you will have to pay a $500 tax for it. There are ways around it, but this is generally the rule.

The exceptions are laptop computers which usually are allowed and even desktop computers have been allowed without tax.

When I brought my cats, I paid a $11USD tax each for them.

Picking up your bags and luggage.  – Once you clear the passport and the customs then you walk through a hallway to pick up your luggage. There are carts here for free if you have lots of stuff.

Entering the terminal.  – Once you have your luggage then you will walk through sliding glass doors. You will see some money exchange places and some airport shuttle booths before the glass doors. Just keep on going.

Immediately after walking through the glass doors you will see all the wonderful Argentine people waiting for loved ones who have traveled abroad. You may find some crying and emotional people here. You will also see people waiting for a specific person with their names on cards.

Before you do anything. Take a right and walk around the glass partion and keep going all the way to the back where you will see a blue Banco sign. This bank has the best currency exhange rate in the airport. Wait in line for a few minutes and get about 400 pesos.

Getting to downtown Buenos Aires from Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina.  – You have several options for getting to your hotel or where ever you need to go in Buenos Aires from the airport. I strongly suggest that you take the white taxis. It ends up being almost the same price as the shuttle and is a much nicer service. Cost is 54 pesos. To get a white taxi, go to the middle of the terminal after you get your currency exchange and you will see a white both. Tell them, “Capital Federal” and have an address of where you are staying. You will pay and then soon a guy will escort you and your bags to a white taxi. Then you will be driven safely to your next destination in Buenos Aires. It will take about 40 minutes or less.

If you hail a cab from the curb, you will be sorry. These cabs have a history of robbing people. If you take the shuttle, then you will be dropped off downtown and still have to take a taxi or the subway to your final destination. Saving you about 15 pesos but adding about 30 minutes.

Leaving Buenos Aires Argentina at Ezeiza international airport.  – My advice for getting to Ezeiza International airport from Buenos Aires is the same as for getting to the city. Take the white taxi. In fact, try to remember to keep their card that they will give you when you catch them the first time. The other option I endorse in the time honred Manuel Leon Tienda airport shuttle. These guys have been around since 1927. The cost is $25 pesos per person and this option makes sense if you are traveling alone. You get the shuttle in Retiro a little ways away from the English Tower. I strongly advise agaisnt catching a black and yellow taxi and a private remise is also a gamble. So take the white taxi if you can and make it easy on yourself. 

Leaving Buenos Aires. –  It takes about 40 minutes to get to the Ezeiza airport from downtown Buenos Aires. If you are taking an international flight, make sure to get there 2 hours before the flight leaves.

There are 2 ports at Ezeiza international airport. One for domestic flights which is the first port you come to, and one for international flights which is the second port. Enter into the terminal and you will see the lines.

First you wait in line and deal with immigrations. If your visa has expired, then you pay a 50 pesos fine but it’s a 3 step situation that will add an hour. If your visa did not expire, then you clear immigrations and wait to check your luggage.

Once checked in, you must go and stand in another line to pay an airport tax. I think it’s about 57 pesos.

Once you have this, then go to your gate. Before you go through security, you can take your receitps or facturas and get a tax refund. This can be substantial and I recommend that you keep your receipts for everything you buy while shopping in Buenos Aires. After you go through security, you enter a duty free shopping mall. It’s good and cheap and worth buying stuff. There is only 1 kiosk here so try to get gum before getting to airport.

Then you go to your gate and your carry on bags are checked along with passport and ticket and airport tax receipt.

Then you get on the plane and say good bye to Argentina.

For more questions and answers about Ezeiza Buenos Aires airport information please write to me at

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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.

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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.

 

Tangotours

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.

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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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.

For more information about Patagonia tours in Argentina, and any specific Patagonia location information, please write to us at:

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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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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.

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