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Buenos Aires Bars

Buenos Aires Bars

Buenos Aires Bars

 

There really are some fantastic Buenos Aires Bars. And most of them are very spread out. But here we have compiled a list for you to choose your watering hole from.

 

Some things you might want to know about Buenos Aires bars.

Generally, the beer selection will be small and contain Quilmes, Izenbec, and Warsteiner and Heiniken if your lucky. However they can make your favorite cocktail.

There is always great red wine to choose from and the markup is over 50%.

Juke Boxes require a fecha, or a pre paid coin. They can be about 50 centavos per song.

Pool tables can be found in bars that are designed for pool tables. There are about a dozen great pool halls in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires Bar hours usually last until the sun comes up and open at 7pm.

For any additonal questions about Buenos Aires Nightlife, contact us.


 

Enjoy These Buenos Aires Bars

TAZZ – Serrano 1556 – This bar is located in the exciting area of Plaza Serrano in the Palermo Hollywood district. This bar always has a tremendous amount of young people, many whom speak different languages. The music is fashion. This bar is actually a clothes shop during the day and bar at night. Great pool tables if you can get one. On busy nights, they may charge you 10pesos or more to get in. A good place to see and be seen. You can not go wrong here.

The Kilkenny -corner of Reconquista and Paraguay in the Center– This is an Irish pub and always busy. It has become very famous and packed. At 6pm its cocktail hour for the local businessmen, after 11pm the cost is 10 pesos if you are male. A great place to meet fun people and sometimes there is alive band.

La Cigale Avenida 25 de Mayo 722 in the MicroCenter – A hip and trendy bar with interesting drinks and a great looking crowd. Sometimes a DJ and sometimes a band. The best band I have seen in Buenos Aires was here. The door man may give you trouble but just pretend like you want to go somewhere else and he will let you in.

Deep Blue – Ayacucho 1240 in Recoleta- There are two locations and I recommend the one in Recoleta. This is a great upper scale fun bar decorated in a fashion district manner. The pool tables are supurb and there is an upstairs and courtyard worth seeing. Deep blue is a little pricy but I have never had a bad time there. The food is nice and there is a tap at each table.

Thelonious Club This bar in Palermo is great for live music especially jazz and blues however check first because it is not everynight. A New Orleans motif. LOCATION – Salguero 1884Palermo – tel: (54-11) 4829-1562

 

La Academia This neighborhood bar in Recoleta is the perfect place for all night pool. There are plenty of pool tables in a dark large room. You will never know the sun has risen. Somettimes it can be a tough crowd but always an interesting one. LOCATION – Callao 368

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Buenos Aires Nightclubs

Buenos Aires Nightclubs

Buenos Aires Nightclubs The Buenos Aires Nightclubs are exciting. They usually pack them in on the weekends. The music is usually popular but it varies. Due to last years fire in a popular nightclub killing hundreds of people and causing a few high ranking people to be jailed, many of the Buenos Aires Night Clubs have closed temporaraly. However there are some great ones thriving. Nightclub hours are from 7pm to dawn.

MUSEUM – Located on Defensa near Des Nivel in San Telmo – This is a gigantic discotheque and nightclub that has a large dance floor and great light show. 3 balconies. Wed – Sun begins at 7pm and ends at dawn. Cost varies to about 20 pesos for the door. This place can get busy and wild and sometimes difficult to get a drink. But this is a famous place for locals and you are sure to see true entertainment here.+

Operabay – used to be El Divino in Puerto Madero at the foot o of Jaun D. Perón – A huge place with 3 dance floors with varying music. The best thing about this place is the view of the water and the city lights. From 6pm to 6am. Dress is whatever. Cost is about 10-20 pesos for the door.

Hippopotamus Famous since the late 1970s disco days, Hippopotamus has swayed with the trends and is still a very sophisticated and exclusive club, especially for the thirtysomething crowd. Considering its location in a prime tourist area people from all over the world take to the dance floor for an all night party. The bar offers many varieties of whisky, shots, and cocktails.average cost: 30pesosLunch & Dinner Tu-Sa; Disco: 11pmLOCATION-Junín 1787

Buenos Aires Tango Shows

Buenos Aires Tango Show

Buenos Aires Tango Show A trip to the capital of Tango is not complete without a authentic Buenos Aires Tango Show. However they are becomming more numerous with the rise of Tango’s popularity in Argentina. Today, you have many choices for the kind of Tango Show you would like to witness.

There is no one place that is the best. They all offer something different. Which is why it’s good to do a little exploring before you choose your Buenos Aires Tango Show. They range in price and style. The food at these places is usually not the main attraction.

Buenos Aires Tango Show Tip Call ahead to pre book your tickets.


Buenos Aires Nightlife Tour The Buenos Aires Nightlife and Restaurant Tour allows you to actually see the many different restaurants and Tango Show locations before you spend your money there. This is a private tour and also entails the amazing history and cultual of the entertainment district in Buenos Aires. The Buenos Aires Nightlife and Restaurant Tour


Buenos Aires Tango Show (Big Production)

Piazzolla Tango is a dinner and a show in an old theater that has just been renovated. The Tango show is in the traditional style and the cost is 200pesos with dinner. 140pesos with just drinks. The theater is beautiful and located on Florida Street. The menu is very simple with a 3 course meal. The portions are small. The later you arrive to the show, the farther back your seats are. Ask about a private balcony seat. The show is very controlled. This is a fantastic show and the sure thing however slighlty tame. (54 11) 4344-8200 LOCATION: Florida 165 / San Martin 170. Galería Güemes. Buenos Aires. República Argentina | info@piazzollatango.com

MichelAngelo This show is located in a fantastic old brick building in San Telmo. The show has three parts and that detail the history of Tango. The cost is $140pesos for drinks and the show. Or $200 pesos for the dinner as well. We strongly advise against the VIP ticket for this show. Make sure you just getting what you asked for. The cast is huge and the costumes are great. An excellent choice is you want a Tango Show that will entertain you. There are special seats available at a higher cost. LOCATION – Balcarce 433 –

Senor Tango This is a beautiful old building turned modern. You can also get dinner here and the menu is good. This is an “over the top” show and you may love it or hate it. Surely the most dramatic Buenos Aire Tango Show available. So if you do not speak English, you will still get alot out of this performance. Take a taxi to this place because it is slighly out of the way. Expect to pay around 150pesos for the diiner and show. LOCATION – Vieytes 1655 in Barracas 4-303-0231

BocaTango This is an interesting Tango experience where you will be picked up at your hotel, taken to La Boca and given a small tour, then dinner and a Tango Show which is more like theater. It is performed in a beautiful building with 20 actors portraying the history of Tango. The cost for Boca Tango is 150pesos. However if you go to the theater and prebuy tickets, it will be less. But it is a good idea to call first. 4302 – 0808. LOCATION – Brandsen 923 near the La Boca Juniors Stadium.

Tanguera This Buenos Aires Tango show is almost like a broadway musical. If you like this style, you will love this show. Locals and tourists both have given this great reviews. The opening introduction is even spoken in English for English speakers. This show is located at Teatro Astral on Corrietes Ave and starts at 9PM. The cost is great comming in at 50pesos.

 

Buenos Aires Tango Show (Medium Production)

El Viejo Almacén – Indepencia 330 in San Telmo – This Buenos Aires Tango show receives the best reviews. The most tourists will be at this place. The place has ego. Capacity is 240 people making it somewhat intimate. You will have your own table. Dinner and a show is 200pesos. Just a show is 140pesos. They put a lot of effort in the show to make it authentic and entertaining. The dinner is eaten across the street. (Just a tip, often you can save money by eating dinner somewhere else and just going for the show.) From Sunday to Thursday the show begins at 22.00 hs. and from Friday to Saturday there is show at 21.30 and at 23.45 hs http://www.viejo-almacen.com.ar

Taconeando This is one of the less expensive Buenos Aires Tango shows but still a good in with a fine traditional Argentine dinner. The cost is 110 pesos for dinner and the show tells the story of Tango starting when the men used to dance together. A medium sized room and nice decor. LOCATION:in San Telmo Balcarce 725 – (C1064AAO) Capital Federal – Rep. Argentina – TE. (5411) 4307-6696 info@taconeando.com

El Querandí – Peru 302, in San Telmo – Dinner and a Buenos Aires Tango show. Cost of ticket is 125pesos. Included in the price is hotel or hostel pickup, dinner at 8:30 and Tango show at 10:15. Show lasts an hour. Wine is not included. The building is fantastic, built in 1920. The menu is outstanding and diverse. The Tango Show is excellent. Dress nicely. http://www.querandi.com.ar/ 5199-1770

Tango 1921 –Chacabuco 454 in San Telmo- This great place has it all and if you want to get your feet wet with a lesson, then eat and watch the pros all within the setting of the way it was, you have found your spot. The Buenos Aires Tango shows are almost every night and the price can vary. A good idea is to call them first and or check the website. Tango lessons on Friday and Saturday from 5 -7pm. Cost is 30pesos. Private lessons are 125pesos. http://www.tango1921.com/ 4334-2001

Buenos Aires Tango Show (Small and Intimate Production)

Cafe Tortoni Ave De Mayo 825, in the center, 4342 – 4348 – This is a famous cafe and the Tango shows are small and only 25pesos plus food and drink. The shows are in the lower level of this beautiful cafe. It is a good idea to call ahead for reservations and time schedule.

 

Confiteria Ideal – Suipacha 384 in the Microcentro- This is a famous old hot spot for Tango lessons and deancing and they often have a Buenos Aires Tango show. 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

 

The Casa Blanca – Balcarce 668 in San Telmo – They serve dinner along with the Buenos Aires Tango show. Get there at around 8pm. The cost will vary but is medium priced. Dinner is not mandatory. The building and performance are in great décor of the old times. Sophisticated interior to go with a stunning visual stage production. Dress seductively. 4331-4621

 

 

36 Billares – Av. De Mayo 1265 in the Center – This is a fantastic old neighborhood restaurant that many famous people have enjoyed throughout history. They have a good menu, excellent service, a tremendous amount of pool tables in the back, and Tango shows as well as local artists that perform a wide range of entertainment. Cost varies but is generally about 50pesos for a 5 course dinner and a show. The Buenos Aires Tango Shows usually begin at about 8:30pm and can last many hours. 4381-5696

 

 

Bar Sur This will seem like the most authentic interpretation of the old style Tango. 135pesos gets you a tango show and a bite to eat at this serious tango location. Just the show is 75 pesos. This is a famous place and the decor is old alsmost similar to an old brothel. The Tango show is small and lasts all night long. The food is not the main attraction. Tango shows are from 10pm -3am. LOCATION – Estados Unidos 299 – SAN TELMO – TEL/FAX: 4362-6086


Buenos Aires Tango Show

The Day Of Tango Tour is an exclusive and private tour desinged to get the most out of a day in Buenos Aires Argentina. On this exciting tour you will get a chance to take Tango lessons, go Tango shopping, watch modern Tango danceing as well as view a Buenos Aires Tango Show with dinner. City attractions and points of interest are also included on these Buenos Aires Tours.

The Day Of Tango Tour


Contact about a Buenos Aires Tango Show or any other questions you might have about Buenos Aires Argentina. We would be happy to make a reservation at one of these, or other tango shows. Please write to us and ask about that.tangohistorytours@gmail.com

Buenos Aires Walking Tours In English

Buenos Aires Walking Tours in English

Buenos aires Walknig Tours

Allow us to guide you through the amazing city of Buenos Aires on one of the best Buenos Aires walking tours in English.

Buenos Aires walking tours This fascintaing city is a tresure trove of sculptures and unique architecture that can be only truly discovered on a leisurely walking tour.

Buenos aires walking tour Turn back the hands of time to reveal why this city was once an evny of the world and why you see the condition of it today.

Buenos Aires walking tou The most econimic and intelligent way to get the most out of your trip to the land of Tango is to begin with a cultrual and historic walking tour. These Buenos Aires walking tours will send you off in the right directions and answer any questions you might have.

Buenos aires tours Grant yourself the freedom to explore this vast urban landscape with professional guides who live here and can point out the best Buenos Aires attractions. Leaving you free to simply take pictures and enjoy yourself.

Currently there are 3 daily Buenos Aires walking tours guided in English.

The Daily Recoleta/Cemetery Tour The Daily City Tour.

The San Telmo Tour

These walking tours are filled with useful information, entertaining history and attractions. They are offered daily at the price of 20 pesos per person for the group rate, or 30 pesos per person for a private tour.

 

 


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The Buenos Aires Nightlife And Restaurant Tour

Buenos Aires Nightlife Tour

Buenos Aires nightlife

On the Buenos Aires Nightlife Tour, you will discover the best places for:

 

 

A Buenos Aires Tango show.

You will also be exposed to the more famous Buenos Aires restaurants where you can view the menu for yourself.

You will also be guided to some great bars and fantastic Buenos Aires nightlife hot spots.

As well as hearning about the tango history and cultural interest.

You may also wish to sample a drink along the way.

Also included in this Buenos Aires tour is good hotel recommendations, Tango lesson locations, and Buenos Aires history.

The tour is given in English by professional tour guides living in the city.

The Buenos Aires Nightlife tour is a 2 hour tour through several entertainment districts where most of the nightlife is centered.

Hotel pick up and drop off as well as all transportation is included in the price.

This is a private Buenos Aires tour and cost is 105pesos or ($35USD)per person.

To make a reservervation or for more information, please make contact by writing to me at:

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The Evening Of 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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Buenos Aires Tour Prices

Buenos Aires Tour Prices

Buenos Aires Tour

 

Buenos Aires Tour prices can range a great deal depending on what your Buenos Aires tours include.

 



Buenos Aires Tour
The Buenos Aires Walking tours
are the least expensive way to see the city in depth. Currently there are 3 walking tours giuded in English and avilable everyday, if you contact us first. They meet at a specified location. The price is only 30 pesos per person. ($10USD)1

Private Buenos Aires Tours Private Buenos Aires tours, If you would like to take one of the three walking tours privately, the price is 30 pesos per person. (10$USD)

If you would like a 2 hour tour with hotel pick up and drop off, the price is 60 pesos per person. ($20USD)

And for a 4 hour tour of the city inclduing areas of your choice and transportation, the price is 150 pesos per person. ($50USD)

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Buenos Aires Nightlife tour The Beunos Aires Nightlife Tour is a great way to get a feel of the city and a good idea about the choices you have for entertainment. Including Tango Show venues, excellent restaurants, culture and history, Tango lessons, Milongas, and much more. It’s a 2 hour tour will all transportation included and covers several areas of the city. The price is $105 pesos per peron. ($35USD)

Buenos Aires Tours The Evening Of Tango Tour includes a 2 hour stroll in the Tango district where Tango was born. Then you will be taken to a special restaurant to enjoy the best steak in Buenos Aires. Then off to a carefully choosen Tango Show to witness the number one attraction in Buenos Aires. This 5 hour tour includes all transportation including holte pick up and drop off as well as your tango show. Additional cost is restaurants fees. The price for this tour is 270 pesos per person. ($90USD)

Special Buenos Aires tour, the day of tango tourFor the Special Day Of Tango Tour which lasts 12 hours and includes a city tour, a tango history tour, 3 different areas of the city, a tango lesson, lunch, dinner, and a tango show, and more, the price is 450 pesos per person. ($150USD)

 

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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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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

Dentist In Buenos Aires That Speaks English

If you are looking for a good dentist in Buenos Aires that speaks English then I can help you.

I am not affiliated with this Beunos Aires dentist in any way. I searched for about a month looking for a dentist that spoke English and finally found one through a friend. This dentist was kind, professional and cost me 800 pesos to yank 2 of my teeth. I found the service more efficient than the American dentists I had been to and I found the whole experience quite nice.

Dr. Daniel M. Basanta
located in Congresso and Recoleta
4815 5200
4815 2144
cell 15 4411 5422

contact me if you need his email address

Tangohistorytours@gmail.com

Or post your own expierence with a Buenos Aires dentist.

San Telmo Buenos Aires

San Telmo

San Telmo is a unique barrio in  Buenos Aires Argentina. This old neighborhood is lined with classic Spanish architecture from the days when Tango was just beginning. San Telmo was rich, poor, rich then poor again. Finally in the 1980´s the city of Buenos Aires designated it a historical zone thus protecting much of the orginal architecture, but also angering many of the citizens. But for now, San Telmo is perserved for your veiwing pleasure. 

  

Pictures of san telmo  

San Telmo has an excellent arts and crafts fair on Sundays at Plaza Dorrego. After the fair, there is a milonga which is a large Tango dance. This neighborhood is filled with antique shops and holds the oldest active shopping mall in Buenos Aires. Restaurants are also very interesting in this area. And there are many excellent Tango shows offered too.

Pictures of San Telmo

For a tour of San Telmo in Buenos Aires, please contact me at

tangohistorytours@gmail.com

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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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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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.

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

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