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  • Tailor Recommendation
  • From BANewComers: Paul August 11, 2005

I have a very good impression of a certain tailor in the centre of Buenos Aires. He is honest, pleasant, prompt and has reasonable prices. More importantly, I know a portera who has lived in the area for 40 years. She speaks very highly of this tailor.

He is Sr. Ernesto, who is located at Tacuari, 29 near Avenida de Mayo, in the centre of Buenos Aires. His telephone number is 4345-3489. If I recall correctly, he speaks enough English to get by.

    From BANewComers: Diana Glass August 8, 2005

I´ve been using a really good tailor for clothing alterations.  His name is Juvencio Bernal he has been in business for about 20 years.  His address is Aguero 2353 (a mts. av. las heras) and phone number is 4805-5375.  He is very good about making things fit, perfectly, and also talks with you about what he thinks should be done to the clothing.  He asked me to mention that one of his customers is the mother of the Princess of Holland and he seems rather proud of this. 

No, Juvencio does not speak English but he has many customers who speak Spanish as poorly as I.  He speaks to me in very simple Spanish and very clearly and very slowly.   When I get a glazed look in my eyes, he just stops and waits until I start talking, again!  The British woman who lives in my building told me about him and said he also can duplicate things you already own.  I just had him do a ton of stuff for me and for my daughter who had been visiting and everything turned out great. 

    From Frances Perry August 12, 2005

If you still need someone to re-size your duvet cover I would recommend Graciela.  Her phone number is 4781-7785 / 15-4948-0348.  I haven't been in contact with her for a couple years but she does good work.  Her specialty is curtains and comforters.  Yes she does speak English.

    From: Roxanne Piper Davis, June 11, 2003

Fur Trimmed capes

I have long-admired the fur-trimmed capes (not sure if that’s the right word) that some of the Argentine women wear here.  I searched all over Florida and couldn’t find any that were really nice; most of them had varying qualities of fur (on a single cape) and/or just so-so quality fabric.  I found a place in Retiro, though, that makes really nice capes.  The name of the store is Pieles Finas and it is located at Marcelo T. de Alvear 885 (a block or so towards Florida from 9 de Julio); the phone number is 4312-3240.

The man who is always working in the store (and probably owns it) is nice but doesn’t seem particularly willing to bargain. . .and the prices are not exactly bargain-basement.  However, the fabrics are very nice as is the quality of the fur trim — MUCH nicer that those that I’ve seen elsewhere.  There are a number of styles to choose from — many colors, various types/colors of fur, and several different ways that the fur is used (wide strip, narrow strip, “balls”, “ribbon-look”, etc.)  If you are in the market for a fur-trimmed cape, I would definitely check there.  They also have some really nice astrakhan goods — coats, mens/womens hats, etc. 

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  • Tango - Books - A resource for newcomers who want to explore the world of tango
  • From: Migdalia Romero, October 18, 2010

I too have made this journey, living almost a year in Buenos Aires about 2 years ago.  I come every year following my passion for tango, and when I come I usually stay 2-3 months at a time.  The result of my year long stay while on leave from my college in NY was a book entitled:  Tango Lover's Guide to Buenos Aires: Insights and Recommendations. 

I am writing you to see if the book can be featured on your website(s) as a resource for newcomers who want to explore the world of tango - both the dance and the music.  A fuller description of the book appears below, and even more is available on my website "tangoloversguide.com".  I am currently in BsAs and update my website with all kinds of tango activities that the city has to offer, much of which is only announced over the radio or in newsletters that circulate within the tango community.  While here I am also promoting my book in some of the tango schools, and tango residences that cater to "extranjeros".

If you want to get a sense of the book's contents log on to http://www.amazon.com/Tango-Lovers-Guide-Buenos-Aires/dp/1440166757  or visit my website.  This is a practical guide and a one-of-a-kind book that will serve tango aficionados well.  In fact, the book received an "Editor's Choice" designation.

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The editor who reviewed the book stated:
"The author does a very fine job of sharing information about her research on tango in Buenos Aires, using this as a starting place for an informative “insider’s guidebook” that presents a wealth of information. She displays an obvious passion for tango and a commitment to educating her readership about the many aspects of tango. The book covers everything from places to stay and tango venues to visit, to where to shop for tango accessories and how to behave while waiting to be asked to dance. Though the book will be especially helpful to women, anyone interested in the subject would benefit from access to the information in this book. The author’s documentation is exemplary, her insights and bits of diary entries charming.  The book’s organization is very well done; there is good narrative pacing and logical presentation of the material. This will be a valuable and timely addition to the body of work on this general subject, and a unique resource for tango lovers planning to visit Buenos Aires."

Summary of book:
The book  "Tango Lover's Guide to Buenos Aires: Insights and Recommendations" is both a travel guide and a memoir written by Migdalia Romero.  The author is a single woman who traveled to Buenos Aires many times and over many years, living there for the better part of a year.  It is intended to help travelers, but especially women, negotiate the world of tango while exploring their interest in the dance and in the music.  More importantly, the book was written to shed light on the culture of tango within the milongas and to help the visitor appreciate the essence of the milonguero Porteño and of tango as it is danced in Buenos Aires. Much of the information about milongueros came from interviews with them conducted during the author's long stays in BsAs. The book discusses what to expect and look for at the milongas, where to get information about what is happening in the world of tango in Bs As, and where to go to hear the music sung by, and for, Porteños.  This practical guide also explores the barrios that have contributed to the tango history of BsAs as well as the studios, clubs, bars, restaurants, museums, theaters, cultural centers and shops/ vendors (most very affordable) that cater to tango lovers.  The book also includes Spanish words and phrases to help the traveler negotiate shopping, eating, and tango classes where Spanish is mostly used.   The book is available through amazon.com and other online retailers.

Migdalia Romero
www.tangoloversguide.com

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  • Tango - Editorial - What is real tango all about?

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    From: keipher42, April 1, 2010

This is about the tango portion of your message. This is my experience as a dancer of the close embrace style popular in the center of the city.

If you are comparing American Ballroom tango with the tango here, then yes, there is no place like the US for American Ballroom tango. But this is NOT tango, it is only a parody created for competition and selling classes.

Are you speaking of tango-nuevo. Again, something different than tango. It is also a parody of the social tango here in BsAs.  If you want to dance this style, go to Practica X or Villa Malcolm, Its a blast, but again, it is not tango, it is nuevo-tango; it's a different specie of dance that branches off of the tango root and has it's own styles, customs, and music.

I still can't get over the following statement:
" .... anyone who has danced tango regularly at the milongas in a truly cosmopolitan "world city" like New York, Paris or LA will pretty much own the floor down here and leave the locals with their tongues wagging ..."

Those tongues are wagging in laughter.  Whoever told you that does not know what they are talking about. Period.  Anyone who has really danced here could not even think about a statement like that. People do come who think like that, I'm sure, but they more than likely won't dance much in anything but the milongas frequented by tourists or they only dance nuevo. In a "real" milonga they would sit and wait for the cabaceo never to come. They may dance once, but if they have the style represented by the attitude you are describing, they will usually wait a long time for the next dance. The cabaceo has a way of weeding out such things.

I watched some videos on YouTube of performances at El Encuentro. Does it occur to you at all that most of the best performances seem to be given by visiting Porteños?

In my opinion the only real place for social tango in here in Buenos Aires. In other countries people just don't have the relationship with the music as they do here. You cannot dance tango as it is danced here without this relationship. You can create tango influenced movements and you can dance, but it won't be tango. Not that people won't get enjoyment out of this, they will, but it is not tango in the true sense of the word.

So what is tango? It's like asking, what is art? You have to be able to "see" to know good art or good tango.

I lived here for a year, went back to San Francisco for 9 months and recently returned two months ago. SF has a great tango community, one of the best in the US (tangomango.org), but it it not Buenos Aires, not even close. I have danced in New York, L.A. San Diego, Denver, and many other cities in the US. Tango there is only a shadow of what it is here. There are good dancers there but it takes a whole room of good dancers, a good DJ, and a decent floor to provide the experience you can get here.

For the whole nine months in the US I was trying to keep the memories of the milongas of BsAs in my mind as I danced along side some good dancers and dodging others as they tried to complete their sequences of memorized steps. There are very good dancers in the US but they are a small minority. But people have fun and enjoy themslves, and that's what is is all about anyway.

When I returned to BsAs I went directly to El Beso for Lujos on Thursday. I arrived a bit late and the floor was already full. I stood for a minute or two watching the floor. I then had to sit down. I was awash in the beautiful feeling of seeing a full dance floor all embraced in the "tango trance", gracefully walking and turning to the music of Di Sarli. It was a very emotional moment.  When I saw that I knew how much I had missed it here. It was incredibly beautiful. This trance, this attitude, this movement on the floor is why I dance tango. 

A friend of mine and a teacher in the US has danced tango for 15 years. It took him 5 years when he first started dancing to come to Buenos Aires. He said he had to throw everything he learned in that first 5 years out the window and start over; the tango he had had learned was all crap. Of course this is an exaggeration, but there is a lot of truth in it. You studied at the best studio in Pasadena for two years and now you are ready to show these Porteños how to dance. You may be wanting to "take the tango scene here by storm", but don't set your hopes too high the fall can be humiliating ;).

My suggestion is to deflate that ego bit and be ready to learn a lot!! If you are in love with tango you are about to have the experience of your life. Just forget everything you THINK you know and become a student again. A very wise professor once told me that to really understand something you have to drop the ego and "stand under" it. It has proved to be a true statement for me.

Milonguero ... dropping their ego?  Did hell freeze over yet?

Cheers and have a great time,
-Keith

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  • Tango Lessons
  • From: Cherie, October 2, 2009

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Ruben, porteno, and I, Californian, specialize in teaching beginning tangueros in bilingual classes. We've been teaching tango in Buenos Aires since 2005, and were finalists in the Campeonato 2006.
You can read about our tango services here on my blog, as well as testimonials:

http://tangocherie.blogspot.com/2007/01/tango-lessons-tango-tours-tango-taxi.html

Please feel free to call or write with any questions.
Best,
Cherie

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    From: Rachel Sloan, September 28, 2009

    tangotaxidancers2

We provide a safe, exciting and respectable service for everyone who wants to improve or to practise the Argentine Tango in Buenos Aires.

TangoTaxiDancers is an agency which provides friendly and experienced dance partners, male and female, to accompany you anywhere you want to dance the Tango and at any level. Whether you are a visiting professional or quite new to the dance, we can accompany you in private classes, in group classes, in a milonga, at private or corporate events, even on stage.

We also offer private classes using our own method of teaching. We have a system of teaching beginners Tango that is guaranteed to get you dancing in the shortest possible time. We can also give intermediate or advanced classes according to your requirements

http://www.tangotaxidancers.com/InglesIntro.html

    From BANewComers: Tania Lee, July 14, 2005

Ive just started Tango lessons in a school on Chacabuco, San Telmo. The teachers got great English as has a fair few of the other people taking the group lesson.

Its 10 pesos for 2 hrs Thurs at 8pm (tonight inc.) and it would be great to have another English speaking beginner!

    From BANewComers: Rick Jones, July 14, 2005

You might consider joining the Tango-L listserv.  Tons of info about tango, and many people on it who would be happy to help you find the right tango teacher for you.  You can subscribe to Tango-L here: http://pythia.uoregon.edu/~llynch/Tango-L/

If you haven't already been there, you might swing by Fattomano shoe store located on Guatemala just one block off Scalabrini-Ortiz.  I forget the address, but it's a red door on the left side of the street as you walk down Guatemala towards Belgrano.  The hours are M-F, 11:00 - 1:00, and 4:00 - 7:00.  They tend to have some flyers and such advertising tango teachers.

This is a good website to check out regarding the BsAs tango scene: http://home.earthlink.net/~rmcgarreysprint014/ .  The owner, Rick McGarrey, is a nice guy who responds to e-mails.  He's very plugged into the local scene and knows tons of good teachers.

This is also a good website for current tango information in BsAs: http://www.shahrukhmerchant.com/tango/buenos_aires_milongas.htm

    From: BANewComers, Cherie Magnus July 18, 2005

I'm an ex-pat living in BsAs, and have been dancing tango for 8 years.  My teaching partner, Pedro Sanchez, is a milonguero who has been dancing for more than 50 years. He and I have just made a teaching video that is for
sale in the U.S.

If milonguero style (close embrace) is what you want to learn, he's the best. He's great with beginners, and also Milonga Traspie is his speciality, if you want to learn that. He speaks a little English, but I teach with him and translate. We can also take you to milongas and show you around.

Cherie
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  • Tango / Milongas / Where People Really Dance Tango, Not a "Show"

From: MOBA Announce List, Novemeber 18, 2009

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MILONGA OTROS BUENOS AIRES / MOBA

Milonga Alternativa
Una milonga única y diferente; un experimento en la música y el baile
A unique and different milonga; an experiment in musica and dance

Este viernes, MOBA te invita a disfrutar del elegante, arriesgado y energético baile de una de nuestras parejas favoritas, Sebastián Posadas y Eugenia Eberhardt. La exhibición empezará puntualmente a las 0 hrs. Antes y después, como siempre, te ofrecemos toda la buena onda, deliciosa comida y ricos tragos de MOBA. ENTRADA LIBRE!

This Friday, MOBA invites you to enjoy the elegant, risky and energetic moves of one of our favorite couples, Sebastián Posadas and Eugenia Eberhardt. The show will begin punctually at midnight. Before and after, as always, we'll have the delicious food, good drinks, and great times of MOBA. FREE ENTRY!

Milonga: 23 hrs-4 hrs.
Clases (varios estilos) 21.30-23 hrs.
Performance: 0-1 hrs.
http://OtrosBuenosAires.com

15 5051 5801 // otrosbuenosaires@gmail.com

    From: Cherie, macfroggy, November 10, 2009

You will completely comfortable at La Confiteria Ideal, which has daily afternoon milongas. (Suipacha near Corrientes.)
Just don't stare into the eyes of any of the men if you don't want to dance!
Cherie
http://tangocherie.blogspot.com

    From: Robert Ramsey-Turner, November 10, 2009

Joanne, without reservation I would recommend El Arranque at Bartolome’ Mitre 1759.

I would try Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from about 5pm. If you want isolation, but a great view of the floor. going into the salon request a table by the floor on the right and as far from the entrance as possible.

Its already been said, but avoid eye contact with males looking for dances, if you do make eye contact pretend you didn’t! No one should approach you and request a dance.

It’s a good level of dance, without too many tourists, so you should get to see the real thing.

    From: marc lafalce, December 08, 2007

hello, i am tango teacher. if you  want to be a real  tango spirit is better visit a milonga place (disco club of tango music). i can suggest you "el arranque" Bme mitre 1759, salon canning (close to canning y cordoba).if you  want to  go to the show i can suggest you about each one. Sr. Tango is the most touristic  places.  ask me  about  other  shows. Usually i go with my pupils to wacht it.keep in touch , marc.

Mark is correct about seeing the "real" tango of the people by going to a milonga. However I don't recommend El Arranque as the salon is quite unattractive and it's very difficult to see the floor if you are there to watch.

Instead we recommend Saturday afternoons at the Region Leonesa--a gorgeous salon, filled with over 300 local dancers, with tables all around the floor for everyone to have a good view. Friday night is also good there.

    From: unaportena, November 05, 2007

Re: Any recommendations for places that locals go to to dance that might be tolerant of people who aren't to walk/dance the tango?

There is a plethora of milongas as you may well know, and all of them are welcoming to non-dancers. She just may want to avoid eye contact with the gentlemen, as not to be confuse them to think she is utilizing the cabeceo to engage in a dance.

La Confitería Ideal http://www.confiteriaideal.com/  is a classic grande dame of the old glory days, kind of like if Miss Havisham were to have a milonga.

El Beso is a like a little jewel box

Maipu 444, has been said to have excellent dancers to watch esp. Saturday nights.

and on Sundays in the Barrancas de Belgarano is La Glorieta, which holds a free outdoor milonga in the Gazebo.

These are only a few suggestions, but for a more detailed itinery you can pick up The Tango Map Guide, at most of the Tango Shoe stores on Suipacha or at Comme Il Faut.

    From: Maggie Cowan-Hughes , November 05, 2007

It depends which night you want to go and at what time, since there are 2 shifts - afternoon milongas start around 5pm and the night ones usually from 11.  You could try afternoon ones at El Arranque, Bartolome Mitre 1759 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday late afternoon.  Local people often tip up after the office and there are the older dancers who can leave you unsure whether they're nodding for a dance or nodding off.   I love it there.  They aren't keen on people taking photos.  There's always Confiteria La Ideal, Suipacha 384, though more touristy.  Good luck.

    From: macfroggy, November 06, 2007

You might want to check out these "where to dance tango" articles in these two Buenos Aires blogs:

http://argentinastravel.com/394/the-beginners-guide-to-tango-in-buenos-aires-by-tangocherie/

http://www.buenostours.com/tango-salons-in-buenos-aires     Cherie

I've been to "Señor Tango" twice http://www.senortango.com.ar/  .  It's a "big" production on a huge scale.  Think broadway show with disco balls, smoke and lots of dancers and you get the idea.  I thought it's a lot of fun, but it's not a small intimate club atmosphere.

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We've been to "Esquina Carlos Gardel" http://www.esquinacarlosgardel.com.ar/  twice.  It is also a "big" show on a huge scale.  I loved it.  The food is fantastic with servers and waiters in white gloves.  Again, not a small intimate show, but if you're in the mood for a huge show, this is highly recommended.

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On a more night club / intimate scale is "El Viejo Almacen" http://www.viejo-almacen.com.ar/   There is a dinner option in the restaurant across the street, which is convenient, but we found the food quite mediocre.  I'd recommend eating dinner somewhere else then going to "El Viejo Almacen" just for the show.  This is a smaller night club kind of atmosphere which we still enjoyed a lot.

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    From: Lucy Mueller, December 18, 2009

My partner Cesar and I recently launched a tango site (for show reviews) and we're reaching out to the Buenos Aires blogosphere to say hello and get the word out. Also,  we have a silly contest going on where you can win 2 free tickets to a tango show.

Gracias!
Lucy & Cesar
http://TangoTix.com/ 

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    From: lukewiley, Mar 3, 2009

Confiteria Ideal is the better choice for older/traditional tango enthusiasts or tourists. Catedral is very edgy/alternative and much more suitable for younger people with only a passing interest in tango or with an interest in tango nuevo.

A hidden gem is La Viruta. It's a compromise between the two, though more on the unconventional/informal side. That's where I take tourists 40 or under, though people of all ages go there to dance.

Catedral and Viruta are not shows but rather milongas where you can eat, drink, take a class, watch a demonstration, dance or simply watch people dance.

You can read first-person reviews of all those places here so you will know what to expect:

http://www.batips.com/category/tango/

    From: greg walker, Feb 23, 2009

I dance tango, and I also get a lot of visitors. I always take them to a Tango show.

I have gone to Sr Tango, La Esquina de Carlos Gardel, and Madero Tango.  These are all large format Tango dinner shows.

I rate Sr Tango first, then Carlos Gardel second for polish and overal pizzazz.

If money is no object I get the VIP tickets at Sr Tango which are 600 pesos (instead of 300). This gets you a private booth with a private waiter, great food, and Luigi Bosca Wine. then you move to the mezzanine for the show.

Sr Tango has dancing horses, 6 dancing couples, An Argentine folk music band, two Tango orchestras, and three singers. It has a very impressive moving stage.

Keep in mind these shows ave called Tango For Export by tango dancers. This is very showy stuff. Arguably not even Tango.

You should also go to a functioning Milonga (tango dance party) where regular people go to dance tango. The Confiteria Ideal is a great building with an average Milonga that is apropriate. Many tourists go to the Ideal to watch a Milonga. There are afternoon and night milongas. The night milongas usually have a live band and a modest one couple tango show. Or, if you want to see a more happening Milonga try El Beso, where lots of real tango dancers go.

You can web search all of these places.

    From: Ruben y Cherie, December 08, 2007

I agree with Mark about the tourist tango shows, although it is a facet of Buenos Aires.We recommend to our students and Tango Tour clients the Esquina Homero Manzi at San Juan y Boedo, as it's in a historical cafe and there aren't busloads of tourists unloading out front. The acoustics are wonderful.

    From: Mafalda, December 07, 2007

I found their website ( www.cafedelosangelitos.com   ) and it looks very nice. Pretty expensive but I think it's ok for my friends.

    From: pdrcrnj, December 08, 2007

You can also try http://www.senortango.com.ar/ , similar thing to Cafe de los Angelitos.

    From: Tracy August 19, 2005

Tango and other events: A friend recently commented that she could get good "local" priced tickets to tango shows if i wanted... while not interested myself, I asked if this was a "friend" gesture, or if it applied to anyone.  She said anyone, so if you're looking for tango shows from inbound guests, try Clarisa at 4826-6910 or clarigarbers@hotmail.com .  She does event management and ambience in general, is extremely organized, efficient and ethical.

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  • Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad

Click Here for a PDF file entitled “Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad”

Originally found att: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p54.pdf 

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  • Taxes / For USA Citizens / Foreign Income Exclusion
  • From: Marilyn Fisher, March 25, 2006

As an American citizen who has lived and worked abroad for more than 25 years, and a lawyer, let me answer your question as to filing US taxes while working abroad.  It doesn't matter where in the world you earn your income, the US government levies income taxes on it.  You must file US taxes wherever you are in the world.  However, if you are outside the US you may file after the usual April 15 date.  The filing date for those outside the US on April 15 or those who are non-residents is June 15.  The tax forms must have a postmark of no later than June 15. And I suggest you use some reliable form of mail service, with receipt and proof of date of sending.  Although the tax forms are not due until June 15, interest on any taxes owed will still accrue from April 15.
 
There is a "foreign income exclusion" of a certain amount (which may have changed, but was $70,000) of money EARNED overseas for persons qualified as non-resident.
 
Either the taxpayer had to be outside the US for a full calendar year or they hold residency in another country, and I can't remember if any visits to the US were allowed or it was a period of no more than 30 days.   The $70,000 foreign income exclusion does not apply to interest or dividends.  In essence the foreign income exemption means that you don't pay taxes on any money earned outside the US up to $70,000 (please check that number in your tax package as it may be out of date), but still you must still FILE the tax forms by the due dates (VERY important for claiming a foreign income exemption, as even one day late will DISQUALIFY the exemption). Any earnings over the exemption amount is taxed.
 
The US Embassy here in Buenos Aires has all the tax forms necessary for those filing from abroad.  The packet includes the form for "Foreign Income Exclusion" and the booklet explaining its requirements.

Also, there is a "Foreign Tax Credit" where you can subtract the taxes you paid to a non-US country in figuring your US taxes.  But of course you need to have paperwork proof.
 
I remember being in the US Embassy in Singapore around tax filing time, and an American businessman there told me, "Just file your taxes ON TIME.  Better you put all 0's in the columns, which can be amended later (though it is a headache to amend), than not to file, or to file late."

    From: Sean, March 25, 2006

If you meet certain requirements, you may qualify for the foreign earned income and foreign housing exclusions and the foreign housing deduction.

If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien of the United States and you live abroad, you are taxed on your worldwide income. However, you may qualify to exclude from income up to $80,000 of your foreign earnings. In addition, you can exclude or deduct certain foreign housing amounts.

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/article/0,,id=97130,00.html

    From: Spoony Luv, March 27, 2006

As long as you qualify, you can get the expatriate tax exclusion. Read about it here: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/

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  • Taxes / Property Taxes / Links to websites with more info on Taxes
  • From: Peter J. Macay February 08, 2006

Note: There was a question sent to BANewComers on property taxes

Property taxes come out around January 1, you can pay in installments or pay the whole thing at once and get a discount.  By USA standards, the property taxes here are very small.  We paid about 195 USA dollars on a 120 square meter apartment we bought 2 years ago, I think the fee is also based on the purchase price of when you bought.
 
The name on the document is "Rentas", and it also says "Anual 2006" on it.  It shows the value of the property, the land, the lobby, and other breakdowns.  We also receive a separate "Rentas" for our garage space in the same building, that was 12 pesos.
 
If you pay before the 10th of January you get a discount.
 
An Argentine friend said this is really not property tax as we call it in the USA, but more of a city / garbage / park maintenance fee.

    From: Jvanka February 08, 2006

You don't get an actual property tax bill. The BAL is not a tax but a city bill for garbage collection, street lighting and street cleaning. Property taxes need to be figured with the tax office and it is your responsibility to pay this tax to the AFIP (tax office).  The property tax is 0.75% of the fiscal value of the property.  What is your fiscal value, well here is when you need a good CPA to help you out.  Anyway, for the purpose of the original question, real state taxes are very low as you may figure for the .75% (and similar outside Buenos Aires City)  If you are not a permanent resident, it is important you keep your taxes paid up to date.  When you sale your property, there is a sales tax (if you have a gain) but if you are buying another home within 12 months, there is no tax for selling your primary home.

More below about taxes, and links at the bottom.  Enjoy ;-)

Jvanka ///

    Taxes

DTA with U.S.: No
Income Tax: Levied on a sliding scale from 9% to 21%.  Non-residents pay a withholding tax of 21% on Argentine-sourced income only.
Sales Tax: Standard IVA (VAT) is 21%.  A higher rate of 27% is levied on certain utilities.  Private health insurance, newspapers, and cable television are taxed at 10.5%
Transfer Tax: 1.5%  This does not apply to a resident selling his main dwelling if he commits to buying another property within 12 months.
Capital Gains: Depending on your situation, regular income tax may apply on income earned from the sale of property.
Rental Income Tax: Treated as part of your regular taxable income.  Levied at 35% for residents, and 21 % for non-residents, on the gross annual rent.
Property Tax: Income earned from renting your porperty is treated as regular income tax.  Outside of Buenos Aires (which is exempt), rates vary by province and are applied to the assessed value of the property

    Minimum Presumed Income Tax

This tax is calculated on the assets pertaining to all business enterprises, local branches of foreign entities, irrespective of their forms of organisation, and on rural property owned by individuals and undivided states.
The law includes a list of exempted assets, such us real property located in Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur, assets belonging to entities exempted from Income Tax, stocks and shares of a corporation taxed by this law, etc.

If the value of the assets according to the law is below $ 200.000, they are exempt of this tax. If the value is over this amount, all the assets are taxed without any minimum exempt.

The tax is 1% a year calculated on the taxable assets existing at the end of the accounting period or taxable year. The taxable assets comprise both of those located in Argentina and abroad. They are valued in accordance with the criteria provided for each kind of assets.

The income tax determined for the same fiscal period, with respect to which the tax on assets is calculated, can be regarded as a payment on account of the latter tax. If the income tax liability in a given fiscal period exceeds the amount of the tax on assets determined for the same period such difference is not recognised as a credit on behalf of the taxpayers and is not refundable.

Where, in one accounting period, the Income Presumed Tax must be paid because  Income Tax is not enough to cover it, the amount paid may be used against the Income Tax. This is possible only if in any of the next four following accounting periods the Company has an excess of Income Tax not absorbed.

    Stamp tax

The 23 provinces and the city of Buenos Aires impose Stamp Tax within their jurisdictions. They are based on similar rules regarding subject matter, tax base, and rates.

A fiscal agreement signed on August 12, 1993, among most of provinces and the federal government, commits the provinces to repeal the Stamp Tax in each jurisdiction within a certain period of time. In any event, Decree 114/93 had already invited the provinces to follow suit, in order to adapt their legislation to the principles established in the Decree itself. At present, most of the provinces have only repealed Stamp Tax on financial and insurance operations related to Construction, Mining, Agribusiness, and Industry.

In the City of Buenos Aires, Stamp Tax is referred to public deeds for the transfer of real estate, or for any other contract whereby the ownership of real property is transferred. The transfer of real estate made by deed public is exempt of Stamp Tax when the property is deemed to be used for housing. This includes the transfers of real estate when the transaction is made with the purpose of leasing it for housing, and to use the purchase of land for construction.

Note that the transfers of real property ownership carried out through capital contributions to companies, or through the sale of commercial or industrial businesses, or due to the dissolution of companies and subsequent allocation of such property to the partners, are included within the scope of this tax.

The tax rates depend on the jurisdiction. In the City of Buenos Aires transfers of Real Property are subject to a progressive scale of rates ranged from 0,75% on transactions over $13.227,50 to 2,5% on transactions exceeding $26.455.

Generally, others contracts are taxed at a rate of 1 %.

    Taxes on the Transfer of Real Property

This tax applies on the transfer of real property located in Argentina made by individuals and undivided estates.

The tax is levied at the rate of 1,5%. Transfers resulting from expropriations are excluded as well as the transfer of real property owned by members of diplomatic or consular missions on reciprocity basis.

Transfers made by non-residents are included within the scope of the tax.

The taxable base is the transfer price. If the transfer is not determined, the market price must be used. If the market price is unknown, the Tax Board will determine the procedure to calculate the taxable base.

Under certain circumstances, the taxpayer may choose to defer the payment of the tax if the property transferred is the only Home and/or piece of land owned by the taxpayer, and the proceeds of the transfer are reinvested in the acquisition or construction of another home for the taxpayer within a limited period of time.

    Valued Added Tax

VAT is levied on the sale of tangible movable goods in general, the leases and services rendered within Argentina and definitive imports. The tax has to be paid at each of the stages of production, and commercialization of the goods, based on the "value added" to the product in each of those stages, as well as on the performance of certain works, construction and services included in a long list approved through amendments done by Law Nro.. 23.871.

The general rate of VAT is 21%. The rate of this tax increases to 27% with respect to the rendering of a few services specifically indicated by the tax law (i.e. electric energy, telecommunications, etc.).

The rate has been set at 10,50% for the sale, render and definitive imports of certain activities (interest borrowed by financial institutions regulated by law 21.526, construction meant for housing, cattle , etc.)

    Turnover Tax

The Provinces and the city of Buenos Aires collect this tax. It is a type of turnover tax applied at every stage of the economic process, and is owed by producers or manufacturers, wholesale and retaile, whether an individual, a partnership, a corporation, a branch office of foreign corporation, or other enterprise.

To prevent internal double taxation, there is in effect an agreement among all the parties concerned (i.e. the provinces and the City of Buenos Aires) to allocate the tax base between various taxing jurisdictions involved in each taxpayer’s activities throughout the country. The multilateral agreement for this purpose, signed on August 18,1977, has been in effect since January 1, 1978.

The tax is calculated on the gross turnover. In the city of Buenos Aires, the general rate is 3%. There are activities favoured by lower rates while others are taxed at higher rates

Thus, a detailed analysis of each jurisdiction must be done to know the cost involved.

    Tax on Interest Payments and Financial Costs of Company Indebtedness

This tax applies on the interest and cost of the Corporation of using credit whenever they are deductible for Income Tax.

The tax is levied at the moment of the payment of the interest or other finance charge.

The tax rate is 15% when credit is obtained from Banks regulated by Law Nro. 21.526 and obligation bonds granted in accordance with the Law Nro. 23.576.

The tax rate is 35% if individuals or undivided states domiciled or resident in Argentina grant the loan.

    Other duties

Other duties existing in Argentina are excise taxes (also call internal taxes) and custom duties.

    More about taxes in Argentina:

http://www.onlinelearning.net/instructors/smurr/LatAm/sam/arg.html#tax

http://burns.dcb.du.edu/real_property_issues.asp?id=2

http://www.fpanet.net/global/planners/crossBorder/countryInfo/argentina/index.cfm

http://www.usig.org/countryinfo/argentina.asp#other_taxes

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  • Taxi Cabs / Radio Taxis
  • From: Michael Calero , December 24, 2007

At night I only used a owner owned radio taxi company called Premium  telephone number 5238-0000 or 4374-6666.  You can't go wrong with them.

    From: Jvanka, August 17, 2006

This is a list of Radio Taxis Business in BA (I am not sure if these are all of them)

Ahora Radio Taxi Privado +54 11 49321800
Blue Way +54 11 47777447
Central Radio Taxi +54 11 45520010
City Taxi +54 11 45855544

http://www.citytax.com.ar/

Radio Taxi Capital +54 11 47021111
Radio Taxi Sur +54 11 46382000
Radio Taxi Tango +54 11 48622222
Taxi Llamenos +54 11 45566666

    From: Richard, August 18, 2006

Here's the info on Radio Taxi Buen Viaje:

Radio Taxi Buen Viaje
Av. Diaz Velez 4025
4862-4888

Also, check out this link to a complete list of companies:

http://www.radiotaxisargentina.com.ar/

Buen Viaje is one of the largest companies in BA.

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  • Taxi Cabs / Safety
  • From: Julio Cesar Losua, January 26, 2009

You have toy check wether or not a sticker is place in the front right side of the windshield. That's is called #oblea# if it's not present that's a gipsy taxi ( taxi trucho as we say).

    From: Peter J. Macay, July 2008 - Another Taxi fare increase, currently the meter starts at 3.80 pesos and goes up by 38 centavos every “click”.

    From: Peter J. Macay, May 2008 - Taxi fare rates have gone up a few times recently, currently the meter starts at 3.10 pesos and goes up by 31 centavos every “click”.

Cabs here are cheap transportation but I’ve heard of some taxis robbing people, Look for “Radio Cabs” written on the side of the taxi or better yet you can call one to pick you up which only takes a few minutes.  Radio cabs are safer then the "private" cabs because they are affiliated with a larger business, "private" cabs have nothing printed on their rear doors and are just independent operators.  Usually when you get into a radio cab they’ll have little business cards with their phone number so you can call them when you’re ready to be picked up.  In actuality we have never called for a taxi ahead of time, they are EVERYWHERE in this city, I just try and look for a new looking cab with a radio sign on the back door, a proper looking driver wearing a tie and a rosary or Catholic medal hanging from the rear view mirror.  Then before you get in, make sure you see the drivers taxi license visibly displayed (it should be about 8.5 x 11 inches large) and is usually hanging on the back of the drivers seat for you to easily see. 

Once you sit down, if you don’t like the looks of the driver, or if the car looks dirty, or you don’t see the license sign (sometimes it’s also pinned to the ceiling), or your gut tells you something is not right, just excuse yourself, say you forgot something, smile, wave and close the door.  If they say anything to you just wave, smile and keep walking.  The cab driver starts the meter at $1.98 when you get in and it jumps 20 centavos a “click”, depending on time (it will click while sitting at a light, just not as often as when you are racing down a street) and speed of vehicle.  A 15 minute cab ride to most locations within the greater downtown area is around $4, a 25 minute ride to Palermo or Belgrano is about $8, that’s pesos, right now the exchange rate is about 2.9 USA to 1 peso, so you can see cabs are VERY cheap.  You usually don't tip cab drivers but you can round up to the nearest 10 cents.  Always try and have small bills, but if you have something large, like a 20, ask the driver before you get in if he can make change for you.  Once you get to your destination, if the cabbie is searching for change, just WAIT, they all seem to act like they don't have any change hoping you'll just say, "Oh forget it, keep the change!"  I try and keep small bills and change with me to pay the exact fare.

If you visit a restaurant at night, you can ask the waiter or door person to call you a taxi when you’re ready to go home.  This usually only takes 5 or 10 minutes.

    From: Concepcion Dominguez Suarez, December 23, 2007

Taxi drivers have to turn on the meter. I have not taken one lately but I think the meter has to show 3,10 (pesos). It changes each 200 meters or less if they are wainting at red lights or if the traffic is slow. You have to pay only the price that is shown by the meter!

Suggestions: do not give big bills, not more than a 20 pesos bill. And always check the three last numbers of the bill and memorize them before giving the bill to the driver. Just in case he could give it back telling you that is false. That way, you can check if it is the same bill or if he have changed it for another one that will be false for sure.

    From: Peter J. Macay, December 23, 2007

There are drivers called a "Remis" which are used for longer trips. If you are going a long way, like to the EZE airport, or to

Martinez from downtown, you can call a Remis service and it will probably be cheaper then a metered yellow and black cab.

Remis' do not have meters. You should ask the driver before you start the trip how much it will cost to get to your destination.

As far as taking a cab home from a restaurant, I always ask someone from the restaurant staff to call me a cab instead of hailing one as I leave the restaurant. Our only bad cab experience came when we left a fancy restaurant at Puerto Madera and just picked up the first cab we saw trolling in front. The cab was dirty, and as soon as I sat down the old safety radar went up. I should have never got in, but these are things you learn. His meter was rigged and jumped to 8 pesos very fast, he made a point of showing me the meter before he turned it on so I could see it started at the right amount. Then he said he couldn't make change and did the old "Give me a 50 and I'll make change", we were caught offguard and we ended up getting a false 20 as change.

Now, I open the back door of the taxi, ask the driver a simple question like "estas libre?" o "tiene cambio por $20 pesos?" and if I don't like his looks, or the looks of the interior, I decline the ride making some excuse like I forgot something. Drivers should display their license on the back of their seat, but sometimes they pin it to the ceiling. In dodgy areas, if I grab a taxi off the street, I make a point to stand in front of the cab (so the driver can see me) and I write down the license plate number before I get in. This may detour someone who was planning to pull something.

Good luck, be safe!

    From: Veronica Salvetti, December 24, 2007

Also, remember that taxis have insurance that covers up to 4 passengers in total. The best way to recognize a " legitimate cab" is to look for the stamp they have on the top / bottom right of their windshield. This may sound obvious, but all cabs in the city are black with yellow top, anything that looks different is not a cab! Should you have any problems with the dirver, tell him to take you to the closest police station, if he refuses to do so, get off the car ( in case it is not moving ) and if it keeps going get off the car too.

If you have an accident in a cab, the insurance company must indemnify you ( I don´t know the $ figures though )

    From: Nancy, August 16, 2006

Re: Today a taxi ran off with my luggage

The government of Buenos Aires has a Tourist Ombudsman for just this kind of problem:

http://www.bue.gov.ar/informacion/index.php?menu_id=99&lang=en

Here's hoping that the driver realizes his mistake and has returned to find you. In all my visits to BA, I never had a problem with a taxi driver - either radio controlled or not - only with "legitimate" remiseros.

    From: Gaucho, August 17, 2006

What a shame. Well lets forget about the errors and do this. Take a good hour or so off, and just try to recall something specific mainly about the radio taxi service name. There are dozens, and some are similar, RADIO-TAXI, RADIO-TAX, etc.  You most likely have this info in your head you just need to let it come out while it´s still fresh.  Maybe retracing the arrival at the same place and time of day. Inside the cab in front of you there also should have been displayed the radio taxi service name, and first and last name plus photo of driver. You may recall having looked at this.

If nothing comes to mind, as a last resort, try standing at a busy avenue, or taxi stop, and look at all the radio taxi, legends on the roofs. You may suddenly recall the agency you took.  = Once you can identify this, you can easily get their log for that day and time, which of course you should have written down when this happened. If you cant be certain of the cab service, you will just have to call them ALL one by one, and say you will give a reward for the suitcases, if they have them. It’s possible they may act as if he didn’t notice and couldn’t find you. At least the clothes may be restored, but having the exact company makes the big difference.

Pointers for the future for the night-time and rides with packages, valuables, also for a single female all alone: ALWAYS CALL the radio-cab service, even if your on the street. You  might see a cab right next to you, but still call them ANYWAY as you  flag it down. Then you can "ask" if the car number xxxx is with them and if he can dispatch him to you, even though you are getting in already. Once you have the call logged in your cell phone you are 99% safer than any other way.  When boarding or getting off with packages open the door all the way so as if he starts, it would bang into a tree or parked car. Try to get the guy to step out of the cab, or at least to help from the inside. When stuff is in trunk remind him to help you remove it, even if he says U can open the trunk, don´t get off until he does.  Don´t close your door until you get all your stuff, or better yet let him close it.

    From: Carla Horton, August 17, 2006

You may conmtact Comisaría del turista
AV. Corrientes 436
Telephone 0800 999 5000  / 43465748

They may have reports of similar cases and They may be after this taxi.  I have been told they have been helpful in the  past. Staff speak several languages

    From: Lexy5612b, August 17, 2006

What happened: Well, it happened because I booked an apartment with BUENOS AIRES TRAVEL RENT. I came to the office, they took me to the apartment, but when I got there, the porter said the apartment was occupied. BATR seemed baffled, but in the end, the apartment was never available. So I had to wait hours, no where to go, all luggage in hand, and a rep. from the company came..on motorcycle albeit..and refunded me my money..in cash..in the street.

There were two reps (men), so I tried to cover up the refund as best as possible by standing in the middle of them. I was so tired, confused, no place to go, the usual company I use was on 'international holiday (Byt)' whatever that is..and figured I could crash at a hostel, that I could find something permanent the next day. So I flagged down the next radio taxi I saw, got in, and he took me to the hostel. He got the address wrong, because I initially wanted to go to M..house? something? some hostel on Hipolito Y., then I changed my mind and wanted to go to Rivadavia because the ad in the tourist guide seemed like the place was better. I was sooooo wrong..but that-s a different story (the hostel 'host' was a complete BITCH telling me my emergency wasn't her problem and that I should leave..in her best broken English).

So as I was going to the hostel and getting out, he drove away.

But I could have avoided this if:

1. I made sure he got out as I was getting out
2. I paid more attention to the logo and number of the driver
3. I should have called the taxi, even if from a cybercafe, to pick me up, no matter what.
4. I wish I wouldve gotten US insurance, even though it was horribly expensive (through STA).
5. I should have registered with the US Embassy
6. I shouldnt have gone with BATR because through their behavior (like, not being able to view the apartment, no response to emails, rather complicated reservation process) I sensed they werent a professional company, but I was desperate...for an apartment with a PC with internet access for $500 because my university courses begin Monday and cybercafes were sucking me dry..However, they did try to help with figuring out how to get my stuff back..But this wouldnt have happened if they hadnt made a non valid reservation to begin with.

So this is what happened. Hope this makes sense...

    From: lexy5612b, August 18, 2006

Something else I discovered during my attempts to recover my things  was: 

1) Tourist crime is very common in BA especially with Americans.  Just because it didnt happen to you, has nothing to do with the  reality that there's a major black market for US passports and  documents. We are TARGETED. Even if you don't look American. 

2) The WORST neighborhoods to stay in are in Recoleta, Puerto Madero  etc. because thieves can spot a tourist more easily and the police  aren't helpful. The tourist translator didn't understand me, and  though I explained in Spanish, after going through such an event, it  was difficult to speak and I was frazzled. The Argentine justice  system helps no one (the police told me so, and ask an any  Argentine).  

3) The US Embassy is USELESS!!! They gave me so many problems and  accused me as if I was trying to 'get by' by not being able to pay  for my passport even though they have a non payment provision for  emergency situations, and EVEN when a total stranger offered to pay  for me because of how horribly they treated me. I hope no one EVER  has to go there. 

4) It's hard to remember the details on a taxi. There are so many  numbers, logos, pictures, etc, that one really has to write down the  taxi info everytime they get in. Not just look, but WRITE IT DOWN.  This is especially urgent if you have valuables. In addition, there  have also been reports of 'ficha' theft. People steal the fichas out  of taxis..for whatever reason. So now some taxis have it stored in  another location. So you have to ask for it if it's not displayed.  If not, get out. 

5) There ARE good people here who don't want to take advantage of  you. Even in minor situations here, I find people will want to take  advantage, perhaps for fear of being taken themselves. They're not  bad people, just that they live with the zero-sum mentality and I  was very  fortunate to have understanding people at the companies I visited.  It was difficult, but in the end, it worked out.   Hope this helps. Ask for more info if needed because so much  happened in so little time that it's hard to remember what to note  for people's security :) :)

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  • Tea Store
  • From BANewComers: Frances Perry August 13, 2005

I was in Tealosophy the other day stocking up and thought to ask about the roasted green tea you were looking for.  Sure enough they have it.  They call it "toasted Hojidra".  The tea looked and smelt wonderful.  Just in case you are still looking address is Alvear 1883, Galeria Promanade L37.  This is next to the Alvear Hotel toward the back of the galeria. - Frances

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  • Tea Tree Oil / Melaleuca Oil / Aceite de Melaleuca
  • From: bakerlibros, June 30, 2007

I usually buy tea tree and melissa and oleo 31 products of Just, a  swiss brand, and they are really good. They are so good that i began selling them. So if you want any of this products you can write to me and i'll be  in touch. Thanks Silvia / bakerlibros@hotmail.com 

    From: Marilyn Fisher, June 29, 2007

Farmacia Peña just near the subway C entrance on Corrientes near  the intersection of Pasteur carries good quality essencial oils,  including Tea Tree oil, which is $15 pesos.  They also carry very clean, good quality plants for medicines.

Firstly let me say that Tea Tree Oil is very powerful, and  my herbal medicine teacher says one should not use it straight out  of the bottle. It should be diluted - like a few drops - into  massage oil, or even water. And NEVER taken internally!

However, it is used straight up (a drop!) for Althlete's  foot. And my same teacher has recommended it be be dabbed (a  fraction of a drop!) on the forehead, on the side of the neck on  the spot of the tonsils, at the base of the neck above the collar  bone, and even a dab on the sternum - - - at the first stirrings of  a cold or the "gripe". Supposedly it traps the virus before it  invades lower into the bronchial tubes and lungs. That's how I have  been using it in this season of never-ending flu.

The teacher also mentioned that Tea Tree oil - 2 drops in  some water - could be put into one of those salhumeros - - -  aromatherapy candle thingies. It had to do with some treatment of  viruses but I forget. She will get to teaching us more about Tea  Tree oil later. But it's fascinating that it can treat and cure  things that alopathic medicines can't.

    From: Holly / unaportena, June 29, 2007

A very late response, but if you are still looking to find Tea Tree Oil, you can find it at Devas on Corrientes just a store or two  down  from Zivals. The Tea Tree Oil is also very reasonably priced, about  15  pesos for 10mls...so yay! I can be liberal with my current bottle  and nonot hoard!  The essential oils there seem to be of good quality, and say that  they  are not diluted, but, some of the more expensive oils such as  Melissa,  Rose, Vetiver and Jasmine are diluted but the staff have no idea of the proportions, nor is the country of origin listed or how the oil was extracted.

http://www.devas.com.ar/ 

    From: Holly / unaportena, July 2, 2007

Tea Tree Oil is one of my favourite all purpose essential oils, as  it is one of the essential oils which is antifungal, antiviral and  antibacterial, and is very versitile with it's uses.

Tea Tree Oil is perfectly fine to use undiluted on the skin, only a  drop or two is needed.  Use it undiluted on burns, insect bites, cuts and Helps to heal  ingrown hairs and pimples.  Tea tree oil can also help speed up healing of cold sores.

Of course DO NOT take Tea Tree Oil internally, but a drop or two in  water can be used to gargle with when you have a sore throat.

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/TeaTreeOil.htm 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil 

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  • Teaching English
  • From: Louise MacFarlane, April 27, 2007

There are many teaching ESL in this city and they are all very keen to employ NATIVE speakers.

I would like to recommend three to help you get started.

American Training Company: contactenos@americantrainingco.com.ar  Corporate English: info@corporateenglish.com  Eng. Lang. Services Traductora Pública UBA: ceciliabrusa@gmail.com 

I enjoy working with these three companies because they have a variety of clients, a good library of material and they pay reasonably well and on time.

    From: Peter J. Macay

We moved here in October 2000 and the economic crisis hit in December 2001. For 2 years there was no work, everyone was waiting to see what was going to happen, now the economy is recovering, and people are more optimistic.

However, the work environment here is still very tough, your friendly waiter at the corner cafe, and the friendly taxi cab driver you took this morning, often have PHDs. You will never get anywhere working for someone else. The only way to make a decent salary is to do your own thing. Everything here is based on your reputation, and of course that takes time to build. When we bought this apartment and wanted to remodel it we interviewed 6 architects and NONE of them had a portfolio of their work, I asked them, "How do I know if you're any good? Show me your work!" and they said, "My friend recommended me, what else do you need?" Different mind sets here.

Teaching English is obviously what most people in our circumstances do, but it doesn't pay well, especially if you're working for someone else. Working on your own you can expect to make 20 to 25 pesos an hour for private lessons (of course you pay no taxes). If you plan to work for someone else, of course teaching credentials or a teaching program will help, but it's not essential, it may mean a difference in salary though. I would not postpone moving here to complete some kind of credential.

Here is a site that someone from the BANewecomers recommended: http://www.teachabroad.com/Argentina.cfm

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  • Telephone / Installation of a Phone line / Requirements
  • From: Sean, August 15, 2006

Telefonica indicates to me that with passport, cdi, and any rental contracts/property purchases, that a foreigner can go to Telefonica office on Corrientes Ave in BA and get a phone line  - “must go in person, not on phone”

So far, everybody I know , who doesn’t have a DNI, has an account with Telefonica through a friend, neighbor, Relative, etc -

Curious if anyone has tried this with success, and what rates have been quoted

    From: Jamie Taylor, August 16, 2006

Just sorted out a phone line at the Telefonica office in Mitre and Uruguay using just passport and my rental contract.

The very helpful sales assistant explained that you can get a "linea control" in this way but if you want a full line then you need a DNI.

It was up and running 5 days after ordering!

    From: lnm249, August 16, 2006

As far as I know , yes one can get a land line from Telefonica without a DNI but only with resgtricted service, local calls only, no long distance without a DNI. There are long distance companies with low overseas rates such as High Connection. You dial a prefix from your home phone. 08001451015 for customer service. The connection varies, sometimes good sometimes not so great. Or there is Skype for calls via computer.

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  • Text Messages to Cell Phones
  • From: Gaucho Gringo, August 25, 2006

As can be expected, each compay will only send messages to its own customers, so you need to know what provider they have. The only one I ever used and know it works fine for short messages, is Personal at http://sms.personal.com.ar/Mensajes/msn.htm

put in "11" as the code for BA, then the 8 digit number, after the 15.

    From: Jvanka, August 25, 2006

for US cell phones, up to 100 mesages free www.teleflip.com

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  • Theatre Tickets / Colón / Opera

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    From: jane hallisey, April 2, 2006

If anyone wants to go to Teatro Colón http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/  I discovered there are quite a few things it's useful to know about:

Tickets go on sale 5 (sometimes 6) days before the event. You can only buy them from the Teatro Colon boleteria/ticket office or via a company that caters to tourists called Colon Express (more below)

The maximum number of tickets each person can buy is 6. There are two price levels, one for residents and one for tourists. Tourists pay double the price (i.e. orchestra seats/platea go for $160 pesos for residents and $360 pesos for tourists) I was warned by the ticket seller that IDs or some proof of residence would be checked at the entrance so I shouldn't buy resident tickets for non-residents. (more on that below)

For a popular event it's best to go early. I went with a friend at 8am and we were 7th in line for when it opened at 9am. mysteriously about 4 or 5 other people who were already inside the closed building slipped into line ahead of us all. By 9:15 the line was out the door and down the block.

They accept cash and local debit cards and local and foreign credit cards.

About Colon Express: they sell to the tourists at hotels. They get resident rate tickets and resell them (i.e. an $8 peso student ticket goes for around $150 pesos, orchestra seats go for $500 pesos) A friend of mine worked there and said the owner is a relation of someone at Teatro Colon so they have a special arrangement. She said tourists would get upset at the price difference so they cross out the prices now.

A group of 10 of us went last night to see La Boheme. It was wonderful and we all agreed we liked feisty Musetta better than Mimi any day and the theatre was the real star of the night.

As I expected: No one asked us for ID or if we were residents or not. Our tickets had crossed out prices since they were a gift--i don't know if an obviously foreign non-spanish speaking person with the discount price would get questioned. I doubt it. People give their box seats as gifts and many people resell tickets they can't use.

Anyway I thought it was a fascinating lesson about another corner of Buenos Aires.

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  • Tigre - a coastal delta city about 50 minutes north of Bs.As. by Train
  • From: Peter J. Macay, November 27, 2008

I like to take friends on the "Mitre D" train at the Retiro train station to where the "Mitre D" line ends, then pick up the "Tren de la Costa" in the same station, then you can take the "Tren de la Costa" until it dead ends in Tigre.

If you stop at the San Isidro station there is a nice shopping mall there, and if you go across the street there is a nice park with artists selling their wares and a nice church to pop into.  When you’re ready to continue (after a beer and an empanada snack) you can continue along the "Tren de la Costa" using the same ticket you purchased previously, no additional cost to get off the train and then back on again to stop in San Isidro.

When you arrive in Tigre, if you go to the right, there is a large "Mercado de Frutos" market of flower shops and lots of local crafts, it's enormous.  During the week many of the shops are closed but many are still open.  On the weekend it's packed with people and everything is open.

Sure, the "Tren de la Costa" is touristy, but by taking the "Mitre D" train from Retiro, it gives it kind of a local flair, l love the Socialist statues at the Retiro station, and since they remodeled the Retiro station it's really SUPER AB FAB, really a "must see" as far as I'm concerned.

While in Tigre you can take a water taxi, or one of the 1 hour tours on the delta on a bigger boat.

Take the regular commuter train back on your return to Retiro station as it's faster.

    From: xxooclaireooxx, November 29, 2008

I posted on a lovely way to come back from Tigre - by boat - a year ago and thought it might be worth digging out and reposting on this new Tigre thread. I guess the price of that boat trip will have risen and I hope all the other details are the same:

Fri Jan 19, 2007

A nice river trip round Tigre and home again

I just wanted to expand on the details that Rick gave of his suggested boat trip in Tigre, which does a little circuit of part of the Delta del Paraná then brings you all the way back to Capital on the Rio de la Plata - I took some visitors to Tigre yesterday and after a boilng hot afternoon walking about, we took the trip and I can also highly recommend it.

It only runs on Thursdays and Saturdays (we were in luck!), and it departs at 4pm from the Estación Fluvial, which is the little complex with the McDonalds and the tourist office that you come to as you walk down from the train station. You buy the ticket (AR$45) at the stación Fluvial office of the company running the trip, and that's Sturla & Cía,though the name Alcazar is also prominent on the shopfront (and easier to spot).

It's a posh white boat with air conditioning, which was so, so, so welcome to us yesterday afternoon, and they serve coffee and later a cold drink on board. You do a loop round part of the delta, with a guide giving a commentary in Spanish and English, then it comes out into the Rio de la Plata and you go along the coast past San Isidro all the way back to where it drops you off at a marina (Sailing Club) right near Aeroparque Jorge Newbury. FYI, that's roughly parallel with Av. Federico Lacroze, further north.

From the marina, you can walk up to the avenue and take a taxi or catch a number 33 or 45 towards Retiro (or the other way, wherever that might go) and make your way home from there.

A really nice trip - my pals from Brazil absolutely loved it. To get to Tigre you can go by train from Retiro of course, or take the touristic Tren de la Costa (which doesn't appear to go very far). I wanted to show them as much of Buenos Aires as possible so we took the number 60 bus from Constitución (there are a few versions of the #60: the quickest one is the one that says on the front 'via Fleming & Panamericana'). It was a leisurely 2-hour trip all through the city -
not recommended for impatient people, but interesting as a way to see lots of the city, from Constitución to Centro then through Recoleta,
Belgrano, etc.

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, November 26, 2008

If you plan to take the Tren de la Costa take the one that ends in Bartolome Mitre Station. AVOID by all means the train that goes to J.L.Suarez o José Leon Suarez, you will end up at a non very touristy land!!!

    From: cherie, November 26, 2008

Tigre is so lovely and such a great escape from the cement jungle of BsAs in the summer. I do hope you make it there.  And when you do, try to go farther into the delta than the one hour tourist circuit on the catamaran or similar.  My suggestion is to go further out into the islands, and buy a package from one of the booths in Tigre for a round-trip and lunch on an island.  It's really beautiful the farther out you go, and so refreshing in summer.

The "normal" or "common" train is a totally different experience from the Tren de la Costa.  I took the regular train to Tigre last year and it was not pleasant:  people fighting for seats, drunken football teams, rudeness, shoving, etc.

On the other hand, the turistico Tren de la Costa has room for everyone, is quiet, pleasant, lovely.  So get thee to the Mitre Station by taxi or regular train, and relax and enjoy yourself on the Tren de la Costa.

    From: Charles Anderson, January 21, 2007

The best way to know Tigre, take the boat (Interisleña) to "3 Bocas", get off and walk around for a couple of hours. Loose yourself along sidewalks on streams, bridges and rivers. Have lunch somewhere, and come back. Boats every hour more or less.

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  • Tipping
  • From: Markbsas, November 13, 2009

Re: assuming service is good, what would be customary and fair in various situations

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, November 13, 2009

In restaurants and coffee shops and bars is the 10%
Deliveries, such as pizza or supermarket 2 to 5 pesos (They don't leave on a tip)
DHL, Fedex, Correo Argentino...Nothing. is not usual here.
Stores...Depends on what they are delivering, i.e a heavy matress, a fridge, etc 10 pesos would be ok, for each guy.
Taxi and remise, no tip unless the driver helps you with lugagge.
Dry Cleaning delivery 2 to 5 pesos.
Saludos,
Julio

    From: Peter J. Macay, November 14, 2009

This is great info Julio, coming from an Argentine.  We've been tipping the dinner delivery guys 2 pesos for several years and I was thinking we should probably make it 4, I mean 2 pesos won't even buy a coffee now-a-days. 
 
When we travel, we pay our portero's wife 8 pesos a day to feed our 2 cats and clean the litter box.  This only takes less then 10 minutes and since a maid gets 8-12 pesos an hour, I thought it was fair.  What do you think?
 
I also tip the guy who cuts my hair 2 pesos for several years and I'm thinking that seems pretty cheap now, I go to kind of a high end place, my haircut with shampoo is 60 pesos, so 2 pesos tip seems low.  Any comments?

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, November 13, 2009

I've never tipped the peluquero!!! ( barber ). About the portero's wife 8 pesos it's ok.

    From: Antoinettecford, November 13, 2009

This is in reply to your tipping and level of service that you have received here. First you may want to remember you are in a foreign country so what you expect culturally in terms of service may not be the same as home (in your case the US).
For example: here the wait staff does not rush over with menus, request your order immediately, or give you the bill for you meal before you finished you last fork full of food. This would be considered rude here.

Tips in restaurants very from 10%-15% If I frequent the same place I will 20% as most of the wait staff in Argentina do this as a full time career not an in between job.

Taxi and Remise: Normally you do not tip but you can round it up to the nearest peso. In almost seven years living here I can count on one hand how many times a taxi driver has tried to take advantage of me (very few), I have had good service but I do not expect them to speak English.
Every time I go to the airport (approx. 14 times a year) I tip the cab driver an extra $5AR peso for helping me with my bags etc.
Buses: If you use a overnight or long run bus service to anywhere have 2-3 peso available to tip the bag handler.
Restrooms: typically .50-1 peso for the attendant.

Delivery: all food deliveries I give 10%
Delivery of groceries, dry cleaning, medicine, a case of wine, tickets to the theater, flowers, etc. I tip between $2AR and $5AR
Delivery DHL and Fed Ex.- I do not tip for this service.
Delivery of furniture: $10AR

If you are only here for a short time two service that make you life easier are the maid service and a door man. They can be invaluable sources of help.
Maid service: if you are here short term for just a few months and not paying for maid service directly, I would recommend giving you maid a little extra something every week...say $10AR
Doorman:  I would consider giving your door man a tip of $10AR a week.

Hope you enjoy your stay here in Beautiful Argentina.
Antoinette

    From: Vanesa Kolodziej, April 13, 2006

the main difference that I have found is that in BA you do not tip your cab driver (or remis driver) neither your headdresses or manicurist, but you do tip the people who punt gas to your car.

    From: Joe Femino, April 15, 2006

RE: If there's a 3 peso "servicio en mesa" per person charge on the bill, is that a built-in gratuity for the waiter, or would you still tip him/her?

That is the cost of the bread, table cloth, silverware and others -- the waiter/waitress does not get it -- still tip --

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  • Tips on surviving in Argentina
  • From Christian Rodriguez March 17, 2005

Tips on surviving in Argentina, or "Living in a horrendous country for dummies", or "The complete idiot's guide to third wold mess":

1. Be gentle, friendly and look a bit stupid. Try to find out who to talk to and avoid talking to people that can’t really help you.

2. Getting angry or pushy will only result in blank stares.

3. Learn the language (Spanish), but keep the accent. Argentinians like foreigners, I mean, the ones that don’t shout incomprehensible things at them.

4. Pick your battles. Learn from Argentinians what battles you can win and what battles to drop. Start by dropping the "I want to live in the US, while my body is physically located in Argentina" battle.

5. Mix with Argentinians. Instead of walking around like in a zoo, get inside the cages and play with those crazy animals that love to wait in line (???) and drink bad milk.

6. Have a good sense of humoir. You can be a bit more aggressive here with that and its fine: actually an aggressive sense of humour can be flattering to Argentinians. Like all people, they love to be teased, but they are not paranoid about privacy or personal space. You can even flirt a bit with the waiter or waitress and they’ll appreciate it, the service improves. (Sorry for the politically correct advise, but its true).

7. Argentinians LOVE to talk. Ask them about stupid things, look amazed and grateful. This includes waiters or people walking down the street. If they don’t know something, they may call someone else, and soon you’ll have a small committee around your table discussing where the bus stop for the 59 is really located.

8. Carry change with you, wherever you go. Yes, if you buy something for $4 and you have $50, they may not have change. The "change" issue wont change. Drop that fight, I’ve fought it for years and to no avail. Other battles to drop or to at least face with an existential detachment: “cars stopping when people cross the street” and "I want it for tomorrow".

9. You don’t really need exact change, round up and consider it the tip that you leave everywhere in the US (cabs, hairdressers) and nowhere here.  If you give a $1.50 tip to a cab driver they may actually give you a free massage or sing you a song. If you hate giving tips: consider it a tax. A "living in a messy country" tax. I do that with kids asking for money on the street, I consider it a tax.

10. Join the mess, the force will be with you, I assure you. Or as Caetano said it in a horribly anti American song:

"... but down here indefinition is king
and we dance with a grace whose secret
I myself dont understand
between joy and tragedy
between monstruosity and sublimity"

Get into the groove
Get up on your feet,
Step to the beat

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  • TIVO / DirectTV
  • From: glad2bmeru2, May 8, 2007

I HIGHLY suggest DIRECTV. It has CNN AND they now have TIVO. There are at least 20 channels in English and plenty of stuff for all!

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  • Tour Books
  • From: unaportena, Aug 4, 2006

You can purchase the guides at South American Explorers Club.

J.Salguero 553
4861 7571

www.saexplorers.org

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  • Tour Guides

PERSONAL WALKING TOURS OF BUENOS AIRES

Definitely, Buenos Aires is a city to discover by walking. The only thing that you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and a good guide.

My name is Fabian and you can enjoy Buenos Aires with me!

My tours are designed only for one or two persons. The reason is that way you can enjoy the city better and with another perspective, with a personal touch, visiting the tourist places and also knowing the real and authentic Buenos Aires.

FabianFuentes3

Depending on your interests, you can decide where you would like to visit or I can make a plan for you.  Public transportation in BA is very good and we can jump to some places quickly by using public buses, subway or trains.  It is very fun and exciting.

The walking tours start at 10 am and finish at 6 pm. The price of the tour doesn’t include tickets, transportation or lunch.

Contact: Fabian Fuentes
Cell Phone: 15-5995-8531
Home: 4372-4578
Email: fabiansazo@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

misterpapi

 

    From: Christian Rodriguez, November 26, 2008

Re: I need an English speaking Buenos Aires tour guide or service - any recommendations?

Try www.eternautas.com

They give excellent tours, both the typical citytour and more specific tours related to architecture, history, etc.

    From: cherie, November 26, 2008

Englishman Alan Patrick gives personalized tours that are fantastic! He's very knowledgable and personable, and highly recommended.

Check his blog out, Buenos Aires Argentina Guide:  http://www.buenostours.com/

Email:  bsaires@gmail.com

    From: Carla Horton, November 28,2008

www.buenosaireshistorico.com2
www.buenosaireshistorico.com3

 

My name is Carla Horton I am a history teacher and I have been organising historical tours of the city.  My website is www.buenosaireshistorico.com
Some of the memebers of this forum have attended my tour of REcoleta Cemetery and some of the people who attended our btours have put some comments in www.tripadvisor.com  forum.
 
You can contact me buenosaireshistorico@yahoo.com.ar

    From: Rick Jones, November 28, 2008

I have taken a Recoleta Cemetary tour with Carla, and have hired her to take friends on the same tour. Her English is great, and she gives great tours. I highly recommend her.

    From: kchien1127, April 27, 2007

I want to recommend an excellent guide for walking tours. My in-laws just took a tour w/ him this week and said it was great. His name is Alan Seabright and his cell phone is 15-5973-7000. Alternatively, his email is alan@buenostours.com .

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  • Tourist Visa - 90 day renewal

According to the Argentina Embassy in Los Angeles it is perfectly legal to live here indefinitely as long as you leave the country every 90 days to have the tourist "90 day visa" stamp renewed in your passport.  USA citizens do not need to apply for a "visa" ahead of time, it automatically happens when you enter the country and pass through the custom's agent. You do not have to return to your country of citizenship, just take the ferry to Uruguay, and you can turn right around again if you like, you don’t even have to stay overnight.

You can also go to the immigrations office and renew your tourist visa which is cheaper then taking the ferry to Uruguay, you can do this every OTHER 90 days, so you only have to leave the country twice a year. I have never done this at the immigrations office but others have said it's easy.

You can extend your tourist visa at Migraciónes

mininterior

http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/

Av. Antártida Argentina 1355 (close to Retiro bus terminal)
Look for "prórrogas de permanecencia" sign inside.

migraciones

Until obtaining residency, we did this for 3.5 years and had never been questioned, not once, our passports are 90% Argentina stamps. 

    From: Shahrukh Merchant March 12, 2007

How to renew your 90-day Argentina tourist entry permit - Step by Step

Since there have been many questions on this, and several partial answers, and since I did this myself recently, here's a hopefully complete version.

1. Where do I go?

Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, Avenida Antartida 1355, Capital Federal. This is near Retiro station, but you have to cross through some unwieldy large intersections to get there. Take a taxi--most should know where it is. There is a useful detail map at http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/migraciones/ubicacion.asp

2. When do I go?

This department is open on working days (Monday-Friday, except holidays), from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. Once you are in and have taken a number by 1:30 pm, you will be served past that time even if there is a long wait.

3. What do I do once I'm there?

Once you are there, enter the nondescript entrance. Walk to the left of the reception desk, turn left at the interior passageway into the adjacent attached building on the left. On the left side as you enter the other building will be a big red sign that reads, "Prórrogas de Permanencia," which is the department that you want. Take a number and wait to be called.

4. What do I need to take with me?

a. Your passport with your UNEXPIRED most recent entry stamp
b. $100 (ARS) cash in Argentine pesos
c. A photocopy of your passport main page (photo and personal data) and the page with your most recent entry stamp (if you forget, there is small photocopy office at the back right corner of the building in which you entered)
d. Optional: Book to read, work to do, cell phone (yes, it is permitted to use them in the waiting area), etc., in case the wait is long.

5. What exactly happens?

Once your number is called, they will take your passport and photocopy, enter a bunch of stuff in the computer, and print you a form and a payment slip. You go to the cashier at the far right on the same wall, pay $100 pesos and come back to the same person who was assisting you. Just go up to her and give her the receipt even if she is helping someone else. She will take it and put it in a pile. Take a seat again and in 15 minutes, you will be called by name and all will be set. Check the new stamp you have and the new date. No questions about why you want to extend, what you are doing here, why you have so many Argentine entrance stamps--all pretty routine, at least in my case.

6. How long does it take?

Well, once your number is called it took about 15 minutes total. It took me 2 hours waiting for my number to be called but I have heard reports ranging from "no wait" to "1 hour" so perhaps I was unlucky (the staff did seem to think that the wait was more than usual as well).

7. What does "3 months" mean? And how long before it expires can I apply for the extension? And when do I get the extension till?

When I asked the woman at the counter what "3 months" meant, she looked at me like I was crazy. I explained that I meant was it 3 calendar months, or 90 days and were the first and/or last date included? Her answer: 3 calendar months, and first and last dates included, i.e., if your entry stamp says 11 Mar 2007, you can stay through 11 June 2007. (However, I wouldn't necessarily count on this--89 days seems to be the more prudent number to use.)

As for when you can apply, she said, "Up to 1 week before it expires." This was stated as an opinion rather than as a hard and fast number. I think the point is that they don't want you coming 1 week after you've entered the country and getting your 3-month extension right away; they want it to be relatively close to the expiration. If you have a reason why you have to get it extended 2 weeks before (like you are going off on a trip to some other part of Argentina), I don't think they would reject it.

And it is extended 3 months beyond the ORIGINAL expiration date, not three months from the date of your application for extension, so you do get 6 full months in total.

7. What if my entry permit has already expired?

I am told that this office cannot handle this situation. You must handle this when you next leave the country (Ezeiza, and yes, at the Buquebus terminal as well), allowing plenty of extra time so you don't miss your flight and extra money to pay the fine and willingness to be lectured to sternly. So do yourself a favour and don't let it expire.

Shahrukh

    Update from Shahrukh January 24, 2008

RE: Step 3: Actually, they seem to like moving that particular station around every month or so, apparently. But the one constant is the big red sign that says "Prórrogas de Permanencia," so look for it, or just go up to someone official looking and say "PRO-ro-ga?" and they will point you.

Also, that same station handles lots of other things much more complicated than your renewal. The first time I went I took a number and waited 2 hours (and indeed that was the wait that day). The most recent time, I was going to take a number (about 15 other people were waiting) and someone noticed me and asked whether I was there for the prórroga, and when I said yes, she just took my papers on the spot and the total time was 10 minutes. So I would go up to someone AT that station and try to determine if I really need to take a number and wait ... who knows how long I might have been waiting unnecessarily if the lady at the counter hadn't intercepted my taking a number.

    From: Michael Waldrop, September 03, 2006

Go to the Immigration Office, behind the Sheraton Hotel on Antartida Argentina.

It will take about an hour, and they'll charge you 100 pesos, but they'll give you another 90 days.

You'll need your passport with a copy of the page with a picture, and a copy of the page that shows the date of entry.. but you can get those copies there.

SO much easier than going into another country.

    From: Peter J. Macay,  August 24, 2006

We had to pay the fine once a few years ago, the problem is not paying the fine, it's getting it done fast enough that you don't miss your flight, we had to wait in a long line at the immigrations window, then go to the bank in the airport and wait in another line to pay the fine, fill out a sheet with all the information 5 different times, the clerk then tore all 5 coupons off and stapled them to different documents, then go back to the immigrations window and wait in another long line to submit the paperwork, not a pleasant experience. I suggest going to the Immigrations building at Antártida Argentina 1355 (close to Retiro bus terminal) as others have recommended to do the 90 day extension.

Also, you do not have to spend 24 hours in Uruguay to renew your tourist visa, you can have lunch and turn right around again on the next ferry. Colonia is cute, but you can see it in 2 hours, have lunch and return the same day.

From: Peter Winterble, August 24, 2006

The Carmelo trip is a snap.  I've done it four times now and it's virtually flawless.  Be sure to get to the ferry terminal in Tigre by at least a little before 8 a.m. Join the line on the left to arrange your round-trip ticket, then go to the line on the right to pay for it.  When you get to Carmelo, the first thing you do is go across the street from the customs/immigration building to the ferry company office and get your reservation on the return ferry that leaves in mid-afternoon.  You'll be back in Tigre by about 5:30.

One good restaurant is to be found by walking upriver to the bridge, across it, and take the first right that parallels the river.  Walk about a half-mile along that road and as you come around a curve you'll see a small restaurant on the left.  The food is great and the people are friendly.  It's probably about a 20-minute walk from the ferry and very easy. 

    From BANewComers: July 15, 2005

Your 90-day visa can be extended ONCE at the Office of Immigration (Migraciones) on Avenida Antartida in Retiro.  The charge is $100 pesos for the extension. 

If, after these 90 days, you would like to stay in Argentina, you will have to leave the country and re-enter, getting a new 90-day tourist visa automatically.  The closest country is Uruguay, and you can make a day trip of it, coming back the same night.  There are daily ferry boats to Colonia, Uruguay with Buquebus (terminal is at the end of Avenida Cordoba, corner of Avenida Antartida Argentina, at the river dock, Darsena Norte).  There are other venues to buy tickets, however.

    From BANewComers: Brian - July 15, 2005

Remember you can only get a 90 day extension at immigration if you have a minimum of 30 days left of your original 90 days when you go to immigration.

You can do this every time, but you can only get one extension, so after 180 days, it's a trip outside the country before starting again.  Cheapest way to uruguay is by Bus from Retiro (about $70-$80 pesos each way to Montevideo)

    From: BANewComers - william thelen July 20, 2005

On questions about visa trips to Uruguay , i only see suggestions here, for Buquebus!!  Well,..another suggestion is Cacciola s.a.!!  They have a daily schedule from Tigre to Carmelo ( Uru.)  They have very comfortable catamarans in their fleet that will bring you to Uruguay in about 2 hours.  They leave every day of the week at 8.30 from tigre,...and return from Carmelo at 14.30!  The trip will cost you I/V Ar$ 64,-  This even includes a bus service to bring you from downtown to Tigre!

check it out on:  http://cacciolaviajes.com/

Another small remark,...all are talking about a 90 day visa,..while actually,..it is 3 months,....so depending on the month of arrival, it also can be 92 days!!

There is not that much to do in Carmelo,.. it is just a small "boring" place if you compare it to Colonia!  But as there are people like me,..that just every 6 months HAVE to go out,..it is a quick and cheap alternative!  Just get on the boat to Carmelo,..have a nice long lunch there,..and return in the afternoon!  The trip itself by boat is mainly through the Delta,..so that on itself is a nice experience!  Also i prefer the customs at Tigre, where all happens on a very small scale,..so much more relaxed and faster then at the Buquebus station!

    From BANewComers: mohammadthr August 16, 2005

If you don't leave within the 90 days, you pay a 50 pesos fine.  I was in hospital overstayed 5 months.

    From: Belliappa Pattada, April 06, 2006

if u wanna do it without leaving argentina, show up at Migrationes (i went before noon) anyday before ur visa expires, at the orientation counter ask for the guy that extends tourist visas. Oscar, usually sits in the second big hall at Migrationes on the first desk on your right as u enter, pay 100 pesos to extend for a second term (90 days in ur case).  the last i heard was 50 pesos as a fine if u donot extend and overstay ur visa when u depart the country, the price may have changed, not recommended though.  likewise, cheapest ferry ticket to uruguay... 110 pesos roundtrip to colonia.

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  • Tourist visas for Argentines to visit the US.
  • From: Sean, May 4, 2007

Re: I would like to take my Argentine partner.. What would the US government need to know, etc. Any information could be helpful.

I would follow the instructions here: http://buenosaires.usembassy.gov/general_information7.html

and I see it further says: “must have a passport that is at least 6 months old” further questions can be answered at: Buenosaires-ACS@state.gov 

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  • Tours / Mendoza / Wine Country
  • From: Ellen Hoffman, January 06, 2005

Amazing Mendoza Tours www.amazingmendoza.com

    From: Ellen Hoffman, July 30, 2007

The big news is that we have opened a 5-room inn, Posada de Rosas.  www.posadaderosas.com

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  • Tours / Non-Touristy Things to Do / Day Trips
  • From: Carla Horton, August 04, 2006

I am a UBA historian and teaching assistantat that university and with other colleagues we guide historical tours in Buenos Aires.

One of those tours is called "Barrios Tours" and we visit non touristy districts of Buenos Aires such as Parque Patricios, Parque Avellaneda and explain abour the social development of those districts as well as their connection with tango composers and argentine Litereture.. We have a good collection of antique photos to see the before and after of many well known streets.

This is our link www.buenosaireshistorico.com

    From: Jvanka, August 05, 2006

Here is a link with more information about other non traditional tours/guided visits.  The article is written in Spanish; if you cannot manage the Spanish you could use the on line translation services (I use www.Altavista.com ) and even when they are not perfect translations is good enough to understand a lot.

The article link: http://www.clarin.com/suplementos/viajes/2004/02/15/v-01005.htm 

Recently I did a walking tour with Robert Wright.  Buenos Aires offers a variety of architectural styles and the history and background of these buildings was a mystery for me.  Robert's tour was great, He not only describes the buildings but had done great research on them knowing why they are here and what happened through the years and the different modifications.  He is American so no problem with the language.

http://www.urbex.com.ar/

    From: Kirk Kinkade, June 13, 2006

Quite frankly, I would not recommend Carmelo. I went there last year around this time, and it was terribly boring. They say it's fun if you like to gamble because there are two casinos. It's also a resort town with beaches on the river. In other words, warmer weather = more people and more to do. When I was there, it was a ghost town.
 
If you are absolutely intent upon going, splurge and stay at the Four Seasons. I hear it's lovely. Do NOT stay at the Hotel-Casino Carmelo. It's a depressing, roach-infested ghost of a hotel, which in its heyday was probably very beautiful but now reminds me a bit of the hotel from The Shining. I believe that we left from Tigre, using the ferry service provided by Cacciola. http://www.cacciolaviajes.com  They have package deals. Also, I would not recommend going while the weather is cold.

    From: John, June 13, 2006

I used Cacciola www.cacciolaviajes.com.ar  who have an office on Florida, it was fine (AR$64 for the return trip). Watch the timings though, and maybe go on a Saturday. The catamaran leaves from Tigre and goes through the delta, which is pretty nice. The downside is that the boat left at 0830 which meant that the coach from downtown BA left at 0630. On the way back you have the option of (during the week) coming back on the same boat at 1430, so three hours in Carmelo, or at 0400 the next morning.

Oh, and three hours is plenty of time to see Carmelo, it's not very big. We spent an hour eating chivito at the Piccolino restaurant and still felt like we had a little too much free time.

If the weather is nice there are always the beaches...

    From: Frank E. Almeida, June 2, 2006

One place you can try is the design fair at El Dorrego. Mostly locals go and whenever I have taken visitors from out of town there they have gone crazy shopping becuase the stuff there is pretty cheap. This time around there are big crowds with Sunday being busier than Saturday. It is located at Dorrego & Zapiola. The building takes up the whole block so you can't miss it.

    From: unaportena, June 2, 2006

The most touristy thing I have done is the cemetaries and ferias, and La Boca, which is colourful.

If they enjoy modern design and are tragically hip, take them for a drink or dinner at Faena Hotel Y Universe. check out the website.  Visit the Reservado before hand. (closed on Mondays)

If they really want to get off the beaten track I have read in Time Out magazine, there are tours to the Villa Miserias, where you meet the president of the Villa, have lunch and tour, bodyguard included.

google the blog line of sight. Robert is American and gives walking tours, but right now he is in Portugal. His tours sound interesting and he also has one that focuses on the Art Deco period.

Good Luck, Holly  - www.tangoinhereyes.blogspot.com

    From: Peter J. Macay, June 2, 2006

Idea #1: Check out the "Feria de los Mataderos" (listed on this website)  Very "local", very fun, this is not a tourist fair (yet)!
 
Idea #2:  All along Corrientas Ave are tons of places that have live music that starts around midnight or 1am, 5 pesos cover charge to enjoy 1 - 1.5 hours of live music, maybe just 2-3 musicians, but a real "local" flair.  Sip cheap Chandon champagne, check out the elegant patrons around you, and feel like you're really "somewhere else".
 
Idea #3: I like to take friends on the "Mitre D" train at the Retiro train station to where the "Mitre D" line ends, then pick up the "Tren de la Costa" in the same station, then you can take the "Tren de la Costa" until it dead ends in Tigre.

If you stop at the San Isidro station there is a nice shopping mall there, and if you go across the street there is a nice park with artists selling their wares and a nice church to pop into.  When you’re ready to continue (after a beer and an empanada snack) you can continue along the "Tren de la Costa" using the same ticket you purchased previously, no additional cost to get off the train and then back on again to stop in San Isidro.

When you arrive in Tigre, if you go to the right, there is a large "Mercado de Frutos" market of flower shops and lots of local crafts, it's enormous.  During the week many of the shops are closed but many are still open.  On the weekend it's packed with people and everything is open.

Sure, the "Tren de la Costa" is touristy, but by taking the "Mitre D" train from Retiro, it gives it kind of a local flair, l love the Socialist statues at the Retiro station, and since they remodeled the Retiro station it's really SUPER AB FAB, really a "must see" as far as I'm concerned.

While in Tigre you can take a water taxi, or one of the 1 hour tours on the delta on a bigger boat.

Take the regular commuter train back on your return to Retiro station as it's faster.
 
Idea #4: Take a bus to Las Cañitas for a cool evening stroll to see the area coming alive after dark, I love taking buses, then find a restaurant that looks appealing.
 
Idea #5: Take the subway to a cool small art gallery, http://www.galeriadelangel.com/   Then walk to China town, 15 minute walk, for a chinese food lunch. 
 
Idea #6:  Do you have bicycles?  If it's Sunday, bike down Libertador to the parks in Palermo (during the week is too hairy raising with the traffic).  Get a choripan and a big bottle of Quilmes, plop down in the grass, enjoy the sun on your face as you have the best lunch of your life.
 
Idea #7:  Call up a bunch of friends and say you have some friends visiting and to come by for some drink and grub to meet them, then stop by Norte, buy a bunch of cheap good wine (also lots of soda pop for your Argie friends) and order a bunch of empanadas delivered to your home from your favorite empanada joint, nothing like good friends, wine and conversation to make you have a great time.

    From: Vanesa Kolodziej, June 2, 2006

Off the path:
#1 visit the Zoo, the Botanic Garden and the Japanese Garden in Palermo.
#2 go to the reserva ecologica and take a tour of the Costanera Sur (Bilingual site http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/areas/med_ambiente/reserva/?menu_id=2486
#3 go to Lujan and see the Virgen. the vans leave from 9 de julio (near the teatro Colon)
#4 take a tour of the Teatro Colon and get some tickets
#5 go La Plata and visit the zoo, the National Science museum and the parks. enjoy our very own "planned city". Take El Rápido from the Post Office Palace
#6 go to Quilmes and drink really good beer in the Parque de la Cervecería- Take a remis $40
# 7 go to Tigre and enjoy a trip in catamaran- take the Mitre to tigre and walk to the  ship terminal

Finally, this is a very cool resource: http://www.bue.gov.ar/home/index.php?&lang=en   Everything that is happening in BA in English!

ALSO! guides to BA in PDF in 10 languages. Nothing fancy but it looks really up to date.
http://www.bue.gov.ar/informacion/?menu_id=121&info=guias

    From: Jvanka, June 3, 2006

After the tours:
 
Mysterious Buenos Aires  http://www.psfkcom/2006/04/buenos_aires_mi.html
 
Paris, The Buenos Aires of Europe? ;-)  http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=179287
 
My favorite show (check for shows, may not be running in winter)  http://www.delaguarda.com
 
Tango:  http://www.parakultural.com.ar/canning.htm
 
Dining:  http://www.elzanjon.com.ar/
 
Transportation (if you decide to loop the subways/trains)  http://www.argentinaturistica.com/2transpbsas.htm

From Laura Zurro, June 3, 2006

1) Tren de la Costa, http://www.trendelacosta.com.ar/web/  (by the way you'll need to take the TBA Mitre line to the end to get there) it's a beautiful train and if you get off at the Barrancas station in Acassuso you can rent bikes there very cheap and ride the bike trails along the train track where you can get a fabulous view of B.A. as well as all of the happenings along the river. Sunday is the best day to do this as everyone is out doing parillas. Plus there are a lot of nice restaurants on the river along there. There's always lots of bicyclist groups training there on the weekend as well.

2) In addition yes, like Pete and Ron said, I second the Puerto de Frutos http://www.puertodefrutos-arg.com.ar/  You'll see more Argentines there than tourists, although there are some tourists there as well. Saturday and Sunday is the day when all the places are open buy try to go early as later on it's packed. 

3) rent a car and take them on a drive through the city so they can see more than just the "typical areas" that we all know so well. For instance drive them through Avenida Corrientes, by Avenida Belgrano, through Abasto, up through Belgrano R, down by Riverplate. It's interesting because the architecture and the feel of the neighborhoods change from area to area. Just make sure you have a good map like the "Guia Filcar" and someone to navigate

Laura http://movingtoargentina.typepad.com

    From: cheryladelaney, June 5, 2006

I hear ya, that`s what everyone asks for when they`re visiting.  I`m usually at a loss too, but I found a really cool, kinda quirky tour guide who makes all the restaurant reservations for you and explains cool stories behind things you wouldn`t have found out about.  If you want to try her her name is Agustina and here`s her email...  monamagnetica@yahoo.com.ar

    From: Karin Hosenfeld, June 5, 2006

In all our time in BA, we never went to an estancia. However, when my parents visited for the first time last year, they wanted to go. We took my Argentine family (four of them, four Americans) and went and had the time of our lives. It was SO NICE! My parents really appreciated it even if it was kind of cheesy and touristy. They didn't care at all! The Argentines in my family just appreciated getting out of the city for a day!
 
Here's the one we went to (but there are many): http://www.esantasusana.com.ar/
 
These people had a shuttle available from BA, but we had our own car, so didn't need the shuttle.

Tours - Mysterious Buenos Aires Tour

    From: Concepcion Dominguez, Aug 4, 2006

This is the contact for "Buenos Aires Misteriosa" ayresviajes@speedy.com.ar   There are two tours, the first one is on Friday and the second one in on Saturday. Both of them start at 8:30 pm. The price is 15 pesos. It is guided by a storyteller that will tell you several stories. Some of them are real. They show the places where these stories happened. I've done both of them in Spanish.

I do not know if there is an English version.

    From: unaportena, Aug 4, 2006

My Argentine roommate and his girlfriend went on this tour last Friday. They came home and said it was terrible and a waste of money.

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  • Tours while you are here

If you ask at the front desk of any “fancy” hotel they will give you information on sites, tours and things to do.  They usually have free maps which I recommend you get.  They have several tours we often take when friends come into town.  The city bus tour is $15 USA and worth it, it gives you a nice overview of the city highlights so you can get your bearings.  The Coastline Train + Tigre + Boat tour is $36 USA and very fun, however, check my link to One week tour Itinerary Ideas as we found we can do this tour on our own and it’s much nicer then being on a cramped tour bus.  We went on the Gaucho Estancia Tour which is an all day barbeque, horse riding, music and show for $60 USA that was very fun.  You have to go to a tango show while you’re here, “Sr. Tango” is the biggest and we’ve seen it 3 times, we tried “El viejo Almacen” which is smaller and more intimate but don’t get the meal with the dinner, it’s not so good, eat first, then just for the show.  We recently tried the show at “Esquina Carlos Gardel” which was outstanding www.esquinacarlosgardel.com.ar .  There are tons of tango clubs so I’m sure you’ll find one.

 If you are at a smaller hotel that does not offer tours, just look for a large hotel close to your hotel, go to the front desk and inquire about tours, they are happy to book the tour for you, you don’t pay anything extra but I’m sure they get some kind of commission by booking it for you.  The buses pick you up and drop you off at the hotel.

A free book the hotel gave us when we had visitors last was “Buenos Aires Day and Night” www.tangol.com This is a free book from the hotel that is filled with information, maps, hotels, etc.  Be aware that businesses pay to be in this guide so it’s not all inclusive like a telephone book would be, they only show people who pay to advertise in their guide book.

There is also something called “Buenos Aires Quick Guide” which is also free.

    From: WynnWoods, November 27, 2009

Alan Seabright offers some great walking tours of Buenos Aires: http://www.buenostours.com/

buenostours

I also would strongly recommend CulTour. Some of them are good friends. They are a group of professors and students from UBA that are economists, socialogists and historians. They offer wonderful tours and programs to include an interesting one starting at the Evita Museum, then going to an archeological dig at one of the the interment camps from the 70's, and ending at Congresso at the Madres de Plaza de Mayo.

http://www.cultour.com.ar/en/

cultour

    From: Christian Rodriguez, November 27, 2009

I recommend Eternautas.

http://www.eternautas.com/en/default.aspx

They are a company specialized in tours of Buenos Aires, created by young specialist in History from UBA. They do a basic tour, and also specialized tours focusing in different neighborhoods, architecture, Evita, etc. They also make show for TV (for Encuentro channel) and also have a book out about tours to do in Buenos Aires ("Buenos Aires tiene historia" is the name of the book, that will soon be translated to English). They also teach classes on history of the city, etc.

This is the best place to go for tours in Buenos Aires.

eternautas

    From: Julio Cesar Losua, November 27, 2009

Re: I  have a friend who is visiting me in BA soon for 3-4 days. I'm not much of a tourist guide and am trying to sort out the most interesting places to take and show him in his short space of time here.

In my experience as a tourist and when I had little time to spend in a city a took the double deck tourist bus http://www.buenosairesbus.com  .It takes you to the most interesting points in BA and you hop on and off wherever you like.

buenosairesbus

Tigre is a nice place to go, bring lot of mosquito repellent wiht you!!!
Eat and drink in Palermo Soho, Holliwood, Puerto Madero, REcoleta,etc

    From the BANewComers list ellen hoffman

Amazing Mendoza Tours. www.amazingmendoza.com

    From: cheryladelaney, April 02, 2006

I know a great tour guide and translator who has also helped out my boyfriend in his orienting the production

for the Canadian Ballet here.  She´s a native porteño (from BA) and speaks perfect English.  Helped us out a lot in getting oriented and contacts.  Her name is Agustina Menedez.  Here´s her email: monamagnetica@yahoo.com.ar

    From: cheryladelaney, April 12, 2006

I could recommend to you Agustina Menedez ( monamagnetica@yahoo.com.ar ), she´s a porteño who does personalized city tours.  Speaks perfect English and is really fun.  I usually try to pin her down early before I have visitors because she´s always busy, but if you can get her she´ll organize the tour around stuff you´re interested in.  She also helped me out with moving here and getting oriented, general city advise.  I think she studied architecture and art.  Knows a lot about the city. 

    From: Benjamin J. Schwartz, April 11, 2006

A little bit more detail.  I do walking tours of San Telmo, La Boca, Microcentro, and Recoleta.  They take 2-3 hours depending on whether or not we stop for coffee or linger shopping in some place.

The tours give a general historical, architectural and cultural overview of the City and the country.  I charge $15 per person.  We meet at a fixed location depending where the tour is, but I am willing to meet the guests and take a taxi with them to begin the tour.

Benjamin J. Schwartz
Marcelo T. de Alvear 1584 piso 3 dto 17
1060 Buenos Aires
Argentina

cell: 15-6120-4942
from abroad: 011-54-911-6120-4942
land-line: 4815-4520
from abroad: 011-54-11-4815-4520

SKYPE contact: schwartzbuenosaires

    From: jane hallisey, April 12, 2006

I just had a group of 12(!) friends come for a week-long visit. I arranged a tour via Eternautas.

http://www.eternautas.com/

The site is in english and spanish. I know one of the owners (Ricardo Watson) and chose them because they are argentines fluent in english (and other languages i believe) but most important for my smart and inquisitive friends, they are trained historians.

Since I had a group they arranged a van to pick up everyone and drop them off after which helped for one older friend with mobility issues after a broken ankle. I think on the site they show the standard tour options that anyone can join.

It really helped them to orient themselves when they landed to have 3 hours and see the main sites. On their own in smaller groups and alone they revisited what piqued their interest.

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  • Train Information / Website
  • Hugo Enrique Merlo, April 4, 2009

This is the website of the Train Line: http://www.tbanet.com.ar
You must click on the schedules and you will be able to download them on pdf.

trainwebsite

 

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  • Train to Cordoba
  • From: BANewComers - mohammadthr July 4, 2005

Cordoba is Argentina's second largest city.  I took a train to Cordoba from Retiro station, it leaves at 20:10 & arrives next day at 10 am, sleeper costs round trip 280 pesos including continental breakfast, it has a dining car that serves dinner for 15 pesos,if you are retired you get 15% discount on the ticket.

Cordoba is the second largest city, things are cheaper about 25%, vanilla cone at Mcdonalds cost only 75 cents, buses are little more it cost 95 cents to go one way, compared to 80 cents in BA, you have to buy a copelles at locutorio for bus however they will gladly take a peso coin.

Hotel Royal right across from train station is 35 pesos/night sin TV but include breakfast, other hotel Regins also 35/night with Tv & parking but no breakfast.

The train leaves on monday night, returns on sunday arriving on monday morning at 7:30am, so you will have about 6 days to explore Cordoba.  I love trains so it was a good trip for me.

I booked my trip at Retiro station at the ticket window, I believe it will be a fun trip for kids, there are 2 beds in the compartment, one lower & upper so if 2 are traveling you will have your own compartment & privacy & you can lock it from inside & you will have your key.  The springs in the dining car are not so good, but in the sleeper it is ok, service is not as good as in Asia or Europe but there is attendant button that you can use to call attendant.

I was traveling alone but no one shared with me both ways, trains are slow & old but if you like trains you wont regret it.  I hope I have answered all the queries.

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  • Transferring money from PayPal / Xoom
    • From:  Jvanka , December 27, 2007

paypal

I used xoom several times.  Fees are lower than western union.  I don't send big amounts of money, so for small amounts (under 1000 dollars) you will most likely have higher fees.

Xoom you can use your credit card or bank account let say in the US and have the money deposited in your Argentine Bank (please check the list of banks xoom has for argentina) cashed at a local office in pesos or have it deposited in banco Frances in US dollars or Cash it in dollars at Banco Frances.

So, to me is convenience, many more options to move your money without leaving your home in either end and security.  After you start your transaction, you get tracking of the stages where the money is at. 

who is Xoom?:

xoomxoom2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xoom.com

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  • Transferring money to buy an apartment
    •  

      From: Peter J. Macay

We used: http://www.alhecgroup.com/site/home/index.php to transfer money here to buy an apartment, we wire transferred the money to their branch in New York, USA (cost $20 to wire transfer bank to bank). You pay a small commission to transfer the money.  However, we heard they stopped accepting business from new customers, they will only do business with customers they have a previous relationship with.  Like all things in Argentina, your milage may vary, so you can give it a try.

alhec

A friend used a company called Aeromar that charged a one percent commission.

http://www.aeromar.com.ar

    From: Ginger Gentile, July 4, 2007

every time you come into the country you can bring up to 10,000 USD, as well as your close relatives. if ever asked about the money, even if you transfered it, you just say that you brought it in and show a sufficient number of entry stamps on your passport to justify that amount (ie, if you buy a 40,000USD property you need 4 entry stamps within a reasonable amount of time of your purchase). or if your parents or simblings visit you, that is another way to justify. 

the truth is the rules of the central bank change all the time and are confusing on purpose, and can be interpreted in many ways. go to 5 banks or exchange houses and you will get 5 completely different answers on the legal way to go about things, ranging from flat out impossible to tons of paper work to just sign here. 

and note, there is a big difference if you are a legal resident or not. 

      From: Tom Frost, January 29, 2007

    Casas de cambio: 

      AEROMAR S.A. Av. Corrientes 546 C1043AAS Buenos Aires Tel.: 5411-4394-0414

    From: Helge Holler, December 27, 2007

From what I've seen on their website, the maximum amount you can send via Xoom is $1000 - and they take a 5%-6% of it for the transaction. Not the best deal I've seen. Banco Piano for example only charges 2% for any such transaction as far as I'm informed, but I doubt they do it online.  And I doubt they will get in business with Rob's $85. But if you can save $30-$40 for any $1000 you wire down here, it's worth a try, I guess.

Check: http://www.bancopiano.com.ar/personas_cambios_transferencia.asp

    From: mweldon, April 27, 2006

You can wire money to a bank but the bank will charge you over 3% and will only deliver pesos to you. The high rate is in part due to a government tax on US$ transfers that the banks must pay.

The way I brought US$ into the country was to use one of the "change houses" on Sarmiento. You really need an introduction to the change house before they will talk to you.  The easiest way to do this is to go to whatever bank you are currently doing business with and ask  them to either write a letter of introduction or have them call to  make an appointment.

We had HSBC call Andrea Edreira (4394-2628) at Cambios Norte S.A. on  Sarmiento 517 and set up an appointment. They will offer two rates based on whether you want the money "under the table" or "over the  table". You should ask your escribana what the difference is and get their opinion. In my opinion "under the table" is the only way to go! You can negotiate the rate which will be dependent on the amount and the currency markets at the time. You can expect to pay somewhere between .8 and 1.2%. You wire your dollars to their NY  office and they deliver a bag of $'s to you in their Sarmiento  office. You can conclude your transaction in their office with the seller the realtors and your escribana and that way you don't have  to physically move any money yourself (a good idea).

    From: Sean, April 27, 2006

If you find yourself in a situation where peso delivery is cheap to you, don’t forget to try to insist on peso payment instead of dollars – while it is true that most sellers in BA publish prices in dollars, etc – you would be surprised at the percentage of positive responses of requesting to pay in pesos, heck…the national currency... go figure.

This gets MUCH easier outside of BA in the provinces and other provinces.

Tip:  after any potential agreement to pay in pesos, shoot for the BUY (vs. the SELL)  rate of the equivolent of the dollar to maybe save that extra moo-lah also

    From: Liz Bishop, April 28, 2006

We bought an apartment here and used HSBC for the transfer - we have accounts with them here and UK, so it was bank-to-bank. The "fee" was an agreed dollar spread on the buy/sell rates of that particular day. I have friends who literally carried dollars in from the States to buy their property but they have no paper trail set up. No problem to buy, but they may have huge problems when they want to sell and take their money out! All advice that we got points to paying the commissions and bringing your money in legally. Liz

    From: Benjamin J. Schwartz, April 28, 2006

You are required by law to comply with all customs regulations in both the States and Argentina.  This includes the transport of cash.  When leaving the States make sure you download and fill out the forms prior to arrival at the airport.  This is faster and shows intent to declare.  At the airport no one will ask you to declare anything when you are leaving.   You must make the effort to find the customs office and go there to present your customs  declaration.

More info here: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/home.xml 

    From: Deby Novitz, April 28, 2006

I had Citibank in California wire the money to my Citibank account here.  I was charged $20 for the wire transfer and only the spread to transfer it into my account. The banker here in Argentina had me wait 2 weeks to transfer the money into my account as he said it would be more favorable to me, which it was.  When all was said and done the amount I "lost" was about $300 which was a fraction of what was transferred.  Everything was done safely and sanely.

If you want to bring $80,000 in a black bag to a foreign country in So. America good luck you don't caught.  Because both you and your money will probably part never to see each other again.. and maybe you too.

People are buying properties here for easily more than $60,000 USD and are quibbling over paying less than a $1000 to do so.  I don’t get it.  Sometimes being cheap is being stupid.  You are not in the U.S. and if you think your government is going to help you get out of smuggling money in a black bag, get real.  

 Deby Novitz
11-4773-6937
Buenos Aires
15-6194-9613
Buenos Aires Cell (NEW NUMBER!)
510-839-6148
This number rings in Buenos Aires but is charged as a local call in the U.S. www.lavidacondeby.com
Check out my blog: http://tangospam.typepad.com/tangospam_la_vida_con_deb/ 
*** Casa de Deby Your home in Buenos Aires ***

    From: Belliappa Pattada, April 28, 2006

In the first week of april i transferred money via bank transfer from a US bank account to my local bank here in BsAs. the exchange rate i got was 3.037 when the current exchage rate then was about 3.065 pesos to a dollar. The bank in the US charged $50 USD for the transfer. However the total conversion charges from USD to pesos was about 0.79%  So even if you have to convert back to dollars for property purchases then i doubt you will loose a lot!...not sure of the percentage, but i doubt it will be more than 1.5% (don´t quote me on this).... The risk involved in bringing in currency of more than 10,000 USD may not be worth it. By the way, it is completely legal to bring in cash via bank transfer even if you are a foreigner, i´m not sure if the limit is 50,000USD per month or 500,000USD in one go, but as long as it classifies as a Direct Investment (or FDI as in the case of investing it into a local company with foreign capital having the majority share). And buying a house as a foreigner classifies as a Direct Investment from what i remember, and to make sure you can check the Central Bank Argentina -Regulations for bringing money into the country, they have an english version on their website. You may need a lawyer or a reputed real estate agent who will state that you are actually bringing in money for the purpose of buying a house.  As for opening a bank account it is a whole different issue, i opened mine with just a CDI and Passport, and no DNI or Utility bill in my name, but i walked into more than 15 banks cause most refused me and i had to keep trying...so i´m pretty sure if you try hard enough you can do it too.  So, for 0.79% + 1.5% you can bring in your money via bank transfer and is totally secure. Aeromar and Multifinanzas are some agents that will do it for you for less, but u have to check with someone who has done it before cause i have not, and it´s more like grey money.

belliappa

    From: Michael Silver, April 30, 2006

I used aeromar http://www.aeromar.com.ar/ , a company on Corrientes and Florida. 

aeromar

They have a nice website by the way.  What I had to do was transfer from my u.s. account to theirs in the u.s.  when the agent confirmed it was deposited (it took a day extra, probably to earn the interest), I went in, and he gave me the dollars.  I think the only thing I paid was 1 percent for the entire dollars to pesos to dollars to my hands.  I used them twice, once for the boleto, and the other for the escritura.  

The 2nd time, the guy was really nice and chit chatty as we were already socios.  The risky part of this is leaving aeromar, whose business is doing these transfers (as well as other financial stuff) with all that cash.  The first time, I was with the real estate agent and we took a cab that he called.  The 2nd time I was with my pal, and we took the subway.  When we did the boleto and the escritura, we went to a conference room at a bnp paribus bank because the real estate agent uses that bank, and they loaned us the conference room.  No problems.  I was nervous at first, doing an all cash transaction, but this is the way things are done here, punto.

Regarding travelers cheques, when I came here 5 years ago and tried to spend one, it was impossible, even to change them in a bank was impossible.  I had to go to American express office downtown to cash them.  

Michael Silver
michael@buenosairesliving.com
www.buenosairesliving.com
011-54-11-4803-2238 (casa)
15-5850-5397 (celular)

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  • Transferring Videos to your PC
  • From: Gaucho Gringo, August 24, 2006

To transfer your videos your need to purchase an ANALOG VIDEO to PC adaptor board. They are either internal or external (so you can use them with notebooks, and plug into any desktop via USB).

Well, actually you missed out mentioning if your videos are newer digital ones. In this case you basically need a software package to transfer your files into in the PC, via fire-wire connector usually. There are also hardware boards that help in this processing and also perform editing functions.

There are several brands for all types of boards and software but Pinnacle seems to be the most professionally looking make available in the local consumer market. Your best bet before buying is to go to Galerias Jardin, Florida about 550, where you can check out prices and models, in this giant open "galeria" packed with PC shops.

If you want better prices, look around further, or order via internet, any local "e-bay" or whatever.

If you want someone to do it for you professionally you can contact me at gaucho.gringo@yahoo.com

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  • Transformers / Power Supplies
  • From: Samuel, April 27, 2009

La Casa del transformador" http://www.alamtec.com.ar/

transformers

Address: Parana 220 / Buenos Aires, CAP 1017 / Phone: 4371-1023 / Email: info@alamtec.com.ar

    From: Eric Chase, April 27, 2009

Try Parana between Paraguay and Corrientes.  There are tons of electronics shops that all have transformers.  Just go into a few to get the best price (all of them have different prices.)  What I did was just tell one store the other was giving me a better price until I got the price I felt was correct (100 pesos less than when I started!)

    From: Rick Jones, September 03, 2006

"La Casa de Transformador."  If I understood my electrician correctly (and it's entirely possible I did not), it's on Talcahuamo between Peron and Bartholome Mitre.

    From: Michael Waldrop, September 03, 2006

Make sure the converters are able to handle the amount of watts the device you are plugging in uses. Some little items will be ok with a 100W  converter but larger electronics like an xbox for instance need much more watts to work. dunno about the circuit breaker tho...

    From: Jvanka, September 05, 2006

Many power transformers are Universal, they do work with 110 or 220 volts, if that is the case (check your plug in device it should say 110-220), yes you only need the plug adaptor so you can plug it into an outlet.  You can purchase adaptor in travel stores, radio shack, Wal-Mart, and of course at the airports (brookstone stores kiosks etc) At the airport usually are overpriced.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2110549&cp=&pg=2&origkw=travel&kw=travel&parentPage=search

    From Diego Basch August 8, 2005

For more specific needs, the place sells any transformer or power supply that you need, made to order. I bought from them a few times in the 90s, their prices were very reasonable.

http://www.alamtec.com.ar/

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  • Translating Spanish / English / Official translations by Colegio de Traductores for Government Documents
  • From: Kevin <rascal_la@hotmail.com> wrote:

Check, check, and check again with the consulate about translating  official documents like birth or marriage certificates because it may be a  waste of time and money. I went over the requirements list several times  with the visa consular official in L.A. to be sure I knew exactly what  they wanted. I was told to use an "authorized" translator but had no idea  what that meant speficically; eventually the consulate said a registered  California court translator would be fine. I found one, paid her for the  translation, and then had the birth certificate, translation, and  translator's offical affadavit regarding the above, all notarized and  apostilled. The consulate approved it, sealed it all up and sent it to BA  pending my arrival in country. 

When I got here and went to Migraciones, they pulled out my documents and  told me they knew the California translations were legal there but useless  here, that they would only accept a translation done here by a member of  the Colegio de Traductores Publicos, and they gave me the original  apostilled birth certificate to take to an Argentine translator.

The translation of my (lack of) police record was accepted. It seems a  bit arbitrary but nevertheless I'm glad I didn't have to get it re- translated as well.

    From: Rick Jones, July 12, 2007

I don't think that your experience was unusual.  As far as I know, none of the translations that are accepted in the U.S. are accepted here.  All translations that are accepted by either the Argentine embassy or the consulates have to be retranslated down here by a translator who is certified by the Colegio de Traductores Publicos on Corrientes.  That initial translation in the U.S. is only enough to start the process rolling in the U.S., not enough to see it through to completion here.  

    From: Sean, July 12, 2007

In my case, when I was living in San Diego, I had all my docs translated , via email, by a official translator of the colegio traductor in BA. Not only did this satisfy the Argie requirements but it saved me THOUSANDS of dollars. This was a tip by Jim A. from this board long ago – it worked perfectly – thanks again Jim.

For legal "official" translations, look on www.traductores.org.ar where there is a data base of the Arg. public translators 'Base de Datos de Traductores Publicos'. Find one near your home/office from the list to translate your documents and get them legalized for you. This saves a lot of time and the prices are official anyway.

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  • Translating Spanish / English / Online Translators
  • From: Peter J. Macay

BableFish will translate whole web pages for you.  http://world.altavista.com

I prefer www.dictionary.com/translate 

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  • Translators
  • From: Maria Karra, Jan 19, 2009

Here are the translators, 3 in Buenos Aires and 1 in Córdoba (I know some members of the list are in Córdoba).
They're all traductores públicos, with credentials from the Colegio de Traductores Públicos de Buenos Aires, experienced and very professional. I've worked with them and I know that the quality of their work is excellent, so members of BANewcomers will definitely be in good hands.

Aurora Humarán, Buenos Aires
aurora@alephtranslations.com

María Corinaldesi, Buenos Aires
mariacorinaldesi@hotmail.com

Flor Otero, Córdoba
oteroflor@hotmail.com 

Romina Berardi, Buenos Aires
romina.berard@gmail.com 

She specializes in this type of work (certified legal documents, public translations, etc.).  Actually all the ones I sent you do. Aurora and Romina are the most energetic and will do everything they can to help out.

    From BANewcomers: Peter J. Macay, August 30, 2007

We had to have the bank statements translated by an official translator and then verified at the "Colegio de Traductores" at Corrientas 1834. I used Eloisa Anchezar for my translations, she was recommended by someone on the BANewcomers list.

Eloisa Anchezar
English Translator
BGE Translation Group
eanchezar@bgegroup.com.ar
www.bgegroup.com.ar
Mobile: (54 9 11) 4422 3877
Phone: (54 11) 4806 6101

She was great, efficient, fast. She charges on a per word basis, not per page, so it depends on what you want translated. She asked if they wanted just certain sections with the required information translated, and because I didn't know, I just had her do everything.  She finished the job early and called me to let me know the job was completed BEFORE she originally said she would have them done, wow!

    From BANewcomers: Peter J. Macay, August 30, 2007

A site someone recommended for translators:  http://www.traductio.com.ar/

    From: Miguel Tello, May 2, 2007

Hi Ana!  I am a freelance translator and would be glad to help you with whatever translation needs you may have!  I am a native English/Spanish speaker.  My website address is www.tellotranslations.com .  My direct e-mail is miguel@tellotranslations.com .

Please let me know if I can assist you with anything.   Have a blessed day! Miguel Tello

    From: piainbsas, May 2, 2007

Hello, we are certified Legal/Technical translators and interpretors.  Please feel free to contact us at 15-6860-4452 or by email at  englishforevery1@yahoo.com.ar  Pia

    From: a Dubaiguy, May 2, 2007

Hi All, I am Gregorio and can translate documents for you online or in person.

goyoanchou@gmail.com 

take care, Goyo

    From: brait1971, May 2, 2007

Hello, I know someone very professional that can help you, she did a very good translation for me. I give you her personal information. Contact her if you want.

Name: Florencia Agustina Seelinger e-mail: agu_seeli@hotmail.com  Cell phone: 156613874

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  • Transportation in Argentina - Buses, Trains, Long Distance Buses, Subway, Trains

http://www.xcolectivo.com.ar is far more complete and includes trains subtes etc as well.

xcolectivo

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  • Travel Agencies / Ticket Sources
  • From: Teresa Brown, July 3, 2007

I highly recommend this agency.  Belén Vallarino Dto. Ventas Via 23 Servicios de Viaje American Express Carlos Pellegrini 755 1º (1009) Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Argentina Tel: (5411) 4322-0791 Website: www.via23.com.ar  E- mail : belenv@via23.com.ar 

She is bilingual and knows the travel business in Argentina.  Good Luck in you travels!  Teresa Brown

    From: Rob C., July 4, 2007

Contact Valerina or an agent at Neptuno - www.neptuno.com.ar  - my experience: she speaks excellent English, very professional, provides outstanding service. Their web site [in English] details Argentine travel offerings.

    From: Holly / unaportena, July 4, 2007

Try Carlos at Pride Travel, three different sets of friends used his  agency and were very happy with the service. He speaks fluent english  as well. He is also very easy on the eyes, if there was a trophy for  best looking male travel agent, he would win hands down. sigh

info@pride-travel.com

    From: Marcia Ley, August 04, 2006

Our members consistently recommend the two below more than any others.  They are both geared toward more indendent travelers but they can of course do the whole range from budget packages to individualized high-end trips.

HI Travel Network, www.hitravelnetwork.com.ar
Florida 556 of 405
4394-0040

or

Say Hueque, www.sayhueque.com
Viamonte 749, 6th flr, of.1
5199-2517

    From: Denise Cukierkorn, August 27, 2006

Try Free Time, it's great!! 4372-4136 efreet@arnet.com.ar Ask for Mirta

From: ngv, August 28, 2006

Tower Travel, ask for Mónica Lado.......5217-7400

    From: Peter J. Macay, June 24, 2006

I can recommend Jorge Mackey ulysesd@hotmail.com as a tourist agent. We used his services to do a trip to Calafayte (glaciers in the south) and Iguazu (waterfalls in the north), also a tango dinner show at "Esquina de Carlos Gardel" when my mother and aunt visited.

Jorge is excellent, speaks English and French fluently (obviously Spanish also, he is Argentine). He is free lance and uses several tourist agency offices to schedule the trips. I liked this idea as he can go to several offices looking for the best price and doesn't "commit" him to use one agency if they can't make flights or whatever.

    From: Alejandro Aru, September 02, 2006

I have a great travel agency to recommend. These people are very professional at what they do and their hospitality and help to tourists in BA is amazing.

Eny Tour travel agency

www.enytour.com

Contact: Nisim Minian
Phone: 4611-1400

They are located near Caballito, in the center of Capital Federal and they do all sort of arrangements.

    From: clgrauer, August 10, 2006

I just wanted to let you know that I have been working with a  fantastic travel agent here in Buenos Aires named Ricardo Musi. He  not only speaks fluent English, but he is also a charming and kind  person with many years of experience as a travel agent. Ricardo has  been an invaluable source of travel information and he is extremely  flexible about last minute planning. His contact information is:

Ricardo Musi

musitravel@yahoo.com
cell: 15 5101 2374

He is an agent for the "Ryan's Travel" agency, so he has an extensive network of contacts with whom he is able to arrange fabulous trips.

    From: BANewComers Ziggy Whitman June 04, 2005

From this emails, I put this together for my own benefit, but here it is for you all too. Keep adding if you know some more...

Carbone Travel
(800) ARGENTINA

Argentina Specialist http://www.argentinaspecialist.com/index.php

Tessi
(800) 223 - 2178
(212) 481 - 0111

ASATEJ
(5411) 4511 - 8700
www.asatej.com 

Despegar
www.despegar.com 

Isaac Russell Whitman
2205 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
ph: (215) 546-5333
-or-
Calle Azcuénega 1064 8A
Capital Federal, C1115 AAF
Buenos Aires, Argentina
ph apt: (5411) 4826 - 3630
ph cell: 15 5 873 4462
ph cell from USA: 54 (911) 5 873 4462

Whitman@post.harvard.edu

    From: BANewComers, Meredith Klein July 10, 2005

The best prices I have found were on best travel store:  www.bt-store.com  But the last ticket I bought (a one-way) was on www.expedia.com 

    From: BANewComers, Peter Winterble July 8, 2005

I've had good luck with www.sidestep.com  (from NYC, anyway), which identifies both multi-stop (cheaper) fares as well as non-storps.  And I've heard that 1-800-Argentina is good, too.  Sometimes there are flight/hotel deals that are excellent.

    From: BANewComers, Jvanka July 8, 2005

Try www.Asatej.com , they have good deals, it takes more time to get here but certainly is cheaper.  If your friend is a student or teacher, you may qualify for an additional discount.

Office in Miami:

220  71st  Street APT 205
(a 10 metros de Collins Ave)
Tel.: (1-305) 538-7773 Fax: (1-305) 538-1458
E-mail: miami@asatej.com
monday to friday 9am to 7 pm
saturdays  10 to 1 pm.
Operador responsable: Asatej LC

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  • Travel Alerts / Cautions / Worldwide Info / Bureau of Consular Affairs

bureauofconsularaffairs

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Departmentʼ's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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  • Travel / Vacation Planner and City Guide
Paula

Hello to you all.

My name is Paula. I am Argentine, 33 years old, and it is my joy helping all tourists visiting our city so they can experience the best it has to offer.

I am a Travel/Vacation Planner and Advisor. Roles like chaperone and assistant, are part of my work. I have great English Skills and I am fun to spend time with. I also speak perfect Portuguese and some Italian. I organize vacations, assist with bookings, recommend the best places to go, assist business people and take my clients on tours.

 

 

 

 


 

Planning a vacation/business trip is very important. You want to get here and have everything ready to go. Don´t lose a minute thinking where, what or how!

It makes a big difference when you can trust a local to assist you in getting you the very best prices and to make all the greatest recommendations. That is what I do best. I pride myself in taking the very best care of my clients. I conduct an intake interview with my clients to make sure I understand their needs and preferences and then I orgnanize a tailor made vacation for them to include shopping outings, tours, to assist you in getting to know everthing that this beautiful city has to offer.

I charge reasonable and competitive fees, but most important - it is my goal to assist you in having a great vacation.

I am a laid back person, great problem solver, very proactive and dynamic. I have traveled extensively in my life and understand the unique challenges we all face in visiting someplace new. I have prior experiencing working on cruise ships and understand that it is imperative to make the very most out of what time you have while in town.

I look forward to meeting you and to assisting you in making the very most out of your time here in Buenos Aires.

I normally prefer to make initial contact via email and from there, we can schedule a conversation using Skype. That way I can make sure I truly understand all your wants and needs. And then I can start working things out here on the ground to insure that everything is in place prior to your arrival.

Welcome to Argentina!

Paula Galgano

skype: paula.galgano
MSN: pgalgano@hotmail.com
Cell: (0054911) 5153-5362
Land: (005411) 6380-4344

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  • Travel within Argentina - Destinations to Visit

A really good website I found of some destination vacation places within Argentina.

enjoy-argentina

http://www.enjoy-argentina.org/

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  • TV and DVD compatibility
  • From: Michael Waldrop, September 03, 2006

Re: TV input: Pal-N Vs. NTSC?

I brought my 32" NTSC/ATSC LCD from the US.

Although right now I'm using CableVision and not DirecTV, there have been no issues with the reception at all.

    From: Laura Zurro, August 07, 2006, 2006

Look for the Philips LCD TV's. We bought a 26" LCD that converts to 220 internally and uses both NTSC and PALN signals. We've had no problems with it here and actually we bought on ebay. I can get you the exact model as I searched and searched for the one that would work. We paid 700 (brand new) and it retails here for 8000 pesos.  Also, some of the sharp tv's over 19" will also work here but I would check it.

    From Shahrukh Merchant:

Re: should we purchase our electronics (computer, tv, etc.) in the US or in Argentina?

Let me address the TV part of this, as it is the most complex (and consequently least well understood). Even this article is a simplification, but should answer most questions about compatibility.

BACKGROUND

There are two general TV standards in the world: NTSC (US, Canada, Japan and a handful of other countries including some in Latin America) and PAL (most of rest of world). NTSC comes in only one flavor, and PAL in several (including the French variant SECAM). The different versions of PAL are identified by a suffix, e.g., PAL-B, and they are all generally incompatible with each other at a BROADCAST level (see below).

Argentina uses PAL-N, which is a variant of PAL used only in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Brazil uses PAL-M which is in many ways closer to NTSC than to PAL. Most of the rest of Latin America and Carribean uses NTSC, except those countries with French influence (e.g., Haiti, Martinique), which use SECAM.

Sorry for the alphabet soup, but it is necessary to have this basic background to understand compatibility issues.

COMPATIBILITY

There are two levels of compatibility: Broadcast and Baseband.

BROADCAST refers to the connection to the antenna or the cable (with multiple channels from which your tuner has to pick out one). The different systems are generally NOT compatible, so if you want a TV or VCR to receive a signal directly from your antenna or cable in Argentina, it had better advertise "PAL-N compatibility" if you buy it outside Argentina. Just "PAL compatible" is not good enough.

BASEBAND refers to the video connnection between your video components (the yellow RCA cable or the S-video cable), with just the ONE channel that your tuner has already tuned to, or that contains your ONE source progrom from a DVD or VCR. At this level, the PAL signals GENERALLY are compatible with each other (except PAL-M), but NOT with NTSC.

EXAMPLES

If you have a European or Asian PAL VCR, it will probably play fine on an Argentine TV, but it will probably not be able to tune directly off-the-air or off-cable.

- If you have a US-style NTSC VCR, it will probably play fine on most late-model Argentine TVs, not because NTSC is compatible with the Argentine system (it isn't at all), but because most late-model Argentine TVs are designed to support NTSC also. It will definitely not tune off-the-air or off-cable in Argentina.

RECOMMENDATIONS

If you are considering bringing a TV or VCR or DVD player into Argentina and expect it to work with the local systems, consider the following:

TVs are the most problematic to bring in, because they are generally large, of course, but mostly because it is very hard to find PAL-N compatible TVs outside Argentina (the "multi-system" TVs and VCRs have largely addressed the European and Asian markets and ignored the Latin American market).

TVs purchased in Argentina are just fine, but they are more expensive for similar features. Also, if you want stuff like S-Video input, stereo inputs, multiple video inputs, etc., you have to go much higher-end and expensive equipment in Argentina to get it compared to the US, where these features are common on mid-line equipment.

However, VERY recently, Sharp has come out with a line of NTSC/PAL-N/PAL-M LCD TVs. Very compact (thin LCD screen) and compatible across Latin American. Finally something aimed at the Latin American market. Solves the portability problem too--the 13" one would fit in your carry-on and the larger ones are still small and light enough for checked baggage. LCD TVs are, of course, quite a bit more expensive than tube-type TVs. World Gift Center sells it (see below), but it appears that even the one sold directly in regular outlets in the US market may support PAL-N and PAL-M (check to make sure).

VCRs. If you want a basic VCR, I would just buy it in Argentina. However, if you want a multi-system one to play your US tapes, or record your US camcorder tapes, or with high end features, read on. If you are not going to use it for off-air/cable recording, then any multi-system PAL/NTSC VCR should be fine. For off-air/cable recording, there seem to be precious few NTSC/PAL-N VCRs out there. A web search revealed only some "non-name-brand" ones. You can probably get them in Argentina, but expect 2x or 3x the price and very limited selection.

DVD players. Any multi-zone PAL/NTSC DVD player should work fine to play all DVDs, whether PAL or NTSC. Easily available outside Argentina but very limited selection in Argentina (and expensive). This is a good one to bring into Argentina (for yourself or as a gift) since they are light and relatively cheap. See sources below. If you don't have a multi-system TV player, you may need a convertor box also, or a DVD player with one built-in.

DVD recorders. Same issue with off-air/cable recording as VCR. If this is an important feature to you, your selection of PAL-N systems is unfortunately very limited. To be specific, I haven't found one yet in the US, and in Argentina you will pay a 3x price premium just for multi-system compatibility if you even find one. I would hold off one this until a PAL-N-compatible one becomes available at a reasonable price. If off-air/cable recording isn't an issue, then any multi-zone PAL/NTSC DVD recorder (see sources below) should be fine.

If you are already stuck with a high-end PAL/NTSC VCR or DVD recorder that you discovered is not PAL-N compatible and hence won't record off the air or off cable, one possibility is to buy a cheap VCR in Argentina just to use as a tuner, and use its video output to connect to your "good" system, since it should be compatible at the "baseband" level. It's not ideal, since a cheap VCR will also have not have a great-quality tuner, and setting multiple timers for unattended recording will be interesting, but at least it should work.

Check out http://www.exportbureau.com/telephone_codes/tv.html for a complete list. UK is PAL-I and Spain is PAL-B/G.

SOURCES IN USA
World Gift Center,   world-import.com
110220Volts.Com  110220volts.com
International Electronics,   220-electronics.com
DVD Overseas Electronics,   dvdoverseas.com

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  • TV Over Internet
  • From: Peter J. Macay, February 8, 2010

For streaming video to watch on your computer, here's a free site which has lots of great shows.

http://www.tv-links.cc/tv/index.html

I looked up Desperate Housewives and it has up to season 6, it takes awhile for the site to load up but once it gets going its ok.

It says it works best with Mozilla / FireFox and has links to download it if you need it.

tv-links
Another site: http://www.megavideo.com 

megavideo

    From: twin_tri, February 8, 2010

Some expats in Colombia give high marks to Nationphone. 200 channels live tv all day. It doesn't come cheap but if you've got the $$ and need the USA programming fix it very well may provide the solution.

http://www.nationphone.com/USATVAbroad.html

nationphone

    From: katharine jones, February 8, 2010

I may have an answer......try:  surfthechannel.com .
Once there go to "channels" then choose "television" and you can find tons links to US TV shows (by season, by episode)
Not all the links will let you watch from outside the us, but the ones from Megavideo will.

surfthechannel

    From: John Clement, March 28, 2006

There is a new TV gadget called a Slingbox. It allows one to hook it up to a cable black box in the USA and then an overseas computer can access the TV programs. I was waiting at the airport in Panama City and visited with a fellow from Wisconsin who divides his time between the USA and the Pearl Islands. He had a laptop with him. He said he could see the 140 channels he received at his home in Wisconsin. He said Slingbox is sold at Best Buy and cost about $249. I would image you would have to have high speed internet connection plus the quality of internet TV is not up to regular TV quality. Also, it would appear the TV in the USA would have to be dedicated to the overseas viewer.  The website for the Slingbox is at  slingmedia.com. This is second hand info but I hope it helps. Good luck. John

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