Archive | January, 2009

Cheap Airfares to Buenos Aires on American Airlines

Looking to have a friend or family member visit you in Buenos Aires?  Now may be the best time to book your tickets as American Airlines is currently having an airfare sale on flights from the U.S. to South America.  We found non-stop roundtrip flights from NYC (JFK) to Buenos Aires (EZE)  in June for $668. (Unfortunately, flights from EZE to JFK are around $800 roundtrip, which is still pretty low, but not as good of a deal.)

To take advantage of these savings, you need to purchase your flights to South America no later than February 6. Then, fly out through June 27, and return by June 30. To get the best American Airlines discount airfare, travel on off-peak days (Monday through Thursday) and stay for a minimum of three-days or one Saturday night.

HINT: Try using Kayak.com as well since we found some deals on LAN airlines with 1 stop for $543 roundtrip.  These are some of the best prices we’ve seen in awhile.

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Buenos Aires News: Edition 8

news buenos aires1 300x222 Buenos Aires News: Edition 8Sorry for the delay in posting, but we’ve been travelling a lot recently.  We’ll be trying to get back to some more regular postings soon! For now, here’s some news…

Tourism Declines Again In November [The Argentine Post]
The Argentine Post is reporting that the number of people visiting Argentina declined for the second consecutive month in November, falling 8% to 188,705 people from a year earlier. The decline comes after a 6% drop the previous month and seems to be yet another indication that Argentina will find it hard to escape negative fallout from the global economic meltdown this year.

How Palermo’s Streets Got Their Names [Trendy Palermo Viejo]
An interesting article about how the streets of the Palermo neighborhoods in Buenos Aires got their names – names of countries, legislators and scientists.

Argentine Peso Worst Latin Currency on Devaluation [Bloomberg]
Another article about the falling Argentine peso and the government’s willingness to let it gradually fall. They report that it may drop to 3.9 or 3.95 by the end of 2009.

They’re Here: New Transit Fares Take Effect [Yanqui Mike]
25% price increases have taken effect in the subways, buses and trains of Buenos Aires.  La Nacion reports that the new fares are causing some confusion too.

Argentine Inflation at 7.2% for 2008 – Yeah, Right [D for Disorientation]
The official governemtn numbers put inflation in Argentina at a low 7.2% for 2008, the smallest rate in 4 years.  However, independent sources put it at about three times higher than that.

Buenos Aires Playa [BA Travel Guide]
Stuck in Buenos Aires for the hot summer?  Head to the beach in the city.  From January 16 to February 28, 2009, the Buenos Aires city government presents “Buenos Aires Playa” (Buenos Aires Beach), an oasis for those residents and visitors who have to spend the summer in the city.  The two man-made “beaches” feature sand, beach chairs, sun shades, water fountains, food, activities and more.

Argentina: American climber dead on Aconcagua [AP]
A U.S. man died Friday while scaling Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain, becoming the fifth climber to perish this month on the highest peak in the Americas.

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Looking for an apartment in Buenos Aires? Have $5.9 million to spare?

most expensive apt in buenos aires 300x200 Looking for an apartment in Buenos Aires? Have $5.9 million to spare?The Travelling Buenos Aires blog has an great story about one of the city’s most famous buildings, the Kavanagh Building in front of San Martin Square.  The building was unique for its time (featuring central air and cold storage) and was also the tallest building in Buenos Aires.  They also relate an interesting rumor about exactly why it was built. 

most expensive apt in buenos aires2 300x200 Looking for an apartment in Buenos Aires? Have $5.9 million to spare?Just recently, its most famous apartment went on sale for $5.9 million U.S.  The 726 sq meter apartment occupies the 14th floor and comes completely furnished.  It includes a living room (with full bar and media room), dining room, two master bedrooms, two other bedrooms, private gardens, kitchen and breakfast room, dance floor (with smoke machine, projected laser beam and disco lights) and more.  It even has its own web site and video:

 So, at just over $8000 per sq meter, it could be just what you’re looking for!

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Buenos Aires News: Edition 7

news buenos aires 300x222 Buenos Aires News: Edition 725% Increase in Subway, Bus and Train Fares (english) [La Nacion]
Bus and subway fares will rise from $0.90 to $1.10 and train fares will rise by about 25% across the board.  The governemt is hoping to save $800 million on subsidies that it provides. Fares may be increased as soon as this Saturday.

Honda Delays Start-Up Of Argentine Car Plant [Wall Street Journal]
Honda Motor Co. said it will put off opening a $100 million car plant in Argentina by about six months, adding its name to the growing number of Japanese auto makers lining up production and job cuts amid falling demand. While Honda had planned to start production at the factory located in the province of Buenos Aires in the second half of this year, it now aims to open it in mid-2010, said a company spokeswoman.

Despite slowdown, polo is big business in Argentina [Reuters]
Polo tourism in Argentina is up and multi-million dollar polo complexes are under development despite the rest of the world’s financial woes.

Argentina Is Short of Cash – Literally [Wall Street Journal]
Another article on the coin shortage in Argentina and a possible, though not likely, solutuion.

Call it CSI: Cows [LA Times]
Cattle-rustling is an age-old problem on Argentina’s legendary Pampas plains, but genetic testing is helping police crack down on thieves. Plans are underway to expand a pioneering database of genetic samples from 10,000 cattle that has helped police solve 270 cases of cattle-rustling since it was established in Buenos Aires province seven years ago.

Teenage model once rummaged through bins for food [Telegraph]
Daniela Cott, 16, is tipped for superstardom after being signed up by the world´s biggest modelling agency Elite.  Daniela, who stands 5ft 10ins tall and has emerald green eyes, was spotted two years ago as she sifted through rubbish on the streets of Buenos Aires.  Last year Daniela beat 1,000 other hopefuls to win Argentina´s Elite Model Look final.

At least 2 die during climb on Argentine peak [Sioux City Journal]
An Italian climber and an Argentine guide both died when a storm trapped five mountaineers just below the summit of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. Three other climberss survived.

Argentine Corn, Soybeans Reduced by Hot, Dry Weather [Bloomberg]
A hot, dry spell in Argentina has damaged corn crops and delayed farmers’ plans to sow soybeans, lowering potential yields. Corn was damaged this week when temperatures soared to more than 93 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels plunged.

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