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2012: The Year In Review

Since every other site is doing a “Year In Review,” we decided to jump on the bandwagon too… So, without further ado, here’s the Discover Buenos Aires 2012 Year in Review!

  • We wrote 47 blog posts in 2012. While not prolific writers, that beat the 41 blog posts of 2011.
  • We had over 160,000 views in 2012 which also beat the 150,000 views of 2011.
  • Our busiest day of the year was April 1 with 1,773 views. Our most popular post that day was “Argentina Tightens Customs Inspections at Airports.” That one got a lot of people…
  • We had visitors from over 180 countries with the United States, Argentina and Canada sending the most visitors.
  • We added a new Events section showing all the best upcoming events in Buenos Aires. We’ll be expanding on this in 2013.
  • We broke the news about using Xoom to send money to Argentina and take advantage of the “blue market rate.” Our posts about using Xoom were some of our most popular for the year.
  • Our other most popular posts were some older ones: Argentina Entrance Fee To Go Into Effect, Saving Money With Movistar Prepago, Looking Up A Zip Code in Buenos Aires, Luggage Storage in Buenos Aires, Upcoming Concerts in Buenos Aires. We continue to update these to make sure they have all the latest info.
  • The official USD exchange rate went from $4.304 to $4.91. (A 14% increase.)
  • The “blue market” USD exchange rate went from $4.740 to $6.800. (A 43.46% increase.) This is the reason we stopped using our ATM card.
  • My daughter went from being an 16 month-old to a 28 month-old. What a difference a year makes at this age! It was great to have a first Christmas where she understood who Santa was.

Hannah 2011-2012

We’re looking forward to 2013 and living up to our resolution to actually learn Spanish… ¡Feliz Año!


Xoom Updates: Still Best Way To Send Money To Argentina

Money Transfer ArgentinaXoom has consistently been the US expat and tourist’s best way to send money to Argentina and take advantage of the discrepancy between the official exchange rate and the blue market exchange rate. For example, today’s official rate is $4.913, the blue market rate is $6.780 and Xoom is paying $6.313 before fees. We’re seeing more and more people choosing this option to extend their dollars’ purchasing power in Buenos Aires.

Of course, in Argentina things can change in a moment’s notice and Xoom and More Money Argentina (their local transfer partner), just announced that the sending limit has been lowered from U$S 2,999 per transaction to U$S 2,000 per transaction due to “new regulations.” At this time it appears that the 30 day limit of U$S 6000 has not changed. Unfortunately this means that you’ll be paying more fees to Xoom if you regularly moved larger amounts.

Also, when picking up money at More Money’s only location in Capital Federal at Libertad 1057, you’ll need to be prepared to provide the following documentation (as posted at their site):

Dear Customer:

Under present Argentine Authority’s regulations — A.F.I.P., Anit-Money-Laundering Law Nr. 25.246 and Financial Information Unit (UIF) Resolution 66/2012 — in accordance with F.A.T.F (Financial Action Task Force) rules, MORE MONEY TRANSFERS SERVICE is compelled to request from all its clients (those ordering or receiving money remittances) the following data:

  • Full name
  • Passport or MERCOSUR ID
  • Marital status
  • Address in Argentina
  • Telephone number (in Argentina)
  • E-mail
  • What links you to the sender?
  • Activity or purpose of your stay in Argentina
  • Purpose or destination of the money of this transaction
  • CUIT, CUIL or CDI (if applicable)
  • Source of funds involved in this transaction
  • If remittances amount is larger than AR $5,000, a sender’s identification number must be provided. Passport, ID Cards, Driver’s License and SSN are equally valid.
  • If remittance amount accumulates with previous transfers (on annual basis) a sum larger than AR $40,000, you must provide information about the origin of monies involved, such as: a sender’s bank statement, senders source of income (salary receipt, employment contract).

It’s a bit of a process but still very much worthwhile for the favorable exchange rate. And if you use our link, Xoom will send both of us a $25 gift card after your first transfer.


Hilton Buenos Aires – 50% Off

Hilton is running a pretty amazing promotion where you can get 50% off the best rate for stays at the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations. You can also save 30% off best available rate at Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites.

These rates are valid for stays from December 14, 2012 – January 7, 2013, excluding December 31. You must book through their special sale site.

A quick check of their rates shows the Hilton Buenos Aires starting at only $99/night (plus 21% tax). This is a great rate for an amazing property in Puerto Madero – and it might be perfect for a romantic night out if you’re already in Buenos Aires!

Unfortunately, I checked the Conrad Punta del Este and there are no rooms available for this promotion. Still, if you or someone you know is traveling, this deal is a great way to save some big money. (The Hilton and Waldorf Astoria New York are also a ridiculously low $109/night.)

Let me know in the comments if you got a room at 50% off and where you’re going!

UPDATE: The Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman is pricing out for ARS $335/night as part of this promotion too if you fancy a trip to Tucuman.


Are The Buenos Aires Subways Running?

With all the recent subway worker strikes, it’s hard to know what subway line is going to be shutdown when.

Luckily for you, some ingenius web developers have put together a new site, ¿Hay subtes?

This beautiful and simple site will give you 5 minute updates on each of the subway lines and their current status. It can save you from the headache of rushing to the subway only to find that it has been shut down…