Archive for the ‘Need To Know’ Category

How Bad is Crime in Buenos Aires?

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Editor’s Note: I originally published this article back in 2009. Since then, I’ve received many comments and emails from both tourists and Porteños concerned about crime in the great city of Buenos Aires. Is the city safe? Is crime getting worse? Read below for the original story plus recently updated comments. How bad is crime […]

The Codigos of the Milonga

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Most tango dancers around the world have heard of the “codigos” (unwritten rules of the milongas in Buenos Aires) and know a little bit about the cabeceo, or the head-nod invitation to dance. Also, at many international tango festivals there is discussion about the line of dance, la ronda, and how leaders need to manage […]

Buenos Aires Milongas: Where to Dance

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

If you want to dance tango in Buenos Aires, where do you go? A good question, but this depends on many things:  your age, what style you dance, what day or night of the week you want to go out, if you go with or without a partner, and so on… Dancing social tango in […]

Tango in Buenos Aires: an Introduction

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Ruben y Cherie

When people travel to Argentina, most of them want a taste of tango. Either because they are tango dancers themselves or just because tango is so much a part of the culture. Either way, there are various ways to experience Argentina’s most famous export. Tango in Buenos Aires falls into two categories: tango for tourists, […]

Why Take a Tango Trip to Buenos Aires?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
LosCons&Orchestra Ernesto Franco

Maybe it’s like having a baby; if you think too much about it, all the pros and cons, you’ll never do it. It’s too scary, too much of a commitment. With tango, too, if your expectations are too high to be realized, well, then maybe a two week vacation in Buenos Aires instead of Provence […]

Entry Fee for Americans, Canadians and Australians

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Effective December 28, 2009, citizens of US, Canada and Australia will be required to pay a fee when visiting Argentina. Americans will pay US$131, Canadians US$70 and Australians US$100. The entry fee will be collected only at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires. The fee permits Americans multiple entries into Argentina for 10 years. Canadians […]

You May Need Certain Vaccinations if Traveling to Other Parts of Argentina

Monday, April 6th, 2009

If you are taking a trip to Argentina and don’t plan on leaving Buenos Aires, you probably don’t need any special vaccinations. However you may need certain vaccinations if you will be traveling to other parts of Argentina, such as Iguazu Falls. Below is a brief summary of recommendations offered by the Centers for Disease […]

Watch Out for these Scams and Rip-offs

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

No matter what country you visit there are always a few bad apples looking to take advantage of tourists and exploit their disorientation and unfamiliarity with their surroundings. Unfortunately this is also true in my beloved Buenos Aires. Personally I’ve not fallen victim to a tourist scam in Buenos Aires, and I’ve taken numerous trips, […]

Print This Free Travel Guide Before Your Trip

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Looking for a good Buenos Aires travel guide? The Government of the City of Buenos Aires has published a handy, 26-page travel guide that you can download and print before your trip. The guide, which is in PDF format, contains all kinds of useful information for tourists. Topics include, museums, sports, festivals, neighborhoods, getting around […]

Proposed Tourist Fee Postponed

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Argentina has postponed implementation of a proposed tourist fee that was set to take effect this March, according to the American Citizen Services Newsletter published by the US Embassy in Argentina. In late 2008, Argentina announced it would charge a reciprocal entry fee from citizens of all countries that charge Argentines visa or entry fees. That fee was scheduled […]