Plots from 2000 sq.metres up to 10 hectares suitable for vineyards or any fruit crop or tourist accommodation development.
replied to the thread Tango classes in Buenos Aires
on the Argentina forum on August 28, 2014:
I am planning a trip to Argentina for March of 2014. We plan to focus our time in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Uguazu Falls.
My husband and I are dancers. We took tango classes years ago, but are rusty. I'd like to spend some time in Buenos Aires taking tango classes during one of the weeks we visit, but just for a few hours a day. Then would like to go to milongas with a group. Can anyone suggest a good Tango workshop/business that holds such tango workshops for English speaking visitors? My husband and I get along in Spanish, but are not fluent, so prefer to take classes in English, if possible.
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There are a million place in BA to rake Tango classes, you might want to inquire at the Hotel where you are staying.
You don't need to go with a group to a melanga, again just ask at your hotel.
If you need an Argentine contact who speaks English and knows the city and works with Americans contact Paul and say I recommended him.
Here's his info:
Paul A.Reynolds, B.A., C.I.P.S. email@example.com
Reynolds Propiedades S.A.
replied to the thread January 1st Rentals needed
on the Argentina forum on August 27, 2014:
Hi, I am looking for a place to stay in Argentina for 2 expat retired couples, maybe a 2 bedroom house, maybe two apartments, whatever. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org It might be parts of December or January. Thanks........
We have no true idea of costs there in Argentina and in particular Mendoza, so we will just ask anyone out there, that if you have a place to rent, we would be interested in hearing about it. We pay $600 a month in Boquete Panama for everything one could possibly want or need, with all utilities in. Our friends coming with us pay $1500 a month rent where they are, but it is a gated community with swimming pool, 9 hole golf course, big gym etc. so it's a different idea. We're not poor backpackers, so something that is nice, but not necessarily over the top. We have places here for $2200 a month........
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Thank's for the additional information, it is helpful.
My wife and I lived in Buenos Aires for a short time but that does not make us experts, however, I think your budget of US$500 monthly including utilities for a short term rental in a good BA area is not very realistic.
My wife and I have lived in Mendoza City and San Rafael for five years and again I think your budget of US$500 monthly including utilities is unrealistic.
But you did mention you are backpacking so maybe there are some Cabanas or Hostiles funder US$500.
Good luck and if you find a good rental in a good area including utilities for under
US$500 monthly please post where it is. I am sure other travelers would be grateful for the information.
replied to the thread Gringo with Cordoba-native girlfriend
on the Argentina forum on August 21, 2014:
Hola, I searched around the web and found this forum to be well populated so decided I'd create a profile and introduce myself.
My name is Jonathan, I'm 31 from New Jersey, USA.. 8 months ago I met an amazing Cordoba-native online; the woman I'm proud to now call my girlfriend.
On July 4th/5th, 2015 I flew into Cordoba (via Aerolineas Argentina, stopping in B.A. first) and stayed with her family for 2 weeks. I must say these were the most exciting 2 weeks of my life.. to meet the woman of my dreams (such an amazing, loving family) and visit such an exotic location. While there we took a bus to Buenas Aires to enjoy a little tourism, and then saw parts of the country-side; Bialet Masse, Alta Gracia, Villa Carlos Paz, etc. Beautiful!
I am from a generally sheltered northeastern US lifestyle; my idea of a rough neighborhood would be suburban parts of NJ, NYC or Philadelphia, PA. During my visit I was in a less-than-desirable neighborhood, but policia was often present during the evening hours. We always walked to church and local kiosks in pairs and drove at night. Still, to me there is such a humble charm to such an area. I'm a simple guy and I greatly admire the humility in everyday life I experienced there. I'm the guy who romances the idea of old-world Mexico you see in movies, not the guy who boffs at a third-world country. My focus is on family, friends and happiness.
At this time I'm planning a return to Cordoba at the end of December or earlier January, 2015; hopefully for about a month's time. I am currently a member of a start-up internet company, so my future employment will allow me to work remotely.
The way we see it now, I will eventually relocate to Cordoba (Lord willing!) and call Villa Carlos Paz our new home. I do not own a house here in the US, so I do not have a lot of belongings (just a small dog), and I will sell my car. I am learning Spanish for the first time as I never took it in school, but thankfully my girlfriend is an ESL teacher, so I'm at an advantage.
Some things I will need to iron out are finance related. If I am being paid by a small business in the US, how does that transfer to Argentina? I was advised to open an account with a bank in both countries (I know there are a few) so I can withdraw Argentine pesos without paying outrageous ATM withdrawal fees. I know there are differences between the [higher] blue rate and the official conversion rate. For the time-being I will be traveling via US passport, but ultimately, if all goes as we hope for, I will apply for an Argentine citizenship post-marriage. How will that then affect my bank account(s) and access to them?
I'm also open to suggestions in travel plans. In July I booked via cheapoair.com two months in advance but paid nearly $1,200 USD. The flight was from JFK to B.A., then a short layover from B.A. to Cordoba. What I liked about this was it was an evening flight so I slept most of the time. I could have booked a flight for around $950 but the total flight time would have been closer to 24+ hours and killed another day of my valuable trip time.
Currently I'm thinking I'll fly out somewhere between end of December and early January and return about a month later. Looks like I can leave Christmas Day on LAN airlines and pay around $1,000.
Thanks for your time and input.
replied on August 21, 2014 with:
That seems to be the case whether you fly into Santiago or BA.
Hi Tom, the $1,200 USD is both ways.. same as I paid in July. I'm assuming this is pretty much the standard rate from NYC.
replied to the thread Where To LIve in South America
on the Argentina forum:
My family and I are planning to relocate to somewhere in SA. We really like Uruguay because of the quality of food and life, but the jobs there seem to be far and few between.
We looked at Ecuador, but the size of our family would require us to maintain over 50K in the bank to stay more than 90 days, which would limit us greatly.
Next on our list is Argentina. Can someone tell me a little about what life is like there? What are the best cities to live in for an Expat who needs to work to make a living? I'm an commercial HVAC / Refrigeration technician, so anywhere there are coolers and freezers and/or commercial refrigeration of any kind, I'm good to go, cause there is always work.
I covet your thoughts and I thank you in advance.
We lived in Salta and still have things going there though we have moved back to the US. Argentina is beautiful and the people are friendly. But personal theft is a pretty major problem but it's not a violent country per se. If you don't speak Spanish you will be GREATLY hindered and frustrated. Inflation is horrible and the business climate is one of the worst in the world; very very non-business friendly because of their mountains of regulations. We have lived in Argentina twice and continue to travel there often. it's a lovely country though and if you can make it there you will enjoy it if you go with eyes wide open and understand you won't be in " Kansas" anymore!
Argentina is a really bad choice for the time being.
Inflation is close to 40% per year, the country has just defaulted on its debt and nobody knows if the future will be better or worse on the short to medium time horizon.
Rental is reasonably cheap, food not expensive, but we are beginning to find empty shelves in supermarkets, and electronics are very expensive (50% luxury tax + VAT).
If your Castellano is very good, you should be able to earn around 6-700 US$ a month on a 40 hour week.
Starting your own business, as TomP suggests, is a good option, if you have a solid capital and a lot a patience (it may easily take 6-12 months to get a permanent residence visa plus all the permissions).
replied to the thread 10 Days in Argentina
on the Argentina forum:
Buenos Aires looks large enough that it could occupy much of my time just to sample it, let alone try to get out into the Pampas. Can you recommend any good city tours? Also, do I need to have an adaptor for my cellphone and laptop rechargers?
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Yes, you need adapters.
10 days in Buenos Aires is a lot, and beware of the best of the best pickpockets that hand out on subways, and Taxi drivers who give you fake AR 100 peso bills.
You may want to factor in one day train, bus or rental car trips to close by cities like La Tigre.
I would try and carve out one day for Montevideo, Uruguay. Take a ferry, a few hours, and spend the day.
Unless you dislike wine, spend a few days in Mendoza (a 2.5 hour flight)
that produces 70% of all Argentine wine and has excellent restaurants.
A bus tour would be a very good way of quickly getting the flavour of Bunos Aires.
Buenos Aires Bus (google it) is the big, yellow, hop-on-hop-off tour run by the city. It would be my choice - if it actually works properly now that it's been improved. The couple of times I have taken visitors we have ended up getting a more formal coach tour from one of the operators who depart from Plaza San Martin and who have ticket offices where Calles Florida and San Martin merge because the "Macri-bus" has been running as a bit of a shambles on that day. Take care near Plaza San Martin: it's not far from Villa 31 and if you don't already know about the villas miserias, you soon will.
Alternatively, if you are staying in a hotel, the desk staff will arrange for a tour that will pick you up from the hotel lobby.
If your devices use switched mode power supplies and say they will work from 100v-250v then they will work on the Argentine 240v supply with a simple adaptor. Plugs are like those in Australia - two flat blades at 45deg from the vertical - or sometimes two round pins. Check Wikipedia. If in any doubt you will easily be able to buy an adaptor from a street seller or shop.
Hello, Any comments or people having experience with leaving Argentina with kids would be appreciated.
Both my daughters (ages 12 and 15), flew in from Ecuador to Buenos Aires with their father. No issues entering the country. My husband did not have a formal permission letter from me.
I was told by various Argentinian friends that I will not be allowed to take my children out of Argentina even though they are US citizens unless i have a notarized letter of Authorization from my husband.
No issue there, my husband will sign authorization.
The confusion lies as to what the immigration in Argentina will accept when I leave Argentina with my daughters.
I contacted the US embassy and that was a waste of time, they told me to contact immigration in Buenos Aires.
On their website they say i have to have notarized consent from my husband. When I contacted various attorney's(notaries in Argentina are lawyers), they would not assist me unless I had apostilled copies of our marriage and birth certificates for out daughter.
I do not apostilled copies of our marriage certificate of apostilled copies of my daughter's birth certificate.. I just have copies. I scheduled an appointment with the US embassy for notarial services on Aug 13th.
Im just wondering if anyone knows if that will be sufficient to leave. We have been vacationing, my children are US citizens and do not an Argentinian Visa or Residency.
Argentina is signed up to various treaties about human trafficing and child abduction and is very hot in those areas: that's why Argentine residents have to provide the level of proof you have already described. As far as I am aware, those laws don't extend to visitors on a tourist visa (something your Argentine resident friends would have had no reason to know about because their own experience is about what happens to them)
BUT sometimes officials will make up the rules as they go along - especially if something looks out of place and they are afraid they will get into trouble for overlooking it. In my opinion you ought to be able to exit Argentina with the documents you already have but they won't help much if the officer at migraciones is suspicious.
In your case, the fact that your children came into the country from Ecuador with one person and are leaving (for the USA?) with another may be enough to alarm them. I suppose that it is impossible for both your husband and yourself to exit together with your children?
Whilst you are waiting to have your documents notarised, you might explore other communities of expats on line in Buenos Aires where more young couples with children are present. A Google search on those keywords should bring up some possibilities and you may be able to discuss your concerns with other people who have already been through the same thing.
replied to the thread English speaking Chefs
on the Argentina forum:
I am moving to Cordoba in October and am trying to find another chef tere that speaks english. I am learning Spanish, but it takes time. I would like to exchange thoughts on culinary habits there
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I would agree depending on where the food is being consumed; Buenos Aires, Mendoza or ...?
I would also add, expect the salads to be iceberg lettuce with grated carrots on top and two cruets, one with vinegar and the other oil as the dressing. Absolutely no imagination.
And as far as chicken, it is the breast and often fried like a hockey puck and as dry as toast.
Argentina's beef is also an interesting subject, unless you dine at a fancy Buenos Aires restaurant you will likely get an unaged rump steak (lomo).
Everyone raves about Argentine beef but several dynamics have evolved over the decades where Argentina has slid form the top two beef exporting countries to I believe #11. To me Argentina just doesn't live up to its reputation for excellent beef. Having lived in Mendoza Province for 5-years with many trips to BA I can tell you most of the major markets do not carry the better cuts of meat; New York strip, filet mignon, prime rib etc. There is an explanation for this, the better cuts are exported and or sold to high end Argentine restaurants like in Buenos Aires.
And contrary to what many believe, well over 50% of Argentine beef now spends its last day in ... Feed Lots, not lazily grazing in high grass.
Most beef packing houses do not age their beef like in the US thus it is tougher and more participatory, you chew a lot.
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May I ask, why did you choose Cordoba over other Argentine cities?