Just wanted to say to anyone planning to visit Argentina that you could easily spend a couple of months here (assuming you can afford it). I only booked 2 weeks and didn´t realise there was so much to see. It is a great place with very friendly people.
Is it expensive there ? hoping to head there at the end of the year or start of next, Thanks.....
It's not very expensive. I was spending $20 a day for a hotel with ensuite bathroom and hot shower (though it was a dump). Food was very inexpensive - lots of all-you-can-eat places (Tenedor Libre) were very plentiful with good food for $5 or $10. I think a budget of $30 or $40 a day would do, depending on the level of accommodations you are looking for.
to be honest we'd be looking for as cheap as possible, my boyf' and I are hoping to travel for about 6 months without breaking the bank or waiting for years to save.....
i'm starting basic spanish lessons in 3 weeks, do you think i would need to know any other languages there ?
The only other languages spoken widely in South America are English (which you already speak), Portuguese (in Brazil) and French (in French Guiana). The majority of countries, though, are Spanish speaking. If you only see Argentina, Spanish is all you will need.
The lowest I have heard of somebody getting by budget-wise is $25 a day.
hoping to see a few places places in south america, a lot will depend on budget though and feasibility, no set plans as such and doubt there will even be any when we land....... budget wise i'm hoping to have about €5 - 5.5k to use......so about €27-31 per day...... maybe i should start thinking about a bit more, i was hoping that if i learned enough Spanish to get off the beaten track it wouuld be a bit cheaper......ah well, still can't wait to go !!!
I'm heading to Argentina and BA on the 1st March. I'm well happy everyone seems to be so full of praise for Argentina as its the first country I arrive in and first time really travelling. Where did you start?? was it BA and then a little or here and there you had in mind when you first planned on 2 weeks, and then you realised that there was much more to see??
Really intersted in your route you have taken, and what are cool things to go and see etc...
Some ideas on Buenos Aires, starting with Art in BA... hope you like it... cheers!
Buenos Aires in love with Art,Argentina.
The Times They Are A-Changin'
The artistic scene in Buenos Aires has been growing increasingly during the
last few years. Slowly but a sustained rhythm the city of Tango is returning
to it's cultural glory. It was during the 60s and 70s when BA's cultural
and artistic scene was the avant-garde gate of Latin America.
It was a world in revolt. Everywhere there were new and impressive
movements. May of the '68 in France, Art & Culture in BA, Woodstock, New
York and London were giving birth to musical, pictorial, cinematographic
revolutionary movements that would set the tone for further developments and
innovations. In Buenos Aires there were hundreds of cultural centers,
underground theatres and pubs in which new and innovating bands were taking
their first steps into stardom.
Countless galleries all throughout the city and nearby towns exhibited
vanguard art locally produced.
What was the reason -if there is one- for all these cultural expressions?
I believe there is one, one main root from which branches develop and take
their own direction. And this main root was the social situation worldwide.
The possibility of a better world, of a new social order in which suffer
and pain were not the main features inspired millions of artists. It also
provided them with a broad audience eager for new art and cultural
expressions that portrayed their new reality.
But the world did not take the turn they were all expecting for it to
take. The times that followed were hard and painful. Dreams were trashed by
the world's powerful. The following decades to this cultural impasse can be
described as the entering into the system's main flow of mass production
Publicity and advertising attracted those 60s and 70s young
artists into a different way of art, much more bonded to the needs of money
which they had left aside decades ago.
However hard and terrible were those times, this does not imply -in no way-
that all alternative and avant-garde artistic movements disappeared. They
diminished considerably in terms of quantity and quality, and were set
Argentina, in particular, is a clear proof of this trace we've described
above. The 80s and 90s were even harder than the late 70s. The cultural
crisis was covered by an artificial economic wellbeing under Menem's double
presidency. The one on one peso and dollar opened our borders and let most
of the Argentinean middle class to explore the world, different cultures
and rise their living standards. But at the same time, slowly in the bases
of society a greater social, economical, political and cultural crisis was
On December 2001 things got worse and worse, and the so-called wellbeing
Times were hard."The times where changing",( Bob Dylan)
People wanted a change. They wanted things to change. And
society began to act again, not only in the political arena -the most
well-known area in the world thanks to the worldwide coverage of the huge
political demonstrations- but in the cultural field also.
Taking advantage of the new economical situation with a 3 dollars to 1 peso
exchange rate all sort of Argentinean artists began to have a chance in
showing what they did and living on that.
Many cultural events were to be found in several neighborhoods.
This new art & culture trend was not a second edition of what happened 30
years ago, it was completely new, expressing new and different art styles
and techniques, mixing avant-garde art, music, design and food in a
innovating atmosphere. This is how design fairs began and developed.
Even more, a group of art lovers got together and came up with a fantastic
idea: Gallery nights. Every last Friday of every month downtown Retiro
Buenos Aires turns into a huge showroom, as every art gallery, museum, art
shop, in the area open their doors during the night for a superb art event
in which new artists are presented, fine art is purchased and everybody has
a great time.
Following this fantastic view of art, last November 24th 2004, the 10th
Saraton -as in Sara's marathon- took place in Buenos Aires.
A brilliant art fair organized by Sara García Uriburu's art gallery.
12 straight hours of gorgeous art, amazing auctions and fantastic cultural
events delighted the over 1000 visitors. Hundreds of new and well known
artists take part in this event every year, exhibiting and auctioning
exquisite artworks specially done for this wonderful event.
No doubt about it! Buenos Aires is regaining it's cultural and aesthetic
avant-garde place in the Latin American concert, not only shining with it's
virtues and values but spreading the love for culture to neighboring
countries such as Uruguay and Punta del Este's summertime cultural