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New Year in Buenos Aires

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 12:09

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Much like Christmas, New Year is also a time for Porteños to spend with the family. Most families will get together at home so that they can enjoy plenty to eat and drink together. A traditional asado is very popular but at this time of year it can sometimes be far too hot and people may prefer to eat cold food such as salads and cold meats. Ensalada Rusa and vitel toné are very popular choices here in Argentina. When all of the family has arrived, it is time to enjoy the food and of course plenty to drink!

At midnight everyone celebrates the arrival of the New Year with a toast and the party continues into the early hours with music and dancing.

Some of the younger family members will leave the party to meet with friends at a club to continue the party. Most clubs open around 2am or 3am so it’s best to make other plans for the stroke of midnight. www.vuenosairez.com is a good place to start with all of the club listings to help you find an event to your taste.

Another option would be to make a booking at a restaurant, many of the cities restaurants will have special fixed menus for New Year but this can be expensive. Many hotels will also have this option on offer.

Puerto Madero is a good option with many restaurants and it is a perfect location to see the firework display on the river at midnight. There is usually a firework display at the Planetario in Palermo but you might want to check in advance as there are closures for refurbishment in January.

You could of course visit one of the city’s famous Tango houses which will be offering a dance show and fixed dinner menus for New Year’s Eve.

Public transport and taxis in the city on the will be very limited between 9pm and 3am so you should make alternative plans to ensure you don’t have to rely on public transport to get home – you may be left stranded!

New Year’s Day is very similar to 25 December in that it is a quieter day for relaxing and again meeting up with family to eat together in the afternoon. After another asado or maybe some left overs from the night before the family may enjoy some mate in the garden (If you haven’t yet tried the traditional Argentine drink known as mate, we have regular tasting sessions at the school where we can tell you all about the preparation etc. Ask at reception for more information). If anyone in the family has a pool at home, this is also a popular option for relaxing and staying cool.

However you choose to spend the 31st, we wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2016!

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Spanish Speaking Countries

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:11

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Did you know that out of the 22 spanish-speaking countries in the world, 9 of them are in South America? Thats almost half! These countries include, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Firstly, Argentina is the largest Spanish speaking country in South America and also home to some of the most famous natural wonders in the world such as Las Salinas Grandes, the beautiful mountains of Patagonia and Iguazu Falls. On the hand Argentina is also home to the famous city of Buenos Aires, which is full of history, culture and many action! When you go to Argentina you can’t help but incorporate their castellano accent into your Spanish, which is just one more thing that makes the Poteño culture so great.

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Bolivia, located just above Argentina, is home to the Andes Mountains, the Eastern Lowlands and the Amazon Basin. Having more of an indigenous culture in comparison to Argentina, Bolivia’s main language is Spanish but is closely trailed by 38 other official indigenous languages. If you are in search for ancient ruins and cultures, Bolivia is the place for you! One of its main touristic attractions is the Salt Flats, where you can get amazing pictures like this one:

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The next country that borders Argentina is Chile. Chile shares the Patagonian mountain range with Argentina but also has many attractions to call its own. The capital city of Santiago, the Atacama Desert, and even the port town of Valparaiso are all great stops when exploring Chile.

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Colombia is home to a different type of landscape than the southern countries of South America. Being situated on the coast and also having mountain ranges, Columbia has many beautiful beaches and rainforests to explore. Also being the country known for coffee plantations, it is always a good idea to taste as many cups of coffee as you can.

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Ecuador is known as an indigenous influenced country due to the massive amount of Incan ruins that lay in its territory as well as the amount of official indigenous languages that follow the main language of Spanish. Some of the most sites in Ecuador include; the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, the capital city of Quito and, of course, the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Whether you are checking out ancient Incan ruins or exploring the vastly different types of wildlife, Ecuador is great destination.

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Also bordering Argentina and being situated landlocked in the middle of South America, Paraguay is known as the heart of America. Although it is a landlocked country, the Paraguay river runs directly through the country and provides beautiful views to all who come to see. The interesting part about Paraguay is its strong connections to its indigenous language and culture of Guarani. Although Guarani is named an official language of Paraguay, Spanish is also widely spoken, so dont worry,  you wont have to learn a new language to communicate.

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As everyone knows, Peru has a strong indigenous influence on its culture. Home to the capital city of Lima, the city of Cusco and of course the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru has numerous amounts of history and culture to show. If you like climbing mountains, mountain biking or even rafting and want to explore the indigenous culture, then Peru is a destination for you.

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Uruguay is the spanish speaking  country in South America that has the most influence from Portugal and also the second smallest country in South America. The most famous cities in Uruguay include, Montevideo, Colonia and Punta Del Este where you can enjoy Uruguayan Spanish influenced culture or relax on the beautiful beaches.

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Venezuela is the country in South America that is known for its impressive range of biodiversity. Having the Andes Mountains, the Great Amazon Basin and being situated on the Caribbean coast, there are all types of landscapes that you could see. Caracas is the capital city where a good portion of the Venezuelan people live, but out of this city is where all of the beauty of Venezuela lies.

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As you can see, although these countries all share the same main language, there are all completely different in appearance, location and culture. It´s always better to learn a little Spanish before you start your travel through South America and Argentina is an excellent start point! Get in touch with our Spanish School in Buenos Aires leaving a comment below. Good luck!

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Oh The Places You Will Go: Expanish Travels

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 11:10

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Most people that come to Buenos Aires usually aren’t here very long until finding out about all of the amazing cities and natural wonders that Argentina is home to. Although Buenos Aires is the most famous of them all, cities like Mendoza, Salta and even Santa Cruz province are just as interesting (but in a different way).

Every month students have the opportunity to participate in large trips organized by Expanish and not have to stress about any planning. Every month a travel agency comes directly to Expanish and talks to the students about the trip they have organized for that month. Flights, lodging and activities are all part of the trip, which means your blood pressure can take a break for a while.

This past year has already been full of great trips! Lets see here, in February Expanish took students to Iguazú Falls to see the beautiful natural wonder of the Argentine and Brazilian waterfalls for three days. Being one of the most famous natural wonders in the world, with the ease of having the trip planned but also going with friends makes these trips unforgettable.

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In March Expanish took their students to the west of Argentina to Mendoza. Another one of the most famous cities in Argentina, Mendoza is filled with beautiful mountains and vineyards as far as the eye can see. The best part is, if you get bored after days of touring wine vineyards and sampling some of the best vine in the world, there are always activities that you can find to do such as horseback through the Andes mountains, rent bikes and ride around to other bodegas or even white water raft though the mountains.

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In April, Expanish students went to the north west of Argentina to the beautiful cities of Salta and Jujuy. Salta is home to one of the greatest natural wonders called the salt flats or the salinas where salt dries on the desert floor and gives off a mirror like effect to make it look like you are walking on air (I am not exactly sure how it works, but just believe me that it is a sight you HAVE to see). Jujuy is home to beautifully colored mountains and the intriguing culture of the indigenous tribes that live there. Hiking through mountains and taking awe-inspiring pictures at the salt flats made for an amazing break from classes.

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Oh, you are worried about what to do with your luggage? No worries, Expanish will safely store your luggage that you plan to leave behind to save you from spending money to store your clothes in a hotel somewhere. Hopefully you can see that there is way more to the Expanish program than sitting in a classroom and learning Spanish!

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Getting Out of Buenos Aires for a Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 8:31

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While there is always a lot to do in Buenos Aires, everyone needs a break from the city every once in a while. Although it may seem like all of the places to see outside of Buenos Aires are far away and/or require a week’s time or more, there are actually a lot of places near the city that are great to see and visit for just a day or weekend!

Tigre

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Only one hour away by train, Tigre is a great way to escape the bustling city for a day. Just 35km north of Buenos Aires, Tigre is one of the biggest deltas in the world, flowing into Rio Del Plata. There are many islands and canals that make Tigre the perfect, quiet day trip away from Buenos Aires. While there, you can take a boat tour, or just explore around the town!

How to get there?

Getting to Tigre is rather easy and cheap. All you have to do is take the Linea Mitre train for around $AR2. It leaves from Retiro station every 10 minutes, or every 20 minutes on the weekends. If you live in a more northern barrio, like Belgrano, you can also hop on at the later stops!

San Isidro

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San Isidro is another great option for a day trip. It is easy and cheap to get there, and only takes about 30 minutes by train. Being one of the most affluent towns in all of Latin America, San Isidro is definitely a beautiful, quiet place to spend the day. With old houses, cobblestone streets, and many things to do and see, San Isidro is a great day visit. Just make sure to save a Sunday to visit so that you can go to the Artisan market that is held each week!

How to get there?

Like Tigre, just hop on the Linea Mitre train and get off at the San Isidro stop!

Uruguay

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Another option to go for either a day or a weekend is Uruguay! If you’re planning on going for a day trip, then Colonia is the place to go. It’s just 1 hour and 30 minutes by boat, and the old, historical town is a must-see. If you want to spend more time in Uruguay, then you can take a bus from Colonia to Montevideo or even Punta Del Este.

How to get there?

Just book a ferry to Uruguay! One company that you can do this through is Colonia Express, but there are others that go as well!

Estancia

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Get the full gaucho experience and head to an estancia for a day or weekend! Ride horses, watch shows, or just relax for the day. The estancias are definitely a change of pace from the city, and they’re really interesting and fun to see.

There are a bunch of estancias outside of Buenos Aires, so just look some up, find what kind you’re looking for, and make a weekend trip out of it!

 

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Barrios in Buenos Aires: Find out which is the best for you!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 7:39

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Apart from being known as the Madrid or New York of Latin America, Buenos Aires is home to more than 40 neighborhoods, or as we like to call them, barrios. In the heart of Buenos Aires, there are 5 barrios that are the most well known; Palermo, Recoleta, San Telmo, Puerto Madero and Belgrano. Each barrio is not only within walking distance of one another, but also has its own distinct personality. Here, let me show you.

The Fashion Hub

The barrio of Palermo, located in the center of downtown Buenos Aires, is considered the young neighborhood. Lined with cobblestone roads and full of designer stores, boutiques and delicious restaurants, you could lose yourself for hours in its streets. Palermo is huge and because of its size, it is split into 2 areas; Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, even though there is little difference between the two. So, if you like fashion, great atmosphere and even better food, look no further- Palermo is your place.

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The Cultural Hub

According to all of the Porteños, Recoleta is the barrio cultural. Many of the most famous museums of Buenos Aires are located in the center of the Recoleta, as well as the best Tango places. Complete with golden lightposts and magnificent statues, Recoleta is place to get all the information about Argentine history, art and of course, culture.

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The Historic Hub

Are you a history buff? If so, San Telmo is the place for you. With old historical buildings scattered throughout the antiquated alleys of this neighborhood, you always feel like you are discovering these 200 year old buildings for the first time- which is a pretty cool feeling. If you aren’t into seeing old historical buildings, you can always pop over to the most famous market in Buenos Aires which takes place every weekend, the San Telmo Market. As far as the eye can see the streets are lined with authentic Argentine art, food, and music. Let me tell you, this market should be on everyones Buenos Aires To Do List.

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The Modern Hub

Located right on the water, Puerto Madero is the newest and most modern of the barrios of Buenos Aires. Although it is the youngest of them all, Puerto Madero still has breath-taking qualities like the beautiful brick buildings that line the river that runs through town. Being where most of the Buenos Aires businesses are located, there is always a 5 star restaurant within eyesight, which always sweetens the deal. Especially at night with the lights lit up on the bridge, Puerto Madero is a sight to see.

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The Classic Hub

The final of the barrios that makes up the famous Buenos Aires, is Belgrano. This northernmost barrio is considered the classic neighborhood. Also filled with parks and museums, this barrio has a special addition; Barrio Chino- the Chinese village of Argentina. Here you can get great chinese food, find international food stores as well as cheap souvenirs, what more could you want?

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Well, that was a very brief peek into the barrios of Buenos Aires, but as you can see, there is so much more to Buenos Aires than just the “city” it is known for. Now that you have an idea of what is waiting here in BA, what are you waiting for? Contact us here for more information about the city and the school!

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The Ultimate Traveller’s Guide to Buenos Aires

Monday, April 20, 2015 11:04

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Traveling for a week? Staying for a month? Starting your life in Buenos Aires?

Well, check out these tips in A Traveler’s Guide to Buenos Aires!

  1. Learn The Language

The most important part of really experiencing all that a city has to offer, is to learn the local language. Now, if you aren’t able to miraculously pick up the language on the streets, no need to worry, there is a place waiting for you and it is called Expanish. First of all, let me clarify, this is not a college where you have to register and sign your life away for 4 years to get a decent education, this is a place you can take as little as one class to as many as 30 classes with the choice of them being private or group taught. “No hablo español” will forever be removed from your vocabulary.

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  1.  Embrace the Slang

Everyone knows that even in English, speaking completely grammatically correct will only get you so far, especially with certain age groups. The jerga of the Argentine culture is key to speaking like a Porteño. All being Argentine natives, the staff at Expanish will make sure that your vocab is up to date and you wont make yourself look like a boludo on the streets. Besides, Expanish also offers free Pronunciation and Argentine Expressions Classes every week.

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  1.  Master the Territory

If you have already paid a visit to this bustling city you know exactly what I am talking about, it is gigantic. Although each barrio is as beautiful and lively as the next, you can very easily find yourself miles away from your destination and still be in Buenos Aires. Luckily, the Expanish center is located right in the heart of Buenos Aires, so you are never far away from the shops, the bars, and most importantly the learning. Expanish also offers free tours to explore the city and get familiar with its streets and its unique culture.

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  1. Intermingle with Porteños

During your time in Buenos Aires constantly trying to immerse yourself in the Porteño culture, there is no better way than to actually live with Argentines. You’ve got to agree, sitting down at the dinner table and being able to have a conversation about how your day went is way better than an A on a test at a university. How can you make this happen? Yup, you guessed it- Expanish! The Expanish staff works with its students find the ideal living situation for each individual whether that is a homestay, apartment or residence hall. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of the options.

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  1. Drink In the Culture

Other than the obvious play on words I used here, there are always places to go to have a delectable Argentine meal, walk around a market, or see a performance of some sort, the only problem is finding where and when they are. Can you see where I’m going here? Expanish makes sure that their students have the opportunity to play just as hard as they work. Activities planned almost every afternoon and night makes it hard to miss out on the lively Porteño culture that makes Buenos Aires the city it is today.

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With these tips and these and many more services that are offered by Expanish, you are sure to have an unforgettable stay in Buenos Aires! If you have any doubt or you need advice from our staff, please contact us here and we will be very happy to help!

Free Luggage Storage – Depósito de equipaje gratuito

Monday, March 9, 2015 12:27

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Heading off on a new adventure sometime soon? Expanish offers free luggage storage to all of their students.

We want our students to be able to travel easily through the beautiful country of Argentina and the rest of South America. Therefore, for up to one month, our students can store their luggage here at Expanish completely free of charge. We only ask that you comply by the rules below.

Planeando una aventura pronto? Expanish ofrece depósito de equipaje gratis para todos sus alumnos.

Queremos que todos de nuestros alumnos puedan viajar con mucha facilidad a todos los rincones de Argentina y el resto de Sudamérica. Por eso, les ofrecemos la opción para dejar su equipaje en Expanish completamente gratis durante un mes. Solamente les pedimos que sigan las reglas abajo.

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Terms and Conditions

  • All students must provide valid contact information during their travels.
  • Student must indicate the day of luggage pick-up.
  • Only the student or a previously indicated individual may pick up the luggage (one must show photo ID).
  • If a student needs the luggage before the pickup day and does not give prior notice, the luggage will only be available after 6pm that day.
  • Minimum stay of 1 night, maximum stay of 30 nights.
  • All luggage must be labeled with name and closed with a lock.
  • If luggage is not picked up 10 days after indicated date and no notice is given, the student forfeits their luggage and Expanish will donate its contents to a local charity.
  • Expanish is not liable for luggage in case of damage or loss of property.

 Términos y Condiciones

  • Todos los estudiantes deben dar información de contacto válida durante su viaje.
  • El estudiante debe indicar la fecha en que retirará el equipaje.
  • Sólo el estudiante o un individuo previamente indicado puede retirar el equipaje (debe mostrar una identificación con foto).
  • Si un estudiante necesita retirar su equipaje antes del día indicado y no avisa previamente, sólo podrá hacerlo después de las 6pm de ese día.
  • Estadía mínima de una noche, máxima de 30 noches.
  • Todo el equipaje debe ser etiquetado con nombre y cerrado con candado.
  • Si el equipaje no es retirado 10 días después de la fecha indicada y no se reciben noticias, los estudiantes entregan su equipaje y Expanish donará su contenido a instituciones benéficas.
  • Expanish no se hace responsable en caso de daño o pérdida de los bienes.

Navidad en Buenos Aires

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 6:47

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Navidad es una de las fechas más especiales del año para todos los argentinos. Si vas a pasar esa noche en Buenos Aires, te contamos todo lo que necesitás saber para que sea inolvidable:

  • En Argentina es tradicional festejar Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) con una cena familiar la noche del 24 de Diciembre. Las reuniones suelen ser en una casa y es común que cada invitado lleve algo para comer o tomar. Es tradicional en la cena de Nochebuena comer comidas frías porque hace calor en las noches de verano, pero también muchas familias eligen hacer un clásico asado. Normalmente se sirven ensaladas, carnes frías, huevos rellenos y de postre, ensalada de frutas o helado. Todos esperan hasta las 12 de la noche para brindar, ver los shows de fuegos artificiales y abrir todos los regalos. Con el brindis es muy tradicional comer pan dulce, frutas secas y turrones. Después de brindar, los más jóvenes se despiden de sus familias y se reúnen con amigos para festejar toda la noche. Los boliches abren alrededor de las 2 am y la fiesta sigue hasta la mañana siguiente.
  • El día de Navidad las familias en Argentina se reúnen para almorzar, normalmente un asado o sobras de la noche anterior. Es un día más tranquilo que el 24, donde todos aprovechan para relajarse y disfrutar de un día al aire libre. Hay que tener en cuenta que la mayoría de lugares comerciales están cerrados durante el día (supermercados, shoppings, etc).
  • Es importante saber que durante la noche del 24 y la mayor parte del 25 los transportes públicos funcionan con servicios reducidos. Durante la madrugada del 25 es difícil conseguir colectivos y taxis, por lo que recomendamos planear con anticipación los recorridos.
  • Si estás pensando en cenar en un restaurante para Navidad, es importante reservar con anticipación. La mayoría ofrecen un menú con comida tradicional navideña a un precio fijo. Es normal que los restaurantes en esas noches especiales pidan algún dinero por adelantado para hacer la reserva.

Si todavía no tenés planes para pasar Navidad en Buenos Aires, acá hay algunas buenas opciones para tener en cuenta:

  • Cena al ritmo del tango: Nada más tradicional en Buenos Aires que una noche de tango. Algunas opciones para hacer en Navidad son:

La Ventana: Ofrecen una cena show especial para Navidad en el corazón de San Telmo. Se puede reservar online acá: http://www.laventanaweb.com/

La Viruta: La tradicional milonga porteña abre sus puertas a partir de la medianoche para ir a bailar tango. Más información en http://www.lavirutatango.com/

Piazzolla Tango: Ofrecen cena show de tango y una fiesta con DJ para después de la medianoche. Información y reservas en http://www.piazzollatango.com/

  • Cena en un restaurante: Una opción clásica para compartir la cena navideña con argentinos y extranjeros. Si tenés algún restaurante favorito, podés averiguar si ofrecen algún menú navideño. Si no, acá hay algunas opciones:

Rodizio: Para vivir la llegada de Navidad frente al río, Rodizio ofrece un menú de cena show, fuegos artificiales a la medianoche y DJ para musicalizar. Pueden contactarlos en http://rodizio.com.ar/promos/

La Cabrera: Navidad a puro asado. Esta reconocida parrilla de Palermo propone un menú con la mejor carne de Buenos Aires y un brindis navideño a la medianoche. Para más información: http://www.parrillalacabrera.com.ar/

Cucina D´onore: Una opción de comida italiana en Puerto Madero y un brindis con mesa dulce incluído. Más información en http://www.cucinadonore.com/promociones.php

  • Cena en los hoteles más lindos de Buenos Aires: Para una noche más especial, los hoteles más lujosos de la ciudad abren sus puertas en la noche de Navidad. Conocé algunas opciones:

Alvear Palace Hotel: El famoso hotel de Recoleta ofrece una cena de 7 pasos en su restaurante La Bourgogne. El 25 de Diciembre van a servir un brunch navideño con opciones para niños y adultos. Pueden contactarse con ellos a través de su Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alvearpalacehotel

Hilton Buenos Aires: Proponen un menú de 5 pasos en su restaurante El Faro. Al estar ubicado en Puerto Madero, es un punto ideal para ver los shows de fuegos artificiales. Para más información: https://www.facebook.com/HiltonBuenosAires

Sheraton Buenos Aires: El hotel ofrece una cena con show sorpresa, brindis, regalos para los más pequeños y fiesta con DJ toda la noche en su Salón Retiro. Información y contacto en https://www.facebook.com/SheratonBuenosAires

  • Salir a bailar: Después de la medianoche, los boliches abren sus puertas para bailar hasta el amanecer. Estas son algunas de las opciones para la noche de Navidad (recuerden que para esta fecha los porteños salen más tarde que las noches normales porque es tradicional pasar tiempo con la familia antes)

X Mas Tattersall: Una de las fiestas más exclusivas de la noche porteña. Se puede ir a cenar o directamente a la fiesta, que ofrece performances y Djs en vivo toda la noche. Para más información: https://www.facebook.com/events/940130252683597/

Pacha: Para quienes disfrutan la música electrónica, Pacha es ideal para vivir la madrugada navideña bailando frente al río. Más información de su evento en http://www.vuenosairez.com/ar/ciudad-de-buenos-aires/agenda/pig-dan-en-buenos-aires/115890

Hipólito Club: Para una noche más informal, en Hipólito Club habrá una fiesta con entrada gratis hasta las 3 am. Más información: http://www.vuenosairez.com/ar/ciudad-de-buenos-aires/agenda/acid-party-fiesta-de-la-flor/115892

¿Vas a pasar Navidad en Buenos Aires? ¡Contanos tus planes!

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All you need to know about Immigration Office

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:42

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If you are looking to update your visa, going to Colonia, Uruguay is a simple and fun trip to renew for another three months in Argentina. Many people take a ferry to Uruguay when their 3 months is almost up but there is another way (and technically the right way) to update your visa.

Going to the Immigrations office in Buenos Aires, called Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, is a good option if you’ve been to Uruguay already or if you want to save some pesos. I will tell you that it will not be as fun. You are guaranteed to have a long wait in line (don’t worry, there are seats and air conditioning) for a process that will only take about 10 minutes. But it’s doable and may be necessary!

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I recently updated my visa this way and I can give you a step-by-step of what to do.

What to Bring With You:

  • A copy of your main passport page with all of your info
  • A copy of the passport page with the Argentina stamp you received upon entering the country
  • Your passport
  • $300 pesos

If for some reason you forgot a copy, you can make copies in the building for one peso per copy.

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  1. Arrive to the building and look for the Edificio N° 3 entrance. There will probably be a lot of people and multiple lines.
  2. Go to the Biometría line. It should be the shortest line. If you want to ask to be sure, you can say: Necesito renovar mi visa de turista, cual es la fila que tengo que hacer? Wait in line. There, they will check the papers you brought with you and give you a number.
  3. Take the number and go to Edificio N° 6.
  4. Wait for your number to be called. You will be waiting in the K Section for Tramites No Mercosur.
  5. Once your number is called, simply hand your documents to the person in charge. They will ask you for your address and barrio. Be prepared to answer. That’s it! Then they will tell you to go pay.
  6. Go to the caja to pay with the $300 pesos ready. They will give you a receipt and you give the yellow copy to the person originally handling your passport.
  7. Wait for your name to be called again. They will hand everything back to you and you’re done!

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Altogether, I waited around 3 hours in total from the first line to receiving my passport.

How to Get There:

Connect from the A, B, or D Line to the C Line or take the C directly to the last stop at Retiro. Walk along RAMOS MEJIA, JOSE MARIA, DR. toward ANTARTIDA ARGENTINA AV. Turn left and continue (approx. 5 minutes). Ojo for lots of people around the building.

Click here to see it on a map!

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Colonia del Sacramento

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:43

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Colonia es una pequeña ciudad costera en Uruguay, es más o menos en frente de Buenos Aires o como los porteños dicen “Colonia está del otro lado del charco”. Es una ciudad muy pintoresca y relajada con una población mayor. Si vas a Colonia tenés que visitar al barrio histórico donde han conservado ciertos aspectos del pasado como las calles empedradas y las casa coloniales. Además, es el destino perfecto para escapar del bullicio de la ciudad de Buenos Aires por algunos días. En Colonia hay mucho que hacer, tiene una linda playa para relajarte y muchos restaurantes con comida buena, como mariscos. No puedo olvidar mencionar que está a sólo una hora de Buenos Aires en barco. Podés tomar un barco desde Puerto Madero y llegar a Colonia en sólo una hora. Los  servicios más conocidos son Colonia Express y Buque bus y el viaje cuesta alrededor de 500 pesos. Además, para los extranjeros es el destino perfecto para renovar su pasaporte, porque no es posible estar en Argentina por más de 90 días como turista: es necesario salir del país y volver a ingresar. En Colonia la moneda oficial son pesos uruguayos pero también se pueden sacar dólares de los cajeros a una tasa conveniente.

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Cuando estés en Colonia no te pierdas de ir a estos restaurantes y cafés:

Ganache, Calle del Comercio 178, Colonia

El lugar perfecto para tomar un buen taza de illy café, y también para desayunar.

Charco Bistro

Este restaurante está situado frente al mar en el barrio histórico de Colonia.El restaurante ofrece una gran variedad de comida fresca y orgánica.

Lentas Maravillas

Tenés que ir para una buen taza de café y también almuerzo ¡con una hermosa vista al mar!

La Florida

El restaurante está en un lugar muy íntimo ubicado en una zona muy tranquila. El restaurante tiene buena comida: ¡tenés que probar el risotto negro!

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