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Robert INGLEDEW  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 07:33
English to Spanish
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Sep 24, 2002

First, I wish to welcome those who, taking advantage of the exchange rate to the Dollar, decide to spend their vacations or holidays in one of the most beautiful countries of the American Continent.



Some persons are afraid of coming due to the unsafety mentioned so many times by the television stations. During 9 years I had to supervise 34 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean for a non-profit organisation of the USA, and I may tell you that just being reasonably careful, you will not find more danger in Argentina than in any other country in the Continent.



First tip: Unsafety is always in the largest cities in any country of the world. If you have other options, do not enter to the country through Buenos Aires, and if you do, do not accept the offers of taxis when you leave the Immigration Department. Go to the official stands. It will cost you more, but you will feel safer.



NEVER change your money on the street. And do not show off your camcorders or photo cameras in the large cities. In the tourist areas, the risk is minimal.



If you do stay in Buenos Aires, which is a beautiful city, do not go alone to solitary areas and late in the night. If you do this, you should have a nice time there also.



International flights also arrive at the airports of Mendoza, Córdoba and Salta, ideal places to start off a tour throughout the country. But at least in Córdoba there is no foreign money exchange at the airport, so you should arrive at the country with change (1, 5 and 10 Dollar bills). A taxi driver may accept a five dollar bill, but don´t expect him to give you the change of one hundred dollars.



If you decide to come in through Chile, travel to Puerto Montt (14 hours by bus from Santiago, on executive class very comfortable buses, or one hour by plane) and take the tour \"navigating the Andes\" to Bariloche. If you can split the tour in two days and stay at Peulla, do it. The route is extremely beautiful and you would not want to do it sleeping. And if you can, stay over one or two nights at Puerto Blest.



Before leaving Puerto Montt, you may take a 4-day cruise to the San Rafael Glacier. It is really worthwhile.



Do not buy your tours abroad, unless if you want to spend twice or three times more. I have notices that one night at the Sheraton Mar del Plata bought in the USA costs 120 Dollars, while in Mar del Plata you can find a room in a good 3-star hotel for 20 Dollars.



Remember that the long distance buses in Argentina are comfortable and cheap. A trip in a sleeping coach (comparable to first class in international flights) including hot dinner on board from Buenos Aires to Córdoba (700 kilometres or 450 miles) costs only 12 US Dollars.



There are tour packages at very good prices in Argentina. To have an idea of the costs, visit this page:



http://www.ativiajes.com



and divide the prices in pesos by 3.50 to have the cost in US Dollars. Although this page says that these rates are only for residents in Argentina, you can get very similar prices in smaller agencies, regardless of if you are a national, or not.



To have an idea of the beauties you can visit (I would recommend Bariloche, Lago Argentino (Calafate), Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn, Iguazú, Mar del Plata/Villa Gessel/Pinamar and Northwestern Argentina) I suggest visiting these sites. I am not acquainted with these agencies, some have expensive prices, it is just to give you an idea of what you will find when you get here:



http://www.amazingargentina.com/html/amazing_attractions/gateway_patagonia/amat_6.php



http://www.alojargentina.com.ar/picture.html

This last site has a beautiful gallery of photos of the most interesting places.



http://www.interhabit.com/site/Loc-argentina/pinamar/galeria-fotos_en.asp#



I would suggest making searches in internet with the following key words:



1: Navegando los Andes

2: Glaciar Perito Moreno

3: Iguazú

4: Tren a las nubes

5: Ushuaia

6: Pinamar

7: Esquel / Parque Nacional Los Alerces



Remember: do not make reservations by internet, it will cost you more money. Wait until you arrive and you will get better deals



I look forward to meeting you, if you come to Mar del Plata.



Enjoy Argentina! Now is the right time to visit us.



Roberto Ingledew



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Gideon van Zoest
Local time: 11:33
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This is a translation forum Sep 24, 2002

Interesting story about a interesting country. To my opinion however the wrong place, for this is a translator\'s forum.

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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
Local time: 07:33
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This is the reason why this "Off Topic" forum was created Sep 24, 2002

Hi Gideon



The idea was that there were a lot of forums where everything regarding translation could be discuss (here in ProZ), but those who have another forum (Spanish, French, German) could talk about other subjects whereas it couldn\'t been done in English.

So you\'re wrong, as Robert is in the Off Topic forum, he\'s in the right place to comment about tourism if he wants so.

And I don\'t think this is not interesting for all the Spanish translators in the world (for example).



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On 2002-09-24 19:23, gvanzoest wrote:

Interesting story about a interesting country. To my opinion however the wrong place, for this is a translator\'s forum.



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Gustavo Strobel  Identity Verified
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way to go Robert! Sep 24, 2002

This is also a site for sharing culture and humanity. Two thumbs up for you Robert! I was eager to know how tourism in Argentina really is now.

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Gideon van Zoest
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You are right! Sep 25, 2002

Thanks for your remark! You are right indeed!



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On 2002-09-24 21:10, c.iglesias wrote:

Hi Gideon



The idea was that there were a lot of forums where everything regarding translation could be discuss (here in ProZ), but those who have another forum (Spanish, French, German) could talk about other subjects whereas it couldn\'t been done in English.

So you\'re wrong, as Robert is in the Off Topic forum, he\'s in the right place to comment about tourism if he wants so.

And I don\'t think this is not interesting for all the Spanish translators in the world (for example).



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On 2002-09-24 19:23, gvanzoest wrote:

Interesting story about a interesting country. To my opinion however the wrong place, for this is a translator\'s forum.





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Valeria Verona  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 07:33
Member (2003)
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more info Sep 26, 2002

For those who would like more up-to-date, complete information about Argentina you can go to http://www.lonelyplanet.com (destination Argentina).

It\'s excellent and accurate.

Greetings from Buenos Aires.

Valeria


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