With its wealth of natural resources and fertile land, Argentina enjoyed an abundant beginning to the 19th century and was one of the world’s richest countries one hundred years ago. Through the years a chaotic political landscape, corruption, and free-for-all privatization in the 80’s and 90’s has wreaked havoc on the economy since the golden […]
• While in Argentina be sure to hoard (yes! hoard!) your small bills and change. There is a huge problem with the flow of currency in Argentina. It’s not uncommon for the grocer to hand over a piece of hard candy in lieu of your small change. 2018 Update: the coin problem has been somewhat […]
Firstly, and this goes without saying, if you don’t look like an obvious tourist, you are less likely to be targeted. Sometimes you need to take a quick peek at your Lonely Planet in public, but at least try to avoid the Hawaiian shirt, socks and sandals ensemble.
As far as really big cities go, Buenos Aires is not particularly dangerous although if you listen to the many residents of this port city or the excitable tabloid media, you may come to believe it’s something akin to downtown Baghdad. The truth is that petty theft is a problem — violent crime is less […]
They say that Argentines are Italians who happen to speak Spanish. With several waves of immigrants arriving from the boot-shaped nation since Argentina won independence from Spain, it seems every second person here has an Italian surname, and of those who don’t, most will have an uncle or a grandmother hailing from Genoa, Sicily, Friuli […]