Trip Coach: Nov. 8, 2005
Clarisse Douaud answered your questions on Buenos AIres
Norman, OK: I can't give trip information yet as have not scheduled. But we are going to Buenos Aires in February and I would like to know how to find an indigenous tango hall and milonga. We don't want to see a commercial show but want to experience the tango scene of the portenos.
Clarisse Douaud: Hi Norman,
Distinguishing between real vs. tourist milongas can be a challenge in Buenos Aires.
El Beso has old-school milongas good for sitting in on. Tues 9 P.M., Wed 10:30 P.M. , Thurs 6 P.M. , Sat 11 P.M.
Riobamba 416, 011-54-11/4953-2794
Another milonga portenos speak of as an institution is La Viruta. Personally I was a tad bored there as it is fairly amateur (although the all-age clientele was certainly very enthusiastic). I think you really have to take part in order to enjoy it. The bonus: there don't seem to be any foreigners.
Fri-Sat midnight to 6 A.M., Wed & Sun 11 P.M - 3 A.M. Arrive 1.5 hours early for the on-the-spot lessons.
Calle Armenia 1366, 011-54-11/4774-6357.
Sit and watch a milonga for more advanced dancers Friday nights at Salon Canning in Palermo. Call to reserve a table in advance. Show-up after 11 P.M. Scalabrini Ortíz 1331, 011-54-11/4342-4794
I also found this helpful article in a tango newsletter for the Chicago tango community. "List of Milongas in Buenos Aires", by Thomas Barnard. tangonoticias.com/articles/a2004/aug/ba_list.htm
Please note: La Catedral has since closed down.
Seattle, Washington: We will be on a cruise ending in Manaus, Brazil in April of 2006. We would like to see some more of Brazil or some other country in South America before returning, but have found airfares very expensive.
Do you have any suggestions for ways to find less expensive airfares or places to visit after Manaus?
Clarisse Douaud: Hi Nancy,
I should say that I have never been to Manaus, nor do I know much about Brazil.
Not only is Manaus a portal for Amazon tourism, it is also quite remote. So it is not surprising that flight prices are marked up to and from that area. Once out of the Amazon basin, prices should be cheaper. However, people often make the mistake of assuming that flights within Latin America in general are cheaper than in North America. They are not.
The trade off is that once you are 'on the ground' there are many options for budget food and accommodation.
If you have time and budget constraints, I suggest you stay in Brazil. If you are comfortable with the idea of not planning something in advance, you can probably find a cheaper flight by waiting to purchase it in Brazil.
Brazil's Northern beaches, such as those near Fortaleza, are supposed to be spectacular.
Oak Hills, CA: In Argentina AND its bordering countries, do you know if we can put a down payment on a house and make monthly payments, the way we can in the US? If so, would we send personal checks written on our bank account? With regard to another country south of the US border, I know that some mail from Mexico never got to the US and vice versa. What would we expect regarding our payments getting to countries down in South America? What worries and risks are there if buying in Argentina? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Clarisse Douaud: I have never heard of anybody being able to make monthly payments on property here. Payments are made in full and most transactions are done in cash. Buying property via the United States would likely involve a wire transfer to a local bank (which implies hefty fees), at which point you may have to make a cash payment to close the sale.
NEVER make online payments for a house and never via an online contract. These scams do take place, so you must come to Argentina and go through an agent to avoid them.
I suggesting looking-up "real estate, Argentina" or "buying property, Argentina" on google.com and looking for a reputable agent.
I hope this helps.
Washington, dc: Hi, my boyfriend and I are planning to spend a month in Buenos Aires. Our dates are flexible, but I had originally hoped for February since that is the earliest we can go. After I've been researching, though, it seems like it may be too hot during February... and, more concerning is that locals may be on vacation then and it may be too touristy. We were hoping to live there for the month so we could get to know the 'real' BA... with that in mind, would it be better to wait until March? Is summer in BA similar to August in Italy, when all the locals go on holiday and everything's closed? Thanks for your advice!