When visiting Argentina, it is important to know a little about the current issues taking place. One of the big concerns right now is the fight for gay rights.
Uma Azul, a two-month-old baby from Córdoba brings this matter to the surface. She was baptized recently. You may be thinking there is nothing strange about that, but what makes this case unique is that Uma´s parents are two lesbian ladies, Carina Villaroel and Soledad Ortiz. That is not all, even more special is that Uma has a famous godmother, the president of the Argentinian Republic, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
The tourism sector in Argentina has a deficit of US$126,918,573 million for September. Argentine people spend more abroad and foreign tourists spend less in Argentina itself; actually, 31 % less compared to September last year!.
The significant increases of spending by Argentines abroad contrasted with this caution by tourists in Argentina whilst the total number of foreign visitors increased with 1.3 compared to last year.
Analysts have argued that surging prices and inflation may be putting visitors off. (more…)
Once again, Argentine couples retained their top spot in tango dancing, as the annual festival held in Buenos Aires ended. Guido Palacios and Florencia Castilla, who are actually a couple in real life as well as in dance, swept the the Stage Tango finals this past Tuesday, scoring 8.89, from a jury comprised of seven dancers and choreographers.
Twenty couples from around the world were left to compete in the Stage finals held at the end of the 2 weeks, but the hometown couples impressed the judges the most (more…)
Last week, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced a new Federal Programme of Security Assistance and Partnerships, which will be used to cut down on crime across the country of Argentina. The goal is to strengthen anti-crime operations in all of the provinces of the country, with Secruity Minister Arturo Puricelli in charge of the new mission. Decree 1177/2013 states that it is an “action plan aimed at a federal level for cooperation, collaboration and assistance in the promotion of public policies on security.”
Iguazu National Park in Argentina, which was named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, has been named a Place of Outstanding Universal Value. This means that the park is considered by UNESCO to be a zone of tremendous importance, both culturally and in nature, which extends far past the borders of the country within which it is located.
UNESCO held a General Conference at which the results of the periodic report for Latin America and The Caribbean were shared, and the conclusion to present this award was made. (more…)
“The arrivals were 2 percent above those of last year, and the retail sales linked to tourism increased,” the report said.
The results of a survey conducted in forty of Argentina´s most important tourist destinations has revealed that sale of goods and services appears to have increased by 1.9 percent increase since 2012.
CAME has informed us that 94 percent of Argentine tourists chose to travel to destinations within the country. The most popular area was the North, which received 24 percent of the travelers (more…)
El Museo de los Tuneles, (Museum of Tunnels) in Barracas, in southern Buenos Aires, in an area outside of the standard tourist trail. Upon entering, my friend and I were told that we are the first “extranjeros” to set foot inside the tunnels. The museum´s regular visitors include Argentinian history buffs and schoolchildren on field trips.
During the 18-19th century, the neighborhood Barracas, near the harbor, was where the cotton, leather and food reserves were stored. It was often the first stop for immigrants, who comprised about half of the population of Buenos Aires at that time.
This year marks the 160th anniversary of birth of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). The City of Buenos Aires Ministry of Culture is presenting a retrospective of 200 of the Dutch artist´s works, digitally restored and in full size, all reproduced in innovative formats.
“Van Gogh, My Dream Exhibition”, opened on July 12th, 2013 at Usina del Arte in La Boca, and highlights 200 of the painterʼs most significant works, seven 3D animations and more. The exhibition will showcase the work of one of the world´s most well-known painters in a manner that has never been seen before. (more…)
After spending a day touring the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista was ready on Thursday for a short test on the circuit that will soon become a part of the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2014. The Spanish rider came to Argentina on Tuesday and spent his first day talking with the press in Buenos Aires, before heading to the Tucuman region and Termas de Rio Hondo. He enjoyed the chance to learn the layout of this technically demanding circuit and also enjoyed nice weather, dry and with temperatures around 20 C°.
The 9th edition of the food and crafts fair “Caminos y Sabores” (Roads and Flavors) is upon us! This 3 day festival will showcase typical food, tourism displays, and handicrafts from all around Argentina.
The Argentine provinces will show off their own foods and handmade wares during the exhibition. As in each of the previous years of the festival beginning in 2005, visitors will can sample and buy olive oil; homemade salamis; cow, sheep and goat cheeses; wines from family owned wineries; homemade jellies; yerba mate and tea; as well as various other homemade food (more…)