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I returned back to L.A. last night from my 8-day Buenos Aires trip and would like to thank all of you who helped out with the planning. I had a great time and hope to return at the end of August as I already have a frequent flyer ticket for then which is when I had originally planned to go. This December trip was totally spur -of- the- moment when a $557. (base price) round trip airfare popped up , from L.A. to Buenos Aires, on American Airline. Plus, I really wanted to go during the Argentine summer. The weather was perfect. It felt like it was between around 75-85F.

As for my tours, I booked all of them through eternautus.com

I booked two private tours and two group tours.

1) Images of South America-group tour US$25. We were 11 people.
2) Paris of South America Walking Tour-group tour US$15.00. We were 3 people.
3) Palermo Viejo Walking Tour-Private Tour-US$91.00
4) Peronism Tour-Private Tour- US$166.00

All of the tours and guides were absolutely wonderful and spoke flawless English. The guide named Martin was exceptional. I had him for the two private tours.

The one tour that really stood out was the Peronism Tour which I will remember if I live to be 100.

I highly enjoyed all of the tours that I took through this company and it was worth the US$297. that I paid for the four tours that I took. I paid in U.S dollars, each day, that I met with the guide. I had exact change as they can't give change.

To book the tours, one must use a credit card and they only take American Express. Then if one wants to pay cash in either dollars or pesos, then it's OK. Or the tour(s) can be charged on the credit card. If a tour is not canceled within the time frame of cancelation, then the credit card will be charged. For those who do not have American Express cards, then the costs of the tour(s) can be paid through Western Union and one other means of payment that I can't remember off of the top of my head.

As for my accommodations: I stayed at the Hollywood Suites and Lofts apartments at Nicaragua 5490 between Juan B. Justo and Humbolt. The building just opened last year and is ultra modern...very Architectural Digest in style.

I had a 600 square-foot loft, with around 20-foot ceilings and a glass window the whole width and height of the apartment. I also had a large terrace with a dining table and two chairs and a view of the river in the distance. It was a very nice apartment. It was located in Palermo Hollywood. I liked both the building, staff, and neighborhood a lot. The kitchen was fully equipped. I was there for 5 nights.

The only thing I didn't like was the sound of the train. Buenos Aires is the noisiest city I've ever been in...traffic noise, train noise, siren noise, barking dog noise. And I always travel with foam earplugs, but two nights before Christmas, I got zero sleep, as the train traveled ALL night. And then Christmas Eve, fireworks went off, in my neighborhood from midnight until after 4:00AM. I thought the neighborhood was going to burn down...fireworks in a densely populated area with lots of trees. Scary.

I also stayed at the Melia Recoleta Plaza Hotel in the heart of Recoleta on Calle Posadas, a 3-block walk from the Patio Bullrich shopping complex and about a block from the Park Hyatt Hotel. The hotel was very nice and the location very good for shopping. I also enjoyed my stay there.

So, thanks again for all and I had no problems. The taxi drivers were all nice. I only took Radio Taxis as suggested and if I needed one I flagged a Radio Taxi on the street, not suggested, but I had no problems and I needed to get around. Sometimes, I'd also go to a hotel and have them get a taxi.

I used a remis twice, from the airport into Buenos Aires with Manuel Leon Tienda Company and from Buenos Aires back to the airport with a company that the hotel has used for years which was very good. The company was taxiactitours.com.ar. The telephone number for English speakers is: (15) 6178.1690. One can also hire a private car and driver from them. Happy Travels!

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