BA and Argentina

Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 10:19 AM
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BA and Argentina

We will be in BA for about 8 days. Are there safety considerations when travelling with pre-teen children?

How about side trip. Are there any sites, or side trips we should avoid on account of the children?

Thanks for the help
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 02:31 PM
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Safety should not be an issue with pre-teens. Argentinians are very warm people. Nobody's gonna want to snatch your kids. I would employ normal common sense, although travelling with pre teens is pretty much the same as elsewhere. Your kids will love the vibrancy of BA, and Uruguay and El Tigre are probably nice side trips.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2005, 09:39 PM
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We were in Argentina for one week and had no problems. We did not wear expensive jewelry and we used hidden pockets for our money. We found the people warm and gracious.
Hope you have a great trip.
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Old Feb 4th, 2005, 10:30 AM
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Thanks. It should be a fun trip.
I have heard suggestions about leaving jewelry at home.
With 7 days to spend in Argentina what would be considered the can't miss sites. (In or out of the country) Suggested iteneraries????
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Hi,
We wemt to the Iguazu Falls for one night and enjoyed the beautiful sites. We arranged the trip through Cinita at wowargentina. com She did a great job. We requested staying at the Sheraton on the grounds. A so so hotel. We had dinner at the Iguazu Resort and Gambling Hotel about 30 minutes away. It had a beautiful pool and seemed much nicer. Others may have ideas as well. We took the tram and walked to this beautiful site overlooking the falls. We went to the local market which was ok. I might have preferred a side trip to the tigre area. If your kids are interested in leather jackets, we ordered 4 jackets at a place close to the Marriot Hotel in BA. On the side street off the side entrance of the hotel at the start of Florida street. It was called Maria and ... I can's saw if it was the best but our friends was pleased with the jackets and we were as well. It took about two days to have custom fitted jackets that we took home with us. We dealt with an Asian women there who was very good.
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You will be here for a very short time, but you must see Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazu Falls), you`ll adore them. In Buenos Aires, I think you should hire a city tour. Try to do a city tour on Sunday to be able to see the market of San Telmo (antiques), Recoleta, La Boca and other places. I hope you can enjoy my beautiful country!
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Old Feb 25th, 2005, 05:15 PM
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steelhead, when are you going? i am going in april ith and 11 and 14yr old.

if you're back before then, can u put up a trip report?
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We just returned from Argentina, also with two pre teen children in tow. No problems at all. Indeed, they were never looked at askance in any restaurant, even in the evening, I felt much more comfortable taking them to restaurants in BA than in NYC, where we live. As far as comfort on the streets we always felt comfortable and flagged cabs constantly. Argentines are extremely warm, you'll have a great time.
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Old Mar 2nd, 2005, 08:29 AM
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did u go to iguazu? did u need to rooms? where did u stay?

in BA, where did u stay? how long were you there? did u need 2 rooms there?
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We stayed at the Four Seasons. They permitted us to have two children in the same room but, it was a suite and yes very expensive. Yet, it did avoid having two rooms that most hotels required. The Marriott Plaza (which we were not too fond of - they showed us a very old room) may permit two children in the room with a small surcharge. Also, I believe the Intercontinental does too, which is a very good property. Email the hotels.

We did not go to Iguazu, rather we went to Rio after BA. Rio was great. Iguazu I am told is terrific but, it was simply too much. Also, I doubt our younger son would have gone on the boat to see the falls and, we wanted to avoid that situation.

We stayed in BA about 4 days. We saw a lot and used Cintia at wowargentina. Her advice is right on and she and her husband are top notch. I would simply email her and put your trust in her hands. Every city should have a guide like her.

Take the tour of the Teatro Colon and the Matador Fair would be great for kids. Also, dining is terrific. There is a spot called El Sanjuanino in Recoleta that is famous for empanadas. Best I have ever had. Very inexpensive and terrific. Although BA dines late, every place we went was certainly crowded by 9 p.m., even if the "busy" hour was more towards ten. Go to La Cabrera in Palermo Viejo. Outstanding steak, lots of fun and not expensive.
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Hi, I agree with tengo hambre ( by the way how come you chose this NAME?..., your English seems top notch, are you English?- it is kind of unusual you have chosen such a funny name in Spanish)
the only thing I would advise differently is not to flag taxis in the street, you could do that but you should know which ones, , to play it safe call reliable taxis or flag those from well known companies, i.e. Premium, Tu Taxi, Pidalo,....
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Graziella: I am a native New Yorker but speak Spanish. I figured TengoHambre well suited my disposition. I love food and a highlight of my travels anywhere is local food. BA was terrific. I will write a trip reort soon on this forum since the feedback from others was so helpful to me prior to my triip. On the taxis -- I agree with you. Calling ahead is better. But, speaking Spanish I felt comfortable and we always hailed a cab that said "radio taxi," always took one that was "moving" (not one waiting at a corner or at a tourist destination or mall) and generally had an idea of the correct direction. Our experiences were universally postive. The taxi drivers were all good, most wanted to talk and I had better experiences with them than NY taxi drivers. As others have said, taxis are very inexpensive.
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Hi tengohambre thanks for the feedback, I am looking forward to read your trip report.
I live in the US but come often to Montevideo and Bs As because I have grandchildren here.
I am glad that you enjoyed your trip...
take care.
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