Private Drivers in BsAs

Old Sep 11th, 2006, 10:31 AM
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Private Drivers in BsAs

My fanily will be traveling to Argentina in Decamber. Does anyone have any recoomendations for a private driver in BsAs that can take us to all the important sights and also do transfers to and from the airport?
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 10:50 AM
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I recommend Ana Luna. She met us at the airport last year and I believe she also does city tours in BA.
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Old Sep 11th, 2006, 11:21 AM
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Are you looking for a guide or a car with a driver. In Argentina there are many companies called remises that will drive you around in a nice car, with a polite driver and charge like a taxi.
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Old Sep 12th, 2006, 08:17 AM
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Graziella5b- We are looking for a private car with a guide /driver. The driver would be taking us to the important sights with information about the sigts as well. Any recommendations?
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Old Sep 12th, 2006, 03:24 PM
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Hi
I'm a tour guide and driver in Buenos Aires. As I'm a "porteno" and I work daily as a guide I might be helpfull in your require.
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Old Sep 13th, 2006, 11:19 PM
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Just returned from fantastic 16 day trip to Argentina with arrangements done wtih Silvia at [email protected] or www.argentina2rs4u.com.ar. She arranged all our transfers to and from both airports as well as hotels in BA, Iguazu, Salta, etc. She emailed us boarding passes for Agentina Airline flights which saved us probably an hour of standing in line at the airport since we could use the web check in where there was no line.

We used radio taxis for transportation within the city. The hotels are happy to call for them for you and indicate where you want to go. We found them quite inexpensive. If you speak Spanish and have exact addresses, the drivers will have no problem. We have limited Spanish, but always got to our destination. Many sights are located within walking distance of each other. We liked taking the taxi to one area and then exploring sights on our own time schedule rather than being on a guide's timetable. The city has so much to explore and see! A good guidebook will tell you about the popular sights, and most hotels also have tourist type guides/maps with brief information on the more popular destinations. If you do want a guide, be sure to request a guide in the language you speak since there are many languages spoken in BA. It is such a friendly city in a beautiful country we keep returning for more visits!
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Old Sep 14th, 2006, 08:39 AM
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Hello rjbriskin:

My wife and I spend 4 weeks in Bs. As. and more time in other places in Argentina.

All of our internal travel, tours and transfers were dome by Mercedes of Argentina Escapes.

She did a great job and got us better rates than we could have on our own. Foreigners, at times, are charged more than locals. She also had recommendations to our advantage from the point of view of a local professional.

One of the day trips we took that we did not read about in Footprint, a very good tour book, was the train from Maipu to Delta. Tren de la Costa. That is an electric train where you can stop as many times as you wish along this route, off and on to enjoy the sights at the various station stops. Well worth while.

Tango shows can be expensive but enjoyable. There are different offerings, some not so expensive.

Florida, a walking street, is mostly tourists so one can expect to be treated like a tourist there. Expensive with pick pockets too, still, not to be missed. I walked with my hand in my pocket on my cash. I do not wear gold jewelry when we travel.

Mercedes is very highly recommended. We found her to be reasonable and not after our last dollar, so to speak.

Bs. As. is an exciting city with lots for everyone to enjoy.

La Boca district is the dock area also very much after the tourist. Not safe at night, otherwise certainly worth a stop.

San Telmo is a pleasant area with a vast market on the week end. Check it out for yourself. We saw everything there from street tango to flea market syle booths selling everything even a pair of snow shoes!

Remiss is the way to go. They do not have a meter but charge according to distance. When you phone for one, they will take your name. The driver will ask your name to be sure he has the right party. At the same time you will know that you have the right car. The comapny name is on the side of the vehicle. Do not expect the remiss to reply to a phone call from a phone centre. These are often pranks but any hotel will call one for you if you happen to be staying there or not. At least one large shopping centre has a remiss station, I can not remember which.

We used a very large firm, called PREMIUM phone 5238 0000 and were satisfied. We used them regularly and they soon knew us by their computer records. Many of the drivers were professionals, engineers, accountants who had employment problems due to the recent difficult economic times.

Also, be sure to try Freddo's for ice cream. The have many outlets. Also Bonafide are an excellent chocolate and candy store. Umm, I can still taste their candy!

Leather is a great buy for quality and price.

Have fun, we certainly did.

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Woodie, I appreicate your posts. We're leaving for B.a. in less than a month and we're using Mercedes also. She has been so helpful. Don't know how we could have put this trip together ourselves.

I'll use that company, Premium, for remiss rentals. Thanks for the number.

What Tango show did you see? Did you go to the Teatro Colon? I'm hoping we can get tickets, but I'm not sure if you can get them in advance. The website I found was in Spanish.

Did you take the 1/2 day private city tour?

Thanks again.
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Great information and also waiting for replys to Granny!
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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 08:50 AM
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I am posting this from our expert in Buenos Aires, AVRooster. It appeared in a long thread and might have been overlooked. My apologies if it is redundant.

Author: avrooster
Date: 09/12/2006, 02:48 pm
From the Colon's website:
http://www.teatrocolon.org.ar/inicioing.htm
Viernes 20, 20.00
Borís Godunov
Drama musical nacional en un prólogo y cuatro actos (1869, rev. 1874)
Modest Mussorgsky
Dirección musical: Stefan Lano
Puesta en escena: Mario Pontiggia
Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón
Coro Estable del Teatro Colón
Coro de Niños del Teatro Colón
(Sala principal ANT)

From one of my (AVRooster) posts in another forum:
you can contact the Colón in English, as I already indicated "I suggest you e-mail Carolina at [email protected] and ask her."

A friend of mine has secured tickets through a travel agent and another got tickets from her hotel. Enjoy your visit.

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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 09:29 AM
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I went to that website and it was in Spanish. Couldn't find how to translate it to English.
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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 09:37 AM
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Caroline in the ticket office can communicate with you in English. Write her at [email protected]

She should be able to answer your questions.
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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 10:42 AM
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cmcfong says: "our expert in Buenos Aires, AVRooster." Humph! LOL!!!
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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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In my book you are an expert.
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Old Sep 26th, 2006, 12:23 PM
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And that's why you are a vice-president of my numerous fan club. LOL!!!
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