Rio or Buenos Aires?

Old Jul 14th, 2002, 11:46 AM
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Rio or Buenos Aires?

We are seasoned international budget travelers who have 7 to 10 days to spend abroad at the end of November. We are seeking advice on potential destinations. Which of these cities is more spectacular and why?
Old Jul 14th, 2002, 12:03 PM
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Both are great destinations and November is a nice time to visit both cities. Rio is far more scenic, Bs As has a unique old-world atmosphere. To make the most out of yout stay, be sure to book accomodations in the one of the following areas: In Rio, it should be 'Leblon' or 'Ipanema'; in Buenos Aires, the 'Recoleta' district. Have fun!
Old Jul 14th, 2002, 12:10 PM
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Rio is exciting in November, Samba schools are really heating up in anticipation of Carnaval. You can attend a Samba School Rehearsal which can be a wonderful experience, second only to actually experiencing the exuberance of Carnaval itself.
Brazil will also be riding the World Cup High all year! My vote goes to Rio de Janeiro! Have fun! Jill
Old Jul 15th, 2002, 09:51 AM
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Marthe -

I was recently in both of the cities.
Rio is far more exciting than Buenos
Aires. People are friendly, happy and
if you exercise caution (don't wear
expensive jewelry, cameras, etc.) and
stay in busy areas you will enjoy Rio
as it is very scenic with a lot to do.

I found Buenos Aires sad, expecially now
witht heir financial problems. I found
the streets dirty, many store windows
boarded and a general depressing atitude among the population. If you go
there take in a Tango House in the evening, go to Boca, a beautiful
section of B.A. where the tango was born, and visit the Japanese garden.

There is so much to do in Rio....
Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Tijuca forest,
and if you have time, try to go to
nearby Buzios, beautiful beaches.LARRY
Old Jul 15th, 2002, 01:20 PM
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I would also vote for Rio de Janeiro, not only because it is my favourite city in Brazil, ..
but you can be sure that you will love Rio, the people, the music, the nature, and the spirit of all there,..Rio is really the most wonderfull city of the world!
Try it!!!

If you have special questions about Rio, you can send me an E Mail, cause I have been there a lot of times and could give you insider-advice!

Old Jul 16th, 2002, 12:27 PM
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I have lived and worked in both. From
a tourist standpoint I vote for Rio hands down. But be careful and stay in well lit crowded areas at night.
Old Sep 13th, 2002, 06:17 AM
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SAME EXACT dilema I'm facing. I'm planning to go in January. Looking for a great nite life & beach.

I'm leaning towards Argentina, it might a little bit safer than Rio.
Old Sep 14th, 2002, 02:19 AM
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To SiD. Buenos Aires is my favorite city on earth outside of the United States. But January is the middle of summer and lots of people are out of town on vacation, which dampens the normally vibrant night life.
Many vacationers head for the beach at Mar del Plata, one of my least favorite destinations in Argentina....MDP is something like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina or Panama City, Florida, or, perhaps, Atlantic City.....only the beach is not as good...very commercialized, overun with tourists, way too many tacky souviner shops....

Marthe...Novemeber is a good time to visit Buenos Aires. Spring-like weather, lots of people out and about...enjoy the parks, museums, etc (see argentina posts for things to do).....Whoever suggested that you stay in Recoleta was exactly right...a very nice area of town...clean, relatively safe...
Old Sep 16th, 2002, 06:57 AM
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No doubt Buenos Aires is the best city in Latin America ! You have all the fun you have in Rio, but BA is more european, more glamorous, more fashion... In BA you have the best places to eat, great bars and pubs and the best discos, and now is so very cheap to do all the shopping! I recommend you check it will really help you with your choice !
Old Sep 16th, 2002, 07:02 AM
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I would have to choose Buenos Aires, not only because I liked ir more than Rio, also because nowadays is safer (in Rio you cannot carry jewllery, expensive snikers, cameras, cool sunglasses etc... it is a bit unconfortable always to be extremally careful... so, go to BA !!
Old Sep 16th, 2002, 11:39 AM
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Frankly, it seems both of them are lacking. The economic conditions in Buenos Aires seem to have an effect on the character of the people, if not the architecture, which is more spectacular than Rio, which has natural sights. Both seem to be depressed financially, as there seemed little worth buying.
Old Sep 16th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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Rio, by far. The people are friendly, nice, and beautiful. The beaches are active all day and night. November is a wonderful time to be there, since it is not too hot and it isn't overly touristy. Lots of beautiful scenery and the food is, in general, much better.
Old Sep 16th, 2002, 01:14 PM
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Been all over south America and I would have to say Rio. Rio is not dangerous, people like to blow things out of perportion, just because they have high poverty does not mean that it is dangerous. This is a great city! If you go, go with open eyes and you will love it.

Old Sep 17th, 2002, 06:30 PM
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I totally agree with Paul. I love Buenos Aires. I've been there twice this year already and I just bought tickets for November and again in December for 15 nights (although I'm spending New Year's Eve in Rio).

Buenos Aires has it all.
Old Sep 18th, 2002, 12:45 PM
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Rio, no doubt!
Old Sep 18th, 2002, 12:49 PM
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why not both? It takes a three hours flight .check our site
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