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Author: Darek

Co-founder of Eureka Travel
Pizza time Porteño style.

Pizza time Porteño style.

Every city has its classic culinary hangouts, from snobby to gritty, from quiet to rowdy. A place where the locals go and relish and the out-of-towners stick out like a carrot nose on a snowman. Pizzeria Güerrin is one of those places in Buenos Aires. It definitely belongs to the rowdy and gritty type. Located on Avenida Corrientes, one of the busiest arteries of this city. It caters mostly to the local crowd who need a quick and tasty meal…

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Alerce Costero National Park, newest NP in Chile.

Alerce Costero National Park, newest NP in Chile.

In February 2012, after a long process of joined cooperation between Nature Conservancy, the Chilean government and local communities Alerce Costero National Park was born. Nature Conservancy has been acquiring large pieces of land on the coast of Chile just south of city of Valdivia. In 2003 it has purchased 148,000 acres to create a Valdivian Costal Reserve and recently transferred part of that land to Chilean government to create the park. The new park spans 62,000 acres in area…

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Weaving ancient art with modern technology.

Weaving ancient art with modern technology.

We have recently visited Pasadena Museum of California Art to check out an interesting exhibit of hand-woven tapestries incorporating QR codes. The project is a brain child of Chilean born artist Guillermo Bert who resides in Los Angeles, California. Combining ancient art of textile weaving with today’s technology of encoding information via QR codes the artist accomplished an interesting fusion of both worlds. QR codes have some resemblance to ancient South American symbols and blend in seamlessly into traditional designs….

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Retro Buenos Aires aerial photos, part 2

Retro Buenos Aires aerial photos, part 2

Here is a gallery of the historic pictures taken by the two young and brave men. For those of you who have traveled to Buenos Aires before this will be a fun treat as you compare your photos and memories to these photos taken 90 years ago. You can click on each photo for a full size. All of the photos were used with permission of Borra Family Collection/Collecion Familia Borra; pictures were taken by Enrique Broszeit and Juan Bautista…

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Buenos Aires from the air, 90 years ago

Buenos Aires from the air, 90 years ago

adapted from the  original article which appears in laNacion.com In the 20 and the 30 Juan Baptist Borra and Enrique Broszeit, two young pilots and adventurers, flew over the city in a two-seater and registered in photos their routes; 90 years later their crazy adventure turned into an invaluable collection of photographs. They were two audacious Bohemians who took any chance to fly over Buenos Aires learning the craft of aerial photography. It was the 20’s and little was known…

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Argentina’s government issues a special permit for BBQ

Argentina’s government issues a special permit for BBQ

AFIP, the Argentine equivalent of the IRS in the US has issued a special application  required to obtain a permit to have a BBQ. The form requires filling out information regarding the quantity and the variety of meat planned for BBQ as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Should the participants also desire to drink mate during the party, additional form needs to be filled out. Prior consumption of appetizers must be reported on a separate form. In case of music…

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Reciprocity fees when traveling to Argentina

Reciprocity fees when traveling to Argentina

NEW RECIPROCITY FEE FOR U.S./AUSTRALIA/CANADA TOURIST OR BUSINESS VISITORS Effective October 31, 2012 (Aeroparque, this is valid only for people taking International flights into Aeroparque) and December 28, 2012 (Ezeiza) The National Immigration Agency (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) has added a new form of payment of the reciprocity rate (visitor visa – rate for Americans of USD$160, Australia USD 100 and Canada usd 75 single entry), through the Provincia Payment System. Until now, this fee was paid upon arrival at…

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Chilean Patagonia dam-free, at least a while longer.

Chilean Patagonia dam-free, at least a while longer.

In the recent NRDC newsletter a brief report was published that two companies (Colbun and Endesa Chile) involved in the controversial project of damming Baker and Pascua Rivers in the Aysen region of south Patagonia have backed out. Chilean government have long looked at the possibility of exploring that region for hydroelectric power. Chile, with its growing economy and rising standard of living as well as intensive mining industry is power starved. We have personally witnessed a huge power blackout while visiting…

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South American olympic medal count and other interesting trivia.

South American olympic medal count and other interesting trivia.

11 countries from South America went to London this year to compete in 2012 Olympiad. Out of those countries only three have won medals so far: Brazil with the count of 6, Colombia with 3 and Venezuela with 1. The total of 10 medals is well below that of the United States which as of this writing holds 43. But as we all might think, the Olympics is not just about the medal count, it’s about the coming together of…

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Evita is the new face of Argentina’s 100 pesos

Evita is the new face of Argentina’s 100 pesos

Eva Duarte de Peron continues to be a strong presence in Argentine life. This time on the face of a 100 peso banknote designed and printed to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her death. Evita is the first woman in Argentine history to be featured on a banknote. For now, there will be a limited number of the bills in circulation as a commemorative issue. However, Argentina’s president Christina de Kirchner Fernandez has plans to replace the current 100 bill…

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