Argentina

Argentina

Etymology

South American nation, from Latin argentinus “of silver”; a Latinized form of (Rio) de la Plata, from Spanish plata “silver.” [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Bahía Blanca Social Entrepreneurship Meetup – People of any experience and training (social leaders, professionals, students, etc.), interested in human development and the promotion of Social Entrepreneurship (triple impact ventures), Social Innovation and B companies in general. [meetup]

Buenos Aires Fitness Meetup – Let’s get together for fitness activities in our neighborhood. We can also have events for just the ladies, just like men – outside, movies, dinner, and anything else that looks like fun. [meetup]

Buenos Aires Kayaking Meetup – Hi everyone, I would like to invite you to come to row and swim for one day at the Delta. For the ones that dont know the place, its where the Parana river confluence with De la Plata river, forming a beautifull delta with little streams and islands. the idea is to go early in the morning to be there around 11. We have to take the train to tigre, rent some kayaks and then we can row to a place where we can make a bbq swim and relax for some time. [meetup]

Comfort Zone Crusher Buenos Aires – We are a group of people who no longer want to worry so much about what others think. Do you get very nervous in social situations? Can not you talk to attractive people? Do you tremble when you have to give a presentation in the faculty? If something humiliating happens to you in public, can not you stop thinking about it? Perhaps worse do you not pursue your dreams because of the fear of being evaluated negatively by others? [meetup]

Eventos Para Singles En Buenos Aires – Welcome to THE MAGIC OF THE MEETING. A meeting space for those who are in search of new friends, and / or stable partner. We organize age-binding dinners, Theme Parties and Individual presentations for Couple Search. We invite you to be part of this group and activate your social life ! [meetup]

Foro Tecnologico de Salto – Group of people linked to ICT in the department of Salto. You will be able to meet with developers, quality analysts, architects, infrastructure specialists, designers, consultants, freelancers and others related to information technologies in Salto and throughout the north of the country. [meetup]

Go Córdoba – Group of gophers from Cordoba, Argentina. Enthusiasts of simplicity We are dedicated to learning, sharing and teaching about go (golang) and complementary technologies. Anyone interested in moving the path of new technologies is welcome to join. [meetup]

Impresión 3D en Argentina- Córdoba – Digital production, parametric design, movement Maker and various workshops will be soon to materialize your ideas! [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo.com – If you haven’t had any luck at the sites above, Badoo is a third option. The site was founded in 2006 in Soho, London and has over 300 million members in 190 different countries speaking 41 different languages. South America makes up the majority of Badoo’s user base. Through Badoo you can meet people from all over the world and chat with them, eventually finding dates and building social circles. [visa hunter]

Latin American Cupid – I have a profile on Latin American Cupid, and it is a good option for Argentina as well as other countries in South America (namely Peru, Panama, etc). It wasn’t always this way. When the site started out, the number of Argentinians was few and far between. With that said, the Cupid Media dating site brand is second-to-none, and it is definitely worth setting up a free profile and trying your luck while you are in Argentina. [visa hunter]

Match.com.ar – Match Argentina was launched in 2002 and is the second best dating site in Argentina. With over 300,000 profiles, Match Argentina (match.com.ar) has a dependable, user-friendly website that mirrors its parent site Match.com [visa hunter]

OKCupid – OkCupid is a no-cost dating website that reaches an international audience. Using an expansive matching system based on questions and complex algorithms, the best possible matches are made. It’s a last chance dating option for Argentina. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Argentina Free Walking Tours – Our purpose is to promote and disclose Argentina places where you can find a walking tour. through our website you can discover the places, times and activities carried out in the different provinces of Argentina. [argentina free walking tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Find your Latin American rhythm in Buenos Aires – Sabor a Tango provides a glamourous setting for a tango show that features expert dancers, gaucho music and Argentinian folklore as well as an orchestra. Go on Saturday to catch the Italia Unita milonga in full swing. [timeout]

Go trekking – 3 different ways – Two treks, each for varying ability, allow you to journey directly on the surface of the Perito Moreno glacier with the aid of crampons strapped to your shoes or boots. The ‘Mini-trekking’ hike consists of a two-hour walk – an excursion that requires a bare minimum of physical fitness, and is recommended for reasonably healthy people from ten to 65 years of age. A second option is the ‘Big Ice’ excursion, a more demanding seven-hour hike over the ice. [timeout]

Indulge in spa luxury – If you feel the need to escape the big-city traffic and pollution, the headlines or the heat, then a few days’ decompression in Casa Calma should more than do the trick. ‘Wellness’ suites and premium suites each come with their own sauna and jacuzzi, and the rooms themselves are bright and spacious, with a faintly Scandinavian air. The hotel is a new-age haven in which ambient forest sounds play softly in the hallways, and where you can order a massage as well as purchase items from the ‘wellness boutique’ gift basket. As a bonus, there’s an honesty bar packed full of snacks and refreshments in the lobby. [timeout]

March with the penguins in Punta Tombo – A desolate-looking place, the three-kilometre-long, sand and gravel covered Península Valdés, is home to the world’s largest Magellanic penguin colony. Over half a million penguins arrive here to breed every year between September and March, when the weather gets warmer: building their nests under bushes or in small burrows. [timeout]

Saddle up in gaucho country – Almost everywhere you go in Córdoba, someone is hawking a ride on the back of a horse. But in two opposite corners of the sierras, two breeders are sending travellers out on the backs of animals of a decidedly different class, making for thrilling equestrian adventures.March with the penguins in Punta Tombo. [timeout]

Stargaze in unspoilt Barreal – Far from the atmospheric contamination and luminescent interference of populous settlements, and against a backdrop of snow-capped Andean peaks, sits one of the Southern Cone’s most important astronomical observatories. Stargazing in this corner of the world is easy: the incredibly clear skies remain cloudless almost 300 nights a year. [timeout]

Take a drive of your life – Crossing the Sierra Grande via the sinuous Nueva Ruta de las Altas Cumbres is, on a sunny day, a very pleasant drive. On a foggy night, the complete darkness on the uninhabited Pampa de Achala can be terrifying. This route passes the Fundación Condór, which has an informative photographic exhibit about its efforts to protect the endangered Andean condor. [timeout]

Take a moonlight tour of Iguazú Falls – When it comes to destinations to see before you die, the Cataratas del Iguazú should rank near the top of the list. There’s nothing quite like this towering mass of spray and sound, which can be found straddling two countries amid 2,250 square kilometres of parkland. Some 275 waterfalls punctuate this stretch of river. In order to explore the Brazilian side comprehensively, you should probably opt for a boat trip or tour. [timeout]

Taste a trio of tipples in Mendoza – Not content with producing some of the finest wines in Argentina, Achaval Ferrer offers one of the most interesting wine tours in Mendoza. The barrel tasting includes a unique sampling of each varietal that makes up its top label, Altamira, followed by the impressive blend itself. The guides are passionate about their subject, and not afraid to divulge some of the bodega’s wine-making secrets. The cost of the tour is deducted from any purchases made. [timeout]

Taste test Argentina’s best beef – This classic but outstanding parrilla prides itself on a meat menu that’s a cut above the rest, and an outstanding wine list. Thanks to owner Pablo, who sends his waiters to wine school, your server will be able to help you choose the cabernet that best complements your bife de chorizo. [timeout]

Festivals

Festivals

Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival – This 10-day festival in April highlights the world-wide independent film scene. Producers and directors from around the world come to Argentina to promote their work. [iexplore]

Buenos Aires Tango Festival – This festival takes place in the capital in March and attracts people from all over Argentina who want to celebrate the tango. Special performances are held all over the city and classes and parties are widespread. [iexplore]

Gualeguaychu Festival – During January and February, the town of Gualeguaychu holds a colorful, large-scale carnival with fun-filled dancing, live music and massive parades. [iexplore]

Oktoberfest in Argentina – Oktoberfest in October in Cordoba’s Villa General Belgrano district is a five-day celebration of all things Bavarian. Started by immigrants in the last century, it attracts big crowds for German food, German music, and of course, German beer. [iexplore]

San Antonio de Areco Gaucho – Also known as Dia De La Tradicion, the Gaucho Festival in November is a cowboy event that’s been running for over 70 years on the edge of the town in Parque Criollo. A giant country fair and criolla barbeque, the main rodeo event is the jineteada gaucha, when young horses are tied to a pole, blindfolded and agitated. The cowboy who can withstand their bucking the longest wins. [iexplore]

Tilcara Carnival Festival – The city of Tilcara holds their annual Carnival for nine days in January and February to express their gratitude toward the Earth. They believe the devil takes possession of their souls during the Carnival, which gives the typically reserved people a chance to let loose. When the festival is over, the devil is placed in a hole and buried until the following year. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Local Argentine buses, called colectivos, are notorious for charging down the street and spewing clouds of black smoke while traveling at breakneck speeds. Riding on them is a good way to see the cities and get around, providing you can sort out the often complex bus systems. Buses are clearly numbered and usually carry a placard indicating their final destination. Sometimes, identically numbered buses serve slightly different routes (especially in big cities), so pay attention to the placards. To ask ‘Does this bus go (to the town center)?’ say ‘¿Va este colectivo (al centro)?’ [lonely planet]

Hitchhiking – Along with Chile, Argentina is probably the best country for hitchhiking (hacer dedo) in all of South America. The major drawback is that Argentine vehicles are often stuffed full with families and children, but truckers will sometimes pick up backpackers. A good place to ask is at estaciones de servicio on the outskirts of large Argentine cities, where truckers gas up their vehicles. [lonely planet]

Subway – Buenos Aires is the only Argentine city with a subway system (known as the Subte), and it’s the quickest and cheapest way of getting around the city center. [lonely planet]

Taxi & Remise – The people of Buenos Aires make frequent use of taxis, which are digitally metered and cheap by US and European standards. Outside the capital, meters are common but not universal, and you’ll need to agree on a fare in advance. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Cordoba Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

Digital Innovation fwd – Digital Innovation Meetup Group is an informal professional group that is focused on developing relationships, brainstorming, and fostering technology s mobile innovation. [meetup]

Digital Ocean Buenos Aires – Meet software developers of all skill levels to share resources, learn, and form discussions around cloud and devops topics including configuration management, containers, databases, monitoring, virtualization, scalability, performance, and more. [meetup]

Google Developers Group Cordoba – This is the local group of Google Developer Groups. We are developers who program in C, Python, C ++, Go, Javascript, Java; And we use Google technologies like Android, App engine, Angularjs, Go and many others. [meetup]

Nomades Digitales – The evolution of telecommunications has reached an extreme where we no longer need our physical presence in a large list of jobs. In addition companies have been looking for new perspectives to increase productivity and reduce costs by hiring independent professionals. [meetup]

Product Tank Buenos Aires – ProductTank provides an opportunity for Product Managers in Buenos Aires to exchange ideas and experiences about Product Design, Development and Management, Business Modelling, Metrics, User Experience and all the other things that get us excited. [meetup]

WordPress Córdoba – Group for people working with WordPress, from programmers, designers to end users in the vicinity of the city of Cordoba Capital. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Buenos Aires Daytime Language Exchange – Daytime Language exchange for travellers, digital nomads, four hour work week-ers, students, shift workers, unemployed and ladies who lunch! For people who can meet in the daytime when everyone else is working! Most commonly Spanish-English but all languages welcome – we’ll meet at various cafes to chat, ask questions, read out and ask for corrections, whatever type of learning suits you. Non-commerical. [meetup]

Córdoba Language & Culture Meetup – This group aims to practice English and meet new people! [meetup]

MATE Club de Conversación Language Exchange Meetup – Mate Club is a weekly meeting in Buenos Aires between natives of English and Spanish who wish to practice their language skills and meet new people from all over the world. [meetup]

Mundo Lingo Buenos Aires Language Exchange Meetup – How does it work?: We have flag stickers from every country/region so that you can identify where people come from and the languages they speak. The subjects and the languages spoken are freely chosen. Our events are free, and always will be. [meetup]

Spanglish Exchange BA – Language exchange – Spanglish is a language exchange that brings together native English speakers, native Spanish speakers, and just enough beer to make it less intimidating to practice a foreign language. [meetup]

Speaklink – Speaklink is a network for people to come together in-person to freely exchange language and culture. Wherever you are in the world, you can attend a Speaklink event. There will always be events near you, because if it doesn’t exist yet, you can create it! Don’t be shy about your knowledge or language level… we are in this to benefit from and help each other. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Como vos – Grupo LGBT – Meetings, parties and other activities with people “like you”. I met the friends of your life. [meetup]

FA LGBT – The Argentine Federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans is a network of organizations that work throughout the country for full equality for the collective of sexual diversity. Founded in 2005, it now has a presence in the 24 provinces of Argentina, building equality in diversity. [fa lgbt]

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