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Bosque Los ArrayanesVilla La Angostura is perhaps one of the prettiest destinations in Patagonia. Now, the community wants to celebrate Christmas in a magic way attracting families and specially children. For 10 days starting on December 15th, everyone has been getting ready for another issue of “Fiesta Magica de la Navidad”.

The goal is to make this destination a favorite spot for children in Christmas time, both local residents as well as those coming from out of town.

With scenic views and magic sights it is difficult to imagine what else can the community offer, however, much more will be in place from majestic concerts to family activities that will be offered for free. Even Santa Claus will pay the community a visit at the “Arrayanes Forest“. This event has been nominated as one having national repercusion by the “Administracion de Parques Nacionales”.

The planned schedule is as follows:

December 15th: Concert by the “Orquesta Sinfonica de Neuquen”.
December 16th: Concert of flutes at the Arrayanes location by the “Orquesta de Flautas de San Martin de los Andes”.
December 20th: Concert of Children Chorus by Youth singers of Bariloche.
December 21st: Concert by the “Orquesta Cofradia and Coro Juvenil Municipal de Bariloche”.

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Tourist alert: ATMs with no cash

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As has been happening for the last few years, Argentina has been the target of visitors from Brazil. Aided by the rate of exchange -the Real being so strong-, brazilians have been traveling all over Argentina in vast numbers. Not only merchandise has been flying from shelves at grocery stores and clothings stores. There is now a new item that visitors from other countries will not be able to find. This time inside ATM machines: CASH!

Starting today, automatic teller machines will be delivering again paper money that has just arrived from Brazil. Still, the Central Bank of Argentina issued a note stating that most likely only “Banco Nacion” will be able to supply the $100 pesos notes as there is no time to distribute them to all ATMs. As days go by, the whole 100 million “100 bills” that were ordered -10 billion pesos- will be placed in the machines.

Tourists from Brazil and abroad are welcoming the relief as many had to wait long lines for cash from the few machines that had any supply left. But here is an alert to anyone coming to visit: problems may persist for at least another 2 weeks as distribution to all areas of the city is somewhat complex. And the demand for cash has been on the rise as retirees will be withdrawing their pensions in cash and supply will have to cover the extra money being paid -as bonuses- at the end of the year.

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Distances of argentine provinces

Below, please find the distances in KM from the most important landmarks to the City of Buenos Aires. One km is equivalent to 0.62 miles. For more unit conversions, use this metric conversion tool.

Double check flight schedules

Domestic flights airport Jorge Newbery is undergoing some renovations. As a result many arrivals and departures have been transfered to Ezeiza international and now air traffic became jammed at EZE. Aerolineas best solution has been to reduce in average 20 flights per day creating havoc in many customer’s schedules. Needless to say, Ezeiza is in chaos and AA 40% reduction in flights is looking to ameliorate the situation. 

As locals would put it “sobre llovido, mojado” meaning that unions moved swiftly in to take advantage of the situation  and put pressure on management, increasing their demands. Never a better time for a strike! The involvement of unions is inopportune as it politicizes the situation giving a chance to the government to come up with grandiose plans to reign in on the chaos.

As such, Juan Pablo Schiavi announced the creation of a “crisis committee” comprised of members of the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC), la Policía de Seguridad Aeroportuaria, Aeropuertos 2000, Aerolíneas Argentinas y el Organo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (ORSNA).

 What a mess and what a waste!

If you happen to be a visitor these days, urgently contact your travel agent and keep your ears to the ground.

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