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Almost Getting Robbed in Buenos Aires

September 23, 2012

After 8 months on the road, I’ve considered myself pretty fortunate for not having anything stolen from me yet. I’ve heard enough stories from fellow travelers that robberies/scams no longer seem as uncommon as I originally thought. Some were just petty theft while some were quite violent.

I met a guy who said he was walking alone one night in one of the cities in Guatemala and someone grabbed him while another person came over ...

Crossing the Andes: Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina

September 6, 2012

Santiago was my last stop in Chile and Mendoza is the closest Argentinian city to it. There are regular scheduled buses coming from Santiago de Chile’s bus terminal to Mendoza.

The bus ride took about 6 and half hours. Because this route crosses the Andes, there may be times when buses are not able to pass through because of icy/snowy road conditions.

I booked my seat with CATA bus line the day before for around ...

How to get a better exchange rate for your US dollars in Argentina with

September 4, 2012

When I was in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, I was chatting with a guy in my dorm room who was just in Argentina and lived there for about 4 months. I told him I was heading to Argentina as well and he gave me this very useful information on how to get a much better exchange rate for US dollars, better than the official rate.

Yes, you heard that right, better than the ...