Understanding the enchanting world of Argentine meat.

Here is a quick little guide with some translations that will help you enjoy the delicacy that is Argentine meat.

Aguja – Chuck Roast

Asado – Short Ribs, Roast Prime Rib

Asado De Tira – Chuck Ribs which are cross cut

Bife Ancho – Prime Rib, Rib Eye Roast, Boneless Rib Eye Steaks

Bife Angosto – Porterhouse or Strip Steak

Bife a la Rueda – Round Steak

Bife de Alcatra – Sirloin Steak

Bife de Costilla – T-Bone, Porterhouse Steaks

Bola de Lomo – Sirloin Tip, Knuckle

Colita de Cuadril – Rump Steak or end of the Rump Roast

Costillas - Rib Roast

Cuadrada – Bottom Round

Cuadril – Rump Roast or Rump Steak

Tapa de Cuadril – Top of Rump Roast

Entraña Fina – Skirt Steak

Entraña gruesa or centro de Entraña – Hanger Steak or thick Skirt Steak

Falda – Flank Steak

Matambre – Flank Steak

Nalga – Round

Tapa de Nalga – Top of Round Roast

Palomita – Shoulder Roast in Butterfly Cut

Peceto – Beef Round Steaks, Roast Eye of Round

Pecho – Brisket

Tapa de Asado – Rib Cap Roast

Tira de Asado - Short Ribs

Tripa – Tripe

Flight Hacking and how to make it work for you.

Get ready for take off!

Get ready for take off!

Gone are the days of waiting until the day before take-off to grab the last seats on a flight at a discount. With the evolution of the internet the travel industry has seen a lot of innovation, which has been mostly good for travelers. One area that still remains relatively complicated is finding the best deals on flights. As we are always searching for newer and cheaper ways to move around the world, the perpetual search for the best flights can be an exhaustive one. 

Fortunately there is a new and interesting solution: Flightfox

Flightfox allows travelers to actually set up a competition on their site which details the actual flight (ie: New York to Buenos Aires) they are searching for and all other preferences (ie: First Class, No layovers) involved. The ensuing contest invites Flightfox's international base of travel experts and flight hackers to participate in finding the lowest fare. The experts are rewarded by a fee paid by you in the range of about U$S30-U$S60 per flight. The savings can be substantial and the fun had running the contest and reviewing the results has its value as well. 

If you use Prodeo's referral link you can save an additional discount on the associated fee for running a flight contest: Flightfox

Make sure to try it out for your next time visiting us in Buenos Aires!

South American Entry Visas and Reciprocal Fees

South American Visa Requirements

South American Visa Requirements

We breakdown the sometimes confusing entry and reciprocal fees that are potentially charged to United States, Australian, Canadian and/or United Kingdom citizens when entering certain South American countries, including Argentina.

Entering some countries as a foreigner you just may be susceptible to the principle of reciprocity with respect to their visa policy. A country that adopts a reciprocal policy   imposes visa requirements and fees against citizens of other countries which impose visa requirements against its own citizens.

Below is listed each country in South America that applies the reciprocal visa requirement, and their respective processes and costs. Note that some countries require you to apply in advance while others allow you to pay in the port of entry upon arriving in the country. Please use this info as only a guide as requirements do change. It is advised to check with each country's respective Embassy prior to travel and to consult your airline as well.

Argentina

When:
Before arriving in the country you must pay online here. The fee used to be payable at immigrations in the port of entry when arriving in Argentina, but not so anymore. 

Costs:
U$S 160 - United States citizens
U$S 100 - Australians
U$S 75 - Canadians

Type of Visa granted:
Tourist

Term of Visa:
10 years (Apparently there is a 5 year option as well)

Length of each visit:
90 days

Departure Fee:
U$S 18

Bolivia

When:
Upon arriving in the country. Payable at immigrations in the port of entry. Supposedly it is only being charged upon entry to Ezeiza International Airport, but that has not been verified.

Costs:
U$S 135 - United States citizens
U$S 0- Australians and UK residents are allowed to visit for 90 days without charge.
U$S 0 - Canadians are allowed the first 30 days of a year for free, and the fee of U$S 35 is charged when staying beyond that term.

Type of Visa granted:
Tourist

Term of Visa:
Varies 

Length of each visit:

90 days a year - United States citizens
90 days - U.K. citizens and Australians 
30 days a year - Canadians

Brazil

When:
Prior to travel. You must go to the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa at least two weeks prior to travel. You will have to apply, pay the fee, give the Brazilian Embassy your passport for at least a day, and have the visa applied to it all before you depart to Brazil.

Costs:
U$S 140 - Untied States citizens
U$S 65 - Canadians
U$S 35 - Australians 

Type of Visa granted:
Tourist

Term of Visa:
Varies individually from 90 days to 10 years

Length of visit:
90 days

Departure Fee:
U$S40

Chile

When: 
Upon arriving in the country. Payable at immigrations in the port of entry. Supposedly it is only being charged upon entry to Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago but that has not been verified.

Costs:
U$S 131 - United States citizens
U$S 132 - Canadians 
U$S 61 - Australians 

Type of Visa granted:
Tourist

Term of Visa:
Valid for the life the passport

Length of visit:
90 days

Departure Fee:
U$S 30

Paraguay

When: 
Prior to travel. You must go to the Paraguayan Embassy or Consulate and apply for a visa at least two weeks prior to travel. You will have to apply, pay the fee, give the Paraguayan Embassy your passport for at least a day, and have the visa applied to it all before you depart to Brazil.

Costs:
U$S 65 - United States citizens
U$S 65 - Canadians
U$S 65 - Australians 

Type of Visa granted:
Tourist

Term of Visa:
Valid for the life the passport

Length of visit:
90 days

Departure Fee:
U$S 25


Bars, Recitals, Parties, Movies, Theater…find it all happening whenever and wherever in Argentina and around Latin America.

Party Time in Buenos Aires

Party Time in Buenos Aires

One of our favorite resources for figuring out what is going in Buenos Aires is the excellent website Vuenosairez.com. This site really seems to know what's happening. We are loving the interactive map of Buenos of Aires with the different events of the day plotted accordingly. It seems to be presently only available in Spanish, but with minimal skills in Español you should be able to navigate and select the right city and choose where and when you want to head out on the town. Check it out.

Museo de La Ciudad, Dorrego Ave, San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Think of the Museo de la Ciudad as a large living room of a local Buenos Aires grandmother full of knick knacks, artwork, objects, doors and everything and anything that could be related to Argentine culture. Although it may seem a bit all over the place, the museum is actually quite interesting and full of memorable items that worth pulling the camera out for. Enjoy a few  of our photos from our visit below. Museo de la Ciudad is located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Telmo on the famous avenue Defensa.

Address:
Defensa 219/223

Telephone:
4331-9855

Email:
museodelaciudad@buenosaires.gob.ar

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11-19hrs
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays: 10-20hrs

Concerts and Music Festivals in Buenos Aires

Concert Craziness

Concert Craziness

Springtime in Buenos Aires means a stellar schedule a of concerts, music festivals and all types of outdoor events. Buenos Aires is famous for being a highlight on the tour schedule of most bands, djs and performers. In 2012, Roger Waters broke live concert records by selling out nine consecutive nights at the national football stadium, River Plate Stadium. The infamous Creamfields electronic music festival is an all day adventure of dancing and general debauchery of no less than 80,000 people. These are just a few examples, Argentina's appetite and energetic vibe for music and live events is second to none. 

This site is a great resource for concerts and events in Buenos Aires and around the world: Pollstar

For buying to tickets to events in Argentina, most will be available through: Ticketek

So, what is going on in Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires knows how to party.

Buenos Aires knows how to party.

A famous question now has an official answer. 

Surprisingly, the Buenos Aires city government has provided us with  very comprehensive website that allows you to select the type of information that you are seeking to find throughout the city, and navigate it accordingly. You search by neighborhood, and/or by the service or attraction you are looking for. Complete with maps, audio and downloadable media, we are actually impressed by the public offering, in English (for the most part)!

Check it out: Buenos Aires City Guide

An interesting and very sexy design process.

Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra

We love design here at Prodeo. It is inherent in all of our thinking, architecture, furniture and collateral. We will use this blog to also feature good design concepts from outside the hotel that have some shared meaning or interest with the core philosophy of Prodeo. 

We recently came across an intriguing  description of the design process of a new edition of the  famous Sanskrit text the Kama Sutra. Even though we can not promise that any of the acts and positions described in the book will be practiced in your room during your stay at Prodeo, the designs and critical process depicted in the following article posted on Volcomunity by Malik Favre are certainly worth a look: Kama Sutra

New Year, New Gear.

We have been working hard behind the scenes. Thinking, designing, building and optimizing. New rooms, custom furnishings, new food, new wine, new website and a fresh vibe for 2012. The Prodeo team embarked on a mission to design and produce as many of the interior elements of its hotel that it could handle, the result has even surprised us!

Coming soon, we are going to start profiling a new design element of the hotel in a feature article series.

We will start taking room reservations soon.

Stayed tuned...