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Best Places To Live In Argentina

Living in Argentina is both fun and terrifying. I did a lot of research when trying figure out the best places to live. When I first decided to move from the United States I decided to finish up South America before I headed east to Africa and Asia. I figured that once I headed east I wouldn’t be heading back to this side of the world since I plan on retiring in Europe.

One of the reasons that I decided to live in Argentina was because its one of the unique countries in the world that has everything to do. So much in fact, that I needed to keep seeing things in Argentina after I started living in Chile. The other major thing that I considered is the economic situation in the country.

Day Trader in the stock market exposes me to the global economic situation and Argentina is of the verge of another economic collapse. Inflation is through the roof at over 30% and crime is on the rise in major cities as well. Having visited all of Argentina I can recommend the the best cities to live.

LIVING IN MENDOZA

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Park of General San Martin

Mendoza is the most American city that you will find in all of Argentina. Its the only city where I was able to find a Wal-Mart. Its a big enough city where you can find things to do and there are also a ton of things to do in the area. This is the heart of the wine country in Argentina and the city where you can access the biggest mountain in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua.  I’d recommend Mendoza to anyone since it has such a great balance.  Click here for pictures of Mendoza.

Advantages:

  • Weather is great year round
  • Crime is low
  • Lots of things to do in the area

LIVING IN BUENOS AIRES

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The capital of Argentina is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Commonly called the Paris of the South, this is the heart and soul of the country and also where law and order break down first. The arts in the city are overwhelming (in a good way) and the city is centralized to access all of the popular tourist attractions not only in Argentina, but in the entire area. Being the largest city in Argentina it can get dangerous, especially for those that don’t fit in or know what they are doing.

Petty crimes are common and with an upcoming economic crisis it doesn’t bode well for living in the city. The city is sweltering in the summer and does get quite cold for most people in the winter as well. Culture is both an advantage and disadvantage here since you have so much passion and arts in the city but at the same time you may encounter very rude porteños.  Good for anyone just keep an eye out for crime in the city.  Click here of pictures of Buenos Aires.

Advantages:

  • Location
  • Culture
  • Things to do

Disadvantages:

  • Weather – Extremes in both winter and summer (sweltering)
  • Crime
  • Culture

LIVING IN CORDOBA

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The Courthouse in Cordoba

The 2nd largest city is a great place to visit and live. Crime isn’t quite as prevalent as in Buenos Aires and there are great cultural activities as well. Being a much smaller city you may tend to get bored easily. Its not as centralized and since everything goes through Buenos Aires you will have to fly or take a bus to Buenos Aires when you want to travel. The city of Cordoba is a college town which means that school is out the city can feel rather baron.  I’d recommend Cordoba for the younger crowd. Click here for pictures of Cordoba

Advantages

  • Crime isn’t a big issue
  • Great for younger people

Disadvantage

  • Things to do

LIVING IN BARILOCHE

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The Mountains in Bariloche

For those who want a more laid back lifestyle I introduce you to the Switzerland of Argentina. This place is snow capped mountains and chocolate shops all over the place. The city isn’t big by any means so you won’t be able to find many cultural activities but the surrounding area makes it up! You can find enough outdoor activities that your heart desires. If you want a bit more city with the outdoors then you should choose Mendoza. It is typically cold year round being in the Andes mountains and in Southern Argentina.  I would recommend Bariloche for outdoor lovers and the older crowd.  Click here for pictures of Bariloche.

Advantages

  • Crime not an issue at all
  • Quite & Peaceful
  • Great for Outdoor Activities

Disadvantages

  • Location
  • May be to small for most people

Places that didn’t make the list

  • Calafate – Tiny city meant for visiting not living
  • Rosario –Nice city but Buenos Aires & Cordoba are similar and better
  • Ushuaia – Southern Most City in the world – tiny city, not a lot of things to do. Bariloche better choice
  • Salta – City in northern Argentina with tons of outdoor things to do, Crime is an issue
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Kelsey Freeman June 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Thanks for this list!  I have some contacts in Argentina and have considered spending a couple months there.  Salta and Bariloche appeal to be, as does Ushuaia.  I love small places (less than 10,000 people), so most of the places I’ll probably be looking at aren’t going to be on this list, but it’s helpful nonetheless!

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WanderingTrader June 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I loved Buenos Aires when I lived there Kelsey, it was chaotic but amazing at the same time. Any place in particular that you are thinking about going?

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WanderingTrader December 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

I honestly dont think that your government actually lists the proper statistics Leonardo.. there is a ,lot of corruption in Argentina. You don’t see riots on highways in Florida and you dont see attempted kidnappings there either. Buenos Aires is dangerous and while I respect the fact that you are defending your country, you are shielded to many of the views that an outsider would see because your government isn’t honest… one example would be the inflation rate that your government says is around 10% while it actually is well over 20 or 30%. I know i experienced the price increases while I lived there.

I do agree with you that the United States is a worse economic situation than Argentina.. it hasn’t shown yet because the UNited States is such a large and powerful economy compared to Argentina. In addition to that the Euro Zone crisis has grabbed the attention of everyone around the world which is why people aren’t focusing on the United States

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Joey July 1, 2012 at 2:12 am

Thanks!

¡VIVA PERON Y VIVA EVITA!

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Brooke August 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

Thank you for the information! My husband and I want to move to another country and after watching a documentary mostly filmed in Argentina I knew that was the place. The problem was finding a safe place to raise children (we have one but plan for another), so Mendoza sounds great! If you have any other reccomendations for a couple in their early twenties trying to start a life with their toddler, let me know! (It will probably be a few years before we move, have to prepare).

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Marcello August 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’d highly recommend that you consider not living in Argentina right now Brooke… they are in a pretty bad situation economically and things are getting worse as the government is privatizing industries left and right. Monetary controls were just put in place and now there is a black market for dollars at 2-3 times the official rate. Would recommend Chile or Colombia instead.

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sergio January 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

Argentina has gotten so expensive and dangereous that is not worth considering anymore. This is a perfect example of what most Americans do not understand about these countries: extreme volatility!

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TonyD March 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

So i have been doing some reach on what part of South America i want to live in. I think that Colombia would be my first pick since crime is low, economy is strong etc But i have friends in Brazil and they have great businesses that are doing great. I live in the USA Valencia,CA which is a good place but i want change, something new, exciting and a new start out of this country which everyone things is so great!!!!

any advice???

TD .

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Marcello March 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I dont think that you can go wrong with either Tony. I would prefer Colombia over Brazil for business and I would also consider Chile as well. Colombia for me is one of the best places to be in the world right now and they have immense upward potential. Let me know if you have any questions I will be heading back to Colombia in June.

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Jacob April 26, 2013 at 12:51 am

Hello, to Marcello specifically but open to all. I will be graduating from high school in a about a month, and this summer I’d like to be a bartender/waiter in South America. I’ll be taking the Spanish ap exam in a couple weeks, and I’m nearly positive that I won’t score below 4. I’ve been somewhat set on Argentina, but your comments about crime have bothered me a little. Could you help me out a little in planning this trip? Is it possible? Money isn’t much of an issue. I’m pretty sure I can afford whatever you think the lowest feasible cost is. Also, I’d like to sty for 1-2 months. Thanks in advance. My email is bowlman5@gmail.com .
-jack

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Maddie July 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

Hello all. My friend and I just graduated from high school and are taking ten months this fall to travel around South America. We are flying into Buenos Aires but then plan on going to Chile, Peru and maybe Brazil. We aren’t quite sure where we are going to stay our first night in Buenos Aires, is there a particular area anyone thinks is best? Also now I am very interested in going to Colombia as well. Would you recommend us spending a good amount of time there? And where are good places to go in Chile? Just looking for some advice. Thanks!

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Marcello July 24, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I would recommend Palermo SoHo and San Telmo for Buenos Aires. Colombia is a great place to visit and would recommend you try to spend some time to immerse yourself in the culture. Chile you can go to Patagonia, Valpo, Vine del Mar, and Atacama Desert. Easter Island is not to be missed but it quite a ways out. Hope that helps Maddie

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Athena August 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Hey there,
I’m going to Argentina to study for 3 months and will be living in Buenos Aires. Any tips on where I should stay? My school is in Belgrano, but I’ve heard Palmero or other neighborhoods are more fun. Is the public transportation reliable? Any tips? Thanks

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Marcello August 26, 2013 at 1:15 am

The mass transit system is a nightmare Athena and the metros are quite dated as well. I would recommend you to get a place as close to your school as possible. Taxis are quire a challenge as well as most of them will try to drive around to just charge you more. Hope that helps!

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Alea Scott August 29, 2013 at 9:30 am

Marcello…I want to flee the US. I love my country and where I live but I’m afraid of WWIII. Argentina is touted as the safest place to live. Where are American expats going.??? I don’t know anyone who has left to live in South America. Any ideas?

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Marcello September 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Argentina is one of the most dangerous places to and is not that safe in comparison to Chile. Chile I would say is the safest in Latin America. I would not recommend Argentina because of the economic problems facing the country. Lots of Americans are going to Chile and Colombia and there is starting to be a trend towards Peru as well but mostly Chile & Colombia.

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Carlo January 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

Argentina / Buenos Aires is a nightmare!

My GF has been held up at gun point seven times in the last four years. Crime is rampant in Buenos Aires. Corruption is terrible. Government services non-existent.

Buenos Aires in Summer gets to 40c and there are numerous power outages. Very few can afford air conditioning, and even if you can, no power = no a/c.

There is high unemployment, and those who are employed, worked under terrible conditions. Long hours, low pay, no benefits, and much abuse by their employers.

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, I love it and will probably go back, but I would not live there.

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Marcello January 8, 2014 at 9:47 am

Couldn’t have said it better myself Carlo

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Leandro October 14, 2013 at 6:24 am

Dear Marcello, I think is not proper to say that Argentina is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. There are crimes like in many countries,but Colombia or Brazil is worst,more poverty and narcos. Argentina together with Chile has the biggest standard of living in Latinoamerica. In mexico even it is common to see how narcos kill almost everyday people. I think in Argentina you can have more happy life than in developed countries which are often with good quality of living but materialistics and don’t know how to enjoy

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Marcello October 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Leandro I have traveled the world for over 4 years non stop, lived in over 12 countries across 5 continents. I think that I am well adept at telling people where to be careful. Argentina is more than just a place “where things happen” like other places in the world. There is an economic crisis and people are doing very bad there. People have to urge sever caution in the country because of the economic crisis right now. People don’t go to areas where the drug cartels are in Mexico. People visit and are in the direct line of fire for danger in Buenos Aires.

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Ron November 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hi
My partner Ben and I – happily immigrated from US (he is Thai) to Vancouver BC where we have great jobs, nice place to live and many friends. Soon we will retire (we are now dual Canadian citizens) and will have several months to travel while the final winter destination will be Ben’s hometown of Bangkok.
We are interested in Uruguay and other places such as Ecuador and Chile, and outside Argentina , like Cordorba. Your discussion here is helpful, too, pointing out different cities in Argentina. Any pointers? Ron

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Marcello December 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

Here is a list of posts Ron hope that helps
http://wanderingtrader.com/travel-blog/argentina-travel-blog/

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Clara December 4, 2013 at 2:59 am

I live in Buenos Aires City and to be honest, I live scared. The safest zones (the rich zones, where the tourism is) are surrounded by the most dangerous ones so you can never feel safe. There are people from all ages (and I mean boys from 7 years old, teenagers and men) that come up to you and tell you to give them all your money and your phone, otherwise they’d knife you or hit you. Some people are even killed. Girls and women don’t usually walk alone because of the kidnapping, day and night. People are attacked at their houses entrances to get their car stolen at night. The poor class get free netbooks from the goverment but not food. And I’m not even talking about the government denying everything, inflation, crime, poverty. They do nothing about it and talk about a common salary which with you can’t do anything. I would not recommend you to live here, and if you do, be careful and get to know where not to go. (I’m sorry for my bad english)

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Marcello December 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm

It is very well known I have talked about that in another post Clara about the dangers of the city. Thanks for the comment

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Tolun T January 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hello. I’m currently living in Buenos Aires but I’m thinking about moving. I’ve never seen anywhere else in Argentina yet. The question is;
I will open a recording studio. Which city of Argentina is better for a recording studio?

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Marcello January 25, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Tolun I honestly wouldn’t be able to give you any advice on that. You may want to look into Rosario or Cordoba.

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Gerry February 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

Hello Marcello! I am an American who has been living in Eldorado, Misiones for almost 2 years! My husband is Argentinian and wanted to be closer to family and I wanted to be able to stay home with the kids, so we decided to move to Argentina! Eldorado is the 3rd largest city in Misiones and the population here is over 47,500 inhabitants, (info. from Wiki-encyclopedia). The pros about living in this city is it’s slower paced, diverse ethnic backgrounds, nice people, very low crime, most stores and businesses are within walking distance, reliable bus system, taxis are abundant and affordable, your close to Paraguay and Brazil,(you need a visa for Brazil if you have an American passport!). Most people here cross the boarder to Paraguay for a better price on electronics, TVs and domestic appliances. There’s certain restrictions on bringing your purchases through the boarder when entering Argentina though! Very good and affordable private schools, beautiful “camping” areas, mini-waterfalls and nature all around you. Different species of birds and lush green trees and plants everywhere. Any woman is safe walking here at night, there’s a lot of joggers and walkers on the streets all over the city. The cons are inflation, it seems more prominent here, especially around “tourist season”, December through February. Food is about 25 – 30% more expensive than let’s say other big cities like Tucuman. The only hospital here goes on strike most of the time and ambulance response time is very poor, so medical attention, especially for emergencies, not very good. Eating out is very expensive, it’s a real luxury! This city seems like it is stuck in time; no movie theaters, no American fast-food franchises, 1 tiny museum! Not many gastronomical choices! Kind of sick and tired of “milanesas”, “empanadas” and “hamburguesas”! My husband and I are looking to move to Rosario, Santa Fe and looking to start a business. We figured we would have a better shot in a bigger city. So, what I was wondering is, what kind of a business would you recommend for that city? Also, could you list some pros and cons about healthcare, schools, crime, eating out, activities for families and cost of living (food, clothes,etc.)? Thanks!

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Marcello February 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

I really would have to do a lot more research would be able to advise you on what kind of company to open. I don’t think it is wise to do business in Argentina because of the economic and political climate there. Things are getting worse and worse in Argentina with the currency crisis so I don’t think it would be a good place to be right now when there are much better choices such as Colombia and Chile in Latin America.

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Gerry February 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Hello Marcello! Thank you for your reply! I couldn’t agree with you more! It seems like it’s getting worse here every single day! I love Argentina and it would be a great country if it weren’t for the economic and political situation here, like you had mentioned. But, unfortunately my husband does not want to go to another country, so we are basically stuck here for now. We have an opportunity to open a business and basically our options are here Eldorado (Misiones), Tucuman or Rosario. You couldn’t pay me enough to live in Tucuman. I think the crime there has gotten worse since 2 years ago! We were just there for Christmas and the whole city was in shambles! I guess because of the “saqueos” they had in November and then everybody finding out that the police were behind it all! Crazy huh?! Anyway, as you can see Rosario would be our best option. Thanks again!

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Mack March 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Greetings Everyone.

My name is Mack, European Canadian, and on an exploratory trip to find a new place to live.

After a long period in Costa Rica, I am presently exploring parts of Chile and will travel by bus early next week to Salta, Argentina. (Expected arrival 2nd of April).

I was hoping to get some feedback from expats living in Salta, or elsewhere in Argentina, to hear some of their experiences. Of course I would also like to meet people, so if there are places in Salta where expats meet I would be most interested to hear about that too.

Any other feedback and comments, positive and negative, are most welcome.

Thanks for your comments folks and looking forward to meeting some of you.

Mack

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Dari April 10, 2014 at 3:22 am

Hi, I would like go to Argentina to give birth for my baby. I will have with me 2 small kids (3,5 and 1,7 years old). We need some place without crime and nice place to spend 1-2 years there. Which city is better? I like Mendoza, Cordoba and Bariloche. Which place will better for family? How much cost rent in that cities?

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Marcello April 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Mendoza and Bariloche are your best bet

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Art May 11, 2014 at 12:26 am

Marcello,

Thank you for putting up all this information on Argentina. Reading it has been — from what you’re saying, probably quite literally — a life saver.

My wife and I live with our 4 year old in LA, and have recently been talking a lot about leaving the US. This is mostly based on our “gut feelings” (bad reason, I know) and “reading between the lines” of the news on economics. We’re in no way qualified to assess the situation — she’s in the arts, I’m in science — so getting input from someone like you, with your professional and life-experience perspectives, is invaluable in deciding a) whether we should actually uproot our family and emigrate, and b) where in the world we could possibly go to live safe, happy, healthy lives.

We had thrown Argentina around as a candidate, but, after reading your posts and responses to other people’s comments, I think we’re probably going to cross it off the list. You do, however, seem to be pretty high on Chile. Would you mind briefly describing its economic outlook, access to healthcare, and general culture (exposure to crime, ease of integration for foreigners, etc.)? Besides Chile, would you recommend any other countries, in or out of Latin America? Please feel free to tell us our concerns are better addressed by medication, and that the US is, in fact, the best place to be now and forevermore.

Thanks.

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Marcello May 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Art… Chile is the only first world country in Latin America. If you were going to choose one country to live in that would be best overall it would be Chile. Colombia also would be a great second choice overall. I prefer Colombia because of the style of living here. Medellin, Colombia is one of the best cities to live in my opinion. You can’t find a city like Medellin year round anywhere in the world. Peru is also coming up but I would say that Chile and Colombia would be the best options in Latin America.

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Carla July 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

marcelo don’t know what he is talking about. I am from Buenos Aires and I live in USA right now. In Miami downtown for example, be careful where your drive because gangs could stop your car. This happened to me once when I come back with a friend from a restaurant. I travel to Buenos Aires every other year for two month and I can come back late any hour at night without any problem. Please infor yourself before talking nonsense in a blog.

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Marcello July 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Buenos Aires is now one of the most dangerous cities in the world. I lived in Buenos Aires and have friends that live there. Locals in fact. There have been repeated attempted kidnappings on their lives. There are no attempted kidnappings in Miami. At least not in most parts of the city. Yes you can find trouble in Miami but I wouldn’t walk outside in Buenos Aires without watching my back and keeping my eyes open. Buenos Aires is extremely dangerous. They are also about to go through another government bank default. Every ten years there are is a default and things are going to get a lot worse in Argentina.

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Carla July 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

Chile is also corrupted. The government was also unstable, there were a lot of kidnappings with the dictatorship government and after that too. I know because I was there. Please, inform yourself.

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Marcello July 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Chile hasn’t had an instable government for years. It is the only 1st world country in Latin America for quite some time now. I didn’t say there WERE NOT problems in Chile. Fact of the matter is Chile is a safe place to live and do business and the best country to do business in South America.

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