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Where to Stay in Mendoza

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  Site Where: 25 de Mayo 1010, Mendoza, Argentina
January 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Eric Rosen will be bringing us his hotel recommendations for an interesting trip down in South America. He explains it all in our latest hotel guide--Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South.

Mendoza is probably my favorite destination in Argentina. Sure, there are the natural splendors of the glaciers in the south and Iguazu Falls in the north. Buenos Aires definitely beckons with her joie de vivre, impromptu tango street demonstrations, and what might just be the best clubbing scene in the world.

But Mendoza--sprawling, dusty Mendoza--nestled in the eastern foothills of the towering Andes, is still my favorite. Why? Because you can drink some of the best wines in the world for very little money, and then you can work off your hangover with a day of hiking, horseback riding, and white water rafting in the nearby countryside.

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Where to Stay in Santiago

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  Site Where: 61 Pio Nono, Santiago, Chile
January 29, 2009 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, Eric Rosen will be bringing us his hotel recommendations for an interesting trip down in South America. He explains it all in our latest hotel guide--Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South.

Santiago is not one of the most tourist-friendly destinations in South America. Perhaps that’s the last remnant of a past strewn with the wreckage of successive dictatorial regimes. Or maybe it’s just because the city itself isn’t that pretty despite the beautiful snow-capped Andes that saturate every vista. Most people don’t even exit the airport, but simply use the city as a transfer hub to Chile’s other points of interest. This is a city of over 6 million people, though, so there is still a lot of fun to be had, good food to eat, fine wine to drink, and sights to see.

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Where to Stay in Montevideo

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  Site Where: Bartolomé Mitre, 1361, Montevideo, Uruguay
January 28, 2009 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Eric Rosen will be bringing us his hotel recommendations for an interesting trip down in South America. He explains it all in our latest hotel guide--Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South.

Ever since I first found Montevideo on a map as a kid, I’ve wanted to visit the strangely named city, not least of all because it was in an odd-shaped little country called Uruguay that I somehow thought was Paraguay’s little brother. Ah, the logic of kids. Little did I know that the city was only named Montevideo because someone read a map wrong. The name derives from cartographer shorthand, where the site it was founded was listed as Monte VI, E. Oe., meaning “Mountain #6 oriented east-west” in Spanish. Still, I thought it was worth a quick visit.

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Where to Stay in Colonia del Sacramento

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  Site Where: Ituzaningó 232, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
January 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Eric Rosen will be bringing us his hotel recommendations for an interesting trip down in South America. He explains it all in our latest hotel guide--Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South.

I’m going to be honest. There is not a huge amount to see in Colonia Del Sacramento. Most people just zip in and out in a day. The main draw is the fact that the ferry from Buenos Aires takes barely an hour to get there, and you get a cool stamp and some more fun, colorful money to play around with for the day.

The flip side is that if you do decide to spend the night here, either as a getaway from hectic B.A. or as a stopover on your way to Montevideo or Punta del Este, Colonia does provide a charming, quirky setting in which to unwind after the rigors of South American travel, and once the droves of day-trippers go home, you practically have the place to yourself.

The town was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, and if you spend any time in Uruguay, you will definitely be able to hear the Portuguese influence in the language. I’m sorry, but your Spanish 101 conversational skills just will not cut it here, what with odd slang, interesting (to say the least) grammar, and an accent so strong, the Uruguayans might as well be speaking Dutch. Most people in Uruguay don’t seem to have very strong English skills, so try to brush up on your español.

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The Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South

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  Site Where: Azcuenaga 1268, Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 26, 2009 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (2)

All this week, Eric Rosen will be bringing us his hotel recommendations for an interesting trip down in South America. He explains it all in our latest hotel guide--Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South.

Thirty-three degrees is an interesting number. According to Masonic lore, it is the line of latitude at which one’s psychic energy dies. Spooky. It is also the latitude of such mundane destinations as Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Long Beach, not to mention Baghdad and Islamabad. Not exactly trendsetting places to jet.

If we flip the globe, however, and trace the same latitude, the route becomes a lot more interesting, taking us in to the heart of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Thus, we bring you Budget Boutique Hotels of the 33rd Parallel South.

We will lodge you not only in Buenos Aires but also across the Mar De Plata in the little fort town of Colonia del Sacramento, on to chaotic Montevideo, then across the continent to slick Santiago, Chile, before ending up in the wine-lover’s paradise of Mendoza in the Andes foothills. Sounds better than a road trip to Birmingham, Alabama (also at 33 degrees north), now doesn’t it?

Read on to learn more about where you should stay and what you should do along the 33rd Parallel South.

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