How to Live Like a Rock Star (or Tango Star) in Buenos Aires…

[Editor’s note: This was written in 2007 but much still applies]

One of the most common questions I’m asked is: what is your favorite place you’ve visited? While I love dozens of cities and just as many countries, I have four that immediately jump to mind: San Francisco, Tokyo, Berlin, and Buenos Aires. I’ve listed them in descending order of expense, and this is where I’ll tie it back to an oddly common question I get:

How do I become a tango expert?

I’m the first American to hold a Guinness World Record in tango, which was done on a lark while I was living in BsAs (that’s Buenos Aires) in 2005 and competed in the world championships. Fortunately for you, dear reader, becoming a tango expert and living like a rock star can go hand-in-hand if you hack BsAs properly.

First, why BsAs? Four reasons off the top of my head:

  1. Created by immigrants from Spain, Italy, and Germany, you get the best food, architecture, and culture from all three. This mix of genetics also produces some incredible physical specimens. In fact, I rank Argentines right up there with Norwegians as the most beautiful people in the world.

  2. In my experience, it’s one of the safest cities in South America. It looks like Paris in many places, and I have never felt threatened on the street, even after 2am. Try that in SF or NYC.

  3. Argentina is the New Zealand of the western hemisphere. From tropical rain forests in the north to world-class skiing in Patagonia, it has it all. Check out rare tropical birds or watch penguins get eaten by killer whales — it’s your choice. Argentina is the most beautifully diverse country I have ever visited.

  4. It is possible to live like a millionaire on $30,000 a year. I’ve been there four times and can tell you this: dollars get you a quality of life that is all but impossible in the US. Even with the getting-there costs, I saved more than $10,000 on my last trip when compared to just sitting on my ass in Silicon Valley, and I was living like a rock star the whole time in BsAs: 5-star meals, VIP tables, you name it.

So, should you take the jump and move to Argentina? I have friends who have done it, but I recommend you take a 1-3-month “mini-retirement” first to take it for a test drive. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

1. Timing:

Airfare will run between $500-850 roundtrip, so ensure that you’re staying for a while. Remember that it’s summer and hot as hell in BsAs in December-January. November or March-April are gorgeous, and summer time in the US is perfect for skiing in Bariloche or Las Lenas.

2. Flights:

I generally fly Continental/Copa through Panama, as I like to spend 1-4 weeks snorkeling in Coiba in Panama (why not get two trips for the price of one?). If not, Aerolineas Argentina often offers good prices, and you can sometimes get deals by flying into Rio or Sao Paulo, Brazil and then to BsAs on Gol or TAM. Check airfares immediately after 1am on Saturday nights (Sunday mornings), when many airlines lower prices based on “flight load” (ratio of sold-to-empty seats).

3. Housing:

One negative to Argentina, especially BsAs — people will attempt to overcharge you. This will happen in any country with weak currency. I’ve rented rooms with families, used Argentine brokers to get shared apartments, rented posh penthouses from expats, and found hidden gems through Germans. My conclusion? It’s not worth the headache to deal with most Argentines and attempt to save a few hundred dollars. I had a huge pain in the ass with a dishonest Argentine landlord who refused to return my deposit — and I speak fluent Argentine Spanish — so now I deal exclusively with non-Argentines. There are some great Argies, to be sure, but they have the reputation among South Americans for being unreliable (!). Use or my favorite outfit: I’m not gay, but I do like how gay-friendly agencies keep their apartments: impeccably clean. [Update: Airbnb is a great option, as the platform mitigates a lot of the issues.]

No matter what, you’ll likely end up paying 3x more than an Argentine. A decent room in a good location can be found for $300 USD, a great single bedroom apartment can be found for $700-800 USD, but here’s one tip: if you can get a friend to come with you (or if you have a family), a two-bedroom or three-bedroom can be had for $1,200-1,300, and it will be 10x more luxurious than the one-bedroom. My favorite areas to live are, in descending order of preference: Recoleta (I like near Plaza Francia), Palermo, Barrio Norte, and San Telmo. Puerto Madero is the most expensive area and people fight for it, but it’s quite boring unless it’s a weekend evening.

4. Clubs, VIP treatment, and Food:

Spend an evening walking around one of the best hotels in BsAs, such as The Four Seasons, Sheraton, or Hotel Alvear, and make friends with one of the managers on call. They get VIP tables at all of the top clubs — Asia de Cuba, Opera Bay, Mint, Amerika, etc. — and can get you on the lists, so invite them for drinks and ask them for suggestions of where to meet. If not, just visit the clubs around 10pm on a Thursday or Friday and ask to meet the director of special events, or the manager (“gerente”). Tell him you’d like to bring some friends to the club and ask how to get on the list. Keep his card in your wallet to flash at bouncers. Worst case scenario, just spend $50 USD with a few friends and you can get a 6-person VIP table with unlimited champagne for the night 😉

For wining and dining, my faves are Gran Bar Danzon and La Bistecca, but more than both combined, I love all of the hole-in-the-wall parrillada (Argentine BBQ) restaurants. Just wander down Lavalle off of Avenida Florida and take your pick: the beef sandwiches for $3 USD (use plenty of chimichurri) will blow your mind.

5. Tango:

I had no interest in tango before visiting Argentina. I thought it was effeminate and ridiculous, something out of Shall We Dance? (the Japanese original is not to be missed) The truth is that social tango is completely improvised (much like my first love, breakdancing). Chest to chest, strangers will embrace and get to know each other more in three minutes than 10 dates would otherwise accomplish. Every night of the week, tango rules the night, only really getting started around 1am. Here are some of my favorite milongas (tango dance halls):

“New wave” (nueva onda) tango and 20-30-something crowd:

“La Viruta” at Armenia and Cordoba, inside the Armenian Cultural Center (odd, I know). 1am+ on Wed, Sat, and Sunday are awesome. I took a kiwi friend of mine there the day before he flew back to NZ, and he said to me: “Thanks for ruining my life.” He had been in BsAs for three months and had never seen such wildlife.

Traditional and older crowd: “Sunderland” or “La Baldosa” — find “El Tangauta” magazine in any tango shop, or at La Viruta, for addresses and all the tango info you can handle. Also use Ctrl-F to find any of the milongas I mention here.

If it is your first time in BsAs, I would recommend having an Argentine friend call the teachers and ask for pricing for an unnamed “friend,” not mentioning that you’re a foreigner. Otherwise, I promise that you will be overcharged. Smelling dollars, someone who should cost 50 pesos/hour will ask for 80 dollars. You should be able to get excellent private lessons for 50 pesos/hour. Good group lessons can be found at the Carlos Coppelo school in front of Shopping Abasto. My favorite private teacher is the young prodigy Gabriel Misse, but he’s going to be more expensive than most. He trained me for the world championships and is amazing. Here is a clip of Gabriel and his partner Alejandra Martinan. It starts off slow, but watch the amazing footwork as they progress. Most amazing? It is ALL improvised on the spot.


If you want to live like a king, it’s just a few thousand miles south. Viva la Argentina!

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156 Replies to “How to Live Like a Rock Star (or Tango Star) in Buenos Aires…”

  1. Thanks for the great advice, Tim, I look forward to hearing your traveler’s advice for Tokyo, and to planning a trip myself, taking that leap of faith in going from blog-reading aspiring lifestyle designer to savorer of life’s many great opportunities and adventures. Keep up the great work.

  2. Hi Ryan, “How to Live Like a Rockstar in Tokyo” is slated for the next few weeks, so keep your eyes open! I spend less in Tokyo — and live better — than in San Francisco. Lots of tools and tricks on the way. Two tips in advance: get a “Suica” prepaid travel card and dine in the small hipster restaurants above the fifth floor in downtown Shinjuku. More to come…

  3. This information is priceless! I have visited over fifty countries and agree wholeheartedly with you Tim on Buenos Aires…. the quality of life you get plus the energy of the place make it nearly unbeatable for dynamic living… and its CHEAP!!! BsAs is in my top five places on the planet, in fact all that place needs is a clean surfable beach and for me it would probably go straight to number one. Having lived there I would list my two favourie spots to park up as Palermo (in summer) and Recoleta (in winter and for convenience). Tim, for the amount of headaches and time you are going to save people and the ideas you are providing I think you should be charging for this mate. Either that or Ferriss Tours to South America should be up and running. Count me in 🙂

    Chris Ashenden

    (writing from Sydney)

  4. OK, so I’m sold on the 4 hour work week and on Buenos Aires, but when are you explain how generate income remotely? Not that I don’t believe, I just want to start figuring out how to escape a desk job.

  5. Wow…i had wanted to go to BsAs before but now i am salivating, and the tips on getting a VIP night out are gold, wonder if that works in other cities too…loved the detail, down to the actual bars to go ought to publish travel books, id buy one!

    Elisa (London)

  6. Thanks, Elisa! John, regarding remote income generation, I’ll be posting more on that in the near future, but I’d encourage you to first determine your Target Monthly Income (TMI), which is calculated once you define your ideal lifestyle in terms of activities and belongings. Here is where you can get started:

    The vehicle you choose for income generation, whether outsourcing your job to overseas assistants, licensing, creating a product or other, will depend on your TMI.

    Most to come soon — promise.

  7. Wow, as an Argentine living in SF I have to tell you your review was not only spot on, but wonderfully researched and written. And your appreciation of us being cheap or trying to overprice is ABSOLUTELY TRUE!

    And also, we have a quirky, witty, dry sense of humor (similar to the English?) that people from other South American countries have a hard time to understand (it comes off as cocky and disrespectful). So, prepare your self-esteems and don’t get offended easily!

  8. Jorge,

    Thanks for the comment, che! I completely agree with the wit of Argies being somewhat British. I would actually say that it’s similar to the humor of Kiwis in New Zealand. They love to give each other a hard time, but it’s all in fun. “Boludo, que haces?!” for example. I suspect that a lot of it is the Italian (emotional and sarcastic) and German (dry) humor influence from the immigrants who defined BsAs.

    Thanks for reading y mucho gusto conocerte!


  9. Sorry for the lack of response! Thanks for responding to my questions! I just wanted to let you know that I´ve settled into Buenos Aires quite well… I love it!

    Unlike you, I never took a class in Spanish before coming here, and so am spending some time doing that and really enjoying learning a new language. Am also in the process of getting into the Tango scene… Gabriel Misse has these group classes on Rodriguez Pena literally meters from my appt, starting this last week that are amazing. Tango classes are also an excellent way to learn spanish (teachers tend to speak more slowly…). I have an appt in the Recoletta area, not the bottom prices that you quoted but pretty reasonable (at least much less than what some agencies will quote you). Thanks for all the price quotes, really helped me to gauge things. And of course, the clubs and restaurants, and cafes are all amazing…

    Seems like every time I go to a Milonga, I meet someone from SF… quite funny actually.

    Thanks again for all the advice… I have one more question, how did you manage private Tango lessons for 50 pesos an hour? Quotes I get are 150, and if you do a lot of them then 70 pesos an hour.

  10. Hi Tanja,

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying BsAs! Those damn Californians will start to disappear as the weather cools off 😉

    To get the best prices for anything, including tango lessons, you need to have an Argentine negotiate them via phone as if the product/service were for an Argentine, then introduce you in person when it’s too late for them to change the price. It’s a bit of passive-aggressive bait-and-switch, but it’s the only fail-proof way I’ve found to avoid getting fleeced.



  11. without me reading the other comments I have to say that Tim explained he have been to Beunos 4 times but he never said for what length of time. I believe that if you stay their for 6 months then your point of view may be totally different. Sure you should visit, but, living in another country is a major decisiion. I suggest that you should stay in your prospective country renting for 6 months before you make the leap.

    Good luck

  12. Tim,

    I bought your book yesterday. I love it. I am from Argentina, but living currently in Boston. I have a couple of friends living in BA who have been NR without even knowing it! They have been providing outsourced services to big firms in the US with amazing success. They travel a lot and feel a lot of freedom in their lives. Oh, by the way, they started their internet business with two 486 PCs and a 2400 modem…

    My wife and I plan to go back to South America and start a business of similar characteristics sometime in the future. She is from Uruguay, another wonderful country you should visit some day.

    We are looking for investment opportunities using our connections with the three countries (USA, Arg., Ur.). Your book has become an instant inspiration for that purpose. I look forward to go deeper in it and share ideas with people in this blog.



    ps: a small typo that could be fixed in the second edition of the book: It is “La Rural” not “El Rural”. In any case, I am impressed by your tango skills, man. It takes a lot of courage to display your abilities in front of local crowds.

  13. Tim,

    I love your book. I read it while on vacation last week and couldn’t put it down. I am ready to turn my vacations into mini-retirements

    You mention in your book that there is a full 90 day PPC marketing plan on your website. I didn’t see it. Can you direct me. I already have some products, I’d like to try this on

  14. I have done some of the things you suggest. .. started in ’99, went to Madrid, Spain, then moved there permanently in 2000, been there ever since. Got to live your dreams, otherwise you will end up old and bitter. Now I need to get passive, massive (or at least sufficient) income, and maybe check out BsAs now that I speak fluent Castillan to get the best deal on living expenses. The big problem with Spain is that it is no longer inexpensive, expecially Madrid, which is something like 25th most expensive in the world now.

    Am waiting for delivery of my 4HWW with much anticipation and excitement. Also will start the body building and diet routine. . . can’t be living like a million and look like a slob.

    Thanks, Tim, for everything! You rule!

  15. Tim…Heard about you from John Reese, and have been on your site for more than an hour. You’re providing valuable insights and I wish you much additional success. What you’ve accomplished at such a young age is truly remarkable.

  16. Hi Tim..

    Just wanted to thank you for making this country sound so great. I moved down here yrs ago and I love it…If you’re ever around let me know… te invito a un cortado! Seria bueno que traduzacas tu libro!

    Exitos con lo tuyo,


  17. I think it would be awesome if you started a blog for language lovers. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who would be interested in your approach to language acquisition.

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  19. Hi, Tim. You’ve given me the courage to make the life changes for which I’ve always thirsted. My plan is to try Buenos Aries for relocation. You mentioned an apt that included housekeeping, utilities, internet and body guards. Would you share the name of this place? I’ll be alone. Will I need body guards? Thanks. Marylyn

  20. Hi Tim, I am going to be spending a few months in Argentina (influenced heavily by your comments in your book and blog) and want to learn Spanish while I am there. Do you have any specific recommendations on people/schools to train with? Also do you recommend and books/cds for before I arrive?


  21. Hei Tim.

    I’m from Buenos Aires, living in Oslo. Great description of Baires and the posibilities to live like a rock star! Every time I’m there, I work in my tango, get terrific asado at “El Obrero” and sip champagne with my best friend in Puerto madero til dawn for ridiculous prices!

    I got your book two weeks ago.

    Man, full inspiration. Thank you.

    It works as guideline for some chapters of my own book.

    It gave me good tips for organization and the start up a small company.

    It re’load concepts that have got rusted lately and remind me to go for what I want and know is possible to get.

    A world’s out there full of posibilities.

    Thanks for the reminder!


    Y totalmente de acuerdo con el comentario sobre los noruegos. Dios mío, que bella gente. Vamos Baires, Vamos Oslo, y Aguante Ferris!

  22. Che Boludo!

    Just got back from a trip to BA, and oh my God it rules!

    Here’s a tip, the best steak I had was from Trapiche in Palermo.

    The key is to get the lomo and ask for it “jugoso” as the Argentines tend to cook their unbelievably good meat way to much. Jugoso means juicy which translates to rare.

    You’ve got some spot on tips!

  23. Hi Tim,

    I got a question. I was dancing for 8 years clasical dances and latino dances. The TANGO wich I was learning and dancing is much different from your style. The technique of the steps are the same, but the whole dance is much more calmer than ussual tango I’ve been learning. Can you give me more information about this TANGO?

    Best wishes,



    Hi Larry!

    I suspect you’ve probably been learning “American Tango,” which is a very different animal indeed. Just search for “Argentine Tango” to find the style I practice. More specifically, I practice “tango de salon” or social tango vs. choreographed.

    Hope that helps!


  24. Hi Tim,

    I’ve been back in SF from BsAs for two months now…

    I took your advice and took classes from Gabriel Misse.

    Amazing teacher. Was wondering if you are still tango dancing in SF.

  25. Hey Tim,

    I found your blog very interesting. I agree with most everything you said (being an American frequently living in Buenos Aires), but I am a little afraid that one wouldn’t “really” be able to experience the amazing culture fully if only staying within Recoleta and Palermo. I, too, am guilty of hanging around Palermo a little too much (I dance and teach tango so it only makes sense), but I just love walking the streets and seeing the unique people that I come across. I love coming here because I live like a Porteno. I take the collectivo and the subte and eat medialunas and empanadas all the time. 🙂 I think part of the fun of going someplace new is to live a little in the life of someone else. I know you didn’t say not to not to do this, but I didn’t think there was enough emphasis on this aspect of Bs. As., which for me, truly makes the city top rate.

    So when will you be back in town? I would love to dance with you! 🙂

    Check out my newest vid:



  26. What are the race relations like? I am a dark complexioned, black american woman. How do they treat those of other races? I would love to visit and plan to in the future, whether they like me or not though.


  27. Dear Gauchos,

    I have been to Argentina 7 times and yes it Rocks. My dad is from Mar Del Plata a beach resort 4 hours from BsAs. Pinomar on the Westcoast is great too. Mendoza for the wine is nice I stayed at the Hyatt there. I just love the service and price of the 4 seasons in BA where your poolside they really cater to you and you can meet a superb international crowd.

    Oh I’m looking to outsource MBA work for a good rate … any ideas?

  28. Figure a guy who Tango’s needs a good poem a times. Here’s one of mine that you might find useful.

    Poetry for Play

    Tonight is a night for poetry for play,

    of the word well turned in grace

    that gently caresses the long neck,

    softly lifts the red hair on your head,

    opens the fleshy pink folds of your mind,

    whispers tenderly to your soul’s desire,

    and raises, raises, raises and kisses

    your expectations with a female understanding

    of the worth of tending to the other’s wants.

    Tonight I will hold you with no abruptness,

    take your flesh’s warmth and embrace

    and merely embrace it back as fiercely,

    expect nothing more and demand even less,

    bathed in this moment of pink-dawn light

    I will supplicate before your spirited ways,

    go to the altar of your life and love,

    take the communion of your hope

    and live up to it…no lies…no deceit…

    no obstacles to your thoughts or beliefs.

    Tonight, the ending of this poem is yours.

  29. As an American born but who grew up in Bs. As (Martinez), the high life is for those who had money. I didn’t and putting up with the constant “sentido del humor argentino” had it’s days. If you are not from there, you’re not from there…….

    Argentines will always try to rip you off unless you are out in the provincia. That’s the name of the game, how can they scam and who can scam the best. In answer to the race question, Argentines are racist, anti-semitic, and often anti-yankee (yanqui). On the other hand, if you were dark but from Brazil, I wouldn’t anticipate problems since Argentines are quite often in awe of thier northern neighbor. Brazil is also the payground of the middle class for summer vacations. The dollar speaks louder than politics so people will happily relieve you of your dollars while complaining how imperialist the US is.

    So, much of what the Ferris says exists, and yes, BS. As is a true city and can claim that with pride. But buyer beware, (or traveller as the case may be), almost every portenio is looking to get something from you.

  30. Hi Everyone!

    As an Argentine living in Sydney, it causes a little bit of sadness to read how the city where I was born gets so lovely reviews…

    It gave me the mix feeling of willing to go back and enjoy the lifestyle I sometimes miss.

    On the other hand, as someone wisely mentioned in a previous comment, Buenos Aires might be great to live in…. if you have been born elsewhere and you have a different currency in your pocket 🙂

    Tim, sos un hijo de puta!!! esto te lo digo como porteño y como ya habras aprendido, de pura (sana) envidia !!! 🙂




    Che, por supuesto soy un hijo de puta. Que le vamos a hacer? Ja ja ja… Gracias mucho por el mensaje y espero que nos veamos en BsAs pronto 🙂

    Un abrazo,


  31. I am a mortgage broker in La Jolla, CA. I have very little family here, but my wife is from Buenos Aires, (Lanus, pero somos de Independiente!!) and I would love to find a way to keep earning in dollars, and move down to BsAs, somewhere like Las Canitas would be great. Is there any network of Expats down there at all? Any network on this site would help as well. I would love to have some contacts of americans running businesses remotely from Argentina. I absolutely love Argentina, and if you were to see the bill from my last filet minon steak dinner from “el viejo canon” you would know why…

    Any help? Thanks in advance!

  32. Thanks for the info, Timothy!

    BA is Surreal (much better than Maimi). It is true, you can live like a rock star for nothing! This week I went to La Bistecca, Gran Bar Dazon (amazing veal for $13 US), Rojo Tango (very sexy), and spent at day the spa at Faena Hotel (I had the Yerba Mate Body treatment).

    Off to Pacha


  33. Hi Tim…

    I live in San Isidro, buenos Aires, and I´m too a fan of la Bistecca. Love your blog, and I just bought your book in Amazon … hope it will arrive soon . I´m really looking forward to read it. I have one question for you….

    Do you have plans to publish it in Spanish? Hope that you´ll be launching it in Argentina…


  34. Tim – You’re an inspiration. I bought your book earlier this year, realligned my work/life balance and have since took a 10-day Harley trip down the Pacific Coast and am now taking off to Buenos Aires for a month.





    Thanks so much for the comment — congratulations 🙂 Y espero que nos veamos en BsAs!


  35. Thanks for the advice Tim!! I’m halfway through your book and enjoying it thoroughly; I’ve been travelling around for 6 years and take Internet-based freelance work with me and do better than earning in dollars… earning in euros 😉 A lot of your advice mirrors things I’ve randomly picked up along the way, so it’s cool to see parallels!

    I was already planning to move to BsAs for ages before discovering your story; I love the accent and the use of vos (it’s kinda like speaking with “thou” in English for most hispanohablantes), and would like to water down my “Peninsular” Spanish from living in Spain for a few years and I’ve got plenty of South American experience in Brazil… although I can already tell by the Argentines I’ve met that it’s going to be an vastly different experience! I usually use the country’s craigslist equivalent when finding flats and it always gives me an extremely cheap option, but your barrio advice will give me places to give priority to!! I’ll be there from September this year 🙂 Can’t wait! I managed to pick up some Capoeira in Brazil, so hopefully I’ll be fit for Tango!

    Ah yes, BTW, you should update the Youtube link; that Shall We Dance video was removed for copyright reasons. 😉

    Ciao for now!

  36. I just have to say that I agree on every single point. Also, I get really nostalgic, I did the 3 months “mini-retirement” you wrote about and LOVED BsAs. It seems to be a fact that Argentinians and Norwegians are the best looking. I’m from Sweden and have been living in diffrent parts of Europe, Africa, travelled in Asia and North America. And that’s definately my view on it as well. Just can’t wait to go back! 🙂

  37. Tim:

    Really enjoyed the book; recommended it strongly to 10 friends and family. Thus far, 7 have purchased the book. My goal is to purchase real estate in the USA and abroad (as passive income), as well as have an Internet based company such as yours “Brain quicken” to provide an additonal stream of passive income. How can I research (or better yet outsource to India) to find out what the top selling products are to license and sell? Is there a company you are aware of that has this information? Target monthly internet passive income is $20,000 to $30,000). Do you believe purchasing real estate abroad is a good idea?

  38. My discovery of your book occurred quite serendipitously after I had quit my job and moved to South America.

    I would like to recommend Quito, Ecuador as an alternative to Buenos Aires. Quito was one of the cheapest cities on Mercer’s 2008 Cost of Living Survey and number 15 on the NY Times travel section top 53 destinations for 2008. Be careful….alcohol has a different effect at 9,500 feet!

  39. Hey good of you to be promoting our country! =)

    Too bad there are some stupid people down here that just don’t know how to do business and are capable of refusing a deposit return giving us a bad name and losing more business for themselves. Anyway, I have to tell you, when you pay u$s800 for an apartment, even if you do it through a broker, most of the time the owners are born down here.

    Two corrections, it’s “Las Leñas” and “Aerolíneas Argentinas”.

  40. With fuel prices going up every day, getting there is now in the range of $1600-$2500 (even flying into Sao Paulo, you start around $1600 — a far cry from the $500 of 2005).

    Sad to see how far the dollar has fallen in just a few short years.

  41. “I’m not gay, but I do like how gay-friendly agencies keep their apartments: impeccably clean.”

    That comment is GOLD. So true.

  42. OK.. Im sold…Just got furloughed from the airlines, and decided to take a mini sabbatical in BA. My Spanish is weak, history of the area is minimal, funds are short, and I don’t Tango (yet). Time frame to be there is early October. Anyone want to share an apt. for a month or two? Shoot me an email..starting in Munich on the 23rd of Septiembe for Bierfest, than into Eastern Europe for a week or so. Small jaunt to see friends in Auckland, than off to BA! Lets do this..

  43. Hey Tim, thanks for helping me do so much to try and change my life. I have followed the 4HWW principles for simplifying my lifestyle. This post has inspired me to find a worthy and fun project to fill my time.

    If you or your readers are interested in my journey, and readers tell me it is very interesting, go to the url listed above.

    I give you full credit and links in my blog.



  44. We went to BA for a wedding last year – its fabulous. But I recommend staying in Palermo – Recoleta is central but a bit posh and dull. Palermo is where all the cool restaurants shopes and bars are. We liked San Telmo to visit too – great antique markets and cafes.

  45. I am thinking of taking a course at a language school in Buenos Aires. Is there a particular language school that you can recommend?

  46. Thank you for this post. Most foreigners who come here love it. If you have a strong foreign currency, you can live like a king. What is amazing is that it is a city with a huge cultural activity. You can watch shows almost every day and some are for free. If you are into art, it is a great city! I’ll just use the blog to mention my little sister’s art (, 🙂 . Another amazing thing is you can major in any career at the prestigious UBA for free or go to an excellent music school, like Escuela de Musica popular de Avellaneda, also for free. This country is great from a cultural point of view; too bad we are so disobedient we get nothing done.

    Only after living in other places I came to realize how fantastic this city is. My advice: If you come here, try to get help from a local you trust because they will try to rip you off (just like in any major city in the world). If you need information about the city, please let me know. Bye!

  47. Tim, I’m from Cordoba, Argentina, but since a year ago I’m an American citizen living in Miami…planning to come back to my city before my 30th birthday (September 2009), where I have all my family and friends.

    The lifestyle is completely different in both places: values are not the same (at least in Miami, what you do, what car you drive determine who you are), instead, people from Cordoba are more “humans”, and really, I’m tired of the “robotic and empty routine” I have every day in the USA (I live alone in this country).

    Everyone running against the clock just to ‘survive’ (and just to pay mortgage/rent/car/credit cards/insurance, uncle Sam, etc…)…

    The last time I came back from Cordoba (January 2009), was the most difficult, and I was putting in my personal appreciation what is the REAL VALUE I WANT FOR MY LIFE. I respect the USA (it’s my second country), but knowing both sides of the coin, my whole life I choose Argentina as my “place” soooooo far!!!!!!!!!!!… I just finished reading your book (I love your ‘vagabond style’, your clarity and focus), and I have inside me the profound desire to meet you some day and go through a deeeeeep turistic ride with you (I said deep because Cordoba is THE MAIN TURISTIC place of Argentina, and we have zillions of places to visit and things to do!!!!)…ask Buenos Aires people about this and you’ll see what I mean…

    Thank you for your time to read my post and I’ll see you some day…soon if you want!!

    With Love,


    PS: researching what to do on the internet to keep earning some (low TMI) dollars from Cordoba and wanting to design my own lifestyle with FREEDOM!

  48. Carina,

    I read your post with interest. I am a New Zealander that has just moved to Miami to check it out as a place to potentially base myself in the USA. I love Argentina (it is in my top three out of 59 countries I have visited) and the people there. I have some very close friends in Cordoba (you may even know them). The hospitality and warmth I received from the people there was phenomenal.

    I recommend anyone reading this to go check Cordoba out. La Cumbre rocks!

    Carina, free to connect via Facebook if you would like to add another down to earth world traveller to your list of friends in Miami.


    Chris Ashenden

  49. Tim!, I can’t believe you personally answer to my post…che!, me hiciste sentir Gardel!!!! Gracias!

    Chris, I already add you to my facebook (if you are the one in Miami).

    Yes, La Cumbre rocks!, also Villa Carlos Paz and a lot more of “small lost cities” where you can do hikking, biking, aladeltismo, parapente, caza, pesca, horse-riding, ecoturismo, go-karting (speeding… favorite!!)…and other types of adventures, also, more relaxed things like museums, ferias, expositions, golf, churches of past sigles, etccc…(official fact: between December 2007 and February 2008 Cordoba state received 3 million turists -total foreign and national-)…==when I saw this fact I felt really amazed…WOW!==

    People (and specially women!), the truth is I’m here again to say something I forgot to mention before -very important!!-, pay close attention to this:

    Also, I want to go and live in my city, Cordoba, because men are really gorgeous and beautiful there!!!! ((and I need to find that special one to share my life with))…in most of the places, you’ll find ‘beauty european style’ people (men and women), very different of what I see in Miami everyday. A fun note?? ==>in 3 weeks I spent in Cordoba last time, I really saw beautiful people, more than in the last 7 years living in Miami. I’m not kidding, this is real. Maybe this is another reason I want to live again in Cordoba 😉

    It is a pleasure for your eyes…for men and women.

    And also is a pleasure for your stomach (food is delicious and cheap, meat with no hormones, and also the water is different…)…amo los lomitos de Mateo en barrio Yofre!!!! (una vez me traje a Miami 3 lomitos que compre la noche anterior a mi vuelo!!)…deliciosos!!!!, tambien los lomitos del Chori y los que venden en la lomiteria Martin de barrio Ayacucho!!…imperdibles!!!!

    As a side note, I want to go to the Oktoberfest in Villa General Belgrano, a place founded by an austriac man (his grandson lives there yet), where every year there are fiestas related to austriac/german cultures (chocolate, masa vienesa, cerveza)…and the architecture is also european based -alpine-. (Even I don’t drink beer, but the festival is really as in Germany, and I want to see that).

    Distance makes you perceive your own natural wealth from a different point of view…you value things with more intensity when you “lose” for some time what you always had have in front of your nose and when you realize by yourself that “foreign is not always better”…

    And the best part is, like Tim says, you can live like a King/Queen with a few thousand dollars a year…

    Thank you again, and being a “native” I can give some orientation to foreign people if you ask me…will be a pleasure to do that.

    Tim, de nuevo, gracias por tu tiempo, y por hacerme sentir Gardel en el momento que vi que me respondiste personalmente…sos un grande!!, y realmente aunque no te conozco de frente y no he podido ver tu mirada de frente, pero siento desde que estaba leyendo tu libro que sos un lindo ser humano y que tenes total claridad de lo que queres para tu vida…todo lo mejor para vos…un buen pibe!!

    Hasta la proxima!


  50. I’ve been trying to live my 4 hour work week by living half time in Buenos Aires, designing tango shoes, and half in Maine, just living. Nice article and it covers the basics well.

  51. Having living in Buenos Aires myself for the last 15 years, I’m afraid I strongly disagree with many of your comments. So much do I disagree that I have just moved to Brazil.

    I disagree in almost every aspect (except for people being beautiful, good food, nice clubs). I also think that your generalizaton about Argies being unreliable is incorrect and unfair (and may suggest some kind of prejudice?). I can tell you first hand that there are all kinds of people in Argentina, as there are in every other country.

    About safety:

    So unsafe is Buenos Aires nowadays, that I have to have my eardrum operated on as a result of my head being hit with a gun during an armed robbery in San Telmo. I’m feeling safer in a medium-sized city in Brazil.

    About money:

    It’s been a while since Buenos Aires is no longer inexpensive, and my brother who lives in Dallas and travels on a regular basis, finds it to be more expensive than Dallas. He even used to bring me stuff from the US to save me money. Simple activities like having an icecream are cheaper in the US than in BsAs. Also, your information about flights and housing is outdated. Real state property in BsAs now costs as much as in some American cities.

    I’m not glad of telling you this… Hope you find a replacement place soon!



  52. it possible to outsource your life to other countries? By now, you know that I believe it is. But is it necessary to outsource overseas? Can you outsource in languages other than English? What is geoarbitrage really about

  53. Can we get a how to live like a RockStar in Thailand (the other ‘starred’ country in your book)???

    Going next year! Love it!

  54. All this talk of Argentina makes me really want to go. The most time I can get is one month. Should I stay in Buenos Aires that whole time or stay in a second place part of the time?

  55. Thanks for the suggestion. Patagonia sounds pretty awesome. It seems that travel within the region can be a bit difficult. Any suggestions?

  56. Hey Tim,

    I’m leaving for BsAs late September for 4 weeks then off to Brazil for a week, after reading the 4 Hour Work Week, I decided to give it a shot. I’m working for myself off course and looking forward to the trip. I’ve traveled the world extensively in the past, but always abroad for 2 weeks at a time – this will be my 1st time traveling alone and for a period of 5 weeks so I’m looking forward to see what it has in store! Thanks for a great blog and get your book promoted more in South Africa – I’ve told all my peers about it, unfortunately people seldom follow through. I bet there are millions of people who have read your book, yet have not done the effort to change their lifestyle for the better.

    Anyway, perhaps I’ll mail you a pic or 2 of Opera Bay and it’s talent!

  57. Based on Tim’s recs, I’m currently in BA for mini-retirement of 1-3 months. I am currently staying in a hotel in Almagro, a cool section of Buenos Aires and tomorrow I’ll be moving into an apartment in Palermo Soho.

    For newcomers to the area like me, I highly recommend Hotel Raco De Buenos Aires: Beautiful, Old world architecture with ultra modern fixtures, wifi, huge complementary breakfast, etc…Very classy and very reasonable rates. They even had a driver waiting to meet me at the airport – they were holding my name on a card. Pretty cool…

    FYI – I booked online through budgetplaces dot com. If you Google the hotel you’ll see loads of 5 star reviews…



  58. Please make me a believer! Going to BA in a couple weeks. Lessons are all about 80.00 an hour.. (american $). Please let me know where we can get lessons for less… I’m looking for the deal you mentioned in your book 8.00 an hour… Thanks very much..

  59. Tim,

    I have to say Buenos Aires is everything you say and more! I take Tango classes, Spanish classes, Argentine mime, enjoy mate colonics, get my chakras balalnced, and get VIP treatment wherever I go. I love the digital nomadic lifestyle! Next time you come to BsAs, visit my yurt!

    Southpat Sue

  60. Tim – In your book you mention bringing along children, but nothing about pets. I’ve heard some horror stories regarding 30 day quarantines, etc.

    I’ve noticed people in other countries don’t spoil their pets nearly as much as Americans do. (Guatemalans seemed to be very nice to their dogs, but good luck finding a Doggy Day Camp in the Dominican Republic or Belize.)

    Any insight into living like a rock star outside of the US with your beloved pets in tow?

    Regards, and thanks for the awesome book!

  61. Great stuff. I want to go to BsAs within the next year. I like the idea about getting an Argentinian to book the lessons. I know quite a that should be very helpful. I’ve heard how crowded the floors are during the summers. I’m not used to that here in NC.

    Cool video! Those were some quick gaunchos he did.

    Just received the newest version of the book! Looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  62. Tim:

    Did you hear about the new entrance fee which will be assessed to citizens of the United States, Canada, and Australia arriving to Argentina on or after December 20, 2009?

    According to Expedia, the fees are as follows:

    For U.S. citizens, the fee is approximately $131.00 U.S. Dollars.

    For Australian citizens, the fee is approximately $100.00 U.S. Dollars.

    For Canadian citizens, the fee is approximately $70.00 U.S. Dollars.

  63. Hey Tim,

    Another fellow Tim speaking here. I am not sure if you can get to responding to this comment or not, but I figured it would be the best place to ask you since this is a thread about Buenos AIres.

    I am in Buenos Aires right now and have been running around to a bunch of different book stores trying to buy “The 4-hour Workweek” in Spanish. I have some Porteño friends that I want to buy the book for, but I can’t find it anywhere. None of the stores seem to have it.

    Do you know if it is available in Argentina? I know it has been released in Spanish.

    Thanks a bunch.



      1. Hi Tim, I am starting a blog in Spanish about the 4HWW. I am an argentinian lady who has also Spanish nationality (lived in Madrid), and now lives in France. I new about your book through Olivier Roland, French bloguer who has interviewed you some time. I love (and agree with) your story about Buenos Aires.

        Very difficult to get the book in Spanish, any chance to count on the e-version of it on Amazon? I am trying to develop the NR Spanish spoken market.

        Gracias por adelantado, che. Un fuerte abrazo.

        PD por cierto, tu libro me cambio la vida, estoy negociando para dejar mi trabajo…

  64. Hi Tim:

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m almost done with your book, and loving every minute of it!!! I was just curious to know, since you like BA so much if you ever visited Chile. Well I from there but currently living in NY. If you ever wanted to visit I know pretty cool places in Vina and Valpo, so let me know!!!


    Consuelo Vila-Da Costa

  65. Great book TIm

    So far I was kind of doing by myself your ideals even without ever knowing your book. Now I understand what I need to do complete my own recepie.

    The next 10 years of my life will be a hell of a ride !

    By the way you should add Montreal in your favorite destination. From Mid June to late October there in no better place in N. America …right up there with NYC and Frisco ! If you are looking for a place to stay let me know.


  66. Hey there, I found your website again by fluke and it was you who inspired me to Buenos Aires in 2008.

    I am now about to book my fourth and final trip, final because it is to stay! So thank you.

    I have bought an apartment through a very smart property group called Mainline Security Estate Management owned by a British company and the last two visits I have stayed with Buenos Aires Stay a very professional vacation rentals company in Buenos Aires.

    The city is just terrific and you should go back as it gets better and better, I am amazed by the positive vibe that you do not find at home at the moment.

    I am a wealth of free information to travellers and if I had the time I would eventually write a blog, do you have any tips?

    I am happy that you post my email address as I am keen to help others, however, I did not note it down because of your rules!

    1. Hi Tim,

      I’m traveling to B’s A’s in 2 months with a friend and need a budget friendly apartment for a month. With inflation taking its toll on the country, how much will a semi quality 2 BR studio run for these days?

  67. Tim,

    This post really hit home for me being an argentine expat living in Canada. I left when I was very young and go back to visit to quell my homesickness for amazing beef, friendly people who love to laugh, and of course, Tango.

    Being that I grew up in Canada with Argentine parents, when I go back to visit I don’t know anyone who isn’t family (and all over 50) so my knowledge of capfed hotspots was nil- until now. Next time I go for my yearly intake of empanadas, milanesas and papas a la provencal I’ll be checking out the tango bars you mentioned – as Tango is something that runs through my blood and I’d love to improve.

    Gracias boludo, de una portena que extrana su pais.



  68. Tim,

    You got it right, dude. You depict BsAs as it is, and you seem like someone who knows how to live. Your comments and insights found in your book are priceless. Thanks to put it so clear!

    Sos un capo, Tim. Gracias!

    -Sergio (an argie living in Mass)

  69. Hey Tim!

    It’s a shame I didn’t see your post before.. I just got back from a 3 months vacation in Argentina, mostly BA, and I have to say it’s very hard to disagree with you- best place I’ve ever been! 3 months of wine tasting, 2 weeks of horsebackriding in the Sierra Chicas in Cordoba, penthouse aparment and partying like a rockstar in Palermo.. All for less then US $4000 including tickes.

    A tip of advice though: Try to stay the first month or so in hostels. What a great way to meet tons of people, make local friends and backpackers, and save some cash for later!

  70. Hola Tim, espero que estés muy bien! Soy de Argentina y necesito comentarte algo en privado que te puede llegar a interesar. Ahí te queda mi mail. A donde puedo escribirte para que lo leas vos personalmente?

    Muchas gracias!


  71. As I’m reading back through this, I’m realizing that the prices in BsAs aren’t significantly different from the greater Seattle area. Cheaper than Seattle metro perhaps, but not the outskirts.

  72. Hey there-

    Thanks for the great advice. I’m interested in moving to BA for a few months. I graduated college 2 years ago and have been itching to live somewhere else for a bit (been living in NYC) and thought BA would be the perfect place. I’d be traveling with a girlfriend and we are interested in working or teaching English down there for 3-4 months. Any ideas where we should get started? Any help would be much appreciated : )



  73. Just got back from Buenos Aires in August, wish I would have found this post before – Definitely missed out on the tango bars, all the ones we found were way too touristy and pricey.

    Totally agree with you on the hole in the wall bbq and steakhouses, I am a recent college grad and have never been able to afford the luxury that I had access to in Argentina. If you like break dancing – next time you are in Buenos Aires check out club LOST on a Thursday night (when I say night, I really mean morning… most Clubs don’t open till 1 AM).

    For those going the ultra cheap route check out Giramondo hostel, it’s really but I would pay 10x as much just because of the family that runs the place.

    I just ordered your book Tim can’t wait to read it!

  74. Hey Tim,

    I realize this is an old post – not sure if the comment will show up but thought it was worth a try.

    I’m going to BA for the first time in Jan – my first mini retirement…PUMPED!

    Wondering if you have any great tips/specific recommendations for the rest of the country?

    Let’s say:

    Best meal

    Best adventure

    Most breath taking sight

    Thanks Tim.

  75. Hi Tim & others, Thanks for the great article and comments! I am an SF resident planning to live in Argentina this April through June (for a about three months.) Am really looking forward to the Tango and Soccer. I have lots of Qs, and any help is really appreciated:

    – What US websites are accessible from Argentina? US govt. websites (I need these for my work – can someone who lives in Argentina check

    – Do I need to learn Argentine Spanish or do lots of people speak/understand English?


  76. Hey Tim,

    Folks here gave you plenty of much deserved praises, so i’ll jumps straight to the point … I am in a comfortable hands-off financial state now (thanks to many of your advises, though I don’t think I’ve actually used a single income generating advice 🙂 .. but my time is occupied now by a 6 month daughter, so I actually only had 1 short mini retirement so far (about a month long in Israel / Eastern Europe) …

    Any way, my buddy and I are planning to go to Argentina very soon and actually for only about 10 days (because buddy has a job) and I wanted your advice or that of other people who’ve been there, on how to spend these 10 days most “productively” … we don’t have too much time to plan this either, as we just decided to do it and want to go there end of march.


    I heard Americans have to pay $140 to get into the country – is that so?

    When is it best to shop for air tickets, and are we better off getting an airplane + hotel deal or separate these?

    Will we need a car there?

    Where else should we go this time of year besides Buenos Aires? I love snowboarding, and so does my buddy – is it season now? If so, what’s the best place?

    Things to watch out for?

    Places not to go?

    I’m not into tango – especially Argentine tango, but I do dance ballroom Latin – any good joints for that?

    We don’t speak Spanish – will there be enough English speaking folks?

    Which hotel is best to stay quality / scene / cost wise?

    How is swimming there this time of year?

    Any other advise you can give?

    And of course – great post, keep up the good work!

    1. Leo,

      I myself have lived in argentina for 4 months, back when my internet business was pumping out cash. You probably gone already but here are the answers for anyone else

      1. Yes they now charge you the fee (I was there when they were just starting to charge) but ONLY if you come in via the airport. They don’t do this if you go in via another route or land through chile. You can always take the 5 star bus from Santiago.

      2. Seperate of course, package deals are a complete rip off.

      3. No, Taxi it all the way you dont want to deal with the headache that is B.A. traffic

      4. Patagonia

      5. Thieves, beggars, shady people, seems to me this author did not really live there for a long time. Every single local I knew has stories of getting “armed robberies” and the police in B.A. are absolutely incompetent.

      6. Avoid the southern parts of the city, ESPECIALLY “la boca” or the surrounding areas at night. There are a lot of shady people, and usually are immigrants from other countries. They are high from this cheap drug called paco.

      7. Dunno about latin dancing, lots of raggaeton places if thats what your looking for.

      8. Learn espanol or your gonna be a lost in a sea of spanish

      9. I never used a hotel

      10. Swimming in B.A.?! HAAH take a pass on that.

      11. BA is in ridiculous inflation, and prices keep going up. It is no longer the “cheap haven” it was when the peso took a dive from 1:1 to 3:1. I highly advise people check out other latin countries. Central America is still very, very cheap, and Nicaragua is relatively safe.

  77. Leo, I am originally from Argentina but have emigrated to the US 10 years ago, I am going on vacation to Buenos Aires in late April/early May, if you are interested I can hang out with you or point you in the right direction. If you don’t have a trusted person in Buenos Aires, you will probably going to be charged serious $$$. Typically, in Buenos Aires there is a price for the locals and a price for the foreigners, especially if they can’t speak the language. If you are planning on skiing, you need to head south to Bariloche, but you will probably need to spend $$$ on airfare (Bariloche and the skiing resorts are very far from Buenos Aires). Also, transportation in general is not as convenient as transportation in more developed countries, be careful with “estacion retiro” which is an area where there are a lot of pick pockets. There are some shady taxy drivers too… I don’t mean to scare you, but you should have a trusted local in Buenos Aires or please read every travel book you can get your hands on. Contact me via my blog if you are interested in more info.

  78. @Leo, sadly, the $ 140 charge to American travelers is true. I am not sure if it targets only Americans or also other nationalities. But it will apply if you arrive from the US on a US passport.

  79. Another comment, as of today April 13, 2011, the US dollar won’t buy you the same amount of goods and services that it would have bought you when Tim visited Argentina. During the last few years, Argentina experienced a rate of inflation exceeding 20% (close to 30%) per year, and the dollar and the Argentinean peso are pegged at a rate of 4 pesos to 1 dollar. Long story short, Argentina is not the bargain that it was back in the early 2002/2003.

  80. While reading your blog and an excerpt from your book, I was wondering if you have ever been to Argentina, at all.

    EL RURAL doesn’t exist. It’s LA RURAL.

    FLORIDA is not an avenue. It’s a street. (CALLE FLORIDA).

    Somewhere you wrote, with u$ 30.000 per year you can live like a king in Argentina. That’s a lack of respect to argentine people, most of them living with less than u$ 300 a month, and dreaming of going Europe or the States to finf a job and escape poverty.

    I guess you have a lot of sponsors from here, like the owner of “gran danzon”, you should tell them to re-write some parts of your work.

    Yo said you never felt any danger walking in Bs As late at night. Have you ever been to real Buenos Aires (not just calle corrientes or recoleta) and visit real neighbourhoods and meet real argentine people, you would know it’s a difficult place.

    My city is beautiful and very human, and tango is just a small part of it.

    Excuse my english. It’s not as good as it could be. But it’s not my mother tongue, since I was born in Rosario, Argentina, and I’m living in Buenos Aires since 1994.

    PD. I never heard af a dance competition in LA RURAL, but I could be wrong.

    1. Hello, Jacky I dont know why you attack Tim… But maybe you do it out of anger… who knows? he might have some mistakes on naming the places as far as La rural y el rural… but if you do your research, there is the “mundial de tango” in la rural ( ) ( ) Thats the first thing…

      Second… as far as calle florida or avenida florida… thats a mistake too… but i bet you that if you go to a foreign city you will not remember exactly what road is an avenue and whats a street… (try coming to cancun)

      Third… as far as safety in Buenos Aires, i lived there for a year, and i never had any issues with nobody never got robbed or felt like i was ever in danger… then again i never did go to the villas ( i bet thats another story) but as far as safety i never felt so safe in such a big city.

      I worked on a bar in uruguay and santa fe (El Alamo Bar), and i used the bus to and the subte to go all over the city at every hour of the day and i never had any problems… Ohh yeah i lived in Pueyrredon y Arenales. (nice place full with real argentine people, i never saw a fake argentine there)

      Let me quote you : “Have you ever been to real Buenos Aires (not just calle corrientes or recoleta) and visit real neighbourhoods and meet real argentine people, you would know it’s a difficult place.”

      Well if you ever go to the US or even here to Cancun, there are also places that you dont want to visit because its sure that you might get robbed, but why in earth will you want to go there??? Not even I go there… and im part of the “real mexican people”, as far as i know im not an hologram, and my friends are real people also…

      My point is, if recoleta, barrio norte and palermo are nice, why go to the places where “real people” might be of danger??

      Last but not least on this: “Somewhere you wrote, with u$ 30.000 per year you can live like a king in Argentina. That’s a lack of respect to argentine people, most of them living with less than u$ 300 a month”

      Why is it a lack of respect????? He is just saying that you can live good with $30k in argentina, why is that a lack of respect?? Let me tell you how the world works, some people make more money, some people make less, the ones that make more live better, thats not a lack of respect thats a fact… and if you make MORE money and you go to a place where cost of living is LESS then you live better that back home… thats mathematics, not a lack of respect…

      I have friends from Mexico and US that live in Argentina right now and make a lot more that people that live in the US and Mexico… The idea of the 4 Hour Work Week is to liberate yourself from living in X country to make X money… unless you lack the vision and want to enslave yourself on a 9 to 5 job…

      This is just my humble opinion.


      Im moving back to BsAs from Cancun this year because i love it so much!

  81. Hey,

    I’ve also been to Buenos Aires a couple of months ago, and as Drew, I stayed in a small but charming hotel. Racó is a beautiful place, where all the employees are very helpful and are in every detail. They really make you feel like home and arrange all that you can imagine, and always with a smile on their faces. The neighborhood is very quite, and you can really have a nap without noice! (I could’t do it in other hotel that i’ve been before).

    I think those are the best reasons why they have a great ranking in TripAdvisor, which really helped me to find this lovely place.

    I’m planning going to BA next year again, and i’ll definitely stay again in Racó =)


  82. Incredibly inspiring. I’m a 28 year old female who has caught the traveling bug for the first time ever (went to Mexico once, when I was 20, and barely left the resort unfortunately). I’d like to go to BA for at least 3 months… can anyone tell me what it’s like to try and find some work down there? Do I need a visa? I’m a fitness instructor/Personal trainer and figured it might be nice to get a few hours in a week while there to supplement fun times, since I want to go sooner than later and not sure if I could come up with a product to sell online in time, as the book recommends..


  83. Tim,

    One thing you do not mention is whether you obtained a residence visa while staying in Argentina. If you come as a tourist, I believe you can only stay for 3 months in a year, and, in case you’re American, pay an entry fee of $130.

  84. Tim,

    Great review. I will be using this information to plan my trip this January. After traveling for the last four years, I have yet to be to a South American country.

  85. Anyone have any tips on landing a job in B’sA’s?

    I’m a recent Univ California, Riverside, U.S. History grad and have some managerial experience. I speak broken spanish. I’m completing my TEFL to teach abroad. I thought I would do BsAs before Tokyo.

    From an e-mail transaction with a professor:

    “Jobs for a foreigner are extremely difficult to find, for one thing you would need a work permit. Your best bet is to teach English, you can get paid in cash under the table and not have to go through the enormous red tape required to work legally. There are lots of English language institutes in Bs.As. I would track them down online and go personally to see if they will hire you. Can you speak Spanish? Without Spanish you are limited in the teaching market and the institutes would be your best bet. If you do know Spanish, you can advertise privately in the Buenos Aires Herald and negotiate classes on your own. Good luck.”


  86. Hi Tim,

    I’ve been thinking about you recently. We never met but I’ve found you fascinating ever since I read 4HWW a couple years ago (and longed to have the freedom to live like you do). I’ve also enjoyed looking through 4HB. I know this original blog post is old, but I absolutely love this story of how you decided to become a championship tango dancer. I’ve wanted to travel to Argentina ever since I read about you, to learn Tango and perhaps even espanol. My newest interest is circus arts and I decided it was about time to start a blog, partially dedicated to that topic. I noticed your cover comment on “…Crush It” which I just started reading last night. This book was the final nudge I needed. I’m linking your blog to mine and following you there. Congrats on being awesome!

  87. Well I recently returned from a 4-month long mini retirement, where I spent 2 and 1/2 months in Buenos Aires and 1 and 1/2 months in Brazil. And I will tell you that after this experience, I will never seriously date any other types of girls again. I dated 5 Argie girls while down there and they seriously do not get enough PR internationally for how gorgeous they are (unlike Brazil).

    Yes they are a bit hysterical, but it’s usually just a small facade and they are really sensitive and warm and caring underneath, unlike US women who are cold inside. If you are a single healthy male, BsAs is the PLACE TO GO!! The average age of the population down there is about 28, there are young single people everywhere.

    The city is fun, I would take Tim’s suggestion and live in northern Recoleta / Palmero close to the parks. The reason why is that Buenos Aires is so massive with a lot of small one-way streets and I found the air to be quite polluted (even though I come from SoCal) from all of the buses and crowded streets.

    And of course, if you meet a nice Argie girl you may get a place to stay for FREE 😉

  88. What’s up Tim. I am a gringo that lived off and on over the past 4 years in Buenos Aires. I recently made a video called “Cosas Que Dicen Los Argentinos Hecho Por Un Gringo” and I thought you might appreciate it. You can search for it on youtube or click this link:



  89. Currently spending a month in Tokyo, Japan and also have fond memories of my time in Buenos Aires. San Fran is another city I frequent, but not much time ever spent in Berlin. Adding it to the list!

  90. guys thanks for the great advice! Tim you opened up my eyes to what i knew was there but didnt know how to see it until i read you book. How far does the rabbit go in this lightening fast information age we are in? i love it! so the plan in December 2012 is take a direct flight panama for 4 days, then down to Santiago for a week then take the bus over to BA tor 3 weeks(maybe shoot over to Uruguay), then back home to Vegas. all the advice is awesome, this trip is to find the city i want to live in half the year. im a 31 year old male going alone, wanting to learn to cook south american style, speak spanish, hike, give tango a shot, and meet some amazing people. any additional advice from anyone will be much appreciated. thanks!

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    Thanks for the great advice, Tim, I look forward to hearing your traveler’s advice for Tokyo, and to planning a trip myself, taking that leap of faith in going from blog-reading aspiring lifestyle designer to savorer of life’s many great opportunities and adventures. Keep up the great work.

  92. Hello folks,

    Cool post. I still don’t get how to live in a penthouse apartment in bsAs for $550 a month, like stated in the 4hww book.

    If I check google I get prices of $3000-5000 for a decent penthouse in bsAs. How is it possible to get all the goods for only $550 a month?


  93. I may be 6 years late in coming to the party but I want to say that I totally agree with your description of the wondrous city that is Buenos Aires – and the delightful people who live there, the incredible food (a carnivore’s fantasy come true..). ..and the beauty of the people and the architecture..the local tango bars and clubs are fantastic places to hang for an evening.. I would say however, that when I visited in 2001, the economy was completely in the toilet and BA was probably one of the most dangerous cities in the world back then…glad to hear it is different now…

  94. great article Tim- I can’t believe one place can offer all the best of Western Europe for cheap. How cool!

    What place has the most beautiful women and wildest night life in Europe and Eastern Europe. I was thinking Budapest but they look mainly brunette (Hungarians ive met are gorgeous) and I prefer blondes. Prague or Kiev perhaps?

  95. Tim-

    What should a foreign national (I.e. American on a 2 month mini retirement) do in Buenos Aires for health insurance in case they get hit by a car crossing the calle?

    What about other medical services ( prescriptions doctors visits for colds) etc for American visitors to BsAs?

  96. I’d like to add Medellin, Colombia to the list of cities with beautiful women. I’ve been to some of the hottest spots in Las Vegas, LA, SD, NYC, Paris, San Juan, Oahu, Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, and Prague.

    Medellin, had the impact that stood out the most to me.

    You don’t even have to go to a “hot” club. You’ll see them just walking around.

    If there was a metric for beautiful women per capita. Medellin would be #1.

    Although, I haven’t been to Ukraine yet. Plus, I’m biased because I love Latin women.

    Forgive me ladies. This is a major “bro-post”. Hahaha

    On a side note, the weather is similar to San Diego, which is amazing.

    And the culture and people of Colombia are some of the most GENUINELY nice people I’ve ever met.

    It’s no wonder I haven’t left.

    1. Thanks Erik for the heads up. I still need to make it down to Colombia, hope to do so next year. Just noticed I commented on this post in April 2012 after living in BsAs, since then I’ve spent 7 months in Southeast Asia and have to add Bangkok, Thailand to the list of cities with hot girls per capita.

      They are very friendly and easy to meet too, but since Thai is a much more “exclusive” language than Spanish (native to Thais only) I found it is much easier to meet and set up dates online –,, etc. where their English ability is easier to assess than in real life. On a side note, if you see a beautiful woman in a foreign country, “Do you speak English?” works as a suitable opening line virtually any where.

  97. Great inspiration. For anyone currently travelling to Buenos Aires it’s also worth pointing out the ‘dolares blue’ – the unofficial or ‘black market’ currency exchange system. Since the Argentinian government restricts the flow of USDs out of its banking system, Argentinians looking to travel overseas etc are desperate for USDs. By knowing where to go (thanks to the concierge of the apartment tower I am staying in), I was able to exchange my USDs at 1 for 9.2 pesos, versus the official exchange rate at 1 for 5.82 pesos. Illegal? Yes. But the police turn a blind eye and on streets like Calle Florida currency hawkers publicly call out their wears. Certainly lends itself to living the rockstar lifestyle in BA!

  98. Tim – I read this article a long time ago and decided to reread it today deliberately. I needed some steroids for my adventurous brain and this post served this purpose. I’ve just finished a mini retirement in Budapest, Hungary combined with some business work. Now is the time to plan another adventure! I went to BsAs at the beginning of this year and have to admit that it is truly amazing. I actually wrote an article about it: “Travel and make your money worth more”.

    After reading your post again I find myself recalling all the great memories from BsAs and the adrenaline is pumping through my veins! You are so right. Buenos Aires offers so many great possibilities for lifestyle designers.The food is delicious, the weather is great and women are truly AMAZING;) Besides, Punta Del Este is around the corner for cool 2-3 day getaways to enjoy the ocean.

    I am actually considering relocation to BsAs in January to learn tango 3h a day and to pimp up my Spanish. Great post Tim.

    You should write more posts of this kind. I like your professional & long articles, but sometimes I’d love to see a spontaneous piece about one of your adventures around the world (e.g. loved the video you made with Joe Polish in Thailand).

    All the best

  99. I am here after many years of planning to go to BA for at least 3 months to escape another horrific Wisconsin Winter. I have the cash flow needed to kill this town. I am taking two dance class and yoga but am having the same problem as most places Ive been, no peers. Does anyone know people living the Rockstar lifestyle? 20-30 somethings? BA has enormous potential obviously but its takes a team as usual. Contact me if your interested in meeting up or have some local contacts.

  100. Hi Tim, thank you for your advice and writing these articles. I’m currently reading your book “The 4-Hour-Workweek” and I find it so intriguing. Sometimes I feel what you have to say is unrealistic for us normal people (I mean, you did go to Princeton), but I think that’s my parents speaking for me. They’re always telling me to “think realistically” and “lower my expectations”. But like you, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with thinking big.

    I was also very impressed that you’ve replied to quite a few comments. I’ve got to wonder, is it really you who is responding to these comments? It’d be so easy to hire someone to post under your name and picture. 🙂 Just curious.

    Anyway, I’d just like to say that I think you’re absolutely amazing and I hope to one day attempt to do just a small portion of what you do. As soon as I’m not a minor, I can’t wait to hop on a plane and just go anywhere and experience what the world has to offer. There’s so much more to life than what most people realize.

    1. I went to pton as well at the same time as Tim more or less. And I gotta tell you, there was a time a moment when going to Princeton was “being unrealistic”. My guidance counselor said as much on our first and only meeting. My parents encouraged me to shoot for the stars (in case you get caught in the middle) in terms of school but they haven’t always been in my corner. I’ve been down some dark alleys.

      When ppl say ” lower your expectations” or “be realistic” they’re almost always worried about you. Uncertain about your future. But it is not to you to assuage their fear, they have to deal with their own. Don’t kill your possibilities to satisfy their uneasiness with uncertainty. Let them manage it. If you are tenacious it will treasure them.

      Now there are two kinds (that I’ve seen) of unrealistic goals ppl. One is a dreamer who is pushing the limits of the possible and thinking big and taking action. The second day dreams as an excuse for inacction for not facing fears or for propping their ego. Usually the second can’t wait to tell you how great they are and wants admiration. The first is looking to do. So long as your doing the first, Then think big! For Princeton was unrealistic until the fat envelope arrived in the mail.

      Recommend reading the magic of thinking big BTW.

  101. It’s 2014. Is Buenos Aires still the safest city in South America? Everything I read about it now talks about tourists and locals being robbed, hijacked, assaulted, etc. This is a genuine question.

  102. I read your book in 2011, it took me a while but i am finally here in BA ( palermo near Miranda’s on Costa Rica and Fitz Roy). Through your books, blogs, podcasts and referrals (im thinking of Ramit Sethi) I was able to change the quality of my life. A deep thank you dude, I am sure it’s super hard to do what you do and the advice you give is priceless. Huge fan! Keep doing what you do.

  103. Without me reading the other comments I have to say that Tim explained he have been to Beunos 4 times but he never said for what length of time. I believe that if you stay their for 6 months then your point of view may be totally different.

  104. did you look up other dances before getting into Tango? I know they do other dances like Zouk (I do zouk and salsa) what made you choose Tango over the other ones?

    thanks Tim Im loving your book

  105. I have just read this… Oh my God!!! I am from Argentina (now living in the States) and this article made me shed some tears…brings back so many memories! Yes, it is a beautiful country and people are amazing!!! Thanks for your words Tim!

  106. Great article but glaring omission if you want to live like a rock star….exchange rate. There are two exchange rates ib BA, the official rate and the unofficial rate. When i visited last year 2015 The official exchange rate was approximately 30% LESS than the unofficial one . ATM’s are obliged to use the official rate. So bring USD or Euros with you ! On just about every street corner in the tourist areas ( i stayed in Recoleta) the are money changers. Sounds dodgy , but really, everyone in the know uses them.

  107. I’ve spent over 7 months there in the past year and leave to go back for another 2.5 months here in a couple days. Great BBQ (Asado), great wine, great coffee, great people, great city!!

  108. Thank you, Tim! Loooove Buenos Aires! ❤️


    P.S. We have a great Tango dancing and Tango Community in Vancouver, BC. Come to dance with us! 😊

  109. I’m planning to fulfill a huge dream of mine…that is living and studing tango dancing in the culture…for 2 months or so…immersion- like..

    I came across your article…great suggestions …great to share your best advice…

    I travel alone and have no real tango friend with same possible bream… and thought I might ask if you are aware of other people who have this same dream …like a dream blog…people sharing there plans..information..and experiences?

    I would love to hear your suggestions..

    Sincere thanks!

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