BootsnAll Travel Network


This blog is all about tid bits or advice on travel (and life!) in South America. If your compass could talk, it might say this...

Swine Flu Issues in Buenos Aires

July 3rd, 2009

Just when you thought that nasty little bug was gone for good. WRONG! Argentina has been hit hard by the virus this winter, becoming the country with the third highest number of cases of swine flu. Yikes! Schools have recently been closed for a month due to the virus and you’re likely to see masks, well, just about everywhere.

Check out this recent Times article about the swine flu outbreak in Argentina.


The BA Way

June 30th, 2009


Buenos Aires is a popular hub for art, theatre and dance (hello, tango!). But aside from the glitzy-glamour of the artists emerging in galleries there is a pusling art scene of street artists and graffiti artists who are tagging the city of Buenos Aires, as if it were their backyard cavas playground.

For the most part, it is. Street art and graffiti are popular in any urban city but what is unique about Buenos Aires are the murals of well planned, and week-long endeavors that are popping up nearl railroads, popular restaurants the long wall in your nieghborhood and much more.

The underground culture of art is pulsing into the mainstream with the voice of these artists marking up any cement or drywall that they can find to portray their artistic vision to the bigger city. Some of it is grotesque, some of it beautiful, all of it impossible to ignore.

Its another piece of the Buenos Aires puzzle.


Argentina In the News

June 26th, 2009

As I’m sure you’ve seen, Argentina has made its way into the news because South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s affair with a woman from Buenos Aires. Although it’s not exactly travel related, its interesting to see how many people are drawing attention to South America due to the story.


Climb It!

June 24th, 2009

Aconcagua is Argentina’s tallest mountain and the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. You can climb the mountain from access from Mendoza although the heigth of the mountain means it will take you weeks to climb in order to adjust to the climate.

Smaller hikes around the base boast beautiful views and it is a landmark visitors point for those visiting the north of Argentina.

Aconcagua is a qualifying mountain for climbers who want to climb Everest. Meaning that if you complete the climb up Aconcagua, you are certified to attempt Everest. You can probably guess then, its pretty alto. But maybe wait till after winter.


Travel Tips

June 15th, 2009

The world if full of travel tips. From travel forums, blog posts, websites, travel guide books, friends, papers and the Internet there is a lot to sift through. You’ve probably got your travel ‘how to’s’ down already, but in case you haven’t, here’s what NY Times frugal traveler has to say about how he prepares for new trip.

Some of his tips are as obvious as looking and searching Google for the right search terms. Including the words ‘frugal’ or ‘affordable’ at the end of your search will turn up some of the best deals. A lot of them you won’t see in your guide book. He also suggests looking at Google Maps. Although it seems obvious it will do you a lot of good to have a general sense of the layout of a town. A lot of guide books are outdated and Google Maps has that helpful little feature, providing direct directions. Some of his other tips include food blogs to the country or city you’re visiting and excellent advice on how to find cheap flights.

Do you have a secret or helpful travel tip that always pulls through? Let us know!

To check out all of Matt’s tips and tools, check out his article on Travel Research.


The Reason we Travel

June 11th, 2009

This is why we do it, no? Just thought I’d share for all you sentimental types.


South America Fashion

June 9th, 2009


Buenos Aires, specifically. Street fashion in Buenos Aires is something almost anyone can get behind. Check out this cool blog that outlines it all. StreetFashionBuenosAires.

Furthermore, we’re reeling over the fact that TOMS shoes is cashing in on shoes that have been a staple to gauchos and Portenos for years.

Need I say more?

Or what about Harem Pants that have also, been a huge fashion staple for portenas and have just recently launched onto runways everywhere.

I’m just sayin’. Way to go BA.


News in English?

June 8th, 2009

Well then check out the Buenos Aires Herald. It’s a great news source for local and international news in Buenos Aires. Available online and in the periodicals.


Bing Travel

June 6th, 2009

Bing Travel is a new search engine brought to us by Microsoft. Bing is supposed to be a better decision making search engine allowing you to visit fewer sites while still getting all the date you need. Like FareCast, it will show you whether flights are expected to increase in price or decrease and pools a lot of travel data together to make your travel decisions easier.

Set to launch soon, we’ll be checking it out and giving our full review.


Attention Pet Owners

June 4th, 2009

As a follow up to our previous post about expensive and difficult travels with your pets, here is an upcoming solution. Although it is still yet to launch, and only available in the United States there is a new airline that will feature only pet passengers. They’ll be called “Pawsengers”. Begin laughing now.

Aside from funny terminology the airline offers affordable and safe travel for pets. Take a look!