Fracking Projects Moving Forward In Argentina’s Patagonia

Patrick Archer agribusiness, foreign investment, real estate, us companies

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is making a steady push into the Northern Patagonia provinces of Neuquen and Rio Negro, as oil and gas companies are waving irresistible sums in front of small fruit farmers in the Alto Valle. These are dollar amounts that would have caused “a laughter attack” twenty or thirty years ago, writes Claudio Andrade who says the …

Best Restaurants In Buenos Aires Dominate Regional Ranking

Patrick Archer agribusiness, arts & entertainment, buenos aires events, creative class, culture, entrepreneurs, global rankings, hotels & casinos, lifestyle, vanityba

Restaurant Magazine just released the annual ranking of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013, and Argentina has more restaurants in the Top 50 than any other country in the region. A distinguished panel of 250 food writers and critics, chefs and restauranteurs voted for their favorite restaurants across four regions: Mexico and Central America, South America (North), South America (South) …

Uruguay Timber Growers Benefit From US New Construction

Patrick Archer agribusiness, real estate, uruguay

The recent increase in US residential construction activity has been good news for Uruguay timber growers, according to the country’s leading forestry association. Uruguay is exporting significantly more lumber and plywood to the United States this year, a trend that is forecast to continue through 2013 and increase in 2014, says Carlos Faroppa, the director of the country’s Society of …

Border Shopping: Argentina, Chile Lure Bargain-Seekers Next Door

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, tourism

Favorable exchange rates and the prospect of snatching up cheaper everything from laptops and lingerie to tablets and toys are prompting hundreds of thousands of Argentines and Uruguayans to make a run for the border with cash and credit cards in hand. Cronista has back-to-back features this week highlighting this Southern Cone shopping trend beginning with the droves of deal-seekers …

Buenos Aires Retail Vacancies Rising On Popular Streets

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, real estate

A growing number of retail outlets have closed their doors in the City of Buenos Aires this year due to higher rents and lower margins, according to a new report from the Buenos Aires Federation of Retail and Industry (FECOBA). The majority of the retail leases not being renewed this year were originally signed in 2010 or 2011 according to …