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Old 08-07-2011, 01:59 AM
 
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Please compare the following:

Asuncion, Paraguay (Uncertain which districts are considered "good.")

Montevideo, Uruguay (Specifically, the Ciudad Vieja and Pocitos neighborhoods)

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Palmero and Recoleta neighborhoods)

I do realize Paraguay lacks the beach and Buenos Aires isn't exactly a coastal city like Montevideo. But I have heard Asuncion is considered one of the least expensive cities on Earth. Is that really true? I'd be curious to get clear cut examples of this.

Just how "French" is the influence over Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Is the architecture and food really that Parisian? I do notice some similarities, but is it really overwhelming?
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Huge difference. Asuncion has a very small-town atmosphere, easy to stroll around in, and is very South American in character. Montevideo is much more of a "European" city, with an urban urgency to it. Also, Montevideo is much larger. Montevideo would be like a city in Spain, while Asuncion more like a smaller city in Mexico. Asuncion is a much more "open" city of wide streets and parks, although with modernization and development, probably filling in quickly..

Buenos Aires I do not know, I successfully avoided that city on my travels.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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Huge difference. Asuncion has a very small-town atmosphere, easy to stroll around in, and is very South American in character. Montevideo is much more of a "European" city, with an urban urgency to it. Also, Montevideo is much larger. Montevideo would be like a city in Spain, while Asuncion more like a smaller city in Mexico. Asuncion is a much more "open" city of wide streets and parks, although with modernization and development, probably filling in quickly..

Buenos Aires I do not know, I successfully avoided that city on my travels.
Why do you say that.

Buenos Aires is very European. It almost feels like a hybrid of France, Italy and Spain. Italian food is everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE and Argentineans even speak Spanish with a Italian like accent. The city buildup seems more French in terms of architecture and also that Buenos Aires has a very fashion forward type of lifestyle. How you look and what you wear is one of the most important things. Buenos Aires is also very hustle and bustly with lots of people and lots to see and do. I don't think Buenos Aires is a very relaxing city (except in some neighborhoods). It's more comparable to places like NYC, Paris, London, Sao Paulo, etc., big urban dynamic cities.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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my roommate somehow got it into his head that asuncion is a hidden gentlemens paradise and keeps on trying to get me to fly down there with him. a friend of ours who we used to party w in other places keeps flying down there every couple months which sparked the suspicion but he's secretive about the city. have a feeling i'll make the trip with him sometime in the next year just to check it out. i'd like to check out the other cities mentioned in this thread while there but the 24 hr bus ride between them doesn't sound fun.
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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Buenos Aires is a terrific place, Montevideo is very cool too!!
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Why do you say that.

(Buenos Aires I do not know, I successfully avoided that city on my travels.)
Because I was expressing my own opinion, based on my travel style. I bypass big cities wherever and whenever I can, usually venturing into them only to get onward visas, or some other urban necessity. I would never go to a big city for pleasure. I could always get around in Argentina without going into BA, so I was happy enough not to have to. Never been in Rio, either, but been all over Brazil. Lima is hard to avoid, but all I did was change buses there, and never walked out of the bus station.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:08 PM
 
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I nominate "Fashion Forward" as the lamest term of this century. But yea BA and Montevideo are both cool. I really want to go to Asuncion but all my Brazilian friends think I am batsh*t crazy for wanting to go. So will go alone.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Despite personal opinions about those 3 cities (i know some things about Montevideo -a lot of people i know went, i didnt go and will visit first time in october-, and i never visited Asunción), you have to take in count that Montevideo and Asunción are slow paced cities,with around 1,500,000 hab each, and Buenos Aires is a huge metropolis (13,000,000 hab) with crazy rythim and insanely fast paced.
Totally different things.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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my roommate somehow got it into his head that asuncion is a hidden gentlemens paradise
Meaning what exactly?
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I will let you know...I'm posting this from a restaurant waiting for my bus to Montevideo after that I go to Buenos Aires. I am not going to Asuncion since Paraguay charges me $100 for the visa as a US citizen, screw that.
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