10 cafes for wifi in Buenos Aires

As a former freelance writer living in Buenos Aires, I’ve tested the coffee shops in the city —the good, the bad, and the bitter—so you don’t have to. Buenos Aires has a strong coffee culture but unfortunately the actually taste of some of the coffee and the terrible WiFi connections in some places can leave mal gusto in your mouth. The following 10 best cafes for working in Buenos Aires have comfortable/ample seating, WiFi, and outlets for your computer—and of course, good coffee and treats.

1. LAB Tostadores de Café

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LAB doesn’t offer much seating but I have never had a problem with crowds. Order a flat white and the berry muffin—truthfully the best tasting combo I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying while working online.

Where: Humboldt 1542
Neighborhood: Palermo
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 8pm; Saturday 10 am to 8 pm

2. Cocu


Located in the heart of Palermo, Cocu gets very crowded around brunch time so either get there early or after the lunch crowd has died down. If you do get a seat, it’s easy to spend hours there. The owners are French, offering authentic French cuisine. Every pastry on the menu astonishing, but I recommend the pan au chocolate.

Where: Malabia 1510
Neighborhood: Palermo
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10 am to 8 pm

3. Starbucks

I don’t normally recommend Starbucks because most locations are crowded and noisy in Buenos Aires. And, they are considered “elite” because of the very pricey yet very weak latte. However, you can find a few noteworthy locations if you check out enough of them—locations that have a relaxing upstairs seating area with sofas and good lighting. My favorite location is an old apartment building converted into the coziest Starbucks you’ll ever see—complete with wallpaper and carpet.

Location: Av. Cnel. Díaz 1601
Neighborhood: Recoleta
Hours: Monday through Friday 7 am to 9:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 9:30 pm

4. All Saints Cafe

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I don’t hear a lot of people talking about All Saints Cafe, but it is definitely noteworthy! It’s located in Belgrano so it is possibly a bit far if you are in the neighborhoods of San Telmo or Palermo Soho. But as the café is nestled just a block away from the subway D line and walking distance to Barrio Chino (Chinatown), it’s a great spot to work online all morning and then explore somewhere else for the rest of the day. Plus, it’s one of the few places in Buenos Aires where you can get an American-style donut!

Where: Ciudad de la Paz 2300
Neighborhood: Belgrano
Hours: 8 am to 10 pm

5. LattenTe

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With a great flat white, and comfortable stools lining the windows of Thames street, LattenTe is a relaxed coffeehouse popular amongst freelancers, tourists, and locals alike. I especially enjoy it for its location.

On Sundays, Seiko’s Bagels pops-up outside so weekend freelancers can enjoy a dreamy latte and bagel combo.
Where: Thames 1891
Neighborhood: Palermo
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 am to 10 pm; Sunday 10 am to 10 pm

6. El Ateneo Grand Splendid

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Does it get much cooler than being able to work in a 100-year-old theater that’s been turned into a bookstore? One of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, El Ateneo also has a cafe inside perched upon what was once the stage of the theater. You can work and enjoy a small coffee—albeit overpriced. There is also lots of room throughout the bookstore for relaxed reading and finding new inspiration for your work.

Where: Av. Santa Fe 1860
Neighborhood: Recoleta
Hours: Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm; Monday through Thursday 9 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday 9 am to 12 pm

7. Felix Felicis & Co


With a name inspired by Harry Potter, this newer addition to the Palermo coffeehouse scene serves one hell of a good latte and muffins. The wood bar has outlets built right in for re-charging.

Where: José Antonio Cabrera 5002
Neighborhood: Palermo
Hours: Sunday 10 am to 8 pm; Monday through Saturday 9 am to 8 pm

8. Ninina

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Ninina prides itself on serving delicious cakes with less guilt for you. With specialty items like flourless cakes and freshly squeezed juices, a couple of hours at Ninina carries a higher price tag but it’s well worth it. I recommend coming to Ninina when you need to work and satisfy a sweet tooth. Try a slice of the Lola Mora cake and a cappuccino with soy milk.

Where: Gorriti 4738
Neighborhood: Palermo
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 am to 12 am; Friday 8 am to 1 am; Saturday 9 am to 1 am; Sundays and holidays 9 am to 12 am.

9. Birkin

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A relaxed yet sociable atmosphere, Birkin is a higher end cafe perfect for having lunch with a friend or working hard online. I recommend trying the waffles if you enjoy hefty scoops of dulce de leche with your brunch.

Where: República Arabe Siria 3061
Neighborhood: Palermo
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 9pm

10. Barrio Cafetero


With only about 7 stools lining the wall parallel to the bar, there isn’t much space for working all afternoon. However, if you’re downtown (microcentro) and need a place to work before or after the office, it deserves an honorable mention for its creamy-smooth lattes and super sweet baristas. If you frequent the place, be sure to pick up a stamp card.

Where: Florida 8333
Neighborhood: Microcentro
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 am to 6:30 pm

Dear travelers to Peru

1. Machu Picchu is not a photo opportunity or a trek to cross off the bucket list, but a chance to learn about a unique time in human history.

Please avoid spending all your time behind the lens of a camera. Immerse yourself in the beauty and atmosphere of this spectacular site. Machu Picchu deserves human reverence and respect, which treating it as a photo op does not represent.

Machu Picchu was the zenith of a civilization that placed the needs of its people and mother earth “Pachamama” above everything else. This site is perhaps the most beautiful open-air classroom in the Western Hemisphere to learn about human resilience. Machu Picchu is not for selfies.

To ensure you get the best experience out of your visit, watch this video before you make your trip; if you are a reader, these books might get you on a good footing to fully engage with the lessons from your guides.

2. Coca leaves are not cocaine. 

Despite what so many believe, the coca plant is not cocaine as it is usually portrayed in the western world. For the people who live in the Andean mountains of Peru and Bolivia, coca is an ancient medicinal and spiritual plant. It was initially domesticated about 5000 years ago. The plant has been an essential part of the religious belief system of the Andean people. In fact, coca leaves are to the Andean and Amazonian people what the cross is to Christianity, i.e. coca leaves are used in rituals specific to “Pachamama” or mother earth.

The consumption of this plant as a food source by the Andean people is well documented. Coca leaves supply the body with high amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals. Contrary to popular belief, chewing these leaves as the Andean people regularly do does not cause any stimulant or euphoric effects, nor does the practice causes any dependency.

Coca leaves are often confused with cocaine, the drug that is synthesized via a combination of chemical reactions with chemicals such as sulfuric acid, kerosene, chlorine amongst others. The production and distribution of cocaine are the outcomes of a global chain of supply and demand that involves many powerful stakeholders, in which coca farmers are the lowest workers in a huge network of businesses and people seeking profit.

3. Global warming is a fact, and the evidence is clear in all the places you will visit in Peru.

You would do well to become aware of the recent natural disasters affecting Northern Peru.  Landslides, floods and torrential rains wreaked havoc throughout cities and the countryside, killed many people and left thousands of others homeless.

Climate scientists believe that this wave of natural disasters was triggered by a very unusual “El Niño” phenomena. This kind of “El Niño’ is a manifestation of a global warming problem. A trip to northern Peru will surely be enough to convince you of the severity of this situation. It is estimated that by 2050 most glaciers in Peru’s Andean range reaching 18,000 feet and below will disappear due to planetary warming, but the

When you hike the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, you will witness the enormous number of dry rivers that once used to carry water coming from the glaciers. The impact of this loss of glaciers can be seen in the struggle for water that local farmers confront every day. In turn, this situation is already affecting the chain of food production and the subsequent rise in prices of these goods.

4. Ayahuasca is not just DMT – getting high on it has negative effects for the Amazonian people

Ayahuasca has been part of the Amazonian medicinal and spiritual usage for centuries. It has always had traditional uses by jungle shamans who have sought through its use, a connection with a higher spiritual world of their own. Its use is intrinsically related to their belief of a “visión del Mundo” or cosmovision.

In recent years, the consumption of this drink has become somewhat of a tourist industry.

It is known nowadays that Ayahuasca and its components have the same psychedelic effects to substances are not the same. If you Google Ayahuasca, you will find that there are so-called “shamans,” all the way from the forests of Scandinavia and Canada to huge cities like New York and Los Angeles, organizing gatherings for people to consume this drink. The purpose of these gatherings is not to perform a ritual healing but rather to fall into a state of hallucination that does not correspond to the Amazonian cosmovision. Both situations are mutually exclusive.

Similar gatherings occur in the Amazon jungle where some of the locals have facilities to host foreigners who can pay money to become high on Ayahusaca. This practice is not the true traditional use of Ayahuasca and will not be correctly understood by those partaking in it. Rather, this represents a form of cultural appropriation and exploits the traditional usage of this culturally significant brew.

If you truly wish to experience Ayahuasca for healing purposes, then seek out local traditional users, elders and shamans. You will then have the complete experience of not only the drink, but the cultural significance it plays within the Amazonian people.

5. Lima is not just a mandatory stop over but the gastronomical capital of the Americas.

Some people visiting Peru avoid Lima like. The city’s chaotic traffic and high crime rate are reason enough to not want to to spend time there, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from spending at least a day savoring its brilliant food.

According to Bloomberg, Lima holds three of the best 50 restaurants in the world. Peru’s cuisine is heavily influenced by both Chinese and Spanish cooking. Dishes are perfectly crafted with an array of seafood products mixed with unique Andean ingredients. So, if you decide to stay in Lima and go on a food safari but lack of reservations or funds, I suggest that you do a bit of research and check these other mid-range priced restaurants that have menus to rival some of the more exclusive places.

stunning natural areas in Brazil

PICTURE dozens of national parks packed with walking trails, each leading to amazing waterfalls and the best ponds you could ever swim in; luscious Amazonian rainforests with incredible vistas. Welcome to Brazil, every outdoor junkies’ dream come true.

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Sunrise is the perfect time to see the famous pink dolphins of the Amazon River.

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Be prepared for a grueling three-hour hike combined with some freestyle rock climbing to make it to the top of Pedra da Gavea, one of the world’s highest monoliths and the largest mountain on a coastline. You’ll also find the best views of Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings.

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Ilha Grande is a tropical island packed with hiking trails that run through the Virgin Atlantic rainforest. It’s also a great spot for snorkeling and stunning beaches.

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Paraty is a melting pot of adventures. By hiking through the rainforest you are guaranteed to find a place looking a little like this.

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You won’t be able to look away once you see the Iguazu Falls in all their awe-inspiring glory. Once you’re here you can take a day trip over to Argentina and check them out from a different and equally beautiful angle.

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If you’re looking for white sand beaches, head to the untouched shores of Prainha in Arraial do Cabo.

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The exotic blue waters of Cachoeria Santa Barbara are an effort to get to but oh-so-worth-it.

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In Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, the waterfalls outnumber the tourists.

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Cachoeira Loquinhas has a magical hiking trail leading to ten natural pools where the water of each pool is a different blue.

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Don’t miss the 45-minute hike up Morro Dois Irmãos to help get your bearings in Rio de Janeiro.

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The motto of Morro de Sao Paulo is “Island vibes, Island time.”

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You’ll find rolling hills, hippie villages, and jaw-dropping landscapes in the hiker’s dream of Vale do Capão on the outskirts of Chapada Diamantina National Park.

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The most unbelievable lookout of all time is tucked away in a little corner of Vale do Pati in Chapada Diamantina National Park.

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Want to slide down a rock formed waterslide? Lencois is full of naturally-formed wonders like this.

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The town of Bonito is an aquatic wonderland filled with ecological wonder.

Out On the Dunes: ATV Adventures in Jericoacoara

You’ve already read how in just one week, I fell deep under Jericoacoara’s spell. While the tiny, remote Brazilian beach town had charm in spades, most people were drawn to what lay beyond its borders — miles upon miles of endless, untamed sand dunes, their shapes changing with the whims of the wind.

To explore them, you’ll need a set of wheels. From what I discovered, the tourism industry in Jeri is still quite underdeveloped and most “tours” are arranged on a whim. If you’re traveling solo like I was, you’ll need to form a group of your own before approaching a tour operator or they are likely to shrug you off.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Thankfully, I was adopted by a group of a dozen Israelis who arranged two separate days exploring on ATVs for us. The first day we had a slightly smaller group than the second, and each paid 140R ($40US), while for our second outing we each paid 115R ($33). My newfound travel tribe were excellent negotiators, I should note — I have no doubt we would have paid more had I been the one in charge of setting a rate.

In general, it appears there are two general routes the guides will lead you on — one to the east, and one to the west. You could also tackle either of these routes in a buggy with your guide behind the wheel, if you didn’t feel like self-driving. In our case, the guides zoomed ahead on monster-sized dirt bikes, leading the way for our caravan of ATVs.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

On our first day, we went west. I have to admit that I’m not the most comfortable behind the wheels of an ATV — I’ve had a few friends get in serious accidents in the last few years and well, I just feel vulnerable bouncing around on this big ‘ol hunk of metal that could flip over and crush me any second.

So I was more than happy to be a passenger on this little excursion, though within moments I could tell that at the speeds my crew was driving, I was going to spend a lot of the day screaming with my eyes clenched shut.

Our first stop was in the hamlet of Mangue Seco. It’s not every day you get to use the word hamlet, but in this case it seems the only descriptor appropriate for the blip on the map that Mangue Seco was.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Water levels were high in the area at the time, and so we eventually reached a standstill where our ATVs had to be loaded onto precarious rafts and pushed across the water onward. On the other side, our guide asked us if we wanted to take a short boat trip for another 10R to see the “Cavalo Marinho.”

We puzzled over what this could possibly be, my Israeli friends turning to me and asking if my Spanish knowledge might reveal any clues. “Well… caballo means horse in Spanish,” I said with a shrug. “Could they be talking about… sea horses?

I said it with incredibly trepidation. After all, we were crossing a freshwater lake, right? But shortly after we loaded into the boat, the new guide leaned over the hull and scooped into a mason jar, yup, three tiny little seahorses. It was my greatest moment of communication victory in all of Brazil. Six weeks, and I finally was able to accurately predict what sea creature I was about to see.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

After exiting through a surreal, jumbo-sized mangrove forest that we unfortunately didn’t stop to photograph, we were back to the dunes.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

We soon spotted a crowd in the distance, and paused as we pulled up next to them to see what all the commotion was about, out here in the sand-filled middle of nowhere. We found an enterprising group of locals selling rides down into a rainwater lake for a mere 5R. After watching a few groups face-plant in the sand, I grabbed a board and took my own turn publicly humiliating myself. It was wonderful.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Finally, a chance to relax after the super stressful day we’d been having (ha!) Looking back at a map, I can’t say for sure if we were at Lago Grande or Laguinho da Torta Tatajuba, but I can confirm that it doesn’t really matter. The dunes surrounding Jericoacoara are surrounded by scenic lagoons dotted with in-water hammocks and fringed by palm trees. I wouldn’t get too picky about which one you end up in.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

This was the best part of the day. It was incredibly windy, but we didn’t mind. Hours melted away as we lounged in the sun, watched kite-surfers work their magic, and marveled at the paradise we stumbled upon in what felt like the end of the earth. Seafood and beer were offered every time we so much as looked at a hammock; and my travel companions were all too happy to take one for the team with a few orders.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

All good things must come to an end, and eventually we packed up and prepared ourselves for the long drive back to Jericoacoara. Now, all day, I’d been lightly teased for my clear discomfort with our driving speeds. As our guides geared up, one of the boys, Eliko, approached me and asked what was making me so nervous. “These things flip over all the time,” I pointed out. “No, no,” he assured me. “You are very safe. We all drove in much more difficult circumstances in the army. You are safe.” Who can argue with a man who just dedicated three years of his life to compulsory military service?

I hopped on the back of another ATV and braced myself when the adrenaline-loving driver started taking it in tight circles. Maybe now would be a great time to ask him to stop doing this, I thought to myself, and in that exact moment I felt the left two wheels of ATV lift off from the ground as we both were launched into the air. Somehow, time really did go into slow motion, enough for me to push off with my feet to get as far away from the vehicle as possible, and enough for me to lock eyes with Eliko, who was looking on in horror. If I didn’t know better, I might even recall that I had time to shake my head with disapproval mid-air. When we hit the ground, time resumed at a normal pace, and I was quickly surrounded by a dozen faces of concern.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

We slowed down a bit after that. Eventually, the girls teamed up and I hopped on the back of Maude’s ATV for a bit, where we happily enjoyed the view from the back of the caravan. Never a dull moment, as they say!

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

A few days later, when my bruises and memories of the crash had faded, I was talked into doing it all over again (sorry mom.) This time, we went east.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Our first stop was the famous arch called Pedra Furada. It was quite the scramble to get there after we parked our wheels, but it was worth it for the gorgeous geological formation that awaited us. Here, I wowed everyone with my remote shooting capabilities to capture a group photo with my dSLR balanced on a rock and triggered from an app on my iPhone. Stick with the travel blogger, I assured them. They always have the best selfie tricks.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Next up was Arvore da Preguica, a truly amazing tree shaped by years of wind and harsh desert conditions. We didn’t have it to ourselves for long though before the next group rolled up next to us — this route was far busier and far less remote and wild than the one we’d taken the previous day, when I wondered how the guides knew which way to go into the endless dunes ahead of us.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

This was a much more subdued journey, a balance I was more than a-ok with.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Again came my favorite portion of the day, the one in which we lounged in Instagram-ready water hammocks. This time, we ditched the local beer shacks in favor of the upscale beach club (or should I say lake club?) Alchymist at Lagoa Paraiso. As the fanciest of its kind in the area, stepping into Alchymist felt a bit like stepping into a portal to a European beach club — and I didn’t hate it.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

That said, we didn’t spring for beach chairs or expensive cocktails. After splurging on a late lunch, we happily spent the rest of our time splashing around in the lagoon and enjoying our last day in Jericoacoara together.

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

ATV Sand Dune Tour in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Simply put, you’d be crazy to come to Jericoacoara and not spend at least one day out on the dunes exploring the wild west of the desert. These were some of my greatest adventures in all of Brazil — I loved them almost as much as the town we went home to.

Are you an ATV wimp like me or an adrenaline-loving daredevil like the rest of my crew?

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