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Is Puerto Varas in Chile the New Bariloche ?

Is Puerto Varas in Chile the New Bariloche ? Located in the Chilean Lakes District, Puerto Varas bills itself as the new Bariloche which is similar city on the Argentine side of the Andes. With similar lakeside views and stunning surrounding mountains, the town is certainly justified in making that comparison. However, while every other shop in Bariloche sells souvenirs and ill-placed apartment buildings that block lake views for most people, Puerto Varas remains a much more tranquil and less developed town.…

Chilterra: A Dairy Farm in Chile

Chilterra dairy was a great New Zealand idea but has showed some  structural flaws. It is an equity partnership with some New Zealand minority owners along with a local Chilean owner called Ricardo Rios who has spent the first 25 years of his working life a computer programmer. Ricardo Rios is the majority shareholder and thus has effective control. The company has grown over time to have now over one hundred staff. It owns and operates six dairy farms on approx 1400 hectares and a further 2800 hectares of…

Foreign Investors are becoming more optimistic about positive change in Argentina

A number of interesting trends are happening in the Argentine Real Estate Market currently. There is increased interest from European buyers in Argentine for investment type properties. This is partly driven I suspect by lower prices and an observation that the current dysfunctional government of Argentine is about to change. For the first time in decades if ever the opposition parties are joining ranks and the polls show the voters love them for it. A new broom with introduced policies the opposition parties…

2015 Global food & agriculture investment outlook including South America

2015 Global food & agriculture investment outlook including South America We are glad to share with you the 2015 Global food & agriculture investment outlook, published by Valoral Advisors. As the asset class goes institutional, they look at the new investors that are joining the space and the implications for asset managers.The growing allocations by family offices, pension funds and sovereign funds coincide with an increased M&A appetite by corporate ventures and trading houses. Besides bringing…

Airline Ratings.com announces the worlds safest airlines for 2015

AirlineRatings.com, the world’s only safety and product rating website, which was launched in June 2013, has announced its top ten worlds safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 from the 449 it monitors. Top of the list again is Qantas which has a fatality free record in the jet era. Making up the remainder of the top ten in alphabetical order are: Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, , Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Finnair, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.…

Argentines have best level of English in Latin America

Anyone over 50 years can attest to the fact that learning a new language is hard work. All the more if you are an Anglo male. However, the good news is that Argentines women in particular are by far the most articulate English speakers. English is extremely popular in Argentina. It is so popular, in fact, that the country stands heads and shoulders above the region. Argentines are the most proficient in English in Latin America, and it isn’t even close, achieving high proficiency in the language in a region…