Argentina: Escape to the Sea

Countries sometimes wear their troubles more lightly than the statistics or the headlines indicate. In uneasy Argentina. the cost of living is up 58% this year, the peso down 60%. But it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and in Buenos Aires the days are blazing and the nights sticky. The place to get away to is Mar del Plata, Argentina's favorite Atlantic resort, 250 miles south, and last week the annual migration was in full swing.

As the tide of post-Christmas tourists rolled in, predictions were for a record 1,600,000 vacationers during the November-through-March season, more than enough...

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