Before travelling take a look to this tips
- At each airport you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Look out for sign with your name. Do not leave airport by yourself. We will meet you on arrival and bring you to your first hotel where we will provide you with a briefing and all tickets and vouchers for the entire trip.
- You will be informed of the exact time of each activity/excursion/transfer the day/evening before.
- Please note, South Americans do not tend to be punctual. Do not panic if they are slightly late. (15 – 20 minutes late is normal)
- Please keep valuables, passports, etc in the security box of the hotel. Argentina & Chile are generally safe countries. However, pickpockets do exist. Common sense is required especially when you are in a public area with lots of people. Like any Capital city, there are certain neighborhoods to avoid at night. We will advise you on arrival of these areas.
- Each itinerary is accompanied by vouchers and flight tickets. At each destination our representatives will ask to see the vouchers. Use the reservation code on flight tickets to print of boarding pass at each airport.
- If you have a problem or the pickup is excessively late, you can call the telephone number provided on the voucher relating to the destination you are in.
- In case of emergency, you can call Kieran on 1159021111 – inside Argentina, 005411 59021111 outside Argentina.
From the scorching subtropical summers of the Northern provinces, to the freezing, gale-force winter winds of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina has wildly varied climates. It’s seasons are reversed from the northern hemispheres. Spring is from September to November, summer is December to February, autumn is March to May and winter from June to August. Mendoza, Córdoba and the Lake District are all spectacular in fall: the leaves put on an epic display, temperatures are comfortable, and the crowds are thin. Summer is the best time to hit Patagonia, when the weather’s milder and more services are available. Northern Argentina can be very hot in summer and is best visited in spring or autumn or winter.
The legal currency in Argentina is the “Argentine Peso”. We recommend that you bring US$ cash with you into the country and that you change it on the “informal” (blue) market into Pesos. Note, you cannot get US$ from ATMs in Argentina. On arrival in Buenos Aires, we will provide you with addresses of where you can change dollars at the “informal” blue rate.
You can use credit cards in shopping centres and middle to high end restaurants. For smaller purchases and taxis you have to use Pesos cash.
Tipping is not obligatory in Argentina. However, on receiving good service at a restaurant, people will tip between 5 to 10%. For guides, this is purely at your own discretion.
The entrance fee to National Parks is not included in the itinerary. On average the fee is US$15 dollars for each Park which needs to be paid in the local currency of Pesos in cash $950 per person
Buenos Aires is generally a safe city (the second safest in Latin America) but there are a few things that you should keep in mind. 30% of the population in Argentina lives below the poverty line. Like any Capital city, tourists can be a natural target if you do not use your common sense.
The best advice is to ensure that you do not wear any expensive jewelry at any time. Do not walk around with your passports or large amounts of cash or a huge camera hanging from your neck. Do not keep all of your ID, VISA cards, debit cards etc in one place. Your hotel will have a safe – take complete advantage of it. If you use your common sense as you would do at home, you will be fine.
Again, like any Capital city, there are certain neighbourhoods to avoid at night. We will advise you on arrival of these areas.
When flying with Aerolineas Argentinas:
- carry-on allowance is 1 piece of hand baggage with a maximum weight for domestic flights, in Economy Class, the maximum weight allowed is 5 kg (11 lbs).
- Checked luggage allowance per piece of luggage with a maximum weight for domestic flights in Economy Class is 15 kg (33 lbs) is now charged at approximately US$10.
- Depending on the internal flight booked, you may have to pay for non-carry on luggage – approximately US$15 per suitcase of 18kgs.
Spanish (or Castellano as they call it here) is the first language. A sizable portion of people speak English and if you meet them they are only too happy to impress you with it. Tourist areas will have English speaker and hotels menus and hotel information will be available in English. Ideally you should try and pick up the basics of Spanish before you come here. That way you will have a richer cultural experience whilst you are here.
All European, New Zealand & South African passport holders can enter Argentina without a Visa for up to 90 days. You can extend your stay if pay US$100 to the National Migration office. If you hold a US, Canadian or Australian passport you do not require a VISA. To visit Brazil, Americans, Canadians & Australians require a visa.
All Airport taxes are included in the cost your air ticket.
As a society, Argentina possesses a nice balance of formal politeness and casual tolerance. Politeness goes along way here and is very much recommended when meeting Argentine’s for the first time. If you have a sense of humor, you can show it once the ice has been broken. Once you get to know them, you will realize Argentine’s like to have a laugh and do not take themselves too seriously.
When greeting Argentine’s or taking your leave, it is normal to kiss on the cheek everyone present, even among men, who may emphasis their masculinity by slapping each other on the back. Shaking hands is for more formal or business occasions.
In terms of appearance, Argentine’s invest a lot of time into looking their best, even the men. Showering here twice a day is a must and poor hygiene is frowned upon. During the day the weather will often dictate what you wear. Shorts are fine during the day. In the evening, Argentine’s like to dress up.
We recommend that you take out travel insurance during your travels in Argentina.
You must watch out for sunburn in Argentina especially at high altitude. Make sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and head ware.
We recommend that you drink only bottled water especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Tap water is safe to brush your teeth in.
Clothes if Trekking in Patagonia
Patagonia is famous for the changing weather conditions; sometimes you may enjoy the 4-year seasons in just one day! We suggest you bring:
- Hat (sun & warm hat)
- Sun glasses, sun block and lip balm.
- Polar Tec jacket, wind & waterproof jacket (Gore TEX).
- Long sleeved t-shirts (capilene)
- T- Shirts / Shorts.
- Gloves, trekking trousers and waterproof trousers.
- Water bottle (Nalgene)
- Trekking boots, and adequate socks.
Keep in mind the following:
- We recommend you not to bring your laptop, there’s no Internet signal inside the National Parks.
- There are no ATM´s inside the park, please bring credit card or cash.
- Smoking is not permitted inside the Parks, as well as it is not recommended to do it in the trails because of the risk of fire.
- Electrical devices that require high-energy consumption are strictly forbidden.
As a tour company we do not make dinner reservations for our clients. All restaurants have different reservation policy’s and we have found the hotel reception & concierge to be very co-operative with making our clients preferred dinner reservations. We recommend the following restaurants:
Cabana Las Lilas
Museo Evita Resto
Isabels al Disco
Naoli Wine Garden
Sala de Maridajes
Chinitas Wine Club
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