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In December at least it will be summer, so you can explore the entire country! Suggested cities and activities below: El Calafate, Patagonia - use as a base to go see the Perito Moreno glacier - the 3rd largest in the world, and the general area - great for hiking, climbing and trekking. The Andes are spectacular down there. Ushuia - the end of the ...


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This is how we did it today: From the Puerto Iguazu (Argentina) bus station a bus of the travel company "Crucero del Norte" goes directly to the Waterfall Park on the Brazilian side. This bus leaves every 2 hours. The last bus going back again starts at 5 pm. It cost 50 pesos per person going there and back. The ride took about 45 minutes. The bus departs ...


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As someone who travelled a lot and stayed in many hostels let me say I also saw similar behaviour in many places, not only hostels but also on buses and at tourist sites. This is not limited to South America, but also happens in South East Asia and India. When speaking to Israelis who travel alone and are usually a little bit older they confirmed my ...


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There are some direct buses from Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile. For example, CATA Internacional runs a daily bus, on weekdays only (Mon-Fri), which leaves at 17:00 from BA (Retiro) and arrives next day at approximately 12:30 (= duration ~19.5 hours). The price is 750 $AR / ~150 USD (semicama) or 820 $AR (cama ejecutivo). Besides the Argentine ...


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Buses are great - in Argentina, they're comfortable, serve food, and reliable. Pick one going overnight, sleep on the bus (get full-cama, not semi-cama - your seat will become a bed!) and be there in the next day! Head to Retiro bus station in Buenos Aires, they all go from there, go upstairs to the 2nd floor and to the area for north-bound buses. There ...


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Fist of all a short disclaimer: The blue market is an unofficial market not recognized by federal authorities and changing money there is illegal. Thousands of Argentinians use this market every day as buying dollars in the official market is almost prohibited by the government . I will try to answer your question without entering into the details of the ...


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There is a bus station in Puerto Iguazu and buses leave every hour or so for the Argentinian side of the falls and were fairly cheap. You have to pay an entrance fee for the park and can get optional boat tours of the river below the falls and above them. I did both and it was worth it. The Argentinian side has walkways and bridges that take you right out ...


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While Ivan's answer is the most economical option, I disagree that there's not a shuttle. For inexperienced travellers who may not speak the language, there ARE taxis from both airports as well. There is also a shuttle/bus company called Manuel Tienda León. I used them. For 45-50 ARS, they'll take you to the city to just near Retiro (the main bus station ...


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As with anywhere travelling, exercise a reasonable amount of precaution. La Boca has a (deserved) reputation for being one of the more dangerous areas of BA, but that does not mean you cannot safely visit there. Don't dress like a tourist, leave jewellery, big cameras at your hotel or hostel Get advice from your hotel / hostel on the safe areas to go. ...


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In Buenos Aires there are 2 airports: Aeroparque (AEP) and Ezeiza (EZE). First one is smaller and closer to the city center. If you arrive to AEP you have to take a "colectivo". It's a bus that goes from the airport to the center stopping when somebody pushes the stop button. Very easy :) When I was in Buenos Aires (2008), it cost 1$ (ARS, about 0'20 ...


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You can buy your tickets here. The price is about 185 USD. It's not necessary to do any special preparation, as the train will take you back to "normal" altitudes after a couple of hours at 4200m. When I was in Argentina, the train didn't work, so we had to rent a car to do more or less the same path the train makes. We stayed about 2 or 3 hours at 4000 ...


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The reciprocity fee is currently US$160 for US citizens, and can now be paid online in advance via the website http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles/. There is a PDF guide on paying the fee available here (The entire guide is in English except for the country name of the US, which is in Spanish - "Estados Unidos") Not surprisingly, this matches the ...


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The best options you have is looking for sail boats requiring a crew. You should be careful with that. Make sure the captain is experienced enough. Cape horn is not known by being easy. But you're aware of that probably. They will, most likely, be looking for someone with experience as well. Things can go in many ways. It's not easy to get a good crew ...


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There are 3 major carriers in Argentina Claro, Movistar and Personal All three offer prepaid cards you can buy on literally hundred of shops around the city (I am not sure were in Buenos Aires you are going, but if you are traveling to Capital Federal, then you will find shops on the streets, on every shopping mall, and big movie complex. There are some ...


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On Brazilian side it is possible (unlike the Argentinian side) to pay with credit cards, so you don't really need to have Reals in cash. There is a bus between Puerto Iguazu (city on Argentinian side) and Foz do Iguacu (Brazilian city), and when you're in Brazil, you can take another bus to the entry to the park. It is bus No. 120 to 'Parque Nacional'.


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December is summer time in Argentina. So I do not recommend you to try "winter stuff". Buenos Aires is Argentina's capital. You must go to a Tango show (some requires you to book in advance). You also must eat a typical barbecue (if you are not vegetarian). I love everything they do with milk and also their wines are very good (Malbec is the better grape). ...


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You don't mention what kind of trips you like, but if you like nature I would highly recommend Patagonia--specifically El Calafate and Ushuaia. December is a good season to go. Distances inn Argentina are large--even if you're not going all the way to Patagonia. Bus service is excellent with luxury buses, reclining seats and meal service. Plane flights are ...


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You could take a bus, which will take around 18 hours and cost about 500 pesos. One recommended company is Via Bariloche http://www.viabariloche.com.ar/ You might be able to make reservations on their website (usually difficult or impossible with a foreign credit card), but for buses buying the ticket a day or two in advance is usually sufficient. Your ...


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When I travel I usually just withdraw money from an ATM. Does that mean that in this case, I should be bringing lots of USD to exchange? Yes, it means exactly that. Does it have to be USD? Do they accept Australian dollars at all? You might be able to find someone who does, but it will be much harder and the exchange rate will not be as favorable. ...


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The Antarctic Peninsula is a part of the sector of Antarctica claimed by Argentina. If you are taking a ship that goes only there (and not to the Falkland Islands, for example), you are technically not leaving Argentina at all. I went to the Antarctic Peninsula from Ushuaia last November. The crew took my passport before I boarded the ship, and returned it ...


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First of all, let's talk about the place. I learned about the Welsh Settlements there while I was in Puerto Madryn, in Patagonia, Argentina. This is where they first landed, and indeed along the shorefront some of the ruins of their first dug-out homes still exist. It must have been tough. Fortunately they expanded, and the town of Gaiman is the Welsh ...


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~15 hours is not that long to be on the road in Argentina. ;-) You can indeed save time by flying, but if you're not in a hurry, buses are comfortable and a lot cheaper. (Especially since foreigners have to pay more than locals on Aerolíneas Argentinas, or so I've heard/read). A site called Plataforma 10 is great for checking Argentine bus timetables & ...


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Pretty dangerous. I was mugged there at gunpoint after deciding to walk in a straight direction back to town... a good anecdote but not something to repeat (in short though if you go to south America you will probably be mugged at some point). I've heard stories of youths ketteling foreigners at games outside the stadium for tickets and god knows what else. ...


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Not sure if this should be an answer or comment, as I've only been there during daytime... As you probably know, parts of Boca are very touristy (Caminito especially, and the stadium kind of too). Some areas of Boca, beyond Caminito, are worse security-wise: to the east and south (if I recall correctly), and especially across the water. A map in my ...


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Easy. For starters, there's a bus (don't take it) from Venuezuela via Lima and Santiago to Buenos Aires that I was told about while there, takes a week. But gives you an idea of the max time you might spend on buses, given you're doing a bit of tracking around. Lima to Arequipa and then Cusco can be done in 1-4 days depending on what stops you want to do. ...


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I have traveled extensively throughout Argentina, and I would have to say that the siesta (which does exist in some places) has never affected anything I wanted to do there. Within Buenos Aires, many smaller shops are closed for a siesta, but then many are not, and large ones certainly are not. Outside of Buenos Aires, the siesta may become a factor, but ...


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This is one of my favourite bus trips in the world, having done Mendoza->Santiago twice and Santiago->Mendoza once. Please, please, travel it during the day, for two reasons: 1) I've done this once at night. At the top of the Andes is the border crossing. There's snow a good portion of the year on the hills around you. It's FREEZING in the middle of the ...


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They have HSBC in Argentina, HSBC ATM machines can deal with 6 digits pin code (first hand experience in various countries since I hold an HSBC card with 6 digits pin code). I think it is safe to assume that you can use your card with 6 digits pin code at least in HSBC's ATMs, also I have noticed that all HSBC ATM machines use the same software.


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As always, Wikipedia has a good list which can answer this question. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country which has info, specs, and pictures for each plug type by country. It looks like Chile and Argentina have different mains plug types and you may only need an adapter for Argentina.


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In Chile, ungrounded plugs are compatible with Europlugs, so you should be able to use the Swiss plug directly. Some sockets only accept grounded plugs, which have a round grounding pin directly between the two round power pins. Apparently similar plugs are used in Italy, but I had never seen an adapter for it before I came to Chile. I have no recollection ...



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