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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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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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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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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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For the most part, no. I've travelled extensively in the country as well as the other answerer, and can confirm it never seemed to interrupt anything - indeed most cities don't seem to follow it any more. However, the one place it DID affect was in Mendoza. I spent two weeks there doing a Spanish class each morning, and if we wanted to go to the post office ...


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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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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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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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If you are arriving from an international flight, you will probably land in Ezeiza (EZE). There you have two good options: Remis (car with driver): When you arrive, after the customs control, you will see a bunch of stalls selling this service. There is a flat fare to the city center of around AR$200. Some companies are cheaper than other, shop around ...


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I tried a flight for next month on there, and the times range from 13h 40 to 46h 20(!) - quite a difference. Once the page is loaded for your dates, on the left choose more filters, and then play with the stopover and leg times - reduce them and you'll start to see the shorter flights. South American airlines often work on a hub-spoke model, like the US - ...


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It depends on what provinces are you are visiting, perhaps in the north siestas might be an issue, but Buenos Aires for example people don't usually take naps. I was in Tucuman and I wasn't aware there was a siesta and for 4 long hours the city was like a ghost town, but gas stations, restaurants and shopping malls were open


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None of it is particularly scenic. I've bussed most of those routes, and for the most part - especially on the plains, it's fairly standard. The BA to Puerto Madryn was like 20 hours. It was striaght and smooth and a very easy bus ride. Most of it is dull though, flat and ordinary, but you can bus overnight and it's not too bad. I'd suggest Puerto Madryn ...


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Except for the most upscale touristy places, you cannot rely on having someone in reach who speaks English; it will often be the case, but not always. But it sounds like you're willing to put in some effort (in addition to what you mentioned, I would of course also take a dictionary and/or phrase book along), and as long as you're polite and patient, you ...


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Sort of. If you use the multipurpose RometoRio site to search for routes between those two cities, you can see that there's a bus that takes 3 hours, with a link to sol del paraguay to buy it. However, it is in Spanish. If you have Google Chrome, however, there's usually a popup 'translate this page' option which will try and convert it into English onthe ...


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One factor I would like to add: the "blue" exchange rate can be quite different in different places. Namely, when there are a lot of tourists around such as in Ushuaia or El Calafate in Patagonia, the supply of Dollars is much higher and the exchange rate will not be as good for you. It will not be as easy to find "cuevas" as in Buenos Aires (where they ...


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Have you looked at the map? That's a long ways away. I don't know exactly but it's going to take a few days to get from Uyuni to Iguazu. What's going to take you longest is having to stop at destinations while waiting for the next busy. I recommend not trying to go straight through and instead make a few stops and enjoy the local places where very few people ...


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As long as you have a valid passport and you are allowed to enter into Brazil from Argentina, yes, you can do that. When I went to the Iguazu waterfalls I was staying in a Hotel in Brazil, but I spent a couple of days on the Brazilian side and a couple of days on the Argentinian side. I passed the border a couple of times per day without any issue. Just ...


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I recently came back from a 6 month trip to Argentina where I also visited Iguazu falls. I only stayed on the Argentine side instead of crossing over to the Brazilian side. I will tell you one thing that I didn't see mentioned in the comments. You should add way more time to whatever you plan on doing because it is currently summer in the Southern ...


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There are two exchange rates in Argentina. The legal rate and the illegal rate(blue). If you want to stay out of trouble you should go get the legal at all times. There is less chances of getting ripped off with counterfeit money from the legal exchange offices. Your best bet is to only take USD with you as it is super hard to find places to change other ...


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I spent a few months in South America, starting in Buenos Aires with limited Spanish skills. I found it hard, trying to use my broken Spanish. I then asked my brother who had been there a few months earlier how he managed, as he had zero Spanish knowledge. "I just spoke English" was his reply. Granted, he mainly did the big tourist spots - Buenos Aires, ...


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If you are stepping out of the airport in Columbia then you might have a problem as you will be required to go through customs there. As far as taking the phones into Argentina it depends. Usually you are only allowed ONE device per device class(i.e. cellphone, tablet, camera, laptop) per person. So legally if you bring more than that in you will either ...


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You have to contact your local Argentinian embassy / consulate in Brazil who will determine if you're eligible to get an Argentinian visa. I'm speculating here but given that you're a non-resident in Brazil, the Argentinian consulate MAY ask you to obtain a visa from your home country, the Philippines. I understand that you obtained a visa for Panama while ...


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The blue rate is the street rate. You will be changing dollars on the street. So, yes, there is a risk involved. That said, it's a fairly small risk. Though technically perhaps not legal, street changers are so common and the exchanges are so public, you're likely not to run into problems. In Buenos Aires, go to the city's main shopping street, Florida. ...


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Most of the locations you want to visit are very distant from each other, perhaps you could take a Bus from Mendoza to Cordoba (I think it's a trip of 500km). One disadvantage when traveling inside Argentina is that most cities are connected through Buenos Aires.


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There are hardly any lines at the border. But when I was going by bus from Brazilian to Argentinian side, and had to step off the bus to get my passport stamped (which took maybe 5 minutes for 10 people), the bus driver did not wait for us. We had to wait for the next bus, which go every 30 minutes. Then, going from Argentine to Brazilian airport by bus, ...


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Legal or not, there is reason to defer buying Pesos with Dollars because inflation in Argentina is running at around 11% pa (was as high as 20263% in 1990) and more like 2% in USA. So each month exchange is deferred the purchasing power of USD relative to ARS effectively increases by almost 1%.


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January is summer time in Argentina and it is the high season. Flight prices will be more expensive than any other time of the year. If you flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, you could consider flying with Lan Argentina instead of Aerolineas Argentinas. If you try to book online with a non-Argentinean credit card on Aerolineas Argentinas, suddenly the ...


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Consider using a small, not-so-well-known rental company. Big companies often have rules laid down by the legal/controlling/compliance department that branches have to follow, no exceptions allowed. One way that smaller competitors that lack the brand recognition can compete is through flexibility. In November, I did a 2 week trip starting in Chile and ...


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You can get one in almost any corner(convenience) store that. They will either have a sign saying that they sell "tarjetas" or you can ask them. FYI don't load too much money on your bus card at once as certain cards only work in certain cities.


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I would try to arrange to "board" with a Welsh-speaking family while in Patagonia. The arrangement could be made beforehand, or possibly while you're there and find one. You're going to have to eat/sleep SOMEWHERE. Just do your best to make sure that the "somewhere" is with a Welsh-speaking family.



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