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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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~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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Well firstly most buses won't go directly to El Calafate. You'll likely have to change buses, and likely will want to - it's a long way! However, a convenient stopping point could be Puerto Madryn (Chubut). It's a great little beach town, with the Valdez Peninsula - and I kid you not - you can sit on the hostel balcony and point at the whales as they come ...


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You might want to check out: ComoViajo.com The official site for the Buenos Aires Government Transportation Authority which has an iPhone App You might also consider the Official City of Buenos Aires Website If you want to buy bus tickets to other cities, consider Plataforma 10 If you are staying in Buenos Aires for a considerable time you will save ...


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There are several bus companies that will take you. The easiest solution, once in Buenos Aires, is to head to Retiro bus station. Go up to the second floor, and to the section for 'west bound' buses. There will be several companies. El Rapido, Andesmar, Cata, Tur Bus, and many more - it's an extremely popular route. As Jonik mentioned, the Plataforma ...


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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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This is a very personal question, because it depends on what you want to do during your stay in Argentina. Personally I believe it's not worth the price you pay because prices in Argentina are really low. For example, you can go to dinner for 5 USD (good dinner, not fast food), so a 20% discount in a restaurant that costs 30 USD isn't worth it unless you ...


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You only have 12 days. If you take a bus round-trip from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, you're going to waste 2-3 days getting there and 2-3 days getting back. That's almost half of your vacation on a bus! On top of that, a brief check I did of the price on the Andesmar bus via Puerto Madryn shows a round trip price of around $700 USD (depends on the seats) ...


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There are regular and express ferries from Buenos Aires to Montevideo. One option goes directly to the Ciudad Vieja district of Montevideo, situated very close to downtown, with the Buquebus ferry company, and takes about three hours. Another option is the ferry+bus combination (which I've personally done in the reverse direction), which has two companies ...


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You'll want to go to a locutório (like a small shop). It'll be called that - "Locutório" with a purple sign saying "SUBE" in the window. Where are these shops? There's a handy website that maps all of them in Buenos Ares. Then according to a blog on the subject: You'll fill out a small application with your name, address, and passport/DNI number and ...


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I think many electric hardware stores have these items, walk a couple of streets in the center and I guess you find a couple. Otherwise the feria (market) might also have stands that sell that sort of stuff. If all fails, here I have a link to MercadoLibre, the ebay of latin america, they have plenty of these items for sale in the capital: transformador ...


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As others are saying, La Boca is dangerous, but at the same time that doesn't mean you have to avoid it. Buenos Aires can be a very secure place on one block and a really scary dangerous one on the other block, you have to learn how to navigate the city. The same is true for La Boca. There are zones of La Boca where there is almost a 100% chance that ...


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I agree with most of what Mark wrote. However, instead of visiting websites of individual bus companies or going to the Retiro bus terminal, there's a far better way to find out the prices and schedules of intercity buses anywhere in Argentina: plataforma10.com Just enter origin, destination and date, and hit "buscar". If you want, with credit card you ...


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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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If you are looking for good budget restaurants (less than 7-8 USD per person) you have to go to the main center area ("La Valle" street) and you'll find tens of restaurants like that. In your area (La Recoleta) I know the restaurant "Teatriz" it serves european food but you can take a "Cordero Patagonico" (patagonic lamb) if you prefer an typical ...


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If you're in Recoleta, one place you should try is El Cuartito ("the small room") at Talcahuano 937. When I was staying in that area, some local friends took me there, saying it's the best pizza place in the world. (They're rather serious about it too.) The place has been serving pizza since 1934, and while no longer just a small room (having been extended a ...


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My answer would back up what I've read here so far. Caminito is cool, on the walk to the stadium you should use caution, but beyond the stadium you should probably not venture too far. I did with a group of people and as predicted the two who were straggling got held up at gunpoint by a drugged out guy. He took the nice camera hanging around the guys neck ...


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As everyone has told, the least touristy parts of La Boca are quite dangerous. I think it's important to point out, however, that muggers in Buenos Aires generally don't hurt their victims if they comply. If you are mugged, just give the mugger what he asks for and you should be safe. It's not a nice experience by any measure, but your physical integrity is ...


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There are a range of options to get into town (Manuel Tienda Leon - a shuttle company, local buses or taxi) - see the piece on Wikitravel. EZE is about 30-45 min from downtown by taxi, although during busy times it can be longer. From town to AEP, it's easier - about 20 minutes by taxi. Your best bet given your tight time-frame is to get a taxi from one ...


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Baires Apartments (a temporary rental and real state) offers phone rentals and, as you mention, they send it and pick it up for free (to/from the hotel, or to/from the airport). The Cell phones are free of charge. You just pay the calls. The rates are of course more expensive than a normal cellphone you can buy and top-up, but still not terrible: Locals: ...


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Again, it all will depend on people's level of experience and, to some extent, luck. The areas around Caminito and the stadium, especially when a game is on, can be very crowded and so the types of crime might be more pick-pocketing type. However, even one alley off a main street and it can change quickly - a 70-yr old NZ woman in my hostel got attacked ...



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