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The dollar sign derives from an abbreviation for the Spanish-American peso, the currency from which the US dollar itself derives. Many countries use this sign for their currencies. Any use of the sign without further specifying the currency is therefore ambiguous, which is why ISO currency codes exist. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign and ...


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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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Canal de Riego Numero Cinco links Canal Gobernador De La Serna (itself linked to Rio Paraná Mini and thence to Rio Paraná Guazu) to Arroyo (stream) Los Sauces to the west. As the crow flies about 84 – 89 km from Maltería Hudson and about 29 km from Campana, the nearest centre of population. Maltería Hudson was an Argentine malt producer owned by Cervecería y ...


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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. Don't ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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. USD ...


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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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Some countries have a formal invitation process that addresses maintenance and accommodation and some do not. For those that do not, it often boils down to how the person presents himself at the control point. In a lot of cases they will take the person's word for it and a letter is simply a nice-to-have. The choice is yours, and in the absence of a formal ...


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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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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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Part of this may depend on where you are renting the car from. For example, if you're renting in El Calafate, it's pretty common for people to take cars over the border into Chile to go to Torres del Paine. While the permits and necessary steps might vary between different car rental companies, the offices for all the car rental companies should be able to ...


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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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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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Argentina appears to follow the common rule that you must apply for a visa at the consulate that covers the area/country where you live. Your nationality determines whether you need a visa at all or not, but once you have determined that you do need a visa, it is your residence that governs where to apply. You don't write where you live, but if you live in ...


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Both the borders with Argentina and Paraguay are very easy to pass without getting entry/exit stamp, as you have realized - almost everyone passing is either a tourist visiting the waterfalls for a day or citizens of Mercosur which don't need passports to cross. It's not a big issue and the simplest course of action is what you mentioned: go to Paraguay ...


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I made exactly this trip in 2013 (except from São Paulo and not Rio). I didn't find I needed a car: fly to Foz do Iguaçu, get bus 120 (or a taxi) to the centre of town. There is a website devoted to tourism at the Itaipu dam. Plenty of tour operators in town will sell you a tour, but you can also buy tickets online there with a credit card. I took the ...


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There is a question exactly like yours on Trip Advisor. The gist of the answers is: Noone cares. Taxis don't have car seats to offer and you're not required to have them to travel with kids, so your wife holding your 3 month old will be just fine. Normally most countries(and states) exempt taxis from child safety seat requirements. Discussion on the same ...


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First of all, I think you did good when you said SOME in your title. This will save your question from being closed ;) Second, in some areas of the world smoking in public places and indoors is tolerated unlike Europe and speaking loudly or making noise in the middle of night is just ok, such as in the area these group came from. People from these areas and ...


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So there are two options. 1) You're planning on doing a Salt Flats tour, if you're going to Uyuni? Most of these run from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, or vice versa, and take 3ish days. It's well worth it and you should consider that if you haven't already, as it'll make the next part really easy. Once you're in San Pedro, there are buses over ...


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They have HSBC in Argentina, HSBC ATMs 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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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%. Inflation in Argentina increased to around 36% year on year in ...


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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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No, as a Swiss citizen you do not need a visa for visits up to 90 days. References: Official Argentinean Immigration (Spanish), TIMATIC, Wikipedia


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One of the simplest is to find your nearest hostel in town, and go find the backpackers. Someone is bound to have just arrived and wanting the local currency (ARS), and may have USD or EUR to give you in exchange.


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The CDC and WHO are always (understandably) over-cautious, they don't want to risk an outbreak or be accused of not warning people. Indeed, as recently as last year there was a Zika case in Buenos Aires. While previously it was contained to the Tucumán province, it doesn't mean it couldn't spread or be transmitted in an airport, for example. While any ...


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