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All International flights arrive at the Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport of Buenos Aires, 22 miles from the Federal Capital and connected to it by a freeway (there are tolls). ECUADOR TURISMO offers bus service between its offices in Buenos Aires and Ezeiza airport. The fare is $11U$ to $15U$ and the trip takes 40 minutes. Taxis and limosines can be found just as you exit customs for between $ 35 and $ 60. Look for ECUADOR TURISMO for the best in service and prices for transfers.
New (2010) Argentina Reciprocity Fee.
When entering Argentina initially through Ezeiza International airport, passport holders of Australia, Canada and the United States must pay a fee as follows:
Australian citizens USD $100, valid for 1 entry.
Canadian citizens USD $70, valid for 1 entry.
US Citizens $131, valid for multiple entries and a period of 10 years.
The payment of this fee is not a Visa since Argentina does not charge citizens of these countries when traveling for business or tourism.
Argentina set this entry fee on equal amounts to that charged by the respective countries for visas issued to Argentina citizens who travel to those countries.
Current passport with or without visa depending on your nationality. (Visa is not required for US citizens) Consult your nearest Embassy or Consulate. Visitors coming from countries not bordering Argentina are exempt from taxes on travel articles and new articles with a value not more than US $300. Also there is an additional $300 exemption if they are purchased in the duty free shops within Argentina. No vaccination certificate is required for entry into the country, except for passengers coming from countries where cholera and yellow fever are endemic.
Remember that in the southern hemisphere the seasons are the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. In general, summer with mild temperatures and long days is the ideal time to visit Patagonia and the Southern Andes. Winter is recommended for traveling to the North and Northwest as the rains are less frequent and the tropical temperatures drop a few degrees. Obviously winter is also the time to go for skiing if you expect to find snow. Autumn and Spring are marvelous in Buenos Aires, Cuyo and the areas of La Rioja and Catamarca.
HOW TO TRAVEL
AIR Given the enormous sizes of the country, air is the ideal form of travel. Domestic flights and flights to Uruguay leave from the Jorge Newbery airport which is in Buenos Aires beside the Río de la Plata. The airport tax is from $ 4 to $ 12.
The Buenos Aires bus station is on Av. Ramos Mejía 1680 near the Retiro (train) Station. Long distance buses have toilets, air conditioning and a bar and can be a good economical choice.
Much of Argentina is connected by train service. Although not the Orient Express the trains can be quite comfortable. Companies are Ferrobaires (Constitución Station, tel. 4304-0028/38); Mitre Railway - TBA (Retiro Station, tel. 4313-8060); Ferro Expreso Pampeano (Once Station, tel. 4331-2702); Urquiza Railway Federico Lacroze Station, tel. 4553-0044.
All major car rental companies operate in Argentina. Although a little expensive by U.S. standards this can be a good choice for visiting areas close to Buenos Aires like Mar del Plata. A U.S. and some other countries' driver's licenses can be used but to be safe an international driver's license is not a bad idea.
Banks and Currency Exchange Bureaus: Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 to 15.00 hours. Business Offices: generally from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 19.00 hours Shops and commerce: in the big cities from 09.00/09.30 to 19.30 hours, although in the outskirts and the provinces they tend to close at midday and stay open later in the evening. On Saturdays the hours are from 08.30/09.00 to 12.30/13.00 hours. Cafés and pizzerias: are open most of the time except between 02.00 and 06.00 hours. Restaurants: lunch starts from 13.00 and dinner from 21.00 hours. Many establishments offer fast menus at all times.
Sales Tax Refunds. At the airport you can recover the 21% Value Added Tax (VAT) paid if you have purchased local products for an amount greater than $200 (per invoice) in the shops which are members of this program. Ask the clerk at the shop if they are members of this before you purchase.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
The Dollar is generally accepted just about everywhere, foreign currency can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. Also the dreaded and ever tempting ATM machine can work with your bank card, talk to your card's issuing company before leaving about this. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card. There may be difficulties in changing traveler's checks outside of Buenos Aires.
It is customary to leave 10% in cafeterias and restaurants and to tip doormen, porters, ushers in cinemas, etc.
Public telephones work with cards which are purchased in kiosks and the offices of the telephone companies, or with coins. To call from abroad to Argentina can be tricky, you have to dial the country code which is 54 and then the area code of the place you want to call. Also note that the phone numbers are 8 digits not the customary 7, If you have a phone number with 7 digits just add a "4" to the front of it. For domestic calls you have to dial 0 before the area code. For international calls you have to dial 00, the country code and then the city code.
Electric current here is 220/ 50 cycles so transformers will be needed if you are bringing US Standard items.
PRICES (Approximate prices year 2000 in US Dollars)
Located in the southern part of South America and thus in the southern hemisphere, Argentina has an area of almost 2.47 million square miles, of which 1.75 are on the continent and the remainder in the Antarctic. Its length of 2,400 miles goes from latitude 22º to 55º. Its frontier with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 18,450 miles and the coast, on the Atlantic Ocean, is 3,200 miles long
Argentina is contrast, the enormous contrasts between the immense eastern plains and the imposing mountain range of the Andes to the west provide scenery to please almost any traveler. The border with Chile has the highest peak in the Western hemisphere: the Aconcagua, 22,700 feet high.
The current population of Argentina is around 36 million of which almost half live in the province of Buenos Aires. 95% of Argentineans are white and principally descendants of Italians and Spaniards. With the pressure of the massive European immigration the indigenous Indian population has practically disappeared. The pure indigenous population, the Mapuches, Collas, Tobas, Matacos and Chiriguanos, amount to 0.5% of the population.
Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic. You can find a smattering of English, German and Italian spoken but don't depend on it.
The official Argentine currency is the Peso which was on a par ( 1 peso =1 U$) with the US Dollar before the current financial problems. Currently (Nov 2002) is is $3.470 to one USD . For actual for today click CURRENCY. There are notes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos and coins of 1, 2 and 5 pesos, and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos.