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Equestrian tours in Argentina

Argentina Mini Guide
   Source: World Travel Guide

Overview

Spirited Argentina, with its clamoring capital, vast pampas, rolling wine regions, and snowy peaks, is a land bursting with adventure. It's a place where the clichés hold true: football is essentially a religion, the beef is phenomenal, and there's little point even thinking about starting a proper night out before it's midnight. Its natural wonders range from Andean plateau and Patagonian glaciers to subtropical waterfalls and wildlife-rich wetlands. There's an awful lot to love.

Buenos Aires might sit at the very edge of the country, gazing out across the Rio de la Plata, but it's very much Argentina's centerpiece. The city of Evita and Maradona, its tango halls, parillas (grill restaurants) and feisty portenos (BA residents) provide a gutsy introduction to the country. In high-end neighborhoods of Recoleta and Palermo you'll find designer boutiques and trendy eateries, while historic San Telmo offers antique stalls, old-world cafes and an abundance of live music.

In the north, scorched mountains and otherworldly rock formations characterize the Salta region, where Spanish and Gaucho traditions combine and Argentina's famous white wines flourish. Further west, in the Mendoza region, the grapes are red and the foothills of the Andes offer skiing, while down south, in Patagonia, you'll find an astonishing spread of expansive lakes, jagged peaks, and mile upon miles of open space.

Elsewhere, try walking in the glistening Lake District, whale-watching off the coast at Puerto Madryn, meeting baby penguins in Punta Tombo, or exploring the Jesuit chapels and farmhouses of Cordoba. Another of the country's majestic natural beauties is the mighty Iguazu Falls, bordering Argentina and Brazil.

Argentinians have a vivacious and infectious lust for life. From its subtropical top to its icy tip, it remains a mesmerizing country.

 

Passport/Visa

Passport Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

Visa Required?

British

No

Australian

No/1/2

Canadian

No/1

USA

No

Other EU

No

Return Ticket Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

Yes

 

Passports

Valid passport required by all nationals referred to in chart above. The minimum passport validity is equivalent to the time granted by the immigration authorities.

Visas

Not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for tourism for stays of up to 90 days. Some nationals may require a visa if visiting for business purpose; check with your nearest embassy.
Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements (see Contact Addresses).

1. Reciprocity Fees

Travellers from Canada and Australia entering Argentina via any port of entry are required to pay a fee online before travelling and must show proof of payment on arrival. You can pay this on the Provincia NET website. The reciprocity fee is waived for travellers who are in transit for less than 12 hours, have an onward connecting flight, and do not leave the international area of the airport (ie do not pass through immigration).
Note: This reciprocity fee is currently suspended for US travelers as of March 2016.

Types and cost:
Reciprocity fees for Canadians: US$92; Australians: US$100. For Australian nationals, the fee allows multiple entries for one year from the date of issue. For Canadian nationals the fee allows multiple entries until one month before the traveller's passport expires.

For nationals requiring a tourist visa, the cost is US$50.

Money

Currency

Peso (ARS; symbol AR$) = 100 centavos. Peso notes are in denominations of AR$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of AR$5, 2 and 1, and in 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.
US Dollars are accepted in some hotels and tourist centres. Prices in Dollars are typically marked with US$ to avoid confusion, but sometimes pesos and dollar prices are both preceded by just $, so check if unsure.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorised cambios (bureaux de change), which are available in all major cities. Visitors should be aware that due to the instability of the peso, there is a large 'blue' market for dollars, which provides a much more favorable exchange rate of exchange. Whilst it is illegal to exchange currency in from these unauthorized money lenders, the practice is so common so as to make the black market rate the de facto rate.

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

Most major credit cards are accepted, but not as widely as in the US or Europe; even some major hotels do not have credit card facilities.

ATMs are available in most cities and have options in English, but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as daily withdrawal limits are low and machines don't always work. During national holidays ATMs can run out so it is wise to withdraw in advance.
Foreign tourists who are not resident in Argentina can no longer pay for tourism-related services (air tickets, bus travel, hotel rooms, all-inclusive tours etc) in Pesos. These services must be paid for with foreign credit and bank cards, money transfers (in foreign currencies) from abroad, in cash with foreign money (eg US Dollars) or with cheques from foreign accounts

Traveller's Cheques

These can be exchanged at banks, cambios and some hotels. It is often difficult to exchange these in the smaller towns. Travellers are advised to use ATMs and credit cards, but if they do take traveller's cheques to bring them in US Dollars.

Banking Hours

Mon-Fri 1000-1500.

Exchange Rate Indicators

Date

February 2018

£1.00=

AR$27.67

$1.00=

AR$20.11

€1.00=

AR$24.54

 

Health

Vaccinations

 

Special Precautions

Diphtheria

Yes

Hepatitis A

Yes

Malaria

No*

Rabies

Yes**

Tetanus

Yes

Typhoid

Yes

Yellow Fever

No***

Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.

* Argentina is a low risk area for malaria and instances are limited to northern lowlands in the Jujuy, Salta, Corrientes, and Misiones provinces. Protection against mosquito bites should be enough, but chloroquine can be used as an extra precautionary measure.
** Recommended if visiting jungle or remote rural areas. If bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
***Vaccination is recommended for those aged 9 months and older traveling to high risk areas Corrientes and Misiones Provinces, including the Iguacu Falls.

Argentina is considered to have a high risk of Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women are advised to postpone non-essential travel until after pregnancy. The mosquito-borne illness can be spread from a pregnant women to her unborn baby as well as through sexual contact. The World Health Organization recommends travelers to Argentina protect themselves from mosquito bites and suggests wearing clothes (preferably light-coloured) that cover as much of the body as possible, sleeping under mosquito bets, and using insect repellent. Women who are pregnant, at risk of getting pregnant, or planning pregnancy should seek further advice from their doctor before traveling to Argentina.   

Food and Drink

Tap water is considered safe in main cities and towns, especially in Buenos Aires, but otherwise bottled water is recommended. If bottled water is unavailable, then boil water for over a minute before drinking.

Other Risks

Dengue fever, carried by mosquitoes, is present but not common. Leishmaniasis, a skin disease spread by sandflies, is a low risk. Both can be avoided with sensible precautionary measures such as using mosquito nets and insect repellent in lowland and jungle areas. From around March to October time, Argentine haemorrhagic fever - a viral disease caused by Junin virus – can be picked up in the pampas. It is transmitted by the corn mouse, by either by breathing in dust contaminated with droppings or by contact with the creature.

Health Care

Medical insurance is highly recommended as there are no reciprocal health agreements. Medical facilities are generally of a high standard, though of varying quality outside Buenos Aires. Immediate cash payment is often expected by doctors. To call an ambulance dial 107. Many medicines that require a prescription in North America and Europe can be bought over the pharmacy counter in Argentina, although they may be known under a different name here. If you require a regular medication, bring the packaging into the pharmacy with you to show to the pharmacist.

 

Getting There

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) (website: www.aerolineas.com.ar). The cheapest times to fly to Argentina tend to be September, and April-June, although travel to South America from Europe tends to always be quite pricey. Most international flights come into Ministro Pistarini airport just outside Buenos Aires. Direct flights to Argentina are served by British Airways (www.ba.com).

Approximate Flight Times

British Airways runs a daily direct flight to Buenos Aires from London Heathrow that takes around 13 hours 45 minutes. The most common route, however, is to fly from London to Buenos Aires via Madrid; this takes between 15 and 18 hours. Direct flights from New York to Buenos Aires take around 11 hours; there are around two per day.

Main Airports

Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) (website: www.aa2000.com.ar) is 37km (23 miles) from Buenos Aires. To/from the airport: Regular shuttle buses connect to the city (journey time - 40 minutes). Taxis and private hire cars are also available.

There is also a coach connection to Jorge Newbery airport (locally called Aeroparque) for domestic flight connections. To reach the city by car, drive on the Teniente General Ricchieri freeway. Facilities: 24-hour bank, bureau de change, ATMs, restaurants, tourist information kiosk, duty-free shops and car hire.

Air Passes

The GOL South America Pass (www.voegol.com.br) is valid on GOL flights within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The pass can only be purchased by Brazilian citizens and passengers who live outside South America. It must be booked in conjunction with an international ticket and is valid for 90 days.

The South American Pass is valid on Aerolíneas Argentinas (www.aerolineas.com.ar) and Austral (its domestic subsidiary) flights only. The pass can only be purchased by passengers who live outside South America and whose international flights are booked with Aerolíneas Argentinas. Up to 12 flight coupons are allowed and it is valid for up to 90 days.

Oneworld Visit South America Pass (www.oneworld.com) is valid within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile (except Easter Island), Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Participating airlines are American Airlines (AA), British Airways (BA), LAN (LA), Qatar Airways (QR), TAM (KK) and their affiliates. The pass must be bought outside South America in the country of residence. It allows unlimited travel to over 60 destinations. You can take as many flights as you like, but a minimum of three flights must be booked, including your inbound flight. 

Departure Tax

None

Getting to Argentina by boat

 
Ferry services run between Uruguay and Buenos Aires. Travellers can reach the Argentine capital from Montevideo, Colonia and Punta del Este. See www.buquebus.com.

 

Climate

Argentina's climate ranges from the great heat and extensive rains of the subtropical Chaco in the north, through to the pleasant climate of the central Pampas, and the sub-Antarctic cold of the Patagonian Sea in the south. The main central area is temperate, but can be very hot and humid during summer (December to February) and chilly in winter.

The most pleasant times to visit Buenos Aires are September-November and February- March. The city is best avoided in January, when the heat is at its most intense and many of its residents flee to the coast leaving behind a comparative ghost city. Exploring the wilds of Patagonia is best done in the late spring and summer months – between November and February – whilst the northern regions are at their most hospitable in the spring, autumn and winter. If heading to Argentina for a ski trip, hit the slopes during mid-June to October.

Required Clothing

Lightweight clothing is generally all that is required in the north, whereas warm clothes are certainly necessary in the south, up in the mountains and during winter months in the central area. It is sensible to carry waterproofs in all areas and bring a good sunblock.

 

Contacts

Embassies and tourist offices



British Embassy in Argentina
Address: Dr. Luis Agote 2412, Buenos Aires, 1425
Telephone:
(11) 4808 2200.

Website:
http://www.ukinargentina.fco.gov.uk

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 0900-1300.

Embassy of Argentina in the USA
Address: NW, 1600 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, DC, 20009
Telephone: (202) 238 6400.
Website:
http://www.embassyofargentina.us

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

Argentine Consulate in the UK
Address: 27 Three Kings Yard, London, W1K 4DF
Telephone: (020) 7318 1340.
Website:
http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 0930-1300.

Embassy of Argentina in the UK 
Address: 65 Brook Street, London, W1K 4AH
Telephone: ((020) 7318 1300.
Website:
http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

Argentina Consular Section
Address: NE Sarmiento Building, 1811 Q Street, Washington DC, 20009
Telephone: (202) 238 6460 or 6461.
Website:
http://embassyofargentina.us

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 0900-1300.

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