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    US, UK, Canada or Australia? It'll cost you more.

    by 850prc Written Aug 7, 2011

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    Beware and be prepared for the "reciprocity fee" upon entering Buenos Aires by air from outside the country (at EZE) if you're from the US, Canada, Britain or Australia. After 9/11, when governments from the countries above greatly tightened airport and air security, their demands cost the Argentine government a good number of pesos to meet standard. Soooooooo "in return", the Argentinian government charges citizens of the countries above a "reciprocity fee" when they arrive in Argentina at EZE international airport from abroad.... anywhere abroad.

    Now, they only charge this fee once, and after that - you will have a sticker in your passport that is good for multiple re-entries into Argentina through EZE for the next ten years. But on that first pass into the country, Americans, Brits, Australians and Canadians get popped for about US$140 each. The reciprocity fee. It's the Argentine government recouping as much of the expense thrust upon them by the US, UK, Canadian and Australian governments as they can, FROM only the citizens of those countries.

    PS and FWIW, Argentine airports are generally pretty well run. But it's my opinion - and only my opinion - that they're not QUITE doing as much on the security front as the American government thinks that they are. That "second" canvassing we went through before boarding our return flight was basically a bunch of gate agents and ticket agents just asking questions and fiddling around with carryon baggage. They were nice and quite helpful - almost apologetic, but.... I honestly don't think they've had much training in profiling suspicious individuals trying to board the plane. But, just MHO.

    On the plus side, it does encourage us to do something that we really think we'd like anyway, ie visit Argentina again, just to get our money's worth on those reciprocity stamps.

    This is MY $140 reciprocity stamp.

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    Buenos Aires, safety, Spanish school recommendatio

    by Kajsak Written May 28, 2011

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    Hi!
    You won`t be targeted as a tourist because there are many Chinese people who were borned or have lived in Argentina for many years. So, probably people won`t think that you are a tourist (at least if you have the typical camara, map, etc,).
    As to Spanish lessons, I can reccommend you the Spanish school I attended: Verbum school: My teachers were very good, the staff helpful and is located in a safe and central area of the city.

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    Petty crime, pickpocketing - A big issue!

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Petty crime including pick pocketing is a big issue in Buenos Aires. It's rife especially on the crowded metro (subte), at the ominous station and in large gatherings in tourist areas.

    There is no need to be paranoid providing you take the necessary precautions. The best prevention method is hiding your money and important documents and ensure these are out of sight. Using a money belt and putting this inside you is recommendable and only take what you need for the day when you explore the city. It is best not using a rucksack as you would stand out more as a target and, as for the ladies, a casual cotton bag is better for storing non valuable items. Avoid wearing jewellery including watches whilst out on the streets and take extra care of mobile phones and cameras.

    It is very important to be vigilent and also to be aware and confident of your surroundings when travelling in the city as thieves can use distracting techniques tor relieving and stealing your possessions (One common distaction technique is when thieves splatter suncream onto you and your bags in a busy area. One of them tries to "help" you clean up while his or her partner steals your possessions). Whilst in public spaces, keep you bags and possessions with you at all times and don't place them on the floor and avoid hanging them on chairs. If you have to take valuables, especially laptops, these are best kept in your accommodation's safe.

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  • girls, don't do this!!!!!!!!!

    by dontdothis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I'm a college student studying in Capital Federal. Met a guy a liked a lot. We met in a cafe in the morning. He helped me with my Spanish. We met at the cafe for several mornings in a row. I started calling him my boyfriend.

    After the third meeting we decided to go out that evening. The plan was to met that evening at the same cafe and decide where to go.

    I'm used to deciding where we go. American guys usually defer to the girl. During the day I asked my friends where a cool place to go would be in Recoleta. The general consensus was a pub/bar named Shoeless Joe's El Alamo. I had heard of it but never gone there.

    That evening I was ready with my suggestion. What I didn't know was that in Argentinean culture the guy decides everything. No input from me.

    Ok, I can live with that. Much to my surprise he took me to Shoeless Joe's El Alamo - the same place I had in mind.

    So far so good. The place is OK. Occupies en entire Beautiful old building. Packed with a younger upscale crowd. For some reason they just kept bringing me drinks. I was a little worried that my boyfriend would be stuck with a huge bill. He told me not to worry abou it.

    Went to the bathroom. When I returned my boyfriend was in an animated, serious conversation with another girl. It turns out they were a couple until a few weeks ago. In front of my eyes they made up and I was sort of like the third wheel.

    Well, I thought, I show him up. Usually I can attract guys like ants on honey. Looked around.
    Didn't look good. Lots and lots of really hot girls in El Alamo. Started giving one guy the eye. He joined us. Soon after my ex-boyfriend left with his girlfriend and I was left alone with my new friend.

    Sounds OK but really it isn't. I liked my ex-boyfriend a lot. Wish I was still with him.

    My advice is, don't take your boyfriend to Shoeless Joe's El Alamo. There are way to many hot chicks there and you might end up like me - out in the cold.

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    No Go Areas!

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 8, 2011

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    On my arrival in Buenos Aires (in January 2010), I was advised by locals where I should not travel to on my own. They advised me the following locations:

    La Boca (Except Calle Caminito and the street up to the football stadium): Unfortunately, muggings are a fairly common occurance to outsiders in and it is strongly advised to take a round trip via taxi or the bus.
    The immediate area around Constitucion Subway and Railway Station.
    The immediate area around Once Subway and Railway Station (and Avenida Corrientes running through that area - updated in February 2011).
    The immediate area around Retiro Onimous Station, Subway, The Railway Station and the Barrio itself. The barrio is a poor area especially the Shanty town by the autopista (For catching buses, it's strongly advised to travel to the Onimous Station by taxi and also when arriving also get an official Remise or radio taxi from the station to the city centre).

    At night times, it's advisable to be in groups; keep to the busy streets (but take care of your belongings) and use radio taxis.

    If you're travelling on your own and want to experience the nightlife, it's best securing accommodation in the downtown or the upmarket (Northern Barrios) areas.

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  • Taking Pictures for Strangers, Using a Fake Camera

    by djblacklock Written Mar 7, 2011

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    My elderly parents just got back from 3 weeks in South America (a cruise from Buenos Aires, and further south). One story that they told us was very interesting. My Dad went for a walk across the street from the Buenos Aires, Sheraton Hotel, to a park. He was approached by a couple who asked him to take their picture with their camera. He speaks Spanish and talked with them for a few minutes. When he took the picture, the so called camera squirted some type of sticky substance out of it, and onto his pants (thank goodness not into his face and eyes). He said that there was no "click" of the shutter, however, there was some type of a "pumping action" instead. He takes pictures all of the time, and is very aware of cameras and their workings. He may have known something was up, as he held the camera away from his face. The couple tried to assist him with the "clean up", however, he refused their services and wondered back to the hotel. He is not quite sure what was in the device, but was happy that he hadn't been pick pocketed or mugged, etc.

    Please be aware of this situation / SCAM.

    Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

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  • Thefts by bike

    by baires11 Written Feb 2, 2011

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    Please be careful as this past Sunday I had my iPhone snatched out of my hand in front of me from a thief who came from behind on a bike and booked it. I have been very cautious with it - but it only takes a split second and it is gone!!!

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    dwontwon street in weekend

    by ines2003 Written Jan 14, 2011

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    i live in bs as Along the streets internal weekends of the center that is to say of the avenue 9 of July to plaza of May, they walk not alone, because the boys that live in the streets take advantage of that opportunity to steal the cell and money, to my me step that threatened me a knife and as they are doped is not known until they are capable of do.

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    dwontwon street in weekend

    by ines2003 Written Jan 14, 2011

    i live in bs as Along the streets internal weekends of the center that is to say of the avenue 9 of July to plaza of May, they walk not alone, because the boys that live in the streets take advantage of that opportunity to steal the cell and money, to my me step that threatened me a knife and as they are doped is not known until they are capable of do.

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    Protests

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 20, 2010

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    There were several protest around the city during the five days we were here .They were relatively peaceful but a bit intimidating as they had a loud drum beat going on and sometimes attracted large followers.
    The armed police kept things orderly however but we thought it best to avoid the areas when possible.

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    Cash Only!!

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 20, 2010

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    Word of caution though some restuarants do not accept credit cards and the ATM'sare a bit of a hike.
    Pat had to "stroll" 5 blocks to find one while I was "detained"This only happened once during our 5 days here put it pays to check!!

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    Mom and young daughter travelling alone

    by peacebubbles Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    Wow,
    I just bought tickets for my daughter (5) and I to travel (move there for a whole month) to Argentina. That was about a week ago, I have not slept since, On the internet looking for every gritty sentance about Buenos Aires I can find.

    The reason I have been wanting to take the trip is that for the last two years I have been working as a polo groom and I swear to god I have never met anyone I like better than the masses of Argentines I work with in polo! I have been planning this trip for years and have heard nothing but encouragement up until today.

    Somehow today after years of reasearch I have encountered so many malaties that I am considering not even going, much less taking my daughter who surly will not have the capacity to the play the part of a non tourist. While I speak relatively fluent spanish she just barely understands it. Also she is sooo blond, very attractive of attenticion. As I am a single woman and mother traveling alone with her, I now feel we may be targetd as suceptable. I actually wouldnt even be that scared of getting robbed or ripped off but the thought of the city actually being dangerous is new to me.

    If anyone can refute this or provide words of encouragement I would really prefer not to just throw the plane tickets in the garbage and get out of this before it ruins my life.... please anyone. If there is any mom who has successfuly done this alone please let me know about it

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    Baggage pilfering

    by sheherezad Written Nov 1, 2010

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    I was warned by a VTer from BA about baggage pilfering (seems it occurs between the plane and the baggage carousel) and so decided to have my checked baggage sealed with that plastice wrap at KUL and EZE for my onward flight to SCL 2 days later plus my return flight via EZE where I had a 6 hr 20nmin lay over.

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    EZE worst airport??

    by sheherezad Updated Nov 1, 2010

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    Is EZE the worst aiport in S America? Even SCL and LIM are so much better/modernised/signaged. EZE had the worst baggage claim area I saw of the three and the worst signage for connections I had ever encountered in my 32 years of travel - mind you, I have not done too much of the Third World, though!

    I had to ask and ask and walk all over the place while weakened with the worst food poisoning I caught in a nice Santiago restaurant the night before my flight to KUL via EZE where I had 6hr 20 min transit (which was hell since nobody could direct me to a drugstore on the transit level, for me to buy some oral rehydration salts and charcoal to absorb the toxins in my guts - I was directed to a 'pharmacy' near Gate 5, instead, by someone fluent in English, working in the Duty-Free shop, just to find it was a sundry store of sorts!) Argh!!!

    And AirCoffee wanted to charge me US$6 for a bottle of Gatorade I needed to rehydrate myself! And the staff rudely told me no 'wifi gratis' (which would have made the US$6 worth it though I was advised by an MH ground staff that they would give me the password if I bought something!). In the end, I had no choice but to pay the US$5.50 it turned out to be! Argh!!

    And I had to encounter a rude female airline ground staff after arrival at the connection counter earlier, who excused herself by saying she's with S African Airways, when I tried to find out where to process my connection to my flight to KUL :( Argh!!

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    Watch Where You Take Your Pictures

    by TexasDave Updated Aug 1, 2010

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    I found out 'the hard way' that, due to security issues, it is illegal to take pictures of or around Jewish synagogues, Jewish community centers, etc.

    I ignorantly took a picture of a city block containing a synagogue and a policeman on an ATV came flying out of nowhere and informed me of the above. I have to say, though, that he was very nice about it and I didn't feel threatened by the way he handled the encounter.

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