Flora & Fauna - Plants & Animals
Favorite thing: There is an amazing diversity of Flora with Argentina being blessed with a wide range of natural wonders from subtropical jungles to sub Antarctic terrain.
In the North of Argentina, it is common to see subtropical Parana forests especially at Parque Nacional Iguazu. In the North West, in the Andes region, you would see thorn scrub including cactus and also montane cloud forests reigning in the region whereas in the North East, somewhat at wetter region, you would see grasslands forests growing by the rivers and lakes.
In Central Argentina, it is mainly pampas grassland which is Argentina's agricultural heartland. On the Atlantic coast, the north begins with beaches, pampas grasslands to Patagonia's cliffs where vegetation is not seen. Travelling further down in Patagonia, you are greeted with a variety of Steppe comprising of brush and grass only interrupted briefly by mountain and lakes, near the Andes, to southerly temperate rainforests and glaciers.
Argentina has an astounding animal kingdom and wildlife. There is over a thousand species of birds varying from toucans and parrots in the subtropical regions to whales, seals and penguins on Patagonia's Atlantic Seaboard. You can see a wide range of animals such as deer, foxes, nandus, llamas, guancoes, alpacas, pumas and jaguars and not mentioning the endangered huemels. Whilst in the tropics and wetlands, there are a variety of reptiles including snakes and also monkeys.Related to:
- National/State Park
Favorite thing: English is widely spoken among Argentianeans but there is no guarantee that you would come across those who do on your travels. It would be useful to learn some basic Spanish beforehand or learn Catellano (Argentine Spanish) at one of the many language schools in Argentina.Related to:
- Study Abroad
Flora & Fauna - Argentinean National Parks
Favorite thing: There are many national parks and reserves in Argentina. The most popular parks are Iguazu Falls; Nahuel Huapi for its lakes, temperate forests and mountains; Lanin for its volcanoes and monkey puzzle; Los Glaciares for its Perito Moreno Glacier and Cerro and Fitz Roy Ranges; and Parque Provincial Aconcagua houding Cerro Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes. The parks are managed by Intendencia and have their own guardaparques. You are able to camp and stay in one to the refuges. You can able to obtain further information from the National Park Headquarters in Buenos Aires.
*More information and photos to follow*Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
travel books: fodor's and lonely planet
Favorite thing: fodor's and lonely planet. make sure it's up to the current year though. some restaurant and hotel prices are out dated if it's a couple years old. most bookstores sell used copies. ebay is good for that too.
Adaptor plugs in Argentina
Favorite thing: Argentina uses 220V, 50Hz
Typical outlet will be the European 2-pin outlet
Also common is the Oblique flat blades with ground (inverted V) [Australian] plug
** however the polarity of the circuit is reversed from Australia. Prior to connecting, you should verify compatibility.
While not official, USA/Japan 2-pin style outlets are common too outside of hotels:
ushuai with beagle canal
Favorite thing: in down the south do not forget to visit the Beagle canal with the lovely sea-animals, and the end of the Panamericana in a Nationalpark...Ushuaia looks more North European or Canadian than it is related to Buenos Aires
Ushuaia (Spanish pronunciation: [uˈswaʝa], English: /u¢°ˈʃwaɪ.ə/) is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia is located in a wide bay on the southern coast of the island of Tierra del Fuego, bounded on the north by the Martial mountain range and on the south by the Beagle Channel. Its population is estimated today at about 64,000. It is the only municipality in the Department of Ushuaia, which has an area of 9,390 km2 (3,625 sq mi).
Iguazu access for Americans
Favorite thing: You will need a visa to visit the Brazilian side. There is a checkpoint where your passport will be checked to see whether it contains the visa stamp and you will be denied entry unless you fork over the fee for a five year visa.
In my opinion, the Argentian side is much better. Should I go back, I'd forget about the Brazilian side.
By the way, do take the power boat ride. It is a blast. Of course, you'll get drenched when a waterfall is attacked. This ride is a true highlight.
Fondest memory: The Devil's Throat will make a lasting memory on you.Related to:
- National/State Park
arquitectura colonial y UNESCO
Favorite thing: Since visited Buenos Aires, I recommend that a sunny day, cross by boat to Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento. It is a historic city declared by the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is small and very old, on the Rio de la Plata.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Travelers cheques are useless in Argentina
Favorite thing: I suggest only using a credit card and cash. It seems difficult to use travellers cheques and some places outside of the big tourist venues dont even take credit cards. The ATMs are all over the city but go in the morning...because sometimes the ATMs run out of cas hon weekends and evenings :)
Fondest memory: The long summer days!Related to:
- Study Abroad
- Luxury Travel
- Business Travel
Spanish classes in Buenos Aires
Favorite thing: Hi,
I haven´t heard about GIC either... But I have had a very good experience studying Spanish at Verbum school in Buenos Aires. The groups are small and that gives you the opportunity to practise a lot.
Fondest memory: I loved the restaurants of Palermo, the cafés and how friendly people are!Related to:
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
Adjusting to Agrentine Time
Favorite thing: In my month or so in Argentina, in all the different places, what I found was that lunches typically start around 1pm with service ending around 4pm. The restaurants are then usually shut (unless you’re in tourist area) until ~9pm. An early dinner is 9pm, but commonly 11pm. Many bars don’t open their doors until midnight, and if you find one that opens before, its guaranteed that you will be the only people there. Discos typically do not really start until 3am and go until the sun rises.
Please note that the further south you go, the earlier dinner may be served. For example in Ushuaia, dinner was available at 8pm.
Favorite thing: I didn't do it here (did mine in Costa Rica), but Intensive Spanish is taught in Buenos Aires. You can learn Spanish by Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, classes, other methods or by intensive study. Plan on at least a month to get comfortable - you won't be fluent, however, that takes years or 4 months non-stop.
Classed in BsAs run US$120/week which is a bargain compared to the US$900 for 2 weeks I paid in Costa Rica.
Regardless, you'll interact with locals and have tourism and night time activities which you won't have if you don't take the classes. They also REQUIRE that you speak Spanish from day 1, which is a plus. Do a "home stay" for the greatest learning - language and culture.
Fondest memory: The overall life of BsAs.Related to:
- Work Abroad
- Study Abroad
The Book Swap
Favorite thing: Many hostels in Argentina offer a book swap, whereby you can exchange your book for one from their collection. On a short trip this is probably not something a visitor will avail of, but on a longer trip, such as we're doing, it's an extemely useful idea. Before our trip we had to strictly limit the numbers of books we were carrying (a very difficult task!) but after about 6 weeks we had read most of these. Hence, we started to use book exchanges. In some cases we've had to trade superior books for inferior ones, but it's pot luck really.
It's difficult to get English language books in Argentina, especially travel guide books, which, when they are available are usually overpriced. E.g. the Lonely Planet Argentina costs more here than it would in USA or UK. In a good book excahnge though you can usually find a guide book.
Favorite thing: Even if you'renot a gardener (or a painter) the colours of Argentina's flowering trees and shrubs in Spring are a delight. From the glowing red of the ceibo (the national tree) or golden shrubby calafate bushes in Patagonia (a variety of berberis - they say if you eat the berry you will come back to Patagonia) there is always something to catch the eye. Golden broom lines the roadsides all around Bariloche - it's not a native and is very invasive but there's no denying its beauty. The native berberis there is a brilliant orange - you'll see it all through the forests.
The jungles of Iguazu are home to all sorts of strange plants - including aerial-rooted epiphytes that crowd the branches of trees along the walkways.
It's the jacarandas of Buenos Aires that fill the eye completely though as they cast a glorious purple haze over the city.
Favorite thing: If you'll be wanting to call home while in Argentina there are several options. There are locotorios which are telephone booths inside a building but are somewhat expensive, you can bring an international phone card from home though you'll be charged quite a bit for this.
I discovered while I was down there that you can go to a locotorio, ask for an Hablemas phone card (they come in different amounts 5, 10, 20 pesos) and call home using that. To call the United States I got 1 hour and 6 minutes for a 10 peso card which at the current exchange rate of 3.12 works out to be less than $.05 per minute! The connection was wonderful and the number you dial initially is a toll free number so that you can use it anywhere.Related to:
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
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