Getting Around Argentina

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    Reciprocity fee

    by vtveen Updated Jul 8, 2013

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    Argentina started with this 'reciprocity fee' end of December 2009 for citizens visting the country, whose home nation charges Argentineans a fee to obtain a visa fee to enter their country. They charge the same amount as Argentineans has to pay (USA visitors - 160 US dollars / Canadians 75 or 150 Us dollars / Australians 100 US dollars).

    In the beginning the fee was 'only' for passport holders from the US, Canada, and Australia when entering Argentina through the Buenos Aires’ airports Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) or Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP).

    From the year of 2013 it is charged for ALL entries: by air, land or sea AND you have to pay in advance and on-line (with a credit card) by accessing one of the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar and www.migraciones.gov.ar.

    The countries affected by the 'reciprocity fee' are Australia, United States of America and Canada.
    Info USA: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1130.html
    Info Canada: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/argentina-argentine
    /consular_services_consulaires/visa.aspx
    Info Australia: http://csidn.mrecic.gov.ar/en/node/4552

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    Long Distance Bus

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 25, 2013

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    Most of the time when you think of the bus you think of the Greyhound, which is not especially roomy nor particularly comfortable.

    Argentina, because of the lack of rail service, depends more than anything on long distance bus service, at least for those who cannot afford to fly. Instead of going back to Buenos Aires from Cordoba I chose to take the overnight bus to Salta to save myself some time and money. I took the bus from Cordoba's long distance bus terminal to Salta, about a 12 hour trip. Leaving in mid evening it got to Salta at a nice hour in the morning where you still had plenty of time to have a day full of activity.

    Reading a few of the forums and things online can be rather interesting, to hear some people describe it you were almost led to believe that they served steak (they did not!).

    There are various classes of service. Obviously, you can go in just a seat, which would be not much fun if you are on a long trip. The buses,and these can vary widely, are pretty roomy so you can always get up and stretch your feet without having to climb over someone like you do on an airplane. I took the coche-cama service, which has a seat that reclines back 180 degrees. There are some more luxurious options, but if it was as advertised I hoped it would be enough. There were movies on the bus and they did come by and offer some snacks for sale. Seats were wide and comfortable, usually two to a row. Since it was at night there would be no fighting for the window since there wasn't anything to see. They offered coffee (or water for mate) free but they did have booze for sale as i remember. Bathrooms were not bad.

    The seat did recline nicely and the ride really was as hoped for. Perhaps the only thing to watch out for is if you are getting off at a stop along the way. The stops are quick and in the middle of the night, some of the places we stopped didn't look like anywhere i would want to be alone in the middle of the night with a bunch of baggage. The stops were very very short, you aren't even supposed to get off the bus at all unless you are leaving.

    As hoped for, the ride was good, the bus was comfortable. I had fears that the movement and the sometimes less than ideal road conditions wouldn't allow me to sleep, that ended up not being the case at all. We were served dinner, which was like an airline meal and once that was over with they turned out the lights and had some movies playing on the screens (smallish ones thankfully). I didn't sleep very deeply but I got plenty of rest. The seat was comfortable enough that I arrived in Salta comfortable and well rested.

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    Air Service

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 25, 2013

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    Because of the very large distances involved, flying is often the only realistic option due to the time involved in taking the bus.

    Aeroparque Jorge Newberry (AEP) is located in the Palermo neighborhood, not far from downtown Buenos Aires, so it isn't a very expensive cab ride. At the time of my last visit it was the center of domestic air travel in the country. Since 2010 it also has flights to neighboring countries (Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.)

    Because of limited direct air connections between Argentine cities, you will find that you might have to back track, connecting in Buenos Aires to your next destination. Consult your travel agent This will add time and expense to your travel, so be careful in your planning.

    If you are getting an early flight (especially on a Monday) make sure you come to the airport early because it will be mobbed with people going back to the provinces and you will surely be wondering how on earth you are going to make your plane.

    Aerolineas Argentinas is the national carrier (owned by Iberia of Spain). Food service is minimal, so make sure to eat before you fly.

    LAN Argentina, owned by LAN Chile, recently started flying domestic routes in Argentina. I have to say that their planes were new and clean. Service was very very good. Food service, though somewhat small, was pretty good.

    Many/most of the discount airlines that have operated in recent years are just too unreliable, if they even remain in business. Use them at your own risk. I have seen several people being stuck because of this

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1aeb57/#ixzz1e0XXOFVX

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    Travel Agent in Argentina- Monforte

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 20, 2013

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    Most of the time you can find a pretty good fare getting to Argentina, however because of a confusing two-tiered pricing system on domestic air, you can end up paying substantially more if you book independently.

    I took the recommendation of my doctor friend and booked with a small agency in Buenos Aires. They arranged all my air travel inside the country, hotels and tours. I was very satisfied with their services. They were very flexible. My first trip to Argentina, for example, included several stops a bit different from the normal itinerary. Everything worked out great.

    Trips in 2005 and 2006

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    no reciprocity fees flying Mendoza thru Santiago

    by canuckinmendoza Written Nov 4, 2012

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    No, flying in to Argentina through Mendoza you will not have to have paid the Argentina reciprocity fee (or the Chile fee).

    If you just connect through Santiago Airport, book your bags through, and do not go through immigration (leave international transit area), you will not have to pay either the Chile reciprocity fee (only payable on entry through immigration on international flight arrival in Santiago) or the Argentina flight (only payable on international flight arrival at the two Buenos Aires airports). I have family do this recently.

    The reason you got this email is because Argentina has changed only the METHOD of payment (online before arrival), NOT the places it is payable. Since September it has been optional, required only for AEP from Oct 31 on and EZE from Dec 28 on.

    And, you since the fees are only for entry at certain points and not exit, you do not have to have paid to leave anywhere.

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    Flying – several options

    by vtveen Updated Jan 18, 2012

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    Argentina is a big country and the distances between the main tourist sights are huge. The most convenient and fast way of travelling is by airplane.

    Most of the domestic flights within Argentina are operated by Aerolineas Argentinas /Austral and since a couple of years LAN Argentina and Andes Líneas Aéreas.
    Aerolineas had 'on again off again labour problems'. LAN is a very good alternative for flying in Argentina. Andes has its main destinations in the north and north west (although also flying to Puerto Madryn).
    Both Aerolineas and LAN have 'airpasses'. Before booking your tickets you really should check these websites !!

    LAN has a 'South America Airpass' for travellers reaching South America with LAN or an other OneWorld airline: http://www.lan.com/en_ue/promociones/data/europa/todo_europa/saairpass.html
    There is also a One World South American Air Pass, sometimes with better deals than LAN:
    http://www.oneworld.com/ow/air-travel-options/single-continent-fares/visit-south-america

    Aerolineas has 'Visite Argentina' fares for foreigners arriving with an international ticket to Argentina. This ‘airpass’ can be affordable if you intend to make more flights within the country.
    See: http://www.aerolineas.com.ar/arg/main.asp?idSitio=EU&idPagina=49&idIdioma=en&id=170

    Some remarks while flying in Argentina
    - - If you have a domestic flight after your international arrival at Ezeiza, be aware almost all domestic flights do leave from the airport Aeroparque, about 40 km’s from the international airport. See for more info.

    - Most of the flights to the main destinations originate in Buenos Aires.

    - Travelling by plane is 3 à 4 times more expensive than by bus, but it is 10 times faster !!
    (for instance Bs As - Iguazu: by plane 1 hour 45 minutes, by bus 18 hours)

    - The luggage franchise on domestic flights of Aerolineas is officially 15 kg’s !! (although we always carried 20 kg’s and never had any problem); with LAN it is 20 kg's and Andes is also 15 kg’s.

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    Carry On Luggage on domestic flights

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 17, 2011

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    The carry on limit for domestic flights is 5 kg. This is strictly enforced. Avoid the embarrassment of being found overweight and having to stuff a bunch of your things into your checked luggage in front of everyone else. Before getting in line you are usually able to weigh your bags.

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    Chalten Travel Turismo

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 18, 2011

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    Chalten Travel provides transportation to various attractions in Patagonia. In January 2010, I travelled with them to El Chalten and in February 2011, I travelled with them when I travelled up the Ruta 40 from Calafate to Bariloche.

    There is all year transportation (reduced service off season) from El Calafate to El Chalten. It cost me around roughly 130 ARP for a return.

    I did the Ruta 40 in February 2011. Between November and April, you can travel up the Ruta 40 from either El Calafate or El Chalten to Perito Moreno Town on odd number days (ie. 7th February 2011) and from Perito Moreno Town to Bariloche on even number days (ie. 8th February 2011). Each leg of the journey takes an average on 12-14 hours a day and I strongly recommend stopping in Perito Moreno Town or Los Antiguos overnight to break up the journey. Please note the buses only offer a commun service which usually doesn't have a toilet and you need to rely on the very few stops made to use the bathroom.

    You can read about my Ruta 40 journey on both my
    Provencia del Santa Cruz and
    Provencia del Chubut pages.

    Costs (February 2011):
    El Calafate to Perito Moreno - 302 ARP (8.00am Departure from El Calafate Bus Station)
    (El Chalten to Perito Moreno - 245 ARP (9.00am Departure from El Chalten Bus Station)

    Accommodation in Perito Moreno Town: Belgrano Hotel (1 Star) - 70 ARP (In Shared Room); 170 ARP (In Single Room (which I booked); 240 ARP (In Double Room); 270 ARP (In Triple Room). Breakfast is not included but can be purchased for 15 ARP in the hotel's restaurant.

    Perito Moreno to Bariloche - 211 ARP (7.45 am Departure from Belgrano Hotel)

    Chalten Travel can able to extend your stay in either Perito Moreno Town or Los Antiguos. There is also an opportunity to do the Cuevas de los Manos, near Perito Moreno Town.

    Chalten Travel offers excursions to the glaciers and Chile's Torre del Paine as well.

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    Over the mountains

    by kyoub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Flying on DAP Airlines is like flying in your own private plane.
    There were only 4 other passengers and the 2 pilots aboard when we left El Calafate.
    It was a beautiful day and a smooth ride across the mountains to Chile.

    I would highly recommend this airline to anyone unless you are afraid of riding in small planes.
    There is a weight limit on luggage allowed so take that into consideration also.

    Dap has offices in most southern towns of Argentina and Chile

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    Patagonia Totale tour operator in Trelew

    by Pierangelo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you like to go aroud Patagonia by ground you have only one choise: PATAGONIA TOTALE, of Trelew, is the sole tour operator organizing the Caretera Austral and Ruta 40 crossing. Write to Gianni: patagoniaonline@infovia.com.ar

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    Buses to Argentina from Brasil

    by hmoitta Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you are in Brasil you can get a bus from Rio, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Florianopolis or Porto Alegre to Buenos Aires or other cities but it´s better to stop on the way, because it´s a long run, but it's the cheapeast way to get there ( see bus company website below ).

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    Via Bariloche

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    I used the company, Via Bariloche, to travel around on my last trip (February 2011) to Esquel and to Buenos Aires. When booking your ticket, you usually get your seat allocated.

    It cost me 69 ARP (One way) from Bariloche to Esquel for when I visited Trevelin. The journey took 4.5 hours and stops at different places down the Ruta 40 including El Bolsen. This was a Semi-Cama seat service where you get more leg room in your seats compared to a commun service. You get a snack served and there is free coffee (although sweetened) and water available on board.

    When I returned to Buenos Aires for the final leg of my trip, I booked a ticket for the Cama Ejectivo service where the seats lay out like a bed and 50% more space than a semi-cama seat. The service also included drinks and meals and in house entertainment. I paid 540 ARP (One way) from Bariloche to Buenos Aires and the journey took me approximately 20 hours!

    I was satisfied with Via Bariloche and would use them again for future bus journeys when I return to Argentina.

    My advice is to learn some basic Spanish before and when travelling on public services as a lot of the announcements and information updates are only in Spanish.

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  • Only for the daring: make your own flight path!

    by joeyfezster Written Oct 26, 2010

    theres a guy called jorge tobar. he's retired, but he flies trikes (like a sandbuggy with a wing).
    you can plan with him your own voyage through the northern argentinian skies.
    (if you would just like a normal tour, he can do that too)
    the price is more or less at 350 pezo for the flight hour, but you can come to other arangements depending on what youre looking for.
    you can reach him at his cell number: 0381 154 045 172
    or at the email adress of fly.north.argentina@gmail.com

    remember: you're getting a tailored flight plan, so be sure to contact him in advance!

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  • Peninsula Valdes

    by euskaldun Written Oct 4, 2010

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    Bus travel in Argentina is safe and comfortable, depending on the category of the bus. However, distances are huge and going to Puerto Madryn from Buenos Aires would take your daughter between 18-20 hours. We just visited Peninsula Valdés for the wildlife, most precisely for the whales and sea elephants, and we stayed in Puerto Pirámides, that we found more convenient for the tours. We flew to Trelew, which was something like 15o km from Puerto Pirámides, and the price at the time was quite competitive compared with the long bus ride.

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    between AEP - EZE

    by vtveen Updated Sep 2, 2010

    If you have a domestic flight after your international arrival (or the other way around), be aware almost all domestic flights (during our last stay - March 2009 - I saw on the monitors at Ezeiza some flights from Ushuaia and El Calafate) do leave from the airport Aeroparque, about 40 km’s from the international airport Ezeiza.
    Really check your tickets for the right airport !!

    We were arriving from Salta and did have plenty of time and decided to take the shuttle bus, operated by Manuel Tienda León. Be aware this transportation does take a lot of time: only the travel time was more than 75 minutes (I think a taxi or remis will take about 45 minutes), but buses do run just every hour.
    All together we landed at Aeroparque at 3.30 pm, could take the 4.00 pm bus and were in the departure hall of Ezeiza at 5.30 pm !!

    You will find a booth of Manuel Tienda Leon at Aeroparque in the luggage claim hall and the arrival hall. At Ezeiza there is a booth in the arrival hall after customs.
    Price per person (web info Sept 2010): 50 pesos; a remis is 172 pesos.

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