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Argentina Travel Guide

Get your passport ready for your Argentina trip

Documentation

Passengers taking international flights, irrespective of the passenger’s age (even children and babies), should have a valid passport with them. In the case of families traveling with minors under 18 years of age, parents/guardians will be asked to show the birth certificates of the minors. If children are traveling with one of their parents or if they traveling unaccompanied, they will need to submit an authorization certified by a court or a Notary Public.

Passengers traveling to Salta, San Pedro de Atacama and Uyuni

It is necessary to have your actual passport (not a photocopy) with you during the entirety of your trip. There are legal procedures which require passengers to show their passport on many occasions while traveling in the North part of Argentina, as well as when crossing provincial and international borders. For this reason, please remember to always keep your passport and other relevant documents on you at all times.

Passengers crossing the Argentine border with Chile

If you will be crossing a border into Chile (San Pedro de Atacama, Torres del Paine, Santiago de Chile, etc.) during your trip, there is some additional information you may need. Do not forget to carry your passports with you when traveling. It is also important to remember that it is not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, etc. from Argentina to Chile. Chilean custom officials are very strict and fines can be high. If you are not sure if something is allowed, please declare it on the form with which you are provided  and they will inform you of whether or not you can have it.

 

Plan an Argentina Vacation for a fun South America tripReciprocity Fees & Visas

Argentina Reciprocity Fee

Travelers from Australia, Canada and US don’t need to pay reciprocity fee anymore.

VISAS: Argentina DOES NOT require VISA to citizens from the countries listed here!

Chile Reciprocity Fee

All passengers with passports from Australia and Mexico must pay a reciprocity tax before entering Interpol control. Passengers from the USA & Canada don’t have to pay the reciprocity fee anymore. This procedure can be done once travelers arrive at the country, and can be paid in cash or credit card. Once the Entry Reciprocity Fee receipt is attached to your passport, you have to proceed to immigration control. All the taxes have to be paid in US dollars or credit card.

This tax is paid just when entering into the country by Santiago de Chile airport. TAX AMOUNT PER COUNTRY:

Australia U$D 117.-

Chile requires VISA for citizens from many countries. Please, check with your local embassy if you require a VISA to travel to Chile.

As a guideline you can check this document published by Chile Immigration office: (Countries under REQ VIS TUR require a tourist visa).

 

Brazil Visa and Tax

If your tour includes a stop in Brazil (for example visiting the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls) – please check the procedure to apply for a Brazilian Visa and the cost of it. You can find the information here!

The following countries requires a visa to enter to Brazil:

 USA: USD 160

 AUSTRALIA: USD 120

 ANGOLA: USD 180

 ALGERIA: USD 85

 CHINA: USD 115

 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES: USD 80

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Please note that some countries can issue the visa online

Every Brazilian Consulate has its own workflow. For any questions regarding fees and payment methods, as well as types of service offered, please contact the Brazilian Consulate where your application will be processed.

 

Uruguay Visa and Tax

Neither Australia, Canada nor the United States of America need a visa to visit this country. In case of belonging to any other nationality, we suggest checking the requirements for each case at this link

Peru Visa and Tax

Neither Australia, Canada nor United States of America need a visa to visit this country. In case of belonging to any other nationality, we suggest checking the requirements for each case here.

Bolivia Visa and Tax

To enter Bolivia as tourists, some countries require entry visas. Each country has different requirements for entering Bolivia. Please check the corresponding procedure and price for the Bolivian Visa. Visas can be obtained at any Consulate of Bolivia or at the border offices. You can check the requirements for your nationality here, but please also check the requirements and processing time with your local consulate.

 

United States: Visa required

Australia: No visa required

Canada: No visa required

United States: Visa required

 

Important

Please note that this is general information. We recommend that all travelers contact their respective Consulates, in person or by e-mail, to be informed of visa procedures to make sure you’ve completed all the requires. It is your responsibility to have all the necessary documentation before getting into a country.

 

Plan an adventure in Argentina that you'll never forget

Tax refund in Argentina

Any foreign passenger who may have bought items in the country for an amount exceeding $70 at the stores adhering to this system (identified with a logo) must keep the receipts to provide them at the Customs office in the airport before boarding. There, officers will stamp a seal on the receipts to allow collection of the relevant refund. You may receive this refund in cash at the Customs office, in the form of a check sent to your address or through a deposit to your credit card or bank account.

The amount of the refund corresponds to the VAT charge (21 %) minus any administrative charge.

For more information, please contact:

Global Refund Argentina S.A.

Florida 15, 4th floor, (1005) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tel. (54 11) 4342 7561 /2413 o (54 11) 343 0932.

www.globalrefund.com Infocenter@ar.globalrefund.com

 

Safety tips for Travel in Argentina & ChileSecurity

In every big city of the world you have to be cautious with your belongings; South America is not an exception. Street robbery has become an increasing problem, but, fortunately, actual assault or violence is still extremely rare. Pick pocketing and bag snatching are the major problems. A combination of common sense, caution, and listening to local advice will be your best defense against any possible mishap.

We strongly advise you not to wear valuable jewelry or watches, to use the safe box for your documentation and money while in a hotel, and to carry your valuable things in a money belt inside your clothes while you are traveling.

Pick pocketing and bag snatching can occur in crowded markets, transport terminals and on trains and buses. Be aware that people might be trying to distract your attention (for example squirting shampoo or any smelly liquid on your bag, shoes, or clothes, and offering to help you clean it off) in order to rob you. Do not carry more cash on you than will meet your immediate requirements. Never carry money or a wallet in your back pockets and always be aware of where you put your camera and cell phone.

When you go into a restaurant, don’t leave your purse in a chair. Pay attention to where you put your belongings, especially if it’s a crowded restaurant. Some people just go into these places to “pick up” purses.

Having said all of this, we would like to emphasize that incidents like these only happen to a very small percentage of travelers in South America. We just want to be informative and remind you to always be cautious when traveling.

 

No Argentina trip is done without visiting Buenos AiresEmergencies

Here you will find a list with useful phone numbers that can be used in case of emergency:

– Medical Emergencies: 107 (provides free ambulance service and urgent medical attention)
– Firefighters: 100 (for emergencies and accidents)
– Police Department: 101 or 911 (Direct line to the Radio Command)
– Civil Defense: 103 (for floods, accidents on public roads, toxic spill, )
– Environmental emergencies: 105 (coordinates activities with other agencies for accidents or unexpected events)

For urgent matters we recommend contacting the Embassy and / or Consulate of your country in Argentina, which are responsible to protect and assist citizens of their country who are in other countries.

 

Health

The only country where the yellow fever vaccine is required is in Bolivia – and it’s only demanded for high-risk areas: Chuquisaca, La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija, Santa Cruz, Beni & Pando.

Neither Chile, Argentina, Uruguay nor Brazil requires any other vaccines.

Travel Insurance

*If you are interested in getting Travel Insurance, Say Hueque has a really good agreement with World Nomads, a Travel & Medical Insurance Company very well known worldwide. Please check this link on  World Nomads webpage to get a free quotation and let us know if you have any question.

Mendoza Wine Tours show you the landscape of ArgentinaSeasonal Considerations

Calendar Seasons

South America is located in the south hemisphere. For that reason, our seasons are:

– Summer:  December 21st to March 20th
– Autumn:  March 21st to June 20th
– Winter: June 21st to September 20th
– Spring:  September 21st to December 20th

Touristic Seasons by Destination

Some of the places and excursions are subject to weather and season conditions. Please consider the following information:

El Chaltén: travel in this area is subject to weather conditions during May, June, July, and August.

Puerto Madryn: whale watching season is from mid-June to December, and penguin season is from October to April.

– Ushuaia: penguin season is from October until April

Holidays

Please keep in mind that prices and availability may be affected during major holidays. We do our best to maintain our prices during Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and other special dates, but they might vary according to local availability. Please check with our Travel Advisors if you plan on traveling over a holiday.

For more information on the tours you can take in these incredible Argentina vacation destinations, check out the links below: 

Argentina Glaciers in El Calafate & El Chalten Puerto Madryn: Argentina Animals of the Sea Visit Ushuaia, the City at the End of the World
Patagonia Tours, takes you to trekk amazing locations Peninsula Valdes Whale Watching Tours in Argentina Travel to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world

 

Excursions

Every effort is made to ensure that the schedule of excursions in your itinerary is fully respected. However, due to weather conditions, natural disasters, or any other circumstance that could possibly affect your security, our local suppliers reserve the right to change the order of services. For more information, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

 

Meals

Meals are included as stated in your itinerary.

If you have a special dietary requirement we will try our best to organize every included meal for you. However, we can’t always guarantee the availability of special products. For this reason, it is very important that you let us know during the booking process so that we can reserve it ahead of time.

 

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Park Entrance Fees

Unless otherwise stated, national park entrance fees are not included in your itinerary. This is because in some cases, national parks and reserves do not allow pre-paid tickets. We are sorry about the inconvenience. You will find at the end of your itinerary a list of places and corresponding prices that you will have to pay to enter.

Time Zones

Argentina

– UTC/GMT – 3hours – all year

Chile

– UTC/GMT – 3 hours – all year

Bolivia

– UTC/GMT – 4 hours- all year

         

Brazil

– UTC/GMT – 3 hours (March/October)
– UTC/GMT – 2 hours (November/February)

Uruguay

– UTC/GMT – 3 hours (March/December)
– UTC/GMT – 2 hours (January/February)

 

Make your plans for Travel in Argentina & Chile

Transfers

Always consider 15 minute delays due to traffic issues.

You might notice that during your trip you will have a mix of private and shared transportations. We always prefer shared services for small groups, but when the area doesn’t offer this type of transportation, sometimes we have to reserve private services. Your itinerary will always include information about which kind of transportation you will have. If you want to guarantee private transportation, please let us know ahead of time so that we can quote it for you. 

Transportation Options

Private service, a private vehicle just for your group.

Shared service, a vehicle that offers transportation to other groups in addition to your group. In general terms we work with small mini buses that usually carry up to 19 passengers.

Public buses, regular service of public transportation.

 

Energy

In South America each country has different type of plugs, with diverse voltages and frequencies.

For this reason, we highly recommend bringing a universal plug adapter before getting to this part of the world. Although they can be bought in the main cities, in some remote areas this articles may be difficult to find, or can be really expensive.

COUNTRY

VOLTAGE

FREQUENCY

Argentina

220V

50 Hz

Bolivia

220/230V

50 Hz

Brazil

110/220V

60 Hz

Chile

220V

50 Hz

Uruguay

220V

50 Hz

Try the delicious Argentina food on your Argentina tripFood

The price of restaurant meals in South America varies as much as it does in Europe or the US. At the bottom of the scale, you’ll find cheap and filling meals that can be obtained in the streets, kiosks, or sandwich/snack places. These usually cost less than 5 dollars.

Some excellent local and cheap options are empanadas (around 1 USD each, very filling and healthy in general terms), pizza (we have some of the best pizza in the world) for around 1 USD per slice, and choripan (sausage sandwich- always look for places full of locals) for about 2 or 3 USD.

In the middle there are hundreds of options, from 10 USD to 50USD you can get excellent beef, wine and delicious dulce de leche ice-cream.

A bit more upscale, you’ll find more trendy restaurants, with high quality service and some of the world’s most known chefs. In these places you can have a three course meal with wine for less than 50 USD.

We love to talk, recommend and write about restaurants and actually have destination guides for most of the places we offer in our itineraries, in which we provide plenty of restaurant recommendations. If you don’t see a destination you’re interested listed online, or if you’d just like some additional suggestions, please ask your Travel Advisor or Destination Host to send you more details.

Dining out on your Argentina trip with Say HuequeTipping

Tipping is not compulsory but it is greatly appreciated throughout South America, especially in the service industry. For reference, we have provided a general guideline below.

Tour Guide/Drivers

If you are pleased with the services provided by your tour guide and driver, then a tip for their hard work will be very much appreciated. In general, we recommend around US$10 -15/day/traveler for guides and US$5-7/day/traveler for drivers if less than 4 people in a group. We recommend around US$5-10/day/traveler for guides and US$3-5/day/traveler for drivers if there are 5 people or more.

Hotel & Restaurant Staff

We use to tip 10% of the total bill in restaurants. If you stay a couple of days in the same hotel, a tip to the maid service of $2-3/day is appreciated. For porters, US$2-3/time/room is acceptable.

Say Hueque’s Tipping Tips

– Keep small denominations of dollars or local currency on hand.

– In restaurants, although you can pay by credit card, try to leave a tip in cash.

– Don’t forget drivers, who in many cases may have shown extreme skill to keep you safe on difficult roads.

– If you are on a cruise, there is often a single “kitty” tip for all employees. Ask about this once you are on board.

Bargaining

Bargaining is not a normal procedure in Argentina or Chile. In this way it is different from Central America. Don’t expect to obtain a discount for more than 10%, maybe a little more in markets or when buying more than one unit.

Start the trip off right, smooth Travel to ArgentinaSchedule

Your travel advisor will choose your flights considering availability and price. Please check them carefully and let us know if you would like to make any modifications to the flight schedule as soon as possible. Consider that the best rate usually has very poor availability, and Travel Advisors do their best to make the most convenient reservation for you.  In case you prefer a specific schedule please don’t hesitate to ask for it.

In case of early arrivals or late departures, remember that neither early check-in nor late check-out at hotels have been reserved unless it is clarified in your itinerary. Check-in at most of the hotels is around 2:00 pm and check-out at around 10:00 am. If you would prefer an early check-in or late check-out please let us know and we will request this for you at the given hotel.

Consider that, in order to guarantee early check in or late check out, hotels often charge around 50% of the nightly hotel rate which is an additional cost.

 

Tax

Ushuaia airport doesn’t allow us to include the tax fee within the flight tickets. For that reason, if you plan on visiting this city, you will have to pay the fee locally and in national currency (the price will be mentioned on your itinerary). We are very sorry for this inconvenience, but as this is part of the politics of the airport, it’s completely out of our hands.

 

Start your Argentina Trip on arrival to Buenos AiresSeats

While some flight categories allow us to book seats in advance, others do not. If you have a special seat request, please ask our Travel Advisors if it’s possible to book the seat in advance.

 

Luggage

For domestic flights there is a maximum of 15 Kilos plus one carry-on of maximum 5 kilos per person.

Remember that you will probably accumulate luggage as you travel. It is best to pack light. Otherwise, as well as having the inconvenience of carrying around plastic bags full of your newly purchased items, you will also be more vulnerable to theft.

Pack strategically by carrying some essentials in your hand luggage. In South America, as well as the rest of the world, there is always a chance that your baggage will be placed on the wrong flight. In the end it always arrives, but if you are prepared, it won’t prevent you from doing anything.

Torres del Paine National Park HotelsCheck in time

Note that, as in most cities of the world, check-in time in Argentine hotels is usually after 14 hrs. So, depending on your arrival time you may not be able to check in immediately. In that event, you can check your bags with the concierge and go out to eat or stroll around until check-in time. Nevertheless, if you are interested in getting an early check in, do not hesitate to ask for a quote to your travel advisor.

 

Check out time

As in many cities of the world the time for the Check Out in Argentina is around 10 AM. All of the Hotels we work with are willing to store your luggage in case it’s necessary. Please consider that if you notify the agency in time, the Check Out time can be extended for an additional cost

 

Breakfast

Unless specifically stated otherwise, breakfast is included in all our hotels. In case of very early departures we cannot guarantee the included breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the hotel and time there might not be breakfast at all or if so, it might be a reduced one.

Stay at the Iguazu Grand Hotel on your Argentina trip

Argentina, Chile & Bolivia have different National Parks and Reservations areas, where you need to pay a entrance fee.

Find below the information for each country and its National Park fee or Reservation:

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Iguazu Falls

Iguazú National Park Argentina USD 27 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

Iguazú National Park Brazil USD 20 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency or dollars in cash, credit or debit card)

San Ignacio Mini Ruins – USD  7 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency in cash)

Iguazu Eco Fee: Can only payable in cash at hotel. Between 3/4 usd per guest per night and it varies depending on hotel category.

 

Bariloche

Nahuel Huapi National Park: USD 10

Some tours require to pay an entrance fee like Puerto Blest, Arrayanes Wood, Los Alerces, Clairlift of Cerro Catedral or Tronador, etc.  

Bariloche Eco Fee: Can only payable in cash at hotel. Goes from 2 usd to 4 usd per guest per night and it varies depending on hotel category.

 

El Calafate

Los Glaciares National Park – USD 20 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency in cash).

 

Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego National Park USD 15 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash)

Ushuaia Port Tax – USD 2

Harberton Entrance: USD 15

 

Puerto Madryn

Península Valdés – USD 18 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency or dollars, in cash).

Punta Tombo – USD 16 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency or dollars, in cash).

 

Hotels in Argentina

Prices are excluding VAT from the accomodation in Hotels in Argentina (except Ushuaia). Guests must provide copy of their passport so as to prove they are not residents in Argentina, also they may be asked to show during their check in the stamp of entry to Argentina. If these conditions aren´t complied they will be asked to pay the VAT from the accomodation.

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Torres del Paine

Torres Del Paine National Park – USD 33 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency or dollars, in cash).

San Pedro de Atacama

Valle de la Luna – USD 5 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

Geysers Del Tatio – USD 12 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

Puerto Varas

National Park Vicente Perez Rosales – USD 6 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

*Bolivia

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Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flats: Eduardo Abaroa National Area – USD 25 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

Incahuasi Island – USD 5 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

Hot Springs de Polques – US 3 (Only payable in the equivalent in local currency, in cash).

 

*PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICES PUBLISHED ON THIS SECTION ARE PER PERSON. 

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