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Visa

Clients can check if they need a visa to enter Argentina in the following web site: 

Citizens from the US, Canada and the European Union do not need a visa to enter Argentina.

Vaccination

No vaccination certificate is required to enter the country.

The following additional necessary information may be requested:

a) Valid passport.

b) Address in Argentina  (Hotel, Apartment, etc.)

Customs

In order to avoid any kind of trouble with customs in Argentina we suggest clients declare all their electronic equipment to Customs at the country of origin before departing to Argentina.

Arrival

Flights from the abroad will be arriving at Ezeiza International Airport. Once clients have cleared customs they will be met in the main hall by a EP representative. He will have in his hands a cardboard with the client’s name which he will hold in front of him in order for them to identify him clearly. We recommend clients to do not, by any means accept any kind of help and service or engage in any type of conversation with strangers, just say “no gracias” (no thank you) and ignore them. We recommend clients do not leave their baggage unattended and do not leave the airport on their own.

Once they’ve contacted our representative, he will take care of guiding them along and transporting them to their next flight.

EP  crew members will be waiting for their clients at the final destination’s airport.

Payment Methods

In case our clients decide to purchase something at the airport or in a shop along the way, US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere. Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus.

American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted in restaurants, hotels and shops. There may be difficulties in changing traveler’s checks in and outside Buenos Aires.

EP will assist their clients if they need to change foreign currencies once in Argentina for private expenses.   EP will accept the following methods of payment: cash, checks and wired deposits.

Tips

10% of the amount of the check is usually left in cafeterias and restaurants. Doormen, porters, and ushers in cinemas and theatres are also generally tipped. Tips are only left if clients have been satisfied with the service they’ve received.

Security, Prevention and Tourist Assistance

Two entities take care of aiding tourists who need help. EP will be with their clients all the way but just as an extra safety measure for themselves we would like them to have this information. These entities are:

a) Comisaría del Turista: Av. Corrientes 436, (C1043AAR) Buenos Aires.
Tel.    4346-5748         4346-5748,               4328-2135         4328-2135 ó               0800-999-5000         0800-999-5000, e-mail: turista@policiafederal.gov.ar

b) Defensoría del Turista: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835 (Museo de Bellas Artes de La Boca “Don Benito Quinquela Martín”), (C1169AAC) Buenos Aires. Tel.  4302-7816         4302-7816, Fax: 4302-7816, e-mail: turista@defensoria.org.ar

We ask our clients to please note all our phone numbers and emails too before they arrive in Argentina:

Pablo Casado:               0054 91144148187         0054 91144148187. pablocasado@expeditionpatagonia.com

Matias Restucci:              0054 91163210962         0054 91163210962. matiasrestucci@expeditionpatagonia.com

Rodrigo Serra:               0054 91140341147         0054 91140341147. rodrigoserra@expeditionpatagonia.com

Electricity

The voltage in Argentina is of 220v.

Airlines

  • International Flights

Depending on the airline and the class clients choose they should be able to find very interesting rates. Some of the airlines we could recommend and their web sites are:

United Airlines   –   www.united.com

Continental Airlines  -  www.continental.com

American Airlines -  www.aa.com

Delta   - www.delta.com

LAN    -  www.lan.com

British Airways  -  www.britishairways.com

Lufthansa    -   www.lufthansa.com

  • Domestic Flights

1)  Aerolineas Argentinas

www.aerolineasargentinas.com

2)  LAN

www.lan.com

Buenos Aires / Final Destination /Buenos Aires

This is the commercial airline that does most of the domestic flights in Argentina. Clients should book their domestic flight before departure from their country of origin. We can help purchase tickets with both.

3)  Chartered Airplane

Buenos Aires / Final Destination /Buenos Aires

 

INTERESTING FACTS OF ARGENTINA

The name Argentina

It comes from the Latin term “argentum”, which means silver. The origin of this name goes back to the first voyages made by the Spanish conquerors to the Río de la Plata. The survivors of the shipwrecked expedition mounted by Juan Díaz de Solís found indigenous people in the region who gave them silver objects as presents. The news about the legendary Sierra del Plata – a mountain rich in silver – reached Spain around 1524. As from this date, the Portuguese named the river of Solís, Río de la Plata (River of Silver). Two years later the Spanish used the same name. The National Constitution adopted in 1853 included the name “República Argentina” (Argentine Republic) among the official names to designate the government and the country’s territory.

Location, area and frontiers.

Located in South America, and thus, in the southern hemisphere, Argentina has an area of almost 3.8 million square kilometers, 2.8 on the continent – approximately 54% are plains (grasslands and savannahs), 23%, plateaus, and the other 23%, mountains – and the remainder in the Antarctic. It is 3,800 Km. long and is located between latitude 22º and 55º. Its border with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 9,376 Km, while the territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 Km long.

Geography & Climate

Argentina’s main characteristic is the enormous contrast between the immense eastern plains and the impressive Andes mountain range to the west. This is the frontier with Chile and boasts the highest peak in the Western hemisphere: the 6,959 m high Aconcagua. From Jujuy to Tierra del Fuego, the Andes present marvelous contrasts: the Northwest plateaus, the lake region, the forests and glaciers in the Patagonia.

To the north, Chaco is a forested area linked to rivers Bermejo, Salado and Pilcomayo.

Between the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, the Argentine Mesopotamia (provinces of Entre Ríos, Corrientes and Misiones) is formed by low hills, where pools and marshlands evidence the ancient courses of these great rivers. Within the subtropical rain forest, there are places which provide such spectacular phenomena as the Iguazú Falls.

The Pampas, in the center of Argentina, is the largest and best-known area of plains. Agricultural and livestock activities are performed in this area, which includes the province of Buenos Aires, the northeast of La Pampa, the south of Córdoba and south of Santa Fe. To the south, the plains give way to small hills in Tandil and Sierra de la Ventana, and to the west, to the Córdoba hills.

Towards the south, from the Andes to the sea, the sterile and stony plateaus of Patagonia appear, swept by the wind during most of the year. The Atlantic coast, lined with high cliffs, forms massive indentations like the Peninsula Valdés, with its spectacular and unique colonies of sea animals.

The country’s territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the Pampas plains. Media temperature from November to March is 23°C, and 12°C from June to September.

Population

Argentina’s current population is more than 36 million inhabitants, almost half of which live in the city and the province of Buenos Aires. Population density calculated on a national basis is 13 inhabitants per square kilometer. 95% of the population is white and most are descendants of Italians and Spaniards. As a result of the massive European immigration, the white and Indian half-castes were slowly reduced and at the present they amount only to 4.5% of the population. The pure indigenous population – Mapuches, Collas, Tobas, Matacos and Chiriguanos – amount to 0.5% of the population

Language

Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic. In Buenos Aires, some “lunfardo” expressions -city slang – are used.  Foreign languages are not spoken by most of the people so a two language dictionary may become useful at times.

Religion

There is complete religious freedom in Argentina, although the official religion is Roman Catholic. Other religions practiced in the country are Protestant, Jewish, Moslem, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, etc.

Currency

The official Argentine currency is the Peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos, and coins of 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.

Constitution and Government

Argentina consists of 23 provinces plus a federal district, the City Buenos Aires. The Argentine Constitution establishes a Republic under a representative and federal system, and three separate branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The executive branch is exercised by the President and Vice-president of the Nation, elected for a 4-year term, and who may be reelected for a single additional term. The legislative branch is bicameral: the Senate (composed of three senators from each province and from the City of Buenos Aires) and the House of Representatives (composed of representatives elected directly and in proportion to each district’s population). The judicial branch “is vested in the Supreme Court and lower courts of justice”. Each province has adopted its own Constitution in accordance with the National Constitution, to rule its administration. The current National Constitution dates from 1853. Nevertheless, it was amended in 1860, 1898, 1957 and 1994. The last amendment made in August 1994, allows the President’s reelection for an additional term.

Two Historic dates

May 25th , 1810. The first “Gobierno Patrio” or National Government Assembly was constituted.

July 9th , 1816. Proclamation of Independence by the “Provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata”.

National emblems

The Argentine flag has three horizontal stripes: the one in the middle is white and bears the golden sun, and the two outside stripes are light blue. The national flower is the “ceibo”, the national bird is the “hornero” and the national stone is the manganese spar (rodocrosita) or “Inca Rose”.

 

 

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