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ARGENTINA PLANNING FAQ


AIR TRAVEL

All international flights leave the US in the evening, usually somewhere between 8pm and 10pm, and arrive in Buenos Aires the following morning. Delta, United and American offer daily flights, as do Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Airlines. For everyone traveling out of the Southeast, we have found that Delta out of Atlanta or LAN out of Miami offer the best flights. These flights usually cost between $750 and $1,100 round trip. (Please check LAN flights carefully to confirm that you are not flying first into Santiago, Chile, and then on to Buenos Aires.)

Plan for about four hours on the ground between flights once you reach Buenos Aires. You will have to clear Argentina customs and travel to the domestic airport via taxi or shuttle bus. This trip can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. We will set up this transfer for you, but you will need to pay for it. This usually costs around 300 Argentine pesos (about $100 US) for a group of six.

(Note: Argentina uses the $ symbol to denote its currency, but it represents pesos there, not dollars.)

Your domestic air travel in Argentina is limited to Aerolineas or LAN. Aerolineas is the only airline flying into the San Martin de los Andes area. This is the most convenient option as you land about 15 miles from San Martin de los Andes. However, space is limited and you will need to make your reservations in advance. For alternatives, both LAN and Aerolineas have multiple daily flights to Bariloche, but the drive from there to San Martin de los Andes is approximately three hours.

MONEY EXCHANGE

The US dollar is equal to about 3.8 Argentine pesos. (Check the exact exchange rates before you leave.) Here are some tips:

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

A valid passport is required to enter and exit Argentina. We highly recommend that you travel with not only your passport, but also with a photocopy of it. Keep the photocopy in a separate place in case your passport gets lost during your visit.

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language of Argentina. However, you will find that many people in the country (especially in airports, motels and other tourist attractions) speak at least some English. We recommend learning a few basic phrases in Spanish before you travel to Argentina—this can come in handy if you need to find a bathroom! Keep in mind that most people will be eager to help and responsive to the universal language of a warm smile.

SAFETY

Travel in Argentina and Chile is very safe. We recommend using normal caution while in the larger cities such as Buenos Aires, or in Santiago, Chile. However, once you are outside of urban areas you have no reason to fear or suspect anyone. Most Argentines, especially in outlying areas, want you to enjoy your trip. They are very cordial and helpful if you run into problems.

ELECTRICITY

Electricity in Argentina is 220-volt AC, so you will need an adapter for your computer, cell phone charger, and any other electric appliances you bring from the US. You can purchase a converter at Best Buy or similar stores for about $20.

IN ADDITION TO FISHING

San Martin de los Andes is a wonderful place for spouses and traveling companions who seek alternatives to fishing, especially those who enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. See our list of activities for non-fishing companions [link to list].

SHOPPING

San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche both offer wonderful shopping. Although these are small towns without malls and high-end boutiques like those in Buenos Aires, you will find distinctive stores that sell merchandise ranging from handmade sweaters and leather products to one-of-a-kind items crafted by master silversmiths and local artisans. What’s more, this area is world-renowned for its chocolates. It’s a good idea to buy extra, because many of these delicacies will be eaten before you can take them home!

MEDICAL CARE

Should you experience a medical problem during your visit, Argentina has excellent, modern medical facilities and well-trained health care professionals. However, most US insurance companies do not provide coverage in Argentina, and you will have to pay for your treatment on the spot unless you have taken out supplemental medical insurance.