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July 21, 2010

Argentina Travel Tips

Filed under: South America — Tags: — admin @ 4:56 pm

Travel Tips for Argentina

I guess it may be a bit presumptuous of me to be giving travel tips for Argentina when I have been here a whole week, but I think these observations are relatively valid and quite helpful in my humble opinion. Well, strap on your seat belts and let’s go. Oh, and these prices quoted are at July, 2010, so check current prices.

Many international visitors to Argentina will come in through Ezeiza Airport at Buenos Aires. If you are a native of Australia, Canada or the USA, make sure you have some US dollars, pesos for the Reciprocal fee. The fee ranges from US$70-130. Blame your own government if you have to pay this fee. It is tit for tat. After you have made it through customs, turn left and you will see the office of Manuel Tiende Leon, which is a shuttle bus that runs every hour or so into the city. The cost is 50 pesos. Buy your ticket and head out to the bus stop and you will get taken to their terminal in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. Make sure you have the address of your hostel or hotel so that they know where you are going. Do not assume they will know where a hostel is. At the terminal they put you in a taxi and take you to your hostel door.

I stayed at the V&S Hostel Club at Viamonte 887, Esqina Suipache. It was about US$13 for a dormitory room. The people there very friendly and helpful. There is a Spanish Course there which seemed to be very good and at quite a reasonable price. I saw their notes and they seemed to be quite extensive. The guys doind the course seemed satisfied with it. To get out of Buenos Aires you can catch any of the luxury sleeper buses from Retiro Bus Terminal. Retiro is massive with more than 80 platforms. But be warned. If want to get there on time, make sure you leave plenty of time to get there because of the horrendous traffic in Buenos Aires. If you do not have much luggage, it would be easier to just walk there. I went for a visit the preceding day and sussed the place out. Lucky I did, because the place is quite large and confronting. My bus fare to Bahia Blanca cost me 180 pesos. Get either a Cama or Semi-cama seat, both are OK. They recline just a bit more for the more expensive seats.

In Bahia Blanca I stayed at the Bahia Blanca Hostel, which is about 2 kilometers from the bus terminal. The taxi will cost you about 15 pesos. Make sure you get an official taxi with Radio Taxi written on it, especially in Buenos Aires. I found the taxi drivers in Argentina so far to be extremely honest and helpful. The Bahia Blanca Hostel is at Soler 701, Esquina Israel. You can buy bus tickets in the town Centro just opposite the main park.

The next place I went to was Neuquen which is the start of Patagonia and is situated in the west of Argentina, near to the foothills of the Andes. I had an overnight bus ride to get there , which was Ok, because I slept a fair bit during the night. I stayed at the hostel Portal de Suenos, the Gate of Dreams. Very poetic. It is quite close to the bus terminal and the tariff is about 40 pesos. It should only cost about 10 pesos for a taxi or you can walk if you have a light pack. I would advise catching a collectivo bus into town from the hostel, as it is nearly 5 kilometers and I walked it and its a long way. I think you catch bus number 9 into town.

Well that is about all there is. I am going to Esquel in a couple of days by the day bus. I am not sure what hostel I am going to stay at yet. I will suss it out when I get there. Hasta Manana!

4 Comments »

  1. I wanted to hear about the Tango Classes at V&S. You did do the tango classes??

    Comment by Marj — July 21, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  2. hi steve interesting reading your blog on your travels what kind of weather r u having over there, what season is it…its been bloody cold here…ned is back in lismore at the moment…mostly out at dunns or fishing down the coast…huh you did tango classes…all good here talk later…enjoy…by the way your travel tips r good and bound to help someone out there…when you get back you can put it all together in a book…luv issi

    Comment by issi — July 22, 2010 @ 1:00 am

  3. Hi Marj and Issi.

    No i did not do the tango classes. I am not really interested in it that much. I know that sounds uncool. but that is my feelings on the matter, ha ha. I preferred to go down to the swamp.
    The weather here is very cold. i think its below tasmania and i am going further south yet.

    issi say hello to ned for me. i spose i can say hello on facebook. doh.

    bye. got some photos to process.

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