Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands

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UPDATE Reciprocity Fee Pre-payment- starting Jan7,2013 at ALL Entries

http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesibleingles/?noticia=1632 (so far, in Spanish only)

AS OF JANUARY 7, 2013 pre-paid on-line reciprocity fees before departure and arrival will be payable for all entries into Argentina for Americans, Australian or Canadians, whether by land , sea, or flight. :(

Pre-payment has already started, no problems reported so far, it just does not become obligatory until 28 DECEMEBER 2012 for flights to Aeroparque or for Ezeiza International Airport, BA. As of Right now ,…

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Changing dollars in Mendoza

We are flying to Santiago de Chile and will be taking the bus to Mendoza on Feb.5th. I have seen some posts about changing dollars in Mendoza but they were posted about a month ago. Does anyone know what the blue rate is now and if it is possible to get it in Mendoza? I read about the galleria on Ave.Santa Fe. I speak Spanish. Will that help?
We will then be visiting Cordoba, Salta and finally to Buenos Aires. Can we get the blue rate in these cities? I just read that sometimes you can't…

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El Calafate and El Chalten in late April / early May

Hi,

I've asked a few people I know this question and have received mixed responses, so I thought I'd try here.

I'm flying into Buenos Aires on the 23rd April and flying out again on the 5th May. Right now I'm struggling to decide between Salta / Northwest Argentina, and El Calafate / El Chalten and Patagonia. I don't want to rush too many things into my two weeks there so I'm trying to choose one or the other to go with a few days in Buenos Aires rather than trying to cram both in and things…

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Buying bus tickets with Argentine pesos

I am planning to travel throughout Argentina by bus in February and March. I am visiting from the UK.

Can I purchase long distance bus tickets in cash with pesos? I have read that there are restrictions on foreigners paying for 'tourism related services' with pesos, and that they are required to pay in US dollars... Is this correct?

If I can buy tickets with pesos , then it will be considerably cheaper for me to first change my dollars via the 'blue dollar rate' .

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Crashing hotels in Argentina ... is it wise?

Do you thing is it ok to crash hotels and hostels without prior reservation? If we just show up. Esp. considering high season. Anybody has experience.
Two backpackers visiting Bariloche, Mendoza, El Calafate.

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High season

Hey,

we are 2 young people and we are leaving to BA tomorrow!!!
Since it is high season and we are thinking of always going to the hostels proposed by Lonely Planet without prior reservation, do you think it is ok? Or will those hostels be full?
We will go to Mendoza, Bariloche, El Calafate...

Thanks, K.

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USD bills

Hello,
one last question before our departure.
We only have 100 USD bills. Is it ok to change it at Florida or is the value too high and would it be better to have smaller bills?

Thank you, K.

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How to get from the airport to the centre

Hello,
we are arriving to Buenos Aires this week at 21:15. What is the best transportation to také to the city in the evening? I am sure the immigration procedures will také some time, so what is the best way to go to the centre?
And how much shall it cost? And can we pay in US dollars? Because we want to change the money in the city centre.

Thank you, K.

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Farmers Backpacking From Buenos Aires to Santiago

We are flying into Buenos Aires next week and will be heading towards Zapala. Our original plans were to meet up at a friends estancia for farm work trade, however our timing isn't right and we have to wait until the 7th to head in. We're looking explore Bariloche, El Bolson, Cochomo, Puerte Mont, Pucon, Cani and Alerce Forest in the mean time. Searching for ways to get to any of those if you're interested in visiting any of those! Or if you have any suggestions on transportation while we're…

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Help! What to do in&around Buenos Aires??

I need some tips and hints what I could do, see, visit in Buenos Aires and also the whole country!
Thanks for your advice!:)

Greetings