Travel to San Carlos Bariloche (BRC) typically takes 18 – 27 hours from the U.S. depending on your departure city, available connections, and flight times. Flights generally arrive in the afternoon on Day 1 of the itinerary. Departing flights may be booked for any time on the final day of the program.
A valid passport is required when traveling to Argentina. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected return date. U.S. passport holders may stay up to 90 days without visa.We suggest making a copy of the first two pages of your passport and keeping them in a separate bag as a backup. A copy should also be left with your emergency contact.
Canadian and Australian Citizens traveling to Argentina are now required to pay a $140 reciprocity fee BEFORE entry (US citizens are now EXEMPT). The fee is payable ONLINE BEFORE DEPARTURE ONLY here: reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar/Registro.aspx and is valid for ten years. Staple to receipt into your passport. The Immigration desk will provide you with an entrance permit adequate for your stay. Please check the date to ensure it covers your complete stay in Argentina.
Check cdc.gov for current information. Currently recommendations include routine vaccines such as MMR, diptheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chicken pox), polio, and a yearly flu shot. They also recommend most travelers have a Hepatitis A vaccination as well as Typhoid.
Travel and Flight Information
It takes as long as three months to make your travel plans and to obtain the necessary passport for your trip. We strongly recommend that you begin this process as soon as possible. We suggest that you obtain an evening flight to Buenos Aires Argentina , which arrives early in the morning and in time for a connecting flight to Bariloche Argentina later that day.
Arriving in Buenos Aires and Changing Airports
Once you receive your bags from Baggage Claim, you will proceed to Customs. There will be a random selection of bags for inspection. Be sure to keep all your bags together. Please be aware that depending on your airline carrier you may be required to transfer to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) for domestic flights from Buenos Aires to Bariloche and make your travel arrangements accordingly. Transfer time vary between 30 min to 1 hr + depending on time of day and traffic conditions. Several transfer options exist, taxis are the quickest method while some buses require stops in the city center before reaching the airport. Upon reaching Bariloche proceed to the Baggage Claim to retrieve your bags. A private shuttle will take you to our hotel.
Transfer to Aeroparque with Manuel Tienda de leon www.tiendaleon.com.ar
Travel, Rescue and Evac Insurance
We strongly encourage everyone to purchase travel insurance which covers trip cancellation, interruption, delay, baggage loss or delay, medical expenses, medical evacuation and repatriation. Travel insurance offers the best possible protection if you have a sudden, unexpected illness or injury prior to or when traveling. Check with the insurance provider for specific coverage details including adventure/sports coverage. Additional cancellation coverage may be available if purchased within 14 days of making your trip deposit. However, trip insurance can be purchased at any time prior to the start of your program. For more information please visit one of the websites below, or contact your local travel agent.
We require the purchase of insurance plans to protect you from the unexpected. Please consult with your insurance company with any specific questions, regarding coverage, and policy details, and if you have any questions contact our offices.
General Travel and Trip Coverage: TravelGuard (US Toll Free 800-826-4919) provides coverage to protect against trip cancellation, interruption, or delay due to unforeseeable sickness, injury or death of you or a family member. Coverage also includes trip cost default protection; stolen or damaged luggage; and trip or baggage delay protection.
Coverage should include lost or damaged baggage, BBE is not responsible for the personal items or baggage of its members at any time.
Remote Evacuation BBE Recommends: Global Rescue
How Much Money Should I Bring?
It is recommended that you bring between US$500 to US$1000. This is to cover the following expenses:, airport tax, gratuities (see below), phone bills, souvenirs and other misc. expenses. If you wish to bring travelers checks, they are easy to exchange at certain central banks in Bariloche, but very difficult to use elsewhere.
A combination of cash and travelers checks is ideal. In Argentina, cash advances from credit cards can be obtained and ATM machines can be found. VISA / AMEX cards are accepted nearly everywhere, MasterCard less so.
Where can I exchange money?
Large amounts can be exchanged at banks or “Casa De Cambio” exchange offices in San Carlos de Bariloche city. Otherwise, your hotel can provide an exchange for spending money.
We recommend that you bring snacks to supplement the mountain lunches for 10 days. We may have a chance to purchase additional food in Patagonia, but we recommend you take what you need and only supplement with local food if necessary.
Take snacks that you genuinely enjoy. Eating well is the key to maintaining your strength while in the mountains. And in order to combat the loss of appetite at altitude, it is best to have a variety of foods from which to choose, from sweet to sour to salty.
This trips features local standard three-star accommodations in the larger cities and towns. These hotels offer all of the amenities you would expect; room service, laundry, wireless internet…etc.
The current currency of Argentina is the Peso. Check a financial newspaper or www.xe.com for the current exchange rate prior to departure.
You should find that $950-$1,300 for spending money is adequate for your restaurant meals, drinks, tips and pocket money. You may choose to bring more depending on your shopping plans and length of stay.
Cash machines are readily available in Bariloche and Junin de los Andes, as well as in Chile.
Credit cards are accepted in most, but not all, areas.
Everyone has a preferred way to carry money. Some use money belts, others have hidden pockets. Whatever you do, be aware of pickpockets and thieves in any area which caters to tourists.
http://wikitravel.org/en/Argentina and http://www.lonelyplanet.com/Argentina