WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
To help you determine what you need to bring, Connecting Worlds have made a list of items that you will need, you can download it by clicking here . A lot of what you pack will be determined by the nature of your Program and the time of the year. For further information, you can visit EXPLORE ARGENTINA.
WHERE WILL I LIVE IN BUENOS AIRES?
Connecting Worlds has an extensive and reliable network of lodging and housing options
in Buenos Aires and other regions of Argentina. All are located in safe neighborhoods, with good access and comfortable. You'll feel at home when you arrive.
Being a big city, transport in Buenos Aires is plentiful. You can go from one side to another of the city without problems. These are the most common modes of transport:
This is the most expensive means of transport. The minimum fare is currently $1.20. One problem to be aware of is the fact that sometimes a taxi driver will take advantage of the fact that you are a foreigner and do more to raise the rate. It is advisable to be alert.
Buenos Aires has one of the largest bus systems. There is surely a bus that will take you to the place that you need to go. They cost around 1 peso/10 cents and are generally fast unless there is heavy traffic on the road. Useful guides for the transport system in Buenos Aires are available for purchase. When boarding the bus, before putting your coins into the machine, say to the driver "Uno diez por favor" (30 cents one way) and then put your money into the machine to get your ticket. If you don’t say this to the driver, the machine will not work likely annoying the many people behind you.
The metro is very convenient. It is the easiest and cheapest transportation in the city. It costs a 1 peso/10 cents. The only disadvantage is that at rush hours (around 9 am and 6-8 pm) many people use the system resulting in very crowded subway cars. Here is a map of the subway network in Buenos Aires for you to print out and use: http://www.subte.com.ar/mapas/subte.asp
Trains are a great way to travel to the suburbs of the city, like Olivos, Martinez, San Isidro, etc. They cost between 70 cents/trip up to 34 pesos for a monthly pass. On this site you will find all the information you will need for commuting by local train: http://www.tbanet.com.ar/inicio.asp
This is the easiest and cheapest way to travel, and in Buenos Aires you will have many opportunities to walk, so make sure you have your map and wear comfortable shoes.
It is important to plan on at least half an hour to travel anywhere. Factors you will need to take into consideration for example are the traffic, whether the bus is on time, or how crowded the subway might be.
Once you familiarize yourself with the different modes of transport you will know exactly how long it will take to reach every place. It's easy, at first to get lost in the city, but if you have a good guide and maps along with our assistance, it will become easy.
Citizens of many countries do not need a Visa to enter to Argentina. Our entry requirements section below will help you determine if you need a visa to enter to Argentina. If you are from a country that is not listed, please contact your consulate in order to determine the entry requirements. This link will help you find the nearest Consulate in your country: http://www.embassiesabroad.com/
Reciprocity Fee for entry to Argentina:
The Argentine Government has implemented a mandatory Reciprocity Fee to be charged to the citizens of Australia, Canada and the United States.
The fee rate is equal to the amount which Argentine citizens must pay to apply for their Visa to travel to these countries. The fee is paid in Ezeiza (Buenos Aires International Airport) upon your arrival and before you are cleared for entry into Argentina.
The current fee is:
United States - $140 USD
Australia - $100 USD
Canada - $70 USD
The fee can be paid by the following methods:
For Americans and Australians, the fee paid is valid for 10 years or the remaining time that your passport is still valid. For Canadians, the rate is valid for only one entry.
Visitors from the following countries are automatically granted a Tourist Visa 90 day after entry (the Tourist Visa can be renewed):
A: Albania, Germany, Andorra, Algeria, Armenia, Austria and Azerbaijan.
B: Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil and Bulgaria.
C: Chile, China, Colombia, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic and Cuba.
D: Denmark, Dominican Republic
E: Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Spain.
F: Finland, the Philippines and France
G: Granada, Greece, Guatemala and Guyana.
H: Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong and Hungary
I: Iceland, India, Israel and Italy
J: Jamaica and Japan
L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxembourg.
M: Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco and Morocco
N: New Zealand, Nicaragua and Norway
P: Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland and Portugal
R: Romania and Russia
S: Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Sudáfric, Sweden and Switzerland
T: Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Turkey
U: Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uruguay
V: Vatican City, Venezuela and Vietnam
Visitors with Passports from the following countries require a Visa to enter to Argentina:
A: Afghanistan, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saudi Arabia
B: Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Burkina Faso and Burundi
C: Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, North Korea and Cyprus
D: Djibouti, Dominica
E: Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates.
G: Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau
I: Indonesia, Iran and Iraq
L: Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia and Libya
M: Ivory Coast, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique and Myanmar
N: Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger and Nigeria
P: Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea
R: Central African Republic and Rwanda
S: Sao Tome and Principe, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria
T: Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu
U: Uganda and Uzbekistan
Z: Zambia and Zimbabwe
For more information, visit the website of Migration in Argentina; http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/
It is important to note that during the time you are participating in one of our intercultural programs in Argentina, you should have a valid medical insurance policy covering you for sickness, accident and 3er party liability.In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation
While you travel overseas you should make sure you are covered for medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation arising from accident or acute illness. Usually, your domestic coverage will not be sufficient. Travel insurance will avoid extensive costs during your stay abroad.
We have teamed up with CareMed International Travel Insurance to offer our participants travel and medical insurance at affordable rates. CareMed has flexible insurance plans with unlimited coverage. Their outstanding service is adapted to the needs of International travelers through their multi-lingual website, insurance documents as well as 24-hour number. No matter where you come from, you can purchase your policy directly online and receive your insurance confirmation immediately by e-mail.
For further information and online enrollment, please click on the banner which leads you to CareMed’s website.
In case, you do not want the Caremed insurance policy, please consult your regular insurance provider about your coverage abroad. Also, be sure of the complaints procedure and details of the coverage while you are traveling abroad.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Connecting Worlds, takes the security and health of its participants very seriously. That is why even before their arrival our participants receive important information about these issues.
Once in Argentina our participants receive advice on health and safety after their arrival. Important numbers, including access to a 24/7 telephone number, are provided by Connecting Worlds allowing you to contact our local staff in the event of an emergency. It is our goal to focus on prevention, but also define procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. Our local staff prioritizes the welfare of our participants and we take as many precautions as possible to ensure your safety.
Argentina is a safe place compared to many other South American countries. After the 2001 economic crisis and because of the devaluation of the Argentine peso, a large tourist infrastructure has been created to handle the tourist boom. Argentines often say that Buenos Aires is a world apart from the rest of Argentina, and in terms of culture and security, it is. Like all big cities, Buenos Aires has a great many contrasts, a wide gap between rich and poor and thus a growing concern for public safety. At the same time, its parks and colonial buildings are aesthetically beautiful, and the community is rich in cultural opportunities, in short having everything to offer travelers.
Some areas of the city are safer than others. La Boca for example, is an area that should be visited only during the day. It is not recommended at night. San Telmo has some areas that are more dangerous than others. For example, when you go off of Defensa, the main street of this area, Recoleta and Barrio Norte (common name of Palermo, parks and part of Retiro and Recoleta) are relatively safe neighborhoods where many people walk carefree during the afternoons and evenings. Palermo Soho is relatively safe as well.
Taking a taxi randomly from the street is not a good idea. Rather, it is advisable to call a reliable taxi company. We will provide with the telephone numbers for reliable taxi companies. In general, you should always be aware of your surroundings in Buenos Aires, but do not let any constant fear ruin your time in this beautiful city.
Buenos Aires has many a great things to see and do. It is a big city and like any other cosmopolitan city in the world, you only have to be alert and use common sense.
In Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, medical facilities are of good quality, but may vary outside the capital. There are professionals trained in most hospitals and many of them have studied outside the country. In some areas of Argentina, hospitals may not have modern equipment, but they have sufficient means for emergency situations.
There are public and private hospitals. In general, private hospitals are better equipped than are the public ones. Cosmetic surgery is very common in Argentina, even after the economic crisis. The number of foreigners coming to Argentina for cosmetic surgery is growing. This is because of the number of qualified specialists. Also, the cost of this type of surgery in Argentina is lower than in the U.S. or Europe. There are cosmetic surgery clinics across the country.
Participants who regularly take prescription drugs should see their doctor before their trip. We advise you to bring enough medication to last during your stay abroad. To ensure that there are no problems while in Argentina with your medications, you must have either a copy of the prescription or a note from a doctor. Knowing the generic names of each medication is also recommended.
At the present time, no vaccinations are required to enter to Argentina, but in order to have reliable and updated information on vaccines and other recommendations for travel to Argentina and other South American destinations; we recommend you visit the following site:
Here are some tricks and tips for finding cheap airline tickets:
The earlier you book the flight the greater your chances will be to find cheap flights. If you wait to book until the last moment, especially around holidays (Christmas, New Year, etc), not only will your flight be more costly, but you may not find any flights with seats still available.
2. Travel during the week
Travel on Monday through Thursday can be cheaper than traveling on Friday through Sunday. Airlines often charge more for weekend flights. Mid-week rates are often lower as well. Tuesdays are often a good option as business travelers usually travel on Mondays and Fridays, while leisure travelers travel often during the weekends. Saving money by flying on Tuesdays is likely.
3. Avoid days before an important date
There are certain dates throughout the year when flights are generally fully booked and fares are higher. Easter, Christmas and summer months are noted for this. With respect to holidays, try to flight as far in advance of the actual holiday as your schedule permits. The reverse policy applies for your return flight – the later usually the cheaper.
4. Low cost
Most destinations have secondary airports for low cost airlines. Choosing these airports will give you more of a chance to find lower fares.
5. Use price comparison on Internet:
Save time and money searching comparison websites. You don’t need to look on the website of every single agency as the comparison websites will do this for you. Comparison websites include: http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/ and http://www.expedia.com/ .
You don't want to explore South America alone!
Here are some advantages to traveling with a travel mate:
1) You share the good times with people. See for example, a full moon night with the background of the Iguazu Falls.
2) You feel more secure in every way, especially when something unexpected happens. It is always nice knowing you have the company of another who can also help you if the need arises.
3) Long hours waiting at airports, for a train or a bus trip, etc. pass much more quickly when you have company.
4) The travel costs can be significantly reduced. For example, sharing the cost of a car rental or a room for an overnight stay adds up to savings you can then spend on other things.
5) Because every person is unique and minor differences can sometimes occur, usually companion travel results in stronger ties with the people you have shared your journey with.
Want to find a travel mate? It's free to register in our Facebook Page for this and there are many people who are maybe hoping to find someone to travel with as well.
We have prepared some tips and useful information that will help you better enjoy your trip to Argentina:
1) Check the Weather
Argentina is a big country and thus weather conditions vary. It is important to properly decide when to visit Argentina since the climate can change your trip. Remember that Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Spring is from September to November, summer from December to February, autumn from March to May and winter from June to August. You should check the weather in Argentina before traveling. For further information you can visit EXPLORE ARGENTINA
2) Learn the culture
All countries have their own ways of doing things. It is advisable to be at least somewhat familiar with customs, behavior, etiquette, what to do and what not to do. We recommend you visit EXPLORE ARGENTINA
3) Determine your budget
A smart traveler always sets a budget. Evaluate the rate of exchange of the Argentine peso in relation to your own currency. You can then calculate your budget for the entire trip or per day. It is always a good idea to provide for a contingency fund as well. If nothing happens, you can always buy a few gifts at the end of the trip.
Take into consideration any unique food and drink habits or needs you might follow during your stay. For example, if you are vegetarian, try to learn to say "I am a vegetarian" in Spanish. If you are allergic to any food, it will help to learn the same in Spanish.
5) Credit Cards
Credit cards are widely accepted in Argentina, Visa and Mastercard are the most popular. However, it is important to note that outside the provincial capitals and major cities credit cards are less accepted. Therefore, make sure you have an alternative form of payment if you travel outside these areas.
6) Electricity - Voltage
Argentina uses a 220 voltage. If you bring any electrical appliance or convenience with you, also bring an electrical converting device.
7) Schedules and Commercial Banking
Regular bank hours are Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 3 PM. Store schedules usually are Monday through Friday from 9 AM - 8 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM. Shopping malls and supermarkets are usually open daily from 10 AM - 10 PM. In the countryside, people are usually take a nap in the afternoon called ‘’siesta’’ so shops are closed from 1:30 PM to 4 PM.
8) Phone Cards
You can buy phone cards of differing values depending upon the amount of use you anticipate. They are sold in many kiosks and street stalls. You can use the card from a pay phone or home phone to save on costs for international calls.