But, what’s it really like?” As invigorating, exciting and intoxicating as it is to explore an unknown land, it can be inconvenient and even a little intimidating to go in completely blind. That’s where we come in. In this ongoing series, we pose some essential questions and arm you with the answers of our regional experts to help you get in deep and up close—without frying your cell phone or bringing the wrong currency!


Argentina Travel Tips

Let’s start with entering the country. Do I need an Argentina visa to enter the country?
An Argentina visa is not required, but all US, Canadian, and Australian travellers must pay a reciprocity fee prior to entering the country using a credit card-based online payment system on the government’s website. Reciprocity fee rates are as follows:

  • Each American visitor is required to pay a US$160 fee, which will allow them access to Argentina for 10 years;
  • Each Australian visitor is required to pay a US$100 fee, which will allow them access to the country for one year;
  • Each Canadian visitor is required to pay a US$75 single-entry fee, which will only grant them one-time access to the country (the fee would need to be paid again upon further visits to Argentina).

Argentina Travel TipsWhat is the currency in Argentina? Are American dollars and credit cards widely accepted?
The Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). While US dollars are accepted by many tourist-oriented businesses, you should always carry some pesos with you. The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and MasterCard, and ATMs can be found readily and used for cash advances on major credit cards.

I’ll be honest: I like to stay connected. What is the voltage in Argentina? Will I need to bring an adapter? 
The voltage in Argentina is similar to many European countries at 220 to 240 volts, so North Americans will need both an adapter and a converter. Click here for a little more information—and don’t blame us if you fry your hair dryer!

What is the weather in Argentina like? Are some months better than others?
For travellers, the weather is most favourable in March/April, when you can expect an average high of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit), and in October/November, when it’s just a little bit warmer, with an average high of 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit).

Argentina with B&R

Argentina Travel Tips

Your Argentina Biking trip looks pretty breathtaking. How difficult is the riding on this trip?
This trip is rated moderate and on average we bike about 37 kilometres (23 miles) each day. A lot of the biking is downhill or on rolling countryside, but some of the elements that make this trip moderate include slightly rough terrain on day one, along with the heat and the altitude.

Will I be affected by the altitude? Should I arrive early in order to adjust?
We start the trip at 400 metres in Tucuman and travel up to 2000 metres during our first ride. The altitude hovers at this level throughout the trip and at its highest point reaches 4000 metres on the last day. Most of our biking at altitude is downhill. If you are concerned about adjusting to the altitude we would recommend arriving two days prior to the trip to adjust.

I see the trip starts in Tucuman. How do I get there?
You can reach Tucuman via a flight from the domestic airport in Buenos Aires, Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport (AEP), located five kilometres from downtown Buenos Aires. The flight from Buenos Aires to Tucuman take approximately two hours and the common carriers are LAN and Aerolineas Argentinas.

Will B&R pick me up at the airport?
On this particular trip we don’t provide an airport pick up. The drive from the Tucuman airport to the pick up hotel is approximately 15 minutes. Fortunately, the airport is small and taxis are easily accessed after you pick up your luggage. If you prefer, a private transfer can always be arranged with our travel services department. They can be reached at 1 866 232 0021 or travelservices@butterfield.com.

How long is the final drive to Salta?
The drive from El Manantial del Silencio in Purmamarca to the airport in Salta takes approximately two and a half to three hours.

Can I take an earlier flight out on the final day?
The drop off is scheduled for 12:30pm at the airport in Salta, so we recommend taking a late afternoon flight out. If your travel schedule requires an earlier flight we’d be happy to arrange a private drive for you from El Manantial del Silencio in Purmamarca to the airport in Salta, but please note this cost is not included in your trip price.



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