Traveling to Argentina is extremely safe and a fishing trip to Patagonia… is much more than just another fishing trip!
Argentina covers over 1,000,000 square miles, an area as large and diversified in climate, vegetation, and topography as the west coast of the United States. The country has over 41,000,000 people. Roman Catholic is the main religion. The borders are defined by the Andes Mountains and Chile to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the borders of Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay to the north. South of Argentina is Antarctica.
The climate ranges from low to cold temperatures in the south and the Andes Mountains, to dry and hot in parts of the north, with moderate temperatures near the central part of Argentina by the Atlantic Ocean. There are dry, arid forests of giant cedar and laurel trees up in the Andes Mountains at the 1500 to 7000 foot elevation. The country's topography is very diverse. The Andes Mountains, which stretch along the border with Chile, have mountain peaks with elevations of over 20,000 feet that are covered with ice fields and glaciers. The Pampas and parts of Patagonia are flat with numerous rivers flowing from the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.
Culture. The large immigration of Europeans to Argentina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century produced a heavy concentration of people of Spanish, Italian, French, German, Eastern European and British ancestry. Also in the immigration were Japanese, Syrians and Lebanese. These immigrants, along with native Indians and the descendents of black slaves have created a richly diverse culture. Argentina is a country rich in history, alive with dance, and though its language is Spanish it has its own unique vocabulary from the many languages that were introduced to this country.
Buenos Aires is the most European and cosmopolitan city of the Americas and it deserves to be explored for at least one day. If it's your first time in Buenos Aires , you may think you took the wrong plane and landed in Paris , Madrid , Rome or London . The best bet for tourists is to stay in downtown Buenos Aires, preferably in Recoleta, and enjoy a day touring the city and a night experiencing Tango at one of the many Cafes around town.
Assistance in Buenos Aires. If you need our help with any of these plans please let us know. We can customize each item for your convenience. We can help with ground transportation from Ezeiza International Airport to the hotel, next day transfer to the domestic airport, city tours, etc.
Patagonia is quite different from the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Towns have no tango halls or big-city atmosphere, but they do have a fine selection of restaurants that you couldn't cover in one trip. While beef is the mainstay, pasta, trout and lamb are readily available. And don't miss a chance to try chivito (goat’s meat). Argentines typically enjoy dinner around 9 p.m. or so. If you like to party, places like Bariloche have a disco and a casino... but keep in mind that these hot spots don't get going until after dinner, which means starting your night in town after midnight! But the crowning touch of Patagonia is its friendly people. Argentines appreciate Americans and Europeans as well as the influence of American dollars and Euros. The locals show this appreciation in many ways and will go out of their way to make your stay in Argentina most enjoyable. Spanish is the main language, but you will find that English is widely spoken and that it is very easy to get around the area even if you speak little or no Spanish.
San Carlos de Bariloche is located in the western area of the Province of Rio Negro, in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia Argentina. Lying on the southern shore of the lake after which the park is named, Bariloche is the perfect juxtaposition between city and nature. At 1,640 kilometers from Buenos Aires, this tourist city has a strong hotel and restaurant infrastructure that was first developed over eight decades ago. Bariloche welcomes visitors from all over the world who enjoy its Patagonia landscapes, tourist services and the facilities of one of the main ski resorts in the country Cerro Catedral.
Bariloche is a year-round outdoor paradise. Summer adventures include fly fishing for trout, rafting, hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding adventures. In the winter, skiing is a local pastime that is gaining popularity with skiers the world over.
San Martin de los Andes. This picturesque town sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes Mountains and Lanín National Park, which boasts the 12,615-foot Lanín Volcano as its centerpiece. The area is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Hiking, rafting and climbing are a few of the possibilities, not to mention some of the best snow skiing in the Southern Hemisphere.
The town was founded in 1898 and the architecture has a definite European feel, with many of the buildings bearing touches of the Swiss, French, Italian and German immigrants who settled in the land. The streets are lined with shops offering clothing, arts and crafts. Restaurants offer a sampling of fine cuisine from around the world.
Money Exchange and Credit Cards. Major credit cards, traveler's checks, Euros and US dollars are widely accepted in Argentina. You will also find Money Exchange houses and ATM machines in all major cities.
Documentation. Americans and most European citizens need only a valid passport to enter Argentina. No visa is required. But any passenger visiting Argentina with an American, Canadian or Australian passport will be required to pay “in advance” the Reciprocity Fee of $100.- dollars.
Health Issues. There are no immunizations required for entry into Argentina. For the latest information on health and immunization requirements worldwide, you may visit the Center for Disease Control web site at www.cdc.gov . Because you may be in remote locations make sure you bring along any required medications.
Travel Insurance is always wise to purchase when traveling extensively. We highly recommend that all visitors purchase travel insurance. Please note that although Argentina is a safe country and your hosts take every precaution necessary to ensure your well being, unexpected events do happen.
Travel to Patagonia Argentina is extremely safe, and there are no dangerous snakes, spiders or insects. Mosquitoes are almost non-existent, and the water is completely safe to drink. Communication to and from Argentina is easy and telephones and Internet access are widely available. Argentina uses 220 volt electricity, so any electronic or electrical equipment will need a converter to 110 volts. Traveler’s checks are hard to exchange in rural Patagonia and US Dollars should be carried for exchange and gratuity. Argentine pesos can be obtained from several cash machines with your credit cards or debit cards for personal spending. Argentines eat and drink late, so some adjustment to your schedule will need to be made. Culture Shock Argentina, Spanish for Gringos, and Argentine Trout Fishing are valuable books to read prior to your trip for insight into the Argentine culture and fly fishing in Patagonia.
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