Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego Bring About A Test of Skill Against Nature

By Jim Voy August 31, 2015 No comments

Chile and Argentina are two areas that are deceitful on a map. Look at a globe and consider the best hiking and climbing in the world, you may skip over South America, specifically Chile and Argentina. If you want to take on a day trip or you want to really test your skills, make sure that you head to Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego. These two places can be trekked with ease in many areas, but can grow even more complex as you look at the following options on foot.

Patagonia Hiking

Day hikes around El Chaltén

This is a somewhat diminutive location, but it’s definitely one to check out. The trails here are some what small, and can last less than a day, but that doesn’t mean there is no challenge to be had. If you take on the more difficult paths, you may very well find yourself trekking through the four hour treks like the one that goes towards Laguna de los Tres, and get yourself into the heights of incredible views. Look out for the Andean Condor as you move through, it’s one amazing bird.

El Chaltén to Villa O’Higgins

Twenty kilometers will be your journey if you decide to take on a journey that will take you through to Chile. From Argentina to Chile by foot can really be a treacherous route for those that aren’t experienced in hiking. While some people have been known to take this on in one day, it’s better to experience this with a bit of time, and perhaps some friends to enjoy the camping and more. It’s rough, to say the least.

Cabo Froward

Another explorative journey you have to check out is that of Cabo Froward. This will take you to the lowest parts of Argentina and South America as a whole. With ninety kilometers awaiting you, there’s nothing simple about this. It’s going to take you some time, but it will definitely pay off with how amazing the views are. Get a group tour for this, and you may never want to go back home.

Iguazu Falls

By Jim Coy August 6, 2015 No comments

Sunset Over Iguazu Falls

Photo by SF Brit

An explosion of colors, the roar of the water, the sounds of the forest and the air full of spray which, with the strong sunlight, creates rainbows through the canyon of the river Iguazu, make a man feel like that, for a moment, the gates of heaven opened.

The first encounter with the Iguazu Falls, tucked away and hidden in the heart of the rainforest, 275 of them to be exact (actually the number of waterfalls ranges from 150 to 300, depending on the amount of rainfall) and their powerful roar that absolutely dominates the area, is a real shock to the senses, followed by an exclamation of enthusiasm among the observers.

Although it has the power to get you carried away with its enchanting beauty, this scene can be dangerous, due to the unbearable lightness of oblivion. As you step into another dimension and start walking through the mythical "Shangri-la". A perfect equilibrium of sky, water and earth, being on it.

In the language of Guarani Indians, Iguazu means "Big Water" and it is considered that their geological formation dates 150 million years back. They are located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, near Paraguay. Namely the Argentine side of the falls belongs to the province of Misiones and the Brazilian side to the Parana province, in the subtropical zone of Latin America. Waterfalls tumble down from a height of 80 meters and cover an area of 2.700m. Falls cover an area of 800m on the Brazilian territory and 1.900m on the Argentine teritory. There are 19 large waterfalls, of which the largest and the most spectacular is the Garganta del Diablo ("Devil's hatch") in the form of a horseshoe that swoops down from a height of 85m and can be seen from both sides, although the Argentine side has a steel platform built in its immediate vicinity, and is an frighteningly exciting experience.

Iguazu National Park, which was declared a world natural heritage site by UNESCO, is rich with subtropical vegetation with around 2,000 plant species. Two groups dominate - semi deciduous forests and the so-called Araucaria forests that have permanent vegetation. This amazing biodiversity includes giant trees of which the laurel tree and cedars grow up to 30m high, followed by the wild fig, Brazil nuts and palm-heart.

4 Major Standpoints of Argentine Travel

By Jim Coy July 23, 2015 No comments

Antarctica-Patagonia

Argentina is a beautiful place to visit. Do not skip out on the opportunity to visit this South American staple. Often times, it’s compared to many European locations. With a strong focus on culture, art, music, and more is going to be absolutely amazing. The various elements that you are going to find to be true when visiting the country are incredible and will focus on a few standpoints that you should not miss. The following are 3 standpoints to consider when you are visiting this country.

Buenos Aires

First stop, Buenos Aires, which is amazing. This is a city that has been compared to Paris. The Paris of South America is going to completely change your perception of Spanish speaking countries. Buenos Aires has the most diverse options to consider, including modern luxury, architecture, and so much more. Whether you are traveling alone or with family and friends, you are going to be absolutely compelled to visit this place.

Patagonia

For the adventure seekers, this is going to be an amazing place to visit. You can hike, climb, and seek out the biodiversity that comes through with this spot. Whether you visit in the winter or during the spring, expect to see wildlife, and vegetation that you are not going to see anywhere else in the world. Patagonia is one of the premier destinations for hiking, walking, climbing, and getting in touch with nature.

Antarctica

Millions of people want to see the edge of the earth, and you will be able to launch off the lower spot of the Argentine coast. As you venture through Drake’s Pass, you can come face to face with whales, seals, and so much more. Pack a heavy jacket and get ready for the cold with what very well may be a trip of a lifetime as you visit Argentina.

Argentina Entry Tax (Provinciapagos)

Argentina established an online payment system for tourists visiting Argentina for 90 days or less. This is an Entry Fee (reciprocity fee) that must be paid online before departing to Argentina. This fee must be paid regardles if you arrive in a plane, ship or car (land). ArgentinaReciprocityFees.Com provides a secured gateway with Argentina (Provinciapagos). Our database will keep a secured copy of the document for the duration of the validity, making retreival easy and hassle free for future trips. 

Look At The Buildings Closely - Argentine Architecture

By Jim Coy June 24, 2015 No comments

Argentine Architecture

Photo by Patrick Donovan

When you are visiting other countries, it’s easy to dismiss the architecture at times. Some people see a metropolis and just assume it’s all the same as anywhere else. Argentina has some structures that are similar to those that you may have seen elsewhere, but if you pay close attention, there are some unique structures and buildings that make this one of the premier countries to explore architecture in. If you are going to see the world, make sure that you take time to appreciate the influences that come through in Buenos Aires, and beyond.

The Spanish Design

Argentina became an independent country in 1816. Before that, it was part of the Spanish empire, and the culture of the European nation bled through. You will see this influence in the structures that abound in the city, including Teatro Colon, and much more. The Spanish influence is so prominent it’s on display as you look at the Cabildo via Plaza de Mayo and much more. The colonialism of the past is alive and well in various areas and it’s interesting to see the contrast across Buenos Aires.

Locations To Consider

As you look to explore the various areas, make sure that you visit the following areas to ensure that you are appreciating the design styles from the past, and present.

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes – This locale is definitely going to astonish. It once featured the water supply for the city, and now features a very interesting architectural design style that harkens to when it was first built in 1894. The antiques inside are well worth looking at, especially the urinals.

Palacio Barolo – Mario Palanti built this directly inspired by Dante. “The Divine Comedy” is the set piece to this incredible 22 floor building, and it is definitely one of the most amazing feats of Argentine architecture worth exploring.

Mercado de Abasto – Go here during the day, and you are going to find circular masterpieces up front, and unique design templates that are nothing short of interesting to look at. The tourism elements here are going to have you enjoying a great deal of shopping, as it is a structure that garners a lot of attention, but take note of how it’s built and designed, and you’ll see a glimpse of the past.

The Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Argentina

By Jim Coy June 13, 2015 No comments

It’s no secret that Argentina is known for some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, glaciers and mountains in all of South America and for good reasons too! People from all over the world make their way to this vibrant country looking for ways to explore all that Argentinean outdoors have to offer. Here are five ideas to get you outside and discovering the true and natural beauty that Argentina has to offer…

Mount Aconcagua-Argentina Reciprocity Fee

Photo by Mandala Travel

1. Climbing

For climbing enthusiasts visiting Argentina, it’s best to head to the Andes where the biggest range of variety in climbing lies. Though the climbing season in Argentina is rather short, usually November to March, the climbing is excellent and people from all over the world take up challenges like South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua and the famous volcano of Lanin.

2. Trekking

Some of the best trekking options are available throughout Argentina, especially the options that lie within the Patagonia region. The terrains vary from place to place but each one seems to take on a unique beauty of its own. Some trails are even available to trek for days without seeing a single other person. Just make sure you have a map and compass in hand at all times!

3. Fishing

Famously known for its excellent fly-fishing, people from all over the world find that Argentina is ideal for those looking to make their perfect catch of the season. The best times to fish in the country are from mid-November to Easter where permits are easily attainable and the weather seems to be just right.

4. Rafting

Grab a life jacket, helmet along with some stamina and head out to some great whitewater rafting opportunities available throughout Argentina. The grades range from 2-4 and are often offered as day trips through deep canyons, rivers and national parks where you can get an up close and personal look inside the natural beauty of Argentina.

5. Skiing

The main skiing season is from July through August and although this isn’t their top tourist attraction, Argentina is constantly improving the quality of skiing in some of their few resorts. The top places to head for skiing include Las lenas, Chapelco, Cerro Otto and Ushuaia where you can find a range of different levels and challenges welcoming any and all who choose to ski the slopes of the beautiful Argentinean mountain sides.

The Major Regions of Argentina

By Jim Coy June 3, 2015 No comments

Argentina has a diverse landscape, and it has several regions that you are going to be able to traverse if you’re visiting. There are 6 major regions, each one with different attributes that you can consider. As you explore the different areas, you’ll come in contact with biodiversity that is one of the drawing factors in this Spanish speaking nation. The following shines light on all the major regions.

Valle de la Luna-Argentina Reciprocity Fee

Photo by Guslight

Northwest – This flows from Puna to terrain that only the most experienced travelers should go for in the furthest points west of the country, and raises to the mountainous and jungle regions of Yungas as you head east.

Mesopotamia – Known mainly for the Parana Plateau, this lowlands heads to a subtropical region of the country, and connects two major rivers.

Gran Chaco – One of the premier subtropical areas for those that are looking for hiking, walking, and adventure. It is a slope that is right next to the Andes Mountains.

Sierras Pampeanas – In the center of the country, this mountainous regions connects several landscapes and climates.

Cuyo – Located in the center of the Andes and then continues to stretch out west, this basin heads to lush green areas. Pampas – Located at the center eastern region of the country, it is one of the most fertile areas for farmers growing crops in the country.

Patagonia – Perhaps one of the largest tourist attractions for the country, this is a rocky, arid locale, with forest, grasslands, hiking, and extreme cold in the winter months as well as extremes in other months.

Each region can be a different type of vacation. Whether you’re looking for adventure, or you’re looking for something more modern, these exemplify the biodiversity that you get when you travel to this country for a short stay or an extended vacation.

Hiking Tips For Patagonia

By Jim Coy May 27, 2015 No comments

Patagonia Hiking-Argentina Reciprocity Fee

Photo by Andrew Kudrin

Patagonia attracts people from all walks of life. It is one of the most intricate areas to hike, walk, and explore. Whether you visit during the colder months where snow caps everything, or you visit during summer when the temperature is a bit friendlier, you will find that you can end up traversing a great deal of terrains as you hike through the landscape. If you’re headed forth to Patagonia with the notion that you’re going to hike and explore, take a few tips below that will help ensure you have a good time overall.

Plan For The Worse

First and foremost, you should think safety. This means that you should be planning ahead in terms of what could go wrong. Make sure you invest in a flashlight, radio device, transmitters, batteries, and anything that will help you get help in case anything goes wrong. Planning ahead for the worse will give you peace of mind and will help you sustain the right path as you move forward.

Pack Emergency Kits

The next thing that you should consider is in line with what was mentioned above, and this time it’s in regards to survival. If you are going to traverse a great deal of hiking, it’s absolutely necessary that you have survival elements in place. That means that you will need to pack a kit that has antiseptic, emergency rations, water, bandages, a blanket, and more. Do not venture forth without this, as you may be days away from rescue and this will keep you alive.

Go In A Group

Perhaps the best tip that you can take away with you right now is in regards to visiting with a group. Make sure that you venture forth with at least a buddy. Do not think that you can traverse the terrains of Patagonia without a helping hand. Make sure that you are not too far away from your group, or buddy, because if you venture far out, you will not be able to catch up, and getting lost will bring about some serious issues moving forward.

Entering Argentina (all points of entry)

If you are planning to visit Argentina's Patagonia, you must pay their entry fee (Reciprocity Fee) online. Cash payments will not be accepted at the airport. This fee has become mandatory for travelers from certain nations. Once approved, the visitor is asked to print-out proof of payment and present it to an Argentinian official once they arrive.


Northern Argentina With Children in Mind

By Jim Coy May 21, 2015 No comments

There are a lot of destinations in South America that you can travel to with your children following along. As you break down opportunities, look at Argentina as one of the premier destination points. In fact, you are going to want to look at some of the regions that seem to cater more to children than others. This becomes especially true if you know children love nature and want to see the world from the pages of “National Geographic” in true form. As such, look to travel to Northern Argentina to get this amazing option. The following are just some things to consider.

Argentina Iguazu Falls-Argentina Reciprocity Fee

Photo by Leonora Enking

Iguazu Falls

Forget Niagara Falls, this will be the place that you will want to explore more and more. There is a lot to explore here, not just the parks alone. You will want to at least come to this locale twice on your trip, once to explore the vegetation and jungle, and the other to take boat rides. The rides are filled with adventure and beauty, and definitely take on a whole new vantage point for families. Of course, if you are less inclined to get on a boat here, walking through, and looking at the amazing biodiversity is always worthwhile.

Posadas (Missions)

Head to Posadas and you are going to be taken through jungle area that will showcase some amazing missions that highlight the past. Get a tour guide and you can very well go through and explore paranormal activity in these missions that highlight the past in a unique manner.

These two options are definitely interesting for children, and of course rely heavily on natural amazement. Each one has various highlights, and will allow you to get in the water in some ways, and explore land in others. When in doubt, look for the Tren de La Selva (Train of the Jungle) and get a unique spin on all of this.

Reciprocity Fee for Children

The Argentina Reciprocity Fee must be paid for children and adults. Age is not a factor when it comes to the Entry Fee. Argentina has made it mandatory for this fee to be paid online.

Safety Notes When Traveling To Argentina

By Jim Coy May 15, 2015 No comments

No matter where you are going to travel, safety matters. Argentina is relatively safe, and you don’t have to panic about learning some facts about how to stay safe, sane, and secure. Some things are common sense, but there are some other elements that you should not overlook. Aside from learning some Spanish phrases about health and wellness, make sure that you take note of the following tips and tricks to ensure your trip doesn’t turn into a disastrous one.

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Register With Agencies

Register with travel the U.S. Embassy (US Citizens) and Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Also, make sure that you have the phone number, address, and contact information of the U.S. Embassy in Argentina so that you know where to go if anything goes awry politically or nationally. You want to be found if you get lost or if you are in danger.

Do Not Trust Packages

Do not agree to hold any packages, or carry anything for anyone. You could become an easy target for smuggling, and more. It is not rude to say no about these things. International drug smuggling is real and international tourists can be targeted to help with carrying or watching packages at the airport or within travel destinations. Report any suspicious activity or whenever anyone asks you to carry, watch, or look out for suspicious packages.

Stay Away From Protests

One of the best tips that you are going to want to remember is this one, stay out of the way of demonstrations and protests. You do not want to get caught up within these options. There is never a good option to jump into, especially if you are not registered with the embassy or anything along those lines.

Copy All Your Information

All your paperwork, passport information, identification, and the Argentina Reciprocity Fee document should be copied and kept with your luggage or on your person. This is very important as incidents can happen and a copy of the Reciprocity Fee can be very helpful. See FAQ's for more important regarding the Argentina Reciprocity Fee.

Travel Ideas For Families Heading West in Argentina

By Jim Coy May 7, 2015 No comments

Nahuel Huapi-Argentina Reciprocity Fee

Traveling with your family anywhere can be chaotic. However, once you arrive at your destination, all things can start to melt away as you explore the opportunities that abound wherever you may go. This includes visiting Argentina at different times. If you are thinking about traveling to this locale, make sure that you look into a few options, especially that of western Argentina to highlight your stay in this South American staple. The following are just a few travel ideas that are perfect for families.

Nahuel Huapi

Along the Chilean border you are going to find that there is an incredible amount of nature to explore. How does 2 million acres sound? No matter what you want to do, whether it’s extreme or it’s light and fun, it can be found here with an incredible amount of opportunity. Nature lovers will find this to be absolutely blissful, with snowboarding, fishing, cruises, and so much more in the area.

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San Carlos de Bariloche

Head southwest and you will find one of the most incredible ski resorts in the world. It’s frequented by professionals from around the globe all the time. There are 1,600 acres dedicated to snowboarding, skiing, and snow sport of all types. Once you’ve had an adventure in this snow resort, you will not want to go to another, that’s for sure.

Los Alamos

For those that love wine, horseback riding, fishing, rafting, and so much more, this is a place you have to venture towards. It’s got an old world feel that dates back to the 19th century. If you want a taste of the country, cowboy ethic of Argentina, this is a place that you will definitely enjoy as a family. From the stars at night to the warm meals and intriguing sampling of wine, you are going to find that this is an absolute gem to explore.