Overview for Argentina
It is a country rich in contrasts with a European feel and a people with
a true passion for life.
Argentina has an array of natural wonders, from impressive Andean mountain peaks to the Pampean plains where Guacho Cowboys tend to their herds. In the north lie tropical jungles and Iguazu Falls, whilst the south is home to Patagonia where its beauty lies in deep isolation.
The cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires is a culture lover’s delight, full of grand architecture and remnants of a tumultuous political past.
Stroll along café lined boulevards where the sounds of tango echo from dance halls or shop at designer boutiques in glamorous Recoleta.
At night dine in one of the many parrillas famed for their Argentine beef and great local wines finished off with the popular local drink Yerba Maté.
Travel across the famed Rio de la Plata and you arrive in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.
Art deco and neoclassical architecture around Ciudad Vieja and the Plaza de Independecia, to the laid back beach towns of Punta Carretas and Pocitos, make this an interesting stop on any South American adventure.
Travel to the Uruguayan country side where ranch culture reigns supreme and visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Colonia del Sacramento filled with old colonial buildings and a fascinating past.
When to go to Argentina:
Buenos Aires year round. Patagonia destinations are best in summer and Iguazu is best in the southern winter or spring, when heat and humidity are less oppressive.
When to go to Uruguay:
December to March are the summer months and good time to visit, especially the beaches. From April to November winds, rain and cooler temperatures are the norm.
NEW RECIPROCITY FEE FOR U.S./AUSTRALIA/CANADA TOURIST OR BUSINESS VISITORS
The National Immigration Agency (Dirección Nacional de Migraciones) has added a new form of payment of the reciprocity rate (visitor visa – rate for Australians USD 100 single entry), through the Provincia Payment System. Until now, this fee was paid upon arrival at the airport (either Aeroparque or Ezeiza). Effective October 31, 2012 for arrivals to Aeroparque and effective December 28, 2012 for arrivals to Ezeiza International airport, all U.S. tourist or business visitors must pay the reciprocity rates (USD$160 for Australians single entry) with their credit card through the on-line system. After these dates, cash payments will NOT be accepted at the airports.
How to pay the reciprocity fee on-line:
1) Enter the web site www.migraciones.gov.ar
of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process.
2) Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.
3) Print the payment receipt.
4) On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the traveler’s entry to the country registered.