Travel

GETTING TO ARGENTINA

If you travel direct to Buenos Aires, remember that  there are two airports

Most of the airlines flying to Argentina arrive mainly at Ezeiza (“Ministro Pistarini”) International Airport, which is 37 Km away from the City of Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Airport). You can reach the city by Teniente General Ricchieri freeway (Information: Tel. 5480-6111).

Ezeiza Airport to Aeroparque Airport

Company Manuel Tienda León http://www.tiendaleon.com.ar/home/home.asp (Av. Madero and San Martín, Tel. 4315-5115) offers a bus service from 5.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. This service costs $ 60 (Argentine pesos), (U$S 15) and the trip takes approximately 45 minutes. There are also taxis and chauffeur-driven rented cars (U$S 55).

Buenos Aires International Airport (Ezeiza)
Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini”
The airport is located in the City of Ezeiza, Province of Buenos Aires. The sole access to the airport from the Federal Capital City is through Highway AU1 -25 de Mayo- also known as Tte. Gral. Ricchieri (“the Ricchieri”).  This airport is 37 Km from the Capital City of Argentina, and relies on the most suitable and advanced technology and infrastructure to operate large aircraft. Thus, Ezeiza International Airport has become the most important airport of the country. Tel: (54 11) 5480 2500  2500 http://www.aa2000.com.ar

Buenos Aires Airport (Downtown – Aeroparque)
Jorge Newbery City Airport is located along Avenida Costanera, opposite the River Plate, between Av. Sarmiento and La Pampa Streets, in the City of Buenos Aires. The most remarkable feature is that the airport is merely 2 Km from the downtown area.Tel:(54 11) 5480 3000 http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aeropuertos.aspx

Córdoba Airport
Aeropuerto Internacional de Córdoba “Ing. A. Taravella” Pajas Blancas
Av. la voz del interior 8500 – Cordoba. The airport is only 11 Km from the downtown area of Córdoba City.
Tel:(54 351) 475 0874
http://www.aa2000.com.ar/aeropuertos.aspx

BUS TRAVEL

If you arrive to Buenos Aires (Ezeiza) by plane and then you like take a bus to Córdoba you need to go to Retiro Bus station in Buenos Aires by Manuel Tienda León.

Retiro Terminal – Buses from Buenos Aires

Bus tickets are sold on the upper level of the terminal, where the companies operate many small offices that are numbered in ascending order. The offices are situated in the middle of a long floor and you can walk along on the left side for even numbers or on the right side for uneven numbers.

Always try to get the “Coche Cama” service the cost is around U$S 65 – one way – but if you buy the RT (Round trip) the cost is approximately U$S 100.   Bus companies are:  “El Turista” – “MercoBus” “Betel” “General Urquiza” etc.

The location of the offices is roughly organized according to destinations, so that companies with services to the same region are grouped together. When you enter the building at its main entrance, you will first pass the ticket booths with low numbers. These are the offices for southern destinations, followed by offices for the Cuyo region and the Northwest. Roughly half-way down the floor are the boleterías selling bus tickets to central (Córdoba – Nº 60 to 88) and northeastern destinations, and after that you will find offices for the atlantic coast. Finally, the ticket booths for international bus trips are located at the very end of the long row of offices.

Bus schedules from Buenos Aires (Retiro) to Córdoba (Terminal de Omnibus)

http://www.omnilineas.com/argentina/bus/retiro/cordoba/

Newcomers are often surprised by the level of comfort offered by long-distance buses in Argentina, which are normally called ‘micro’ or ‘ómnibus’. Don’t confuse these buses with the loud and out-of-date city buses, which are generally called ‘colectivo’, although regional terminology may vary. A long-distance trip form Buenos Aires to Córdoba is 10 hours ride, it might appear threatening at first glance, but is in fact often an enjoyable experience. For example you may start in the evening, get a dinner served by your attendant, watch a video, have a good night’s sleep in your fully reclinable seat and then arrive at your destination after breakfast, ready for the day.

Buses are available with different levels of comfort, but most of the people choose the top categories cama or cama-ejecutivo for longer trips, which ensure a comfortable night at still very affordable prices.

The more luxurious buses will offer anything you need, but air conditioning can be strong, so take a sweater with you. Buses are quite reliable and leave on time, so don’t be late.

When choosing your travel time, make sure you will have daylight while passing through interesting landscapes. One of the key advantages of travelling by bus is the possibility to enjoy the varying views and to get a feeling for the landscapes and their vast expanses.

Omnilineas
http://www.omnilineas.com/
If you need information on bus schedules and ticket prices and are possibly interested in booking your trip, please write an email to:   sales@omnilineas.com
Argentina:+54 11 4326-3924
Toll-free United State: +1 800 429-7134

Terminal Retiro
Av. Ramos Mejía y Antártida Argentina
(011) 4310-0700
http://www.tebasa.com.ar/

Terminal de Córdoba
(NETOC – Nueva Estación Terminal de Omnibus de Córdoba)
Bv. Juan Domingo Perón 380
(0351) 434-1692
http://www.terminalcordoba.com/

COMMUNICATION

Argentina area code is: 0054
Córdoba area code is: 0351

School Telephone: +54-0351-4232837

Call Centres

Call centres (locutorio or telecentro) are often the easiest method of calling home, though they maybe not be the cheapest. You’ll be directed to an empty booth from where you’ll make your call. Most call centres also offer fax and internet services

Calling Cards

International calls can be expensive. A cheap way of phoning home is to use international prepaid calling cards. They often offer very low rates and you can use them from most phones.  Phone cards which can be used for national and international calls, can be bought at quioscos (newspaper stands) and tobacco stalls).

Usually there is a huge selection of cards from which to choose and those selling them don’t always offer the best advice and just sell you what they’ve available. Many cards expire after up to 90 days after you make your first call. You really have to explore what’s out there and what best suits you, which may not always offer the cheapest rate. Some have higher connection charges making short calls more expensive.

You have to dial an access number (either you pay for a local call for access or you dial a toll-free access number like 0800),  enter your code number (which you scratch off the back of the card) and dial your number. Many cards give you your remaining balance when you enter your code and when you dial your number you will be told how many minutes you have remaining. Phone cards are economical although they are not always the quickest way of dialing so you’ll need to be patient. Argentina Global, Hable Mas, Telecom, and Mulitcall all sell cards in 5, 10 and 20 pesos.

Mobile/Cell Phones

Argentina is vast and cell phone coverage is very good.  If you bring your own cell phone it must be compatible with the Argentine network and be SIM-Lock Free. Prepaid SIM-cards are available from 30 Argentine pesos from Claro, Personal and Movicom, the three main providers. Most mobile phone numbers are prefixed by 15.  However, when calling from abroad to an Argentine mobile, you need to replace the 15 with a 9.

TRANSFERS

We do not do airport or bus station pick-up service.  It is easy and safe.

Because it is not always very easy to get the right flight schedule you can arrive 2 or 3 days before and after the program starts and ends.  Let us know!

Most people move around the city in yellow taxis or green “remis”. The price is reasonable and they will get you to your destination as quickly as possible. If you arrive to the airport or the bus station, you will have easy access to taxis or remises to go to your residency. It is always important to get the Taxi license numbers.

Airport to Córdoba Downtown (Residencies)

From Pajas Blancas airport (Córdoba) the best way is to take a taxi (yellow cars). The travel time is approximately 40 minutes and the trip from the airport to downtown costs between U$S12 and U$S15.

Bus station to Córdoba Downtown (Residencies)

From the Bus Station to downtown Córdoba the best way is to take a taxi (yellow cars) Taxis from the bus station (Terminal de Omnibus) to downtown cost between $3 and $5. The travel time is approximately 10 minutes and you take the taxi at the entrance of the bus Station. (Main floor)

PAPERWORK – VISA – PASSPORT

Coordinating your trip will require you to obtain and complete several necessary travel documents, including a Passport, visas (If needed), and vaccinations or inoculation certificates. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program. You don´t need to apply for VISA if you stay in Argentina less than 90 days, the Government of Argentina gave the status Idiomatic Tourism.

http://www.cordobaturismo.gov.ar/Articulos.aspx?nombre=TurismoIdiomatico

Citizens of these countries do not need an advance visa to visit Argentina:

United States, Canada, Britain, European Community members, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, South Africa, Switzerland, Scandinavian countries, Latin American countries

Border officials issue you a free 90 day tourist visa.

Most other nationalities need an advance visa; check with an Argentine consulate or embassy for the latest info. http://www.mrecic.gov.ar/

More information: http://www.argentina.gov.ar/argentina/portal/paginas.dhtml?pagina=1245

Only For Brazilian Students: DOCUMENTOS DE VIAGEM

Para visitar a Argentina é necessário ter um documento de viagem válido e em boas condições. São os seguintes os documentos de viagem que habilitam os cidadãos brasileiros a ingressarem na Argentina na condição de turista:

PASSAPORTE ou CÉDULA DE IDENTIDADE CIVIL emitida pelos institutos de identificação das polícias civis dos Estados.

HEALTH  INSURANCE

When traveling abroad, you should be aware of four general types of insurance coverage that you can obtain: medical insurance, travel insurance, trip cancellation insurance and personal effects insurance. Insurance regarding trip cancellation, travel insurance and personal effects is not mandatory. Before your departure, make sure that you are in good health, purchasing travel insurance can be an inexpensive way to protect yourself in case of an emergency. Your travel and Health Insurance coverage needs to meet at least the minimum Travel and Health coverage provided by StudentGuard Insurance http://www.studentguard.ca

Students can purchase insurance from any insurance provider so long as it meets similar levels of coverage at StudentGuard.  Some example of insurance providers:  GTA – Global Travel Assistance, BB Proteção Viagem, BB Seguros – Companhia de Seguros Aliança do Brasil, Travel Insurance, Assist-Card, ISIS, MIC. Etc.

You should also find information in your travel agent, university, credit card companies, students unions or local social security system. Information about your medical or health insurance must be sent a week before you arrive.

IMPORTANT: Insurance regarding medical insurance is mandatory. Before your departure, make sure that you are in good health

TRAVEL TIPS

Packing

Consider the following points when packing for your study trip or exchange:

Luggage

• Luggage should be light, sturdy, durable, easy to handle, and easy to close. Wheeled luggage is most helpful but not necessary.

• Place your name, home address, destination address, and telephone numbers on both the inside and outside of every piece of luggage.

• Pack less than you think you will need. You must be able to carry your luggage without assistance. Negotiating airports can involve walking long distances.

• Keep your carry-on baggage as light as possible. Pack only essential items, including any medications; for longer flights, basic toiletries should be added. To protect from pickpockets or accidental loss, wear a “safe pouch” inside your clothes that contains your passport, money, tickets, host family’s and chair’s telephone numbers, and other important papers.

• If medication is carried, ensure that you have original prescriptions to present to customs officials.

• Leave some room in your luggage. You will buy things on your exchange and still have to return home with the same two suitcases and one carry-on bag.

Clothes and Personal Items

• Pack coordinating clothes. Only bring what you know you will wear, not what you think you might wear.

• Bring your most comfortable pants or jeans. Your weight may fluctuate due to your new culture’s food.

• Do not bring multiple pairs of dress shoes that you will probably not wear.

• If you wear glasses, bring an extra pair and a copy of your prescription.

• If you wear contact lenses, pack extra cleaning solution, as your brand may not be available or may be very expensive. Bring a copy of your prescription in case you need to replenish your supply of lenses or replace those lost or damaged.

Miscellaneous

• Make sure you bring a journal or notebook to record daily events and activities, meals eaten, places visited, friends made, thoughts, or anything else you want to remember about your trip for years to come.

• Consider bringing small gifts from your home country for your new friends. Gifts need not be expensive but should be representative of the area you are from.

• Taking computers or electronic games with you: They can be easily lost or damaged and distract you from other activities that you should experience.

• You may need to take power adapters for any items requiring electrical current. However, they will need to be compatible with the electrical system used in Argentina.  (V.220)

• Remember, you do not need to carry your entire home library, music collection, or other such items. On the other hand, photos to introduce your family, home, school, etc., require little luggage space and will be greatly appreciated by your new friends and classmates.

Your Own Culture

Learn about your country’s history and heritage. Understanding your own country’s values and customs will enable you to better understand those of Argentina.  As a student ambassador for your country, you will also inevitably be asked questions about your country’s customs, culture, history, geography, and government. Being able to answer these questions thoroughly and objectively will allow you to feel more comfortable speaking about your own country and sharing your culture with people of Argentina.

Getting Involved

As an exchange student, you should use every opportunity to become acquainted with your host community and nation through involvement in activities. For example, you may wish to attend clubs meeting and join in related activities. You are also encouraged to participate in school activities, volunteer work, Rotaract meeting or other youth groups, but remember that your studies come first. Before leaving on your exchange or trip, consider the activities you enjoy in your home community, especially those that make you feel good about yourself. Include activities that have helped you adjust to new situations and succeed at home, such as exercise and sports, hobbies, and club affiliations. While you should not hesitate to try new experiences, enjoying activities that have made you happy in your everyday life at home will pave the way for a smooth transition.

Learn the language: In order to have a great time you must learn the language one way or another. Language is communication, and communication is your passport to truly understanding your new country and your new culture. It’s difficult to learn a new language, so be patient and be prepared to make mistakes. To master the new language you must speak it, listen to it, read it, and write it at all times.

Be resourceful: As we say before, you are an ambassador of your native country and culture. Be an informative person about your home country, and answer every question that you can. It will allow your hosts to understand you and your country. This is the same when you return home, be resourceful about your host country to folks at home.

Be open: Don’t expect to find things in your host country as they were at home. Be ready for dramatic change and anticipate frustration. Your openness and patience will enhance your stay abroad. A carefree mind and a willingness to explore will foster a great exchange.

Food: What can we say… be prepared. You will be in some sticky situations concerning food. Our best advice is to close your eyes, picture a waterfall, and chew. Swallow your food, open your eyes, and say, “WOW! That was awesome”, or, “Um, can I try something different?”.

Smile: Last but not least, smile. “We all smile in the same language”. This will be one of your best exchange student skills, practice now, and use it forever!