Argentina in general.....
Trip Start Apr 12, 2012
22Trip End May 04, 2012
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Language - the spanish in south america is slightly different than the spanish in north and central america, however it seemed to be quite okay to get across what you want and some people have some english which was handy. Many places have WIFI so if you have a phone that you can get a translator installed on you can type in what you want! Also if you are booking tours, ask for an English guide, it might cost you an extra $10 pesos but it's worth it. If the tour company tells you they don't do that, walk down the street to the next company.
Money - it is very easy to use the bank machines in Argentina and not at all easy to exchange money, banks are closed all holidays and weekends and sometimes for the afternoon
Bus Terminals - most of the bus terminals are set up so that one bus line has multiple kiosks. The kiosks are organized by area they travel to. There seem to be three different types of 'omnibus' travel - cama which is a normal seat usually no meal service. Cama Executve - seats recline midway and the leg rests are at about a 45 degree angle, check if there is a meal service or not, sometimes it is not included also blankets and pillows are generally available. Cama Suite - seats recline midway, leg rests come up so they're horizontal, curtains surround your seat, meals are included
Cabs - when leaving the airports there will often be guys hanging out asking if you need a ride somewhere, they are 'sedan' drivers and not 'cab' drivers and because of this they feel like they can double or triple the cost a normal cab would charge - find yourself a 'radio cab', they are in most cities and will charge you by the meter. Also, if you do not speak spanish, I recommend you write down the name and address of the hotel and give it to the driver if he doesn't understand, it's the easiest way to get across what you are trying to say.
Airports - for any flight in Argentina you want to arrive with at least 3 hours before your flight
Tour Companies - pricing and tour content are generally similar within most tour companies. They take credit cards and in some cases will need your passport number. Always ask what's not included, most times lunch is not included and sometimes gate fees for some things. What I learned is that if you join the group for lunch, it's a nice visit but it cuts back on your time in the town you are there to visit - so if you want to see the town, decline the lunch, go find an empanada shack and go for a wander around town.
Pick Pockets - as with any place you travel if you flash around alotta cash and fancy jewellry you're likely to get robbed, so use your head. Be careful where you set your bags as well, someone can easily just walk by and pick them up. The most current trick on the trains in Buenos Aires is to make a big deal of pretend vomiting and a side kick of the vomitter is wandering through the crowds picking pockets of the people watching. Most pick pockets will have a jacket or something draped over their arms.
Medical - there are many walk in clinics and you can go to any of them generally free of charge.