Travel and Local Information
Week 3 (August 15-19), Workshop on Arithmetical Algebraic Geometry, in Bariloche (Provincia de R铆o Negro).
There are international and national flights arriving to Buenos Aires, to C贸rdoba city or to Bariloche. And there are also buses connecting these points, but the distances are fairly large, especially to Bariloche.
There are various travel possibilities, depending on your particular combination of activities.
For instance, if you plan to attend only Week 2 or Week 3 it may be advisable to fly directly to C贸rdoba city or to Bariloche.
If you come to Week 1 in Buenos Aires and also to Week 2 in La Cumbre, for the trip Buenos Aires-La Cumbre, we suggest:
Fly Buenos Aires-C贸rdoba airport (1 hour flight). These flights usually depart from the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, AEP). Domestic flights between Buenos Aires and Cordoba are offered by Aerolineas Argentinas or LAN . From C贸rdoba airport one may take a taxi directly to La Cumbre (80 km). Or one may take a taxi to C贸rdoba city central bus station (20 minutes) and from there a bus to La Cumbre (2 hours). We will try to let you know of other participants travelling at the same time so that you could organize with them this part of the travel. Or,
Bus from Buenos Aires (Retiro bus station) directly to La Cumbre (10 hour trip). It may be convenient to take an overnight bus. The bus terminal in La Cumbre is only 500m away from the hotel and the trip is comfortable.
Note: Unfortunately the Retiro bus station looks poor, as it is not carefully maintained. It isn't really dangerous, but watch your belongings.
To Bariloche: There are flights from Buenos Aires and from C贸rdoba (connecting in Buenos Aires) to the Bariloche airport (BRC). It is also possible to travel by bus (no train), but it is a long trip.
Information on buses and online purchase of tickets: Plataforma10.
Visas: Most European and American countries will not need a visa to enter Argentina. Nevertheless notice that citizens of USA, Australia and Canada will be charged a Reciprocity fee of 100 USD upon arrival at the Airport. An updated list of visa requirements by country can be found here.
Airport information: Aeropuertos Argentina 2000. Airport codes: Buenos Aires International airport (EZE), Buenos Aires Domestic Airport (AEP), Córdoba Airport(COR), Bariloche Airport (BRC). Note that it takes around 2 hours to go from AEP to EZE (or back).
Tourist information: Official site.
Weather: In August it is Winter in Argentina. The weather conditions of Buenos Aires, C贸rdoba and Bariloche are fairly different from each other. For more details please consult your favorite weather report page.
Currency: Argentina's currency is the Argentine Peso (ARS), with notes of 2,5,10,50,and 100. Current exchange rate is Approx 1 USD = 4 ARS, 1 Euro = 6.00 ARS. Money can be freely exchanged at any bank or Money Exchange House (Casas de Cambio) operating form 10am-3pm. Dollars, Euros, Reales are accepted in most banks and in some places you can even pay in those currencies. Most debit and Credit cards can be used in any ATM (ask your bank for charges) and Shops. If you need to exchange money when you arrive, it is better to use the Banks after Customs or ATM machines (the Casas de Cambio at the airport offer bad rates) DO NOT CHANGE CURRENCY WITH UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE. (you might be given fake notes).
Voltage, telephone and internet: Voltage is 220 V and you will probably need and adaptor as Argentine plugs are different than American and European standards. Look at type I plug here. Argentina's country telephone code is +54. Relevant area codes are
|Ciudad de C贸rdoba||351||La Cumbre||3548|
Most Quadriband mobile phones will operate in Argentina (There are 3 companies providing service Claro, Movistar and Personal). Check with your company roaming charges or buy (for about 20 ARS) a chip of one of those companies to have a pre-paid local mobile line. Internet is widely available in Buenos Aires metropolitan area, with most cafes and restaurants providing free Wi-Fi service. There also shops (Locutorios) where you can have access to a computer, with printing services and Internet.
Further information: Wikipedia on Argentina.