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Argentina’s Reciprocity Tax

Prospective travelers to Argentina may or may not be aware of the reciprocity tax required for travel.

Argentina began to charge this tax three years ago as a response to the fee charged by the USA on Argentine citizens for entry. Previously, one could buy this on arrival at the Buenos Aires airport. Beginning September 1, 2012, there have been changes made to the amount and the procedure to pay for this tax. Cost is now $140 and must be purchased online. Citizens of Canada and Australia are also required to pay online, though the price differs. The lack of a proof of payment will result in denial of entry and consequent returning to the departure city by the airline.

Travelers in transit, meaning those who arrive and leave the same calendar day, do not have to pay the tax. This includes cruise passengers who arrive for the day—tax only must be paid if there is an overnight stay involved.

If travelers have paid the tax before, it is valid for 10 years as long as they still have proof of payment.

The new online system will work parallel to the regular on-site collection service at Ezeiza Airport until December 28, 2012 and at Jorge Newbery Airport until October 31st, 2012. After these dates, the only collection method will be online.

How to Pay Argentina’s Reciprocity Tax

1) Register on the website: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/Registro.aspx

2) Complete the form with your credit card information. This is sent to the DNM (Immigration Office)

3) Print the payment receipt

4) Upon arrival in Argentine territory, show the printed ticket

5) The ticket is scanned and validated to enter the country

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Welcome to a Month of… Argentina!

For the next few weeks, the Willamette International Blog will be focusing on one of our favorite countries in South America: Argentina. Much more than just a country of gauchos, beef, nostalgic sophistication, and wine country, Argentina is currently enjoying a booming tourist industry while keeping its cultural identity first and foremost. For this reason, many travelers are turning their attention to the nation of tango for a unique and treasured delight.

Today, let’s look at some of the highlights of a trip to Argentina:

Trek Patagonia. There are numerous trips that trek around the gorgeous mountain range of Patagonia. Trek through the Torres del Paine, the French Valley, the W trek, and the stunning, cracking Perito Moreno Glacier. Want to embark on a 2-week camping trip? Or do you prefer to stay in hotels between legs? Our vendors will accommodate you depending on your preferences and style of travel.

Visit Iguassu Falls. As mentioned in a previous post, Iguassu Falls is a stunning experience not to be missed on your trip to Argentina. Behold one of the fantastic natural wonders of the world. Ride on a speedboat across the falls from below and climb up to the hilltops to gaze on them from above.

Watch Live Tango.  Head over to the bohemian district of San Telmo in Buenos Aires to watch some local tango. Enjoy some fine Mendoza wine from a table of a milonga, or tango salon. Events are nightly, professionals and amateurs alike join in a social ritual that frames the Argentinian heritage. The experience is moving, dynamic, and enhanting—and is a great authentic highlight. If you’re brave, there are ample opportunities to join in or take lessons.

Pilgrimage to Gaiman. One of the few surviving Welsh colonies, Gaiman is a bubble of Welsh culture and history along the Chubut River. Drink tea with the descendants, walk around Welsh-style houses, and peek into the Museo Historico Regional and at its bilingual documents (Welsh-Spanish).

Visit the End of the World. Conclude your amazing trip to Argentina in Ushuaia, the tip of the world. Trek through the cold, dramatic beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy the rugged glacier peaks and the colorful port town that once was a missionary outpost and then a prison.

Ride a Funicular in Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a charming, picturesque town by the sea. Wander through the labyrinthine streets, enjoy the pastel colors of the houses, and visit Pablo Neruda’s home.

Cruise to Chile. Cruise down the Chilean fjords with one of our tours. You can go for the day or spend more time in the rainforest and mountain beauties of Chile. Pass languidly by fishing settlements and amazing glaciers.

Glimpse Penguins in Punta Tumbo. Witness thousands of penguins on the beaches. Visit during nesting season to see the eggs hatch all over the place into tiny fluffy heads!

Horseback Ride in Salta. Head over to Salta, a bit off the beaten track. Visit the Canoa de Quebrada for the unusual rock formations and try red wine ice cream at Cafayate. This region is also famous for its pink sand, cacti, and a white wine called Torrontes.

Travel the Wine Roads of Mendoza.  Drive through the rustic roads of Mendoza and visit wineries. Nearly 80 wineries offer formal tours and tastings.

Ride a Train through the Clouds. The Tren a las Nubes will take you 434 km (269 mi) through tunnels, turns, bridges, and a viaduct. Cross the multicolored Lerma valley through the deep canyons of the Quebrada del Toro and the desert plateau of La Puna.

Several of our Agents have traveled and loved Argentina. Call us at 800.821.0401 or email info@wittravel.com for more details.

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Argentina/Brazil Feature: Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls (a.k.a. Iguassu or Iguaçu) is a remarkable and natural collection of waterfalls located on the borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Spanning over 2.7 kilometers of 275 cascading falls and with an average flow of 1.750 m3/s, the falls are an extraordinary add-on to any Latin American itinerary. To view the falls in their complete glory, they must be seen from both Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilian side offers a sweeping, grandiose panorama while the Argentine side offers a closer, more in-depth look.

photo by Phil Whitehouse

Tours. Trips to the waterfalls utilize trails and catwalks. You can also book a boat tour or a trip to the bird sanctuary. There are also options for helicopter flights, river-rafting, rappelling, visits to the hydroelectric Itaipu Dam, or hikes through the subtropical forest to the base of Salto Floriano. You can also take a cruise into the heart of the falls.

Entry and Transport. Journeys by land can be difficult, so it’s recommend to fly in from Sao Paulo or Buenos Aires to one of the towns on either side. Transport to and from the falls is by frequent bus or rental car. On the Argentine side, car is generally recommended because it allows for flexibility in traveling from your hotel to town, and farther to Brazil.

Where to Stay?Guests can either opt for the large Brazilian town of Foz do Iguacu or the small Argentine town of Puerto Iguazu. Within the park itself, there are only two properties: The Sheraton and the Hotel Das Cataratas.

The Sheraton: If there is one item you should splurge on in your Iguazu itinerary, it’s the Sheraton on the Argentina side. Guests can book rooms and suites with jungle and falls views over a private balcony. The new spa features a sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and an adjoining gym. Situated just 10 km from Puerto Iguazu airport and 20 km from Puerto Iguazu town, this hotel is a recommended option with unforgettable morning views of the falls.

Hotel Das Cataratas: A traditional luxury hotel with gourmet dining and an outdoor swimming pool. Perched on top of the falls on the Brazilian side, this is a gorgeous location, with an observation deck on the roof. They also offer excursions and activities bookable through the hotel.

Visas. Be advised that visas are required for US passport holders to visit Brazil—not available at the border, these must be arranged beforehand. EU passport holders typically do not need a visa.

Willamette Intl Travel offers customizable itineraries to Iguazu, and surrounding sites such as the Pantanal National Park, Buenos Aires, or Rio de Janeiro. We can arrange guided tours, cars, or hotels at your convenience. Phone us up or email us and we can discuss what itinerary works for you.

photo by Phil Whitehouse

Interested in visiting the majestic Iguazu Falls? Call us at 503.224.0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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Reading List: Argentina

As autumn in the northern hemisphere rolls around, travelers are looking to those great southern destinations: Chile, Ecuador, Peru. But there’s one locale that will never lose the charm of its pervading nostalgia, sultry dance, succulent wine, and captivating, diverse landscape. Here’s a reading list to delve into before your trip to Argentina.

Chatwin, Bruce. In Patagonia. Chatwin’s tale of his journey through the Patagonia territory that encompasses 900,000 km of Argentina and Chile.

Dereck Foster and Richard Tripp. Food and Drink in Argentina. A well-written guide to the gastronomy and vineyards of Argentina.

Manuel Puig. Kiss of the Spider Woman. A fantastic narrative of two political prisoners in a jail cell, with elements of magic realism.

Jorge Luis Borges. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. Standard introduction to one of the masters of fantastical narrative.

Uki Goni. The Real Odessa. The true chronicle of the smuggling of major Nazi war criminals—Eichmann, Mengele, Priebke and others—to Argentina.

Brian Winter. Long After Midnight at the Nino Bien: A Yanqui’s Missteps in Argentina. The emotional, quirky, informative account of a young American’s reporter into the dark and dramatic crevices of Buenos Aires.

Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro. Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron. The biography of Eva Peron, paper, actress, president’s wife. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous postwar Argentina.

Horacio Quiroga. The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories. Macabre short stories that are Argentina’s answer to the Gothic genre.

Edited by Gabriela Nouzeilles and Graciela Montaldo. The Argentine Reader: History, Culture, Politics. A diverse collection of essays, poems, songs, and comic strips from Argentines such as Juan Peron, Jose San Martin, Ricardo Piglia, Che Guevara, National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, and others.

Jon Lee Anderson. Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life. The New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” a thorough biography of Che and his revolution.

Various. An Argentine Passion: Maria Luisa Bemberg and her Films. Tells the little known story of one of Latin America’s popular filmmakers.

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