Ecobicycles Buenos Aires, a service offered by the Government of Buenos Aires to travel around the city in an ecological way.
It is an ecological public transport system, with the idea of projecting a city in tune with the environment. Therefore, the bicycle has become an ecological, fast and extremely healthy means of transport both for those who use it and for the city.
Since 1996, bike paths began to be built throughout the city, and by 2004 their number had already increased. Today, most of the city has these bike paths.
In turn, the Ecobicycles system was implemented, where the city itself granted bicycles for use free of charge.
Due to various circumstances, in 2018, the Government of the City of Buenos Aires decided to offer the concession of this system, so it is currently in charge of Tembici, a Brazilian company.
Before this concession pass, the system underwent several modifications and it is no longer a free service since March 2021.
To purchase the bikes, you must register in the App and they will request an international credit card. If you don’t have one, you have the option of registering in person.
The service has the option of having the bike available from Monday to Friday, 4 trips of 30 minutes free of charge for residents. For tourists there is the “Tourist Pass” with two options:
- Daily: A whole day, with 6 trips of 60 minutes per 24 hours. The cost is $ 900.-
- Monthly: Every day of the month, with 6 daily trips of 60 minutes each day. It costs $ 3,500.-
If you use the system outside of the allowed time, you will be charged a penalty every 5 extra minutes.
To keep in mind, the passes are not cumulative, that is, if you buy the Daily pass and do not use it that day, it expires after 24 hours and you lose the money.
Here we leave you the website of the Ecobicis System so that you have all the updated information. You will also have the maps of the bike paths to know where it is better to travel!
Devaluation of the Argentine Peso, a situation that makes Argentina become cheap for tourists, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Argentina begins to be a source of conversation among tourists, since, for some years, the costs of vacationing were moderate to high compared to the rest of Latin America.
From successive devaluations, which have not yet ended, it is becoming more and more attractive to vacation in Argentina.
Whereas, in 2016, the cost of a coffee in Buenos Aires was the same as in Monaco (about 2 euros); At the end of 2020, a coffee was available in Buenos Aires for 70 euro cents.
The need for foreign currency is such that the Argentine government surprisingly decided to open the borders of neighboring countries to attract tourism since November with a minimum of requirements against the COVID-19 virus.
It is important to clarify that there are 2 different quotes, a formal one, where the exchange office gives half the pesos to the tourist than what an informal exchange (or Blue value) would do. This is due to a doubling of the value of the currency, since the government intends to pay less pesos in exchange for dollars, to get the difference. Namely, the euro does not have an informal format.
The post-COVID-19 situation still does not have a clear end, and the over-issuance of Argentine pesos to be able to subsidize affected sectors augurs an absolute certainty of an even greater devaluation of the peso in this new year.
This situation creates a unique atmosphere for the tourist who dares to travel, since hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions will seek to compete for foreign currencies in order to continue subsisting and further reducing the costs of tourism in Argentina.
Requirements to travel to Argentina, in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Update Date: July 02, 2021
This note is intended to keep us informed and updated about the world situation caused by the COVID-19 virus. Each country has measures, protocols and requirements to take into account.
In the case of Argentina, at the beginning of the pandemic and given the low number of fatalities and contagions in Buenos Aires, it was decided to open the country’s borders last year, on October 30. At first, only countries bordering Argentina could enter in a plan to revive international tourism.
On March 12 of this year 2021, new measures were established to close the borders until further notice, on the eve of a second wave of infections.
Currently, flights to and from Turkey, the countries of the African Continent, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as Brazil, Chile and India are suspended. In turn, the minimum frequency of flights with Europe remains in force. The idea of these measures is to prevent the entry of new strains of the virus, within the second wave in which the country is currently. It is an extension of the decisions until July 9.
At the moment, the entry of foreigners to the country is under prohibition, with the exception of cases authorized by Migration, such as family reunification, humanitarian reasons, work or health.
If the country of origin is within those allowed to enter Argentina and your reasons as well, the current requirements are:
1) Electronic Affidavit 48 hours prior to boarding. We leave the link to access it here.
2) Negative test, with 48 hours prior to the trip. In addition to having another test when entering the country and another after 7 days of entry. All tests will be in charge of the passenger..
3) Mandatory quarantine of 7 days from the negative test result. This is extremely important and this is home isolation with control. In case of non-compliance, they may criminally denounce you. Once you complete the isolation, the discharge will be granted with the last Negative Test that they require.
4) Have a COVID-19 health insurance.
5) Once inside the country, a new test will be requested. In case of positive, they must comply with the relevant isolation. Beyond the result of that test, 7 days after entering, they must perform a new test.
In addition to this list, there is the possibility that they request a detail of your travel itinerary, a statement of the address where you will be staying and a medical check-up to determine the level of existing contagion.
In addition, you will have to install the application “Cuidar” on your cell phone to be able to circulate.
All this must be controlled and required by the transport company when traveling. Otherwise, companies will have severe penalties for non-compliance with the resolutions of each country. In turn, it is our responsibility to fulfill them.
At the moment, the entry and exit terminals of the country that are enabled are:
- Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Ezeiza, Province of Buenos Aires
- San Fernando International Airport, Province of Buenos Aires
- Port of the City of Buenos Aires (Terminal Buquebus. For Argentine tourists or with residence in Argentina, and for Uruguayan tourists or people with residence in Uruguay).
We want to remind you of the basic prevention measures, established by the Ministry of Health:
- Social distancing: 2 meters away from other people.
- Use of face masks to circulate on the street.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cough or sneeze into the foot of the elbow.
- Ventilate the rooms.
- Do not touch your face with your hands.
- Disinfection of frequently used objects.
- Avoid meetings in closed spaces.
We ask for extreme responsibility, in case of presenting symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, we ask that you go to the nearest health center. We all take care of each other!
In this situation, we recommend staying informed before purchasing a ticket to travel.
Ezequiel Martínez Estrada, an Argentinean poet, referred to Buenos Aires as “the head of Goliath”. He used this metaphor to describe what a grandiose city Buenos Aires was in comparison to the humble and almost deserted landscapes of the pampas.
Aeroparque is 45 km away from Ezeiza. If you need to get there to catch another flight, you can choose one of these four sensible options.
There are three companies that run ferry trips from Buenos Aires to Colonia: Buquebus, its subsidiary, Seacat; and Colonia Express. All companies offer rides that take 1hr 15 mins.
There are great benefits in renting a car if your plan is to visit other parts of the vast Argentinean territory. If you are travelling with your family or a big group of friends, renting a car may be the cheapest and most comfortable way of discovering the breath-taking landscapes of our country. It will certainly give you more freedom and flexibility to plan your trip the way you want.
If you are just staying in the City of Buenos Aires we don’t recommend renting a car because streets are busy and the public transportation is cheap and works very good. Check here to learn how to move around in Buenos Aires.
UBER is indeed available in Buenos Aires although there is much controversy over it, as there has been around the world.
But, since September 2020, it was declared Legal.
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In Argentina, cash is king. Given the several financial problems in the last decades, Argentinians make most of their daily transactions in cash. Many places don’t take credit cards and unfortunately there are very high commissions for taking cash out of the ATM. This is quite annoying for travellers visiting our country who are usually used to pay everything with credit card or just take cash out of the ATM. Many places take credit cards, such as hotels or big stores obviously, but you have to know that many restaurants, small shops or services such as taxis, vendors, etc. won’t have a system for credit card payments.
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