Our Travel Schedule

At Heaven on Earth Vacations, allow us to take you on an amazing tour of Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina. Contact us for more information.

Plan your travel ahead and check out the following travel schedules.

Traveling Dates

Trip 1

March 30 – April 12, 2017

Depart USA early evening Thursday, March 30

Arrive USA on Friday, April 13

Trip 2

November 2 – November 15, 2017

Depart USA early evening Thursday, November 2

Arrive USA on Friday, November 16

Trip 3

November 30 – December 13, 2017

Depart USA early evening Thursday, November 30

Arrive USA on Friday, December 14

Trip 4

January 25 – February 7, 2018

Depart USA early evening Thursday, January 25

Arrive USA on Friday, February 8

Trip 5

February 8 –February 21, 2018

Depart USA early evening Thursday, February 8

Arrive USA on Friday, February 22

Trip 6

February 22 –March 7, 2018

Depart USA early evening Thursday, February 22

Arrive USA on Friday, March 8

 

Trip 7

March 8 –March 21, 2018

Depart USA early evening Thursday, March 8

Arrive USA on Friday, March 22

Travel Tips 

Money Tips 

Exchanging Money

Argentine Peso to US Dollar exchange rates fluctuate constantly, and so it is recommended that you look up the latest exchange rate online before any transaction. US Dollars can be exchanged in Argentina at banks, money exchange offices in the city and at the airport, and at your hotel. 

Generally, banks charge the least and hotels charge the most. Check the exchange rate before departing, and use a small calculator to compute your trip expenses in reference to the US Dollar value. When you see prices printed as “$40,” it always represents the value in pesos.

The USD, U$, or U$D printed next to the item are the only indicators that the price is in US Dollars. Beware of false bills, and always count your cash after a transaction to ensure you were not short-changed.

There are heavy restrictions on locals buying US Dollars, and this has lead to a black market exchange rate, known as the “dolar blue.” This rate is usually about 20% above the official rate. Many places will bypass the lengthy bureaucracy involved in exchanging dollars and offer to accept payment in US Dollars at the “dolar blue” rate.

In any of the small shops in Buenos Aires, known locally as “cuevas” for caves, exchanging currency is mostly safe, but try to exchange only small amounts to minimize trouble. Keep in mind that 100 peso bills can be difficult to break, so always ask for 50 peso bills when exchanging money.

ATMs

Most shops and restaurants receive debit cards, and at cajeros (ATMs), you can withdraw around USD$175 per transaction, with an additional service fee imposed by your home bank. You should withdraw enough pesos to carry with you at all times, as ATMs often run out of money, but only carry what you expect you will need.

You should leave larger bills in a safe place, and always keep track of your purses or backpacks when out and about in the city.

Gratuity

Gratuity is a show of gratitude for a service performed, in the forms of money, gifts, or even wine. You should keep some small bills ready for tipping bellmen and housekeeping. You will also come across all sorts of street performers, fun winemakers, talented professionals, and the like, where you may want to provide a small token of admiration. Restaurant service appreciates a 10% gratuity.

Packing Tips

Attire

Argentines are stylish and fashion conscious. You will be comfortable and well dressed in nicer casual attire, such as finer jeans, khakis, slacks, cotton dress, and collared shirts, blouses, capris, skirts, and dress shorts. You should also take a jacket and tie or stylish dress or two for more formal nights.

The days are warm, and the evenings tend to cool off, so be sure to bring a windbreaker and layers for warmth. Also, stylish walking shoes or leather flats are fine for the city, sneakers are great for walking tours, and don’t forget footwear with tread for your outdoor adventures.

Toiletries 

Sunscreen is a good idea to include in your personal items, especially in the areas of higher elevation. Some areas of your tour will be arid, so lotion is also a must have. Pharmacies in the big cities will have a good range of toiletries and hygiene products available (note: only no-applicator tampons are available).

Glasses & Contact Lenses

Again, in the arid regions your tour will take you through, the dusty air can irritate contact lens users, so ensure you have your glasses for relief. Also, rewetting drops are recommended, to keep your contacts comfortably lubricated in the dry climate.

Electronics

Throughout your trip, there will be many photographic opportunities, both urban and natural, so make sure you bring backup memory cards for your camera. Outlet adaptors and electrical converters will be necessary, as electricity is 220V in Argentina.

You can find these at travel and hardware stores at home, or purchase one at a local ferreteria (hardware store) when you arrive.

Cell Phones

Some, but not all, US cell phones will work in Argentina. You can take your cell phone with you, however even after purchasing a SIM card, you may not have service. Only some companies’ roaming features work in Argentina.

If you want to keep in touch, we recommend using Whatsapp, Viber, and/or Zello, all free apps that can be easily downloaded onto your smartphone.

Health and Travel Insurance

Be sure to familiarize yourself with your health care insurance coverage while traveling abroad before you go, in case of any unforeseen health situations. Purchasing Travel Insurance is not necessary, as it will be included in the price of your trip.

First-Aid Kit 

We recommend always traveling with certain essentials, including at the least a rudimentary First-Aid Kit, with bandages, ibuprofen, allergy medicine, aspirin, etc. Though nearly every winery and hotel is equipped with these items, it may be more comfortable for you to have them on hand.

Special Medication

Carry any special medications (including birth control) with you on your trip. While there are full-service pharmacies in every city, the prescriptions may not be the same. 

Room to Shop

There will be ample opportunities to shop, everywhere you go. Be sure to leave room for all your newfound treasures you will surely discover in Buenos Aires and Mendoza!

Passports and Visas

Passports

All visitors require passports to enter and depart from Argentina. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the concluding date of your trip.

Visas 

Currently, US citizens visiting Argentina do not need a Visa to enter or exit from the Argentine Republic.

Canadian and Australian citizens must pay an entrance fee (visitor visa) equal to the amount that those countries charge Argentine residents. The current fees are: $100 for Australians (valid for 1 year) and $75 for Canadians (valid for one entry). Argentina now requires that this fee be paid online prior to coming to the country.

In order to pay the fee, you must go to Provincia Payment System website, register, pay with your credit card, and print out a receipt. You must then bring that receipt with you to prove payment. Remember to bring the paper receipt with you when you travel to Argentina.

Present the receipt at Immigration Control where it will be scanned and processed. Payment is no longer accepted at the airports and airlines and ferries are now requiring proof of this payment before boarding. You will be denied boarding if you do not bring proof of payment!

Cultural Concerns

You should familiarize yourself with certain relevant information about Argentina prior to your trip. There are certain differences in customs which you should know about before you go, so please take note of the following things.

Stray Dogs

Stray dogs are common in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and other parts of Argentina. Most have adapted to their life of frolicking around the city. The majority are calm and there is no need to fear them.

Greetings

Men to women and women to women usually greet with a kiss. They “kiss” the air while touching the right cheek to cheek. Men shake hands or embrace and even “kiss” too. You should also familiarize yourself with some greeting words for when you arrive and leave.

Drinking Water

Water is very safe to drink. However, bottled water is more popular among most people. Bottled water can be purchased in street side kiosks, restaurants and stores. Also, you can choose your water with carbonation (con gas) or without carbonation (sin gas).

Wine Shipping

If you do not have room in your luggage, purchased items can be sent home via Argentina mail, DHL, & UPS. The high shipping cost is determined by size, weight and destination. Delivery Items purchased at TAX-free stores and over a value of $70 pesos have the option of tax reimbursement upon leaving the country.

Tax is always figured into the price of the item and is 21%. Shopping for wine to bring back home is fun and highly encouraged. Your options to do so include separate shipping or packing it with your luggage.

Packing Wine

Carrying liquids onto the plane is prohibited (international flights), so keep in mind any wine you purchase will go into your checked luggage category. Cardboard boxes with Styrofoam can be purchased in Mendoza and are counted as checked luggage. Carrying wine inside your suitcase is also another option.

Bubble-wrap bottle holders are available in the local wine shops and are more secure than the socks you might use. We advise you to bring down what you have that can be used as a bottle carrier; this will save time searching for “carrying products” while you spend more time searching for the wine.