Help! I need money exchanged and transportation!

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I know that this information is not very exciting but believe me it is useful. The first time that we arrived in Buenos Aires we wanted to leave the airport as soon as possible. I went to the first bank after leaving baggage claim and then got a Taxi. It wasnt till later that I realized I had been ripped off! When we tried to get our money exchanged in downtown BA it took us half of the day and again we felt we had been ripped off. I didnt have any problem exchanging at an ATM but as you leave BA it does become a problem because a lot of the times the ATM's are down or out of cash.I found this information to be very useful: Upon arriving in Argentina after customs and collecting your luggage you will want to exchange your money. There are 3 money exchange banks inside the terminal before you exit the airport. The first one that you see is in the luggage pickup area. This has the worst exchange. upon leaving the terminal you will see a second one which is a little better, but the best one is the third one "Bank of Argentina which gives you the international going rate. You have to look for it because it is on the right side of the terminal as you are exiting the building. If you want to use your credit card it is very easy and not a problem in Argentina, but just be sure to have your passport for identification. If you leave the airport without exchanging your money it can become a hassle. Some banks require an account with them others charge a commission and you have to exchange at least 100.00 dollars. They also look at the bills carfully and if there are any creases or damage they will not exchange it. The bills have to be in perfect condition. Not to mention the time that it takes to get this done.

The next item is transportation. If you are by yourself it is best to take the shuttle Manuel Tienda which is now located outside as you are exiting the terminal. There are two types of tickets. One will take you to the station and the other will transfer you to the adress where you will be going. This is the one that you want to get because it is only $5 argentinian pesos more and saves you the hassle of getting a transfer ticket at the station or a taxi cab. The total ticket s about $40 pesos. If there are more than two of you then I would suggest a taxi. Be sure to negotiate the price before you leave. I know someone in Argentina Sergio that does this as a side business and he usually charges $75 Argentinan pesos and is very reliable. His number is Cell:15-4474-0971 or 15-4296-3824.My friends usually call him before they arrive to make their arrangements. Know ing this information will make your trip a lot smoother and you wont feel like a chicken with your head cut off!

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Trip Start May 12, 2009 Trip End May 16, 2009

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