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The Argentina Conundrum

Bocas del Toro, PanamaI don’t like winter. I don’t like snow. Or ice. Or anything involving multiple layers of clothing. When I realized that my current travel plans of continuing in a southern direction until Argentina had me traveling through the southern part of South America during winter my plans had to change. Instead I [...]

Bocas del Toro, Panama
I don’t like winter. I don’t like snow. Or ice. Or anything involving multiple layers of clothing.
When I realized that my current travel plans of continuing in a southern direction until Argentina had me traveling through the southern part of South America during winter my plans had to change. Instead I will travel south to north and be in Argentina and Chile during summer and work my back towards the equator as winter sets in. Buenos Aires or bust! I want steak, red wine, and a never ending night life.
The sticker shock of $770 for a flight that involved three separate flights and twenty-one hours of travel wasn’t appealing but possible. The $140 American reciprocity tax for flying into Buenos Aires made this trip impossible. I refuse to pay a tax that’s only charged to Americans because of a bad American visa policy.

Maybe I’ll start in Chile. Same reciprocity tax. Bolivia? More reciprocity problems. My plan was quickly being thrown out of the window. But then I saw Uruguay. Ahhh…Uruguay. Surrounded by countries that charge reciprocity fees or require expensive visas Uruguay is a safe haven from bureaucratic B.S. and isn’t looking to suck the life out of my bank account. To sweeten the pot the flight is direct and cheaper than a similar flight to Buenos Aires. Once in Uruguay Buenos Aires is a ferry ride away from Montevideo or Colonia. I’m sold.
As of yesterday this country was never a place I would have even thought of going. Now I can’t wait for my February 1st departure.
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Sam Langley left a comfortable and profitable job with an insurance company in the USA to travel the world. He has been going for years, and has not stopped yet. Keep up with his travels on his blog at Cubicle Ditcher. has written 147 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.