Rio Gallegos, Argentina

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Rio Gallegos
Río Gallegos, colloquially Gallegos, is the capital of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz. Known as "city of the winds" due to the frequent polar masses coming from Antarctica that pass through the city that presents flat and dry relief. The last major Argentine city before the Strait of Magellan in Chile, it is 64 kilometers from the Paso de Integración Austral, which is Argentina's border with Chile, which provides ferry access to the Tierra del Fuego archipelago as well as about 670 kilometers from Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego Province and the southernmost city in the world and also 350 kilometers from Punta Arenas, Chile.
Tourism
Who claims that Rio Gallegos is the gateway to Southern Patagonia is not wrong. Starting points for all excursions, has become par excellence in the tourist center.
Its history, the great cultural movement and the next natural attractions make it also a great tourist center.
The main things to do in Rio Gallegos all revolve around wildlife and nature. There is a large colony of penguins that occupies an area south of the city of origin in the summer months. The other thing is to take part in a trout fishing trip. Both tours can be organized from the city quite easily.
Rio Gallegos is therefore a rich tourist destination. At the moment, the few travelers are here only as a ticket to other destinations in Patagonia.
Over the past few years Rio Gallegos has made a significant effort to capitalize on its share of tourism. Rio Gallegos is trying its best to attract people to the area claiming itself as the fishing capital of Argentinean trout.
Weather
The predominant climate is known as a local steppe climate. In Río Gallegos the year has little rainfall. The climate is classified as BSk according to Köppen and Geiger. In Río Gallegos the average temperature is 7.2 ° C. The average annual rainfall is 239 mm.

The driest month is September and has 11 mm of precipitation. The month of January is the month with the highest precipitation, presenting an average of 32 mm.

In January, the hottest month of the year, the average temperature is 12.4 ° C. Throughout the year June has an average temperature of 0.8 ° C. It is the lowest average temperature of the year.

There is a difference of 21 mm between the precipitation of the driest month and the wettest month. 11.6 ° C is the variation of average temperatures during the year.
Gastronomy
As in the entire Patagonia region, it has, beyond its natural beauties, an indisputable quality of natural products, a base for preparing gourmet food of a unique flavor: deer, wild boar, trout, salmon, forest mushrooms, blackberries, raspberries, chocolates, among other delicacies.
The Patagonian lamb, a unique delight in the world, or trout, always prepared with the aim of highlighting its pink and soft meat, stand out in this area.
You will be able to observe the beauty in its maximum state of stillness, however it enjoys a delicious table of smoked and cheeses, accompanied by a wide variety of homemade beers and wines.
In this region of our region, it is famous the caramel jam, obtained from the fruits of a wild shrub of the Rosaceae family. You can also try other candies such as elderberries, currant, strawberry, or raspberry.
Currency
Argentinian peso
Official language
Spanish
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TOURISTS

If the stay does not exceed 3 months, it is not necessary to request the tourist visa, but must have a passport with a validity of at least 6 months.

ARTICLE 24 of Decree-Law 25.871, 616/2010

EXTENSION: It can be done in the National Directorate of Migrations from 8 am to 2 pm, building 4 "extensions sector", or in the delegations of the interior of the country, or at the border posts authorized by DNM.

Requests for an extension of residence, as well as a request for a change of immigration category or subcategory, must be made within SIXTY (60) days before the expiration of temporary residence and within 10 (ten) days before the expiration of the transitional residence.

The foreigner who spontaneously and voluntarily submits within thirty (30) days of the expiration of the periods provided for in the previous point, shall be fined FIFTY PERCENT (50%) of the amount of the rate for extension of residence or change category or subcategory.


Requirements:
• Valid passport or valid identity card (neighboring countries).
• Mercosur renewal rate
• Temporary residency in force *
* In the case where the validity of the visa has expired, it can not be extended such residence, in order to leave the country should apply for an exit permit

EXIT AUTHORIZATION: It can be obtained in the "Dirección Nacional de Migraciones", from 8 to 20 hours, building 4 "Dirección General de Movimiento Migratorio", or in the delegations of the interior country, or at border posts authorized by DNM

IMPORTANT: It has a validity of 10 (ten) days from the date of issuance of the authorization, during that period, you must leave the country, if it expires, it will be necessary to request a new EXIT AUTHORIZATION and pay again.
Health care
The following recommendations are for short trips, originating in North America or Europe and limited to Buenos Aires.

All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic for 4-8 weeks prior to departure.

Vaccination is advisable in the following cases:

hepatitis A - Recommended for all travelers

Typhoid - For travelers who can eat or drink great restaurants and hotels outside.

Measles, and Rubella - Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given.

Tetanus-diphtheria - The recommended revaccination every 10 years.

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