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La Plata is the capital of the Buenos Aires province and just an hour away from Buenos Aires.
La Plata has a humid subtropical climate. During winter, temperatures are cool during the day and cold during the night which can reach below freezing. The average temperature in the coldest month, July is 8.9 °C. Snowfall in the city is rare. The last significant snowfall fell on 9 July 2007 and the second to last snowfall was on 22 June 1918. Winters tend to be cloudier than summer averaging around 10 overcast days in June to August compared to 6 overcast days from December to February. Summers are warm to hot with a January high of 29 °C while nighttime temperatures are cooler, averaging 18 °C. Spring and fall are transition seasons featuring warm daytime temperatures and cool nighttime temperatures and are highly variable with some days reaching above 32 °C and below 0 °C. The city is fairly humid, owing to its coastal location and the average humidity greater than 75% in each month. La Plata receives 1,092 millimetres of precipitation a year, with winters being the drier months and summer the wetter months. On average, La Plata receives 2,285 hours of sunshine a year or 51% of possible sunshine, ranging from a low of 41% in June and July to 62% in February.
Buses from Retiro in Buenos Aires leave regularly and cost A$11. It takes about 1 hour.
Taxis are plentiful and cheap. They can be hailed on the street, but be observant; the diagonal avenues that cut through La Plata can be confusing and taxi drivers will often take advantage of that to rack up the price on the meter.
The city buses, or the micro, are very cheap and reliable. Within one city zone (the square-grid downtown counts as one zone) the bus costs 1.10 Argentine pesos ($.25 USD). It will cost 1.90 pesos to travel into the suburbs. You must specify the amount you are paying upon entering the bus. If you are confused as to how much you should pay, ask the bus driver. Buses only take coins, which are very hard to come by in Argentina. You can also buy a prepaid bus card at any news stand for 19 pesos. You must also hale the bus as it passes the bus stop or it will continue its route.
La Plata is an easy city to navigate because of its grid system. You can easily walk from one side of the city to another within 45 minutes.
|Franvkille Hostel||Calle 46 n781||Hostel||79|
|La Plata Hostel||1066 50st||Hostel||84|
|Hostel del Bosque||54 no 460||HOSTEL||77|
|Belarmino Hostel Point||6 n°127 Entre 34 y 35||Hostel||-|
|El Intercultural Hostel||Calle 49 nº 769 e/ 10 y 11||HOSTEL||-|
|El Pueblito Hostel 22||Diagonal 74, 2168 La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Casa Do Sol||Calle 56, 885 e/ 12 y 13||HOSTEL||-|
|UNICO Eco Hostel Boutique||Calle 4 n° 565||HOSTEL||-|
Internet cafes are still widely available in most places, even in smaller towns, though many people are connected through the internet at home or by mobile device. Many cafes and restaurants offer free WiFi with an advertisement in their windows. All you need to do is buy something and ask for the password. Apart from specific places, including soms airports and major stations, quite a few cities are offering free wifi, including Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Argentina is 54. To make an international call from Argentina, dial 00 followed by the country code and the rest of the telephone number. All 0800 numbers are toll-free numbers, except if you call from a mobile phone. Emergency numbers are available for Police (101), Ambulance (107) and Fire (100). Emergency dispatcher for Buenos Aires (city), Santa Fe (city), Rosario (city), Salta (province), Corrientes (province), and Buenos Aires (province) 911. In a mobile phone 112 forwards to 911.
You can get a prepaid Movistar / Claro / Personal SIM card for a few pesos / free at phone shops, all you pay is about 20 Pesos for your initial credits. Inserting the SIM card into your unlocked American or European mobile phone should work, although to register the SIM you have to enter your passport (or any 9 digit) number - you then have your personal Argentinean phone numbers. Calls cost around 1 Peso per minute. Receiving calls is usually free, except for international calls, and some cross network / inter-city calls - hence buying a SIM card purely to keep in touch with people overseas may not be worth it.
Without a cellphone, there are similar cards with credits for international calls. You get them at so called locutorios, where you can also use the phone booths. You dial a free number to connect to the service, then your secret number for the credits, and then the international phone number you want to call. Using these cards, a one-hour call to Europe will cost about 10 Pesos. Don't call without such cards or even from your hotel - it will be way more expensive.
Correos de Argentina is the national postal service of Argentina. There are also two private carriers operating nationwide (OCA and Andreani) and a number of regional ones though Correos de Argentina will be the one most likely to be used by travellers. Post offices are mostly open between 8:00am and 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, though there are regional variantions with longer hours in central post offices in big cities and shorter ones in small towns. Services are pretty reliable but slow, mostly taking about two weeks to deliver a postcard or letter to the USA or Europe, but usually within a few days sending it domestically. There is also a more expensive express options. You can track a package online at the Correos de Argentino website. Parcels take at least 3-5 days domestically and weeks internationally. Otherwise try international companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS to send parcels. It is probably more reliable as well as faster.
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