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Travel Guide South America Argentina Rosario

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Introduction

Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina and the largest city in Santa Fe province. It is located at the Paraná river, known for its rich architectonic heritage and beautiful riverside scenery, and offers a vibrant cultural and night life.

The city itself has about 950,000 inhabitants, but considering the suburbs it rivals Córdoba in importance, with about 1,5 million living in the metro area. Economically it is the second most important port of the country and an important industrial hub, with a large and renowned university. It modern times, it is also known as the hometown of famous Argentinian football (soccer) player Lionel Messi.

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Sights and Activities

Rosario is swimming with things to do for both tourists and locals. Providing an adventurous variety of services such as: kayaking, biking, skydiving, horseback riding, sailboating, Spanish classes, dance classes in both folklore and tango, guitar and drum classes, as well as capoiera and many others.

You can go to the beach at the river's edge, locally referred to as La Florida, to enjoy a cold drink on a summer's day, or cross the river to the island and spend a day at the beach. Either way you will find a wide variety of bars and restaurants with a spectacular view of the Parana!

  • National Flag Memorial (Monumento Histórico Nacional a la Bandera), Sta Fe 581. Built in 1957 to commemorate Manuel Belgrano, the creator of the Argentina flag and one of the great Libertadores during the Latin American wars of independence.

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Weather

Rosario has a temperate climate, and is known for changeable weather conditions. The average annual high is 23.4 °C and the low is 11.6 °C. The annual rainfall is 1,038 mm. Summers are hot and humid with thunderstorms that can bring a lot of precipitation. However, sunny days are common. Spring and fall have pleasant weather, featuring warm days and cool nights. Winters are generally cool though occasional cold air masses from the south can cause temperatures to drop below freezing. However, sunny weather and warm days can also occur during winters.

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Getting There

By Plane

Rosario - Islas Malvinas International Airport (ROS) offers flights to Porto Alegre, Havana, Córdoba, Florianopolis, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Punta del Este, Santa Fe, Tucuman and Villa Gesell.

By Train

Trenes Argentinos runs a daily train from Buenos Aires. After a renovation in 2015 the service is improving slowly, but compared to buses the train is still slower. Additionally, twice a week there are trains from Córdoba (via Villa María) and San Miguel de Tucumán (via Santiago del Estero). These trains are still very cheap, but slow and you must reserve your ticket well in advance. Train services from the provincial capital Santa Fe are still suspended.

Rosario has two railway stations, Estación Rosario Sur which is located in the southern suburbs and the terminus Estación Rosario Norte, which is closer to downtown.

By Car

Two freeways (autopistas) connect Rosario with Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and to Cordoba. Locals take the bus, a remisse (a private taxi service), or hail one of the many taxis roaming the area.

By Bus

The most convenient way of travelling in Argentina. There are many buses departing daily from the Rosario bus station to almost every city in the country. It is also possible to travel by bus to southern Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Bolivia. EGA bus lines operates a daily bus direct to Montevideo leaving at 23:50 and arriving in Montevideo at 08:30 next morning. The bus terminal, Terminal de Ómnibus Mariano Moreno, is located at Cafferata 702, about two kilometres west of the city centre.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

The only forms of public transportation in Rosario are above ground: the bus system and a trolleybus line. As in other Argentine cities, there is a system with rechargeable prepaid cards.

By Bike

Rosario is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Argentina. The cycleway network is almost as large as the Buenos Aires one, although the city is significantly smaller, and the flat topography makes the city ideal for using this kind of transport. There is a public bicycle renting system in the city centre, Tu Bici Mi Bici, with automatic stations.

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Eat

  • Rincon Vegetarian Restaurant (Mitre St between Córdoba St and Santa Fe St). For ARS11 you get an all-you-can-eat buffet with all sorts of innovative vegetarian goodies. Good if you want a break from steak.

8 Parrilla la Estancia, Av. Pellegrini 1510 (Av Pellegrini and España St), ☎ +54 341 449-8052. Great asado, empanada, and wine dinner.

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Sleep

  • Anamundana Hostel, Montevideo 1248 (City Centre), ☎ +54 341 424-3077. A very comfortable and pleasant hostel with a charming atmosphere and friendly hosts. In the main portion of downtown and one block away from the most important avenue in town (restaurant and bars strip]. A place to have fun and meet people. Hola members receive a 10% discount.
  • Cool Raul Hostel, 1670 San Lorenzo. A great hostel with a relaxed atmosphere and super friendly hosts right near the main shopping strip. A fun, chill place to meet people and hang out. Minihostels members receive a 10% discount.
  • Hostel Allegro Piu, Crespo 978 (Close to terminal), ☎ +54 437-5972, +54 430-0848. Big, clean, good facilities and boring.
  • Hostel Lourdes. An early 1900's upstairs building, just two blocks away from the city's centre, you will find a folkloric appeal and a down to earth personalized touch.
  • Livin' Residence Rosario, 3 de Febrero 2505, ☎ +54 341 5301717, e-mail: rosario@livinresidence.com. Offers guests ten apartment units.

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Keep Connected

Internet

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.

Phone

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.

Post

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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Accommodation in Rosario

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