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Where to change money in El Calafate?

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Where to change money in El Calafate?

Hi, I plan to arrive at El Calafate by bus from Torres del Paine. As that will be my first entry to Argentina I will need to get some pesos. I read about the grey market for exchange in Buenos Aires to get a better rate (at or above 6 to $1), is there a similar practice in EC? Your tips for a good safe place to change money with a decent rate much appreciated!

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1. Re: Where to change money in El Calafate?

Yes there is. I sent you a PM.

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Thanks much!

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Beenthere, can you let me know as well, please? Thanks

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4. Re: Where to change money in El Calafate?

Beenthere, I would appreciate to get this information as well. Thank you.

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Beenthere, I would appreciate to get this information as well. Thank you.

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Beenthere, I would appreciate to get this information as well. Thank you.

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So as not to put a Good Samaritan on the spot, let me paraphrase...

Seems it's possible to ask at souvenir shops. Shops say they offer a good rate if USD is used to purchase items (with pesos being given as change). So try asking them if exchange can be made without purchase. Rate about $1 - 6/ 6.5. Seems possible to get better in Buenos Aires but for me coming from the Chilean border this sounds like a good option, definitely better than what I've read official exchanges (cambio) will do. Hope this helps others....

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Hi! I would highly appreciate the place where we can get a good change in El Calafate please! I'm in town now, looking fwd to your reply!!

Thx

Mike

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I am now in El Calafate. Just been to Perito Merino Glacier Park. The boat ride fee is 120 peso or if u pay in USD its only 12 USD at a whopping exchange rate of 1:10. So we happily pay in USD. Imagine how much change in peso u will get if u give USD100. At the hostel that we stay the exchange rate is 1:7.5. So for your accomodation best to pay in USD.

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Hi,

Which hostel gave you a rate of 7.5? I am looking to exchange money here. Thanks!