SOUTHAA'S FAQs GENERAL INFORMATION
Some general answers
About Argentina and the travel:
Is Argentina safe?
Definitely! Argentina is considered one of the safest countries in South America.
You will find no safer place than the rural areas where our lodges are located. Although, like
any country with major cities such as Buenos Aires, Argentina can have a problem with petty crime
pertaining to tourist. Our advice, use common sense. Keep belongings or bags within eyes sight at all times and refrain from wearing flashy jewelry when visiting major cities.
What are Argentina’s entry requirements?
Only a valid passport is necessary to gain entry into Argentina. Visas, special immunizations nor a reciprocity fee are required for tourism to Argentina for U.S. Citizens. The reciprocity fee still applies to Australian and Canadian passport holders.
What type of currency will I need?
At the lodge personal checks are accepted for shotgun shell and any pro shop purchases. The US dollar is the preferred currency for tipping. Hunting and lodging have been paid for ahead of time; what happens if you choose to travel outside the lodge? Pesos are the general form of payment accepted anywhere outside of the lodge. The US dollar to Peso conversion rate fluctuates often; otherwise we would have been happy to provide that information for you.
What part of Argentina will I be traveling to?
We placed our lodges within the most desirable locations within the Provence of Córdoba or Santa Fe, known as the heartland of Argentina due to its geographically central location.
How do I get there?
Commonly our customers travel to either Córdoba or Buenos Aires by air. Frequent international flights to Córdoba or Buenos Aires can be found from any major city. There are also several domestic flights available from Buenos Aires to Córdoba. When scheduling, keep in mind to allow time for layovers and customs, especially if your plan on bringing your own firearm.
Will I be met at the airport? If, so by whom?
Yes a member of our friendly staff will meet you at the airport in Córdoba, Santa Fe or Buenos Aires.
What is the expected travel time from the airport to the lodge?
It depends on the destination and the means of travel.
About the Accommodations:
What are the lodges where hunters stay?
Actually SouthAA is working with 3 accommodations: In Córdoba, with Ansenuza ando with Estancia la Paz. In Santa Fe with Siriri Lodge.
How many hunters can you accommodate in one party?
Up to twelve hunters can be accommodated comfortably.
Is there a dress code at the lodge?
No, we encourage you to be comfortable, casual attire is adequate. Be sure to check the forecasted weather for our area when packing.
What amenities does the lodge provide?
For your convenience each lodge is equipped with Wi-Fi. We also provide basic toiletries such as soap, shampoo, additional linens as well as laundry service.
What other activities are available at the lodge?
Activities include a picturesque pool to use at your leisure as well as a masseuse, happy to serve you with an appointment after a long day in the field. In addition, for your entertainment, live local music and cultural dance performances such as the Argentinian Tango may be presented.
Will my phone work?
In our experience you should not have a problem using your personal cell phone. For additional questions contact your service provider regarding international calls or any international plans offered.
Is it customary to tip at the lodge?
Gratuity is customary and graciously promoted. A group tip is distributed evenly among our lodge staff which include your driver, guide, servers, bartenders, and housekeeping. Individual tips should be made to the bird boys assigned to you and, if services are used, the masseuse.
May I bring my own firearm? If so, what are the guidelines for firearm importation?
A hunter’s relationship with their guns is a personal one, therefore it is quite understandable that one may prefer their own. SouthAA welcomes personal firearms. Entry can be a time consuming process and regulations often change.
Here’s a few tips:
It should be noted that more than one shotgun is essential
for this trip. You will be shooting at the very least 1000 shells per day, guns get hot, a backup is necessary.
Twenty-one is the minimum age for entry into the country with one or more firearms for the purpose of hunting.
Three is the maximum number of firearms allowed per one individual.
Entry is conditional upon obtaining a Temporary Import Permit from the Argentine Consulate serving your state---Prices vary for this service and are subject to change without notice; at the time of this post fees range from $40 to $60 USD/gun.
Applying for a Temporary Import Permit requires:
1. filling out this form, leaving no incomplete fields
2. signing it before the Notary Public
3. sending it to our offices it to your assigned consulate with: passport sized photograph, copy of a return airline ticket, photocopy of the importer's driver’s license as proof or address, photocopy of the first page of the importer's passport, USD Money Order payable to the Embassy of Argentina, copy of valid state issued gun permit containing the description of the firearm, prepaid postage envelope for the application to be return after being legalized.
Once issued several copies of the Temporary Import Permit must be made and accompanied with you on your flight along with you state issued permit.
Upon arrival, guns must be declared and ANMAC gun permit forms purchased at the International Airport in Argentina. Entry fee per gun must be paid to the National Police Authority. Prices vary for this service and are subject to change without notice; at the time of this post fees range from $80 to $150 USD per gun.
It is imperative that you remember to allow for time when importing your personal firearm. At arrival in Argentina you will travel through immigration, next the ANMAC (the Argentine Police whom check in and release permits for your firearms), then customs. This tends to be a lengthy process and may conflict with your travel schedule.
Are firearms available for rent?
Certainty. Hunters tend to prefer the convenience of renting on site. Benefits include daily cleaning and a guaranteed backup firearm. We offer a range of firearms at $75 USD per day of hunting.
What available types of firearms do you offer?
Benelli 20 Gauge Automatic
Berretta 20 Gauge Automatic
Berretta 20 Gauge Over & Under
Silver Pigeon 28 Gauge Over & Under
.410 Silver Pigeon Over & Under
(upon advanced request)
Are licenses required?
A License is required per each day of hunt and is included in your final invoice.
May I bring my own shells?
What if I do not use all the shells purchased or wish to purchase extra?
The price of shells used throughout your stay will be included on your final invoice.
Are plugs required or available for use?
Plugs are not a requirement in Argentina. Due to the vast population of doves you will have the opportunity to enjoy high volume wing shooting like never before.
What firearm services and accessories are provided or available for purchase?
Daily cleaning services for firearms is included in your package.
Shotgun Rentals: About shotguns for birdhunting in Argentina:
$70 per day Shotgun rentals
$13.50 Dove Loads.
Renting is better than bringing your own guns.
No hassle with customs.
The cost of rental is less than gun permits.
Anyone who has hunted in the past knows that weather is arguably one of the most pressing factors when planning your trip.
Located in the southern hemisphere, Argentina is generally a temperate climate, with hot summers in the months of December through February.
Learn more about how weather plays a significant role in South American birdgame hunting, to plan accordingly and get the most from your time in the great outdoors.
These are the estimated medians for each month in the province of Córdoba:
AVERAGE CLIMATIC DATA
Max/ Min (F)
Price based on double occupancy: u$s 500.- per hunter / day
Meals / drinks.
Transfers in / out Cordoba/ Santa Fe airport and destination.
Transfers in / out hunting fields.
Hunting license: u$s 65 per hunter per day.
Gun rental: u$s 70 per gun per day.
Shells: u$s 13,5 per box of 25 shells.
What does the package include?
All meals and drinks.
All land transfers, to/from airport and hunting areas.
Gun / Boots cleaning.
What does the package doesn't include?
Luggage overweight charges.
Gun import permits.
Shells: different gauges available.
Gun rental and wader rental.
Are there single shooter packages and or availabilities?
If availability allows, absolutely. Contact us directly for additional assistance.
How do I reserve my dates?
A payment totaling 50% of package costs are due in order to book a reservation. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your trip.
May I purchase an extra day, if so what is the price?
If availability allows, absolutely. Contact us directly for additional assistance.
4-5 pairs of hunting socks and a few pair of regular socks
One pair of field boots
One pair of comfortable shoes for plane ride and around the Estancia
3-4 nice shirts for the evenings around the Estancia
2-3 pairs of pants for around the Estancia
2-3 pairs light weight hunting pants
3 light weight hunting shirts (camouflage is great but not necessary)
Light weight hunting jacket
Shooting Glasses/sun glasses
Shell pouch or vest
Shooting shoulder pad
Comfortable cloths for the flight down
Toiletries and any personal medications
Cash for tips and gun permits if you are bringing your own guns ($500-$750)
Personal checks for shell bill (licenses will be included on shell bill)
This is a suggestive list and a guideline. You may want to bring more or less. Laundry services are available.
The weather this time of year is warm but pleasant. The temperature will range from low 70’s and high 90’s. Rain is not common at this time of the year but there is always a possibility.
** You will need to pre-register your guns using
US Customs Form 4457. This form is required in order to import guns into the U.S upon returning. **
SEASON BY SPECIES
Season by Species:
Dates enabled for the practice of birdhunting and fishing in Córdoba, Argentina.
All year long.
If you are an experienced wingshooter, you should not miss Doves in Córdoba, Argentina.
An exciting destination in Argentina. The region has a delightful climate, which allows enormous grain crops, a reliable forage base for a population of million of doves.
On a typical day, hunters will fire from one thousand to two thousand shots.
In the area we hunt there are millions of doves.
All these advantages make Cordoba the best Dove Shooting destination in the world:
"Third time in Argentina shooting dove and this was the best trip! We really enjoyed staying so close to the shooting. The staff was most pleasant and we appreciated the three of you dining with us each night. I am very comfortable with and look forward to bringing more of my friends and clients down here to share in your wonderful hospitality." (Mark Smith)
March to august.
Duck Hunting in Santa Fe
In the most important productive corn and rice regions of the country. Because these areas have plenty of lagoons and marshes, the waterfowl is magnificent.
In this area we hunt in the morning and at the end of the day. The most important species we hunt are: Muscovy, Comb, Fulvous Whistling, Black-Bellied Whistling, White-Faced Whistling, Southern Wigeon, Yellow-Billed Pintail, Speckled Teal, Red Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal, White-Cheeked Pintail, Silver Teal, Rosy-Billed Pochard, Brazilian, Ringed Teal, Black-Headed, Lake Duck, Masked.
Perdiz hunting and dorado fishing are also available in this area.
October to march.
Even though many fishermen know of its existence, very few have seen it. We can guide you to its home to enjoy the fascinating experience of fishing it.
The Dorado, Salminus Maxillosus or Tiger of the River, is a fighter and a great acrobat, that makes it a great trophy for fishers.
We fish in Esteros del Iberá (marshes of "shining water"), an enormous and mysterious territory where land becomes water and water becomes land; and the Parana River area, amongst rivers and streams with sandy beaches, cliffs and bushes rich in wildlife.
During the prime seasons a combination with duck hunting is possible in some of the areas.
Anytime you travel to a foreign country you should check with the US Department of Health for information on any possible current changes on vaccinations.
SouthAA is not qualified to convey medical advice, and suggest you consult with your physician for medical advice on your travel to Argentina.