ONLY MAKE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AFTER:
We typically need 6 firm enrollments in order to confirm the course as “GO.” If you purchase airline tickets before notified to do so, make sure you either purchase refundable/transferable tickets OR purchase trip insurance covering the cost of airfare in the event your course is canceled or if you are not cleared to participate. North Carolina Outward Bound is not responsible for refunding the cost of airline tickets, clothing and gear, etc.
If you are delayed while traveling, call us immediately at 800-878-5258. We work diligently to accommodate unforeseen travel delays. However, in certain cases of extreme delays, it may not be possible for you to join the course.
Traveling to and from course with a cell phone and charger is encouraged. Upon arrival and check in with our staff at the airport, we will remind participants to call their families immediately, as cell phones are not permitted once the course has officially begun. At that point, all cell phones will be turned off and stored in personal luggage until course end.
Be dressed in items from the clothing list, make all necessary calls and have eaten prior to departure from the airport.
Review current government regulations regarding carry-on items at www.tsa.gov. Many airlines charge for each checked bag. Check your airline’s baggage policy and pay any fees for you or your child’s inbound and outbound ﬂights.
A passport is required for entry into Argentina. Passport applications may take two to three months to process so apply well in advance of your departure date. The passport application fee is $135 (subject to change). 2 Passport numbers must be submitted to Outward Bound no later than two weeks before the start of the course to ensure that we can complete permits necessary for traveling in Patagonia. Make four clear photocopies of your passport. Mail, fax or scan a copy to our office with your required forms. We encourage you to bring one copy of your passport to the course and leave one with your emergency contact at home.
ESSENTIAL CARRY-ON ITEMS
We advise that you pack all essentials from the Clothing and Gear list in a carry-on bag in case your luggage is lost or delayed. These items include:
More detailed descriptions of these items are available in the Clothing and Gear list. These items will outfit you during the first 24-72 hours of course if your luggage is lost or delayed. Include copies of your passport and your airline ticket itineraries. Be careful with your carry-on bag while traveling to avoid your bag being lost or stolen. We suggest using a money belt or traveler’s neck pouch for passports, cash, credit cards and airline tickets.
Do not finalize travel plans until you have confirmed that your Medical Record booklet has been processed, cleared and your course has been declared a “go.” The North Carolina Outward Bound School is not responsible for refunding the cost of airline tickets if the course cancels.
COURSE START ARRIVAL TIME/LOCATION
DATES TBA - San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina to Miami, FL: You are responsible for purchasing a ticket from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina (BRC) to Miami, FL (MIA) to begin Phase II of the course. This ticket must be purchased prior to your course start.
North Carolina Outward Bound requires you to be booked on the following flights departing DATES TBA:
San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC), Argentina to Buenos Aires (EZE), Argentina
COURSE END DEPARTURE TIME/LOCATION
COVID-19 BACK-UP DEPARTURE PLAN
If you intend to depart by commercial transportation, you must submit a back-up departure plan should you need to depart under quarantine or isolation protocols. Reference SUBMITTING YOUR TRAVEL PLANS section below.
There are two airports in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Some airline itineraries require a lengthy ground transport between EZE and AEP to connect to San Carlos de Bariloche Airport (BRC). Other itineraries offer direct flights from EZE to San Carlos de Bariloche Airport (BRC), avoiding the airport-to-airport ground transport.
North Carolina Outward Bound recommends choosing a direct flight from EZE to BRC; however, flight availability changes regularly.
If your airline itinerary requires ground transportation between EZE and AEP, this transport is NOT included in your airline itinerary. You must arrange it separately before day of travel. If you choose this option, make sure your airline itinerary allows for 5 hours layover between the two airports. It will take significant time to claim baggage, clear customs, cross the city, check in and go through security again. Plus, there may be unforeseen delays due to traffic, road construction or weather.
Please refer to these websites to arrange ground transportation:
At least two weeks prior to course start, we will email a request for travel arrangements.
Reference our Program Protocols:
Back-Up Departure Plan Criteria:
We highly recommend you purchase Trip Insurance to cover your investment (e.g. course tuition, airfare and/or emergency evacuation). You may use a vendor of your choice or Gennifer Hogan of All Ways Travel. Gennifer is knowledgeable about our programs, has access to multiple trip insurance options and is dedicated to helping you find coverage that’s best for you.
Gennifer Hogan: email@example.com
HOTELS NEAR THE AIRPORT
If you or your child’s travel plans require an overnight stay before or after the course, there are hotels near the airport. Prior to booking, conﬁrm any minimum age requirements and availability of shuttle service to/from the airport (if applicable).
In Bariloche (course start):
Asheville, NC (course end):
If you are traveling by air, be aware of TSA guidelines. To avoid TSA taking items out of your carry-on luggage (like insect repellent and sunscreen), pack these items in your checked luggage or do not exceed size specifications. For more information please visit the TSA website: Transportation Security Administration - Carry-ons