Josh’s Guide to San Juan

Hi All,

I have put down all my knowledge about San Juan that I can think may be useful here… hopefully this will help.

There is also lots of information on www.2017argentinakayak.com about transport, meal plans, hotels. Do check this out.

On the 12th July the event organisers released the following document which contains further information:

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The feature:

Can be found by putting into google maps: 31°29’00.6″S 68°38’50.2″W

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A few photos:

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Getting there

There are no direct flights to San Juan. You can via Santiago (Chile), Buenos Aires (ARG) and Rio (Brazil). I flew (no boat) via Santiao with Iberia and then took the daily flight to San Jun with LATAM. LATAM do take boats… as I shared a flight with some of the athletes. If you fly via Buenos Aires as one is international and one is domestic you will have to travel about 1 hour to another airport. San Juan airport is about 20mins drive from the city centre. There are taxis but as standard they do not fit boats (cars are quite small).  The event is running a shuttle to get from the airport but thwi will cost about 40Euro… I am sure my taxi was far cheeper than this though.

Getting Around:

If you can afford one, a car would be really useful. Alamo and Hertz both have car hire at the airport. Acording to the event website teams will be transferred to the feature from the main hotel in Bus but my expereince of lifts was that they run on “kayker time” not “ICF time”. You will need a bus or a car to get to the feature. There is a domestic bus service which some people used during the world cups for training week but I had no expereince of this. Road quality is good but the drivers do tend to be a little crazy by UK standards.

Accomadation:

The GB Team Management are not sorting accomadation for you as this is too hard to sort out. There are accomadation options listed on the event website… I have visted all 3 and stayed in 2. The Gran Provincial is like a European hotel and has good en-suite rooms and good breakfasts. Hotel Belvere and Hotel Del Valle are owned by San Juan canoe club members and are pretty terrible. Dont rely on the breakfasts from here being good, unless you like sweet croissants and pink milk. Have a look at trip advisor. You need to get on this quick… as everything will start getting booked up. The Gran Provincial will be the hub of things going on in the centre. They are all within walking distance of each other.

Money

You cannot buy Argentine Peso in the UK. You can only get them out there. I took US dollar as this was suggested on websites site but found that I could not use it anywhere… so I will only be taking a bank card next time. There are ATMs and banks in the city centre where you can take cash out, but be prepared to pay a little for it.

Weather

I went in October and the locals were complaining of being cold… it was 25 degrees. The world champs are in November & December… so expect 30 degrees. The water has come out the bottom of a dam… so is nicely refereshing.

San Juan

Very little English is spoken (they speak a version of Spannish).

I felt perfectly safe walking round the city.

The steak and wine is amazing (strictly for afterparties of course). I dont think I saw a vegetable while I was there.

There isnt much to do in the city, although wine tasting is a must do! There is lots of mountain biking and trecking and watersports on the lake made by the dam.

After the event

I would definately recomend staying to see South America. I had a week trecking in Chilie which was awesome. Dont underestimate how big the continent is though!

Other

At the world cups they organised a container for boat storage so people didnt have to get boats backwards and forwards. I expect they will do the same again. There were lots of carbon boats there at the World Cups and nobody had an issues.

The locals were all really friendly and helpful. Considering the canoe club had never run a proper freestyle event before they did an awesome job. We had a night final (expect this at the world champs) where there was a big screen, lights., massive banners, TV etc. They organised WIFI on the site. We had the opening ceremony at the local government buildings. I would expect it to be a bit of a difficult one overall however, its not an easy site and city to run a big competition (our judges tablets overheated in the sun at one point).

Hope this helped… should be a good event!

Thanks, Josh

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