Mailing things from Argentina to U.S.
1) Is the Argentina postal service reliable enough for me to trust with several hundreds of dollars worth of gear to mail back to the U.S. (this would be gear purchased outside of AR..carried by me into the country, just want to ditch it)
2) Anyone who has mailed things to the U.S. from Argentina...would you say it was expensive? I'm figuring a box that will weigh somewhere near 10Kg (20ish pounds)...the UPS estimate to get that back to the U.S. is nearly $300USD I consider that greatly expensive...in fact anything over $100USD is too much for me to consider
So I'm planning a big trip in '09 mostly in Argentina...3 months of this trip will be dedicated to skiing @Cerro Catedral and surrounds.
If the budget & timing hold out I may be able to tack on a Galapagos trip at the end....but....that leaves me with the question of what to do with my ski equipment and so far here are my options:
I figure the skis themselves will be worn out by that time so they could be sold or otherwise disposed of but that still leaves me with gear whose replacement cost would be several hundreds of dollars if not thousands and would do me little to no good while traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos...I could simply schlep this stuff with me and store in Quito...or I could send back to the U.S. via Argentine post...or....I have found that a flight from Miami to Quito is really rather affordable..I could hand carry the gear to Miami, ship from there and fly to Quito...combining shipping costs with transport costs to Quito to come out fairly inexpensive...certainly no more expensive than shipping UPS plus the cost of transport to Quito...This is more like thinking out loud than anything but if anyone can give insight as to reliability/cost of postal mail from AR to USA that would be great.
There is a limitation for sending it normal mail though... 2 kg, which costs roughly 90 pesos (30 dollars). For more than 2 kg itÂ´s a whole other process.
Beware that if you send it with a private carrier, you will have to pay customs fees, and they will not be cheap. I learned the hard way.
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