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ARGENTINA             South America Enquiry Form
   
     
 
                                                           

A touch of Spain in South America, Argentina is a wonder of natural beauty and has a vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle and culture originating from the varied peoples that have settled here.
Settled by the Spanish, the influence left is keenly felt today.

Buenos Aires, the capital is a thriving financial and cultural hub on the La Plata River. This cosmopolitan city is famed for its sophistication and appreciation of the finer points in life. Up market art galleries, elegant restaurants, antique markets, imperious palaces and peaceful green parks are found in and around the city.

Argentina holiday
                                                           

A short distance away lie immense grass plains, the Pampas, well known for the Gauchos, modern day cowboys tending vast herds of cattle.

Argentina boasts sun drenched seaside resorts, long dormant volcanoes covered with snow in that 7000-kilometer long mountain range, the Andes. Within the Andes lies the well-known mountain resort of Bariloche, offering world-class skiing, hiking and a wide range of winter sports. Nearby Patagonia hosts ever moving glaciers and a vast variety of marine life including endangered whales, seals and penguins.

                                                           
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SPORT & ACTIVITIES                  Back to top

Mountaineering                               

Trekking

Skiing in winter

Rafting in summer

  
                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Argentina’s elongated geography ensures that the country has a diverse climate. The north is subtropical with rain throughout the year and is best visited between May and September when the heat and humidity is less oppressive. The south has a sub-arctic climate and is best visited in the summer (December to February). The central area is temperate, but can be hot and humid during summer and cool in winter.

Buenos Aires

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

93

81

117

90

77

64

59

65

78

97

89

96

Rainfall (inches)

3.7

3.2

4.6

3.5

3.0

2.5

2.3

2.6

3.1

3.8

3.5

3.8

Min Temp (°C)

17

16

14

11

7

5

5

5

7

10

12

15

Max Temp (°C)

30

28

26

22

19

15

15

17

19

22

25

28

Min Temp (°F)

63

61

57

52

45

41

41

41

45

50

54

59

Max Temp (°F)

86

82

79

72

66

59

59

63

66

72

77

82

                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Time: Local time is GMT -3.

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Most hotels and offices use the three-pin flat type plug however most older buildings have the two-pin round type.

Money: The Argentinean Peso (ARS) is divided into 100 centavos. The recent devaluation of the Peso has made Argentina more affordable for travellers but there is still much economic uncertainty and travellers are advised to keep an eye on the exchange rate. Currency can be exchanged at banks and cambios (bureaux de change) but it is easier to use ATMs, available in most towns, which reflect the current exchange rate. Credit and debit cards are generally accepted, and US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere. Cirrus cards sometimes aren't accepted. There can be problems using travellers cheques in rural areas, although most banks in major cities should accept them. It's best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars to avoid additional exchange rate charges.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

ARS 1.00 =

USD 0.32

GBP 0.18

CAD 0.36

AUD 0.43

ZAR 2.31

EUR 0.25

NZD 0.53

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Argentina holiday
Argentina holiday


Language:
Spanish is the official language, however English is understood in the tourist areas.

Entry requirements for Americans: US nationals require a valid passport for travel to Argentina, but no visa is required for stays of up to three months, providing the visit is for tourist purposes only.

Passport/Visa Note: It is recommended that all visitors have sufficient funds (at least US$50 per day), as well as onward or return tickets and documents required for next destination.

Health: There is a low risk of yellow fever, cholera and malaria in some northern provinces, so it is wise to seek your doctor's advice when travelling to these areas. Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended before travel to Argentina. Water is safe to drink in major towns and cities. Medical facilities are good in the major cities. Treatment is expensive, however, and medical insurance is advised. Asthma, sinus and bronchial ailments can be aggravated by pollution in Buenos Aires. Those with specific conditions should bring a sufficient quantity of medical supplies and medicines for the trip.

Tipping: A 10% tip is expected at restaurants. Porters expect 50 to 75 cents US per bag.

Safety: Although the political and economic crisis is over, there are still periodic outbreaks of social unrest and demonstrations. Visitors are advised to avoid such public gatherings and keep abreast with news to know whether any political unrest is expected. However, there is no specific threat to foreigners and travellers should not be discouraged from travelling throughout the country. Be alert to bag-snatchers, pick-pocketers and con-men, particularly in crowded areas in Buenos Aires, on public transport and in popular tourist haunts, such as San Telmo.
 
Customs: It is an offence for anyone, including children, to wear camouflage clothing.

Business: Business people dress well in Argentina and visitors are expected to wear a smart suit. Handshaking is normal. Argentineans are great conversationalists and are interested and knowledgeable about world events, political and sporting. Meetings usually begin with small talk. Use titles when addressing people Señor (Mr), Señora (Mrs) and Señorita (Miss) followed by their surname. Note that married women keep their maiden name, and add their husband's surname preceded by 'de'. Business culture in Argentina can be bureaucratic and as with most South American countries negotiation and decision making can take a long time and is best done face to face. Make sure you see the right people as only those in high positions are likely to be able to make a final decision. Business hours are 9am to 5pm in Buenos Aires, with an hour for lunch. Outside the capital it is normal to take a siesta between 1pm and 4pm. Many business people are away on holiday during January and February.

Communications: The international access code for Argentina is +54. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Calls are usually made from public call centres, but there are also public telephones that take coins or phone cards, although one usually pays more than the unit value of the card. Mobile phones are increasingly popular; the area code must always be used when phoning a mobile in Argentina. Internet cafes are widely available in Buenos Aires and other popular tourist destinations. Many hotels also offer Internet access.

Duty Free: Travellers to Argentina over the age of 18 years can bring in the following items to the value of US$300 without incurring customs duty: 2 litres of alcohol, 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 5 kg of food items. Restrictions apply to fresh foodstuffs such as meat and dairy products. Prohibited items include explosives, inflammable items, narcotics and pornographic material. Firearms and ammunition for sporting purposes are allowed if accompanied by a license/certificate.

                                                           
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