Your first trip to Argentina



Useful information


How to get to Argentina and Buenos Aires?

Most of the Airlines flying to Argentina arrive, mainly, to the International Airport of Ezeiza officially called "Ministro Pistarini", located 37 Km from the City of Buenos Aires. From the airport you can take a taxi, or bus transportation to center of the City.
It’s our advice to take only the Official services of the Airport. The cost is approximately $ 40) There is also a regular bus shuttle called “Manuel Tienda León”, departing every 30 minutes and cost approximate $ 20 For more information regarding of taxis, buses or rental cars you can access the website of the Airport : http://www.aa2000.com.ar

Language

The official language of the Argentine Republic is the Spanish. There are many localisms, words and languages incorporated of the “lunfardo”, a slang used in the region of Río de la Plata. English is spoken by a good part of the population, and by practically all the employees in the tourist field. Also, to a lesser extent, Portuguese, Italian and French are spoken. The first two are generally understood without major difficulties, given their familiarity and resemblance to Spanish.


Currency

The official currency is the peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50,100 and 500 pesos.
You can check the exchange rate at: http://www.xe.com/en/currencyconverter/


Religion

Argentina supports the Roman Catholic Apostolic religion, although there is total freedom of worship. Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, the Greek Orthodox religion, the Russian Orthodox religion and others are also practiced.


Weather:

Due to the latitudinal amplitude and its variety of terrains, Argentina has a great variety of climates. In general, the predominant climate is temperate, although it extends to a subtropical climate in the North and a sub polar in the extreme South. The North of the Country is characterized by very warm and humid summers, with mild and dry winters, being subject to periodic droughts. The center of the Country has warm summers with rains and storms, and cool winters. The Southern regions have warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, especially in mountainous areas. The highest elevations in all latitudes are those experiencing colder conditions, with an arid climate.


Payment methods

Although the US dollar and euro are generally accepted, the exchange of currency in national currency takes place in authorized banks and official houses. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card. There may be difficulties for the exchange of traveler's checks outside of Buenos Aires.


Territorial Expansion

With an area of 3,761,274 km², the Argentine territory has a varied landscape, where ice fields and arid zones coexist, mountainous reliefs are alternated with plateaus or plains, fluvial courses or lacustrine areas are communicated with the oceanic amplitude, and The steppe vegetation does not opaque the scenario of forests and jungles.


Argentine Population

The Argentine Republic has a population of 40,117,096 inhabitants; the first settlers of the present Argentine territory were indigenous people who, united in diverse tribes, developed their respective cultures in diverse degree. With the arrival of the “conquistadors”, in the sixteenth century, the customs and values of the Spaniards generated an enduring cultural encounter and the beginning of the “mestizaje” of whites and Indians. To these the mulattoes and zambos were added to affirm thus the conformation of the creole population.


Federal Capital

The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is the national capital. It borders with the homonymous province, has an area of 202 km² where 2,890,151 inhabitants live. Its boundaries are: at the east, “Rio de la Plata”; at the south, the “Riachuelo”; and is bordered from north to west by “General Paz” Avenue.


Official time

GMT -3 hours, three hours less than Greenwich (normal / summer)


Travel within Argentina

Due to the distances of the country, if you want to visit different regions of the country we recommend you to do it by air.

Main Air Companies:
http://www.aerolineas.com.ar
https://www.latam.com/en_us/
Some attractions to visit, with flight times from Buenos Aires:

Iguazu Falls , one of the 7 wonders (Misiones). 1h 45min
Cerro Aconcagua , (Mendoza), The highest mountain in America: 1h 50m + 3hs Bus
San Carlos de Bariloche , The Lake District Area and Ski Resort: 2h 20m
Perito Moreno Glacier , El Calafate (Santa Cruz): 3h 15m
El Chaltén , National Capital of Trekking (Santa Cruz): 3h 15m (+3 hours by bus)
Ushuaia , The southernmost city in the world: 3h 20m
Salta , The Altiplano: 2h 15m


Business Ours

BANKS AND EXCHANGE OFFICES:
From Monday to Friday, between 10.00 and 15.00 hours.

OFICINAS COMERCIALES:
Generalmente de 09.00 a 12.00 y de 14.00 a 19.00 horas.

COMMERCIAL OFFICES:
Generally from 09.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 19.00 hours.

COFFEE SHOPS & PIZZERÍAS
Mainly in Buenos Aires they are always open, except the schedule of 2 to 6 am.
In the Interior the schedule can vary with being closed in the time of the afternoon (14 to 17hs)

RESTAURANTS:
Lunch is served from noon to 3 pm, and dinner from 7-8pm until 11pm.
Many establishments offer fast food at all times



Tipping:

The usual is to leave 10 to 15% of the amount of service in coffee shops and restaurants.
Also consider gratuities to Hotels Staff, drivers and guides.


Tax Refund

Tax Refund for Foreign tourists may request the refund of Value Added Tax (IVA), for purchases of national purchases with amounts above $70 in shops affiliated with the "Global Blue Argentina" system, identified with the logo "Tax Free ".
In order to do this, you must present yourself with your purchase, your Invoice, the "Tax Free" Form and your Passport in the offices of "Global Blue Argentina", at the International Airport, prior to your return.
In addition, from January 2, 2017, the IVA tax will be refunded to foreign tourists also for accommodation expenses.

Global Refund: TE 11-52381970 www.globalrefund.com


Tourist Information

Ministry of National Tourism:
Center of Tourist Information: Av. Santa Fe 883, (C1059ABC) Buenos Aires
Tel. 4312-2232 ó 0800-555-0016. info@turismo.gov.ar
http://www.argentina.travel/en


Security & Assistance for the Tourist


The city of Buenos Aires:
Like every cosmopolitan city with a great transit of tourists - especially in downtown areas, tourist attractions and nightlife - there are several cases of tourists who have suffered from the pick pockets, stealing of cameras, bags or any element that show him as a foreigner by criminals. To avoid this, we advise you to travel with your group or, if you travel alone, only move around the main touristic areas, thus avoiding being alone. We recommend to take official taxis you can request from your Hotel avoiding the taxis in the public thoroughfare.
Public Transportation are Buses, Metro and Train, during daytime are fine, with some very busy hours between Monday and Friday. With these minimum cautions, you can visit our country and enjoy your trip without inconveniences.

Police Station:
Av. Corrientes 436, C1043AAR Buenos Aires Tel. 4346-5748 / 4328-2135 / 0800-999-5000 E-mail: turista@policiafederal.gov.ar

Defense of tourists:
“Defensoría del Turista”: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835 (Museum of Fine Arts of La Boca "Don Benito Quinquela Martín"), C1169AAC Buenos Aires Tel. 4302-7816, Fax: 4302-7816, E-mail: turista@defensoria.org.ar
Defense 1250 (San Telmo), C1143AAB Buenos Aires Tel. 4046-9682 / 4338-4900 E-mail: touristsantelmo@defensoria.org.ar

http://www.defensoriaturista.org.ar/?lang=en


Gastronomy In Argentina

Argentina has a great offer of National and International cuisine, the following are some of the traditional menus:

“Bife de Chorizo” Roast Beef on the grill. Traditional steak that can be found throughout the country. “Parrillada” Mix of grilled cuts ; red sausage, beef, chicken, lamb, etc.

“Empanadas” flour and egg mass that wraps a filling; being the beef with hard-boiled eggs, olives and raisins are the most traditional.

“Locro” Typical argentine stew, with vegetables, meat, sausage and bacon.

“Milanesa” Breaded beef usually accompanied with fried or mashed potatoes

“Pizzas & Pastas” Part of our Italian ancestry made us pizza specialists, where you will find many varieties all over the country

“Picadas” or Antipastos It is a traditional appetizer. They include cold cuts, cheeses cut into cubes or slices, small breads, peanuts, olives and fried potatoes. It is traditional to accompany it with Beer or Wine. “Desserts” Ice cream, Flan, pancakes and cakes are very tasty desserts that you can order at any restaurant! Dulce de leche (or caramel) is very popular.

“Drinks” Argentina is outstanding for its excellent wines. Here you will have a great variety to choose from, but we emphasize on the Malbec. The beer is also an Argentine specialty and the draft beers from microbreweries are an excellent option to taste in the different latitudes of the country.




















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