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Argentina

Argentina
Continent: South America
Capital: Buenos Aires
Population: 41.45m (2013) 
Dialing Code: +54
Currency: Peso ($) (ARS)
Time zone: ART (UTC -3)
Official language: Spanish

 

 


Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic is located in southeastern South America. It’s a very large country with terrains bordered by Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east.
Holding the title as the eight largest country in the world and the second largest on the continent. Its spirited people , vast pampas, rolling wine regions and snowy peaks. It’s a land bursting with adventure and excitement.
Argentina is home to the Andes Mountains, glacial lakes and Pampas grasslands. The country is known for tango, steak and football. Football is essentially a religion and the beef is just awesome. Its natural wonders and electric atmosphere, its largest city Buenos Aires is the central hub of the country and is lined with stately buildings including the Casa Rosada, the Iconic and he balconied presidential palace.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Argentina is world famous for its beautiful landscapes, cultural heritage and the high peaks of the Andes mountains.  It is slowly establishing itself as one of the worlds premier tourism destinations.
Buenos Aires is a must see for first timers as it is in the midst of a tourism boom and is the second most desirable city to visit. On offer is elegant architecture, exquisite cuisine, electrifying nightlife and fashionable shopping.
The most popular tourist sites are found in the historic city core comprising Montserrat and San Telmo. The architectural masterpieces such as the Casa Rosada, Casa de la cultura, Palacio Barolo and Café Tortoni and Plaza del Congresso will delight art and architectural enthusiasts.
In the north, scorched mountains and otherworldly rock formations characterise the Salta region, where Spanish and Gaucho traditions combine and Argentina’s famous white wines flourish. Further west, in the Mendoza region, the grapes are red and the foothills of the Andes offer skiing, while down south, in Patagonia, you’ll find an astonishing spread of expansive lakes, jagged peaks and mile upon empty mile of open space.
Walk in the glistening Lake District, whale-watch off the coast at Puerto Madryn, meet baby penguins in Punta Tombo or explore the Jesuit chapels and farmhouses of Córdoba. Another of the country’s majestic natural beauties is the mighty Iguazu Falls, bordering Argentina and Brazil.

Business

Argentina benefits from rich natural resources and an export oriented agricultural sector which combine to make the economy stable and even though it might look uneven. Despite living through a dark military dictatorship and a spectacularly devastating economic crisis, Argentineans still have a vivacious and infectious lust for life. And from its subtropical top to its icy tip, it remains a mesmerising country.

Climate

Although the most populated areas are temperate, its climate ranges from the great heat and extensive rains of the subtropical Chaco in the north, through to the pleasant climate of the central Pampas, and the sub-Antarctic cold of the Patagonian Sea in the south.
The most pleasant times to visit Buenos Aires are September-November and February- March. The city is best avoided in January, when the heat is at its most intense and many of its residents flee to the coast leaving behind a comparative ghost city. Exploring the wilds of Patagonia is best done in the late spring and summer months – between November and February – whilst the northern regions are at their most hospitable in the spring, autumn and winter. If heading to Argentina for a ski trip, hit the slopes during mid-June to October.

Communications

Print, TV and Telecommunications are highly developed in the country. Major telecommunication companies such as: Telecom Argentina provide mobile telephone needs with extensive coverage around the city. 

Customs

The meat loving argentines draw from a rich heritage and the populationis mainly roman catholic with little pocket of protestant , muslim and jewish communities. The most common form of greeting is kissing cheeks which is done on meeting or departure.

A smoking ban was introduced in Buenos Aires in 2006 which prohibits smoking in public areas.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Argentina by travellers over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• US$300 in personal or new goods if arriving by air, plus an additional US$300 of goods purchased in duty-free shops upon arrival.
• US$150 in personal or new goods if arriving by land or waterway, plus an additional US$150 of goods purchased in duty-free shops upon arrival.

Travellers under 16 may import half these amounts.

You should declare upon arrival items that might not be considered part of normal luggage (such as expensive camera equipment or musical instruments) and show the declaration on departure. A licence is required for firearms and ammunition for hunting purposes. You must declare gold.

Banned imports:
Firearms (unless under licence from the National Arms Registry), explosives, flammables, narcotics, and goods considered a risk to health or safety.

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Argentina usually supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC. If you're plugging in an appliance that was built for 220-240 volt electrical input, or an appliance that is compatible with multiple voltages, then an adapter is all you need.

Getting Around

The country operates a two tier pricing structure for air travel where foreigners pay twice or even three times as much as locals. In and around the city, movement is done mainly by road. A 4 X 4 car is recommended if you plan to venture outside the walls. 

Health

There are lots of hospitals and physicians of high standard to attend to both locals and visitors. Medical Insurance is recommended. To call an ambulance, dial 107. Tap water is generally considered safee to drink and bottled water is available.
Visitors should beware of risks of contacting dengue fever, Leishmaniasis or the argentine haemorrhagic fever.

Language

Spanish is the official language. Other spoken languages include: English, French and German.

Money

The official currency is Peso (ARS; symbol AR$) = 100 centavos. Peso notes are in denominations of AR$100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. US Dollars are accepted in some hotels and tourist centres. Prices in US Dollars are typically marked with US$ to avoid confusion, but sometimes both peso and dollar prices are both preceded by just $, so check if unsure.

Passport Visa

To enter Argentina, a valid passport is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. The passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. A visa for Argentina is not required by nationals of Australia, Canada, Britain, USA for touristic stays of up to 90 days. Some nationals may require a visa if visiting for business purposes; check with your nearest embassy.

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