The official language in Argentina is Spanish (the Castilian variety). Distinctive features include the use of "vos" rather than "tú" (meaning “you”) to suggest familiarity, and the use of "che" as a common term of address. English and Portuguese are spoken by most people in the tourist industry.
Summer (December 21 to March 20)
Autumn (March 21 to June 20)
Winter (June 21 to September 20)
Spring (September 21 to December 20)
Due to its area and elongated geography, there is a wide range of climates in Argentina, going from mild, or hot in the north, to ice cold in the south. Ask for details about your destinations.
From ºC to ºF: multiply by 1.8 and add 32.
From ºF to ºC: subtract 32 and multiply by 5/9.
Though the official religion is Roman Catholic, Argentinean citizens enjoy freedom of worship. Religious practices include Jews and Muslims, among others.
Argentina’s main international airport is Ezeiza (its actual name is Ministro Pistarini), located in Buenos Aires Province. It operates most international flights.
The main airport for domestic flights is Aeroparque, located in the City of Buenos Aires (Ezeiza is a one-hour cab ride away from Aeroparque)
The country’s main airlines, Aerolíneas Argentinas and Lan Argentina, operate most domestic flights to major destinations (Other local airlines serve domestic routes also).
Due to the country’s large size, planes are best to travel long distances, and you can then take overland transportation to get to your final destination. Buying Airpass Visit Argentina in your own country, you’ll obtain more economical prices for flights within Argentina. por Aerolíneas Argentinas / Austral, Andes Líneas Aéreas, LADE, LAER, LAN Argentina and Sol Líneas Aéreas operate domestic flights. Domestic flights and flights to Uruguay depart from Jorge Newbery Airport, located to the north of the city beside the Río de la Plata. Airport taxes range from $ 7.05 to U$S 8.
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Buenos Aires bus station is located at Av. Ramos Mejia 1680 close to Retiro Station (Tel. 4310-0700). Long-distance buses are equipped with toilets, air conditioning and bar.
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All international car rental companies operate in Argentina. The following companies have offices In Buenos Aires: Ai Rent a Car International (Maipú 965, Tel. 4311-1000), ), Alamo Rent a Car - National (Carlos Pellegrini 1175, 1st Floor “C”, Tel. 4322-3320), Avis Rent a Car (Cerrito 1527, Tel. 4326-5542), Budget Rent a Car ((Marcelo T. de Alvear 590, 10th Floor, Tel. 4311-4555), Dollar Rent a Car (M.T. de Alvear 449, Tel. 4315-8800), Hertz - Annie Millet Rent a Car (Paraguay 1138, Tel. 4816-8001), Localiza Rent a Car (Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1180, 2nd Floor, Off. 205 “C”, Tel. 4121-5600), Thrifty Car Rental (Carlos Pellegrini 1576, Loc.24, Tel. 4326-0418).
No vaccinations are required before entry into Argentina. Running water is fit for consumption in most cities, though it’s best to ask first. Public hospitals are open for emergency care 24 hours a day, free of charge. Health care professionals are acknowledged worldwide as exceedingly competent.
Banks, offices and some businesses will close, but most cinemas and theatres stay open. Tour operators are usually open for business. If a holiday falls on a weekend, or a weekday, the holiday is generally moved to the following or previous Monday.
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The time zone is GMT -3 hours. At present, Daylight Saving is not in use in the summer months. In some provinces, Daylight Saving is in use in winter.
City life is hectic; people in most cities are late to bed and early to rise.
The existing telecoms networks provide pay pone services throughout Argentina. Pay phones can be operated with 25-cent, 50-cent and one peso coins. Calling cards are available at any kiosk or shop.
Pay phone shops (called locutorios) are widespread, providing pay phone services and Internet access.
An hour’s worth of Internet Access goes from USD 0.50 to 1.00 at a pay phone shop.
Many coffee shops and stores have expanded their services to free wi-fi internet access.
The Argentinean currency is the Argentinean Peso ($ar). There are $ar 100, $ar 50, $ar20, $ar10, $ar5 and $ar2 bills, and $ar 1, $ar 0.50, $ar 0.25 and $ar 0.10 cent coins.
The American dollar and the euro are the most common international currencies. They can be exchanged in banks or exchange shops by showing the passport. Credit cards and dollars are accepted in most shops (we recommend to consult anyway).
In 2014 the dollar is worth between $ar 8.50 (official exchange) and $ar 12.00 (non official). The euro between $ar 11.35 (official exchange) and $ar 14 (non official exchange).
VAT (Value Added Tax) is 21%. For tax free shopping, customers must keep their receipts and fill in a form available at an International Airport.
Power supply: 220V, 50HzHz. Plugs may have two circular metal pins (Australian-style) or two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade (European-style). Carrying a plug adaptor is advised.