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Argentina

Continent: South America
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Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)

Best Time: March - May for Buenos Aires, December - March for Patagonia Read More

Budget: Expensive

"Eclectic Argentia"

Argentina Tourism

Argentina, the second largest country in Latin America is blessed with vast and varied landscapes that range from rugged peaks of the Andes to the glaciers in Patagonia and grasslands of the Pampas, making it a scenic retreat for all kinds of travellers. Be it exploring the mesmerising beauty of its natural wonders, breathing in the air of Buenos Aires and dancing to the tunes of Tango or tasting some of the finest wines in Mendoza, Argentina is a country worth your admiration.

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Best time to visit Argentina

March - May for Buenos Aires, December - March for Patagonia is the best time to visit Argentina

The varied climatic conditions throughout Argentina make it an all year round destination as there will be some or the other region ideal for exploring at any time of the year. Cherish the scenic beauty of Patagonia in the months of December to March, when the region is at its best and sees loads of visitors. The fascinating metropolis of Buenos Aires, which almost every tourist will have in his or her itinerary is ideal for visiting in the months of March to May. The temperature is pleasant for exploring the city during these months and also during the spring season from September to November.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Scenic landscapes. Rich cultural heritage. Astonishing variation in geography and climate.

What's Not So Great?

Reckless driving habits. Cleanliness issues in few cities. Corruption in the system.

For Whom?

Nature lovers. Heritage and culture enthusiasts. Adventure seekers.

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Exchanging Money in Argentina

Exchange houses called Cambios and banks have the facility to exchange currency. Avoid exchanging currency on the street. ATMs are easily available in all tourist destinations, and even small towns will have at least one ATM which are locally known as cajeros autom‡ticos. ATMs charge a transaction fee around ARS 80 for foreign cards.

Nightlife in Argentina

The vibrancy of Argentina's nightlife will leave you to spell bound. When in Argentina, be ready to explore one of the world's most eclectic musical traditions and of course the Tango dance. The capital Buenos Aires is a city that never sleeps and has the best nightlife in the country with numerous electronic and dance clubs, pubs and bars. Nightlife scenes do not start until 1:00 AM with few clubs opening their gates at 2:00 AM, and go up till sunrise and partying till sunrise is one of the experiences you should have in Argentina. Apart from BA, Cordoba, Salta and Mendoza are all known for their distinctive nightlife accompanied by the best music scenes in the country.

Shopping in Argentina

From one of the world's finest wines to well-crafted leather products, shopping in Argentina is a pleasurable experience. With a variety of markets and fairs throughout the country, there are some attractive purchase options of regional handicrafts to take back home. Buenos Aires is the country's shopping hub with an incredible range of choices for anyone and everyone in the country. The Sunday flea market at Plaza Dorrego for antique shopping and boutiques in Palermo should not be missed.

Festivals of Argentina

The rich cultural heritage and diverse immigrant populations make experiencing the country through its festivals is a joyous ride full of fun and ecstasy. The town of Gualeguaychu is famous for its grand carnival celebrations in the month of January and February with loads of dance, music and impressive parades. Each region hosts unique festivals such as the Gaucho festival celebrating cowboy culture in Parque Criollo, Tango festival in BA and Vendimia, the traditional wine festival in Mendoza and Ticara carnival for thanking Earth in Tilcara.

Hygiene in Argentina

Argentina is a pretty safe destination when it comes to health as there are no significant health risks. Healthcare is free for everyone including tourists, but you can contribute if you wish to. Tap water is mostly drinkable, although it is advised to check with locals before drinking. There are no specific vaccinations as such, however, if you are planning to visit the forest area in Northeast, it is recommended that you get a yellow fever vaccine. Mosquito-borne diseases are common throughout South America, so do not forget to carry mosquito repellents and anti-malarial medicines.

Customs of Argentina

Argentines resemble more to Europeans rather than Latin American. When greeting, you can shake hands with direct eye contact showing your interest or kiss on the right cheek, applicable for both the genders. Usually, people use Spanish greetings for the time of the day such as "Buenos Dias" for good day or "Buenos notches" for good evening/night. The people are quite conservative when it comes to dressing, however, in any big city, the style is a mixture of formal and casual. Tipping is not mandatory in Argentina but expected. People tip a few pesos to taxi drivers and for room service. If you are happy with the service provided in a restaurant, you can tip 10% of your total bill amount if the service charge is not included.

Tips for visiting Argentina

Be extremely careful when crossing roads as Argentina is infamous for its dangerous driving. Avoid attending public demonstrations. Avoid areas near the slum after dark. Make sure that you check your bills carefully as counterfeited bills are a major risk here. Always drink bottled water. Avoid wearing football jersey of neighbouring teams or clubs, or avoid dressing in any football jersey at all.

Food of Argentina

Argentina's gastronomy is characterised by influences form Europe, mostly Spain and Italy. Besides the continental European dishes, Argentina is best known for its beef and is the world's largest consumer of red meat. Even the country's cuisine gets as variegated as its geography, some of the most sought after dishes include the country's national dish Asado, a grilled barbeque dish with beef ribs and steak, Chorizo or pork sausages, morcilla, empanadas, and chinchulines. Pasta and Pizzas are as common as other meat dishes in the country. Mate is the traditional drink made from the gourd, and the country is renowned for its viticulture and vineyards in Mendoza.

FAQs on Argentina

How to reach Argentina from India?

There are no direct flights available from India to Argentina. The flights available have at least one stop but most of them have two stops, usually Abu Dhabi or Dubai and one stop in Europe. Flights to Argentina are available from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata and Bangalore. The major airline carriers operating on this route are Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Lufthansa and British Airways.

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