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Argentina

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

Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)

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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Currency of Argentina

The currency majorly accepted in Argentina is Argentine Pesos. However, few shops and taxis will accept US Dollars and can give good exchange rates on negotiating. The Bills are available in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 and coins of denominations - 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos. Major credit and debit cards are accepted at all big shops, shopping centers, hotels, and restaurants. Carrying good amount of cash is a good idea as several small vendors and buses accept only cash.

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.

History of Argentina

Argentina's history goes all the way back to early 16th century when Spanish explorers traveled in search of silver, gold, and other treasures but the early expeditions were either killed or forced to withdraw by the natives. However, in the late 16th century, many Spanish settlers arrived in the present day Northwest region of Argentina and established numerous forts, towns, and houses. The Spanish kingdom soon claimed the territory, and the city of Buenos Aires was founded in 1580 as an important hub. Argentina remained a Spanish colony for 300 years and gained independence in the early 1800s, the prolonged presence of Spaniards and the influence of other European settlers is reflected in the country's heritage.

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.

Culture of Argentina

Argentine culture is a rich mixture of Italian, Spanish, and other European cultures mainly due to its large immigrant population as compared to the rest of Latin America which has a good mix of native Indian culture as well. This inherent European culture is reflected in the country's cuisine, theater, art forms and society. The dominant religion in Argentina is Christianity, and around 76% of the population practices Roman Catholicism, and 15% of the population is religiously indifferent. The country's official language is Spanish. However, Argentine Spanish sound a lot different than Spain's Spanish. In addition to Spanish, Italian, German and English are also commonly spoken due to a large number of European immigrants.

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.

Regions in Argentina

Argentina can be divided into six regions based on its diverse geography. Cherish the tropical climate of the Northwest in its savannahs, ochre deserts and swampy forests and visit the colonial city of Salta, one of the prime attractions in the country. Get a glimpse of the Gaucho lifestyle in the Pampas, making up the country's central region and home to the metropolitan cities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba. Experience the warm and humid climate of Litoral and one of the world's most breath-taking natural spectacles, Iguazu Falls and the incredible variety of wildlife in Chaco. Cuyo is famous for its varied climate and landscapes ranging from the majestic Andes to fertile valleys and barren volcanoes. Last but not the least, lies a nature lover's paradise, the beautiful region of Patagonia in the south with its steppes, glaciers, and snow-capped peaks which are also the hub of adventure activities such as skiing and trekking.

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