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Argentina: Facts & Info
Before you Travel
A valid passport is required by all passengers on international flights, including children and babies. If you are a family travelling with minors (under 18yrs), the spouses must present the Matrimony Book issued by the National Registry of Civil Status or the birth certificates of the minors. If a child travels alone or with only one parent, an authorisation certified by a court or public notary will need to be submitted.
A "reciprocity fee" must be paid by nationals of the following countries when entering Argentine territory:
. Australia: U$D 100.- (multiple entries for 1 year term)
. Canada: U$D 75.- (single entries) or U$D 150 (entries for 5 years, as from first entry)
. USA: U$D 160.-
or equivalent in Argentine pesos. Rates subject to modifications based upon reciprocity.
The government of Argentina set this entry fee as equal to those Argentine citizens must pay when requesting a Visa to travel to those countries. This fee is not a visa as a visa is not required by nationals of these countries to enter Argentina on business or as a tourist.
This fee should be paid in advance with an online credit card payment. Click here to go make the payment.
PLEASE PRINT AND KEEP YOUR RECEIPT AS IT CAN BE REQUESTED AT THE BORDER.
A "reciprocity fee" must be paid by nationals of the following countries when entering Chilean territory:
. Australia: U$D 95. -
. Canada: U$D 132. -
. United States: U$D 160. -
. Mexico: U$D 23. -
If your trip includes a stop in Brazil (for example visiting the Brasilian side of Iguazu Falls) - please check the application process for a Brazilian Visa.
You will find the information here: http://www.brasil.gov.br/para/visit-and-live/visa
The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (AR$). You can buy with your money local security official offices of the National Bank located in the country's airports. You can also do in the official exchange houses financial center of Buenos Aires. To avoid annoying situations do not answer the proposed street hawkers change in appearance or friendly characters. These proposals could result in scams. In the Tourist Ombudsman can familiarize yourself with the notes and coins are legal tender in Argentina. The accepted credit cards are American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card.
Argentina applies 21% VAT, or "IVA", on most consumer goods. If you make purchases in excess of 70 AR$ in shops displaying a duty-free logo and retain your proof of purchase, nearly all of this tax can be reimbursed before boarding at the airport. Bring the receipts to the customs office, where they are stamped for reimbursement. You can receive the reimbursement in cash from any marked tax refund booth, by postal cheque or it can be refunded to your credit card or bank account. You should allow an hour for this.
Although it is not required to have any specific vaccination to enter Argentina, it is recommended that you are vaccinated against yellow fever if you are travelling to the jungle areas of northern Argentina near Iguazu Falls. If you are from a country where cholera and yellow fever are endemic, you must supply a certificate verifying your vaccination against these diseases.
Argentina has a 220 Volt/50 Hertz electricity supply. The sockets take 2-pronged plugs, different to those used in Europe. If you forget an adapter, they are sold in appliance shops throughout the country.
Argentina has many international airports, the most important being Buenos Aires EZE. Most tourist destinations are accessible by air, with internal connections available between many airports or through Buenos
Argentina On The Go works with 5 airlines flying internationally and domestically, namely Aerolineas Argentinas, Andes Lineas Aereas, LAN Argentina, Sol and Lade, and as such we can guarantee lower air fares if you book with us.
Some airports apply tax charges in local currency upon arrival at the destination, but this will be advised in the itinerary.
Weight restrictions internally are limited to 15kilos per person for check-in luggage, and 5kilos for carry-on baggage.
Argentina has an advanced system of infrastructure and travelling by road is one of the best ways to get around the country, while at the same time taking advantage of the country's breathtaking landscapes. While in the past the rail system was important, today it is practically non-existent. Internal connections are most easily made by land, and Argentina's buses, or "micros" as they are locally known, are some of the best and most comfortable in South America. Prices vary according to duration and class, but there are three main options - the budget "semi-cama", the affordable "cama" and the luxury "super-cama". Food and beverages are included in the price of each seat.
Ethnically diverse, Argentina owes is multiculturalism to its geographical range, its history as a former Spanish colony and long periods of immigration. Many European influences are visible in the cities, while in less urban areas, indigenous and traditional Argentine culture is more apparent.
Ideologically, Argentines value democracy, freedom, and a respect for human rights, while broadly being socio-democratic in their attitudes.
Globally renowned for its cultural richness, artistic diversity in the form of theatre, painting, sculpture, music, film, dance and literature is celebrated all over the country, especially in Buenos Aires. Tango dancing and music is quintessentially Argentine and a must-see for any visitor.
A staple of any Argentine's diet, meat of exceptional quality and repute is eaten everywhere. A typical "parilla", or grill, offers a variety of cuts, as well as serving other classic dishes. A common Argentine beverage is "mate", a caffeine-rich drink made from herb leaves and hot water, while Fernet Branca is the alcoholic drink of choice.
Argentines are passionate about football, and it is the country's most popular sport, with an estimated 90% of the population claiming allegiance to a football team. "El Pato" ("The Duck"), a mix of polo (also extremely popular) and basketball, is the national sport. Argentines are active people and take advantage of the country's geography and climate by practicing alpine sports in places like Bariloche, water sports in coastal areas and around lakes and rivers, adventure sports in mountains and forests, and urban sports in cities.
Argentina's climate is diverse and varies greatly due to its longitudinal and latitudinal extents. The Argentine climate is predominantly temperate, but extends to a subtropical climate in the north and a subpolar climate in the southerly region of Patagonia.
Low altitudes in the north mean that the climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters, where both can be affected by sporadic periods of drought. In the mountainous northwest, temperatures as low as -30° C can be reached due to the high altitude in areas such as La Puna or the Andes.
Temperatures vary between 29° C in January and 14° C in July and rainfall can be in excess of 2000mm, falling to 500mm in the drier Chaco region. Sudden rainfall in excess of 3000mm can reach the sub-andean mountains, forming the Yungas jungle region. There is a dry season in winter where the lack of rainfall is attributed to consistent high humidity levels.
Central regions have warm summers and cool winters, both bringing occasional stormy conditions. Southern areas have warm summers and cold winters, with heavy snowfall in mountainous areas.
The Pampa region has a temperate climate, with average temperatures of 15° C and varying rainfall of 1000mm to 600mm from east to west.
The northern Andes, Sierras Pampeanas, the steppe to the southwest of Pampa and extra-Andean Patagonia are all characterized by an arid climate. There are often extreme temperature variations, sometimes of as much as 25 ° C between day and night. In the arid steppe of northern Patagonia, average temperatures are lower than 15° C, with frequent frost and a low rainfall of 400mm annually. The weather in southern Patagonia is very cold, the average temperature being below 5 ° C and annual rainfall of 300mm.
Cold and wet, the southern half of the Andes, the Austral Islands and Antarctica have an average temperature of 7° C or lower. On the Chilean border, annual rainfall is between 2000 and 4000mm, falling sharply to about 200mm in the east.
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