Welcome to Argentina
From the vast wine country to the snowy peaks of the Andes, from the gauchos riding horseback on the arid steppes to the avid futbol fans surrounding the pitch, Argentina is a country of passion.
Each of its provinces has its own history, personality and attractions. Wander the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, sipping a mate tea while you browse one-of-a-kind boutiques and bookstores. Explore studious Cordoba, cosmopolitan Mendoza and charming Bariloche. Gape at mighty Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia.
Meet the local wildlife, from penguins to flamingoes to guanacos. Dine on grilled-to-perfection steak or taste the country’s Italian heritage in its pizzas and pastas, both perfectly complemented by a glass of local malbec.
Combine days in Argentina’s great outdoors with days full of culture – the country is a melting pot of Latin American and European influences that together create a fascinating blend of literature, film, music and art. And, of course, don’t leave this romantic country without learning to tango!
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Need To Know
- Argentina is home to a region of rugged Patagonia, replete with glaciers and mesmerizing glacial lakes.
- Each major political party produces its own craft beer, branded with political icons.
- The wine industry is huge in Argentina, particularly Malbecs. The country is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.
- Meet a cowboy (or girl) on the fertile lowlands in the Pampas – they’re called gauchos and they’re skilled horseback riders known to have incredible lasso skills.
- Don’t miss the Italian food in Argentina – approximately 37% of the Argentinian population is of Italian descent.
Spanish is the official language of Argentina, with Arabic, Italian, German, English and French sprinkled in throughout various regions of the country.
When To Go
If visiting Buenos Aires and the surrounding area, the best time to go is April to June (Argentinian fall) or September to December (Argentinian spring). The highest prices are during January and February. Off season is June through the end of August. If you’re headed to the Mendoza wine country, considering visiting during the grape harvest in February or March. For the Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego region in the south, the best months to travel are December to March.
Buenos Aires: Ministro Pistarini International Airport (also known as Ezeiza Airport); Aeroparque Jorge Newbery; El Palomar Airport
Cordoba: Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport (also known as Pajas Blancas Airport)
San Carlos de Bariloche Airport
El Calafate Airport
Comodoro Rivadavia Airport
A valid passport is required to enter Argentina.
Visa Required By US Citizen?
No visa required for US citizens.
The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Argentina: Hepatitis A, Typhoid.
Power plugs and sockets: type C and I. Standard voltage: 220 V. Standard frequency: 50 Hz.
The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS). The Peso is subdivided into centavos; 1 Peso = 100 centavos.
Due to its large size, the most direct and quickest way to move about the country is by flying. Bus service is also reliable, comfortable and reasonably priced. Car rentals are available and provide independence in remote areas.
Valid US driver’s license required to drive in Argentina for a period of up to one year.
US Embassy Info
U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires
A. Colombia 4300
(C1425GMN) Buenos Aires
Local Visitor Info
Within the US, prior to departure, you may contact The Argentina Government Tourist Office at 212-603-0425 or 305-442-1366. Or,consult Argentina’s Ministry of Tourism website.
Local Emergency Phone Numbers
ACS Emergency Line: (54-11) 5777-4354
General Emergency: 911
Safety and Security
The rate of petty street crime and pickpocketing is fairly high, so use general rules of precaution and common sense. Scams are a regular occurrence, so double check your bills, change, etc. Do not hail a taxi on the street as you may be overcharged by an unlicensed taxi. Instead, pre-order your taxi service.
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