Argentina is a country of infinitely captivating landscapes, from the snow-capped mountains of the Andes to the waterfalls of Iguazú. The combination of wildlife, opportunities for outdoor adventures, culture and history that its cities offer, make Argentina the perfect destination for a South American vacation.
Each region of Argentina offers amazing vistas and an abundance of activities. For example, horse riding in Patagonia, wine tasting in Mendoza, skiing or hiking in the Lake District and whale watching in Peninsula Valdés. At the heart of all this is the capital, Buenos Aires. A contemporary city that is buzzing with energy. Where the spirit of Tango thrives, soccer is more than just a passion, steaks are enormous and the Porteños (people from Buenos Aires) dance the night away till the wee hours.
The culture of Argentina is as varied as the country’s geography and is composed of a mix of ethnic groups. Modern Argentine culture is largely influenced by Italian, Spanish and other European immigration. Although there are lesser elements of Amerindian and African influences, particularly in the fields of music and art. Buenos Aires, its cultural capital, is largely characterized by both the prevalence of people of European descent, and of conscious imitation of European styles in architecture. Museums, cinemas, and galleries are abundant in all the large urban centers, as well as traditional establishments such as literary bars, or bars offering live music of a variety of genres.
The sheer size of Argentina ensures an incredible natural diversity that attracts nature lovers for many years. Each part of the country offers a different ecosystem from the tropics to the Andes, waterfalls to glaciers and various species of wildlife in between. A trip through Argentina is like travelling through several countries, such is the variety available.
The climate of Argentina is a complex subject: the country’s vast size and considerable variation in altitude make for a wide range of climate types. Many regions have different, often contrasting, microclimates. In general, northern parts of the country are characterized by hot, humid, rainy summers and mild winters with periodic droughts. The center of the country has hot summers with occasional tornados and thunderstorms, and cool, dry winters. The southern part of the country has a dry climate with warm summers and cold winters. High elevations at all latitudes experience cooler conditions, and the mountainous zones can see heavy snowfall. Argentina has four seasons: winter (June–August), spring (September–November), summer (December–February) and autumn (March–May), all featuring different weather conditions.
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Food & Drinks:
Mainly argentine beef and red wine are typical dishes. Other typical dishes are: Empanadas, Choripan (Chorizo-sausage with bread and spicy sauce), Milanesa (Schnitzel), Alfajores (cookies) and Dulce de leche.
Argentina is one of the countries with most public holidays, in 2016, there are 29.
The peso is the currency of Argentina. It is identified by the symbol $ preceding the amount in the same way as many countries using dollar currencies. It is subdivided into 100 centavos. The Argentinan Peso is very unstable and the country has a huge inflation. In recent times the official exchange rate hovered around 3 pesos per United States dollar from 2002 to 2008, was around 4 pesos from 2009 to 2011, surpassed 6 pesos in November 2013, sat at 6.5 pesos per dollar during December 2013. As of October 2014, the exchange rate was about 8 pesos per dollar, by February 2015, it was 9 per USD,and by December of the same year, 13 pesos per USD, after a record of 14.
Almost any restaurant or shop accepts USD or Euros and in most you can pay by credit card.
In almost any ATM you can get cash with a normal Visa card.
Argentina has a a good public health sector, where everybody is attended, even without health insurance.
Most hospitals have highly-trained personnel, many of whom have studied abroad. In some parts of the country, the hospitals may not have the most up-to-date equipment, but what is available is adequate for emergency situations. However, modernisation is taking place and this is reflected in the fact that Argentina is now a popular destination for ‘medical tourists’ who travel for plastic cosmetic surgery and other esthetic proceedures.
Holders of passports of all European countries can visit Argentina without a visa for up to 90 days.
Citizens of the US, Canada and Australia can visit Argentina without a visa for up to 90 days but they must first pay the reciprocity fee online.
The busiest and most important international airport in Argentina is Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) in Buenos Aires.
Furthermore, there are several other smaller international and national airports all over the country.