· Tourism and Travel information about Argentina - Includes information of visas, health risks, currency exchange, when to go, events and some facts for the traveler ·
Official Name: República Argentina
Foundation: July 9, 1816
First President: Bernardino Rivadavia
Current President: Cristina Kirchner
Type of Government: Federal Republic, presidential regimen, compose by 22
states with its own mayors and elective assembly
Capital: Buenos Aires
Surface: 3,8 million of Km²,
Currency: The official currency of the country is the Peso Argentino. ($
1 = 100 cents)
Population: About 36 millons of people.
Official language: The official language is the Spanish.
Geography: Argentina’s main characteristic is the enormous contrast between the immense
eastern plains and the impressive Andes mountain range to the west. This is the frontier with
Chile and boasts the highest peak in the Western hemisphere: the 6,959 m high Aconcagua.
Limiting countries: Its border with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a
perimeter of 9,376 Km, while the territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 Km long.
Marine zone: The territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 Km long.
Administrative Division: Argentina consists of 23 provinces plus a federal district,
the City Buenos Aires.
Political System: The Argentine Constitution establishes a Republic under a representative
and federal system, and three separate branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial.
Presidential elections: Every 4 years.
Sufrage: The President and Vicepresident of the Nation, like the The government´s boss of
Buenos Aires city, The governors of the counties and the members of the legislatives department are
chosen by universal vote, secret and obligatory for the citizens of both sexes bigger than 18 years.
Bills: of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos.
Coins: 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents
Currency Exchange: Although the Dollar and Euro are generally accepted, we recommend using banks
and other official exchange houses, to avoid possible frauds.
Traveler Checks: The traveler checks exchange could find some difficulties out of Buenos Aires
Tipes of exchange: Approximate 1 dollar = 2.91 pesos 1 euro = 3.81 pesos
Credit Cards: Credit cards are widely accepted in Argentina, American
Express, VISA, Diners y Master Card.
Airport Fees (TUA):
International: USD 18
National: USD 8
Dolar coins with inferior value of US$ 0.25 wont be accepted and 0.20 Euros either.
Weather: Argentina has a large climatic variety: temperate and humid at the pampeana
plane, cold and humid in the Patagonia west extreme, subtropical at the
Mesopotamia north part and warm in the Norwest.
Spring – September to December.
Summer - December to March, the temperatures vary from 20º to 38º with an
average between 29º/30º Centigrade
Autumn –March to June with temperatures between 17º to 24º Centigrade.
Winter –June to September with temperatures between 0º to 12º Centigrade.
What to wear: It is recommended wear light clothes for summer and spring and jackets, sweaters
to use at night.
During the winter is preferred warm clothes, because of low temperatures, and
don’t forget the umbrella or raincoat for the rain.
220 volts and 50 Hz. (Hertz). You will find adaptation devices in specialized
Currently no vaccines or medical test are required to travel to Argentina, but
for people from some countries it’s different. It is recommended that you
contact the Argentina embassies in you’re country to ask if in you’re case is
International Area Code:
Argentina Area Code: 54. Direct International phone connection available.
Argentina GMT -3, according the Greenwich Meridian Time. Some states adoptee the
summer time but generally is an hour late according the rest.
- Banks: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00 hours.
- Stores: Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 19:30 hours and Saturdays till 14:00
The malls have continuing attention from 10:00 to 22:00 hours, including
Saturdays and Sundays.
- Public administration: Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00 hours.
Argentina has a large variety of passenger´s public transportation as:
5 lines of subways and a premetro works in Buenos Aires. These lines covered
almost the majority of the city, and its origin is at Plaza de Mayo surrounding
The taxis are easily to identify by its colors: yellow and black. You could take
them at the street, and are provided of taximeter, or also you could use
radio-taxis calling to a enterprise that provide the service and indicating the
place to pick you up.
This service is common in Buenos Aires, its surrounding cities and some services
to other provinces.
There’s many buses lines with urban routes and also exist la large variety of
buses that travel to Buenos Aires surrounding cities, that can be taken at the
respective route, in one of their stops.
The bus stops are located besides a sign where all the lines wich routes
includes the area are indicated.
* Rent a Car:
All the international rent a car companies offer its services at the country.