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What You Should Know More About Argentina

  • Travel Advice

    • The climate may be relatively cooler so do ensure that you do pack with you extra layer of warm clothing.

    • Gather all the necessary information about the place you are traveling to.

    • Do not sit in a taxi without negotiating for the fare. It is always a good idea to book prepaid taxis only.

    • Check for the reviews before visiting any restaurant or hotel.

    • Do not book a room in any shady hotel.

    • If a restaurant follows a particular dress code, make sure you adhere to it.

    • Do not get involved in any form of drugs.

    • Always make sure you are nice and gentle to the locals here.

    • Do not mistreat anyone.

    • Learn a few words from the local languages prevalent here.

    • Carry at least one proof of your identity with you.

    • Do not flaunt your cash or valuables in the public place.

    • Make sure you check the quality of the street food before eating.

    • Check for the seal of the water bottle before purchasing.

    • Cross check the restaurant and hotel bills before paying.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Argentina is 16 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Iguazú Falls


    The amazing Iguazú Falls are located close to Argentina's border with Brazil.  You can spot the Iguazu National Park present on the Argentinian side, while the Iguaçu National Park is situated on the Brazilian side. These waterfalls are tagged in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which indeed offers a fabulous view. Visitors can clearly sight these thundering falls due to the availability of viewing platforms and safe walkways. You can even travel to the bottom of the falls; this area is called as the Devil's Throat. Iguazu consists of 150 to 300 individual falls running along the three-kilometer edge. This number varies depending on the season. Tourists admire this interesting sightseeing location which can be reached easily from the international airport in Argentina.


    Buenos Aires


    One cannot miss a chance to visit this famous South American city, which is also the capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires is visited by a major tourist crowd every year, who later prefer touring other areas in the country. You can count this region as a perfect blend of art & culture with the presence of delightful galleries and museums. The old colonial buildings spread in different parts of the city will surely amuse you to the core. Make sure you visit La Boca, known to be the most colorful neighborhood of Bueno Aires. This region is also the home to the Caminito Street Museum, an open-air museum famous for its alluring sculptures and brightly painted houses. Tourists can shake a leg by taking tango lessons in this area. There are various tours which can be availed in Bueno Aires so as to explore popular landmarks such as the Recoleta Cemetery. The public gardens, cafés as well as boutique shops in the districts are truly mesmerizing. If you have sufficient time to spare, then do not forget to check out Palermo and Belgrano districts which are full of palatial mansions.


    Ushuaia


    Tourists love travelling to the southern end of Argentina where they can visit the region of Patagonia, known for its sensational landscapes. The prime adventure can be accessed in Ushuaia, which is the world's southernmost city. This region was formed in the early 20th century and at present, is the central location for availing trips to Antarctica or Cape Horn. This attractive town is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, sea and woods. The Tierra del Fuego National Park is situated in the vicinity which offers a spectacular scenery with the presence of blooming flora and fauna. Some of the popular landmarks in this area include the End of the World Museum, San Juan de Salvamento Lighthouse (also known as the End of the World Lighthouse) and the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia, which used to be a military prison that houses scale models of renowned ships like Darwin's Beagle.


    Puerto Madryn and the Valdés Peninsula


    If you are in search for the best places to see in Argentina, then plan a trip to the city of Puerto Madryn. This region is situated on the shores of Golfo Nuevo and is tagged among the well sheltered places along the Patagonian coast. The deep-water port as well the presence of abundant nature reserves makes Puerto Madryn an appealing cruise destination in the country. Visitors admire the coastline sections as they can access different types of water sports like windsurfing. The top highlights in this area include the Natural Science and Oceanographic Museum. It is a charming heritage building close to the harbor; here you can check out several displays of Patagonia’s natural elements. The whale skeleton along with the fascinating exhibit of giant squids is quite incredible. If you are a nature lover, then do not miss the opportunity to examine the Valdés Peninsula, a valued nature reserve which is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its vast wildlife breeding. Tourists can hire guided tours to the reserve in order to view elephant seals, orcas and sea lions. Several types of migratory shorebirds such as the Magellanic penguins can be spotted in this region.


    Perito Moreno Glacier


    Among Argentina’s famous tourist resorts is Patagonia's Los Glaciares National Park. You can select an accommodation in the small town of El Calafate while touring this section.  Most of the tourists who visit this area access trekking trips to view the park’s fabulous glaciers. The star among all the white-layered peaks is the marvelous Perito Moreno Glacier; it is a massive 30-kilometer-long ice structure which is also known to be the world's third largest freshwater reserve.  You can reach this glacier by travelling 78 kilometers from the town. For visitors who wish to climb the glacier, several trekking tours are easily accessible which range from an hour to a longer excursion of five hours. You will also get to see the 3,359-meter-tall Monte Fitz Roy, which is an impressive mountain located in the Los Glaciares National Park.


  • What you will like there?

    Waterfalls


    Argentina is incomplete without the possession of mind-boggling waterfalls such as the Iguazu Falls. These natural wonders are visited by tourists from all parts of the world. The surrounding beauty close to these falls will surely stupefy your senses. You can check out package deals in order to tour these waterfalls which are located close to Argentina’s border with Brazil. One can plan a stay for few nights at one of the budget hotels which are present nearby . Do not forget to carry dry clothes in your travel bag. Moreover, one-day visas can be obtained near the Brazilian border under an easy amount. It would help you visit both sides of the Iguazu waterfalls.


    Water Activities


    For adventure enthusiasts, Argentina offers you with a fun-filled experience to access a number of water sports. There are discounted travel options to go for kayaking as well as canoeing in Patagonia. Windsurfing is also active along many coastline areas which is also loved by travelers.


    Dance & Culture


    Argentina is the home for Tango, known to be the dance of love. If you are in the capital city of Bueno Aires, make sure you look for a milonga (tango dance party). The entrance fee to these parties is quite minimal, but the level of fun is surely sky high. Don’t wait and put your best foot forward while enjoying the ambience.


    Food


    You just cannot miss the lovely native cuisines which are served in various regions across the country. The love steak, known as a specialty dish of Argentina should be tasted. Beef is an essential food item in the nation and it is hard to not eat a little during the day. For vegetarian travelers, there are classic delicacies which can be accessed at the attractive cafes and restaurants popular in the capital city. A food tour should be one of the prime activities in your itinerary while exploring Argentina.


    Mar del Plata 


    Mar del Plata is a classic resort city located along the Atlantic coast. If swimming is your thing, then enjoy a golden opportunity to float with the seals! It is a peaceful and serene location which is perfect for travelers who wish to absorb the surrounding nature. Adventure freaks can access paragliding so as to satisfy their high levels of thrill.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?
  • When is the best time to visit Argentina?

    The best time to visit depends on where exactly you plan to travel. However, for general consideration:


    Springtime

    October to Mid-December, to enjoy the glory of its vineyards.

     

    Autumn

    April to mid-June, when temperatures are generally mild. A visit during these cooler, crisp months is ideal.

     

    February-March is the best time to make a trip to Buenos Aires as this is the season grapes are harvested.

     

    December-March is suitable for a South Argentinian trip. This area is covered by icy glaciers and during the spring/summer months of Dec-March, Argentina Patagonia and Tierra Del Fuego, will be ambient.

  • How to reach Argentina?

    Flying is the only way to reach Argentina from India. Most international flights arrive at Buenos Aires Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini Airport. A flight to Argentina would cost you Rs. 1.2 Lakhs +.

     

  • Do I need a visa for Argentina? How does one get a Argentina visa?

    Yes, Indians need a visa for Argentina. First of all, you need to take an appointment with the Consulate to visit them. This can be done over email. The appointment is a little tough to set up and must be taken safely in advance. The list of requirements for an Argentinian visa, includes:

    • A Cover Letter explaining your itinerary in explicit detail
    • Hotel Bookings
    • Bank Statements
    • Residence Proof
    • Contact in Argentina

     

    Note that the Argentina Visa is FREE for Indians. It takes 5 days for your application to be approved.

  • What is the currency of Argentina and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency of Argentina is the Argentinian Peso. 1 ARS = INR 3.77.

     

    Do not exchange your money, especially if you are carrying Dollars, at the airports. They usually give a rate lower than the official rate.  It’s always safer to get your currency converted to dollars and carry dollars to Argentina.  The best way to get your money exchanged, is through Underground ‘’Cueva’’ Exchange Houses, but be cautious of being scammed.

    Look out for locals who want to buy your currency.

    Operate an ATM in Argentina with your card. It’s simple, hassle-free but comes with a small fee.  Ask at retail stores or other paid services if you can pay in Dollars.

  • What is the local food of Argentina? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Argentinian food boasts indigenous roots, garnished with Mediterranean influences. Think beefy steaks, herbal sauces a la Chimichurri, Empanada pastries and caramely Dulce de leche.

     

    1. Don Julio is a classic parilla that makes the best steak in Argentina. It also boasts a very elite wine list.
    2. El Faro in Cordoba is another renowned steakhouse.
    3. La Estancia in Rosario is huge dining hall which serves the best of traditional Argentinian cuisine.
    4. Tarquino, Recoleta is famous for its own interpretations of native cuisine.
    5. La Esperanza de los Ascurra in Villa Crespo is run by a restaurateur with Spanish roots.
    6. Taste delicious arepas with anise, pork braised in coffee and avocado ice-cream, at iLatino in Villa Crespo.
  • What are the things to do in Argentina?

    The things to do in Argentina:

     

    1. Take a moonlit tour of the resounding Iguazu Falls. The overpowering gush of waterfall appears most mesmeric during nighttime. If you are lucky, you may spot a ‘’midnight rainbow’’ reflecting off its mighty waters.
    2. Climb The Andes. The mountain ranges offer a world in themselves: Deserts, lakes and sprawling landscapes. You can go hiking here. One of the snow-capped Andean Peaks, Barreal, is a natural observatory where you can gaze at the stars and enjoy the mysterious lull of the night sky.
    3. Go horse-riding in Gaucho country.
    4. Tango your way through the lively streets of the capital, Buenos Aires, known for its fascinating city-life and fascinating art. Jazz clubs in the city are a hotspot frequented by people from all walks of life.
    5. Sand-daubed Peninsula Valdes is home to the world’s most major Magellanic Penguin population. March with these exotic birds. Additionally, this place is teeming with fascinating fauna such as guanacos, choique and petrel sea-birds.
    6. Trek on the back of an Llama on Tilcara.
    7. Alternatively, hike on the icy terrain of Perito Moreno glacier.
    8. Taste the most delectable beef steak in Buenos Aires, at Don Julio.
    9. Potter around on a wine tour in Mendoza. Achaval Ferrer organises the finest connoisseur tour in the country.
    10. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the ice-floors of Ushuaia.  
  • What is the best public transport to commute around Argentina?

    The best public transport to commute around Argentina:

     

    Subway

    The Subte subway in Buenos Aires is the cheapest and most convenient mode of transport.

     

    Bus

    Buses are notorious for kicking up clouds of black soot but they’re a good way to tour the city of Buenos Aires. The buses in Argentina are called colectivos.

     

    Hitchhiking

    Argentina is THE place for hitchhikers. That’s why most Argentinian vehicles are stuffed with people. However, this is not a comfortable or convenient mode of transport.

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Argentina?

    The WHO recommends the following disease prevention:

    • Typhoid
    • Cholera
    • Yellow Fever
    • Hepatitis A and B
    • Rabies
    • Influenza and
    • MMR Vaccine against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

  • What is the local language in Argentina and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Spanish is the local language of Argentina.

    Important greetings include:

    Hello - Hola!

    Thank you - Gracias.

    Good morning - Buenos dias

    Good night - Buenas noches

    What is the price of _____? - Cual es el precio de _______?

    How far is _________? - Que tan lejos esta ________?

  • Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Argentina?

    The famous wildlife sanctuaries are:

    • The Valdes Peninsula boasts Magellan Penguins, sea birds and guanacos.
    • El Puma Ecological Park in Candelaria, is a famous animal rehab and shelter. You can find jaguars, pumas, wild swine, monkeys and toucans here.
    • Black Howler Monkeys Volunteer Centre, 11 Kms from La Cumbre, is a conservation site for howler monkeys.
    • In the Iguazu Falls area, lies the Misiones Province, a land of scarlet hills and emerald jungles. These forests are teeming with exotic wildlife.
    • The foothills of the Andes boast luxurious flora and fauna. Alpacas, Chinchillas, vicunas and guanacos abound in this region. Cougars are also found here.
    • The mighty Talampaya region is a landscape marvel, where the curving lands bear semblance to praying monks and giant turtles.
    • Ischigualasto is a provincial park and a UNESCO site, famous for its dinosaur fossils!
    • Los Glaciares is the largest glacier park in Argentina. Its home to 1000+ species of birds.
    • The Beagle Channel is also known for its glaciers and for its penguin life.

  • Which are the best shopping places in Argentina and what are they famous for?

    The best shopping places in Argentina:

    • The streets of Palermo (especially Palermo Soho), are a shopping paradise and a fashion hub.
    • Go uncover a universe of the most beautiful antiques at San Telmo.
    • El Centro is ideal for street shopping.
    • Villa Crespo is a leather haven for the quirkiest bags and shoes.
    • Casa Cavia is a massive boutique which houses a floristry, a perfumery and a bookstore.
    • Gil Antiguedades is famous for its sentimental trove of vintage apothecary bottles, curios, interesting jewellery boxes and other precious finds.  
  • Where are the Iguazu Falls located in Argentina? How can i reach there?

    Iguazu Falls lie among the lush rainforests of Argentina in the Northern-most area of the country, sharing borders with Paraguay and Brazil.  

     

    You can reach Iguazu Falls by air. Short and easy daily flights operate from Buenos Aires to this province.

     

  • Which are some famous lakes in Argentina?

    The famous lakes in Argentina:

    1. The haunting General Carrera Lake, shared with Chile, is Argentina’s most sought-after waterbody. Its tortuous course through indented caves and its clear blue waters make the lake a sight of a lifetime.
    2. The Traful Lake in Neuquen is famous for its scenic views from high cliffs.
    3. Lacar Lake, is a serene, expansive glacier lake.
    4. Nahuel Huapi Lake, is deep-blue coloured and popular for its beaches and islands.
    5. Espejo Lake, known for its limpid waters, is actually so clear that it provides mirror-like reflection of its subject!
    6. The San Martin Lake, is the deepest lake in the South American continent and is characterised by its tranquil, periwinkle waters.
  • Where can I enjoy aerial adventure activities in Argentina?

    • Lobos, 125 Km from Buenos Aires, offers tandem skydiving with spectacular views of the adjoining city.
    • The Euca Air Forest in San Rafael, is Argentina’s first aerial adventure park. It hosts a wide variety of 45+ flying games in a recreational and ecological ambience.
    • The Andes Ranges are conducive to Paragliding.
    • Loma Bola, Tucuman is a famous flying site in the first range of the Andes.
    • Famatina, a small village among these ranges, is another paragliding hotspot.
    • Hand gliding is another aerial adventure that Argentina has to offer. Tinogasta is a hub for many adventure activities including hand-gliding. Mount San Javier is Argentina’s go-to spot for this sport.
    • Alternatively, you can enjoy a chopper ride over Ushuaia for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings

  • Where can I find the best destinations for rafting in Argentina?

    • Puerto Madryn, offers an array of watersports including rafting.
    • Alumine River, Patagonia, with its encircling verdant forests and snow-capped mountains, is a popular site for white-water rafting in Argentina.
    • Mendoza River is also conducive to the activity.
    • Hua-Hum River which continues over a series of radiant blue pools and rapids, is another waterbody apt for rappelling and rafting.
    • Manso River meanders through Nahuel Huapi National Park is another adventurous area for the activity.

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Argentina.

    • Travel with your hiking and trekking gear as Argentina offers splendid adventure-travel.
    • The subway is the most convenient and reasonable transport in Argentina. Be sure to have your travel stop written on a piece of paper, or properly memorised.
    • You must use maps to get to your desired destinations. Guia T and Club Argentino provide the most accurate maps to walkers.
    • Always drink bottled water. No ice, no refill.
    • Argentina is a steak-lover’s paradise. However, vegans can survive on the yum cheese available here.
    • Remember, Argentina is in South America and the Southern Hemisphere follows a paradoxical season pattern. It’s useful to study the seasonal patterns of the country before planning a trip.