Passport and Visa
No visa is required for citizens of most countries of Latin America, North America and Europe.
However, it is essential to have a valid passport, with which a stay of 90 days (3 months) is allowed, as part of a holiday.
If your program involves crossing a border, Chile, Brazil (if you want to visit the Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side), Bolivia or Paraguay or Uruguay, we recommend you to check the conditions prevailing in each country (of course we will guide you through this process).
Vaccines: No vaccination certificate is required to enter the country, if you are from European countries. There is no disease in Argentina requiring specific immunity.
However, as a precaution, we recommend:
- In the northern part of the country (Misiones, Salta and Iguazu / Jujuy in summer) provide a repellent to prevent mosquito bites and, for an extended stay in the area of Misiones / Iguacu, consider vaccination against Yellow fever (a few human cases have been reported in recent years – it is essentially a preventive measure). Since early 2009 Argentina was hit by an epidemic of Dengue: advices in terms of prevention are identical (repellents, long sleeves at night...).
Water: Across the country, it is preferable to drink bottled water and avoid water faucets, especially in less developed areas (no risk in Buenos Aires).
Food: Concerning food, the consumption of fruit and salad represent no particular risk. It depends, again on the level of development of the area where you are.
In Argentina, public hospitals are available to tourists and are open for emergencies 24 / 24 pm, free.
In the capital, hospitals provide a high level of medical services, which is not the case across the country.
We recommend that you check with your health insurance/Social Security / mutual repayment terms in case you need to cope with medical costs in Argentina.
Finally, if you want to visit the neighbouring tropical countries (Paraguay, Bolivia or Brazil), we recommend you learn about preventive measures recommended for each of these countries.
The Argentine currency is the peso ($) Argentina (note the symbol close to that of the Dollar!)
It is recommended to change your money at hotels, banks (Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm) or exchange points, where you must present your passport. The exchange rate against U.S. Dollars and other currencies is variable; it is desirable to look for signs before exchanging your money.
Currently (March 2012), it is approximately 1 USD = 4,34 Argentine Pesos (ARS).
There are cash withdrawal points in all major cities, running 24h/24h (Visa, Visa Premier, Master Card, Eurocard, American Express). Beware though, it is often impossible to withdraw more than 300 pesos (about 70 USD) at a time (for example VISA). Several series of withdrawals are of course allowed (within the ceiling set by your bank) but then you will pile up fees for withdrawal. Check with your operator card before you leave.
In shops of Buenos Aires most credit cards are accepted, especially American Express, Visa, Diners and Master Card.
Regarding travellers checks, it is difficult to change or use outside Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires, they are directly exchanged at American Express headquarters and branches located in the city centre.
Traditionally the Argentina food is identified by the "asado", the national dish of excellence, which corresponds to a barbecue meat and / or grilled offal. The various methods of cooking and preparing the asado vary depending on the region. This gaucho ritual gourmet is usually served with salad or fries.
In each region, there are however some local specialties.
In the Northwest, we find the culinary traditions of Inca influence, indigenous or Spanish-Creole influence. Corn and potato are the basis for the preparation of regional dishes such as the empanadas, the Locro the Humita, the tamal...
Although not mandatory, the gesture to leave a 10% tip is appreciated and generally expected in restaurants, hotels (doormen), and for the services of drivers and guides.
Without knowing the exact amount of each service, it is recommended to give per person:
- Meals: 2-3 pesos for a simple meal, 5 pesos for a more sophisticated meal
- Hotels: between 2 and 5 pesos depending on service (2 pesos per bag)
- Driver: between 2 and 15 pesos depending on length of service (hours, days or several days),
- Guide: depending on the quality of service, and its duration, it is suggested to give five pesos more ...
All the territory of the Argentine Republic is regulated by time zone GMT -3.
From March to October the country has a common time.
From October to March, however we may encounter some areas two distinct hours.
Recommended clothing: In Patagonia, a good mountain equipment is necessary. Allow enough to cope with four seasons in one day!
Electrical current is 220 V throughout the country.
Electrical sockets have two cylindrical receptacles or two flat-grounded receptacles.
If you are travelling with personal electrical appliances (shavers, computers, portable charger or camera photo, etc.), We recommend:
- ask at reserved hotels if they have the necessary adapters,
- bring with you or find on site, a local adapter so you can easily operate your devices throughout your journey (the many drugstores of Buenos Aires, “ferreterias” sell them).
Argentina is deemed to be a relatively safe country for travellers.
However, it is necessary to take the normal precautions peculiar to any destination:
- Handbags or backpacks closed
- Do not change, take or leave the money in public places with high density,
- Avoid showing off your valuables: cameras, jewellery, and so on.
Important notice: in case of theft in a hotel, it will only cover, if necessary, a burglary within its walls, with evidence of tampering. So remember to use good security lockers for your important personal documents (money, passport, plane tickets, etc.).
If you are a victim of theft, consider lodging a complaint in the police area in which the wrongdoing occurred and not, for example, returning from an excursion to Buenos Aires, or a visit to another neighbourhood.
There are public phones, but most people use "Locutorio" a sort of public telecommunications facilities, often open 24/24. It is possible to call abroad or across the country from any payphone or "Locutorio”.
To call from abroad, you must dial the country code: 00 54, then the code of the province's national community that you want to join.
From abroad: (00) 54 + city code + number
From Argentina to call another city: 0 + city code + phone number
To call a mobile phone from the outside: 9 + city code + number
All major cities have Internet generally available in hotels. Cyber cafés and locutorios (you can find plenty of them in Buenos Aires) are very cheap in most internal destinations.
For international departures from Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires, all tickets include the boarding fees.
Special taxes for certain airports (from 01/05/2009):
- Trelew: 2 USD
- El Calafate: 8 USD
- Ushuaia: 5 USD
The hotel categories are referred to local standards.
These are generally overquoted compared to USA standards (subtract a star).
Terrestrial: terrestrial vehicles tourist of 1st class, depending on the amount of passengers. Vehicles are generally comfortable: Berlingo (2 to 3 persons), Combi or Mini-Van Mercedes Sprinter (from 4 to 23 people), bus with air conditioning and sound system (more than 25 people).
All vehicles offered are recent and respect local standards.
There are many bus companies for domestic routes: they typically offer high-capacity buses with semi-sleeper seats (recline 150 degrees) or full beds (180 degrees). The services are generally very good.
Air: given the size of the country, air transport is most suitable for tourists wishing to visit various destinations throughout the country.
Two companies share flights on the entire territory: Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral.
Another company offers services only to certain destinations (Mendoza, North West, ...): LAN Argentina.
Finally, the company serves various destinations in Los Andes (Salta, Jujuy, Iguazu, Puerto Madryn, Cordoba).
Note: Several cities are served only from Buenos Aires, leading to longer distances and transfer time between the various tourist spots in the country.
Note a: The weight limit per passenger is typically set at 15kg.
Maritime: Maritime transfers mentioned in tourist shared boats in first class.
Our guides are all English-Speaking professionals, each with its specialization (wildlife, wines, history, architecture, tango, etc...)