Remember that in the southern hemisphere seasons are the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. In general, the summer is the best time to visit Patagonia and the
orthwest as rains are less frequent and tropical temperatures drop a few degrees. Autumn and spring are marvelous in
By Plane Due to the country’s large size, planes are best to travel long distances, and you can then take overland transportation to get to your final destination. Buying Airpass Visit Argentina in your own country, you’ll obtain more economical prices for flights within
entinas / Austral, LADE, LAN Argentina and Southern Winds operate domestic flights. Domestic flights and flights to
San Salvador de Jujuy
2 hrs 10 mins
San Miguel de Tucumán
1 hr 50 mins
1 hr 45
1 hr 30 mins
1 hr 50 mins
1 hr 15 mins
Mar del Plata
San Carlos de Bariloche
2 hrs 20 mins
2 hrs 55 mins
3 hrs 15 mins
3 hrs 20 mins
Ferrobaires (Constitución Station, Tel. 4304-0028/31/38); TBA (Retiro Station, Tel. 4317-4407/45); NOA Ferrocarriles S.A. (Retiro Station, Tel. 431
2-9506/13); Ferro Expreso Pampeano (Once Station, Tel. 4331-2702); Urquiza Railway (Federico Lacroze Station, tel. 4553-0044).
By Car (Car rental)
All international car rental companies operate in
ay 1138, Tel. 4816-8001), Localiza Rent a Car (Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1180, 2nd Floor, Off. 205 “C”, Tel. 4121-5600), Thrifty Car Rental (Carlos Pellegrini 1576, Loc.24, Tel. 4326-0418).
At the airport you may obtain a VAT reimbursement corresponding to any purchases made within the country for an amount over $70 (per invoic
e) and in shops operating with the “Global Refund” system.
Although US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere, foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted. There may be difficulties in changing traveler's check outside
Banks and Exchange Bureaus: Mondays to Fridays from
Business Offices: generally from
Stores: in the big cities from
Cafés, cake shops and pizzerias: open most of the time except between 2.00 and
Restaurants: lunch is served as from 12.30 p.m. and dinner as from 8.30 hours. Fast-food menus are served in many restaurants at all times.
10% of the amount of the check is usually left in cafeterias and restaurants. Doormen, porters, and ushers in cinemas and theatres are also generally tipped.
Documents and formalities
Valid passport with or without visa depending on your nationality. Inquire at the closest Embassy or Consulate. Visitors coming from countries not bordering
Pay phones work with cards that may be purchased in kiosks and telephone companies’ offices, or with legal tender coins. There are also stores with pay phones (open 24 hours a day) where you can pay in cash.
Note that tariffs are reduced from 10.00 p.m. to
Maps may be purchased at the offices of the Automóvil Club Argentino (Av. del Libertador 1850, Tel. 4802-6061 and 4802-7071, Buenos Aires).
National Secretariat of Tourism, Tourist Information Centers: Av. Santa Fe 883, (C1059ABC) Buenos Aires, Tel. 4312-2232 or 0800-555-0016; Ezeiza International Airport and Jorge Newbery Airport; email@example.com. Buenos Aires Information Centers: Av. Pte. Quintana 596 (Recoleta), Retiro Bus Station (Local 83), Torre Monumental (Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina), Florida 100. Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 200 (Dock 4, Puerto Madero), Defensa 1250 (San Telmo); firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security Prevention and Tourist Assistance:
Comisaría del Turista: Av. Corrientes 436, (C1043AAR) Buenos Aires. Tel. 4346-5748, 4328-2135 ó 0800-999-5000, e-mail: email@example.com.
Defensoría del Turista: Av. Pedro de Mendoza 1835 (Museo de Bellas Artes de
onstitution adopted in 1853 included the name “República
Location, area and frontiers
Located in South America, and thus, in the southern hemisphere, Argentina has an area of almost 3.8 million square kilometers, 2.8 on the continent – approximately 54% are plains (grasslands and savannahs), 23%, plateaus, and the other 23%, mountains - and the remainder in the Antarctic.
To the north, Chaco is a forested area linked to rivers Bermejo, Salado and
Between the Paraná and
The Pampas, in the center of
Towards the south, from the Andes to the sea, there appear the sterile and stony plateaus of
The country’s territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the
95% of the population is white and most are descendants of Italians and Spaniards. As a result of the massive European immigration, the white and Indian half-castes were slowly reduced and at the present they amount only to 4.5% of the population. The pure indigenous population - Mapuche
s, Collas, Tobas, Matacos and Chiriguanos - amount to 0.5% of the population.
Spanish is the official language of the
There is complete religious freedom in
The official Argentine currency is the Peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos, and coins of 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.
Constitution and Government
The executive branch is exercised by the President and Vice-president of the Nation, elected for a 4-year term, and who may be reelected for a single additional term. The legislative branch is bicameral: the Senate (composed of three senators from each province and from the City of
irectly and in proportion to each district’s population). The judicial branch “is vested in the Supreme Court and lower courts of justice”.
Each province has adopted its own Constitution in accordance with the National Constitution, to rule its administration.
The current National Constitution dates from 1853. Nevertheless, it was amended in 1860, 1898, 1957 and 1994. The last amendment made in August 1994, allows the President’s reelection for an additional term.
Two historic dates
May 25, 1810. The first "Gobierno Patrio" or National Government Assembly was constituted. July 9, 1816. Proclamation of Independence by the “Provincias Unidas del Río de
The Argentine flag has three horizontal stripes: the one in the middle is white and bears the golden sun, and the two outside stripes are light blue. The national flower is the ceibo, and the national stone is the manganese spar (rodocrosita) or "Inca Rose".