Argentina has many peculiarities that have traveled the world by word of mouth with the people who have visited the country. The outgoing personality of its people, who are friendly, fun and effusive; the typical cuisine which includes asado, mate, regional dishes, and dulce de leche treats; the traditional dances like tango, a couple dance with a 2 x 4 rhythm, which was born in Buenos Aires during the 19th century and today has reached an international level, or folklore, with different choreographic forms, according to each area; the passion for football, and the fanaticism for the major players and clubs, Boca Juniors and River Plate being the most popular ones, and the ones that fill their stadiums and cause proliferating displays of excitement every time they play; typical games like truco, a card game in which luck and the ability to trick or deceive the opponent are the most important things, or horse riding games in the outskirts of the city which reveal the powerful Spanish influence and the persistence of old traditions; and, of course, the personality that each special region knows how to maintain and strengthen as time goes by.
Argentina, with almost 3.8 million square kilometers, is located in the southern hemisphere of the Americas. It borders Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile at its borders and with the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The country is divided into 6 regions for tourism and politically in 24 provinces. Its population is 40 million inhabitants (Census 2010).
It is common to describe to Argentina for its striking contrasts, products of its rich and varied geography. From the Andes to the west, bordering north to south the country on the border with Chile, with its highest peak at 6,959 meters with the Aconcagua, to the Pampas plains and the Atlantic coast, passing through mountains, numerous forests, jungles, deserts and fertile valleys, biodiversity of ecosystems also facilitates. Many natural sites found in the country, have been protected as areas or reserves and national parks. Some of the major milestones of nature reach greater recognition in his capacity as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Coincident with its main feature based on diversity, Argentina has a wide climatic variety. Mild and humid in the Pampas, cold and humid plains in the western Patagonia, subtropical in Mesopotamia and warm in the Northwest. Higher elevations at all latitudes are experiencing colder conditions, with an arid climate, where the temperature range is another common feature.
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. They live there about 3 million people. Adding the population of the metropolitan area, the total population exceeds 10 million, making it one of the 10 most populated urban centers in the world.
In the nineteenth century, Buenos Aires port was the arrival point for the great migratory wave promoted by the Argentine State to populate the nation. Spanish, Italian, Syrian-Lebanese, German, Irish, Polish and Russian immigrants provided Buenos Aires with the cultural eclecticism that distinguishes it.
Throughout the twentieth century, successive immigrations, from Latin American and Eastern countries completed the picture of Buenos Aires as a cosmopolitan city where people live in different cultures and religions.
The average temperature in September is 19° C maximum and minimum 10° C.
Currency: Argentina's currency is the peso ($). There are bills of $ 500, $ 200, $ 100, $ 50, $ 20, $ 10, $ 5 and $ 2, and coins of $ 1 and $ 2, 0.50 cents, 0.25 cents, 0.10 cents and 0.05 cents.
Payment: While the US dollar and the euro are generally accepted in shops, currency exchange domestic currency at banks and authorized bureaus. Credit cards are widely accepted American Express, Visa, Diners and Master Card.
Tips: for many of the services received (mostly culinary) is customary to leave a tip of 10% of the amount consumed, not always included in the bill payment. It is also customary to tip doormen, porters and ushers.
VAT refund: If you have acquired national products for amounts over $ 70 (per invoice), and in shops operating with the "Global Refund" system, it is possible to recover the amount paid as VAT (value added tax), the procedure is done at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza).
- Banks: open Monday to Friday at 10 am and close at 15 pm (some banks extend hours until 16). You can make cash withdrawals and other transactions at ATMs that operate 24 hours.
- Shops: are open Monday to Friday from 9 to 20 hours in major cities, and on Saturdays from 9 to 13 hours, although large stores avenues are open all afternoon. In shopping malls (shopping centers) schedule ranges from 10 to 22 hours even on weekends and some holidays.
- Offices: regular schedule is from 9 to 18 hours.
Language: The official language of Argentina is Spanish.
Electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50-cycle alternating current. Power outlets have 2 cylindrical holes or 2 flat holes with ground.
Time zone: corresponds to GMT-3 and currently no change in the summer months. In some provinces the schedule changes in the winter months.
Sanitary level: the water is potable. Public hospitals (which are available for tourists) emergency service 24 hours a day for free. 107 is the emergency ambulance service (SAME) it is free and can call toll-free 24 hours.
Tourist Information Centers: They offer maps, guides, brochures in several languages and all necessary information to enjoy your trip.
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Foreign tourists from neighboring countries only need a document to enter. Visitors from other countries must present a passport under way, with or without a visa, as appropriate in each case. It is advised to consult the embassy or consulate nearest the legislation for each country. Visitors from countries not bordering Argentina are exempt from all taxes on traveling articles and new articles of a value not exceeding U$S 300 and U$S additional 300 if purchased in "duty free shops" within the national territory. The maximum stay for tourists is 90 days. No vaccination certificate is required to enter the country, except for cholera and yellow fever for passengers coming from countries where these diseases are endemic.
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To internally move the plane is the most common way for long distances, given the large size of the country, can be combined with land paths. Domestic flights are made with different airlines, among which are: Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral Andes Airlines, LAN Argentina and Sol Airlines. Domestic flights and to Uruguay depart from Jorge Newbery, located north of the city along the Rio de la Plata.
As for the journeys by land, depart daily from Buenos Aires connections to major cities in the country, basically from the bus terminal in Retiro.
Transfers to and from Ezeiza International Airport
Ezeiza International Airport Ministro Pistarini lies about 35 kilometers from the capital city. Some transfer options are:
- Minibuses Tienda León. This is a company operating from and to Ezeiza. Your service may be contracted once been reached or also through its own site to secure a place and time. Usually they depart every hour and take travelers to the city center or also to Aeroparque Jorge Newbery from where the domestic flights.
- Taxis and limos. These can also be hired on desks that companies have inside the airport.