Travel tips to Argentina

Buenos Aires taxis Guillermo Tomoyose/Flickr

Buenos Aires taxis ©Guillermo Tomoyose/Flickr

If you are a first-traveler to Argentina, I suggest you to read the following guide. I will present you below some travel tips to Argentina. These will be related to the visas, the times when the country is worth visiting, things you should bring with yourself, information relating to safety and health, the local currency and transportation within the country.

It is very important to find out which countries’ citizens have to obtain a visa, which is the best time of the year to visit Argentina, what are the clothes you should include in your package, what vaccinations you need to take, what is the local currency and which are the best means of transportation. I am sure that the following guide will help you obtaining all the useful information.

Visas

Visas are not required for citizens of most western countries, Australia, Canada and of the United States. In case you are a citizen of any of the previously mentioned countries, all you need to enter the country is a valid passport. Most of the Asian and African countries’ citizens are required for visa to Argentina.

When to go

As Argentina is an enormous country, having a north-south position within South America, the large variations of climate is obvious. If you are planning a visit to Buenos Aires or the surrounding region, you can do it at any time of the year. The winter months are June to August and the summer months are December and January. These two months are extremely humid and hot (especially in the northern part of the country), so if you do not bear the heat, I suggest you to skip this period. It is recommended to check the temperature charts for the Argentine regions before traveling.

Perito Moreno Glacier John Spooner/Flickr

Perito Moreno Glacier ©John Spooner/Flickr

Making your packages

The clothes you bring with yourself depend on your destination within the country and the period you are visiting Argentina. For example, if you are visiting the country during winter, make sure to bring some warm jackets and jumpers (especially if you are visiting South Argentina where the temperature is extremely low). Summer is extremely hot in the northern and central part of the country. Make sure to bring lighter clothes and a hat.  A Spanish dictionary and a good guidebook are also required.

Health

Dengue Fever is one of the endemic diseases of Argentina. It can be transmitted by mosquitoes, so it is required to avoid them if you can. I suggest you to make a good insurance which includes medical expenses abroad. You never know what happens during your holiday, especially if you are planning to practice extreme sports.

Money

The local currency is the peso which is equal with 100 centavos. It is not complicated to withdraw money using any debit or credit card. Many hotels and different venues accept US dollars, too. Besides, many restaurants and shops accept MasterCard and Visa cards.

Argentine pesos Alex E. Proimos/Flickr

Argentine pesos ©Alex E. Proimos/Flickr

Transportation

In comparison with other Latin American countries, Argentina is characterized by cheap and secure transportation. Long-distance buses are for example very safe. In comparison, some taxi divers in Buenos Aires might deceive the tourists. Pay attention!

Buenos Aires taxis Guillermo Tomoyose/Flickr

Buenos Aires taxis ©Guillermo Tomoyose/Flickr

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