Top 9 Argentina Travel Tips
Argentina is a popular destination, but it's important to note on any vacation
that there can be cultural, geological and meteoroligical differences when
travelling abroad that could potentially ruin your entire trip. While in some
places the differences can be minor, in others you could deeply offend a
person by doing something you thought to be kosher. Don't let this happen
to you, below are what I believe to be the top 7 Argentina travel tips. Follow
these tips and you'll be sure to leave an impression of courtesy and enjoy
more hospitality from the locals.
1. The most common form of greeting in Argentina betwen friends is kissing
one anothers cheeks, so don't be caught off guard when someone makes a
lunge toward your cheek. And return the favour out of courtesy if they have.
2. Once in Argentina, one of main methods of transportation is underground
shuttle, or by bus/trolley bus, or taxi. Their are 5 main public ral lines,
labelled A to E and services operate from early mornng to late at night on a
fixed-fare basis. Buses are generally very crowded but are often the quickest
means from one place to another.
3. Spanish is the offical language of Argentina, while English is widely spoken
- don't rely on everyone to speak English, you should at least get some basic
Spanish down before travelling to Argentina.
4. More then 90 per cent of Argentina's religious faith lies in the Roman
Catholic church. Remember this as it does have an effect on what is kosher
and what is not.
5. Argentina has 5 major airlines in an effort to make the big country smaller
when travelling. Oddly enough, sometimes a flight will be faster and cheaper
then say a bus or a taxi, so look into flying as a possible means of
transportation for those slightly longer endevours.
6. You can get answers to most of your questions about Argentina tourism
from the Argentina Tourist Information Center:
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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. The official currency of Argentina is the peso, ills come in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50
and 100 pesos. One pesos equals one hundred cents. 2 pesos are blue, 5
pesos are green, 10 pesos are brown, 20 pesos are red, 50 peseos are grey,
and 100 pesos are purple/violet.
8. Tips are somewhat outlawed in Argentina, though people still expect a tip
in most situations - if that's the case 10 percent of the bill as your tip will
suffice for the most part.
9. The Argentina time zone is Argentina Standard Time, which is GMT -3
hours, and GMT -4 hours in the summer. So set your watches correctly!
And the best tip of all is to plan ahead, use caution and common sense, and
most of all - have fun!