Travel Information Argentina
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- CAPITAL Buenos Aires
- GOVERNMENT Federal Republic
- CURRENCY Argentine Peso (ARS)
- POPULATION 41,660,417 (2013 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 2,780,400km² (water: 43,710km² land: 2,736,690km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Argentina uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-03:00
- LOCATION Argentina is located in South America
Most popular cities in Argentina
- Buenos Aires — or “Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires”, which people occassionally call Capital Federal to distinguish it from the province of Buenos Aires
- Córdoba — second largest city, in the heart of the Pampas region
- La Plata — known as “the perfect city” for its tracing; just look at a map of the street pattern of the city
- Mendoza — well known for its extensive and high quality wine production
- Rosario — third largest city known for its beautiful neoclassical architecture
- Salta — known as ‘La Linda’ due to its beautiful surroundings
- San Carlos de Bariloche — in the foothills of the Andes with lots of facilities for skiing and trekking
- San Juan — a center of quality wine production
- San Miguel de Tucuman — the largest city in the northwest and the fifth largest city in Argentina
Sockets & Plugs
Argentina uses 220V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type I.
Argentina uses the Argentine peso (symbol: $), code ARS.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 peso. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 pesos and 50, 25, 10 and 5 centavo.
Automatic teller machines are common in Argentina. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but can leave extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected in Argentina. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip.
Internet speed in Argentina is on average 4.7 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Argentina is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
To call Argentina, dial +, then 54 (the country code for Argentina), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
High crime rate
Argentina has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Argentina you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120-130 km/h (74-80 mph) on expressways, 120-130 km/h (74-80 mph) on motorways, 40-70 km/h (24-43 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-110 km/h (49-68 mph) on undivided highways.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Police 101
- Ambulance 107
- Fire 100
- Civil defense 103
- Forest fire 105
- Coast guard 106
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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