Passports: anyone entering Argentina should have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, and ideally past the date the passport holder leaves the country.
Visas: nationals of Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Argentina. Upon arrival, most visitors get a 90-day stamp in their passport. Canadians must pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ before arriving. Ideally it will be reminded when buying the airplane ticket: this fee is equal to what Argentines are charged for visas to visit those countries. The fee is paid online and with a credit card.
Customs Regulations: electronic items (laptops, cameras and mobile phones) can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you have a lot of equipment, it is recommended to take an item list with the serial numbers and preferably the purchase receipts.
Electricity: Argentina’s electric current operates on 220V; 50Hz; plugs are C/I type. Adapters are readily available from almost any ferretería (hardware store). Most electronic equipment (such as cameras, telephones and computers) are dual/multi-voltage, but some equipment may require a voltage converter or you might short out your device.
Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports, and it’s generally good and free. In remote spots like El Chaltén and other parts of Patagonia Wi-Fi service may be usually poor.
Mobile Phones: it’s best to bring your own unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM cell phone to Argentina, then buy an inexpensive SIM chip (you’ll get a local number) and credits (or carga virtual) as needed. All SIM Cards now must be registered to users before they can be activated. In theory, a foreigner can activate a SIM card with identification. Both SIM chips and credits can be bought at many kiosks or “locutorios”.
Money: ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. ATMs can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards (not all foreign cards work in ATMs). They’re the best way to get money, and nearly all have instructions in English. Limits on withdrawal can be very low, though the withdrawal fee can be relatively high. Banelco ATMs tend to allow larger withdrawals. In some spots in Patagonia (El Calafate and El Chaltén, e.g.) and most touristic destinations they quickly run out of cash in high season.
Cash: the Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. One peso equals 100 “centavos”; coins come in denominations of 25 and 50 centavos, as well as 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Currently, US dollars are accepted by many companies dedicated to tourism, but it is always recommended to carry some pesos.
Credit Cards: many (but not all!) tourist services, larger stores, hotels and restaurants – especially in the bigger cities – take credit cards. The most widely accepted are Visa and MasterCard, though American Express and a few others are valid in some establishments. Important: many places will give a small discount if you pay in cash rather than use a credit card.
Money Changers: US dollars are by far the preferred foreign currency, although Chilean and Uruguayan pesos can be readily exchanged at the borders. Cash dollars and Euros can be changed at banks and “casas de cambios” (exchange houses) in larger cities, but other currencies can be difficult to change outside Buenos Aires. Passport is needed to change money; we strongly suggest avoiding any sort of street-tout money changer.
Tipping: restaurants and cafes: it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Spa: 15% of the bill. Hotel staff, delivery people, hotel and bus porters and taxi drivers: give a few bills.
Banks 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.
Bars 7 pm / 9 pm to 4 am / 6 am nightly.
Cafes 6 am to midnight or much later; open daily.
Clubs 1 am / 2 am to 6 am / 8 am Friday and Saturday.
Office business hours 9 am to 6 pm.
Restaurants Noon to 3:30 pm and 8 pm to midnight or 1am (later on weekends).
Shops 9 am / 10 am to 8 pm / 9 pm Monday to Saturday.
Mention Argentina, and people think about solitary gauchos or maybe tango dancers. It is country blessed with abundant natural resources and a highly educated population. The country boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travelers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. From the northern deserts down to the southern Andean Cordillera, from the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. For cosmopolitan types, there's the elegant capital, Buenos Aires. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication, although travelers expecting a more 'South American' experience are sometimes disappointed with its European touch.
It's a large country - the eighth largest in the world, and the second largest on the South American continent. It borders Chile to the west (separated by the Andean Cordilleras range) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east (separated by rivers). It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile, and continues claiming the possession of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands) and the Antarctic territory, where Argentina has installed several scientific bases, including the most famous: Marambio.
Argentina's topography is affected by both latitude and altitude, and is accordingly varied. The country can be divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile lowland north (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mixture of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).
Population: 46 million (2022 CENSUS)
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, native and other minorities
Language: American Spanish, plus 17 native languages
Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukrainian catholic, 1% Armenian orthodox
Departure from the hotel towards the city of Alta Gracia Provincial Route 5, passing through an important industrial area of the city of Cordoba. Arrival to the town of Alta Gracia. We visit the Museo del Virrey Liniers, formerly known as Jesuit Estancia of Alta Gracia. the characteristic Tajamar, the Jesuit church building, the Casa del Che Guevara and the house of Manuel de Falla. Return to Cordoba Highway Falda del Carmen and Ing. Justiniano Allende Posse. Duration approximately 4 hours. Museum entrence fee don’t included.
It is the essential tour for anyone visiting the city whatever the reason of the trip may be. Diverse aspects of this amazing city with its strong contrasts are discovered along the way. The architectural legacy of colonial times, its modern buildings and the significant business activity combined with the traditional culture from Córdoba city provide the visitor with a vast range of options. Leaving from our hotel, in modern vehicles, with the aid of a professional guide, we get to San Martín Square, from where we start a walk to the historical and cultural center. The Cathedral, the ‘Cabildo’, the ‘Oratorio del Obispo Mercadillo’ the Santa Catalina Convent, the ‘Cripta Jesuítica del Noviciado Viejo’, the Religious Art Museum ‘Juan de Tejada’, the Montserrat School, the ‘Rectorado de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba’, the ‘Compañía de Jesús’ and the church, among other traditional places, are visited. The tour continues towards the Neo Gothic Church of Padres Capuchinos, Nueva Córdoba neighborhood, Sarmiento Park, Caraffa Museum, the University Area, along the city center up to Córdoba Shopping center, where we can go round for a while if it is open. Later, Cerro de las Rosas neighborhood, Chateau Carrera football stadium and Complejo Ferial Córdoba are visited. Way back to hotel.
Early departure towards the town of Jesús María along National Route Nº 9 which nowadays coincides with the ancient route of the ‘Camino Real al Alto Perú’, visiting: Jesus Maria’s National Jesuit Museum, ranch purchased by the Jesuits in 1618. Anfiteatro de Doma y Folklore: the place where every January the ‘Festival Nacional de Doma y Folklore’ is held. Colonia Caroya: Town of Italian immigrants, famous for the production of sausages, canned food and confectionary. Caroya House: The place where the first factory of weapons (knives) in the country was established in 1815 and hosted guests as Gral. Belgrano and Gral. San Martín. Currently, it hosts a museum of handicrafts and colonization objects. Then, the Church and Jesuit Ranch Santa Catalina are visited. 15 kms to the South there is the town of Ascochinga, slightly undulating area with excessive vegetation. Visit to Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Chapel, heading the south we get to the ‘Granja’ where many German style villas can be found. 7 kms to the south we get to Agua de Oro, where a road takes us to the famous Candonga Chapel. It belonged to the Jesuits and dates back to 1730. The ‘Virgen Del Rosario’ is worshiped in its altar and it was decorated by the indigenous, it is a National Historic Monument. Finally, the tourist towns of Manzano, Salsipuedes and Río Ceballos will be visited from where you will return to Córdoba city.
Departure towards Alta Gracia along Provincial Route Nº 5 passing through an important industrial area of Córdoba city. Once in Alta Gracia, Virrey Liniers Museum, the typical Tajamar, the Church built in Jesuit style and Manuel de Falla’s home are visited. The tour continues to Villa La Bolsa, Anizacate, La Serranita, Villa Ciudad de América, through the beautiful mountain road up to Los Molinos dam. Short stop at a unique panoramic view point to contemplate one of the nicest views of the province. Next stop is at Villa General Belgrano, beautiful village of German origin. From this point, we take the mountain road that leads to La Cumbrecita, past wonderful sites as Los Guindos, Inti Yaco and Athos Pampa. Arrival at La Cumbrecita, located at the foothills of Champaquí Hill, the highest peak of our hills. This small village of swiss-german origin with its Alpine architecture, surrounded by huge conifer woods and cascades, offers the visitor an ideal place to rest. Way back to Córdoba in the afternoon.
Departure from the hotel to the mountain village La calera along Provincial Route E55 around the margins of Suquía river up to San Roque dam. Short stop to see this important construction, its drainage and the astonishing view of the Lake. Then a visit to Bialet Massé, Cosquín- the venue of the National Folklore Festival- and Valle Hermoso. Arrival at La Falda, with optional lunch. Later, a short city tour around the city and we go on to the mountain circuit. Visit to the villages of Huerta Grande and Villa Giardino, Cruz Chica, Cruz Grande and La Cumbre to get to Los Cocos, where the chair lift, the labyrinth and the museum (optional entrance) are visited. The itinerary continues up to Capilla del Monte where we visit the city and neighboring areas, to admire the Uritorco Hill, the ‘Calle Techada’ and ‘El Zapato’ typical stone formation. Way back along the same route up to Siquiman Park around the western coast of San Roque Lake until Villa Carlos Paz. Walk through the Villa and way back to Córdoba along Ing. Justiniano Allende Posse up to the hotels.
Departure to the mountain village La calera along Provincial Route E55 around the margins of the Suquía river up the ‘Camino de las Cien Curvas’ to San Roque dam. Short stop to see this important construction, its drainage and the astonishing view of the Lake and then continue the way up to Villa Carlos Paz, with a city tour and free time to visit the main interest places. Way back to Córdoba along Ing. Justiniano Allende Posse Highway.