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
This excursion is the presentation of our locality, it combines the beautiful landscapes with our history. We start with the Correntoso River where we can observe the trouts in their natural habitat and the crystalline water of the magnificent rapids. Then we take the 7 lake road and we reach the Inalco balcony from where we can see the last arms of the Nahuel Huapi lake, the Ultima Esperanza and Machete arm. We come back to the village, through the Green Lagoon Circuit (Municipal Reserve), an area of Environmental Reserve in full Urban Common land.After that we go to the Antique Villa and to Quetrihué's Isthmus, which presents the geographical accident that gives name to the village. There we will see the harbours: Bahia Mansa and Bahia Brava. Then we will continue along The Messidor Residence, the Building o the Nation Park, the Little Church an other work of our famous architect Alejandro Bustillo, who represent the architecture of the golden time of National Parks. We go through the Villa towards Puerto Manzano, where we will find a bay of incomparable beauty. This one is a place to make a stop and to enjoy the peace and the silence. We come back to the hotels.
The forest is much more that an excursion, is a symbol of our town , and is in the end of the Quetrihue Peninsula that it is born in the port of the Villa and spreads over 12 km into Nahuel Huapi Lake and forming the Arrayanes National Park. The Arrayan is a common tree in the National Park but in the park there exists a real community of similar trees that in some cases exceed 650 years, enjoying the mountain chain frame beside the Nahuel Huapi Lake and of the majestic bays where we will find besides the nature the singular architectural beauty.
We left the Hotel and we take the RN 231 towards Lake Mirror then we take RN 234: the famous the Seven Lakes Road (Mirror, Correntoso, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Machónico and Lácar). We are going to do several stops along this road. Our first Stop is in the Mirror lake. After that we are going to visits the famous 7 lakes hotel , where the Quintupuray family lives. We will go by closely together of other lakes: Small mirror, Traful, Hermoso and Meliquina. A magnificent memory that the glaciers left us and that constitutes one of the most impressive landscaping of Argentina . The road surprises us in every moment with the beautiful views of mountains, streams, lakes, forests, silence. Several stops in the way, will allow us to contemplate not only the beauty of the landscape, also the smell of forest and the waterfalls sounds. In San Martin we will find a beautiful city beside the Lácar Lake, with spacious boulevards and streets with an architecture that combines the traditional made of wood, with the modern and functional design. We will have lunch in San Martin, that will be an excuse to stay for a few hours there, also will have the time for a walk. Then we will visit the Arrayan Circuit Viewing-point, with fantastic view of the Lácar Lake and Chapelco Ski Complex, before returning to Villa La Angostura taken the Seven Lakes road again.
Full day excursion, Villa Traful is considered one of the favourits excursions of our passangers. This region is one of the most wonderful landscapes. We can see nature, archeological places, and a visit this beautiful Mountain Village surrounded of forest, creeks and its principal attraction: the Traful Lake. We leave Villa La Angostura and take the road on direction to San Carlos de Bariloche to reach RN 237 to Confluencia Traful. We are going to see the changement of the landscape: we see how the Forest starts to desapared and we go through the Patagonic Steppe. In this part of the trip we can see a beautiful view, product of many years of vulcanism and erosion in Rio Limay Valley, called Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley). Then we get to Traful Valley to see the wonderful landscapes and its archeological remains. Before the Traful Valley we get to Cuyín Manzano Valley: a beautiful river surrounded of a huge wall of basalt, where, if we have good luck we can observe Condors that domains our sky. From there begins a valley of fertile lands and a microclimate that allows the agro-turist activity. Before we get to Villa Traful we arrive to the “Wind Balcony”, that is a cliff of glaciar origin that rises 70 meters over the level of the lake and allows a panoramic exceptional sight. After this stop, we continue our way to Traful. We arrive for lunch time to this Village of 500 habitants, which is hidden in the forest. Then we will continue the trip caming back for Seven Lakes road, across the magnificent Portezuelo, that takes us to 930 meters on the level of the sea. We are going to see the Mirror and the Correntoso lake, before we arrive to Villa La Angostura.