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Argentina

What travel documents are mandatory for your journey in Argentina, which climate and health precautions you have to count with, what to keep in mind with regard to safety, which currency you have to deal with, etc., you will read it here.

Brief introduction

Argentina is the most southern of the south American countries on the east side of the continent. With a surface of one half of Europe and a littile more than 40 milion inhabitants, the country is rather empty. Argentina after Brazil is the largest country on the continent. Almost 90% of the population is of European descent, mostly Spanish and Italian. Argentina has a 5% mestieze population. 

Best travel time

The seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite to those in the Northern.  Argentina experiences two high seasons, the summer months of January and February and the July winter ski holidays. It’s best to visit Patagonia, Cordoba, San Luis, the Sierras and beaches of the Buenos Aires coast during the summer (December to March).  The north and northwest of the country are best visited in the winter (June to August) when there is less rain and the tropical temperature drops slightly.  If you’re heading to Argentina for the Iguazu falls, winter and spring are best as the summer can be very hot.

Traveldocuments

Check passport- and visa regulations with the embassy of the visiting country in your country. You are responsible to carry the right documents with the right expiration dates. Be aware that rules can change. You should note that for most nationalities the passport on leaving the visited country must have a validity of 6 months.

Time in Argentina

Argentina normally is -3 hours GMT and counts with summer- and wintertime. In 2017 Argentina changes to summertime 15 of October.

Finance 

The argentine currency is the argentine peso. Bring a debit- and credit card and some cash money in US dollar or Euro. Be sure the international blockade for your debit card is cancelled. Most ATM charge commission. Bring the emergency phone numbers of your cards. In Argentina, there is a shortage of coins. Collect them.

Healthy travelling

Take the medications you use at home and you need during your journey. Not all medications can be bought in south America. If you carry a lot of medicine, you better carry a doctor's certificate. Visit before travelling a doctor to see if you need vaccinations or prophylaxis. Tap water is drinkable, although glacier water can cause mild stomach problems. Food is usually clean and healthy and wil not cause any problems. 

Altitude sickness

Traveling on high altitude can cause altitude sickness. Signs and symptoms that may indicate altitude sickness are headache, insomnia, nausea, lethargy and unusual fatigue. Usually these symptoms disappear within days. If the symptoms persist, you should consult a doctor and descend. To prevent altitude sickness, please contact your doctor to discuss the use of a prophylaxis. Show respect for altitude and altitude sickness, if symptoms are ignored, it can be deadly.

Insurance

It is highly recommendable to take out a travel insurance in combination with your public health insurance. The first is important in case of theft, and in combination with a public health insurance in case of accident and illness and can save you a lot of problems. Go Beyond Horizons cannot be held responsible for any problems caused by lack of such insurance.

Culinary

Argentina is famous for its steaks. The herds graze on the pampas west of Buenos Aires and provide high quality meat. Don`t ask for sauces for your steak, you will offend the waiter. An argentine steak has nothing to hide. Try empanadas, the fresh oven baked filled sandwiches and the good argentine wines. The white fresh sometimes a bit sparkling Torentes is typical for the more northern regions of Argentina.

Language and culture

Argentinean speaks Spanish. The people are a mixture of Spanish and Italian blood. Argentinan love to talk. Great football admirers.

Safety

Take care of your belongings. There is a lot of quick pickpocket and bag snatching in the big cities, Buenos Aires is disreputable for its gunk-scam, someone smear a dirty gunk on you, A at first site kind passer-by helps you clean your belongings. The intentions of the passer-by are less helpful. He or she is in the plot and wants to rob you. Take 3 steps back and gane time thinking what to do. Leave your valuables in the safe at your hotel. Take with you only what you really need. Don`t hang bags on back rests. Keep your belongings close to you. Be careful in trafic. Move streetwise. Avoid unnecessary theft.