Argentine quality items include leather goods, woven and knitted garments, silverware and wine. Excellent quality and original designs can be found: shoes, purses, jackets, handbags, and wallets. Craft industry (pottery, masks and cloth, wall hangings), mostly bought in the North are also good options. Mate is a traditional drink in Argentina, made by an infusion of dried leaves of yerba mate. It is drunk in a hollow gourd with a “Bombilla”, a special metallic drinking straw, as well as great Malbec wine from Mendoza area or a Torrontes wine from the Northwest.
|Please||Por favor||Por fah vohr|
|Thank you||Gracias||Grah see us|
|My name is||Mi nombre es||Mee nombre es|
|How much is||Cuento cuesta||Kwanto kwesta|
|Where is||Donde esta||Donday esta|
|Do you speak English?||Usted habla ingles?||Oo ste hub la in glays|
|I don’t understand||No entiendo||No in tee endo|
|I need a Doctor||Neecsit a un doctor||Nece-site a un doctor|
|One, two, three, four, five||Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco||Oono, does, tres, kwatro, sinko|
The specialty as such is Argentinean beef, which is prepared on an open fire, the “asado”, usually accompanied with sausages and different pieces of meat. Further specialties are the famous Empanadas, stuffed pastry, and diverse regional specialties in the North. All over the country you will be served excellent Italian food, inclusive of the Italian ice cream. Lovers of candies will like the typical Argentinean “alfajores”, biscuits stuffed with dulce de leche, a caramel cream, and a flan, a thick custard-based dessert flavoured with caramel. As is known, Argentinean wine is excellent and the mate tea is the national drink – Argentineans drink their mate everywhere and always, it is made of yerba herbs and drunk with the bombilla, a pipette, out of the mate receptacle.
The perfect outfit depends on the destination: visitors of Patagonia or Tierra del Fuego should use regular outdoor wear, protecting against the wind and rain; visitors at the coast and of the tropical regions should use summer clothes, in the Northwest one should be prepared for the changes of temperature from day to night.
Argentina is a country that you can travel in all year round. The best time to visit Buenos Aires is in spring (September through November), when the jacarandas are in bloom and temperatures are blissfully cool, and in autumn (March through May). Summer (December through February) in the capital can be hot and humid. Mendoza, Córdoba and the Lake District are all spectacular in autumn: the leaves put on an epic display, temperatures are comfortable and the crowds are thin. The best time to go to Patagonia is when the weather’s milder (September through April). Northern Argentina can be brutally hot in summer and is best visited in spring, winter (June through August) and autumn.
The opening hours are not regulated by law. Banks are open from Monday till Friday, 1000 – 1400 hours, shops between 0900 – 1930 hours and on Saturdays from 0900 – 1400 hours. During the siesta, around 1300 – 1700 hours many shops are closed. Big supermarkets and shopping malls are often as well open on Saturdays and Sundays, during the whole day.
The Electricity voltage in Argentina is 220V alternating current, it is recommendable to bring a multi-adapter.
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador (Galapagos), Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru & Venezuela.
Yellow Fever: Compulsory for Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru or Venezuela, Argentina.
Typhoid: Strongly recommended.
Malaria Tablets: Strongly recommended.
Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio: If you have not had these vaccinations within the last 10 years they should be updated.
Hepatitis A: Strongly recommended.
Rabies: Strongly considered.
Please contact your doctor for up to date requirements.
For Australian passengers also travelling to Argentina, you are required to pay a Reciprocity Fee. The reciprocity fee payment must be done in advance of your arrival into Argentina. The Reciprocity rates are USD$100 for Australians.
How to pay the reciprocity fee on-line:
1) Enter the web site www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar then click on
“Aboná la Tasa de Reciprocidad”, followed by “Pay Immigration Rates”. Register your passport
digit details to start the process.
2) Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.
3) Print the payment receipt.
4) On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The
receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the
traveller’s entry to the country registered.