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COUNTRY FACTS

 

Population: 43,6 million

Capital:  Buenos Aires

Currency: Peso Argentino (ARS)

Religion: Catholic

Government: Presidential Republic

Language: Spanish

Climate: Temperate

 

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LOCATION

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WHEN TO GO

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  • High Season, between November and March, with warmer temperatures and clear sunnier skies.
  • Low Season, between June and September with more rain and freezing temperatures specially in higher regions and the South. In the North, subtropical weather applies. 

By Region:

  • In Buenos Aires, weather is generally good all year round;
  • In Patagonia and the South, the ideal time to travel is between November and March when trekking and outdoor lovers can experience better conditions;
  • July is ideal for skiing in the higher regions like Bariloche, Mendonza and Ushuaia;
  • If you are a wine lover, the best time to travel is March with Mendonza having its grape harvests and wine festival.

By interests:

  • For animal sightings in Patagonia and Peninsula Valdez, travel from September to March 
  • For nature and trek lovers, travel between November and March;
  • For winter sports, travel between June and August;
  • For wine lovers, travel in March.

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DISCOVER ARGENTINA

THROUGH MY EYES


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+ HEALTH

Argentina is a moderately safe country to travel to concerning health conditions. In big cities there is a good network of health providers, clinics and hospitals but in the inner parts of the country you may need to be extra careful.

Main concerns:

  • Zika virus - pregnant women are advised not to travel to certain parts of the country like the northern region and be extra careful with mosquito bites.
  • Malaria - in the northern region

Health Tips:

  • eat and drink safely (avoid unsafe tap or well water)
  • prevent bug bites (always carry a good repellent and wear long cloths)
  • keep away from animals
  • reduce exposure to germs
  • avoid sharing body fluids or risk behaviours
  • In high altitude and colder regions, mosquito bites risk is very low.

What to pack:

  • your usual medicines
  • a diarrhea antibiotic
  • malaria prevention medicine
  • antihistamine
  • medicine for pain and fever
  • cough medicine
  • sunscreen
  • mosquito bite treatment is also recommended.

Recommended Vaccines:

  • Typhoid Fever
  • Hepatitis A vaccines

For more info check: CDC Health Information - Argentina

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+ PERSONAL SAFETY

Argentina is generally a safe country to travel and visit.

In big cities like Buenos Aires be aware of pickpockets, specially in public transportation and avoid showing off your phone, camera, wallet and passport in public.

Avoid getting lost in less-known areas of the city and neighbourhoods like Boca and Caminito after sunset. The city center is generally safe at any time of the day.

Everywhere else in the country you will feel very safe and people are usually very welcoming.

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+ TRAVEL TIPS

  • DON´T forget your camera or phone
  • Pack clothes for four seasons - given the country´s variety of weather, different geography and type of terrains you will get all kinds of weather.
    • take a light water-proof jacket
    • warm sweaters
    • dry-pants
    • shorts
    • good hiking shoes (if you are into trekking)
    • a small towel
    • sunglasses
    • watch
    • lantern
  • Check your electrical converters; Argentina uses the Type C and I sockets. Confirm it here: Argentina Electricity
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+ MONEY AND COSTS

Argentina is not a cheap country but you can easily travel at a low cost and save some money with several budget options.

Big cities like Buenos Aires, Mendonza or Cordoba are usually more expensive and in more touristic areas, like Iguazu or in Patagonia, you can also expect to pay more for both accommodation and food.

It is better to try to exchange part of your money before entering the country as inflation and poor conversion rates usually make you lose money.

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+ ACCOMMODATION

Sleeping costs in Argentina always depend on the city or region your are staying in and the time of the year you are travelling.

In most big cities, like Buenos Aires you can always save in budget-friendly hostels as well splurge in top-notch five star hotels.

Be prepared to pay extra for staying in regions like Iguazu, Mendonza, the Lake District and Patagonia.

  • Hostels and low-range hotels: from US$20/night to US$50/night
  • Mid-range hotels: from US$50/night to US$150/night
  • Top hotels: from US$150/night
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+ FOOD

MUST TRY:

  • parrilada - you cannot leave the country without trying a parrillada at least once. Expect the best juicy meats and the legendary Argentinean beef steaks coming out of the grill in a mix of flavors you will never forget.
  • patagonean grilled lamb is also a must even if you are not a big fan of it.
  • chimichurri, a green salsa made of chopped parsley, oregano, onion, garlic, chilli pepper, olive oil and a touch of lemon or vinegar is also a must around here.
  • empanadas of all kind are also sold everywhere in the streets or restaurants. Once a cheap working class meal, empanadas became a favourite stuffed with all kinds of ingredients, either sweet or salty.
  • the alfajores - crumbly biscuits sandwiching jams, mousses or dulce de leche
  • dulce de leche, a sweet thick blend of caramel and condensed milk that will get you addicted.

To drink, you must try yerba mate, a herbal and caffeine-infused drink, made from the leaves of the South American rain-forest holly tree. They say yerba mate has the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate" all in one beverage. Do you want to miss it?


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SEE & DO

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world and stretches for over 4,000 km from its sub-tropical north to the sub-Antarctic south.

The country is divided into four regions: the Andes, the North, the Pampas, and Patagonia in the South. The amount of activities and places to see is unbelievable. 

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TOP PLACES IN ARGENTINA

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+ IGUAZU

Iguazu Falls are one of the most iconic natural landmarks of South America. Born in Iguazu river they are located on the border between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil and are one of the most jaw dropping sights you will ever see in your life.

Composed by 275 individual waterfalls they are considered the largest waterfalls system in the World with nearly 3km extension. The sound and roaring of the falls when you get nearby is simply astounding.

IGUAZU FALLS

The Falls can be seen and visited both from Brazil and Argentina, being the Argentinean side usually regarded as the most popular best place to spot them. If you have enough time (three days at least) consider visiting both sides. Remember that you will need to cross the border, so plan it accordingly. For me, personally, the best place to stay is on the Argentinean side and plan a one day visit to the Brazilian side. You can fly

TIPS

  • See: The Falls, essentially. They can be visited from both Argentina and Brazil so plan it accordingly to your preference. The entrance to the Falls in Argentina is done in
  • Do:
  • Eat:
  • Sleep: In Puerto Iguazu, a few km away from the park´s main entrance there are a lot of options to choose from.

+ SALTA

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+ THE PAMPAS

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+ MENDOZA

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+ BUENOS AIRES

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TIPS

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+ THE LAKE DISTRICT

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+ PATAGONIA

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+ TIERRA DEL FUEGO

asdfsadfnalsdfjnadslgnafdlg From Iguazu waterfalls to Buenos Aires, from Patagonia and Peninsula Valdez to the Andes and from the vineyards of Mendonza to the deserts of Salta, Argentina is rich in its fauna and flora and also home to some of the most fascinating landscapes on the planet.

If Buenos Aires vibrates with tango on the streets and the salero of its people, Iguazu vibrates with the roaring of its mighty and beautiful waterfalls and Patagonia vibrates with the strenghth of its winds and dramatic landscapes.

The coast of Patagonia is home to elephant seals, fur seals, penguins, and sea lions. Its mountains and glaciers define a landscape that populate every phoographer´s dreams. The waters off the Atlantic are home to sharks, orcas, dolphins, and salmon. Patagonia is a sparsely populated area rich in natural resources and wildlife, also including herons, condors, pumas, tortoises, and guanacos.

In the north, there are many large cat species such as the cougar, jaguar, and the ocelot. There are also crocodiles and caiman. Flamingos, toucans, turtles, and tortoises also live in the subtropical north.

Just open up and embrace the Argentinean way of living and their incredible energy.


ARGENTINA DIARIES

 

Iguazu, February 2016

I landed in Puerto Iguazu in a rainy February afternoon after departing from Lima a few hours before. The moist in the air contrasted with what I had imagined my first stop in Argentina would be. I was expecting a dry hot weather and was greeted with a tropical weather I had been longing for some time.

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