The official language spoken in Argentina is Spanish
Name: Argentine Peso
$13 Argentine Peso is approximately $1
Argentina is AEDT -14h
A pint in a pub/bar will is around $85 (approx. £3.60)
A basic lunctime meal with drink is around $161 (approx. £7)
Around $24 (approx. £1) plus $15 (approx. £0.60) for every KM travelled
A one way ticket on local transport is around $7 (approx. £0.30)
From $188 a night (approx. £8)
From $650 (approx. £27) a night for a 3 star hotel
Argentina's climate is generally mild, but there can be major regional variations due to its size – from the extreme heat of the northern regions, through the pleasant climate of the central pampas, to the sub Antarctic cold of Patagonia’s glacial regions. Throughout the country January is the warmest, while June and July are the coldest.
Argentina’s cultural roots are mainly European and this is reflected in the country’s architecture, music, literature and lifestyle. There are plenty of festivals, cinemas, theatres and concerts. Buenos Aires alone has over 100 cinemas and 90 theatres. Drinking and dancing is also a huge part of Argentinian culture. Painting and sculpture are also important and works are showcased in the many art galleries in the main cities. Music-wise, the country is home to the world-famous tango, especially in Buenos Aires. The style and rhythm varies depending on the region.
In terms of food some of the typical Argentinean fares includes asado (barbeque), empanadas (a pie or pastry with various stuffing), tamales (chicken or other meat wrapped in cornhusks), humita (grated corn, sweet peppers and tomatoes wrapped in the green leaves of corn) and locro (dish of meat, potato, pumpkin, corn and sweet pepper). These days migration has brought all the flavours of the world to Argentina and you’ll find European, Asian, Middle Eastern and all sorts of other food. Steak is a biggie on the Argentine menu, as is wine, which is locally grown and produced.
Australian passport holders visiting Argentina for up to 90 days to not need a visa, but do have to pay a $100 USD reciprocity fee. Visit the official migration service website for more details.
Due to the size of Argentina, air travel is the most convenient when travelling large distances. There are a number of airlines servicing the country, however many a routed via Buenos Aires, which can cause inconvenience and cost, depending on your end destination.
The public bus network in Argentina is excellent and, despite the long driving times, the vehicles and very comfortable and allow you to see more of this amazing country. There are a number of different classes, even sleepers for overnight journeys. Larger luggage is stowed in the hold and security is generally very good.
Although there have been some cut-backs in long-distance train services, the rail network continues to reach Buenos Aires and some surrounding areas, as well as services to Posadas and Cordoba. Trains are invariably cheaper than buses, but are slower and go to fewer destinations. We advise buying train tickets in advance during peak periods.