Argentina lies in the southeast of South America with a long border with Chile to the west. You’ll find Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, Brazil to the northeast, and the Drake Passage to the south.
It is the eighth-largest country in the world and the third-most populous South American nation. It is also the world’s biggest Spanish-speaking territory. Argentina suffered a severe economic crisis during 1998 – 2002, which led to massive unemployment, poverty, and riots. Nevertheless, modern Argentina has a rather high level of economic development.
The official currency is Peso. The approximate exchange rate is AR$16 to US$1. Currency exchange is available in banks and official cambios (bureaus de change). Changing money on the black market is illegal, though very common and rates are always better than in banks. Credit cards are acceptable, but not as widely as in Europe or North America. Even major hotels may not have credit card facilities. ATMs are available in most cities. However, they are unreliable and often have daily withdrawal limits.
Taxis are available widely, although you should negotiate the price beforehand. Travelers over 21 years can also hire a car. Car rental service is available in most cities and towns. Roads in the country are generally good. Cars drive on the right side of the road here. However, for going to rural areas it is better to hire a jeep. Also, remember about safety: keep windows and doors closed in doubtful neighborhoods.
In Argentina, they use electric sockets of types C and I. The standard voltage is 220V.
The primary tourist destination in Argentina is Buenos Aires, which offers its visitors both historic sites and the rich nightlife. Places, which are also very popular among tourists, are Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil, Salta, the city of colonial architecture and Bariloche, the capital of southern lakes and ski tourism. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, Mar del Plata, the most famous beach resort, and Peninsula Valdes, world’s best place for sea mammals’ observation, also attract many visitors every year.
The carnivals are very important events in Argentina, as well as the rest of South America. They usually take place during the last days of the summer season (February in the Southern hemisphere) and include murgas, corsos, masquerades, cabezudos and all the other traditional features of Spanish and Italian carnivals. There are clear signs of African origin in the Argentinean celebrations. Also, in some provinces, traditional carnivals are affected by Brazilian and Native American influence.
Another unique thing about Argentina is the celebration of Friend’s Day; a day devoted completely to friendship.
Visit this welcoming land filled with beauty!
July 13, 2016 12:00 am 1 Comment