8 Tips for traveling to Argentina: what you should know before setting out on your trip

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If you are planning to travel to Argentina, you probably have some doubts. That’s why, so that you go well prepared to this country, in today’s post we talk about the 8 things you should know before embarking on your trip or the best tips for traveling to Argentina.

With all this information you are sure to enjoy and better discover the Argentine territory. 😉

Much more than Buenos Aires

The capital of Argentina is immense and brimming with Argentine culture. In fact, in this city the tango, the country’s most popular dance, is born. Many travelers take tours of Buenos Aires and are dazzled by it, so much that they stay visiting for months.

City tour of Buenos Aires

But Argentina has more places to discover. There is not only Buenos Aires! This immense country offers you a thousand activities and ways to have fun. For example, the impressive Glaciers in El Calafate (you can visit them with the Perito Moreno minitrekking), the Iguazu Falls or the Quebrada of Humahuaca in the north of the territory.

Views of Perito Moreno Glacier

In short, there are many places in Argentina that you still have to discover, it is not good to stay with the desire. If you still don’t know what to visit in Argentina, our post “what to see in Argentina from North to South” will help you.

We advise you to see more than Buenos Aires. 🙂

Views of Iguazu Falls Argentina

Visas

Passport, ID card, is a visa necessary? Doubts often arise regarding the documentation required to visit Argentina.

First of all, if you are European and you are traveling less than 90 days to Argentina, you do not needany visa. For example, if you are from Spain, traveling with your passport is all you need. The same happens if you are traveling from Germany.

Always watch that the passport has a validity of at least 3 months from the date of entry to the country.

If you come from other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Switzerland and Scandinavian countries you don’t need a visa either. That said, taking into account that the time you are going to spend in Argentina is less than the established 90 days.

Traveling to Argentina airport

On the other hand, those belonging to MERCOSUR countries (Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay) can access Argentina without a visa, they will only need their passport, identity ID or cedula.

Those who do need a visaare the inhabitants of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

Lastly, remember that if you are traveling as a tourist you cannot stay more than 90 days in this wonderful country.

Insurance

Public health in Argentina is totally valid, but it does not get enough investment and privatehealth centers provide excellent service at high prices.

Adventure brings a thousand precious sensations but, always go with head and, when making transatlantic trips, one of the best advice for visiting Argentina is to go covered with a travel insurance

The spectacular language of Argentina

You may already know what language is spoken in the land of tango. Yes, if you’re thinking Spanish, you got it right!

The Spanish of Argentina will captivate you. It comes from Spanish and Italian immigrants. The latter influenced the language quite a bit, as the hand gestures and accent is well like Italian.

This Spanish allows Argentines and Spaniards to understand each other, although the vocabulary they use changes a lot.

Argentine economy

Argentine pesos

The country’s economy is unstable, volatile and COVID 19 has had a negative influence. Thus, inflation has been around 40% in recent years and the Argentine peso has devaluedeven more.

The Argentine peso is the country’s own currency and currently, one peso is equal to 0.010 dollars and 0.0087 euros. You know, now traveling to Argentina is cheap 🙂

Take it easy if you are in Argentina

One of the most important tips for traveling to argentina is not to forget that it is not Switzerland. If you’re an 8 am coffee person, in this country you won’t find cafeterias open until 9 am.

Regarding dinner, locals usually dine around 9 or 10 pm. And if you are one of those who like the copeo afterwards (having a couple of drinks after dinner), don’t worry, Argentines do it too. It is usual to go to the bar at 12 or 1am.

So you know, take it easy

Coffee shop La Perla Argentina

Food

Argentine gastronomyis known for its delicious meats and wines. In addition many claim that Argentina’s meat is among the best in the world.

The meat is part of the diet, culture and traditions of the inhabitants. That’s why they grill or barbecue with friends and family, you don’t need to celebrate a wedding to eat big. Don’t miss an authentic gaucho party to taste the real asado.

Asado Argentino

But, this delicacyis always accompanied by a good… red wine! The Malbec from Mendoza is one of the most recognized worldwide.

So, one of the great tips is to enjoy Argentine meats and steaks along with a good red wine from the region.

Red wine in Argentina

Transportation in Argentina

Argentina is a huge country, so you will make use of different transportation. You should get used to the idea that this will take up a large part of your travel budget. In addition, you will most likely have to take several flights if you intend to visit several regions of the country.

The most viable alternatives are the plane for longer distances and then, the long-distance bus (distances up to 1,000 kilometers). The latter is comfortable and usually punctual. Mind you, it is not as economical as we imagine.

As you will spend several hours in the vehicle it is better to be well accompanied and if you get to take some local delicacy to satisfy your hunger, all the better 🙂

Now that you know all the things you need to know and the tips for traveling to Argentina, you just need to look for flights, activities, tours and… go on an adventure!

Where in the country will be your first destination?

Lucía

Lucia's life motto is "go with the flow". She lets herself go with the flow and joins any plan.

She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but her perfect trip is any place with sun, sand and sea. Indecisive by nature, she would not know how to choose between the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands in Spain, or between Mexican and Peruvian food. Maybe that's why she will never say no to a trip... She has to find answers!

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