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Argentina


Argentina is located in the Southern Hemisphere, in South America.
Argentina extends its territory in almost 3.8million km², which are divided into continental areas (2.8k million m²) and Antarctic area (about 1 million km²). The country is 3.800km long and is located between latitude 22º and 55º. Argentina borders with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 9,376km, while the territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 km long. Argentina is divided into 23 provinces, with a total population of about 42 million inhabitants. Most of the populations live in Buenos Aires, the capital of the country.

Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second-largest in Latin America, and the largest Spanish-speaking one.

Arrival

It is necessary to have a valid passport at least 6 months remaining until expiration to get into Argentina. Please check with your local consulate, if you need a visa to get into Argentina.

US, Canadian and Australian passport holders, will be required to pay the reciprocity fee according to the local Argentinean National Immigration Directorate (DNM).
The payment of this “reciprocity fee” is not a Visa since Argentina does not require Visa to the nationals of the mentioned countries when traveling for tourism or business purposes. The Argentine Government set this entry fee on equal amounts to those Argentine citizens must pay when requesting a Visa to travel to those countries.

The Argentinean National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched an online method of payment to enable payment of the reciprocity fee via credit card, through the Provincia Pagos payment system. Reciprocity must be paid before entering Argentina (by air or land) by accessing the following websites: www.migraciones.gov.ar

Geography

Considering its geography, it is important to mention the big contrast offered by the immense eastern plains, and the imposing mountain range on the Andes in the west border with Chile, where Argentina has the highest peak of South America, the mount Aconcagua with 6959mts. Height.

Climate

Although the most populated areas are generally temperate, Argentina has exceptional climate diversity, ranging from tropical in the north to sub polar in the far continental south.  

Argentina's climate is generally temperate but there are 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.  The mean annual temperature in Buenos Aires is 23C, in the extreme north of Argentina can get up to 45C

For up to the minute Argentina weather information go to the World Weather website.

Best time to travel to Argentina

Due to the size of the country, the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite to those in the Northern.  Argentina experiences two high seasons, the summer months of December, January and February and the July and August winter ski holidays.  The amount of people and the prices usually go up during these times. 

Language

The main language in Argentina is Spanish

Electricity

All pugs in Argentina are on 220V

Tipping Habit

Restaurants / Cafés

In restaurants and cafés, 10% gratuity is considered the norm. Going over 10% is rare and considered pretty generous. Leaving less (or leaving nothing) if the service was particularly bad, is also quite common. 

Taxis

It´s not necessary to tip cab drivers in Argentina, nor do they expect one. It is considered polite to round up to the nearest whole peso, so they don’t have to count out change

Drinking water

However tap water is safe in Buenos Aires, due to the purifying process, the tap water contains a high level of chlorine which makes the water small bad if you are not used to it.
For this reason, we recommend to drink bottled mineral water.