Entry requirements: Valid U.S. passport. No visa required
Taxes/Surcharges: Airport tax: US$18 (international flights), US$8 (regional and Uruguay), $6.05 (domestic). Security tax: US$2.50 (international), $1 (domestic). Immigration tax (international flights): US$10.
At the airport you will be able to recover 21 % of the amount paid by way of the value-added tax (VAT), for national products purchased for more than USD 70 (with invoice) in the shops subscribing to this system.
Hotel taxes & service charges: Most hotel taxes (21%) and service charges (10%) are already included in price of tour package. Tipping: 10% is customary. Taxi drivers near major hotels expect to be tipped.
Currency: Argentine Peso (AR$). You can exchange money at hotels, banks or usually while shopping. Banking hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ATMs are convenient. Credit cards widely accepted.
Shopping: Buenos Aires is famous for its fashionable shops and boutiques. A walk down the elegant pedestrian mall of Calle Florida and Av. Santa Fe gives the visitor a sampling of the best Argentina has to offer: leather goods, furs, silver, cashmere and Gaucho souvenirs. Shopping hours are 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday. There is an excellent weekend flea market in historic San Telmo specializing in antiques and art.
Food and Drink: Sophisticated Buenos Aires thrives on beef. Steak houses are abundant and the meats are tender and succulent. Cuts like Bife de Chorizo, Bife de Lomo, Baby Bife or even a Parrillada (mixture of cuts) top most steak house menus. Good fresh fish is also available. Try the chorizo (grilled sausage) and the many varieties of empanadas (meat or cheese turnovers). Buenos Aires offers the diner a rich assortment of culinary experiences from which to choose. Italian restaurants are excellent. Stop for teatime at a confitura(Argentine pastry shop). Sample Argentine wines which are outstanding.
Tipping: Locals will tell you 10% (or less) is standard in
Telephone Area Codes: (54) country code; Buenos Aires 114, Bariloche 944, Iguassu Falls 757, Salta 87, Mendoza 61, Jujuy 882, Tucumon 81 and Trelew/Peninsula Valdes 965.
EZE: Buenos Aires (international airport, 20 mi. SW of downtown)
AEP: Buenos Aires (downtown domestic airport)
IGR: Iguassu Falls
ING: Lago Argentino
REL: Trelew/Peninsula Valdes