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Argentina


Country Facts

Size: Second largest country in South America. Total land area 1,072,000 sq. mi. Territory would cover one third of the U.S.


Population: 41 million


Capital: Buenos Aires, pop., 77 sq. mi., 11 million (35% of the country's total population).


Language: Spanish


Electricity: Spanish,220 volts, 50 cycles. Voltage converter and two and three prong plug adapters are necessary for U.S. appliances.,Spanish,220 volts, 50 cycles. Voltage converter and two and three prong plug adapters are necessary for U.S. appliances.


Time Noon in Buenos Aires is 11:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Standard time


Holidays: January 1: New Year's Day
Holy Week: Week prior to Easter
May 1: Labor Day
May 25: Election of First National Government
June 20: Flag Day
July 9: Independence Day
August 17: San Martin Day
October 12: Columbus Day
December 8: Immaculate Conception
December 25: Christmas



Travel Facts

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.

Airport Codes:
EZE: Buenos Aires (international airport, 20 mi. SW of downtown)
AEP: Buenos Aires (downtown domestic airport)
BRC: Bariloche
IGR: Iguassu Falls
ING: Lago Argentino
JUJ: Jujuy
MDZ: Mendoza
REL: Trelew/Peninsula Valdes
SLA: Salta
TUC: Tucuman
USH: Ushuaia


Weather

Argentina's topography is varied. To the west lie the Andes, to the north the vast forested plains of the Chaco, to the south the rolling Pampas and to the far south Patagonia. Seasons are reversed. When it is winter in the U.S. it is summer in Argentina. The Andes and the far south are cold during Argentina's winter (June-August). Buenos Aires remains temperate but be prepared for possible cold temperatures and frequent heavy rains May thru July. Appropriate dress is required when dining in the better restaurants and clubs of Buenos Aires. The people of Buenos Aires are among the world's most fashionable. Gentleman visiting the city should bring a jacket and tie.

Argentina Weather Almanac AVG.
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January Generally hottest month of the year 83 63
February Continues hot 83 63
March Autumn starts, temperatures begin to drop 79 53
April Beautiful! Pleasant days and nights 72 47
May Continues like April 64 47
June Cooler, winter begins, can be rainy and cold 57 41
July Winter continues. Usually the coldest month 57 42
August Last month of winter 60 43
September Spring arrives, generally pleasant days and nights 64 46
October Beautiful! Pleasant days and night 69 50
November Last days of spring, can bring warmer weather and rain 76 56
December Warm summer temperatures 82 61











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