Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Say ‘hola’ to a travellers’ paradise in this friendly and affordable country. With its stunning views, colourful culture, and friendly people, Argentina offers everything you need for your trip to South America. You’ll still be talking about it months, or even years, after you’ve gone back home.

There’s something in store for everyone in Argentina—a beautiful wine country for wine and nature lovers, affordable leather goods for avid shoppers, an impressive list of museums and sites for history enthusiasts.  Brush up now on your Spanish. A holiday in Argentina is best enjoyed from September through November or from March through May.

Location: South America
Size: 2,780,400 km2
Capital: Buenos Aires
Largest Cities: Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, La Plata
Climate: Summer in December through February feels hot and humid, whereas June to September offers cool but mild winters.
Population: Roughly 37 million people.

Language: Spanish
Religion: Catholic, Protestant, Jewish
Literacy Rate: 97.7%
Government Type: Federal representative presidential republic
Head of State: President
Land Borders: To the north, Paraguay and Bolivia; on the northeast, Brazil and Uruguay; on the west and south, Chile
Currency: Argentian Peso
Natural Resources: Lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron, manganese, oil and natural gas, lithium, and uranium
Main Agriculture: Soybeans, maize, sugarcane, wheat, and sunflower seed
Main Industry: Food processing, oil refining, machinery and equipment, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals
Electricity: 220V AC, 50Hz
Time Zone: GMT -3

Country Tel. Code:+ 54
Visa/Passport:Australian passport holders do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days. A reciprocity fee of 100 USD is applied during entry at Ezeiza Airport (EZE) and is payable in cash.
Airport: Buenos Aires’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) is around a 40-minute drive to the town centre.
Departure Tax: Travellers do not need to pay any departure tax upon embarkation.
Getting Around:Trains are a cheap but limited option. Domestic flights are available within the country, though these tend to be pricey. Buses and cars are a common means of getting around the country, as is hitchhiking.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are usually accepted, though some businesses may add surcharges and others might require proof of identification.
Drinking: The legal drinking age is 18, though it is not always enforced
Shopping: Leather goods and other fashion items are good purchases in Argentina, and they can be found in many places. Calle Florida is one of the most popular shopping areas in the country.
Tipping: 10% additional tip for restaurant bills that already include service charge; 15% service tip otherwise