A delectable blend of South American and European flavor gives Argentina a completely unique character. Beaches, glaciers, mountains, jungles, wetlands, deserts: any landscape you can imagine: the outstanding natural beauty of this place is humbling in its exuberance and span.
Flights to Argentina
International visitors to Argentina will most likely fly into Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), which is also known as Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires. It serves 8.5 million passengers a year.
If you’re traveling on to another location you will probably have to travel across the city to the domestic airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP). There are cheap shuttle buses connecting the two. Leave yourself ample time for connections. Getting into the city from the airport is easiest by taxi, and there are also shuttles heading to various points in Buenos Aires.
What to do in Argentina
Buenos Aires is an explosion of culture and color, with a truly cosmopolitan flavor. You can trek through the fairytale heights of the Andes or feel yourself made small and wondering before the bleak glory of Patagonia. There is more to do in Argentina that could ever be accomplished in one trip, but you’re going to have an incredible time trying.
Food in Argentina is a special experience. Flaky empanadas stuffed with savory meat and olive fillings, creamy dulce de leche, and the world’s best steak, washed down with carafes of excellent local wine. Keep in mind that dinner is very late in Argentina, commonly not served until 9 or 10 pm even in restaurants, so it’s a good idea to fill up at lunch.
Advice to Tourists Visiting Argentina
You’ll need a passport to visit, but EU citizens do not need a tourist visa to enter Argentina. Neither do US, Canadian, or Australian citizens, however they do need to pay a reciprocity fee, which is similar to visa fees paid by Argentinean citizens when visiting their countries. The fee covers multiple entries over a period of 10 years for Americans, 1 year for Australians, and until 1 month before passport expiration for Canadians.
The official language in Argentina is Spanish. The dialect differs from most other South American or European forms, but is mutually intelligible. There’s some level of English fluency in Buenos Aires and tourist-focused areas, but it’s still a good idea to brush up on some basic Spanish.
The currency here is the peso. The rate can be volatile and it’s not recommended to buy large amounts before arriving. The seasons here are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere, and the climate varies wildly between regions. October through December is a wonderful time to visit, when you can soak up the sun. Whenever you decide to go, you’ll want to arrange accommodation in advance. Skyscanner offers a free hotel price comparison tool which will help you find your dream hotel room at a great price.
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