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Argentina - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

Traffic is very heavy in Buenos Aires especially in the center. Traffic lights are obeyed but the use of indicators is practically unknown.
Be very careful of buses which force their way through and taxis which drive very slowly when they are empty and at breakneck speed when they are taken.

To travel around Buenos Aires and in the suburbs, it is better to use public transport (bus, train, metro) or a taxi, as parking in the city center is practically impossible. You must watch out for illegal taxis, especially at the airport.

Using taxis is recommended; there are plenty of them in Buenos Aires and they are cheap. The average fare is 15 pesos. At the international airport it is advisable to flag down radio taxis or a private car service called “remise”.
Maps of urban networks: Map of the subway

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

There is practically no long distance train network; buses are the preferred means of public transport in the provinces. Greater Buenos Aires is served by a good network of suburban trains.
Seven airline companies share the market, and the two main ones are AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS - AUSTRAL and LAN. Links between the capital and the main provincial towns are frequent. On the other hand, flights linking the various provincial towns with each other are fewer. The company LADE uses propeller planes for some of its flights and does not often keep to the timetable. A new company, SOL, has flights from Buenos Aires and between a few cities.
Rail companies: TBA
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Aerolineas Argentina - Austral Major yes Yes
LAN Major yes Yes
LADE Major yes No
SOL Major yes Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Roads are generally asphalted and in good condition on main routes.

Be careful! Buying petrol may be a problem. Argentina regularly has petrol shortages. You are advised to fill up as soon as possible, especially in Patagonia.

The number of people killed and injured on the roads puts Argentina among the leaders of the countries where road safety is sadly lacking. The greatest care is therefore recommended if you use Argentine roads, which are mostly only two lane, and this multiplies the risks of face to face collisions which are particularly lethal.

Find an itinerary: Itineraries in Argentina

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: Argentina is a new country. The history it has to offer is mainly in Buenos Aires, where there are monuments and old residences to visit.
Cultural: There is an abundant cultural life in Buenos Aires.
Corrientes Avenue is also called the South American Broadway (shows, plays, etc.)
Many concerts and festivals are on at the various theaters.
Finally, the city has a wealth of cultural centers with a wide variety of activities.
Nature: Natural tourism is Argentina's strong point. Glaciers, high mountains, salt desert, equatorial forest, pampa, etc.
Note El Chalten for many treks in the Andes.
Religious: Lujan
Thermal: Many spa towns. The main ones are Jujuy and Colón.
Beach: The Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires is the Argentines' favorite place in the summer holidays: mar del Plata, Carilo, Pinamar.
Winter sports: Ski at Las Leñas and Bariloche. Mountain climbing in the Andes.
Outdoor activities: There is no limit! You can even cross Cape Horn in a kayak!
Shopping: There are two types of shopping in Buenos Aires:
- in top-of-the-range shopping malls
- in the Palermo and Recoleta districts
Tourism organizations: Secretary of Tourism of Argentina

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: There are no vaccination requirements for international journeys. The risk of malaria is only in its mild form P.vivax; the risk is low and limited to rural areas along the borders with Bolivia (plains of the provinces of Salta and Jujuy) and Paraguay (plains of the provinces of Corrientes and Misiones). The recommended prevention in areas of risk is CHL (chloroquine).
Guard against traveler's diarrhea (Turista). Highest risk foods are prepared dishes which are later eaten cold; seafood, meat, fish which are undercooked or badly cooked, and raw vegetables as well as fruits you have not peeled yourself are also taking a risk. Drinking water must be boiled and filtered or drunk from sealed bottles.
If an accident occurs on the public highway, the injured person is automatically taken to the emergency department of a public hospital, where the first aid is basic. It is then up to the injured person to have himself transferred to a private clinic, with the agreement of his insurance company.
For further information on sanitary conditions: World Health Organization website (WHO)

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Buenos Aires (GMT-2 (southern summer), GMT-3 (southern winter))
Summer time period: Summer time from January to March.
Climate: The climate varies enormously depending on whether you are in the south, Ushuaïa with its polar climate, or in the north, in the province of Chaco, with its equatorial climate.

Average temperatures in Buenos Aires are from 17°C to 29°C in January and from 5°C to 14°C in June.

Eating

Food specialties: Beef is the meat which is eaten in all its forms countrywide in Argentina:
- Bife de lomo (a very thick and very tender filet)
- Bife de chorizo (very popular in Argentina, a sirloin cooked in its own fat).
Beef is also eaten Gaucho style with Parilladas or Asados (BBQs) where filets, rib steaks, blood sausage, chorizo, sweetbreads, etc. are cooked over the coals, and, of course, as always in Argentina, the portions are enormous. The ideal accompaniment to this delicious meat is Chimichuri, a sort of Argentine mustard based on 22 different herbs.

Other specialties are:
- Charcoal grilled lamb
- Ewe's milk cheeses
- Alfajores de Cordoba : sandwich biscuits filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate or vanilla.
- Carbonada en Zapallo : Stuffed gourd. Here you can find all Argentina's produce. You can use cubes of beef but in some coastal regions, they are replaced by fish.
- Dulce de leche (caramelized milk) : This caramelized milk crossed the South American borders a few years ago. It is eaten with bread, like a jam, chocolates are filled with it and it is spread between piled up pancakes.
- Matambre (rolled up beef with hard boiled eggs): This is a traditional dish which is served hot or cold and the name means literally "kills hunger".
- Parilla: Argentine BBQ. People love the offal which is served as a garnish. The rib steak is served on a wooden board.
- Rogel de Dulce de leche : Millefeuille made with dulce de leche.

 

Drinks: There is a wide variety of Argentine wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrha).
Dietary taboos: Raw meat and horse flesh are almost banned from traditional restaurants.

Speaking

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