Argentina

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Argentina Money-Saving Tips

Reduced Rates

If you plan on flying within the country, check out the Visit Argentina Air pass, which offers reduced rates for foreign travelers. Caveat: it must be purchased before leaving your home country.

Bus It

Long-distance bus travel is ideal if you have more time than money; routes are extensive. Book in advance for holiday travel and popular destinations. Pro-tip: splurge on a coche cama seat for long overnight trips.

Tax-free

Tourists are entitled to a tax reimbursement on purchases of 70 pesos or more made at stores in the Global Refund network. Refund transactions are handled at the airport, so have your receipts and paperwork ready.

$$$

Prices in Argentinian pesos are expressed using the dollar sign. It's not uncommon, however, to have hotel rates set in U.S. dollars. If AR$ vs. US$ isn’t clear, be sure to ask.

Souvenirs

Leave room in the suitcase or pack an extra bag for Argentine specialties: leather goods (jackets, belts, boots, etc.), dulce de leche (a caramel spread that’s divine on anything), soccer jerseys, and wine.

Catching ZZZs

While siestas are not the norm in Buenos Aires or other tourist-centric locales, Mendoza is one city where many businesses close their doors from 1 to 4 p.m., most re-opening around 8 or 9 p.m.

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required of U.S. visitors to enter Argentina and neighboring Uruguay. If you’re planning trips to other bordering countries, check their visa policies well in advance.

Background

Argentina seems to be stepping out of the shadow of its turbulent history. The political-economic collapse in December 2001 led to the peso’s devaulation, but the country’s economy has staged a swift comeback, growing annually since 2003.

Meat

Argentine beef is renowned for good reason, so it would be remiss not to partake of delicious cuts including bife de lomo (tenderloin), bife de chorizo (sirloin) and tira de asado (ribs).

Other Specialties

In Patagonia, don’t miss the lamb. Pick up chocolate in Bariloche. Order locro (a hearty corn/bean/meat stew), humitas (like tamales), and empanadas (meat pies) in the northwest. Try alfajores (cake-like cookies) and yerba maté (tea) for a sweet snack.

Buenos Aires Tango Festival

Musicians, singers, and dance enthusiasts converge at the end of February for a week’s worth of all things tango. Downtown streets are transformed into an open-air milonga (dance hall) to cap off the festivities.

Fiesta Nacional de Vendimia

Mendoza’s wine harvest celebration, held in early March, brings the blessing of the vineyards, parties, folkloric activities, and a raucous parade all before the grand finale: the crowning of the festival’s queen.

Carnaval

Shimmy to the Gualeguaychú Corsódromo in Entre Rios, where the revelry is in full swing weeks before Lent; or samba your way to the Corrientes province, also well known for its pre-Lenten fete.

Fiesta Nacional de la Nieve

Bariloche paints the town and surrounding mountains white for its Snow Festival every August. Competitions, national music concerts, and fireworks round out a party. 

Día de la Tradición

Gaucho life and legend are honored cross-country November 10. San Antonio de Areco, a traditional town outside of Buenos Aires, pays tribute to criolla customs with parades, gaucho-related activities and games, asados (barbecues), and folkloric dances.

Buenos Aires Sport Spectaculars

El Superclásico, the galvanizing face-off between city soccer rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors, is a sports-fan must. For great polo and people watching, check out the prestigious, international El Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo tournament in November.

Free Evening Concerts in Buenos Aires

The School of Law at the University of Buenos Aires holds free classical music concerts in the late afternoons and evenings, so check the schedule and enjoy an evening of orchestra.

Tango for Less in Buenos Aires

Club de Tango lists upcoming Tango performances across Buenos Aires. There are several free listings and a handful that come at a small price (most ranging from just $2 to $10 per person), including a free drink. 

Buenos Aires Museos Gratis

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes features an impressive array of European and South American fine art, for free with English-speaking guides. The Museum of Latin American Art contains the masterpieces of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and offers free admission every Sunday and on the fourth Friday of every month between 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Transportation

Cabs are abundant and cheap; call for a radio taxi whenever possible. The subway is efficient but stops running around 10 pm. Buses, which only accept coins, provide a scenic way to get around the city. Pick up a guide at one of the many kioskos to navigate routes.

Half Off at Iguazu Falls

At Iguaza Falls, hang on to your park ticket and get it stamped before leaving the park for 50 percent off the next day’s admission.

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