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About Argentina


Geographical Situation

Argentina is located in the southern extreme of South America. Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the eighth in the world.

Population

Argentina has a low demographic density. It consists of around 40 million people, mainly established in the urban centers. 85% of the population is descendant of immigrants from Europe (mainly Italian and Spanish).

Language

Spanish is the official language and is spoken by the great majority of Argentineans. English, French and Italian are, in lesser or greater degree, widespread languages within the country

Culture

Argentina's cultural roots are mainly European and that is clearly reflected in its architecture, music, literature and lifestyle. It has an intense cultural activity. It is seen in the festivities, expositions, cinemas, theatres, and concerts that take place in the principal cities. Buenos Aires has approximately 100 cinemas and 90 theatres with a great diversity of spectacles that turn it into one of the cities with the major theatrical activity in Latin America

Religion

The official religion of Argentina is the Apostolic Roman Catholic

How to get there and travel

Argentina offers modern means of transport: air, sea, river, overland and urban. The main airlines of the world travel to Argentina arriving, most of them, at the Internacional Ministro Pistarini Airport (located in Ezeiza), connected to the city of Buenos Aires by a highway (35 Km). It is also possible to arrive at the cities of Cordoba and Mendoza by plane from some bordering countries. Or even, you can arrive to Argentina by overland transport from these countries.

When to travel

Remember that in the Southern hemisphere the seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern hemisphere. The high season in Argentina takes place during the months of January and February (summer holidays) and July (winter holidays). During those periods the local tourism grows and prices get generally higher. Summer (January, February and part of December and March), is the most favorable season to visit the Patagonia (Andean and Atlantic); the central Sierras (Córdoba and San Luis); and the Sierras and beaches of the Buenos Aires cost. Winter (June, July and August), is advisable to travel to the North and Northwest for the rains are less frequent and the tropical temperature drops a few degrees. Autumn and spring are ideal for the Cuyo Region even though summer is a good time to visit it too. July and August are the most convenient months for the practice of ski in the varied Winter Ski Centers that our country offers.

Admittance Requirements

Foreign tourists coming from bordering countries only need an identity card to enter the country. People from abroad must show their passports. Tourists from abroad can stay in the country up to 90 days at most.

VAT Return

At the airport you can recover the 21% of the value paid in concept of the Value Added Tax (VAT), if you have purchased local products for an amount greater than $ 70 (per invoice) in the shops which are members of this scheme (that show in their show window the logo added here).

Tips

It is used to add the equivalent to 10 % of the value paid in cafeterias and restaurants. It is also usual to tip doormen, ushers and porters.

Time, Electricity, Weights and Measures.

The official Argentine hour is 3 (three) hours less to that of Greenwich. The electricity used is of 220 v (volts) and 50 Hz (Hertz). The unit of measure for distance is the meter and its derivations: el millimeter (0,001 meter), el centimeter (0, 01 meter) y el kilometer (1000 meters). For Weights the unit of measure is the gram and its derivations: el kilogram (1000 grams). For temperatures the unit of measure is the grade centigrade (Celsius).
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