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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Republica Argentina
Capital: Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (Capital Federal)
Population: 38.000.000 (aprox)
Telephone Code: 0054
Time Zone: GTM -03:00
Area: sq km
Language(s): spanish
Ethnic Groups: Most of european inmigrants in mayor cities, minor indian population in the north of the country.
Highest Mountain: Aconcagua (i don´t remember how much, but above 8000 mts)
President/Head of State: Cristina Kirchner
Government: Democracy
Currency: Peso Argentino
Exchange Rate: US$1= $8.23
Health Risks: no mayor risks
Electricity: 220 volts
Weights & Measures: kg & mts
Country Name in other languages:

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Argentina is a big country full of different landscapes, from the glaciers to dry lands...from north to south, from east to west it changes completely and u feel that u have leave the country, but not, u are still in Argentina:) some links: www.bue.gov.ar * www.argentinaturistica.com * www.patagonia.com.ar ( Patagonia) * www.kmxkm.com.ar * www.ruta0.com * www.elchalten.com ( Patagonia ) * www.todocalafate.com * www.elbolson.gov.ar ( Bolson - Patagonia ) * www.sanantoniooeste.gov.ar ( Las Grutas ) * www.barilochepatagonia.info ( Bariloche ) * www.cordobaturismo.gov.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.turismodecordoba.org( Cordoba ) * www.cordobaciudad.com ( cordoba ) * www.cordobaturismoafull.com.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.turismocordoba.com.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.welcomeargentina.com * www.iguazuargentina.com ( Misiones ) * www.iguazuturismo.gov.ar ( Misiones) * www.cordobaturismo.net ( Cordoba ) * www.turismoenladocta.com.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.vallepunilla.com.ar * www.visitecalamuchita.com.ar ( Cordoba )

Maps

For Argentinian maps, try www.guiaypf.com or www.kmxkm.com.ar

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

wow, it is really difficult to englobe all the interesting things to see or to discover in Argentina. just to give some info about the most famous and interesting places: Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, el Chalten, Calafate, Mendoza, Salta y Jujuy, Misiones, Iguazu... mas info: www.bue.gov.ar * www.argentinaturistica.com * www.patagonia.com.ar ( Patagonia) * www.kmxkm.com.ar * www.ruta0.com * www.elchalten.com ( Patagonia ) * www.todocalafate.com * www.elbolson.gov.ar ( Bolson - Patagonia ) * www.sanantoniooeste.gov.ar ( Las Grutas ) * www.barilochepatagonia.info ( Bariloche ) * www.cordobaturismo.gov.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.turismodecordoba.org( Cordoba ) * www.cordobaciudad.com ( cordoba ) * www.cordobaturismoafull.com.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.turismocordoba.com.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.welcomeargentina.com * www.iguazuargentina.com ( Misiones ) * www.iguazuturismo.gov.ar ( Misiones) * www.cordobaturismo.net ( Cordoba ) * www.turismoenladocta.com.ar ( Cordoba ) * www.vallepunilla.com.ar * www.visitecalamuchita.com.ar ( Cordoba )

Transport

Argentina is a large country. there are no very good conection by train, plains are really expensive but the transpotation by bus is quite cheap and really confortable:) * www.comoviajo.com.ar * www.sateliteferroviario.com.ar ( trenes larga distancia) * www.xcolectivo.com.ar * www.tebasa.com.ar ( Terminal de Retiro ) * www.buquebus.com ( Buques a Colonia y Montevideo) * www.cacciolaviajes.com ( Buques a Colonia y montevideo) * www.crucerodelnorte.com.ar ( buses a Cataratas y Brasil ) * www.trenesdellitoral.com.ar ( Trenes del Litoral ) * www.autostopargentina.com.ar ( viajeros a dedo ) * www.trenpatagonico-sa.com.ar ( Viedma a Bariloche ) * www.ferrocentralsa.com.ar ( Tren a Rosario , Cordoba y tucuman )

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants:Try La Potota, in costanera norte, a very good place to eat meat with a good price, a few block of the Capital Airport.
Supermarkets
Street Food:Don´t miss hot dogs and burguers.
Local Specialties: our best local speciality is Asado, wich is cow meat grilled, it´s fabulous and you´ll love it, don´t miss it. In Argentina most of the restaurants do it. Un Muy buen lugar: Siga la vaca...

Money and Costs

Currency: Peso Argentino - USD 1 = $3
Exchanging Money:Banks and exchange houses (do NOT try on the streets), in locals or commerce the exchange rate will be lower.
Credit Cards:all mayor ones.
Tipping:in restaurantes usually an 5 - 10% depends on the attention you recieve, in taxis 5% usually (or just the change)
Bargaining
Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars: Try Recoleta, it´s an area full of bars. Also Palermo Hollywood, another area with a lot of bars ans restaurants.
Cafes: Most tipical in Avenida de Mayo, the Cafe Tortoni, opens since 1900, it´s great. Also try La Biela in Recoleta.
Discos: in Costanera, you should try Pacha or Mint for Electronic music and La Diosa for latin, 80,s and 90´s music. They are really great, highlly recomended.
Cinemas: Village Cinemas in Recoleta or in bigest shoppings.

Population and People

Población: 37 millones aprox. (13 p/km2) La gran mayoria descendientes de inmigrantes europeos principalmente españoles e italianos.

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

When talking about natural and geographical characteristics: WOW! You will find: *mountains all over the west side (Cordillera de los Andes), with arid plain in the North and cold forest in the South. You can meet native people all over this Andes line. Their origin is not the same and it is very interesting to get to know them. Please do not take a picture without asking them. Some native believe that you are taking their spirit by doing that, so please respect it. Visit: Purmamarca (Jujuy), Tren de las Nubes (Salta), San Antonio de los Cobres (Salta), Aconcagua (Mendoza), San Martin de los Andes (Neuquen), Bariloche (Rio Negro), Perito Moreno (Santa Cruz), Tierra del Fuego. *meseta patagónica, most of the South of Argentina. You will find a gradient from Andes with some lakes, rivers, forest, to desert and windy plains, to those great South Atlantic cliff beaches. Visit: Peninsula de Valdez, Puerto Madryn. *the middle of the country is a little difficult to describe, there are small mountains, rivers, dry climate. Visit Cordoba and Tucuman provinces. *In the litoral side (NE) you will find very nice wet forest and the Iguazu Waterfalls. Native from this regions have a different origin too, and there is a great influence from Paraguay. You will also find that there are some german colonies here. Visit: Palmar de Colon, Minas de San Ignacio, Iguazu waterfall (when there is water). *Pampa and beaches are extended all other Buenos Aires. Visit: Buenos Aires city (Palermo lakes, San Telmo, Recoleta). Do NOT forget to visit Delta de Tigre! Mar del Plata, etc.

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Theater web: http://www.alternativateatral.com/ Malba Museum http://www.malba.org.ar/web/

Media

Newspapers: CLARIN: www.clarin.com.ar LA NACION www.lanacion.com.ar AMBITO FINANCIERO http://www.ambitoweb.com.ar/ Magazines: ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

Top Things to See and Do we are going to realize a City Tour next Sunday, this tour is only in Spanish but yow can take a view of the city. Los alumnos de Práctica 2 del Inst de Form terciaria N 7 de turismo los invitamos al city tour en castellano que se realizara en la ciudad de bs as el Domingo 30-11-2008. El costo es de solo $ 15 contactar al email de Graciela Pedraza. pedraza@yahoo.com.ar

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-) Acciones Internacionales Del 25 de octubre al 10 de diciembre 2008 Viaje por las Rutas de la Libertad del Ecuador La Comisión del Bicentenario de Ecuador, con el apoyo de la OEI, convoca a jóvenes de los países del Grupo Bicentenario (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, México y Venezuela) a viajar durante 45 días por los mismos caminos que transitaron sus libertadores. La convocatoria está abierta a todos los jóvenes de 18 a 24 años que estén actualmente cursando una carrera de grado en Humanidades o Ciencias Sociales y que estén dispuestos a emprender el viaje desde el día 25 de octubre al 10 de diciembre de 2008. Los gastos de vuelo hasta el Ecuador y los traslados internos serán cubiertos por el Comité del Bicentenario ecuatoriano, como también el hospedaje y la alimentación durante esos días. Los interesados deberán enviar un mail antes del 13 de octubre, con el CV y un texto de no más de 300 palabras explicando el porqué de su interés, a contacto@bicentenario.gov.ar

External Links

Argentina Travel Guide (L) 


UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Argentina (L)

Offtopic Messages

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