Argentina is situated in southeast South
America. It shares its northern border with Bolivia and
Paraguay; its eastern border with Brazil and Uruguay; the west
and part of the south with Chile, and the south and most of the
east with the Atlantic Ocean.
Its population is 37 million inhabitants, 11 of which are
concentrated in Buenos Aires. The majority of the Argentine
population is of mostly European decent, mainly Italian and
Spanish, with an indigenous minority that represents only 0.5%
of the population.
Politically, Argentina is a federal republic, divided in 23
provinces and a federal district that correspond to the Federal
Capital or the center of Buenos Aires. This system recognizes
three governments; executive, Legislative and Judicial. The
official language in Argentina is Spanish, and While the
majority of the population claims to be apostolic catholic
(93%), the official religion of Argentina, there is total
freedom of religion and worship.
Buenos Aires, Entrance city
Buenos Aires is situated on the east side of Argentina next to
Río de la Plata (river). It is the ninth highest populated city
in the world and possesses 47 districts, each one with its own
characteristics and history.
Buenos Aires is one of the most European cities in Latin America
and many call it the Paris of South America, thanks to its
French style buildings, large variety of plazas, fountains and
sculptures. Furthermore, Buenos Aires is a very cosmopolitan
city due to the different groups of immigrants that have arrived
to Argentina. The cultural life in Buenos Aires is considered
one of the most important in the southern cone of South America
and several theaters feature world famous performances and shows
and present artists from all over the globe.
Buenos Aires is a charming and entertaining city, It is, without
a doubt, one of the most attractive metropolis cities in Latin
GETTING TO ARGENTINA
airlines flying to Argentina arrive at Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)
International Airport, which is 35 Km away from the City of
Buenos Aires. You can reach the city by Teniente General
Ricchieri freeway after 40 minutes you´ll arrive in Town.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Due to the extension of the country, its geographical location,
and different latitudes and altitudes, Argentina presents
climatic characteristics that greatly differ from one region to
Like other South American countries below the equator,
Argentina's winter lasts from July to October, while the summer
goes from December to March. In general, the summer is the best
time to visit Patagonia and the Southern Andes because of the
mild temperatures and long days. Wintertime is recommended for
travelling to the North and Northwest as rains are less frequent
and tropical temperatures drop a few degrees. Autumn and spring
are marvelous in Buenos Aires, Cuyo and the pre-mountain range
areas of La Rioja and Catamarca
to the country's large size, planes are best to travel long
distances, and you can then take overland transportation to get
to your final destination. Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral,
Dinar, LADE, and Lan Argentina operate domestic flights.
Domestic flights and flights to Uruguay depart from Jorge
Newbery Airport, located to the north of the city beside the Río
de la Plata. Most of Airport taxes are included on the air
ticket, except in Trelew, Ushuaia and El Calafate that part of
the tax must be paid before you leave.
All international car rental companies operate in Argentina. The
following companies have offices In Buenos Aires: Rent a Car
International ,Avis Rent a Car, Budget Rent a Car, Dollar Rent a
Car, Hertz - Annie Millet Rent a Car, Localiza Rent a Car,
Thrifty Car Rental.
the airport you may obtain a VAT reimbursement corresponding to
any purchases made within the country for an amount over $70 (per
invoice) and in shops operating with the "Global Refund" system.
That represents 16% of the total paid.
DOCUMENTS AND FORMALITIES
Valid passport with or without visa depending on your
nationality. Inquire at the closest Embassy or Consulate. No
vaccination certificate is required to enter the country, except
for passengers coming from countries where cholera and yellow
fever are endemic.
CALLING FROM ARGENTINA
Pay phones work with cards that may be purchased in
kiosks and telephone companies' offices, or with legal tender
coins. There are also stores with pay phones (open 24 hours a
day) where you can pay in cash.
Calling to Argentina from abroad, dial the country code (54) and
then the area code of the place you want to call. For domestic
calls, dial 0 before the area code. For international calls,
dial 00, the country code and city code. Note that tariffs are
reduced from 10.00 p.m. to 8.00 a.m.