It’s apparent why Argentina has long held travelers in awe: tango, beef, gauchos, fútbol, Patagonia, the Andes. The classics alone make a formidable wanderlust cocktail.
Travelers from Canada entering Argentina via any port of entry are required to pay a fee online before traveling and must show proof of payment on arrival. You can pay this on the Provincia NET website.
Argentina has a lot of corruption within its monetary system. It is important not to carry large bills and to examine the bills that you are spending and receiving. Although Argentines are happy and tourist friendly, that does not mean that one of them might give you back a counterfeit bill. Bills are generally wrinkled and thin, almost like Monopoly money. The money usually isn’t in the best condition, so handle with care.
It can be a problem to cash traveler’s checks in Argentina. It’s better to bring VISA and Mastercard, and draw cash from ATMs. Most ATMs have an English option. Don’t expect to use your credit cards in stores though. They are rarely accepted.
FOOD & WATER
Argentina is a meat lover’s heaven. Beef is a staple item on any Argentinean menu. Unfortunately, for the vegetarians out there, it will be difficult to avoid getting meat on your plate. And vegans, everything is covered in cheese. For everyone else, get ready to expand your palate to all of the wonderful flavors of Argentina. Don’t be angry when you get charged a cubierto fee. This is a sit-down fee and is common in US restaurants as well. Water is questionable depending on your location. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Always drink bottled drinks. No ice. No refills.
As Argentina is located on the southern hemisphere, it is important to study weather patterns before packing for your trip. Air conditioners are scarce, so much so that cab drivers will advertise when they have it.
In Buenos Aires, be discrete with cameras and other electronics.
Watch your step when walking through the city. The sidewalks are often filled with cracked tiles and dog waste. Also, be sure to carry a photocopy of your passport and keep the original somewhere safe.
Don’t be afraid to go to the doctor while you are there. Argentina has a reasonably good free public healthcare system.
The electrical current is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC), so most North American appliances can’t be used without a converter. Older wall outlets take continental-type plugs, with two round prongs, whereas newer buildings take plugs with three flat, angled prongs or two flat prongs set at a “v” angle.
At Restaurants: 10 percent to the waiter.
U.S. dollars are always accepted as tips, though you can’t get USD in Argentina, so bring cash with you.
Our suggestions for daily tipping are the following:
Drivers: $ 2.00 to $ 5.00
Tour Guide: $ 10.00 to $ 20.00
House Keepers: $ 2.00
Porters: $ 1.00 per luggage