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Located in South America,in the southern hemisphere.
It borders with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile.
Argentina's main characteristic is the enormous contrast between the immense eastern plains and the impressive Andes mountain range to the west.
Spanish is the official language of the ARGENTINIAN Republic. In Buenos Aires, some "lunfardo" expressions -city slang - are used.
The official ARGENTINIAN currency is the Peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos, and coins of 1 peso and 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.
All airlines flying to Argentina arrive at Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza) International Airport, which is 35 Km away from the City of Buenos Aires.
Valid passport with or without visa depending on your nationality. Inquire at the closest Embassy or Consulate.
Domestic flights schedule from Buenos Aires to:
Puerto Iguazú 1 h 45 min
Mendoza 1 h 50 min
San Carlos de Bariloche 2 h 20 min
Ushuaia 3 h 20 min
El Calafate 3 h 15 min

 


GENERAL INFORMATION


* Banks and Exchange Bureaus: Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Business Offices: generally from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Stores: in the big cities fro,5m 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., although in the outskirts and the provinces they generally close at midday. Saturdays, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Cafés, cake shops and pizzerias: open most of the time except between 2.00 and 6.00 a.m.
Restaurants: lunch is served from 12.30 p.m. and dinner as from 8.30 hours. Fast-food menus are served in many restaurants at all times.
* Remember that in the southern hemisphere seasons are the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere.
* Tips are 10% of the check; usually left in cafeterias and restaurants. Doormen, porters, and ushers in cinemas and theatres are also generally tipped.



 

Capital of the Argentine Republic is located on the River Plate coast. Buenos Aires City is Argentina’s the most important city and one of the ten most populated of the world. In colonial times, Buenos Aires was an important commercial centre and almost all European ships would arrive there. Buenos Aires is still an important international centre for commerce and tourism.
Its historical centre shows the contrasts of a big city. Past and present melt when one sees its religious temples, monumental buildings and recycled houses.
The Centro is the heart of our City, where you can find all of major banks, international hotels and a wide variety of shopping malls, shops, culture and entertainment.
One of attractions is Florida Street, a pedestrian walkway where you can find a lot of commercial galleries ans shops.

Also you will find Galerías Pacífico, an important shopping mall with a gorgeous architecture from the end of the century.

 

9 de Julio Ave. crosses the centre of the city , it is the widest avenue in the world with 140 metres from its extremes. When crossing Corrientes ave. you will find the Obelisk, a memorial for the two foundations of Buenos Aires.



 

Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, its capital city, are the most southern locations in the world. It is a land full of history and legends of conquerors and adventurers.
You can also have the immeasurable feeling of living at the end of the world in an area which is the meeting point for glaciers, forests, mountains and the sea.
The banks of the Beagle Channel and the Martial Range are the natural background to the city of Ushuaia. This mountain range runs along the coast of the bay.
To better visit the tourist area, it is good to know that the northern area is covered with steppes; the central area has hills, woods and lakes and the southern area is full of mountains and woods.
In winter, the snowy landscape changes its appearance although the days in general are clear and bright. There are various winter resorts to practise cross-country and ordinary ski.

Tierra del Fuego National Park - Ushuaia

 

Created in 1960, the park covers 63,000 hectares and protects the Argentinian sub-Antarctic forest, preserving the ecosystem. It houses a vast variety of flora and fauna. The lengas are the typical trees, which can reach a height of 30 metres and have a trunk of 1,5 metres of diameter.
The local birds are the cauquen that makes his nestle near the water and feeds from leaves of grass, the woodpecker that can only be seen flying in pairs or in small groups and the bandurrias that have a very peculiar colour and shape.
The thousands of beavers and rabbits that inhabit the area are not original from Tierra del Fuego for they were brought from other countries. Part of the tour are Bay Ensenada, the Waterfall of Pipo River, the viewpoint, Redonda Island, Lake Roca, Negra Lagoon and Lapataia Bay.


 

This picturesque village located at Lago Argentino, is a unique tourist centre in Santa Cruz. Lying on the slopes of the plateau around it, it has got a micro-climate which turns the area into an oasis that amazes the tourists who arrive there after going through the harsh landscape of the Patagonian plateau.
It's an oasis of elm trees, willows and pine trees in the border of the patagonic steppe. The climate is quite dry, the maximum temperature range in summer is 19°C and the minimum temperature range in winter is -2°.

The fauna in the area is characteristic of the Andean Patagonia forests mainly composed of “lengas” and cherry trees. There are good hotels and restaurants, travel agencies and tour guides who organize plenty of excursions. You will also find discos and very good overland and water transport.

Los Glaciares National Park was created in 1937. It covers 600.000 hectares and shelters 356 glaciers. It was declared World Heritage in 1981 wit the aim of protecting one of the main testimonies of the Quaternary Period, in which these huge white formations ruled the geography of the world.

 
Perito Moreno Glacier
*The Glacier is inside Perito Moreno National Park. It's nearly 5000 metres long and 60 metres high. Perito Moerno is the most famous of the 356 that belong to the Park. While the rest of the glaciers produce relatively small icebergs when ice breaks off the snout of the glaciers, the Perito Moreno offers an extraordinary phenomenon: huge pieces if ice falling from the glacier.
*The breaking of the ice caps occurs constantly, falling violently over the water. The glacier reaches the Magellan Peninsula where it divides Lake Argentino in two. At the same time it blocks the Tempanos Channel creating a natural dike. The waters of the lake grow, eroding the block of ice. When the ice starts to melt, the water starts to filter until the ice falls noisily.


 

In the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park in the Province of Río Negro, is located San Carlos de Bariloche, a city with the traditional alpine villages style, wooden houses , roofs with strong slopes, it is situated in front of the Nahuel Huapi lake.
Bariloche is the main center of ski of South America. Year after year, skiers and snowborders populate the tracks of the hill Cerro Catedral and fill their hotels. During the summer, the same mountains deprived of their winter snow , leave in the open forests of dream into which venture every time in greater number trekkers, climbers and old camping people.
In the vicinities , the Cerro Catedral (Cathedral hill ) , is the main center for winter sports of S. C. de Bariloche.
In addition , in Bariloche can be practiced the rafting, parapente, windsurf and trout fishing , among other sports.






 
 

In the province of Misiones within Iguazú National Park, you will find the spectacular Iguazú Falls which was declared UNESCO world heritage in 1984. Iguazú Falls is the most appealing tourist attraction in South America and are the most impressive and biggest falls in the world. They run along the border between Brazil and Argentina. Iguazú Falls are formed by several falls over.
70 m high and receive the flow of water from the River Iguazú.
Two national parks which surround the Falls were created: one on the Argentine side and the other on the Brazilian side, both with the same name. In all the area, you can see some thick and continuous fog caused by the permanent fall of water. Together with the sun beams and the fog, an endless rainbow is created all around the place. The area covered by the Falls is 4 km wide making it four times wider than the Niagara Falls in the United States.
Apart from these magnificent waterfalls, the park presents the beauty of the subtropical jungle that shelters 2,000 vegetable species.

 

The jungle and the river shelter some 450 different kind of birds (toucans, humming-birds, turkey buzzards, woodpeckers, etc.) 80 species of mammals (oso melero, peccary, jaguar, etc.) and many species of reptiles, amphibious and fish, as well as countless types of invertebrates, like butterflies.
That is why it is highly recommended to walk quietly when you are inside the park to enjoy the sounds, the aromas and the movements of the peculiar inhabitants of the jungle.


 

The city of Mendoza is the biggest in the “Cuyo” region and is the capital city of the province with the same name. Famous for the Aconcagua Peak and its Malbec wines and for being the historical place where “El Libertador General San Martín” crossed the Andes.
The excursions will enable us to get to know the history and culture of the local inhabitants which can also be appreciated in its museums, cafés, institutions and public buildings.
But nature also rules this city and makes it the starting point for all kinds of adventure and extreme sports such as alpinism and skiing. In the river Mendoza, famous among the best sports people in the world, you can practise white water rafting.“The wine route” is another highly recommended attraction in the province. Visitors can go to several wineries and taste the wines produced in the area which have put Mendoza in the world map.

Wine excursion and “de la Carrodilla” church:

 

EThis tour will cover the agricultural oasis of Mendoza and the lands planted with grape vines. Then we will visit the most important and traditional wineries where we will taste their delicious products and then the “De la Carrodilla” church where you will see the Saint Protector of the Vineyards.


 

The city of Puerto Madryn is located in the north east of the province of Chubut on the “Golfo Nuevo” at the bottom of the cliffs of a plateau that rises up to 120 km above sea level. It has special weather conditions because of its geographical position.
The Valdés Península is a place of global significance for the conservation of sea mammals. It is a breeding ground for whales which are threatened with extinction.
It is also a breeding ground for sea elephants and sea lions. The killing whales in this area have developed a unique hunting strategy to adapt themselves to the coastal conditions.

Whale watching
Millions of tourists get here from all over the world eager to watch the giant whales closely and take a picture of their jumps or their huge raised flukes producing one of the most beautiful things nature can show.