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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN TRAVELLING TO ARGENTINA
SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS
December to February  – Summer 
March to May  – Autumn 
June to August  – Winter
September to November – Spring
 
WHAT TO PACK
As you plan what to wear, keep in mind that the trick is to pack and wear layers. We suggest layering like this: tank top or t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, jersey and then jacket.  Always pack something to protect yourself against rain showers.
 
RETAIL HOURS
Most retail stores are open from 9.00/10.00 a.m. to between 6.00 and 9.00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Banks are open to the public from Monday through Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
 
MONEY MATTERS
The official currency of Argentina is Peso (ARS)
Currency: Peso (ARS). ARS1 = 100 Cents. 
Credit Cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are very prevalent.
 
DRINKING WATER
Tap water is generally safe to drink throughout the country.  
 
TIPPING / PORTERAGE  
Hotels Two or Three pesos per suitcase for porters and for valet parking in top-end hotels. Leaving loose change for cleaners is appreciated.
Restaurants Tip about 10% (unless service is abominable). It is also important to note that you probably won’t see a “tip” section on your bill, so it is a good idea to bring some spare cash. To make sure your waiter or waitress receives your tip you should give it directly to them and not leave it on the table.
Bars About 5% at the bar and 10% at a table.
Taxis Tipping taxi drivers is not required, but many people leave the change for their driver in order to round up to the nearest peso. However, if the taxi driver goes out of his way to help carry bags or is especially helpful in giving directions, you should leave a more substantial tip. A few pesos are sufficient.
 
TRAVEL RESPONSIBILITY 
Learn a few words of the local language so you know what’s considered polite in terms of eating, greeting and local values.
Appropriate behaviours by travellers helps ensure local communities continue to be hospital and friendly.
Respect other people’s cultures and avoid imposing your beliefs.
Adhere to the hotel’s water or energy conservation policies.
Buy locally made crafts and support local skills.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION 
Spanish is the official language. English isn’t spoken widely. 
South African citizens do not require a visa to enter Argentina, Visa required only during emergency or if holding a temporary passport
Argentina is situated on the continent of South America. They are 5 hours behind S.A 
For Argentina there are two associated plug types, types C and I. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type I is the plug which has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. 
Argentina operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
 
WHAT THINGS COST
Inexpensive restaurant meal : +- 210.00 ARS
Meal for 2 people Mid-range Restaurant, 3 Course : +- 800.00 ARS
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal):  +- 160.00 ARS
Domestic Beer (0.5 Lt Draught) : +- 67.50 ARS
Imported Beer (0.33 Lit Bottle) : +- 60.00 ARS
Cappuccino (Regular) : +- 53.17 ARS
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 Lt Bottle) : +- 36.74 ARS
Water (0.33 Lt Bottle) :  +- 27.94 ARS
 
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS 
A lot of public restrooms will charge you a small fee to use them, so just keep some change on hand to pay the fee.
Lock valuables away while travelling and always be vigilant of your belongings. Never leave them unattended.
Always be aware of pick pockets irrespective of where you are in the world.


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