Argentina is a nature lover’s dream. From the glaciers and sky-scraping peaks of the Andes to the vineyards of Mendoza and the bustle of Buenos Aires, there’s so much to see in the country. Mercatrade offers you an in-depth article about a few attractions to see during your time in Argentina:
1- Argentina’s Tourist Attractions
Argentina is so much more than Buenos Aires. Throughout the country, it has thousands of tourist attractions. You could spend a year exploring the country and still not see everything. Because the country is large, as well, you need to think about what you want to do and see during your stay.
The following are just some of the highlights in each region:
- Visit Tigre just outside of Buenos Aires
- Tour Recoleta Cemetery
- Watch a tango show
- Attend a futbol match
- People watch at Plaza de Mayo
- Dine at any number of foodie-approved restaurants
- Take an architectural walking tour
- Iguazu Falls
- Santa Fe
The Pampas and The Coast
- Laguna de los Padres
- Puerto Mar de la Plata
- Punta Rosa Nature Reserve
- Ship Graveyard
- Stay at an Estancia
- The Andes and Nahuel Huapi lake
- Bariloche – Explore nature
- Califate – Climb a glacier
- Cueva de los Manos – Cave exploration (UNESCO)
- Puerto Madryn – Whale Watching
- Punta Tombo – See the penguins
2- The Foodie Scene
The Foodie Scene in Argentina has come a long way in a short period of time. In fact, Buenos Aires became the culinary capital of South America. Thus, food lovers will not be disappointed by the culinary diversity of Argentina. Throughout the capital, you will find Michelin-star chefs, young rising stars, and established locals.
Nonetheless, some of the best gastronomic adventures come from the illegal “closed-door restaurants.” They offer tasting menus from culinary enthusiasts to businessmen. These trendy restaurants act as legal operating businesses. The reason they are illegal is that they are not licensed to serve food or alcohol and they do not pay taxes. Even they are not legal, food lovers are still going there.
Moreover, Buenos Aires has something spectacular for all food preferences. Allergies, food intolerance, dietary preferences are not problems for having a dinner outside. You will always find an amazing restaurant to suit your needs, with a wide variety of dishes. You will also find sustainable and farm-to-table options as well as decadent and high-end establishments. Your foodie dream will come true in Buenos Aires!
3- Fun and Interesting Facts about Argentina
Did you know…?
- Argentina and Uruguay claim Carlos Gardel, the father of tango, was born in their country.
- Each year on July 20th, the entire country celebrates Friend’s Day and has done so since early in 1970.
- Argentina was one of the first to put in place a fingerprinting system in criminal cases. They use it as the primary form of identification and can convict criminal through it.
- Ushuaia is considered the southernmost inhabited city in the world. This claim is often contested by Chile and their naval base Puerto Williams.
- 1 in 30 Argentines have had some sort of elective cosmetic surgery.
- Che Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina.
- Argentina is home to roughly 1,800 wineries.
- Many Argentines speak Spanish with a slight Italian accent due to their Italian heritage.
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4- Public National Holidays
Here are the national public holidays for everyone in Argentina in 2016:
- 1 January – New Year’s Day
- 16 February – Carnival
- 17 February – Carnival / Shrove Tuesday
- 23 March – Bridge Public Holiday
- 24 March – Memorial Day
- 2 April – Day of the Veterans
- 3 April – Good Friday
- 1 May – Labor / May Day
- 25 May – National Day / May 1810 Revolution
- 20 June – Flag Day
- 9 July – Independence Day
- 17 August – San Martin Day
- 12 October – Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity
- 23 November – National Sovereignty Day
- 7 December – Bridge Public Holiday
- 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
- 25 December – Christmas Day
If a holiday fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, an extra day off will be provided. It will be added on the Monday after or the Friday before the holiday. Please note that seasonal holidays exist that may interrupt travel plans and business activities.
Exercise good judgement when you travel, particularly in tourist areas. It is important to know your country’s travel warnings about whichever country you visit. In Argentina, you should always have your guard up at all times, especially in big cities.
Buenos Aires is a big city and navigating on it can be exhausting. Indeed, the capital has its own set of cultural rules about driving and pedestrians. You should never presume a vehicle is going to obey a traffic law whether you are driving or walking. Always be on the defensive in both scenarios.
You should never wear flashy jewelry or expensive-looking clothes while traveling. This is particularly true in Buenos Aires. Pick pocketing and bag snatching on foot or on moto is a regular occurrence. Street muggings occur both during the day and at night and can involve a weapon. It can sometimes be violent if you resist. It is also important to note that street crime is also an issue in the cities of Mendoza and Rosario.
At the Retiro bus terminal, one of the ruse of criminals is a distraction technique. You will be in front of a hysterical couple in desperate need of help. A third party comes up from behind and steals your bags while you have your backs turned. It is important to keep in mind that criminals in Buenos Aires often work in teams as a distraction. Be aware of anyone who approaches you on the street and keep your valuables hidden and secure.
Other scams are taxi related. Sometimes, despite the price mentioned in the taxi section, drivers will pretend to breakdown on the freeway. They call for a second taxi and then, demand full payment for the trip.
Another taxi scam is at the airport. Someone hail a taxi for you and will insist that you pay him in advance for the trip. Once you arrive at your destination, the driver will then also demand payment for the trip. Many people choose to use a radio taxi or remise service rather than to use these other types of taxi services.
Cafes and Restaurants
At cafes and restaurants, keep your purses or laptop bags on your lap rather than on the floor or the back of a chair. Keep the windows in your car rolled up at all times.
Airports are a commonplace for employees to steal bags at their leisure. Therefore, the government is open about the fact that foreign visitors should not keep valuables in checked luggage.
Express kidnappings do occur on occasion as well in Argentina. Criminals kidnap someone and take him to an ATM to withdraw as much money as possible and the let them go. They may also phone to family members to gather as much money and valuables as possible for a safe release.
6- Emergency Numbers
- General Emergencies in Buenos Aires and the Province. Tel: 911
- Fire. Tel: 100
- Police. Tel: 101
- Medical Emergencies. Tel: 107
- Tourist Police. Tel: 0800-999-5000 / 0800-999-2838 – English Speakers
- Civil Defense. Tel: 103
- Environmental Emergencies. Tel: 105
- Nautical Emergency. Tel: 106
7- Primary Hospitals and Medical Facilities In Case of Emergency
It is important to note that doctors in Argentina are some of the best in the world. Buenos Aires is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery and general medical tourist destinations in the world. If you find a clinic that speaks English, you have to ensure they provide general medical care and not elective cosmetic surgery.
- British Hospital. English-speaking, all medical services. Address: Perdriel 74, 1280AEB Buenos Aires. Tel: 4309-6400
- British Hospital Outpatient Care Centre / Primary Health Care. Spontaneous Demand Centre. Monday to Friday 08:00-16:00. Address: Solis 2171, Buenos Aires. 50 meters from the British Hospital, in Centro Solis. Tel: 4309-6690
- Hospital Italiano / Local and international patients. Address: Juan D. Peron 4190, C1181ACH Buenos Aires. Tel: 4959-0200
- Clinica de Microcirugia / Specialize in eye, ear, nose, and throat, and plastic surgery. Address: Teniente General Juan D. Peron 1834, Buenos Aires. Tel: 4372-2265