Argentina is a popular destination, but it's important to note on any vacation that there can be cultural, geological and meteoroligical differences when travelling abroad that could potentially ruin your entire trip. While in some places the differences can be minor, in others you could deeply offend a person by doing something you thought to be kosher. Don't let this happen to you, below are what I believe to be the top 7 Argentina travel tips. Follow these tips and you'll be sure to leave an impression of courtesy and enjoy more hospitality from the locals.
1. The most common form of greeting in Argentina betwen friends is kissing one anothers cheeks, so don't be caught off guard when someone makes a lunge toward your cheek. And return the favour out of courtesy if they have.
2. Once in Argentina, one of main methods of transportation is underground shuttle, or by bus/trolley bus, or taxi. Their are 5 main public ral lines, labelled A to E and services operate from early mornng to late at night on a fixed-fare basis. Buses are generally very crowded but are often the quickest means from one place to another.
3. Spanish is the offical language of Argentina, while English is widely spoken - don't rely on everyone to speak English, you should at least get some basic Spanish down before travelling to Argentina.
4. More then 90 per cent of Argentina's religious faith lies in the Roman Catholic church. Remember this as it does have an effect on what is kosher and what is not.
5. Argentina has 5 major airlines in an effort to make the big country smaller when travelling. Oddly enough, sometimes a flight will be faster and cheaper then say a bus or a taxi, so look into flying as a possible means of transportation for those slightly longer endevours.
6. You can get answers to most of your questions about Argentina tourism from the Argentina Tourist Information Center:
Secretariat of Tourism, Tourist Information Centers: Av. Santa Fe 883, (C1059ABC) Buenos Aires, Tel. 4312-2232 or 0800-555-0016; Ezeiza International Airport and Jorge Newbery Airport; firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. The official currency of Argentina is the peso, ills come in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. One pesos equals one hundred cents. 2 pesos are blue, 5 pesos are green, 10 pesos are brown, 20 pesos are red, 50 peseos are grey, and 100 pesos are purple/violet.
8. Tips are somewhat outlawed in Argentina, though people still expect a tip in most situations - if that's the case 10 percent of the bill as your tip will suffice for the most part.
9. The Argentina time zone is Argentina Standard Time, which is GMT -3 hours, and GMT -4 hours in the summer. So set your watches correctly!
And the best tip of all is to plan ahead, use caution and common sense, and most of all - have fun!