Bills are issued in Argentine pesos (ARS). Most establishments accept pesos and US dollars. A few of them will also take Euros (at the exchange rate of the day).
Traveler's checks can be used in Buenos Aires, but they are not so common in the rest of the country. Payments should be done in cash or credit card: VISA, AMEX, MASTERCARD, DINERS are accepted almost everywhere.
Although not compulsory, it is customary to tip 10% of the bill in restaurants and cafés. Tips are paid in cash, as they can’t be included in the credit card payment.
Electric energy in the whole country is 220V / 50Hz. To adapt to 220V / 50 Hz from 110V / 60 Hz you will need a simple transformer.
Toll-free numbers, from any telephone, public or private:
Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport
Ezeiza International Airport
Most of the domestic flights are to and from Buenos Aires; there are only two daily connecting flights between provinces:
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Verify the size of your carry on luggage since it should not be bigger than the size of the compartments on the airplane you are about to board. Carry on luggage should weight no more than 5 kg in domestic flights and 10 kg in International flights.
Location / Extension (Southern Hemisphere)
With a mainland area of 2,8 km2 (1,07 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the second largest in Latin America and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations.
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Its relief is characterized by the contrast between the eastern plains, facing the Atlantic Ocean, and the Andes mountain range (the longest range in the world) on the West.
Aconcagua, at 6.959 (22,851 feet) is the highest peak in the chain and the highest in the western hemisphere.
Capital City: Buenos Aires
Argentina has a population of around 42 million inhabitants.
Buenos Aires City, the Capital district, holds 3 million. Buenos Aires province, 15 million.
Population density is of 15 people per square kilometer of land area, well below the world average of 50 people.
Origin: 95% of the population descends from Italian and Spanish immigrants.
The official language is Spanish, or “Castellano” (Castilian)
Roman Catholicism is the official religion, with an overwhelming majority.
The Constitution states that the federal government is Roman Catholic, but it also guarantees freedom of religion for all. Therefore, Argentina has many Jews and Muslims (Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish population in the Americas after New York), as well as members of Russian, Greek and Syrian Orthodox churches and Protestant denominations.
Currency / Exchange Rate
The official currency is the "peso".
There are $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 pesos notes, and $5, $2, $1, $0,50, $0,25, $0,10, and 0,05$ coins.
The exchange rate is variable. Although it fluctuates, the current rate is about 42 pesos per USD, and 47 pesos per Euro.
Constitution and Government
23 provinces + Buenos Aires Capital City form the National territory. The government, according to the national Constitution, adopts the representative, republican and federal form, as well as the division in three powers: executive, legislative and judicial. The President and Vice President, as well as the Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, the governors of the provinces and the members of the legislative bodies are chosen by universal suffrage, secret and obligatory by both sexes citizens older than 18 years.
President: Mauricio Macri (2015-2019)
Buenos Aires City Mayor: Horacio Rodriguez Larreta (2015-2019)