Argentina - Traveling
Diplomatic representations: Consult the Argentine Chancellery website
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Be very careful of buses which force their way through and taxis which drive very slowly when they are empty and at breakneck speed when they are taken.
To travel around Buenos Aires and in the suburbs, it is better to use public transport (bus, train, metro) or a taxi, as parking in the city center is practically impossible. You must watch out for illegal taxis, especially at the airport.
Using taxis is recommended; there are plenty of them in Buenos Aires and they are cheap. The average fare is 15 pesos. At the international airport it is advisable to flag down radio taxis or a private car service called “remise”.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
Seven airline companies share the market, and the two main ones are AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS - AUSTRAL and LAN. Links between the capital and the main provincial towns are frequent. On the other hand, flights linking the various provincial towns with each other are fewer. The company LADE uses propeller planes for some of its flights and does not often keep to the timetable. A new company, SOL, has flights from Buenos Aires and between a few cities.
|Name||Type||Domestic flights||International flights|
|Aerolineas Argentina - Austral||Major||yes||Yes|
Traveling by yourself
Be careful! Buying petrol may be a problem. Argentina regularly has petrol shortages. You are advised to fill up as soon as possible, especially in Patagonia.
The number of people killed and injured on the roads puts Argentina among the leaders of the countries where road safety is sadly lacking. The greatest care is therefore recommended if you use Argentine roads, which are mostly only two lane, and this multiplies the risks of face to face collisions which are particularly lethal.
Different forms of tourism
Corrientes Avenue is also called the South American Broadway (shows, plays, etc.)
Many concerts and festivals are on at the various theaters.
Finally, the city has a wealth of cultural centers with a wide variety of activities.
Note El Chalten for many treks in the Andes.
- in top-of-the-range shopping malls
- in the Palermo and Recoleta districts
Health and safety
Guard against traveler's diarrhea (Turista). Highest risk foods are prepared dishes which are later eaten cold; seafood, meat, fish which are undercooked or badly cooked, and raw vegetables as well as fruits you have not peeled yourself are also taking a risk. Drinking water must be boiled and filtered or drunk from sealed bottles.
If an accident occurs on the public highway, the injured person is automatically taken to the emergency department of a public hospital, where the first aid is basic. It is then up to the injured person to have himself transferred to a private clinic, with the agreement of his insurance company.
Time difference and climate
Average temperatures in Buenos Aires are from 17°C to 29°C in January and from 5°C to 14°C in June.
- Bife de lomo (a very thick and very tender filet)
- Bife de chorizo (very popular in Argentina, a sirloin cooked in its own fat).
Beef is also eaten Gaucho style with Parilladas or Asados (BBQs) where filets, rib steaks, blood sausage, chorizo, sweetbreads, etc. are cooked over the coals, and, of course, as always in Argentina, the portions are enormous. The ideal accompaniment to this delicious meat is Chimichuri, a sort of Argentine mustard based on 22 different herbs.
Other specialties are:
- Charcoal grilled lamb
- Ewe's milk cheeses
- Alfajores de Cordoba : sandwich biscuits filled with dulce de leche and covered with chocolate or vanilla.
- Carbonada en Zapallo : Stuffed gourd. Here you can find all Argentina's produce. You can use cubes of beef but in some coastal regions, they are replaced by fish.
- Dulce de leche (caramelized milk) : This caramelized milk crossed the South American borders a few years ago. It is eaten with bread, like a jam, chocolates are filled with it and it is spread between piled up pancakes.
- Matambre (rolled up beef with hard boiled eggs): This is a traditional dish which is served hot or cold and the name means literally "kills hunger".
- Parilla: Argentine BBQ. People love the offal which is served as a garnish. The rib steak is served on a wooden board.
- Rogel de Dulce de leche : Millefeuille made with dulce de leche.