Nine Argentina Travel Tips
Argentina is a popular destination, but it is necessary to remember on any vacation that there might be cultural, geological and meteorological differences when travelling abroad that might potentially ruin your entire trip. Whilst in some places the differences may well be minor, in others you are able to deeply offend somebody by doing a thing you thought to be kosher by you.
Don’t let this happen to you, below are what I believe to be the most notable 9 Argentina travel tips. Follow the following pointers and you will be sure to leave an impression of courtesy as well as receive more hospitality from the residents.
1. A common sort of greeting in Argentina between friends is kissing one another’s cheeks, so don’t be caught off guard when someone makes a lunge toward your cheek. And return the favour from courtesy if and when they have.
2. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of main methods of transportation is underground shuttle, or by bus/trolley bus, or taxi. Their are 5 main public “subte” lines, labelled A to E and services operate from in the morning to late at night on a fixed-fare basis. Buses are generally very crowded yet are frequently the quickest means from one place to another.
3. Spanish is the official language of Argentina, while English is widely spoken – don’t have faith in everyone to speak English, you ought to leastwise get some basic Spanish down before living in Argentina.
4. More than 90 per cent of Argentina’s religious faith lies in the Roman Catholic church. Remember this as it comes with an impact on what is acceptable and what is not.
5. Argentina has 5 major airlines that allows you to render 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 technique of transportation for those slightly longer endeavors.
6. You will get answers to the vast majority of your queries 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, bills are available in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. One pesos equals 100 cents. 2 pesos are blue, 5 pesos are green, 10 pesos are brown, 20 pesos are red, 50 pesos are grey, and 100 pesos are purple/violet.
8. Tips are certainly not compulsory in Argentina, though people still expect a tip in most situations – if that’s the case 10 percent of a typical bill as your tip will suffice in general.
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 in advance, use caution and common sense, and most of all – have a good time!
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