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Nine Argentina Travel Tips

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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; info@turismo.gov.ar.

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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Flamingos Partying

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Cheap accommodation, Salta

Having a party is lot’s of fun, but it is not usually cheap. Rooms need to be booked, food, drinks and over night rooms for the guests. Therefore, cheap accommodation in Salta might be the solution. It is best to book early to avoid disappointment. Good quality, rooms sell very quickly.

Happy, smiling guests should be the goal of any holiday company. Customer service is important to ensure customers return. Food and drinks should be fresh and delicious. Customers should go away and speak well of the hotel.

It is awful when the only thing standing between you staying in an amazing hotel is your budget. Some people have to save up months in advance before they can afford a holiday. However, there are ways of making a holiday more affordable. Looking on the Internet will help, especially looking for last minute bargains.

The most crucial matter in choosing your wedding dress is finding one that brings out your best features. It is essential that the right dress will completely flatter your figure. Getting the best dress will cost a bit more but, it will be worth it in the end.

When a hotel does not live up to its expectations, people speak badly of it. It is not easy to discover that the room you reserved is not what was advertised. It makes people angry and frustrated. Usually some compensation is paid to the people who were disappointed with their hotel.

Depending on what type of event it is, you may or may not serve alcohol. It is not usual to serve alcohol during the day, so holding an event during the day will save money. However, if you pay for the alcohol, you will face heavy bills. Alcohol is expensive, so always consider if you want it at the event. Also consider if there are children who are likely to be there. Sometimes it might be best to leave alcohol out of the event altogether. Alcohol can make some people aggressive and would be better without it.

If the event is in the early evening, it could still work out cheaper. Some people invite a select few to the afternoon event and others to the evening event. Booking a caterer is also an expense that some people do without. Caterers can be expensive, so it might be worth asking friends if they can help out. Budget accommodation in Salta should be booked early to avoid disappointment.

Also see:

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  • Salta’s mountaintop gondola | Travel Media Ninja – RIDE TO THE TOP of San Bernardo mountain and overlook the valley below. The gondola ride was about $5 and originates in San Martin park.
  • Dakar-style, Salta to Cachi (watch out for the wild donkeys around … – « Quebrada de Humahuaca Adventures in Northern Argentina Apasionado passionate English-Spanish Dictionary WordReference. The drive from Salta to Cachi in Northern Argentina definitely doesn’t lack descriptive adjectives; let’s start with hair-raising, mind-boggling, rustic, stunning, addictive, and rally, rally fun. Flying along the highway (sealed!! We really had no idea what we were in for) through the first patches of rain of the trip, dodging speeding trucks in low visibility, I thought I had drawn the short straw having to drive this part of the journey, from Purmamarca to Salta.

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Budget accommodation in Salta

We’re coming near to the end of our week on travel in Salta, but there’s one more piece of advice: budget accommodation in Salta. There are several good hostels in the city, and a strong Couchsurfing community as well.

My splurge suggestion would be the Bloomers Salta B&B. After that, check out these hostels in Salta for more ideas.

 

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  • Famous destinations in argentina « Skate Boarding Argentina – There are many awesome tourist places for the people who want to enjoy the scenic values and beautiful places. There are various cities and tourist destination in Argentina to explore and know about it. Some of the famous destinations in Argentina are Buenos Aires, Pampas, Patagonia, Mendoza, Talampaya, Tiera del Fuego, Iguazu waterfalls, Cordoba and many more worth watching places.

Travel, and a Salta travel guide

One of the most favorite pastimes of people is traveling. There is local traveling as well as international traveling. However, the majority of tourists seem to international travels more satisfying that local travels. For example, millions of international travelers visit Salta annually. Those who use Salta travel guide find it more interesting than the others.

Some people make it a habit of going on tours every year. They have their reasons for it, though; a few of them are common. People love to experience different cultures, weather and all the different activities not found in their native land. Those who come to Salta should expect to go back with similar and greater experiences.

One of the most annoying things on a tour is going to a place and missing out on the great features. This is something that can only happen to you if you do not have a guide. For example, in this city, you do not want to miss the Parque San Martin, the Salta cathedral or the MAC.

One of the things you should determine before going to any place is how you will be moving around. You should know the safest, cheapest and most convenient modes of traveling. These factors do not always coincide, and you will need one at any time or the other. This is another advantage of using a guide; you get to know all the facts pertaining to travelling.

Whether it is art, culture, weather or animals taking you to South America, and on to Argentina, you do not want to miss out on a taste of city life. Compared to most cities in the world, Salta has a relatively slow pace of life. The usual hustle and bustle that annoys so many people all over the world is lacking. In fact, this area has a peace and tranquility that you can only experience if you visit it.

Even if the temperature is high, you can easily escape it. There are lots of green places within the city just for those times when the heat is too high. Many people rest in these places as they wait for the temperature to drop. This is something the planners of the city envisioned and executed a long time ago.

Do not be fooled, though, this city is big. Those who have made the mistake of ignoring Salta travel guide almost always regret it. In fact, you will not have a peace of mind if you are always afraid of missing out on something you wanted to see.

Getting around Salta

Transport in Salta is convenient and fairly priced, but make sure you have small change for almost everything!

Bus

Most bus journeys cost ARS$1.75, but the system requires you to have that in coins — and coins are hard to come by in Argentina, with many shops offering you a few sweets instead of change. Walk past the driver and drop your coins in the machine behind him before taking your printed ticket.

BTS – Tourist bus

There are a fleet of open-topped tourist busses that circle the main sights in Salta. Buy a daily ticket to take advantage of this route, and do all your sightseeing at once. At either ARS$40 or $50 per day pass, local transport is much cheaper (call it 10 rides at ARS$1.75 each), but you do have the advantage of a clearly signed bus.

Taxi

Taxi drivers in Salta are not know for ripping off tourists, so you can relax more than in many other South American cities. However, always hail a marked radiotaxi and ensure the meter is running.

Car

Traffic seldom reaches extreme levels of congestion, but there are a few points that get jammed up during the day, especially around the centre of town. When driving in Salta, be careful at uncontrolled intersections and keep your eyes and ears open for other road users — needless to say, busses give themselves right of way at all times.

Salta travel guide

Salta is one of the largest cities in northern Argentina, but it certainly doesn’t seem that way as you wander the streets and colonial squares that make up the central city. In fact, all those green spaces provide plenty of spots to wait out the heat of the sun before heading back into your day.

Salteños are passionate about their unique northern identity, and about their prowess at creating staples of the Argentine diet: empanadas, milanesas and medialunas. Our extensive testing can’t prove them wrong 🙂

The easiest way to orientate yourself is to base your directions on the reasonably central Plaza 9 de Julio. From here Mitre runs north, with Balcarce one block over; Alberti and Buenso Aires run south parallel to Florida; and Espana and Caseros run west to east. These streets are likely to pop up on most directions you get!

 

Art

Salta has a growing art community, showcased by vibrant and ever-changing exhibitions at MAC in Plaza 9 de Julio — make sure you don’t miss the upstairs. The Museo de Bellas Artes also has great permanent exhibitions and a good variety of temporary exhibitions.

For more see this Salta travel guide.

Salta travel week!

The little town of “Salta la Linda” in north-west Argentina is well worth a visit. We’re so excited about it that declare this week as Salta travel week!

Over the next few days we’ll be looking at

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Volunteer in Salta, Argentina

Here’s your chance to volunteer in Salta, Argentina with Cloudhead

Founded by Leigh Shulman, our interviewee, and her husband Noah Edelblum, Cloudhead is an art and education foundation based in Salta, Argentina.

Wichi community at Hickman - cute kidCurrently Cloudhead is running Wichi water – providing Wichi children in a poor village with digital cameras, then investing the profits of photo sales into developing sustainable gardens and food sources within the village.

They’re working with a local high school, where at-risk students are developing skills in social media, photography, film, and peer leadership.

They house artists and bloggers in their ‘art house’ in San Lorenzo, Salta – developing exhibitions for resident and local artists, with some of the proceeds going back into the foundation.

Everything they do, Leigh shares, is designed to give a small local community access to the global community; or to introduce the global community to a local one. By connecting the right people, they’re beginning to make a difference in Salta.

Salta, Argentina

Leigh also talks about her family’s travels around the world, as they searched for a new place to live. After a stop in Panama, they decide they had to move again and try to find a new place to settle.

Around SaltaThe region is reputed to have the best empanadas in the world, and some of the finest milanesas. It has excellent wine, sourced from the Cafayate wine region just to the south. There’s a lovely colonial town centre, a growing modern arts scene, plus rafting and famed mountain climbing for the adventurous. All in all, it’s a place to add to your South America itinerary.

Originally published at Volunteer in Argentina