Argentina is one of those countries that will change your entire South American experience. It has such a mix of European, Latin American, and indigenous cultures that it makes for one of the most fascinating countries you will visit. From the unique Argentinian accent to the delicious food you’ll have while you are there, there is nothing forgettable about a visit to Argentina. However, there are a couple of things you should know before setting foot into this marvelous country. Here is a full proof guide on how to get the most out of your visit to Argentina:
There are a lot of fun things to do in Buenos Aires. You have your choice of amazing restaurants to choose from: there is amazing wine and food that will leave you stuffed and satisfied. Talk a walk around La Boca, with its football craziness, or saunter on down to San Telmo’s cobble stone streets. If you are looking for a great night scene, Palermo Viejo has a bunch of bars and cool shops to check out.
For your hunger, there are parrillas everywhere where you can get amazing meets and excellent service from waiters in the area. There are also many new types of hip restaurants trying out new Argentine food recipes. One of them is Tarquino located in Recoleta.
Besides eating, there are also plenty of sacred sites to visit for those who want a more religious experience. In the town of Lujan, a bit west of Buenos Aires, there lies one of the most important religious places in South America. There, you can find an amazing basilica that was made and dedicated to the Virgin of Lujan. It brings in almost 8 million people to visit it each year. It has many masses a day so those who are looking for something of that type can go for a weekend trip.
Visit Beautiful Vineyards
If you want to see beautiful vineyards, it’s worth it to take a trip to Mendoza. There, you can visit beautiful vineyards located right under the Andes. The city is a beautiful and leafy wonder lined with amazing restaurants throughout. There are many restaurants located right in the middle of many vineyards, which makes wine tours both convenient and a lot of fun. There are plenty of different wine tours that go around the year but you want to make sure to book in advance. There are also challenging hiking trails (and easy ones) throughout where you can hike through the landscapes as well as take part in many other sports such as cycling, rafting, and even skiing if the weather permits.
See Amazing Waterfalls
The Iguazu falls are a site worth seeing. Sitting right at the border of Brazil and Argentina, the falls are not just one falls, but instead, several. There as many as 275 in the areas that range almost 3 km. You can walk by them and marvel at the natural wonders that lead into the rainforest.
Bring Small Bills
Have smaller bills on you because most restaurants will assume your 100-peso notes are counterfeit. They might be if you crossed the wrong person so make sure to check your notes beforehand. A lot of places don’t take cards so you want to make sure you have bills on you, though not too much; you don’t want to risk getting robbed.
Stay Away from Protests
As with any other country, it is usually best to stay away from demonstrations and protests. Though you may or may not agree with the cause, there is a potential for protests to get dangerous and violent, especially in Argentina. This is less likely in the smaller cities, which are considered a lot safer than Buenos Aires. People tend to take care of each other during these things, but you can never be too cautious.
Be Careful About Your Stuff
Buenos Aires has a mix of neighborhoods and it can be hard to tell where you are if you do not know the city well. There are very rich and tourist-accommodating places that are usually right next to low-income neighborhoods. The best thing you can do is blend in as best as possible. Do not look like you don’t know where you are going. Try not to speak that loudly in English, it makes you seem like a much easier target for people (this is true in most major non-English speaking cities). Keep your phone in your inside pocket or in a bag that is close to your body and not easy to swipe. This is just solid advice for most major cities.
Take Advantage of the Taxi System
If it is nighttime and you are not very familiar with the area you are in, the best thing you can do is take a cab. Buenos Aires is a safe town for women alone but there are always going to be catcallers, wherever you go. At night though, your best bet is to be aware of where you are and take a taxi if you’re not with other people. If you cannot find a taxi, you can always call an Uber as well. It’s fairly popular in Buenos Aires. Make sure whatever taxi you take says the words “radio taxi” on it. Even when you are in a taxi, try not to show your phone or other valuable items too obviously. You still have people on motorcycles that can snatch your phone out of an open window.
Check Out Salta
Buenos Aires is nice, but Argentina is a big country. It’s also worth it to check out the northwest while you are there. Cities such as Salta are known for their beautiful scenery and much calmer atmosphere than that of the capital city.
Bring Enough Cash
The country is currently undergoing inflation, so things will be priced at a much higher rate than you might expect. Make sure you have the right budget for everything you want to do while you are there.
Argentina is a beautiful country with much scenery, amazing food, and exceptionally friendly people. This guide will help you figure out how to best take advantage of all the wonderful things the country has to offer.