VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES
Portuguese and Brazilian citizens do not need a visa for tourist visits of less than 90 days.
Argentina does not require any vaccine to grant entry into the country, except for yellow fever and cholera if you come from a country at risk of contagion from these diseases. There is a negligible risk of contracting malaria in rural areas along the border with Bolivia (lowlands of the province of Salta), along the border with Paraguay (lowlands of Chaco and Misiones) and around the Iguaçu Falls.
Do not ascend to the highest lands of the Andean mountain range abruptly – a gradual journey of at least 1 or 2 days – in order to avoid altitude sickness.
TRIP TO ARGENTINA
A Air Europa (Tel.: 808 261 261) and the Iberia fly to Buenos Aires via Madrid, for from €700 Air Europa flights, as a rule, those from Iberia are substantially more expensive. Other companies like Air France and Lufthansa they operate competing flights, but, as a rule, they require greater loss of time due to stopovers in more distant cities – and in the opposite direction from Earth – in Paris or Frankfurt.
The company's flights Aerolíneas Argentinas they cover most of the country at prices that could have been much cheaper if the company had not started to charge them in US dollars.
If you want to explore much more than Buenos Aires – which we obviously advise – as an alternative or complement to flights, rent a vehicle at Ezeiza airport, preferably 4WD, or in another city closer to the Argentine destinations you are planning to visit. Renting an economy car in Buenos Aires has an average daily rate of €25. A 4WD vehicle has a minimum daily price of €50. With the question of the car well resolved, it only has to set out to discover.
Argentina is also served by an extensive network of long-distance buses at very affordable prices. You can book your tickets at Online Ticket. Bus journeys cost around €1 per hour, in a common seat, €2 to €4 in a semi-bed.
If you have enough time on your hands and enough sacrifice, let yourself be inspired by Che Guevara's “Motorcycle Diaries” and dare to discover Argentina by motorcycle or even by bicycle. Be aware, however, that there are no or rare agencies that rent them in Buenos Aires and that motorcycles are quite expensive in the Argentine capital.
Patagonia's iconic and quiet roads lead to some of the most impressive scenery on earth.
Argentina covers a vast latitude of the Southern Hemisphere. If you plan to visit the area to the south of Buenos Aires, avoid the austral winter when the cold grips the country even more intensely in Patagonia and in the highlands of the Andes. It is ideal to discover it in late spring or late austral summer when temperatures are milder and more stable. During the summer months – late November to February – the provinces north of Buenos Aires – and especially those in the far north – can have maximum daytime temperatures of 40 and many degrees.
The local currency is the Argentine Peso (ARS). International withdrawals in Pesos are possible in the main cities as well as payments with credit cards.
It costs, in Argentina, between €10 per night in double rooms of guest houses from backpackers – substantially more in Buenos Aires – up to €80 at the most renowned hotels and resorts in the country.
A complete meal can cost between €7 in a cheap restaurant and €100 in a more sophisticated restaurant. Thanks to the recurrent devaluation of the Argentine peso, the cost of a good grill – Argentinean meat is considered the best in the world – accompanied by Argentinean wine of acceptable quality can cost less than €10
Wifi is easy to find and often free in hotels, guest houses, bars and cafes in the main cities. Increasingly, also in small towns with tourist attractions.