Considerations when travelling to Argentina
Argentina is a magical place with something that will satisfy anyone with a little adventurous spirit in their bones. From breathtaking landscapes to cool cities that ooze charm and sophistication, Argentina has it all.
If you plan on travelling around, remember the distances are huge. Argentina is the world’s eighth largest country so you’ll need to plan your journey carefully. The good news is that UK citizens don’t need a visa for tourist trips to Argentina provided you’re not staying for more than 90 days, so you’re good to go.
Travel in Argentina doesn’t usually raise any major health worries either though it’s a good precaution to make sure you’re up to date with your jabs. Tap water is generally safe to drink, although many travellers prefer to stick with the bottled variety just in case, particularly outside the major cities.
If you are travelling into the mountains you should beware of altitude sickness. Take time to acclimatise before setting out on any adventurous climbs and take it easy, particularly at first.
You might not be heading to Argentina for a holiday in the sun, but beware it can get seriously hot in some regions. In La Rioja province for example, summer temperatures can exceed 40 degrees, so serious sun screen and a hat are recommended.
Currency wise, Argentina uses the peso and it’s worth bearing in mind a few things. Firstly, it’s virtually impossible to change pesos back into dollars inside Argentina, let alone outside, so change into pesos only the amounts you need. In that way you’ll not be left with unwanted local currency at the end of your stay. Try and avoid large denomination bills. Paying for small items with large notes won’t win you friends. Don’t be surprised too if you don’t get exact change, local coins are relatively rare in circulation.
Finally, remember Spanish dominates, particularly in remote areas. However, in the cities and tourist areas, English is more widely spoken as a second language.