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Quick travel guide to Argentina

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With a rich cultural scene, lots of history, as well as superb natural areas, Argentina is one of the most popular destinations in South America. To make the most out of your Argentinian experience it is best to plan in advance. Here are some considerations about places to go, things to see and do, as well as practical tips that will make your trip an absolute amazing one!

Where to go

Of course you must not miss Buenos Aires… allow some time for exploring this vibrant city full of culture, with hints of its Spanish, Italian and indigenous legacy all over the place. But you also should consider getting out of the capital and visit some of the most iconic places in the country. Head down south to the Argentinian Patagonia if you are in seek of some serious nature encounters and adventure. For breathtaking views of one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, visit the Iguazu Falls. If your thing is rather to sit back and relax over a good glass of wine, consider a few days in the Mendoza region and sip your worries away at any of the numerous world-class wineries. Or check out Salta if you are craving for culture and history.

What to see & do

  • Have your own little tango experience, venturing into a beginners’ tango class or even just enjoying a milonga (a tango dancing gathering by locals).
  • Seize Buenos Aires café culture and just unwind at any of its many little coffee shops. If you are a literature-lover, you must visit legendary Café La Biela, where Borges and other famous writers used to go.
  • Eat dinner at a closed-door restaurant, having a chef cook something special just for you and a small group at a special location. A plus: you’ll get to meet some people while sharing the table with them.
  • Try a classic Argentinian asado (roast), along with some of the many topnotch wines that the country produces. If you really are not hungry, ditch dinner and go straight to a wine bar! 😉
  • Go to a boliche (nightclub) to experience the local nightlife. Just beware that the scene begins to warm up no earlier than 2am.
  • Head down to the Recoleta Cemetery and pay a visit to Evita Peron’s grave.

How to successfully face the “mate” ritual

You can’t leave Argentina without giving the mate ritual a shot. Mate (pronounced “mah-tay”) is a hot beverage, similar to a tea, made of yerba mate. There are rules around this social ritual. It is served in a communal cup with a metal straw (bombilla). The group sharing the mate sits in a circle and the cup is passed onto the person on your right hand side, only after having drank all the liquid and having had the cebador (the person in charge of serving the mate) rebrew the beverage. Do not stir the yerba mate and don’t say “gracias” (thank you) unless you don’t want any more.

Cultural tips

  • It is standard to greet both men and women with a single kiss on the right cheek.
  • It is custom and much appreciated to tip around 10% at restaurants, although it is not mandatory.
  • Arriving fashionably late to social meetings, between 20 and 40 minutes, is perfectly normal.

When to travel to Argentina

This really depends on the specific places you want to visit. The south is cooler and therefore is most agreable during the Argentinian summer, from December to March… although you should bear in mind that it will always be sort of cold down there. The north, on the other hand, enjoys a permanently warm climate, so it is ok to visit throughout the year. Buenos Aires can also be visited year-round, however, the best times are Spring (September to November) and Fall (March to May).

Other practical notes

  • Visas: Most western countries do not require a Visa to visit Argentina for tourism purposes, for stays up to 90 days. Check out this list to see if your nationality is included: http://cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar/en/node/1816. If you do need a Visa, it is strongly encouraged to apply for it at least 45 days in advance.
  • Language: Spanish is the official language in Argentina. The accent and local slang varies radically from that of Spanish spoken in Spain or other hispanic countries, though.
  • The time zone for Argentina is UTC -3.
  • Local currency is the Argentinian Peso. The current exchange rate is approximately 17 pesos for 1 US dollar, and 19 pesos for 1 Euro. But be sure to get an updated rate at http://www.xe.com/?c=ARS or any other online converter.

Informational Travel Guide:Trip to Machu Picchu

Journeyou - Machu Picchu from aboveWe are sure you’ve heard about Machu Picchu, a mysterious and ancient Inca citadel located few hours from Cusco city. There are so many stories about its origins. We invite you to travel and discover for yourself the mystery of the most famous Inca citadel. We have put together ths brief yet helpful information guide for a trip to Machu Picchu.

To start your trip, take one of the trains to Machu Picchu, either at Poroy or Ollantaytambo station, there are several prices and categories so it is not hard to find one that suits your budget. The train will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will take a bus drive up Machu Picchu Mountain, where the real adventure and Machu Picchu tour will begin.

The best way to have a full and peaceful visit to Machu Picchu is to get there with a pre-booked tour as only 2,500 visitors are allowed to enter the citadel each day; and as one can imagine, there are lots of people from all over the world that wishes to reach the lost city of the Incas. Machu Picchu doors are opened at 6 am. At that time you can appreciate and relax in front of one of the most beautiful sunrise you’ll ever see, when the sun glows between the stone walls and the humid trees surrounding. If your desire is to also climb the Huayna Picchu you need to book your tour well in advance as there is also a limited number of 200 visitors a day. We also recommend that you spend the night in Aguas Calientes, where you can find from the most luxurious hotels to basic but clean tourist hotels, but beware; this also should be planned in advance. Staying near Machu Picchu will give you the time you need to explore the citadel, watch the sunrise, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, and enjoy the beauty of the flora and fauna of the Peruvian cloud forest.

Machu Picchu can be visited throughout the year, and there are only two distinct seasons during the year: the dry season between May and November, and the rainy season from December to April, although as a rule it is a rainy area, so during the dry season we may also be surprised by some precipitation. Temperatures during the day are usually warm, but due to its altitude above the sea level, nights might be cold, especially during the dry season.

Journeyou - Machu Picchu

Selected as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007, the citadel of Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the major tourist attraction in Peru. That famous view from above the ruins is one that you will never forget! Don’t think about it twice, plan your trip to Peru now.

We are sure it will be a mystical, magical and a surreal experience. Have you ever imagined the feeling of been in such a place like this? Share your thoughts with us, how do you think it will feel to be in this mind-blowing stonemasonry citadel on top of a steep mountain?