San Juan y la Rioja
Argentina is a country of Tango, Gauchos, Mate, Asado, Patagonia, Pampas, and Dulce de Leche. The name conjures up the image of big steaks, passionate men and women and long night of eating the best meat of the world and sipping mate, afterwards. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is the center of the country in all ways except its geographical location. With the Rio de la Plata, in the east of the country, it is actually the city that is closest to the Old Continent, and probably the most European city in South America. The country's natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw tourists from all over the world. The people are awesome, full of kindness, and the weather is mostly pleasant all the year. Many people call this the Paris of the Americas.
Facts At A Glance:
Full country name: Republic of Argentina
Area: 2,766,890 sq km (1,068,302 sq mi)
Population: 40.5 million
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 97% European descent, 3% Mestizo, Amerindian and other non-white groups
Language: Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French
Religion: 92% Roman Catholic, 2% Protestant, 2% Jewish, 4% Other
Time: GMT/UTC minus 3 hours
Weights & measures: Metric
Major industries: food processing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, textiles, chemicals and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, steel
Major trading partners: Brazil, China, Germany
Travelers will need a valid passport, with or without visa, according to the country of origin. The maximum permanence time granted by the consular offices is of ninety (90) days, that can be extended only once, for the same period granted before, going to any of the delegations of Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (National Immigration Office), before expiration of the term originally granted. For more information, call the consulate of your jurisdiction.
No visa is required for permanence up to 90 days, for citizens from: The European Union, the United States of America and the following Latin American countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru and Venezuela.
The Federal Police serves on foot, in patrol cars and some times on horses. They dress in blue uniforms. The Naval Prefecture is in charge of the harbor zone, and they use brown uniforms. Buenos Aires is, generally, a safe city, but it does not stop being a big city. Therefore we suggest that you take precautions. It has become common that in public places beggars approach the tourists with much insistence and bad manners requesting money, in this case the best thing is to try to ignore them and to change place. Like measures of basic caution, it is recommendable to try to go unnoticed, not to carry objects of value openly, to try to walk accompanied specially at night, to avoid the very dark places or with little concurrence, to take care of pockets and to put attention in cameras or purses that you carry, and in general to avoid risky situations.