Head to Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of the south’, for cosmopolitan cobblestone streets, theatre, museums and art. Spend countless hours hiking in Patagonia, marvelling at nature without running into another living soul. Drink wine, eat steak, do the tango, cheer on a soccer team – Argentina has something for everyone. For the basic deets before you head over, here’s our top tips.

Visa Requirements

Australian tourists wanting to holiday in Argentina are charged a reciprocity fee. The fee is valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry. The fee must be paid online prior to arrival at all ports of entry, including airports, ports and land border crossings. Make sure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Argentina.

Currency

Argentina trades with the Argentine Peso. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Argentine Peso changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase your cash when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.

Food

Steak. Wine. Steak – eating and drinking in Argentina is an iron- and antioxidant-rich activity. With so many different cuts of meat and a massive cattle industry, you’ll almost need a beef dictionary! Vegetarians can enjoy lots of cheese empanadas – a stuffed and fried pastry delicacy. Either way, the good news is Argentines love to eat, so head to the nearest bodegones – an inexpensive and traditional tavern for some heart-warming local food. As for sweets, dulce de leche is a national spread – akin to how Australians feel about Vegemite, only very sweet. The caramel spread is used to fill delicious cakes and pancakes or simply eaten on toast.

Nightlife

If you’re heading to Buenos Aires, dancing the tango at Club Gricel with its charming ageing wood dance floor is a must, and don’t forget Confitería Ideal - the mother-of-all historic tango halls. Argentina’s music scene is one of the most eclectic in Latin America – in Salta, catch the iconic Symphonic Orchestra for a dose of classical music or if jazz and blues is your cup of tea, head back to Buenos Aires. All over Argentina you’ll find dance and modern music – in Rosario, you’ll get the VIP treatment, while in Córdoba, you’ll get a chilled-out, student-friendly scene and in Mendoza or Bariloche there are party lovers aplenty. Theatre fanatics need look no further than Avenida Corrientes for the largest concentration of theatre venues in Buenos Aires.

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