Information of Interest
Argentina has a great climatic variety: temperate and humid in the Pampas, cold and humid plains in the west of Patagonia, subtropical in the northern part of Mesopotamia and warm in the Northwest. From November to March, the average temperature is 23°C, and from June to September, 12°C.
In the city of Rosario, the weather is considered "pampeano temperate", with a hot season from November to March and a cold one between June and the first half of August. In summer it rains more than in winter, reaching a total of between 800 and 1,000 mm annually.
In April, Rosario presents a typically autumnal temperature: temperate at noon and in the early afternoon, then cool during the day and cold at night.
According to statistical records of the National Weather Service for April, the average temperature is 17°C, the relative humidity 82%, and monthly rainfall, 88 mm.
The Argentinean official language is Spanish, however other native languages as the mapuche, guarani and quechua, among others, still remain. English, Italian and Portuguese are usually understood without too much difficulty in big cities.
Something to note is the use of “vos” (you) instead of the Spanish “tú” for informal treatment, and the use of “che” to address a person.
“Che”: this expression is used to attract a person’s attention and allows addressing someone without using his or her name: “Che, ¿me podés decir la hora” (Che, could you tell me the time?). It expresses familiarity.
Money and Currency
The Argentinean official coin is the Peso ($). There are notes of $500, $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $2, as well as coins of $1 and $2, 50 cents and 25 cents. The coins of 10, 5 and 1 cents practically have no longer circulation.
Although the American dollar is widely accepted at many shops, the foreign currency exchange is convenient to turn it at banks or money–change offices, where identity document is required (about U$S 1= $ 15 and € 1 = $ 17,50).
Credit cards are also accepted, and American Express, Visa y MasterCard are the ones most commonly admitted.
At the airport you can recover the amount paid for “Impuesto al Valor Agregado”, if you have acquired national products for amounts over $70 (per invoice) and in shops operating with the Global Refund system.
It is a custom to leave 10% of the service in cafeterias and restaurants and to tip doormen, porters and ushers.
South American citizens, as well as American, Canadian, and European citizens do not need VISA to enter Argentina for a maximum of 90 days, though they have to present their passports up to date.
The citizens from neighboring countries, such as Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil only need the Identity National Document to enter the country.
For citizens of other countries it is suggested to find out about VISA requirements at the Argentinean Embassy or Consulate or at http://www.mrecic.gov.ar/
National Customs Administration
There are free from payment of customs duties to enter Argentina personal items such as toiletries, electrical, clothing, cameras, calculators and specific objects for professional practice.
Objects such as video camera and/or photographic, MP3 players and notebooks among others are included within the concept of luggage in used condition. The over-the-counter medications or their respective prescription, in amounts appropriate to the needs and length of stay in the country are also contemplated.
Beyond these listed items, the customs service can review and retain any other goods and imposing fines or even deprivation of liberty.
No vaccination certificate is required to enter the country.
The Argentinean current is 220 Volts, 50 Cycles of alternating current. The sockets have 2 cylindrical or flat holes with earth connection (see images). It is advisable to travel with an adaptor to these sockets in order to use different electrical appliances.
Banks and foreign currency exchange: open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., from Monday to Friday. You can draw money or make some transactions through cash dispensers, which are open 24 hours a day.
Commercial offices: generally open from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Shops: in big cities, they are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., although in some cities it may close at noon. On Saturdays, the timetable is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In the malls the timetable goes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., even at weekends and some public holydays.
Cafes, bars and pizzerias are almost always open, except between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Restaurants: lunch is served from 12.30 p.m. and dinner from 8:30 p.m. Many establishments offer fast food at any time.
Breakfast is generally served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. It is possible to find coffee, milk and croissants in cafés and tearooms, for breakfast as well as for tea time.
There is neither obligation nor need to have any vaccine before entering Argentina. Public running water is drinking water.
Public hospitals are available for tourists¬ and are open 24 hours a day for emergencies, and they are free. The ambulant service for emergencies in Rosario (SIES) is also free.
To have access to the Private Health Service it is suggested to get some kind of traveler’s medical assistance.
The gastronomic offerings in Rosario are varied and of very good quality. The identity of the Rosario’s gastronomy is associated with its river fish dishes. It also stands out the grills with traditional cuts of meat. At the same time, local chefs offer great creativity in gourmet flavors.
Rosario has three large gastronomic circuits, each of which has its own identity and a particular feature. The "Paseo Pellegrini" is located in the downtown area, in one of the main arteries of the city. This traditional street get together twenty bars and restaurants, a meeting place for friends, couples and families. The "Pichincha Market" brings together more than 40 local gastronomy, design, antiques, art galleries, and clothing design. Bounded by streets Urquiza, Vera Mujica, Bv. Oroño and Parana River, occupies the area of Pichincha, a neighborhood that has its origins in the railway, port and brothel Rosario of the late nineteenth century. The "Flavors of the Coast" corridor is located in the north, and extends from the Alem Park to the head of Rosario-Victoria Bridge. It gathers numerous bars and restaurants to relax by the Parana River.
The city of Rosario is famous for its entertaining night where there are options for all tastes. There are places to go out every night of the week, but on weekends the proposals multiply in different parts of the city. The variations of the night of Rosario range from ethnic cuisine to bars and pubs with live music theater, folk music, rock bars, “milongas” and “tango” shows. Along with drinks and micro-brewed beer, the wine world has a major presence in the city.
Access and Circulation
All airlines flying to Argentina arrive mainly at Ezeiza (“Ministro Pistarini”) International Airport, which is 35 Km away from the City of Buenos Aires.
The departure tax for international flights is U$S 29 and for air bridge U$S 16, which can be paid in american dollars or Argentine pesos. Domestic flights do not pay this fee.
Different airlines perform itineraries within the country, covering domestic flights with routes to the north and south of Argentina. The airport for domestic flights in Buenos Aires is “Aeroparque Jorge Newbery”.
There are companies (Manuel Tienda Leon, Transfer Express, for example) that offer every half hour a bus service. These and other companies also offer direct service from Buenos Aires airport to any address in Rosario. There are also taxis available 24 hours a day.
Rosario offers its International Airport "Malvinas Islands", a renewed air terminal located northwest of the city, about 15 km from downtown.
The airport has 2 access roads: the national route n° 9 and Jorge Newbery Avenue, both connected with the Rosario Circunvalacion Avenue.
From Rosario flight stopovers with the main cities of the country and major urban centers in South America are made, and also is an alternative air terminal for international flights.
The city is connected with the rest of the province and the country through a vast network of terrestrial communications. Travel to Rosario by car is easy and secure as their main access roads are highways. Rosario is surrounded by the Circunvalacion Avenue from which depart the main entrances to the city center.
It also has the "Mariano Moreno"Bus Station, which provides public transport services of short, medium and long distance.
The international and local car rental companies in Argentina offer different categories and various car models. Beyond some typical specifications from each car rental company, to hire a car is essential:
- to be 21 years of age and under 75.
- having a valid driver's license in the country of origin.
- present a credit card guarantee when performing the operation.
- present the identity card or passport.