About Mendoza and Argentina

Mendoza, a magical land of snow capped peaks, clear blue skies, rugged mountain terrain and lush green vineyards, located at the foot of the majestic Andes. One of the world's most dynamic, up and coming wine regions, Mendoza offers a wide array of world class gourmet, wine and adventure travel experiences.

Argentina

Argentinian Map

Argentina is located in the southern extreme of South America. With a continental extension of 2,791,810 km2, (including South Atlantic Islands and part of Antarctica), Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the eighth in the world.

Including the Antarctic Sector, Argentina claims a total area of 3.761.274 km2. It is some 1425 Km across at its widest from east to west and stretches 3.800 Km from the north to the south. It is bounded by Bolivia and Paraguay on the north, Brazil, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and by the Atlantic Ocean and Chile on the west and south.

The name Argentina

It comes from the Latin term “argentum”, which means silver. The origin of this name goes back to the first voyages made by the Spanish conquerors to the Río de la Plata. The survivors of the shipwrecked expedition mounted by Juan Díaz de Solís found indigenous people in the region who gave them silver objects as presents. The news about the legendary Sierra del Plata - a mountain rich in silver - reached Spain around 1524. As from this date, the Portuguese named the river of Solís, Río de la Plata (River of Silver). Two years later the Spanish used the same name.

The Basics

  • Full country name: República Argentina
  • Area: 2,776,890 sq km (1,083,000 sq mi)
  • Population: 40.091.359
  • Capital city: Buenos Aires (pop 16 million)
  • People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, Indian and other minorities
  • Language: American Spanish, plus 17 indigenous languages
  • Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% Protestant, 2% Jewish, 2.5% others
  • Government: Republic
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time: GMC/UTC minus 3 hours; Buenos Aires observes daylight-saving time
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
  • Weights & measures: Mostly metric, but rural areas may use the legua (league, about 5 km).

Entering Argentina

Foreign tourists coming from bordering countries only need an identity card to enter the country. People from abroad must show their passports. Tourists from abroad can stay in the country up to 90 days at most. Most foreigners require a visa, except nationals from neighboring countries, Western Europe, Israel, Japan, South Africa and the USA. All visitors need a tourist card, which is valid for 90 days and extendable for a similar period. All traveling passengers should refer to their closest Argentine Embassy to check which visas are required, although current visa requirements may be subject to change at any time.

Health Issues Argentina

Tap water: Throughout the country is safe to drink. However due to the change in the composition of the water , we recommend drinking only bottled water. Mendoza specially has one of the purest mineral waters in earth, being a natural source for many countries in the world.

Money Matters Argentina

Until recently, Argentina was an expensive country to visit - so expensive that Argentines were in the habit of taking their holidays in 'cheap' countries, like the USA. The economic policy that pegged the peso one-to-one to the US dollar kept prices high but inflation under control.

The recent devaluation of the peso means that all bets are off. At present, the peso has shrunk to about half the value of the US dollar. US dollars are no accepted officially, but the majority of stores will exchange them with no problem at all. Places to exchange dollars are called ” Cambio” and you can also exchange dollars at any Bank.

Traveler Checks are not that handy since they need to be only exchange at American Express or similar. They are usually not accepted in stores & restaurants. Visa, American Express and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards. ATMs are spread out around Citys and there is usually a limit of $ AR 1000 ( US$ 350) a day.

It is always a good idea to advise your bank about traveling to extend your limit or to authorize purchases from abroad. Craft Markets and Street vendors will take only cash. Bargaining is uncommon, except in the artisan markets of the Andean northwest.

The legal tender notes are 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 y 2 Pesos, and the coins 1 Peso, 50, 25, 10 y 5 cents (there are also 1 cent coins but they are rarely used).

Exchange is around US$1= $A 3

Colorful Note: Due to the lack of small change ( 0,1; 0,5; 0,10) it is customary to get a piece of candy instead of the coins!

Some Recommendations

Bring a photocopy of your passport with you.

Leave all your valuables and passport at the safety box at the Hotel. Do never take your passports with you on Tours.

The day in high Altitude Ranch, implies long ascension in Altitude. Some people will get dizzy or short breathed. If that may be your case, bring needed medication (Dramamine, for example) to help you. For the altitude sickness, lots of fluids help to diminish the effect.

Inform your credit card company that you are traveling abroad. Some companies will not allow you to purchase anything if they have not been informed.

Be aware of the change of voltage in South America.

Check the instructions for clothing. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

Tipping

When on your own, it is customary to tip 10 to 15% at restaurants and cafes. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers. Although tipping is not as extensive as it is in USA, you will not offend anyone by doing it.

Special Requests

To have an unforgettable trip, we will kindly ask you let us know in advance if you have any special requests. Careful planning will help us fulfill everybody’s needs!

Looking forward to meet you!

What to bring

Clothing
Excursions require comfortable sports clothing. Given the powerful sun in this part of the world, we strongly recommend that you carry all necessary items for protection against sunburn, i.e. sunhat, sunglasses, sunblock, and lip protection.

Dress Code
None of the Restaurants/ Wineries required formal clothes, tie, jackets, etc
It is important not to wear perfumes or strong scented lotions when going on a Wine Tour.

Mendoza

  • Lightweight trousers
  • Long and short-sleeved T-shirts
  • Lightweight training shoes (sneakers)
  • Light, informal clothing for the evening
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • Jacket or coat for the evenings ( Temperature drops in the evening & night)

Other Items

  • Photographic equipment
  • Personal medication
  • Plug adapters ( Electricity in South America is 220 – 50 hz) Also in Argentina you need a 2 pin plug, in Chile a 3 pin plug , and in Brazil a 2flat pin plug.

( Check www.traveloasis.com/soutamplugad.html )

 

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