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Argentina currency

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Argentina currency

Hi,

I'll be visiting Argentina in February, 2018 for the first time. I've been advised that the peso is weak and so told to take $dollars - is that good advice?

If it is, will shops etc. accept dollars or will I have to exchange them for pesos once I'm in the country?

If anyone has any advice about visiting the country to pass on - dos and don'ts - I'll be grateful.

Many thanks.

Shaun.

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M W
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1. Re: Argentina currency

Shaun

Presently the USD is $1 = $17.45 ARS.

Most all dining, hotels, taxis, and stores do accept U$D, Now the exchange may be calculated less at many places but only a few cents on the dollar.

The Falls is "pesos only" so you will need $500ARS pp to enter. ATM's in AR run low on cash and do not work often in Puerto Iguazu.

AR loves the US dollar, but I would not carry too much,

AR is a beautiful country and skipping with Falls and missing the 7th World Heritage Site is something many only get a one time shot. BA is a large divers city which all love. From wines to steaks AR has it all.

Enjoy your travels.

Marty

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2. Re: Argentina currency

Marty,

Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.

Shaun.

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3. Re: Argentina currency

Hi Shaun,

Where are you hoping to go in Argentina, other than Iguasu Falls and Buenos Aires? We've done several trips around by car. Let me know what you're hoping for.

We get our Argentine cash from the banking machines. Where possible, we prefer to use our credit cards for hotels, meals, fuel, and shopping, other than petty purchases (and other than the entry fee for the Argentine falls). You'll usually get your best exchange rate that way, and its safer than carrying excessive amounts of cash around.

If you had asked two years ago, all the advice would have been completely different. Until about two years ago, Buenos Aires imposed artificial exchange controls, overvaluing their Argentine peso. The government made tourists pay almost double what the money would actually buy, while ordinary Argentines were not allowed to legally buy hard currency for foreign trade purchases.

The result was a booming black market in US dollars, where human banking machines and small business people would pay you a lot more than the official rate for your dollar cash. This meant that tourists had to carry on their person unsafe amounts of money in pockets, purses, and luggage, amplifying the risks of crime or of just forgetting the cash in your hotel room strongbox at check-out.

It's all history now. The Argentine peso can be exchanged for its true value again, so there's no need for the black market, and no need for you to carry around thousands of dollars (or tens of thousands of pesos) in cash.

David

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4. Re: Argentina currency

David,

Thanks for the message and the advice, much appreciated.

I actually only have Buenos Aires for three weeks, with a three night interlude in Montevideo within that, on my itinerary at the moment. I might hire a car and visit the Falls or head south to see the Pampas and some of the interior for a few days but I'm keeping my options open at this stage.

Thanks again.

Shaun.

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5. Re: Argentina currency

Definitely try to fit in Iguaçu Falls:

English (Iguassu Falls), Spanish (Cataratas del Iguazú), Portuguese (Cataratas do Iguaçu), all adaptations of the Guarani´s (Y-guazú).

In Guarani, "Y" means Water and "Guazú" means Big.

Iguaçu National Park (Brazil):

http://bit.ly/2sWoU9u

Iguazú National Park (Argentina):

http://www.iguazuargentina.com/parques.php

Falls Information:

http://bit.ly/MWLaac

http://bit.ly/wsAzXh

Eleven pictures of Iguazú Falls:

http://cnn.it/1LxCGQc

Two-thirds of the falls are on the Argentine side.

While you’re on the Argentine side, take the Great Adventure boat ride under the falls. You’ll get soaked but you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEpYxh4uLFM

On the Brazil side of Foz do Iguaçu, check out the Bird Park (Parque Das Aves):

http://bit.ly/1JYIsvv

http://www.parquedasaves.com.br/en/

You can find good restaurants on both sides.

http://bit.ly/2wXaNDi

http://bit.ly/2wXYjeq

Foz do Iguaçu: Brazil’s World-Class Waterfalls:

Acclaimed as a World Heritage Site and once voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu are an incredible sight to behold. A new 900 meter-long walkway is now open to the public.

http://bit.ly/1MJzXoo

Taking the Paraguayan route to Iguazú Falls:

http://nyti.ms/1Xu0Lw1

Itaipú dam:

http://bit.ly/2n3rh8N

The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.

http://bit.ly/2akOBqJ

Bourbon Cataratas Hotel:

http://bit.ly/2ecZa2L

Ibis Foz Do Iguacu is a good hotel at a good price:

http://bit.ly/2jyBELu

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6. Re: Argentina currency

Hi Shaun,

For local travel in the Iguasu Falls region, a car is likely more trouble than it's worth. It's easier to get around by bus, taxi, professional guide or, as we did, the complimentary shuttle service offered to their customers by the boat tour companies in the Iguasu gorge below the falls.

Three weeks in Buenos Aires? I suppose ....

We found three weeks long enough to drive from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and back, and still have time enough for a side trip to Montevideo. We enjoyed the farm country of southern Uruguay, though I wish we'd had time to continue on from Montevideo to Punta del Este, Uruguay's famous beach resort town.

Our favorite Pampa town is Tandil, a half-day's drive south from Buenos Aires. You'll see the prairie scenery along the way, and you can continue up into the southern hills of Buenos Aires province.

If you have three weeks, you could easily get to northern Patagonia. Bariloche and the penguin site at Punta Tombo were highlights for us.

Or go west to Mendoza. Not for the city itself, which we find boring, but for Mount Aconcagua and San Luis.

Mount Aconcagua is a two-hour drive up into the Andes from Mendoza on good two-lane undivided highway. Try to go west in the morning, when the sun illuminates the mountains.

Mount Aconcagua Provincial Park is just before the Christ Redeemer Tunnel to Chile. You walk ten minutes from the parking area to a splendid view of the highest peak outside the Himalayan region.

I'll copy another article I wrote recently on San Luis.

David

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7. Re: Argentina currency

Hi Again Shaun,

Buenos Aires to Mendoza is about 700 miles. It would take parts of at least two days drive.

Here's a couple of places in San Luis province, ease of Mendoza, we found worth the journey:

- the hot springs at Balde, where the hotel features naturally-heated pools right in your room.

- we have bestowed on Route 15 north of Balde our Golden Tarantula award for most tarantulas per mile of any stretch of highway in the world. In one short stretch, we counted 27, Had we been really adventurous (or stupid) we might have discovered even more by wandering off the pavement into the tall grass. Look at Route 15 north from Balde on Google Street View. Maybe you'll spot a tarantula.

- north from San Luis is San Francisco del Monte d'Oro, San Francisco of the Golden Mountain. Route 9, a narrow but fully paved road, goes there by a pattern of switchbacks and stunning lookouts. The word "breathtaking" is overused in tourist lore, but this mountain region, the Chacras, can justly claim it.

Happy travels!

David

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8. Re: Argentina currency

Hi,

Many thanks for your enthusiastic endorsement of the Fall.

Shaun.

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9. Re: Argentina currency

David,

Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to make those recommendations. I'll bear them all in mind.

Shaun.

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