Argentina

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Dominant language

spanish

Dominate religion/customs

Roman Catholic

Each year, thousands of people make the pilgrimage on foot from Buenos Aires to honour the Patron Saint of Argentina

Flight info/hotel info

Cost:$1,865

Departure: December 25,2014

Round trip

Hotel:NH collection buenos aires jousten

The DONTS in Argentina

  • Do not make the ‘OK’ sign or give a ‘thumbs up’, which are considered vulgar.
  • Do not be offended by Argentines’ open, blunt and direct expressive communication style. That’s just the way they are!
  • Do not be offended by Argentine humour which can sometimes be insulting, such as poking fun at your appearance, weight, or attire.
  • Do not show up on time to someone’s house for a party in Argentina which is considered rude. Be there 30 to 60 minutes late or even 2 to 3 hours late is normal.
  • Do not eat on the street or on public transportation.
  • Do not head to a bar until 11.30 pm. The nightlife in Buenos Aires is considered to be among the best in the world. It’s the city that never sleeps.
  • Do not pour wine for others. There is a ritual associated with pouring wine in Argentina.
  • Do not expect all banks to cash traveller’s checks. Cash them at your hotel.
  • Do not talk about sensitive topics about their relationship with the USA, Brazil or Great Britain, which could evoke strong reactions. Nor discuss the politics or religion.
  • Do not yawn which is considered rude. Try to cover your mouth at the very least.
  • Do not extend the pinky and index finger while bending the middle and ring finger which means one’s wife is cheating on them.

The food

Dinner meals

-Beef is a very common dish

-pasta

Lunch meals

-pizza

-pasta

Breakfast

-pastries

The DO in Argentina

  • Do expect a kiss on the cheek for greeting, which is typical greeting form in Argentina, even to a total stranger. The meeting ends with a kiss and a “ciao”.
  • Do dress conservative and modest if you want to blend in. Argentina is a very fashion conscious country. Avoid flip-flops.
  • Do expect a late dinner in Argentina. People will usually have dinner at 9pm or 10pm.
  • Do tip 10% at restaurants and one peso per bag to hotel porters.
  • Do bring a gift for your hosts, such as flowers, candy, pastries, chocolate, or imported liquor. If receive a gift, open it right away and show your gratitude.
  • Do show up between thirty to sixty minutes late if invited to a party. Showing up on time is considered impolite!
  • Do try yerba mate, which is a national drink and a cultural ritual as well. The mate is passed clockwise and shared as a sign of friendship and acceptance.
  • Do have a coffee at the famous Cafe Tortoni in Buenos Aires which is patronized by celebrities since 1858.
  • Do learn to dance the tango or at least watch others dance it. Dress nicely, no jeans, sneakers, or other casual attire.
  • Do carry enough one and five-peso notes, as few stores have change for bills over 20, as one and five cent pieces are not in circulation, and taxis never have change for anything over a 10.
  • Do go to the post office to mail letters or postcards, not the mail box. And do not mail things that are important as the Argentine postal service is unreliable.

Dress

You’ll find that most Argentine people tend to dress up a little more than what you might be used to back home. You will see young men wearing jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see a lot of people in nice pants and dressy shoes. Women tend to wear very feminine clothing, even if they’re wearing jeans, and they don’t tend to wear sneakers. Most people get very dressed up to go out at night, and you will probably want to, as well.

If you want to fit in a little better with your Argentine peers, don’t wear athletic-looking sweat suits or your pajamas. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear, and that is a sure way to blend in as best you can. Of course, as with everywhere in the world, you’ll find people who dress differently, maybe more “punk” or more sporty. The main thing that you might want to avoid is dressing like a “typical foreigner,” in baggy jeans and sneakers every day—at least until you get a better idea of how comfortable you are in your new environment and with your new friends.

Currency

Argentine peso

What to do in Argentina (activitys)

Buenos Aires Bike Tour

canoeing

trekking

rock-climbing

Culture

The culture of Argentina is as varied as the country's geography and is composed of a mix of ethnic groups. Modern Argentine culture has been largely influenced by Italian,spanish and other European immigration, although there are lesser elements of American and Africa influences, particularly in the fields of music and art.