Useful Information for Tourists

Useful Information for Tourists

 
The Argentine Republic (official name), is a sovereign state and it is represented as federal republic.
The name Argentina comes from the Latin “argentum” and means silver.  This association is based on legends about a country rich in silver that were common among the first explorers who penetrated this region. 
On May 25, 1810, by means of the May Revolution, the first government for the country was established. 
On July 9, 1816, in the city of San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina’s Independence was proclaimed.

Location and International Boundaries

The Argentine Republic is located at the southern end of South America.The international boundaries are:
North: Bolivia and Paraguay
South: Chile and the Atlantic Ocean
East: Brazil, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean
West: Chile
Regional Organization
The Argentine Republic is divided into 23 provinces plus the Independent City of Buenos Aires, the headquarters of the National Government.

America


*Distance from Bs. As to the capital of Province

Province Capital Population Prov. Area (km2) Distance (*)
  Cdad. A. de Bs. As. 3.042.581 203  
1 Buenos Aires (Pcia.) La Plata 15.052.177 307.571 52 Km.
2 Catamarca S. F. del Valle de Catamarca 388.416 102.602 1.150 Km.
3 Chaco Resistencia 1.052.185 99.633 1.019 Km.
4 Chubut Rawson 460.684 224.686 1.441 Km.
5 Córdoba Córdoba 3.340.041 165.321 710 Km.
6 Corrientes Corrientes 1.013.443 88.199 1.074 Km.
7 Entre Ríos Paraná 1.255.787 78.781 495 Km.
8 Formosa Formosa 539.883 72.066 1.181 Km.
9 Jujuy San Salvador de Jujuy 679.975 53.219 1.654 Km.
10 La Pampa Santa Rosa 333.550 143.440 607 Km.
11 La Rioja La Rioja 341.207 89.680 1.168 Km.
12 Mendoza Mendoza 1.729.660 148.827 1.037 Km.
13 Misiones Posadas 1.077.987 29.801 1.060 Km.
14 Neuquén Neuquén 547.742 94.078 1.156 Km.
15 Río Negro Viedma 597.476 203.013 970 Km.
16 Salta Salta 1.224.022 155.488 1.605 Km.
17 San Juan San Juan 695.640 89.651 1.119 Km.
18 San Luis San Luis 437.544 76.748 820 Km.
19 Santa Cruz Río Gallegos 225.920 243.943 2.630 Km.
20 Santa Fe Santa Fe 3.242.551 133.007 476 Km.
21 Stgo. del Estero Santiago del Estero 865.546 136.351 1.150 Km.
22 Tierra del Fuego Ushuaia 126.212 21.478 3.171 Km.
23 Tucumán San Miguel de Tucumán 1.475.384 22.524 1.310 Km.


Argentina



Topography

To the west along the entire length of the Argentine Republic extends the Andes Mountain Range. In this great mountainous chain, in the province of Mendoza, lies Mount Aconcagua.  At 6962 meters (22,840 ft), this mountain is the highest in the world outside of Asia.
Several other mountainous groups, although much smaller in height, with more space between them, and separated by great valleys, are found towards the east of the Andes. 
The north, center and east of the country are occupied by a great plain with gentle undulations and very fertile lands. 
To the south of Argentina is the Patagonia plateau, composed of a group of high plateaus, and high and arid plains that extend from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean.


Highest Mountains in Argentina

Name and Location Altitude
Mount Aconcagua (Mendoza) 6.962 msnm
Mount Pissis (La Rioja / Catamarca) 6.882 msnm
Mount Ojos del Salado (Catamarca / Chile) 6.879 msnm
Mount Mercedario (San Juan) 6.770 msnm
Mount Bonete Chico (La Rioja) 6.759 msnm
Mount Tres Cruces (Catamarca / Chile) 6.749 msnm
Mount Llullaillaco (Salta / Chile) 6.739 msnm
Mount Del Nacimiento (Catamarca) 6.658 msnm
Mount Incahuasi (Catamarca / Chile) 6.600 msnm
Mount Tupungato (Mendoza / Chile) 6.635 msnm

 

Mendoza City


Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere

Summer December 21 to March 20
Autumn March 21 to June 20
Winter June 21 to September 20
Spring September 21 to December 20 

 

Climate

Due to the great latitudinal extension and its diversity of topography, Argentina has a wide variety of climates.
In general, the predominant climate is temperate, although in the north and northeast there is a subtropical climate and there is a subantarctic climate in the extreme south.
The north of the country is characterized by very hot and humid summers, with mild and dry winters. 
The center of the country has hot summers with rain and storms, and cool winters. 
The south of Argentina has mild hot summers and very cold winters with much snowfall, especially in the mountainous areas.

 

The climate in Mendoza

In the plains the climate is continental temperate and dry with a greater amount of precipitation in the summer. As you ascend towards the mountains, the temperature falls.
Snowfall appears from the months of May to September.  The arrival of spring brings the first heat which causes the thaws that increase the level of the rivers. This waters the extensive cultivation, supplies water to the cities and offers an ideal scene for aquatic sports and adventure.
Mendoza boasts an average of 330 days of a sun a year.


Monthly Temperature Averages of Mendoza

Fahrenheit
Average JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Highs 86ºF 83ºF 78ºF 72ºF 64ºF 58ºF 58ºF 63ºF 67ºF 74ºF 80ºF 84ºF
Lows 64ºF 63ºF 58ºF 52ºF 45ºF 38ºF 37ºF 41ºF 45ºF 52ºF 58ºF 63ºF


Centígrade
Average JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Highs 30ºC 28ºC 26ºC 22ºC 18ºC 14ºC 14ºC 17ºC 19ºC 23ºC 27ºC 29ºC
Lows 18ºC 17ºC 14ºC 11ºC 7ºC 3ºC 3ºC 5ºC 7ºC 11ºC 14ºC 17ºC


Vines of Mendoza


On average
December and January are the warmest months
June and July are the coolest months
January and February are the wettest months
June and August are the driest months

Language

The official language of the Argentine Republic is Spanish.

 

Religion

The official religion is Roman Catholic (93% of the population), but freedom of worship exists.
Other religions that are practiced less commonly are: Judaism, Protestant and Islam.

 

National Holidays

National Holidays
Januray 1 New Year’s Day
March 24 National Day of Rememberance for Truth and Justice
March / April Easter Week
April 2 Veterans Day and Tribute to the Fallen in the Malvinas War
May 1 Labor Day
May 25 Anniversary of the First Independent Government
June 20 Flag Day (Anniversary of the death of Gen. M. Belgrano)
July 9 National Independence Day
July 25 (Holiday in Mendoza) Patron Saint Santiago Day (Patron Saint of Mendoza)
August 17 Anniversary of the death of General San Martín
October 12 Columbus Day
November 20 National Sovereignty Day
December 8 Immaculate Conception Day of Mary
December 25 Christmas

 

Currency

The official currency is the Argentine Peso and its symbol is $
Paper notes exist in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100
Coins exist as $1, $0.50, $0.25, $0.10, and $0.05


Time Zone in Argentina

Argentina’s time zone- 3 GMT


Arriving in Mendoza


Via air: Mendoza’s International Airport (“Francisco Gabrielli”), is located a few minutes from the city of Mendoza.
Despite this is considered as International (because it connects flights into Chile), you cannot fly directly from United States, Europe or Brazil. You must first stop in the Buenos Aires or Santiago (Chile) International Airports, and then a short flight to Mendoza City.Buenos Aires to Mendoza (2 hours)
Santiago (Chile) to Mendoza (50 min.) The province also utilizes two airports located in the departments of San Rafael and Malargue (in the center and south of the province respectively) for domestic flights.

Via land:
The bus terminal in the city of Mendoza is part of a very important connection of services that joins Buenos Aires with the rest of the provinces in Argentina.In addition, there are a large number of buses that arrive from Santiago, Chile.



Distance from the city of Mendoza to
Aeropuerto de Mendoza 11 km
Cacheuta 36 km
Cañón del Atuel 305 km
Chacras de Coria 13 km
El Nihuil 320 km
Godoy Cruz 4 km
Guaymallén 6 km
Laguna Horcones (mirador del Cerro Aconcagua) 181 km
Las Cuevas (frontera con Chile) 198 km
Las Leñas 430 km
Luján de Cuyo 19 km
Maipú 16 km
Penitentes 165 km
Potrerillos 64 km
Puente del Inca 175 km
San Rafael 234 km
Santiago de Chile 377 km
Tunuyán 82 km
Tupungato 78 km
Uspallata 105 km
Valle Grande 278 km


Mendoza


Business Hours


Businesses

Summer hours:  8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Winter hours:  9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Restaurants

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM


Shopping Malls

10:00 AM to 10:00 PM (in summer the hours are extended to 11:00PM/ 12:00 AM)


Banks

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Currency Exchange Offices

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Mendoza City


Useful Numbers in Mendoza

Country Code 54 / Area Code 261
Emergency 911 (police, ambulance and fire department)
Mendoza Airport: 520-6000
Mendoza Bus Terminal: 431-5000/ 431-3001

 

Security

The police in Mendoza wear blue uniforms and can be seen policing on foot, in patrol cars, motorcycles and on horseback in General San Martin Park.


Weights and Measurements Conversions

Weight
1 kilogram 2,205 lbs.
1 lb. 0,454 kilos
Measurement
1 centimeter (cm) = 0.394 inches 1inch = 2.542 cm
1 meter (m) = 3.281 feet 1 foot = 0.305 meters
1 kilometer (km.) = 0.621 miles 1 mile = 1.609 km


Temperature

Conversion Formula
Centígrade to Fahrenheit
(Degrees centigrade)  x 1.8 + 32
Fahrenheit to centigrade
(Degrees Fahrenheit) - 32 : 1.8


Electricity

The electricity used is 220 V (Volts) / 50 Hz (Hertz).

Keep in mind that you may need an adaptor to be able to recharge your photographic or video camera with the type of power outlets used in Argentina.
We suggest that you bring an adaptor or you can buy one when you arrive, since they are economical and easy to find.
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