Spanish is the official language but English is spoken in many restaurants, hotels and stores.
The official currency is the Argentine peso ($ or AR$). It is recommended that you purchase Argentine pesos prior to departure or upon arrival at the Ezeiza International Airport. Many vendors will accept American Dollars but bear in mind that they may not offer optimal exchange rates.
Tax refund: Foreign tourists can claim a refund of the IVA (VAT or consumer´s tax) on argentinian goods purchased in Argentina (minimum amount is AR$ 70). Ask for a “type B” ticket or invoice (“Factura B”) along with the “Global Refund Check” which should state the amount of the refund. Before leaving the country, present these papers to be sealed by Customs and obtain your refund.
Most credit cards are accepted in stores, restaurants and hotels.
The electrical power supply in Argentina is 220-240V, 50 Hz. The official standard for plugs and sockets (outlets) in Argentina is the “Type I" IRAM-2073. However, older buildings usually have the "Type C" Europlug type.
CLIMATE AND CLOTHES
Due to the extended territory there is a variety of climates from tropical up North to fresh and cold in the South. The average temperature in Bariloche for early February is around 20ºC, usually not higher than 27ºC, but nights may turn cool (as low as 5ºC if it's windy).
You'll find most things along Bariloche's main street, called “Mitre”, including shops selling souvenirs and Argentine products such as mate (tea), wines, chocolates, leather goods, local hand-crafts, etc. Bariloche is well-known for its chocolate shops.
Water is good to drink, but we advise to drink bottled water. Argentina's bottled mineral water is excellent.
There is a variety of hospitals and private clinics in the city. All visitors are advised to have a valid international insurance before coming to Argentina.
Bariloche and Buenos Aires, as international tourist destinations, are safe cities. Of course, as you would do at home, you need to be careful but not paranoid.
- Watch your valuables. Do not leave purses or cell phones or laptops unattended.
- Avoid walking in dark, solitary areas.
- Do not exchange money in the streets or with taxi drivers. There is quite a difference in exchange rates between the official U$ to AR$ and the rate in the streets, but we do not recommend to change money outside official exchange agencies.
- Preferably call a cab or take radio‐cabs when in the street, and pay with pesos .
- Try to leave your passport and valuables at your hotel and carry another ID (driver license or passport Xerox copy) with you.