Patagonia is an extensive region, covering five provinces in Argentina: Rio Negro, Neuquén, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego. It stretches over an area of 757,000 Km2, a third part of the total area of Argentina, which is the eighth biggest countries in the world.
Spanish is the official language spoken by most of Argentineans. However, if you speak English, French or Italian, you will not have any problems getting around.
There are small native communities in Patagonia which speak the mapuche tongue.
In some areas, people speak guaraní and other native tongues spoken by minor indigenous groups.
Catholicism is the official religion, but there is freedom of worship.
Protestantism, Judaism, Muslim, the Greek and Russian orthodox religions, among others, are also practiced.
The percentage evaluation is as follows:
Catholic religion: 93%
Protestant religion: 2.5%
Jewish religion: 2%
Other religions: 2.5%
Patagonia has around 1,500,000 inhabitants (5% out of the total in the country) and a very low density of human population (there are areas with less than 1 inhabitant/km2).
70% of that population is located in just 20% of its territory and it has an important urbanization index: almost 77% of the population is urban and its rapid growth brings about an important concentration process.
- Foreign tourists coming from neighboring countries will be requested only the identification.
- Foreign tourists from other countries will be requested an updated passport, with or without visa, depending on the case. You must consult your nearest Embassy or Consulate regarding this matter.
- Visitors from non-neighboring countries are free from any tax on travel belongings or new items with a value not higher than USD 300 and additional USD 300 if they are acquired in the "duty-free shops" within the national territory.
- Maximum time allowed for a tourist stay is of 90 days.
- No vaccination certificate will be requested, except for visitors coming from countries where cholera and yellow fever are present.
- Tourists are allowed to take back to their home country a maximum of 2 items of luggage of up to 32 kg each, without paying any additional cost.
- Hand luggage is not weighed at the airports.
- Maximum luggage weight allowed in domestic flights is 15 kg for the tourist class and 30 kg for the executive class.
- Hand luggage must not exceed the size of a small handbag or a small suitcase, of up to 5 kg; otherwise, the crew will send it to the freight hold until landing.
The Argentinean currency is the peso. There are notes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos.
- Argentinean legal currency is the peso.
- Dollars are accepted in most of the shops, but it is convenient to change them in banks or exchange offices authorized to this end.
- Regular banking hours are from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.
- The most widely spread and accepted credit cards are: American Express, MasterCard, VISA and Diners.
- Automatic tellers are numerous around the city. They may be used to obtain cash through the major credit cards like MasterCard and Visa.
· There may be difficulties when trying to change traveler checks outside Buenos Aires.
- A 10% tip is customary at restaurants and cafes. Tips can also be given to taxi cabs, doormen, ushers, porters.