The National Holidays in Argentina are the following:
New Year: Jan. 1
Good Friday: March/April
Labor Day: May 1
First Local Government Anniversary: May 25
Independence Day: July 9
Race day: October 12
The Immaculate Conception Day: Dec. 8
Christmas: Dec. 25
Day of the Veteran and Dead in Malvinas War: April 2
Flag Day (Manuel Belgrano's Death): June 20
San Martín's Death: Aug. 17
Movable national holidays which fall on Tuesday or Wednesday are changed to the previous Monday. Those which fall on Thursday or Friday are changed to the following Monday.
- Public telephones work with coins of legal tender. You can make use of telephone booths which are 24-hour open and pay in cash.
- If you wish to call another location within the country, you should dial "0" and then the area code for that location followed by the number you are calling.
- If you wish to call abroad, you should dial "00", then the country code, area code and the number you are calling.
- Remember that tariffs are reduced between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.; numbers which start with 0-800 are toll-free nationwide and those which start with 0-810 have local cost, no matter the distance involved.
- The country code for Argentina if you are calling from abroad is 54. To call to telephone numbers in Buenos Aires you should add the local code: 11.
- You can make a reverse-charge call using the AT&T Direct service and if you wish to use your credit card you should call 0-800-222-1288 or 0-800-555-4288.
TIME, ELECTRICITY, WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
- The Argentinean official time is three hours less than Greenwich's.
- Electricity works at 220V and 50 Hz.
- For distances, "meter" is the measure used together with its derivatives: millimeter (0.001 m), centimeter (0.01 m), and kilometer (1000 m).
- For weights, "gram" is the measure used together with its derivative: Kilogram (1,000 grams).
- For capacity, "liter" and "cubic centimeters" are the measures used (1000 cc = 1 liter).
- For temperatures, "centigrade degrees" are used (0ºC = 32º F).
There are no serious security problems. Police go on foot, patrol cars and sometimes horseback. They wear blue uniforms.
The Naval Prefecture is in charge of the harbor area and wear brown uniforms.
Buenos Aires is, generally speaking, a safe city, however, it is still is a big city. Please bear in mind the following recommendations:
- Keep your passport, air tickets and cash in your hotel safe.
- Do not walk along lonely streets or parks at night.
- Do not stop taxis in the street after 10 p.m. Call radio taxis or remises.
- In Patagonia, as well as in the rest of the country, the possession/consumption of drugs is considered illegal and therefore penalized.
You can get different maps of main access routes and streets in most of the kiosks selling newspapers and magazines and at the "Automóvil Club Argentino" ("Argentinean Automobile Club") facilities (Headquarters at Av. Libertador 1850, Capital Federal).
You will not be requested any type of vaccination as there are not endemic diseases.
Patagonia is free from aftosa (foot-and-mouth disease) so meat consumption is not a risk.
Seafood consumption may be temporarily restricted due to the presence of "red tide", which is duly communicated on the media.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ADVICES
In Patagonia, there are only a few paved road, most of the roads are graveled.
The typical meat in the region is the "Patagonian lamb".
People are remarkably very friendly and kind.