Argentina is located in the Southern part of South America,
bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay, Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world with a population reaching over 40 million. Its landscape is inspiring and rich in contrast, varying from rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains to lush subtropical rainforest and from the dusty plains of the Patagonia to the breathtaking cascading of the Iguazu Falls. This amazing country is a brilliant combination of spectacular natural beauty, renowned cuisine, and rich cultural history which never fails to amaze. Buenos Aires, its capital city, combines a rich European heritage, evident in its architecture, countless museums, theatres, music and cultural life.
Access by air and getting into the city
Buenos Aires can easily be reached by plane or car. It is served by two airports. The “Ministro Pistarini” is the international airport, located at Ezeiza; it is 35 km (22 miles) southwest of downtown Buenos Aires. This airport is the main gate to Argentina, where all international flights arrive.
The “Jorge Newbery” Airport is located on the city riverside, five minutes from downtown. From there you can fly to the provinces and some neighbouring countries.
For further information check the airports website: www.aa2000.com.ar
Transportation within the city
The Buenos Aires public transportation system allows easy travelling within the city: six subway lines (A, B, C, D, E and H) and about one hundred city bus lines (“colectivos”). The subway network connects the most important areas of the city with the Congress venue. At rush hours, both subways and buses are very crowded, for which reason we recommend that you take taxis. All official taxis in the city are black and yellow, and many can be called by phone, so called “radio taxis”, which we strongly recommend.
Bank & Credit Cards
Banks open at 10 am and close at 15 pm. You can make cash withdrawals and other transactions at ATMs, which operate 24 hours..
Although the US dollar and the Euro are generally accepted foreign exchange to domestic currency can be done in banks and authorized bureaus. Credit cards are widely accepted: American Express, VISA, Diners and Mastercard.
The cosmopolitan population of Buenos Aires is reflected in a variety of excellent restaurants and cafés, at a walking distance from the venue zone, which are open until late at night. They offer a diversity of cuisine including vegetarian food and the best beef. In addition, Argentine wines are excellent and their outstanding quality is recognized around the world. Dinner is served from 20.00 h to midnight.
Shopping VAT refund
You can recover the amount paid as value added tax, if you have bought national products for amounts over $ 70 (per invoice) and in shops operating with the ” Global Refund” system at the following sites : • Jorge Newbery Airport ( Buenos Aires ) , Telecom phone booths . • International Airport of Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini ” Terminal A, 1st . Floor. • International Airport of Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini ” Terminal B , ground floor. • Jorge Newbery Airport ( Buenos Aires ), Telecom phone booths
The electric current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Cycles.
Argentina’s country code is +54. Buenos Aires’ area code is 11
Buenos Aires’ time zone is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -3).
The official language of the country is Spanish, but English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants, shops and in the main tourist areas.
Security: cut your risk
Buenos Aires is a safe city, although it is convenient to take some special precautions. Practice the same caution you would practice when visiting major metropolitan destinations in your country, and we are sure that your stay in Buenos Aires will be very pleasant.