Argentina is the birthplace of tango, Evita Peron, and Che Guevara, and is home to millions of European immigrants. Such cultural diversity coupled with its vast land area ensures a varied cultural and ecological experience for tourists.
With its heavy European influence (mainly Italian and Spanish), Buenos Aires, Argentina is known as the ‘Paris of South America’, and is the largest city in Argentina with 33% of the population. Argentina is the 2nd largest country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world. It is surrounded by the Andes Mountains and Chile to the west, the Southern Atlantic Ocean to the east, Paraguay and Bolivia to the north, and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast.
Argentina is referred to as a secondary emerging market or an upper middle income country. It is also one of the G-20 major economies which translates to a higher standard of living compared to other Latin American countries; and Argentina´s modern transport system makes traversing the landscape comfortable and easy.
The medical tourism Argentina has to offer has increased in popularity due to the collapse of its currency. Buenos Aires has historically been known for its advanced healthcare system, skilled doctors, and modern hospital and clinical infrastructure that are on par with western standards. Argentina has hosted international conferences pertaining to the latest surgical developments and technological advances.
TAlong with its modern infrastructure, Argentina ensures that their doctors are held to the same standards. Graduating physicians must pass an exam and fulfill a two year internship at a public hospital. Once their internship requirements are fulfilled, they must continue with academic work and be certified by a recognized association or medical college. You can check the credentials of an Argentinean plastic surgeon by contacting the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), the Argentinean Plastic Surgery Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the Buenos Aires Plastic Surgery Society (SCPBA).
Cosmetic surgery, bariatric surgery, and dental treatments are the most sought after procedures, however Argentinean hospitals boast expertise in many other types of medical procedures.
The official language of Argentina is Spanish, however English, Italian, German, and French are widely spoken.
Argentina´s vast land mass ensures climatic diversity of grandeur proportions. From hot subtropical summers in the north to freezing temperatures in the southern region of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina can satisfy travelers who enjoy fun and the sun or a snow filled adventure, and everyone in between.
Note that because Argentina lies in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are reversed. The spring is September to November and it is also the most pleasant time to visit Buenos Aires. The summer in the capital city lasts from December to February, and is hot and humid with average high temperatures in the mid 80’soF (high 20’soC). In the northern part of the country, the winter (June to August) and the fall (March to May) are both described as pleasant.
Visa / Entrance Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not require of visa if staying in Argentina for up to 90 days, however a passport (valid for 6 months from date of entry) is required.
Airlines Servicing this Destination
Argentina has many airports but the one that is pertinent for medical travelers is Buenos Aires-Ezeiza International Airport (EZE).
The following airlines have flights to Argentina:
- Aerolíneas Argentinas
- Air France
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Canadian Airlines
- United Airlines
For the budget traveler, a hostel room costs $12-$25 USD per person per night and 3 star hotels start at $52 per night. Travelers who want nothing but the best in luxury will be pleased with the caliber of 5-star hotels (resorts and spas included) that Argentina has to offer. Rooms range from $114-$465 USD per night with most in the $200-$300 USD range. With 3,100 miles (4,989 km) of coastline Argentina’s Atlantic coast are lined with beach hotels and resorts starting at $66 up to $375 USD.
The currency of Argentina is the Peso (ARS).
The exchange rate of U.S. dollars to Argentinean pesos is $1 USD to 3.77 ARS (exchange rate subject to change).
The international access code for Argentina is 54
The area code for Buenos Aires is 11.
In order to call Argentina from the U.S. or Canada you must dial 011 (exit code) then 54 (country code for Argentina), then the area code (two to four digits), and then the phone number (six to eight digits). The area code plus the phone number always equals 10 digits.
To call a cell phone in Argentina from the U.S. and Canada you must dial 011 + 54 + 9 + area code + phone number.
*If the cell number starts with 15 you must omit these two digits.
In order to call the U.S. from Argentina you must dial 00 + 1 + area code + phone number
Cyber-cafes are widely available in major cities and towns. Larger hotels and most private hospitals throughout the country offer Broadband Internet connection.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires: (54-11) 5777-4533
*Emergencies only: (54-11) 5777-4354 Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; (54-11) 5777-4873 after 5pm and on the weekends
Argentina´s vast terrain has something to offer the snow bunny, the beach bunny, the city or the country guy or gal. For the outdoorsman (or woman), the popular and well preserved Patagonia Region stretches south of Buenos Aires all the way to the southern tip of Argentina. Its vast land area encompasses beaches, forests, national parks, mountains and Glaciers. Also, note that Argentina (contestedly) owns part of Antarctica and there are excursions available to the icy continent from the southern tip of Argentina. Peninsula Valdes, located on the Atlantic coast 870 miles (1,400 km) south of Buenos Aires, is a haven for wild animals and a popular spot for whale watching. It is also home to sea lions, penguins, elephant seals and many species of sea birds. The Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi is home to Lago (lake) Nahuel Huapi which encircles an island (Isla Victoria) that is home to rare species of trees and many exotic and rare animals. Last but definitely not least, no nature trip to Argentina is complete without going to the magnificent Iguazu Falls. Located on the border of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil, it consists of 275 falls along over 1 mile (2 km) of the Iguazu River.
For those who prefer city life over roughing it in the wilderness, Argentina’s urban landscapes offer a great deal. In Buenos Aires there are many architectural wonders including the Basilica de Lujan, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, and the national landmark: the Basilica de Santo Domingo. Also, the United States has the White House while Argentina has the Pink House (Casa de Rosada) which sits the executive branch of the government. For those who enjoy sports, check out the Bombonera soccer stadium, and just because Buenos Aires is a large city does not mean it lacks greenery. The Bosques de Palermo is the largest park in the city, and fans of the musical Evita, should note that Evita Peron’s final resting place is at the Cementerio de la Recoleta.
Argentina is described as having a love affair with beef. Leather ware is a popular buy and no matter what your budget is, you can find something that suits your needs. From leather shoes to leather wallets to leather jackets, Argentina has some of the finest for a fraction of the cost in other countries. Other popular buys are brilliantly colored mountain stones that are carved into beautiful vases, bowls, jewelry, and anything else you can think of. These lovely pieces can be found in many shops throughout the country. Argentina also has many shopping malls including Abasto which is a huge mall located in Buenos Aires, and on the other end of the spectrum the Hippie Fair near the Cemetery Recoleta (burial site of Eva Peron) is a popular place to browse for a variety handicrafts.
Nightlife and the Arts
Buenos Aires is the premier city in Argentina for nightlife. Dance clubs blaring electronic music and Drum N Bass are popular as well as more low key pubs and bars featuring jazz, folk, 80´s and 90´s American music and more. Of course no night out in Argentina is complete without venturing into a tango bar.
For theater buffs, the Teatro Colon is a must see. Some of the world most famous opera singers make appearances there and it is also host to ballet and its own philharmonic orchestra. Buenos Aires is also home to many art museums and cultural centers in which the latter usually offers tango lessons.
Argentina has two English language papers:
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Buenos Aires Herald
Buenos Aires Times