Buenos Aries, Patagonia, Uruguay and parts of Chile have developed a couple of variations on pronunciations that are challenging for Spanish speakers from places like Mexico. The "ll" sound is a "y" in Mexico but a "ch" in Argentina. So, caje is the street, chubia is rain and pocho is chicken. Though difficult to follow in conversation, at least the variation is consistently applied.
Some have attributed the origin of the variation to the former president who was married to Eva Peron.
The other more confusing practise is that of pronouncing a "ch" for a "y".
It's challenging for other Spanish speakers when Argentines say Plaza de "Macho" but that's how they say Mayo.
Visas are required from some countries,
however many travellers will find that their country is exempt. In general,
visas are required for Africa, the Middle East, eastern Europe and
The best option for travellers in Argentina is to bring lots of US$
The big change for tourists to Argentina in 2015 was the change in
December 2015 that allowed Argentine nationals to buy US$. The
removal of the previous longstanding restriction caused a one day
devaluation of the peso by 30% in one day. Those who were accustomed
to buying US$ on Florida Street were already buying at that devalued rate
for months and even years before the official change. During our
Take That Vacation visit in late December of 2015 we noted a marked change
on Florida Street, where only a small scattering of money changers
remained in business just days after the change. The previous
constant shouts of "Cambio, cambio, cambio" were reduced to an
occasional whisper. The official rate was 13 pesos per $ while the
rate with vendors was 14. That made it hardly worthwhile to buy from
a stranger on Florida St and it spells the end of its black market glory
days. During our 2015 visit we used a combination of credit card
plus US dollars where we did not expect change. We spent two
enjoyable days in the city without ever handling an Argentine peso.
Using credit can sometimes be problematic in Argentina. Some restaurants
don't offer the option. It is common for those that do to only take
credit for the cost of the meal and not the customary tip of 10%. You need pesos or dollars for
that and your server will be watching carefully for their cash commission
when you use credit.
Reciprocity Fee for Canada:
Tourists from Canada are currently
required to pay a reciprocity fee for travel Argentina. The fee for U.S. citizens was suspended on March 24, 2016. The fee for Australian citizens was suspended on July 1, 2017. The fee is
charged in retalion for fees charged by these countries to
Argentines. It is only charged for those entering the country
through the international airport in Buenos Aries. It cannot be paid
at the airport though and must obtained prior to your flight to Buenos
Aires. The first
step is to Sign Up at the Department
of Immigration web site. The Sign Up button is very small and
inconspicuous. The process can also be accessed from the Immigration
Department's English Home Page. The fee should not be paid until
3 month period of travel. It also covers
return visits from Argentina to Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia.
This means that you can visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu
Falls and return to Argentina without paying a second fee. Don't
forget a Visa will be required to enter Brazil,
Argentina uses two types of adapters, so be prepared for both. Older buildings use a two round prong plug that also works in southern
Europe. Newer buildings use a two slanted prong plug that also works
in Australia and New Zealand. Some hotels have adapters that
accomodate both simultaneously.