Argentina Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Updated: 2019-05-04.

Argentine Republic • República Argentina

From the hustle and bustle of the city streets in the capital Buenos Aires to the wilderness of Patagonia and the world’s southernmost city Ushuaia in the southern tip, Argentina has a lot to offer. 

Argentina might look small when you see the hulking mass of Brazil to its north. However, Argentina is actually the 8th-largest country in the world, as well as the largest Spanish-speaking country, and the second-largest country in South America.

Argentina borders Chile to its west, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil to its north, and Uruguay to its east, along with the Atlantic Ocean. Visit during the autumn for Buenos Aires and most of Argentina, or during the summer months for the Patagonian region shared with Chile.

flag of Argentina

Argentina Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Argentina – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Buenos Aires (& largest city)

Population: 44 million (2018 estimate)

Language(s): Spanish

President: Mauricio Macri

Vice President: Gabriela Michetti

Currency: Peso $ (ARS)

Area: 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 mi2)

Dialing Code: +54

Time Zone: Argentine Time “ART” (UTC-3)

Demonym: Argentinian, Argentine (explanation of a demonym)

Endonym: Argentina (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 911

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: 18 to purchase

Age of Consent: 13 (with restrictions)

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 220 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / I (view all the plug types)

ISO Country Code: AR