Have an awesome time while on your trip but remember to respect the local culture in Argentina. Here are a few Argentina travel hints & tips to help you with any possible culture shock!
Out and about
The nightlife in Buenos Aires (BA) is considered to be among the best in the world. It’s the city that never sleeps… BA doesn’t get going till late – don’t head to a bar until 11.30 pm and don’t even think about going to a nightclub until 2 am. Yes, you are going to see the sunrise. But an afternoon siesta the next day should keep you going.
Europeans or Latin Americans?
Many people comment that Argentina seems to be more like Europe than Latin America. Culturally and emotionally this seems to be true, and physically too as most Argentines are primarily of European descent.
The Argentinians usually kiss each other on the cheeks when they greet. They’re very physical people and their gestures are just as important as words. If you’re meeting an Argentine for the first time or you’ve only met them a couple of times you probably wouldn’t kiss them, however take cues from them.
Expressive communication style
Don’t be offended when an Argentine is open, blunt and direct. That’s just the way they are! They’re often able to remain tactful and diplomatic though. Along with their openness comes their warmth and passion and a tendency to be quite physical when speaking. They maintain little distance between speakers, it might be a bit closer than you’re used to but again, that’s just the way they are.
Spanish in Argentina
The Argentinians have put their own twist on the Spanish language, pronouncing their L’s like Y’s. Millanese (chicken schnitzel) for example, is pronounced ‘miyanese’. Careful when ordering mayonnaise for your burger, you might get a chicken schnitzel instead…