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In the U.S. -- The Argentina Government Tourist Office has offices at 12 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019 (tel. 212/603-0425; fax 212/315-5545), and 2655 Le Jeune Rd., Penthouse Ste. F, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (tel. 305/442-1366; fax 305/441-7029). For more details, consult Argentina's Ministry of Tourism website.

In Canada -- Basic tourist information can be obtained by the Consulate General of Argentina, 2000 Peel St., Ste. 600, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2W5 (tel. 514/842-6582; fax 514/842-5797; www.consargenmtl.com); for more details, consult Argentina's Ministry of Tourism website.

In the U.K. -- For visitor information, contact the Embassy of Argentina in London or consult Argentina's Ministry of Tourism website.

In Buenos Aires -- The central office of the City Tourism Secretariat, Calle Balcarce 360, in Monserrat (tel. 11/4313-0187; www.turismo.gov.ar), is responsible for all visitor information on Buenos Aires but is not open to the general public. Instead, the city uses several kiosks spread throughout various neighborhoods, which have maps and hotel, restaurant, and attraction information. Tourist Information Office, Av. Santa Fe 883 (tel. 11/4312-2232), is one of the best located as is the office located at the entrance to Retiro Terminal.

The Buenos Aires City Tourism Office runs an information hot line (tel. 11/4313-0187) from 7:30am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, and Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Websites of Note

  • www.embassyofargentina.us: Up-to-date travel information from the Argentine embassy in Washington, D.C.
  • www.turismo.gov.ar: This Ministry of Tourism site has travel information for all of Argentina, including a virtual tour of the country's tourist regions, shopping tips, links to city tourist sites, and general travel facts.
  • www.mercotour.com: A travel site focused on adventure and ecological excursions, with information on outdoor activities in both Argentina and Chile.
  • www.allaboutar.com: This well-written site is packed with practical information about the country, including skiing, golfing, and estancia (ranch) stays.
  • www.welcomepatagonia.com: This fantastic website has extensive information about this region of Argentina, including hotels, itineraries, and other details.
  • www.welcomeargentina.com: Great information about Argentina, and extensive details on things to do in Buenos Aires. Includes self-guided tour ideas, lists of hotels, and up-to-date information on restaurants and other trends.
  • www.bue.gov.ar: A comprehensive tourism website set up by the city of Buenos Aires, with details on neighborhoods and a calendar of events in English and other languages. The website has lots of extremely detailed and useful information, but it can be cumbersome to work through its windows and pop-ups. Be patient with it.
  • www.wine-republic.com: This is a lively, irreverent Mendoza-based website explaining Argentine culture and the best destinations, with the focus on good food and wine.
  • www.palermoviejo.com: Find out what is going on in Buenos Aires's trendiest neighborhood, full of the newest restaurants, shops, and boutique hotels.
  • www.google.com.ar: If you're good at Spanish, use this Argentina-based division of the popular Google search engine. Clicking on "Páginas de Argentina" will give you the most up-to-date, locally produced information.
  • www.subte.com.ar: This website explains in detail the workings of the Buenos Aires subway system and allows you to locate hotels and other sites of interest in relation to subway stops. It also includes downloadable maps and an interactive feature that helps you to calculate travel times between destinations.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.