I'm going to Argentina for 3 weeks in September. Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, El Calafate and Ushuaia - is it better to carry Pesos or american dollars? are there any tips for not getting ripped-off (too much!) obviously, being English I am in for a tough time... or can someone suggest some tips for making the most out of my money?
Just because you are British doesn’t necessarily make you a target. Regarding money carrying I recommend you take both with you, Pesos and
dollars, most places like hotels and resorts take dollars for their
services, but restaurants and some other attractions, might only take pesos
or give you a low exchange rate. You will most likely exchange your British pounds in exchange shops like in every city of the world ….. Also credit cards are easy to use……
In order to avoid rips off, I recommend you check the price lists, and carry
on a bilingual dictionary. However, nowadays, people are much more
respectful of tourists and travellers because tourism is growing and it's a
main income provider for lots of areas...
As to getting the most out of your money, may be the best is to try to do
what locals do, eat local dishes and wines... When in Buenos Aires, call
radio taxis which will give you approximate fees in advance...
All in all you'll find that Argentines are warm and welcoming and will try
to help you spend a great time in our country...
Hope I've been of help, Bob Frassinetti
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I would advise on using Pesos, I have never used dollars here. Take your ATM card/s and draw pesos from the cash machines. Visa debit cards, maestro and switch are popular. For bigger purchases you can use your credit card. Just check the terms and conditions for overseas transactions. Otherwise you can change UK sterling in banks here.
As for getting ripped off, don´t worry. I´ve travelled around Argentina for 6 months and now living here for 4 months and I´ve not experienced any problems. Spanish obviously helps in negotiating the prices, but many Argentinans in tourism speak english. The only thing you might find is that some of the tourist excursions can be expensive in Argentinian terms, like european prices. Shop around and ask other travellers for good deals. In restuarants check the bill for "mistakes".
To save on cash: Stay in Backpackers hostels (3 - 4 quid a night) Casa Buenos Aires is good, in Palermo area. You can eat good pasta, meat and all sorts from a take away (couple of quid) or cook in the hostel. Travel by bus is cheap. Internal flights within argentina are cheap, but only if you book them from within the country.