Destination guide: Bariloche
Useful information about Bariloche
Bariloche has a lot to offer fast friends such as Patagonian barbecue (on the spit or over coals) and juicy grilled beef. Another option is the salmon or trout that abound in local waters.
To sweeten the palate, there is dulce de leche and "facturitas" (half-moon pastries) with flaky dough and sweet filling. Don't forget about the exquisite handcrafted chocolates and sweets made from fruit or milk.
The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso ($ARS). However, the US dollar (US$) is accepted in most tourist locations. Bills are available in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos; and coins are available in 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents and 1 peso.
All goods and services include a 21% Value Added Tax (VAT). As a foreign tourist, if you purchase a nationally manufactured product worth 70 pesos or more, you have the option of requesting a VAT rebate. For tax-free shopping, the vendor must provide the original Type B receipt and a Global Refund Cheque. Upon leaving the country, these two documents must be presented at Customs in addition to the item that was purchased so they can be stamped and the check can be cashed.
The official language spoken in Bariloche and throughout Argentina is Spanish.
Before leaving on your trip to Argentina, keep in mind that most of the country is located in the GMT -3 time zone. During the summer however, some provinces fall one hour behind the official time.
Electrical outlets in Argentina operate at 220 volts and 50 Hertz. If any of your electronic devices operate at a different voltage, you are encouraged to travel with a power adaptor.