Destination guide: Iguazu
Useful information about Iguazu
The type of food offered in Iguazu varies greatly owing to the influence of the three countries united here at their borders. The most typical dishes are made with fish namely dorado, surubi, pacu, paty and manguruyu, served either grilled, baked or fried (breaded).
Chipas or chipacitos are also very typical. These delicious small breads, made of mandioca flour that tastes like melted cheese, are commonly found in the Paraguayan area and on the Argentinean seaside.
Finally, “mate” is the most typical infusion throughout the region. This delicate herb, steeped in hot water, is drunk over and over again through a straw usually made of silver, and has a stimulating and antioxidant effect.
The official currency of Argentina is the argentinean peso ($ARS). Bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos are issued, while coins of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and 1 peso are also issued. Nevertheless, the US dollar (US$) is widely accepted at most tourist places.
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 Iguazu 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.