Destination Guide: Mendoza
Useful information about Mendoza
Mendoza is home to an abundance of wines, and visitors shouldn't miss the opportunity for sampling them. Produced from a fine selection of local grapes, these wines are the perfect complement to the world-renowned Argentine barbecue.
Other traditional foods include empanadas (a bread pocket filled with meat, onion, hard-boiled egg and raisins), deep-fried pastries, pig's feet seasoned with spices, pot roast, arrope (a syrup obtained by partially dehydrating grape juice, which is mixed with fruit), Mendoza alfajores (tea pastries), carbonada (stewed beef with corn, potatoes and zucchini) and homemade chicken or vegetable soups.
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 Mendoza 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.