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All major cities and most smaller tourist destinations have tourist offices that can provide information on accommodation and sightseeing and maps. The quality of these varies according to local funding, but employees are usually friendly and helpful. The city of Buenos Aires has tourist information booths around the city and an excellent Web site. Each Argentine province also operates a tourist office in Buenos Aires, usually called the Casa de [Province Name] en Buenos Aires. The government umbrella organization for all regional and city-based tourist offices is the Secretaría de Turismo (Secretariat of Tourism). Their no-frills Web site has links and addresses to these offices, and lots of other practical information.

Limited tourist information is also available at Argentina's embassy and consulates in the United States.

Contacts

Argentina (Official Web Portal) (www.argentina.ar.)

Argentine Secretariat of Tourism (800/555–0016 in Argentina. www.turismo.gov.ar.)

Dirección de Turismo del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (0800/999–2838 in Argentina. www.bue.gov.ar.)

Embassy of Argentina (www.embassyofargentina.us.)

Online Resources

The like-minded travelers on Fodors.com are eager to answer questions and swap travel tales. The regional information and downloadable maps on slick government-run Argentina Travel Web site are a great pre-trip planning resource. Its sister site, Argentina.ar has excellent general information on different aspects of Argentine culture, studying and investing in the country, and helpful travel tips. Welcome Argentina has good overviews of Argentina's different regions.

The Web site of the Buenos Aires Herald, the city's English-language daily, gives a conservative take on major local news stories. Brief but often amusing commentaries on local news and cultural events are at The Argentine Post. The Web site of English-language monthly newspaper The Argentimes has traveler-oriented news and cultural information. What's Up Buenos Aires is a slick bilingual guide, run by American expats, to contemporary culture and partying in the city.

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes contains the world's biggest collection of Argentine art, and has lots of background on Argentine artists. Festival de Tango, the official tango site of the Buenos Aires city government, has lots of practical information and listings of classes and events. Todo Tango is an excellent bilingual tango site with tango lyrics, history, and free downloads.

Bilingual Wines of Argentina is overflowing with information about Argentina's best tipple. Mate Argentino has everything you wanted to know about mate (a type of tea) but were afraid to ask, but in Spanish only. Saltshaker, American food writer Dan Perlman's blog, is packed with insight on local cooking, restaurants, and ingredients.

All About Argentina

Argentina (Official Web Portal) (www.argentina.ar.)

Argentine Secretariat of Tourism (www.turismo.gov.ar.)

Argentina Travel (www.argentina.travel.)

Embassy of Argentina (www.embassyofargentina.us.)

Fodors.com (www.fodors.com/forums.)

Welcome Argentina (www.welcomeargentina.com.)

Culture and Entertainment

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (www.mnba.org.ar.)

Todo Tango (www.todotango.com.ar.)

What's Up Buenos Aires (www.whatsupbuenosaires.com.)

Food and Drink

Argentine Wines (www.argentinewines.com.)

Mate Argentino (www.mateargentino.com.)

Saltshaker (www.saltshaker.net.)

Wines of Argentina (www.winesofargentina.org.)

Media

The Argentine Post (www.argentinepost.com.)

The Argentina Independent (www.argentinaindependent.com.)

Buenos Aires Herald (www.buenosairesherald.com.)

Great Reads Sample the work of Argentina's greatest writers with Jorge Luis Borges' Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings and Julio Cortázar's Blow Up: And Other Stories. Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia is the most classic piece of travel writing on Argentina. Delve deeper into the lives of two (in)famous Argentines with Tomás Eloy Martínez's Santa Evita, a fictional look at Eva Perón's life and death, and Jon Lee Anderson's excellent biography Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life.

On-screen Juan José Campanella's first-rate thriller The Secret in Their Eyes is set in the politically troubled Buenos Aires of the early 1970s. A hapless traveling salesman is the unlikely hero of Carlos Sorín's Patagonian road movie Intimate Stories. Lucrecia Martel's The Holy Girl is an oppressive but brilliantly made film about a Catholic schoolgirl in Salta. Bariloche is the backdrop to Fabián Bielinsky's eerie psychological drama The Aura.

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