Language in Argentina

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Although Argentina's official language is Spanish, Argentinian Spanish is different from the Spanish spoken in Spain. In some ways it sounds more like Italian than Spanish. There are also many other languages spoken in Argentina, including Italian, German, English and French. Indigenous languages that are spoken today include Mapuche, Guarani, Aymara, Toba and Quechua.

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In the Chubut Valley in Patagonia there is a Welsh settlement founded in 1865. For four generations, the settlers spoke Welsh, but the language is now dying out in this area.

 

You can distinguish Argentinians from other Latin Americans by their use of "che". It comes from the language used by the Mapuche and means "man." It is used as people in Canada might say, "hey" or "you know" or "eh." For example, an Argentinian might say, "Che, vení" ("Hey you, come here") to get someone's attention.

Another important difference between the Argentinean way of speaking Spanish and the Spanish spoken in Spain is the use of "vos" instead of "tu" ( you ) and a very strong pronunciation of "y" and "ll" as "sh".

A special slang, called lunfardo, originated in the slum neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century. Today most Argentinians are familiar with at least a few words of lunfardo. Lunfardo contains elements of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and other languages, but with a distinctive twist. One of the most common ways to change a word is to reverse the syllables. For example, in lunfardo, "tango" becomes "gotan."

Argentinians love to discuss two topics, sports (especially fútbol) and politics. Most people have strong opinions on these subjects and will discuss them with a passion. It is not unusual to find several conversations going on at once at a social gathering.


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Argentina Tours

  • Buenos Aires 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 283

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  • Buenos Aires 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport
    - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included

    Rates from USD 342

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  • Buenos Aires 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in private
    - City Tour t in private
    - Dinner-Tango Show
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining
    - Flight tickets not included
    Rates from USD 459

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  • Iguazú 3 Stars
    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 115

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  • Iguazú 4 Stars
    3 days/2nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 183

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  • Iguazú 5 Stars
    3 days/2 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 257

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  • El Calafate 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 418

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  • El Calafate 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 289

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  • El Calafate 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included

    Rates from USD 260

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  • Ushuaia 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 417

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  • Ushuaia 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 364

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  • Ushuaia 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 332

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  • Puerto Madryn 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 362

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  • Puerto Madryn 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 322

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  • Puerto Madryn 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Peninsula de Valdes Excursion
    - National Reservation Ticket not included
    Rates from USD 292

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  • Bariloche 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 425.00

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  • Bariloche 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 322.00

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 205.00

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  • Mendoza 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries


    Rates from USD 249.00

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  • Mendoza 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Visit Wineries
    - Wineries Tcikets not included
    Rates from USD 200

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  • Mendoza 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - High Mountain Excursion
    - City Tour
    - Visit Wineries
    Rates from USD 160.00

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  • Salta 4 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 197.00

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  • Salta 5 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    -  National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 296.00

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  • Salta 3 Stars
    4 days/3 nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - City Tour Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 181.00

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  • Iguazú 3 stars by bus
    6 Days / 3 Nights
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast Hotel 3*
    - Transfers in / out IGR Bus Terminal - Hotel
    Semi Bed Bus tickets 
    - Iguazu Falls Brazilian side and Argentinean side
    - Does not include National Parks Tickets


    Rates from USD 348

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  • Buenos Aires Super Economic
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out International Airport - Dowtown Hotel in the city in private
    - City Tour
    - Shopping Tour
    - Vouchers for discounts on shopping and dining

    Rates from USD 147

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  • Bariloche 3 Stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at the Hotel
    - Transfers in / out Bus Terminal - Hotel
    - Semibed Bus Ticket
    - Tour Circuito Chico and Panoramic Point
    - National Parks tickets are not included


    Rates from USD 452.00

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  • Mendoza 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at the Cordon del Plata Hotel
    - Bus ticket Buenos Aires - Mendoza round trip
    - City Tour
    - Wineries Tour


    Rates from USD 308

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  • Salta 3 stars by bus
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at thelPosada del Marques Hotel
    - Transfers in / out to the Hotel
    - Semi bed Bus Tickets
    - City tour

    Rates from USD 397

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  • El Calafate Special Offer
    - 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport - Hotel in the city
    - Glaciar Perito Moreno Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 157

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  • Iguazu Special Offer
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
    - Transfers in/out Airport IGR - Hotel in the city
    - Iguazu Falls Argentinean and Brazilian Side Excursion
    - National Park Tickets not included
    Rates from USD 102

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  • Full Northwest Program
    7 days
    Transfers between cities with guides
    Breakfast in all hotels
    1 night at 3 * Hotel in Tucumán
    • 1 night at 3 * hotel in Cafayate
    • 4 nights at 3* hotel in Salta 
    Includes all excursions mentioned in the program
    Taxes
    Rates from USD 537.00

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  • Córdoba 3 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 148

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  • Córdoba 4 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 230

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  • Córdoba 5 Stars
    •Transfers in/out Aeroport - Hotel
    •3 nights at selected hotel with breakfast included
    •1 adventure tour  (trasnfers + guide + assitance included)
    •Specialized guides
    •National Parks tickets are not included
    Rates from USD 318

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  • Valle de Uco Mendoza Experience
    3 nights accommodation with breakfast
    Private Transfer in / out Airport - Hotel


    Extra Activity reccomended: Private Full Day Winery in Uco Valley with lunch included
    Rates from USD 374.00

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  • San Luis - Villa de Merlo 3 Star
    4 days - 3 nights
    Includes
    Transfers in/out bus station - hotel
    3 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast
    Circuito Chico Tour
    Rates from USD 133.00

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  • San Luis - Villa de Merlo 4 Star
    4 days - 3 nights
    Includes
    Transfers in/out bus station - hotel
    3 nights accommodation at selected hotel with breakfast
    Circuito Chico Tour
    Rates from USD 190

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  • Cerro Catedral
    - Transfer Airport / Village Catedral Hotel / Aiport
    - 4 nights accomodation at Village Catedral Hotel

    * Hotel opening on December 28th
    * 30% off booking before Dcemeber 1st
    * Valid rates only for Argentinean residentes. Ask for rates to non residentes 

    Rates from USD 271.00

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  • Mendoza + San Rafael
    7 days - 6 nights
    - 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfers airport / hotel
    - City Tour in Mendoza - Wineries
    - Bus ticket Mendoza / San Rafael / Mendoza bus -
    3 nights accommodation with breakfast in San Rafael
    - City Tour in San Rafael
    - 1 night accomodation with breakfast in Mendoza
    - Transfer Hotel / Aiport
    Rates from USD 345.00

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  • Valley of the Moon- Talampaya
    4 days / 3 nights
    It includes: • Transfers Airport / Hotel / Airport • 2 nights in San Juan with breakfast • Grand City Tour • 1 night in Fertile Valley with half board ( * 1 ) • Visit to the Ischigualasto and Talampaya Parks. • Slope Huaco Tour • Guide assistance during the hole tour. • Not included: Entrance to the Parks and Museums. Internal van in Talampaya . Frecuency: whole year .
    Rates from USD 419

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