Parque Nacional Iguazú-Av. Victoria Aguirre 66 (3370) Puerto Iguazú –Tel: 03757-420722/423252. Fax: 03757-420382.
Argentina's unit of currency is the peso, which has held steady for a few years at about four to one against the US dollar (but this rate could change quickly). Notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos. One peso equals 100 centavos; coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos, and 1 peso. The $ sign in front of a price is usually used to signify pesos, so this should be the case unless otherwise marked.
Don't be dismayed if you receive dirty and hopelessly tattered banknotes; they will still be accepted everywhere. Some banks refuse worn or defaced US dollars, however, so make sure you arrive in Buenos Aires with pristine bills. Casa Piano (a well known Cambio) will probably change your older or written-on bills, but in exchange they will keep 3% of each note's value.
The Spanish word for tip is 'propina' - a synonym of 'reward'- and derivative from the Latin word 'propinare' meaning to give something. We cannot stress enough that tipping is a personal choice and should be based upon the quality of service provided. Nobody should expect a tip and do not feel obligated to give one if you are unsatisfied with the service.
It is difficult to give firm guidelines on how to tip a provider of services. In general terms, we can say that it is a normal practice in Latin America to tip anyone who provides a service, including waiters, guides, porters, room-service and maid-service in hotels. For everyone, with the possible exception of guides, it is more convenient to receive a tip in local currency.
In restaurants it is customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Some Argentines just leave leftover change. Again, tips usually can't be added to credit-card bills, so carry cash for this purpose.
Tip hotel porters for handling bags. Calculate about US $1.00 for every two bags. This same amount is calculated for drivers if they help you with your suitcases.
If you are happy with the housekeeping, you may want to consider tipping the maid between US$0.50 - $1.00 per night. You might also tip the concierge staff if they have helped you to arrange dinner reservations, transportation or leisure activities.In Argentina we don't regularly tip taxi drivers.
Dangers & annoyances
Iguazu is a small, safe and relaxed town. However, due mostly to the rapid growth of tourism in the area, some attacks in hotels have been recorded in the past few years.
In reality, you have a higher chance of being attacked by a raccoon than of having a security issue in Iguazu. But of course, it still is advisable to be conscious and careful. Don't flash any wealth, don't stagger around drunk and always be aware of your surroundings. Even imitation jewelry and small items can attract attention and are best left behind. Keep a very firm hold of purses and cameras when out and about, and keep them on your lap in restaurants, not dangling off the back of your chair.
Always remain alert for pickpockets. Try to keep your cash and credit cards in different places, so that if one gets stolen you can fall back on the other. Tickets and other valuables are best left in hotel safes.And mainly, when you leave the hotel, make sure you close the windows and door properly, and store all valuables in the safe box.
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