We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in Argentina

Argentina Culture photo

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The 2001 peso crisis has left many Argentines bitter towards some authorities and institutions. While many shops will appreciate payment in US dollars or Euros and even offer you a better exchange rate than the banks, try to blend in elsewhere. Keep a supply of pesos on hand for those businesses that do not accept dollars. As of December 2011, it is difficult to obtain US dollars. They can no longer be obtained through the automated teller machines. In order to receive dollars for pesos, the official agencies require a receipt from an Argentinian bank (for the amount of pesos), an official form of identification, and a copy of the individual’s ATM/bank card. Damaged bills or those larger than a $20 US are very undesirable and may be declined.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about Argentina, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on Argentina food and drinks:

Local food you should try in Argentina and No miss drinks in Argentina.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in Argentina? Please comment below.