When I first arrived in Argentina in 2010, a peso could get a medialuna (my personal fatty benchmark for inflation). Today you’ll need 90, minimum, for one buttery treat.
To say money in Argentina is complicated would be putting it mildly.
Inflation here is no joke and the volatility in the economy isn’t something that most North Americans or Europeans are used to.
There are times when travel to Argentina is very expensive and other times, like right now (written in 2023) that it is VERY affordable for those coming from the Northern Hemisphere.
Well, keep reading to find out.
This article includes everything you need to know about travel and money in Argentina.
You’ll find this article useful whether you’re here on holiday or plan on living in Buenos Aires.
What is the dollar blue? Where to exchange money in Buenos Aires and get the best rate?
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Currency in Argentina: The Peso vs. The Dollar
The official currency in Argentina is the Argentinian Peso.
It’s often denoted also with the same sign as the dollar, $, which is differentiated as U$100 vs $100 [Pesos].
And while the peso is the official currency here, Argentines have always maintained an ongoing love affair with the US dollar.
A volatile economy pushes many to “invest” in US dollars as a way to keep their savings stable and safe from inflation.
This puts an unhealthy and unnatural demand on foreign currency and depreciates the peso.
The current president has imposed strong currency restrictions that limit how many dollars Argentinian citizens can purchase [legally] per month.
This limit is a low U$200/month.
What’s a dollar-hungry Argentinian to do to fill their mattress with the good stuff?
I introduce to you the blue dollar and the black market.
The Blue Dollar
If you’ve done any minimal research into your trip to Argentina, you’ve likely heard of the blue dollar.
This is the parallel exchange rate to the official rate and if you can access it, you’ll make your money stretch MUCH further here.
At the time of writing (updated December 2022) the spread is 100% at roughly $170 pesos to the dollar at the official rate versus hovering around $350 pesos to the blue dollar.
Click here to check the current exchange rates.
Surely that got your attention, am I right?
Who doesn’t want to double their money in one swift transaction?
And it isn’t even difficult or dangerous to access this exchange rate.
How to Get Cash & Exchange Money in Argentina
Time to get down to it, how do you access cash in Argentina and get the most favorable exchange rate?
I’ll start with the most recommended methods and work my way down to the less desirable options.
Western Union in Argentina
Currently, the best way to access the blue dollar rate in Buenos Aires and other major cities in Argentina is via Western Union.
This is ideal because they not only offer the best rate, but it’s also a service you’re likely already familiar with and can trust.
WU offers a rate at or slightly above the blue rate and usually the right promo code will remove the pricey fees.
As of updating this in December 2022 it’s been hard to come by a promo code, but typically your first transfer is free so take advantage and start big.
Plan ahead to see what cities on your Argentina itinerary have Western Union locations to plan where to exchange money.
Bigger cities like Buenos Aires are the best choice with many, many locations to choose from.
Smaller cities, like El Calafate, have WU locations but have limits set at 60k-80k pesos.
If you haven’t used Western Union before, click here to create an account and you’ll receive an Amazon gift card.
Quick Western Union Tips:
- Always put your FULL name as it appears on your ID/Passport, don’t leave your middle name out if it’s on your ID.
- Bring your passport to pick up your WU transfer.
- This is not an exchange house for exchanging money in person.
- You will wire yourself money using a credit card, debit card, or bank account. Check with your credit card about possible fees.
- Debit and credit card wires tend to be immediate. Bank transfers can take 4-5 business days but have lower fees.
Tip: Get a Money Belt
With the largest bill (1,000 pesos) being worth around three dollars, it’s inevitable that you’ll have a lot of cash on you nearly all of the time.
It’s a good idea to bring a money belt to keep your stack of cash safe.
- Classic Money Belt | This money belt is the most common way to safely keep your money tucked away when you’re out and about in the city. You can also keep your passport safe for when you need to bring it to Western Union (other than for this purpose, I recommend never taking your passport out of the hotel with you!).
- TSA Approved Lock | It’s always a good idea to have a lock on your suitcase. If you will have a lot of cash in your suitcase when you leave your belongings at the hotel and hostel, lock it up. Most hotels will have a safe, use that. If it doesn’t, put your valuables/cash in your suitcase and lock it.
- Money/Passport Scarf | This infinity scarf is a great alternative and it’s a lot easier to access your cash than from the belt under your shirt. The downside is you likely won’t be wearing a scarf in summer but hey, if you’ll be here winter it’s an ideal choice.
- Money Bra Clip | This one is for the ladies and it doesn’t seem very comfortable but can be practical if the classic money belt doesn’t work. It also won’t be easy to access for obvious reasons so you’d need to head to the bathroom to move the cash from your bra to your wallet.
Cuevas (or caves) are the name for unofficial currency exchange houses. You will find them all over Argentina.
To discover a trustworthy cueva, I recommend asking your hotel, Airbnb hosts, or tour guides.
Anyone hyper-local to where you’ll be is ideal.
And you never know, maybe they themselves will end up exchanging money with you, eliminating the need for a cueva completely.
I recommend always having some crisp, green USD on hand, just in case.
Even if you’re relying mainly on Western Union, you’ll be grateful to have physical cash to exchange if you find yourself in a pinch in a tiny town miles from a WU office.
Where to Exchange Money in Ezeiza International Airport
If you need cash the second you land, you do have a couple options in the Buenos Aires airport.
There is a Banco La Nacion office in the airport. Use them in a limited manner as you’ll receive the official rate.
Better yet, there is also a Western Union in the airport in the post office (correo) on the second level above the ticketing area. Opening hours are limited to business hours and they supposedly have a low threshold for what they’ll allow you to pick up here (100 USD).
But if you’re getting cash for a taxi, just avoid the hassle and simply reserve a transfer ahead of time or take one of these ways into Buenos Aires from Ezeiza.
As of December 2022, your credit and debit cards (Mastercard and Visa) will give you an exchange rate near the blue dollar. (More on that below).
Simply use your card and avoid the hassle of exchanging money in the airport. Save that for the city.
Arbolitos & Calle Florida: Buenos Aires Currency Exchange
Calle Florida is located in downtown Buenos Aires. This pedestrian street is always busy, lined with shops and cafes.
It’s also bustling with unofficial currency exchange representatives called Arbolitos, or little trees. The name comes from the green dollars, aka leaves, that they specialize in.
Exchanging money in Buenos Aires with these arbolitos is very common and many readers comment on doing this with no trouble at all. However, it’s not my preferred method.
You’ll follow your arbolito to their cueva and have to trust that you’re not being given counterfeit notes or that they’re not alerting a buddy outside to rob you as you head back out, pockets full of pesos.
If you go the arbolito route, start with a small amount and go from there. If they prove trustworthy you can always go back again for more.
The benefit to Calle Florida, though, is being able to negotiate your rate. If you don’t like what one arbolito offers, you can saunter on to the next guy and push for more.
Dolar Turista: Using Debit & Credit Cards in Argentina
Updated February 3, 2023
Until late 2022, it was not recommended to use your foreign credit card in Argentina as you would be charged the official rate.
This is still HALF true.
Recently, the government has a new initiative with Visa and Mastercard where you will be charged the MEP rate if you use a foreign Visa or MC.
This has successfully gone into effect as of December 2022.
The MEP rate is very near the blue dollar rate (for example I was charged 300 pesos to the dollar on my Visa when the Blue Dollar was at 320 pesos to the dollar).
This is a major relief to those not wanting to bring thousands of dollars in their carry on.
I do still recommend using cash for small operations as Argentina’s economy is very much cash driven. You will often get discounts by paying in cash or small businesses may not be able to charge a card.
FREQUENTLY ASKED CC QUESTIONS
- Mastercard charges the official rate but within a few days will refund the difference to equal the MEP rate
- Visa charges the MEP rate from the start, making it much more straightforward
- You can check the Visa rate to confirm it’s giving the MEP rate by checking their currency exchange calculator here. Make sure to put ARS to USD (not the other way around).
- This is for all foreign cards worldwide as long as they are Visa & Mastercard
- This will work when in Argentina, I’ve seen reports of people purchasing online flights on an Argentine site from abroad and it works. Do not just use Travelocity (as an example) and convert it to pesos, you’ll still be charged in dollars. Note that this is anecdotal advice.
There is a law on the books that requires businesses to accept debit cards for purchases that surpass 100 pesos.
However, if they accept payment via QR code they are exempt from the requirement.
By QR code in Argentina typically means via the app MercadoPago (similar to PayPal). Unfortunately for tourists, you need a local DNI ID card to create a MercadoPago account.
So, as I said above, always carry cash on hand, just in case.
ATMs in Argentina
If you use an ATM to pull out money in Argentina (Visa or MC), you should be given the MEP rate as you do with the credit cards.
But the limit on the amount of cash you can get out is also extremely low per day with very high bank fees (averaging U$10 per transaction).
I recommend using a bank like Charles Schwab that refunds any foreign ATM fees otherwise it will add up very quickly.
Tips for Exchanging Money in Argentina
So now you know what you need (cash) and how to get it.
Here are some local tips to get even more bang for your buck.
- Bring only 100 dollar bills that are crisp and unmarked. I always go inside my bank in the US and pull cash out with a teller then review every single bill, asking for any bills that are damaged or written on to be exchanged. Yes, this makes me feel suspicious.
- Why? You will either get a lower rate or flat out rejected if you try to exchange 10s, 20s, or 50s. Many also reject or offer less for damaged/written on bills.
- If using an ATM, LINK ATMs tend to have smaller fees than other chains like Banelco. Look for the LINK sticker on the bank windows.
- Bring a credit card that returns ATM fees since fees here are so damn high, like Charles Schwab.
- Try to not exchange too much excess cash as getting dollars back for those pesos at the end of your trip will likely get you a low, official rate. Instead, if you get stuck with extra cash, spend those pesos!
- Keep small change on hand and break large bills whenever possible. Many smaller merchants lack change or have unreasonable anxiety around breaking large bills for a small purchase.
Tax Free Shopping in Argentina
Foreign tourists are entitled to a refund of the VAT tax spent on purchases of domestically-manufactured goods with a value over ARS $70 when made at participating outlets that belong to Global Blue Argentina.
When shopping for authentic Argentine souvenirs, look for the Global Blue Argentina sign at the register or simply ask when you’re paying if the purchase is eligible.
Keep your receipts and tax free forms given at time of purchase or you won’t be able to claim the refund.
For information on where and how to receive your refund, click here.
Argentina Travel Resources
- TRAVEL INSURANCE | As of August 26, 2022 it is not longer a requirement to have travel insurance that includes COVID coverage to enter the country. HOWEVER, it still is and always has been a good idea to travel insured. It protects you in so many cases, like lost luggage and trip cancellations, medical emergencies and evacuations. It’s very affordable with the potential to save you thousands in the case of an emergency. I recommend SafetyWing.
- PHONE PLAN | These days, traveling with data is essential. Especially in Argentina where everything is managed on Instagram and WhatsApp. Purchasing a local SIM card can be tricky without a local ID, I recommend this E-SIM card, which has unlimited data. It’s hassle-free and affordable. If you have an older phone that doesn’t support E-SIM, check out DrimSim for a physical sim card alternative.
- ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA | booking.com is the most common hotel site used in Argentina and it’s where you’ll find the most options.
- RENTAL CARS | I love to travel Argentina via road trip, check out RentalCars.com for the best rates for rental cars here.
- VPN | If you’ll be using a public WiFi connection and want to secure your data, I highly recommend using a VPN, I personally use and have had a good experience with ExpressVPN. I also use it to access Hulu and American Netflix from Argentina.
- FLIGHTS | Always check Google Flights and Skyscanner for flights to and within Argentina. Aerolineas Argentina is the local airline with the most routes. FlyBondi and Jetsmart are two budget airlines with dirt-cheap prices (but expect to pay for every add-on like luggage)z
- NEED HELP PLANNING? | I offer one-on-one travel consultations to help you plan your trip to Argentina. Pick my brain to get a local’s insight. Click here for more information.
55 thoughts on “Money in Argentina: Currency Exchange, the Blue Dollar, and Getting the Best Rate”
Wow. Sketchy and weird, but very useful info. When I saw your heading about “money in Argentina” I though that was a strange topic, because, ya know, we use money here too. But what an eye opener!
I literally never use cash in the US and for my last 4 trips to Europe (slight pre- and post-Covid) I didn’t even bother getting any euros but just used cards, even for a € 1 can of soda. I’m not sure I even remember how to use cash for larger purchases. Do hotels accept cash? Expensive restaurants? And when you discuss Western Union, you mean it functions like a currency exchange? I give them fresh greenbacks, they give me unofficial exchange-rate pesos? I can’t believe that’s possible. (Planning trip to Argentina next January, fwiw.) How much can I exchange in a day at WU? I have never use WU for anything before.
Regarding hotels, rates on booking.com look pretty “normal” to my eye. 300-400 USD/day for a fairly nice hotel (not Four Seasons, but nice), so can I reserve with a card but pay in cash when I get there? Sorry for the dumb questions, but I appreciate the info.
With Western Union you can send cash via a transfer using a credit or debit card or your bank account and pick up the pesos at a WU location here, receiving the blue rate.
And yes, everyone will accept cash here from expensive restaurants to hotels.
It can be hard to reserve hotels ahead of time, though, with cash. As here they charge a deposit to even locals (but we have the benefit of using a bank transfer, which is common here for locals). You can see if you find any options to pay on check in on Booking but I think most require a payment. You could also try reaching out to the hotel directly via their websites
this page was super helpful. we normally book hotel rooms 1-2 days in advance as that lets our schedule stay very flexible as we travel. Since foreign credit cards don’t get the blue rate, is there a way to buy a local prepaid visa debit card that can be used for bookings? Ideally one that can be recharged with cash as needed. We have those in Canada and I’ve seen them in the US. Just wondering if that might be a solution for travelers who want to book hotels in advance and get the blue rate. Thanks
There’s no way to get a pre-paid debit here like that. You’ll just need to use cash everywhere.
Hi, going through your blog right now trying to get ideas of my trip starting next friday.
I have a quick question regarding WU: I am a banker but never used it so I would like to know if I send money do I need to decide straight away where I will be collecting the cash ? Later on my daughter who is 23 will stay in Baires until middle december to study at Ucema UNi, so I am wondering if I can send her money via WU.
Thanks a lot for your attention and once again congrats for the blog and your Instagram account.
I am planning a trip to BA next year to visit my best friend from high school who is Argentinian. Ran across your info….WHAT A GREAT BLOG FOR YOU AND FUTURE EX-PATS.
I look forward to communicating with you in several months!!
Thanks so much for your comment, I look forward to hearing from you as you plan!
You don’t need to decide where you’ll be picking it up, you can go to any WU location in the city you choose.
And yes, you can send your daughter money via WU, it’s a great way to help her out.
So I’m travelling from Europe to Buenos Aires next week. I’m slightly confused. Should I take US dollars and exchange them when I get there for the $ blue or should I buy pesos with my euros before I leave ?
Don’t buy pesos before you leave. Either bring dollars or euros to exchange in a cueva at the blue rate or use Western Union to wire yourself money for the best rates.
Hi Kate, you’ve got some good advice in your blogs. Thanks. But we have a slightly different approach to our travel. We will drive (in our own vehicle from Uruguay into Argentina, crossing at at Gualeguaychu before heading south to Patagonia. Any advice on where we can get the blue dollar rate either in Uruguay or shortly after crossing the border or do you know of a reliable Western Union agent in Gualeguaychu? Thanks, Lisa
Hi Lisa, I’m sorry but I’m not sure of where every WU location is but you can check on their website:
Great advice, thank you for all this info.
Vis a Vis Western Union:
Q1) Must you send yourself money before you leave? Or can you walk into an office in Argentina and hand them your plastic card and they “send” it to you right then and there?
2) Reading the WU FAQ it seems there is a monthly 719 000 pesos limit per month and a 720 000 peso likit per year. Which means you can only change about 250USD, max. Hmmm…
Thanks a Bunch!
This is extremely helpful – thank you! I’m out of practice using cash. In thinking about traveling with significant amounts and safe ways to carry it I have a question. When you mention crisp and undamaged bills, can they be folded? Thanks!
Hi there! Super helpful, my friend was telling me about this but she had also mentioned that you can pay in USD at restaurants and shops etc. Is that true or do you need to exchange for pesos and pay in pesos?
You can pay in USD at some restaurants, whether it’s worth it will depend on the rate they offer. I think it’s easier to just exchange a bunch of dollars and pay everything in pesos rather than do it one by one. Except for perhaps large purchases, it’s just not worth it for every coffee or dinner.
The more pristine the better! A little fold is fine but I always store mine in the money envelope I get from the bank and it keeps them straight
1. You don’t need to send in advance, you can do it once you are here.
2. The limit seems to be enforced arbitrarily. I got hit with it when I made a large transaction as my first one, then I was allowed to send more again a few months later, with no explanation. I have friends who have send WELL over that limit. I don’t see the rhyme or the reason.
This information is very helpful. A couple of questions. Generally, can you find people exchanging for the blue rate in different parts of the city or would a hotel concierge direct you to where you could get it. (not sure if hotels actually want to give out that information). Second can you go into any western union and exchange USD and get the blue rate minus their fees of course or do you need to have an account? Thank you so much.
Thanks for your amazingly helpful blog.
There’s another thing to say about credit cards. We only operate with a debit card and have come across the following problem. When hiring a car, they require a security deposit that is returned to you later after the rental is over. You must have a credit card for that. Not a debit card.
This is true for nearly all reservations, hotels do the same. It’s important to ALWAYS use a credit card for these things as with a debit it automatically charges your card. With a credit card it just puts a hold that’s released after check out.
Hotel concierge can be a great resource for finding a cueva near you
Thanks for this awesome blog, it’s been ENORMOUSLY helpful as I’m prepping for a trip in February. Is there a way to purchase domestic flights online with credit card and get the blue dollar rate? Or do we just need to accept the poor official rate? I’m trying to book flights ahead, given it will be high season and my time will be limited. So I’d rather not risk it and wait to book in-person with cash.
If you can find a travel agent that will deal with pesos that’s the main way but sometimes that can be hard to organize regarding payment to them (bank transfer? etc) and some agents also only want dollars. I’d advise to just purchase the tickets and enjoy the blue dollar when you arrive.
I just looked at Western Union’s website. They have a deal right now for $0 fees for your first transfer. So if I understand this correctly, I can do a transfer with zero fees (just once) and pick up pesos when I land at EZE at the Western Union office there?…and also at other Western Union locations if I need to?
We are flying into EZE on Feb 23, 2023.
Great information on your blog, btw…I’ve sent to others that will be on this trip.
Hi Jim, yes I’d take advantage of the zero fees on your first transfer. I’m unfamiliar with the WU in EZE but I know the hours posted aren’t convenient for most early morning flight arrivals. I’d just pay the official rate for your transfer to your hotel and deal with Western Union once you’re at your hotel or Airbnb and more refreshed.
Thanks for a very helpful article on an obviously complex subject. However, I am not clear on how Western Union works. Do we send US$ to the WU office in Argentina and have the Argentine WU do the conversion to Pesos? Or do we send Pesos at the first instance? Also, if you have internet access, can you send funds from within Argentina as you go and, if so, how long is the process from initiating the transfer to picking up the money? Thanks.
Hi Traveling to BA from Australia can I change AU dollars or do I need to bring US dollars although exchange rate for US dollars is quite low at present?
Thank you for all this great info. A friend told me the system was a bit “different.” My question is….are there any other “physical” sim cards besides from DrimSim (my phone won’t support an eSim)? It doesn’t look like DrimSim will get me the sim card in time. Thanks for any suggestions! Thank you.
You can see if you can just pick up a SIM card here in person, I think the convenience stores (Kioscos) in the airport sell them and make it fairly easy with Personal and Claro
I am staying at a Holiday Inn near EZE on a short overnight between flights at that airport. No Western Unions in BA are open while I’m there. I’ll be on my way to El Calafate, which has one Western Union that is not open on weekends (I fly on Saturday). We’re then headed to El Chalten and I’ve been told to bring ARS there as cards are unreliable and USD may not be accepted.
Do you have any recommendations for where I might look for a better-than-official exchange rate in my very limited time in BA? I might have some time in El Calafate as well if you happen to know anything about that location. Thanks!
Do I need to wait until a few days before I fly to BA and send WU then… or can I send it , say, 3 weeks beforehand and pick up pesos when I arrive??
Also you mention in Dec 22 that Cr Card exchange rate will be close to Blue rate. Now that it is Jan 2023, do we know if that has gone into effect???
Hi Mike, You can go ahead and send the wire transfer now and pick up pesos when you arrive if you want. The credit card exchange rate is in effect for both Visa and Mastercard.
I don’t have a personal recommendation, perhaps your accommodation in El Calafate will have a cueva recommendation there.
Hi! your blog has been so helpful in planning my upcoming trip to Argentina – we are going to BA, Mendoza and Bariloche and leaving next week!
For using my visa, the MEP rate will always be charged as long as they are charging me in ARS now? I usually always ask all businesses to charge me their local currency as a rule, but will businesses try to charge USD if they see a foreign card to try to make money or will they automatically charge ARS?
Hey, Erin! Thank you so much for the amazing article–I heavily appreciate the details and advice.
I’m traveling to BA for about 3.5 weeks in March 2023 and wondering what you’d recommend for an initial Western Union withdrawal amount? I honestly have little idea at this point what to expect as the average daily cost of living, so not sure how soon expenses might stack in casually exploring the city. I read somewhere that the exchange rate fluctuates with such volatility even over a few days that perhaps I shouldn’t exchange my whole lump sum of cash for the trip at the start? But then doing successive Western Union transactions throughout the trip will hit with the fees so that might counter the benefit of waiting out inflation fluctuations?
Also I wanted to double-check when wiring money, if the exchange rate used for the transaction is based on the day you set it up (say, if I do it now, is it based on today’s rate) or it’s set on the day of picking up the cash (in early March)? Or if I should even be worried about that, if it would be a nominal difference?
Thank you so much for all your immense help and advice. It’s these articles that are firming up my confidence as a solo female traveler and allowing me to feel as prepared as possible for my first major excursion alone in a new country/continent! Truly invaluable. Thank you for guiding the way!
What is the maximum amount that can be transferred via WU as a one time transaction?
Thanks for all the great information.
I’ve heard 5,000 in a month is the limit. But they seem to only arbitrarily enforce this. Per transaction, I don’t know.
very helpful information, going to Patagonia this Feb. Lucky that I found your post. thanks
Fantastic article, thanks so much! I’m an American ex-pat living in Brazil. My girlfriend, a Brazilian citizen, is traveling to Argentina soon for a work trip. Would it be possible for me to use Western Union to convert my USD and send her pesos? What kind of identification would she need to pick up the cash? Sorry if this is an obvious question, I’ve never used WU before.
Hi Chris, yes you could definitely wire her a transfer for her to pick up in Buenos Aires. You’d send it with your credit card (make sure you won’t be charged a big fee by them for this), debit card, or your bank account and she’ll pick up pesos. You can see the rate in the WU app. Make sure you put her name in exactly as it appears on her passport (including any middle names) to avoid her having any issues picking it up. They will ask her who sent it, etc, nothing crazy.
Yes, if it is a local company charging in pesos you should be charged the MEP rate.
Great info here – just visited Argentina a couple of months ago & oh, how I wish I’d known all this before I went — & phones are from another planet as well…
Hey Erin. Loving your website, it seems we’re on a similar wavelength when it comes to the type of places we enjoy which has meant I’ve added a lot of your suggestions to my map to try out!
I have to say I’ve read a lot about the Blue Dollar et al, including the recent changes with credit/debit cards. Your post is possibly the best, most clear and succinct round-up I’ve found – so thanks for taking the time.
I had one question I’d appreciate help with. I believe your article said I would get the MEP rate on my visa/mastercard cards at ATM’s? I hadn’t heard this one before but it would be very useful if true. I understand the fees are high so I’m just thinking if there’s no WU in town and I can’t find a reliable cueva to use – would that work as a backup?
Cheers for help & the whole blog – loving it! We head out to Argentina very soon so looking forward to the experience!
Hiya, I’m travelling to Patagonia in early March. I’m flying from the UK, and stopping at Buenos Aires before my next domestic flight further south. Should I change over to US dollars/Euros before I travel, or can I get my Sterling exchanged over in Argentina? I’m staying in a much smaller rural area where it’s highly unlikely I’ll use my card much.
Hi Thea, if you have the time in BA I’d go ahead and exchange your money here so you don’t have to bother with it later. If you can get dollars I’d do that, otherwise you can exchange pound but I do think the rate is a little lower.
Booked flights on 5th January via the Aerolineas Argentinas website (BA > Mendoza > Salta > Iguazu > BA). Total came up on website as $196,000.
Paid using a UK registered Mastercard and the charge came off my card at £950.75, equivalent $206/£.
A same day statement credit was applied a few days later of £377.36, which reduced the equivalent to $342/£.
Can you tell me how I can find crypto-cambio (DAI or USDT to ARS) in medium size cities like Mendoza, San Juan or San Rafael?
There is no any useful information by request “cambio” on google maps in those cities..
Thanks for the post. I am at Buenos Aires right now. We are able to get blue dollar exchange at western union. But when we use visa, we only get $185 peso per dollar. I first used fidelity Visa card. Then I used chase Visa card. Both cards charged dollars equivalent to $185 peso per dollar. I don’t know why. If you come to Argentina, I suggest you buy some cheap with your Visa card to do a test. Before you use your card to buy something expensive.
It’s being weird, for the past few days it seems to initially post at the tourist rate, then revert to the official rate when pending, then when it’s confirmed it does do the more advantageous tourist rate (this happened to me twice Friday for both Cabify and MercadoLibre). It does seem to do the official rate (185) when it’s a non Argentine company converting the price to pesos, which is understandable. This is to be for Argentine companies who price in pesos.
THAT SAID, things like this are always unreliable in Argentina. How long will it last? It’s always godo to have cash and exchange in a Cueva for the best, more reliable rate.
I have no knowledge about crypto currency, I apologize.
Great info on here, really appreciated! I am planning to take a ferry to Montevideo and back. I was thinking about waiting until I am in Argentina to buy the tickets day of with cash so I can buy it at the Blue rate as opposed to booking and paying online beforehand. One ferry site says the ferry may sell out however so I am wondering if you know how often it sells out if at all. I am going in early March.
I think you’ll be fine with waiting to purchase your tickets here.
People should take note that the biggest ARS bill is 1000 pesos now worth about U$D 2.50 and mostly it seems I get 500 peso notes..so $500 or a $1000 US is a huge wad of cash to carry around!