Information & Facts
Skiing and snowboarding are the order of the day at Los
Penitentes while and the Snow and Sled Park is great for those
wanting to try their hand at tricks and rails and the tubing park
provides another option for skiers.
Spanish is the official language of Argentina but English
is understood in the tourist areas.
The Argentinean Peso (ARS) is divided into 100 centavos. The
recent devaluation of the Peso has made Argentina more affordable
for travellers but there is still much economic uncertainty and
travellers are advised to keep an eye on the exchange rate.
Currency can be exchanged at banks and
cambios(bureaux de change) but it is easier to use ATMs,
available in most urban towns, which reflect the current exchange
rate. Credit and debit cards are generally accepted, and US Dollars
and Euros are normally taken everywhere, but some international
cards place limits on transactions. Cirrus cards sometimes aren't
accepted. There can be problems using travellers cheques in rural
areas, although most banks in major cities should accept them. It's
best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars to avoid additional
exchange rate charges.
Los Penitentes is fairly quiet travellers looking for a wild
nightlife should look to other ski resorts in Argentina for a more
There is not much of nightlife in Los Penitentes but a few
hotels offer occasional shows and disco nights, while a few pubs
and bars are dotted around the resort. Young travellers looking for
a night out of partying and drinking best head to one of
Argentina's other ski resorts.
Los Penitentes offers plenty of eateries for foodies of all
persuasions to enjoy and the best place to start is at the base of
the resort where Lomas Blancas and Ayelen offer great international
cuisine at even better value for money, while La Barraca, located
in the mountain, is the place to rest your legs, have a steaming
cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the house specialties. En el Límite
is located at 8,202 feet (2,500 m) and is a popular place for
skiers to stop and take a much-needed break.
There isn't the largest variety of shopping in Los Penitentes
and travellers looking to splurge will do better in the nearby city
of Mendoza. There are, however, a few small shops selling
souvenirs, sporting goods and the likes and the local shopping
centre is a good place to indulge in some retail therapy.
Local time in Argentina is GMT -3.