Maps and Tourist Information
The Automóvil Club Argentino (ACA, Argentine Automobile Club, Avenida del Libertador 1850, Palermo, tel. 011/4808-4000, www.aca.org.ar) publishes the most comprehensive series of highway maps (including major city plans) of all Argentine provinces. Members of overseas affiliate automobile clubs like the AAA in the United States and the AA in Britain can buy these maps at discount prices. ACA has offices in all provincial capitals and many smaller cities as well.
For official topographic maps, visit the Instituto Geográfico Militar (Avenida Cabildo 301, Palermo, tel. 011/4576-5576, www.igm.gov.ar). The growing series of topographical maps by Bariloche-based Pixmap (tel. 02944/15-642152, www.macarenaperezcorrea.com) are pretty much the best available for recreation-oriented visitors.
The Secretaría Nacional de Turismo (www.turismo.gov.ar), the national tourism service, has its main office in Buenos Aires, but every province also maintains a tourist information representative in the capital.
Each province also operates an information office in its own capital, and often in specific tourist destinations as well. Almost every other locality has its own tourist office—even in very small towns; these usually keep long summer hours but may be limited the rest of the year.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition