If you’re looking to tour Argentina on your next vacation, we have an extensive list of packages on offer. Even better, they’re customizable to your preferences.
Class Adventure Travel provides Argentina guided tours to ensure you don’t have to stress about the planning. Here’s everything you need to know about before heading to this incredible country.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ARGENTINA TOURS
Argentina is so diverse that it can be hard to decide where to start exploring. From the dramatic sun-kissed mountains in the north to the stunning frozen landscapes of Patagonia, the natural scenery provides various sublime views.
While the country’s stereotypes may leave you with visions of gauchos horseback riding across broad Pampas plains. Or seductive tango dancers locked in sensual embraces and buoyant soccer fans chanting Maradona’s name, the country offers so much more.
Argentina is situated in the Southern Hemisphere. Making its seasons the opposite to those experienced in the Northern Hemisphere. Its summer months are between December and February and the winter runs from June to August.
Argentina’s size means there are a varying degree of the seasons. This very much depends on which region of the country you are taking a trip to. During the winter, Southern Patagonia is covered in snow and frequented by icy winds. This means its a great time to see the glaciers in Patagonia, or take part in winter sports.
The winter time is not the ideal time to visit Patagonia, but it is our favorite time of the year to visit the north of Argentina after the sweltering summer heat subsides.
The center of Argentina is an all year round destination, although the spring and fall are great times of the year to visit Buenos Aires and Mendoza. If you’re looking to discover Argentina’s wildlife, spring is by far the best time to take a trip to Patagonia’s Atlantic coast to take part in wildlife spotting.
REGIONAL WEATHER IN argentina
Best times of the year to travel to different regions in Argentina
Whether you’re embarking on Argentina adventure tours, or simply taking a leisurely trip, we have plenty of tips and information to share. Taking guided tours of Argentina is the perfect way to see the country in all its forms.
Keep reading our Argentina travel guide to find out all you need to know before your visit to this amazing country.
USEFUL ARGENTINA TRAVEL INFORMATION
This section will help you with planning your trip to Argentina. We’re giving you a general idea of the regions and what areas may be of interest. As well as informing you about visas, and other great information worth considering when preparing for your journey to this country.
PASSPORT & VISA
All travelers need a valid passport for at least 90 days after their departure from Argentina. However, we strongly recommend traveling with at least 6 months’ validity on your passport at all times.
If you are a U.S. citizen, we recommend visiting VisaHQ who can help you with a range of expedited passport services. This includes new passport applications, passport renewals, and any required visas.
Argentina also requires that you have sufficient unused pages in your passport, allowing for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure.
Check with your airline in case you have any connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Argentina. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa.
FAMILY TRAVEL IN ARGENTINA
Taking the family to Argentina? It’s the family vacation of a lifetime. Take in incredible sights such as Iguazú Falls, the Perito Moreno Glacier or a southern right whale in Puerto Madryn. These are bound to make a lasting impression.
Within the towns and cities, there are plenty of parks and tree-lined town squares to enjoy. While Argentina’s stunning national parks will dazzle your kids with everything from mighty glaciers and mountains to mesmerizing waterfalls.
If your kids love cowboys, they’re in for a treat in Argentina. They’ll be able to spot Gauchos strolling through the cities or riding their way through the Pampas, with plenty of chances to join them, especially with a day visit or stay at a traditional estancia.
Involving the family in nature, you’ll all be able to enjoy spotting walrus, southern right and killer whales, as well as penguins in the south. Plus capybara, giant anteaters, and alligators in the north and east.
CULTURE & LANGUAGE
Argentine Spanish is different from the Spanish spoken in other Spanish speaking countries, with the most notable difference being with the use of ‘vos’ instead of ‘tu’ in the second person.
Argentinians also have different pronunciations with ‘ll’ and ‘y’ becoming ‘sh’. The differences to the Spanish spoken in Argentina are not so significant that if you already speak some Spanish, communicating won’t be a problem.
Argentina is home to more languages than just Spanish, divided into two groups. The first group includes indigenous languages spoken in different regions of the country such as Mapuche, Quechua, Toba, and Guarani. The second group consists of the languages spoken by immigrants such as Welsh in Puerto Madryn and German in Bariloche.
Many of the immigrant groups continue to converse in their language to keep their culture alive. French, Polish and Russian can also be heard along with large communities of Koreans, Chinese and Iranians in Argentina.
FOOD SCENE & DINING
All meals in Argentina start later in the day than in the United States. Usually, lunch is served around 2 pm or later and dinner is served around 9 pm. Buenos Aires is a city that takes dining seriously, and meals can easily last for hours.
Argentina is renowned for its steak, and there are several parrilla steakhouses in every Argentine city where you can find asado, barbecued beef, of excellent quality. Pair an asado with a glass of Malbec wine for the ultimate dining delight. You may also consider trying yerba mate with a dish at dinner, as it is the traditional gaucho drink.
You can’t leave Argentina, let alone a meal, without trying their national dessert consisting of dulce de leche, a sweet confection of milk jelly, and the alfajores cookie. Alfajores are cookie sandwiches filled with dulce de leche.
VACCINATIONS & HEALTH
No vaccinations are required to visit Argentina, but please review the US Center for Disease Control & Prevention Recommendations. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include the MMR vaccine, DTP vaccine, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot.
Travelers do not need yellow fever inoculations for many countries in South America. However, sometimes they are required if you travel from one endemic country to another.
For example, if you travel to Brazil you do not need a vaccination, however, if traveling to Bolivia and then on to Brazil, it IS required. In this instance, if you don’t have a certificate, you will not be allowed to enter the country.
Argentina does not have yellow fever so you can travel from Argentina to Brazil or vice versa without the certificate/vaccination. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.
MONEY & CURRENCY
Argentina’s official currency is the Peso and the exchange rate as of 2020 is approximately ARS $72.00 to USD $1.00 (for up to date exchange rates go to XE Currency Converter). Make sure to bring cash with you in US Dollars as they can be easily exchanged throughout Argentina.
Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, and American Express are all accepted within Argentina, although Visa is by far the most widely accepted. You may have difficulties with changing your traveler’s checks outside of Buenos Aires.
You shouldn’t have any problems using larger bills – unless you are buying a small amount and try to use an ARS $500 or ARS $1000 bill, especially in smaller stores such as kiosks. They might not accept it as they may not have enough change to give back to you.
From Argentina’s northernmost point to the End of the World in Ushuaia, Argentina stretches over 2,268 miles and 889 miles from east to west and is just slightly less than 1/3 the size of the USA. If you want to see all of Argentina’s highlights, the distances you’ll need to travel are pretty vast.
We recommend travelers to take internal flights to save time and not endure long road trips. However, Argentina’s long-distance bus services are incredibly comfortable, and a 20+ hour bus journey is not as painful or uncomfortable as it sounds.
The long-distance buses have different levels of comfort, and there isn’t much difference between a ‘comfort’ seat and a fully horizontal bed with waiter service included. In some regions of Argentina, hiring a car to drive through the stunning landscapes is the best way to get around. This is especially true in the northeast and the Lake District in Patagonia.
Argentina recently switched its plugs and outlets to Type I (diagonal flat prongs). The neutral and line wires are reversed from those found in various countries such as Australia. You may need to take a plug adapter with you (changes your appliance plug and allows it to fit into the outlet) or a voltage converter.
Before plugging anything into the outlet, double-check the voltage of your appliance to make sure that it is compatible. Travelers from North America can generally use a plug adapter with their devices such as laptops as they usually run between 120-220V. Therefore they won’t need a voltage converter.
However, this is not always true for other appliances which may not work at 220V such as hair dryers.
RELATED ARGENTINA BLOG ARTICLES
Find out more about the culture, lifestyle, and places to travel in Argentina. We’ll be covering a range of destinations, traditions, and travel tips for this incredible country on our Travel Blog. What’s better is you’ll be hearing tips straight from the horse’s mouth – from people living and working right here in Argentina. Discover our favorite restaurants in Buenos Aires, research the best Patagonia hiking trails, or stay informed about upcoming festivals taking place across the country. Visit our Travel Blog for travel tips, inspiration, and all the latest news! Here are some of our favorite articles on Argentina:
Argentine gauchos are the skilled horsemen and cowhands who maintain the estancias (ranches) throughout the Argentine countryside. After their heyday in the 18th century, these iconic cowboys grew into folk
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