Argentina

Visitors come to Argentina and fall in love with the leafy boulevards, hip galleries, elegant architecture and effortlessly smooth citizens of Buenos Aires. But it's important not to forget the other delights of Argentina - the Pampas that remain the realm of the gauchos, the icy wilds of Patagonia, thundering Iguazu Falls and the vineyards of Mendoza. Argentina's captivating cavalcade of natural environments is simply astounding.

Argentina Tours & Travel

Top holiday deals in Argentina

Departing Days Price USD
8 Aug 2015 Real Food Adventure - Argentina 8 $1780
7 Dec 2015 Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 17 $2540

All our Argentina trips

Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

12 days from
USD $6,795
CAD $9,250
AUD $9,070
EUR €5,900
GBP £4,640
NZD $10,100
ZAR R90,790
CHF FR7,555

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

20 days from
USD $11,795
CAD $16,080
AUD $15,770
EUR €10,300
GBP £8,040
NZD $17,560
ZAR R157,855
CHF FR13,135

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Crossing the Circle: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015-16 from Buenos Aires

14 days from
USD $8,595
CAD $11,695
AUD $11,470
EUR €7,500
GBP £5,840
NZD $12,770
ZAR R114,810
CHF FR9,555

Uncover the sublime white beauty of Antarctica on this Southern Expedition. Travel across the Drake Passage to the...

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Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

11 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $8,160
AUD $8,000
EUR €5,200
GBP £4,100
NZD $8,910
ZAR R80,080
CHF FR6,665

Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, experiencing some of the most...

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Antarctic Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $9,585
AUD $9,400
EUR €6,100
GBP £4,800
NZD $10,470
ZAR R94,090
CHF FR7,830

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands.

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

23 days from
USD $17,995
CAD $24,575
AUD $24,100
EUR €15,700
GBP £12,200
NZD $26,840
ZAR R241,235
CHF FR20,075

Embark on a cruise across the Antarctic Circle and visit the Falklands, South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic...

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Crossing the Circle (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

14 days from
USD $8,795
CAD $12,035
AUD $11,800
EUR €7,700
GBP £6,000
NZD $13,140
ZAR R118,115
CHF FR9,830

Uncover the sublime white beauty of Antarctica on this Southern Expedition. Travel across the Drake Passage to the...

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Antarctic Express: Fly North (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

10 days from
USD $11,395
CAD $15,605
AUD $15,300
EUR €9,900
GBP £7,700
NZD $17,040
ZAR R153,150
CHF FR12,745

Cruise through the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, then catch a flight back to...

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

20 days from
USD $12,795
CAD $17,440
AUD $17,100
EUR €11,100
GBP £8,700
NZD $19,045
ZAR R171,170
CHF FR14,245

Visit Antarctica and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland and South Georgia islands for a magical...

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Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

11 days from
USD $6,295
CAD $8,635
AUD $8,470
EUR €5,500
GBP £4,240
NZD $9,430
ZAR R84,785
CHF FR7,055

Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, experiencing some of the most...

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Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

17 days from
USD $2,445
CAD $2,520
AUD $2,475
EUR €1,705
GBP £1,430
NZD $2,755
ZAR R24,875
CHF FR2,060

Experience Brazilian beaches, Uruguayan home cooking and vibrant Argentinean culture on this unplugged Buenos Aires...

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Explore Bolivia & Argentina

20 days from
USD $2,465
CAD $2,670
AUD $2,620
EUR €1,720
GBP £1,510
NZD $2,905
ZAR R25,725
CHF FR2,080

Get off the tourist trail on this extraordinary adventure through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. Visit historic Potosi...

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Patagonia Discovery

14 days from
USD $4,115
CAD $4,455
AUD $4,370
EUR €3,005
GBP £2,430
NZD $4,865
ZAR R43,740
CHF FR3,640

Travel from Argentina’s charismatic capital to some of the country’s most spectacular natural wonders. See glaciers,...

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Patagonia Wilderness

15 days from
USD $3,870
CAD $4,205
AUD $4,125
EUR €2,785
GBP £2,295
NZD $4,585
ZAR R41,300
CHF FR3,370

Trek through South America's Patagonia region on an overland trip to Chile and Argentina. Discover the beauty and...

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Chile & Argentina Discovery

13 days from
USD $1,605
CAD $1,655
AUD $1,625
EUR €1,095
GBP £940
NZD $1,810
ZAR R16,285
CHF FR1,330

Take an active adventure tour through Chile and Argentina's spectacular Lake District. Visit Pucon, San Martin de los...

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La Paz to Buenos Aires

21 days from
USD $2,130
CAD $2,306
AUD $2,298
EUR €1,560
GBP £1,310
NZD $2,525
ZAR R22,634
CHF FR1,884

Travel from La Paz to Buenos Aires and discover the heart of South America. This vacation has it all, from a Salar de...

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Buenos Aires to Rio

19 days from
USD $1,817
CAD $1,967
AUD $1,967
EUR €1,330
GBP £1,133
NZD $2,153
ZAR R19,302
CHF FR1,607

Soak up the sizzling South American sunshine on an escapade through Brazil and Argentina's attractions. Hearts will...

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Road to Rio

29 days from
USD $3,990
CAD $4,115
AUD $4,115
EUR €2,720
GBP £2,330
NZD $4,495
ZAR R40,380
CHF FR3,295

Uncover the many faces of South America on a tour through Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Cities, beaches and...

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Classic Brazil

9 days from
USD $2,610
CAD $2,830
AUD $2,775
EUR €1,910
GBP £1,540
NZD $3,090
ZAR R27,775
CHF FR2,310

Journey to South America and make tracks to Brazil. Visit Rio de Janeiro, marvel at Iguazu Falls and tour the...

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Unveil South America

48 days from
USD $6,805
CAD $7,025
AUD $6,890
EUR €4,350
GBP £3,980
NZD $7,675
ZAR R68,955
CHF FR5,265

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. Visit Potosi, Salar de Uyuni,...

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Ushuaia to Santiago

23 days from
USD $2,381
CAD $2,577
AUD $2,555
EUR €1,740
GBP £1,448
NZD $2,818
ZAR R23,615
CHF FR2,150

Adventure through the wilds of Patagonia on a journey that begins in Ushuaia in the south of Argentina and travels to...

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Santiago to Ushuaia

23 days from
USD $2,389
CAD $2,586
AUD $2,564
EUR €1,746
GBP £1,453
NZD $2,828
ZAR R25,405
CHF FR2,112

Tour Patagonia and discover one of the world's most amazing regions. Travel from Santiago to Ushuaia and explore...

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Real Food Adventure - Argentina

8 days from
USD $1,780
CAD $1,836
AUD $1,800
EUR €1,240
GBP £1,036
NZD $1,996
ZAR R18,016
CHF FR1,500

Take a culinary tour around Argentina. Learn local recipes, sample spicy ingredients and understand the history that...

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Buenos Aires Stopover

3 days from
USD $397
CAD $422
AUD $440
EUR €305
GBP £262
NZD $522
ZAR R4,005
CHF FR377

Get straight to the fiery heart of Argentina with this Buenos Aires Stopover. Tour this fascinating city and explore...

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Argentina & Brazil Adventure

11 days from
USD $2,725
CAD $2,945
AUD $2,890
EUR €1,950
GBP £1,605
NZD $3,220
ZAR R28,940
CHF FR2,360

Experience the best of everything Argentina and Brazil have to offer on this fantastic, fast-paced tour of the South...

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Argentina & Brazil Family Holiday

9 days from
USD $2,990
CAD $3,085
AUD $2,385
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,750
NZD $3,375
ZAR R30,280
CHF FR2,495

Take the family on a colourful holiday to remember through Argentina and Brazil. Explore lively cities, heavenly...

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Santiago to La Paz

21 days from
USD $2,096
CAD $2,268
AUD $2,253
EUR €1,531
GBP £1,284
NZD $2,481
ZAR R15,029
CHF FR1,852

Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Tour Santiago, Mendoza, Cafayate and Salta....

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Spirit of South America

32 days from
USD $4,000
CAD $4,125
AUD $4,125
EUR €2,730
GBP £2,335
NZD $4,505
ZAR R40,485
CHF FR3,300

Discover the very best of South America on this awesome travel adventure. Explore the ever-changing landscape and...

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Rio to Quito via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $12,170
CAD $13,187
AUD $13,107
EUR €8,900
GBP £7,478
NZD $14,426
ZAR R129,421
CHF FR10,768

Visit South America and travel through Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Follow the Inca trail and...

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Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia

34 days from
USD $3,565
CAD $3,861
AUD $3,819
EUR €2,604
GBP £2,160
NZD $4,221
ZAR R35,928
CHF FR2,990

Visit South America and travel through Argentina and Chile, from Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia. Experience...

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Rio to Buenos Aires

19 days from
USD $2,440
CAD $2,643
AUD $2,635
EUR €1,786
GBP £1,512
NZD $2,893
ZAR R25,948
CHF FR2,159

This tour captures the zesty culture of two amazing countries in South America. Between Rio and BA, visit Paraty, the...

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La Paz to Santiago

21 days from
USD $2,134
CAD $2,311
AUD $2,297
EUR €1,562
GBP £1,309
NZD $2,531
ZAR R20,614
CHF FR1,859

Visit South America and travel through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile from La Paz to Santiago. Visit Potosi, Salar de...

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Quito to Rio via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $8,642
CAD $9,362
AUD $9,220
EUR €6,320
GBP £5,162
NZD $10,251
ZAR R91,888
CHF FR7,645

Visit South America and travel through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Follow the Inca trail,...

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Buenos Aires to Santiago via Ushuaia

34 days from
USD $3,565
CAD $3,861
AUD $3,819
EUR €2,604
GBP £2,160
NZD $4,221
ZAR R37,862
CHF FR3,147

Discover penguins, glaciers and eye-popping cities on an epic South American adventure. Travel from Buenos Aires to...

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Lima to Rio

60 days from
USD $6,935
CAD $7,515
AUD $7,484
EUR €5,073
GBP £4,288
NZD $8,219
ZAR R73,736
CHF FR6,134

Go Overland from Lima to Rio with Intrepid Travel. Uncover hidden treasures from Peru to Brazil via Bolivia and...

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lima to buenos aires

42 days from
USD $4,705
CAD $4,921
AUD $5,023
EUR €3,524
GBP £3,005
NZD $5,714
ZAR R46,761
CHF FR4,183

Visit South America and travel through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina from Lima to Buenos Aires. Follow the Inca Trail,...

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Iguazu Falls

2 days from
USD $345
CAD $357
AUD $350
EUR €240
GBP £202
NZD $390
ZAR R3,502
CHF FR292

Spend the night in Foz do Iguazu, and enjoy day tours of Iguazu Falls. Visit both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides...

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Perito Moreno Glacier

3 days from
USD $287
CAD $295
AUD $290
EUR €200
GBP £167
NZD $322
ZAR R2,902
CHF FR242

Travel to Patagonia to view the magnificent icy highways of the Perito Moreno Glacier – one of the most visited...

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El Chalten Trekking

6 days from
USD $967
CAD $1,000
AUD $984
EUR €673
GBP £569
NZD $1,091
ZAR R9,819
CHF FR816

Set out on one of Argentina’s most spectacular treks through the El Chalten region – and discover some of South...

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Lima to Ushuaia

64 days from
USD $6,955
CAD $7,532
AUD $7,491
EUR €5,086
GBP £4,279
NZD $8,240
ZAR R73,925
CHF FR6,150

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Ushuaia to Lima

64 days from
USD $6,990
CAD $7,572
AUD $7,526
EUR €5,111
GBP £4,299
NZD $8,280
ZAR R74,285
CHF FR6,180

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Argentina trip reviews

Our Argentina trips score an average of 4.43 out of 5 based on 140 reviews in the last year.

Argentina & Brazil Adventure, June 2015

Argentina & Brazil Adventure, June 2015

Articles on Argentina

A no-frills guide to Buenos Aires’ awesome secret (and not-so-secret) speakeasies

Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2015

Some of the bars that make up this underground scene have no address. You have to know a secret passcode to gain access to others.

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3 places to watch, hear and dance tango in Buenos Aires

Posted on Sat, 2 Aug 2014

The best way to get to know Buenos Aires and its residents, known as portenos, is to dance with them. Three travel writers share their local tango tips.

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A magic New Year’s Eve in Mendoza

Posted on Wed, 30 Apr 2014

When Parm Parmar arrived in Mendoza, little did she know that night she would be dining at a family home and getting an inside view of life in Argentina.

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An addictive Argentinian tradition

Posted on Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Asado is the reason to go to Argentina! It's what drew Daniel Klein back after his first trip, and what will probably call him again in a few years.

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About Argentina

At a glance

Capital city: Buenos Aires (population 3 million)
Population: 41.3 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: ARS
Time zone: (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin)
Dialing code: +54

Best time to visit Argentina

Argentina's temperate climate means it experiences four distinct seasons. Summer (December to February) is the best time for visiting Patagonia as the weather is at its mildest. In contrast, summer can be very hot and humid in Buenos Aires, with spring and autumn offering milder weather. Autumn is a good time to visit Mendoza, Cordoba and the Lake District. The busiest times to travel in Argentina are during the main vacations - January, February and July.

Argentina weather chart

Geography and environment

Glacier
Bordered by Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay, Argentina is South America's second largest country. With a vast range of natural environments, travelling in Argentina presents a revolving door of terrain and landscapes. From the giant glaciers and icy lakes of Patagonia to the green grasslands of the Pampas; and the lofty Andes of the north to the steamy wetlands of the north-east, Argentina contains a wealth of biodiversity.

Top Picks

Tango dancers performing in the streets

Top 5 Tango Spots of Argentina

1. Confiteria Ideal

Be charmed by the grand building, old waiters, genuine tango classes and shows that this Buenos Aires institution has been producing for more than 100 years. It might be a bit rough around the edges but authenticity is guaranteed in this historic gem.

2. Barrancas de Belgrano

On the weekends, head to this leafy park at dusk to see unpretentious locals tango as the sun sets. Try out your tango steps, mix and mingle with Argentines and tourists, and enjoy the casual, fun vibe that proliferates under the park's gazebo.

3. Plaza Dorrego

This relaxed San Telmo favourite is a top spot for alfresco people-watching, tango viewing, wine drinking and socialising.

4. La Catedral

For a slice of old Argentina, head to this bewitching warehouse of kitsch where you can learn the art of tango with locals amid walls of old posters and a giant glowing, red heart. Lessons are taught in Spanish and while the dancers here may not be technically great, their passion and love of tango is unquestionable.

5. Caminito

Purists may dismiss La Boca's showy street performers as 'tacky tangoists' but the colourful streets, flamboyant moves and suave outfits do have a bit of flair and provide quintessential Buenos Aires photo ops.

FAQs on Argentina

ARGENTINA RECIPROCITY TAX:
The Argentine government charges a reciprocity tax which applies to Canadian, US and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows:
Australians - US$100 (multiple entry for up to 1 year from date of issue)
Canadians - US$92 (multiple entry for up to 5 years from date of issue)
Americans - US$160 (multiple entry for up to 10 years from date of issue)

This fee can only be paid on line through the following website:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

For instructions on how to process this payment, please visit:
http://cnyor.mrecic.gov.ar/userfiles/Online_payment_instructions_0.pdf

A receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina.
Though not compulsory, a tip of about 10% is generally expected in restaurants and cafes. Tipping ushers, taxi drivers and porters a few pesos is desirable, but not mandatory.
With the highest number of internet users in Latin America, accessing the internet isn't usually a problem in Argentina. Large cities have Wi-Fi hot spots and cyber cafes, but be prepared for less coverage in remote or rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is very good in Argentina's cities but less reliable when travelling in mountainous or remote areas. If you wish to use your mobile phone, ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home.
Depending on where in Argentina you are travelling, tourists can expect to encounter both squat toilets and modern flushable toilets. It's a good idea to carry your own soap and toilet paper as these aren't always provided in public toilets.
City bus/subway fare = 1-2 pesos
Bottle of beer in a bar/club = 10-20 pesos
Glass of wine in a restaurant = 15-20 pesos
Simple lunch = 25-30 pesos
Dinner at a restaurant = 50-100 pesos
Water is considered safe to drink in Argentina unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water and use a refillable canteen or water bottle instead.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Argentina's large cities and towns, especially VISA and Mastercard. Keep in mind that credit cards may not be accepted so readily in small towns and rural areas, so always have alternative payment methods available.
ATMs are readily available in Argentina's big cities and towns. Rural and isolated areas will have fewer ATMs, so be sure to have enough cash before travelling out of urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 24 Truth and Justice Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 2 Veterans' Day (Malvinas)
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 National Day (Anniversary of the 1810 Revolution)
Jun 20 National Flag Day (Belgrano Day)
Jul 9 National Independence Day
Aug 19 San Martin Day (Anniversary of the Death of General Jose de San Martin)
Oct 14 Race Recognition Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Argentina/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Argentina Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Argentina

1. Be considerate of Argentina’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Needle in a HaystackErnesto Mallo
The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts ClubJessica Morrison
Long After Midnight at the Nien BienBrian Winter
The Tao of TangoJohanna Siegmann
Santa EvitaTomas Eloy Martinez
Far Away and Long Ago: A Childhood in ArgentinaW. H Hudson
On ArgentinaJorge Luis Borges