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
17 Feb 2016 Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 17 $2182
24 Feb 2016 Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 17 $2182
2 Mar 2016 Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 17 $2473
9 Mar 2016 Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 17 $2473

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Argentina trip reviews

Our Argentina trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 202 reviews in the last year.

Patagonia Wilderness , January 2016

Lydia Zhang

Patagonia Wilderness , January 2016

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Articles on Argentina

All parrilla, no filler: the 7 best steaks in Buenos Aires

Posted on Wed, 27 Jan 2016

Think you’ve experienced the pinnacle of what happens when you take a cow and apply heat? Think again.

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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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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