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.
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Argentina trip reviews
Our Argentina trips score an average of 4.35 out of 5 based on 55 reviews in the last year.
Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged, May 2014
I enjoyed just about every day on the tour
Review submitted 07 Jun 2014
Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged, May 2014
Excellent guide, great experiences and made some good friend but group fragmented.
Review submitted 29 May 2014
Articles on Argentina
3 places to watch, hear and dance tango in Buenos Aires
Posted on Sat, 2 Aug 2014 by Sue Elliot
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.Read more
A magic New Year’s Eve in Mendoza
Posted on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 by Parm Parmar
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.Read more
An addictive Argentinian tradition
Posted on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 by Sue Elliot
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.Read more
Finding the best in Buenos Aires
Posted on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 by Sue Elliot
Real cultures, people and places are what our friends at Matador Network are always wanting to discover. So who better to talk to about the highlights of Buenos Aires than [...]Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Buenos Aires (population 3 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin)|
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.
Geography and environment
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.
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
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
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
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
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:
For instructions on how to process this payment, please visit:
A receipt for this payment must be produced at every border crossing into Argentina. ARGENTINA TOURIST VISA
Australia: Not required
Belgium: Not required
Canada: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Not required
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required
United States: Not required
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 New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
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.
|Needle in a Haystack||Ernesto Mallo|
|The Buenos Aires Broken Hearts Club||Jessica Morrison|
|Long After Midnight at the Nien Bien||Brian Winter|
|The Tao of Tango||Johanna Siegmann|
|Santa Evita||Tomas Eloy Martinez|
|Far Away and Long Ago: A Childhood in Argentina||W. H Hudson|
|On Argentina||Jorge Luis Borges|