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 deals in Argentina

Departing Days Price USD
25 Jan 2015 Patagonia Wilderness 15 $3825
8 Feb 2015 Patagonia Wilderness 15 $3680
1 Mar 2015 Patagonia Wilderness 15 $3530
4 Mar 2015 Argentina & Brazil Adventure 11 $2350

All our Argentina trips

Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged

17 days from
USD $2,360
CAD $2,560
AUD $2,495
EUR €1,725
GBP £1,395
NZD $2,795
ZAR R25,125
CHF FR2,090

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 $2,350
CAD $2,545
AUD $2,495
EUR €1,715
GBP £1,385
NZD $2,780
ZAR R24,975
CHF FR2,080

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

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Contrasts of South America

19 days from
USD $4,595
CAD $4,890
AUD $5,080
EUR €3,535
GBP £3,040
NZD $6,020
ZAR R46,240
CHF FR4,355

Travel from the city sights of Lima through to the vibrant beat of Rio via Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle, Buenos...

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Patagonia Wilderness

15 days from
USD $3,530
CAD $3,840
AUD $3,765
EUR €2,785
GBP £2,095
NZD $4,185
ZAR R37,660
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 $1,430
CAD $1,545
AUD $1,515
EUR €1,040
GBP £845
NZD $1,690
ZAR R15,175
CHF FR1,265

Take an active adventure tour from Santiago to BA. Visit Pucon and Ancud in Chile before exploring Argentina's Lake...

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La Paz to Buenos Aires

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

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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Road to Rio

29 days from
USD $3,910
CAD $4,035
AUD $3,955
EUR €2,720
GBP £2,285
NZD $4,405
ZAR R39,590
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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Buenos Aires to Rio

19 days from
AUD $2,301
GBP £1,376
CAD $2,252
USD $2,155
CHF FR1,914
EUR €1,615
ZAR R21,421
NZD $2,614

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

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Ushuaia to Santiago

23 days from
USD $2,365
CAD $2,480
AUD $2,530
EUR €1,728
GBP £1,437
NZD $2,799
ZAR R23,419
CHF FR2,127

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 $2,365
CAD $2,480
AUD $2,530
EUR €1,728
GBP £1,437
NZD $2,799
ZAR R23,419
CHF FR2,090

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

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Unveil South America

48 days from
USD $6,245
CAD $6,445
AUD $6,320
EUR €4,350
GBP £3,650
NZD $7,040
ZAR R63,260
CHF FR5,265

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

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Buenos Aires Stopover

3 days from
USD $305
CAD $320
AUD $335
EUR €235
GBP £200
NZD $395
ZAR R3,050
CHF FR285

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

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Real Food Adventure - Argentina

8 days from
USD $2,225
CAD $2,295
AUD $2,250
EUR €1,550
GBP £1,295
NZD $2,495
ZAR R22,520
CHF FR1,875

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

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Argentina & Brazil Adventure

11 days from
USD $2,350
CAD $2,545
AUD $2,495
EUR €1,720
GBP £1,390
NZD $2,780
ZAR R24,970
CHF FR2,080

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 Explorer

8 days from
USD $2,460
CAD $2,495
AUD $2,590
EUR €1,750
GBP £1,540
NZD $3,075
ZAR R23,595
CHF FR2,160

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 $2,960
CAD $3,055
AUD $2,295
EUR €2,060
GBP £1,735
NZD $3,340
ZAR R29,980
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 $2,100
CAD $2,272
AUD $2,257
EUR €1,534
GBP £1,287
NZD $2,486
ZAR R15,072
CHF FR1,855

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 $3,920
CAD $4,045
AUD $3,965
EUR €2,730
GBP £2,290
NZD $4,415
ZAR R39,690
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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Santiago to Buenos Aires via Ushuaia

34 days from
USD $3,530
CAD $3,821
AUD $3,784
EUR €2,579
GBP £2,140
NZD $4,181
ZAR R35,482
CHF FR2,952

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 $2,237
CAD $2,424
AUD $2,419
EUR €1,635
GBP £1,391
NZD $2,650
ZAR R21,897
CHF FR2,009

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

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Rio to Quito via Ushuaia

112 days from
USD $11,031
CAD $11,952
AUD $11,901
EUR €8,065
GBP £6,814
NZD $13,069
ZAR R117,278
CHF FR9,760

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

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La Paz to Santiago

21 days from
USD $2,095
CAD $2,183
AUD $2,228
EUR €1,559
GBP £1,307
NZD $2,526
ZAR R20,572
CHF FR1,855

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 $11,850
CAD $12,837
AUD $12,767
EUR €8,665
GBP £7,288
NZD $14,046
ZAR R126,001
CHF FR10,483

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 $3,460
CAD $3,751
AUD $3,709
EUR €2,529
GBP £2,100
NZD $4,101
ZAR R32,387
CHF FR2,957

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

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lima to buenos aires

42 days from
USD $4,670
CAD $4,885
AUD $4,984
EUR €3,500
GBP £2,982
NZD $5,679
ZAR R46,365
CHF FR4,157

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

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Lima to Rio

60 days from
USD $6,374
CAD $6,677
AUD $6,813
EUR €4,769
GBP £4,079
NZD $7,731
ZAR R63,560
CHF FR5,669

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

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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 $900
CAD $927
AUD $910
EUR €625
GBP £525
NZD $1,012
ZAR R9,107
CHF FR757

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

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia - Ocean Diamond

20 days from

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

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South America Highlights

27 days from
USD $8,330
CAD $8,595
AUD $8,430
EUR €5,800
GBP £4,870
NZD $9,390
ZAR R84,380
CHF FR7,020

Travel from remarkable ‘Rio’ to Argentina’s charming capital. Marvel at the Iguazu Falls, wander through the Amazon...

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia - Sea Adventurer

23 days from
USD $18,995
CAD $20,115
AUD $20,895
EUR €15,200
GBP £12,400
NZD $24,770
ZAR R190,190
CHF FR17,920

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

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

20 days from
USD $11,795
CAD $13,895
AUD $13,625
EUR €9,010
GBP £7,300
NZD $15,175
ZAR R136,385
CHF FR11,350

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

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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia - Sea Spirit

20 days from

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

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Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

11 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $7,035
AUD $6,900
EUR €4,600
GBP £3,700
NZD $7,685
ZAR R69,065
CHF FR5,745

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

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Antarctica's Scotia Arc

25 days from
USD $19,595
CAD $20,755
AUD $21,555
EUR €14,470
GBP £11,710
NZD $25,555
ZAR R196,200
CHF FR18,485

Travel to the icy heart of Antarctica, a land of extremes and a place of natural beauty like nowhere else on earth....

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

14 days from
USD $8,595
CAD $10,120
AUD $9,925
EUR €6,610
GBP £5,300
NZD $11,055
ZAR R99,345
CHF FR8,265

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

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Antarctica,South Georgia and Falklands ending in Buenos Aires

23 days from
USD $15,995
CAD $16,940
AUD $17,595
EUR €11,810
GBP £9,560
NZD $20,860
ZAR R160,155
CHF FR15,090

Brace yourself for the extreme natural beauty of Antarctica. Hike glaciers and visit remote beaches in the Antarctic...

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South America Traverse

27 days from
USD $8,070
CAD $8,325
AUD $8,165
EUR €5,620
GBP £4,720
NZD $9,095
ZAR R81,730
CHF FR6,800

See the best of South America on this comfort trip from Lima to Rio. From the allure of the Amazon and the wonders of...

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Antarctic Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2015 - 2016

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,260
AUD $8,100
EUR €5,400
GBP £4,300
NZD $9,020
ZAR R81,080
CHF FR6,745

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

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Crossing the Circle via Falklands & South Georgia - Ocean Diamond

23 days from
USD $19,995
CAD $21,175
AUD $21,995
EUR €16,000
GBP £13,000
NZD $26,075
ZAR R200,205
CHF FR18,860

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

13 days from
USD $9,295
CAD $9,845
AUD $10,225
EUR €7,500
GBP £6,100
NZD $12,120
ZAR R93,070
CHF FR8,770

Venture to the bottom of the world and explore the Antarctic Circle on this daring sea adventure, crossing the Drake...

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Patagonia Discovery

14 days from
USD $3,703
CAD $4,009
AUD $3,933
EUR €2,704
GBP £2,187
NZD $4,378
ZAR R39,366
CHF FR3,276

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

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

23 days from
USD $17,995
CAD $21,210
AUD $20,800
EUR €13,800
GBP £11,100
NZD $23,165
ZAR R208,205
CHF FR17,325

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

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Antarctic Explorer

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $7,410
AUD $7,695
EUR €5,600
GBP £4,600
NZD $9,120
ZAR R70,040
CHF FR6,600

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

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Antarctic Express Fly North

9 days from
USD $7,995
CAD $8,465
AUD $8,795
EUR €6,400
GBP £5,200
NZD $10,425
ZAR R80,055
CHF FR7,540

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

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Inca Empire

55 days from
USD $6,130
CAD $6,325
AUD $6,205
EUR €4,270
GBP £3,585
NZD $6,910
ZAR R62,075
CHF FR5,170

See the Inca Empire travelling in South America through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. From the Amazon...

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South America Sojourn

36 days from
USD $10,255
CAD $10,580
AUD $10,375
EUR €7,140
GBP £5,995
NZD $11,555
ZAR R103,850
CHF FR8,640

Spend over five weeks travelling through the delights of South America – from the elegant capital of Ecuador, through...

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Crossing the Circle (Ocean Diamond) 2015 - 2016

14 days from
USD $8,795
CAD $10,400
AUD $10,200
EUR €6,700
GBP £5,400
NZD $11,360
ZAR R102,100
CHF FR8,495

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

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Antarctic Explorer

11 days from
USD $5,995
CAD $6,350
AUD $6,595
EUR €4,430
GBP £3,580
NZD $7,820
ZAR R60,030
CHF FR5,655

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

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Best of South America

67 days from
USD $7,765
CAD $8,010
AUD $7,855
EUR €5,405
GBP £4,540
NZD $8,750
ZAR R78,625
CHF FR6,545

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Antarctic Express: Fly South

9 days from
USD $7,955
CAD $8,465
AUD $8,795
EUR €6,400
GBP £5,200
NZD $10,425
ZAR R80,055
CHF FR7,540

Fly over the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas on the way to Antarctica. Cruise around the South Shetland Islands and...

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Best of Argentina & Brazil - Independent Journey

7 days from
USD $3,850
CAD $3,972
AUD $3,895
EUR €2,680
GBP £2,250
NZD $4,337
ZAR R38,987
CHF FR3,245

Experience the best of everything Argentina and Brazil have to offer on this fantastic independent journey.

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Peru, Argentina & Brazil Explorer

22 days from
USD $5,210
CAD $5,375
AUD $5,270
EUR €3,625
GBP £3,045
NZD $5,870
ZAR R52,750
CHF FR4,390

Travel from the city sights of Lima through to the vibrant beat of Rio via Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle, Buenos...

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Antarctic Explorer

12 days from
USD $7,595
CAD $8,045
AUD $8,355
EUR €5,610
GBP £4,540
NZD $9,905
ZAR R76,050
CHF FR7,165

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

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Patagonia Trekking

10 days from
USD $3,480
CAD $3,770
AUD $3,695
EUR €2,540
GBP £2,055
NZD $4,115
ZAR R36,985
CHF FR3,075

Visit South America and travel to Patagonia to experience the 'W' Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. Experience...

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

10 days from
USD $11,395
CAD $13,460
AUD $13,200
EUR €8,700
GBP £7,100
NZD $14,700
ZAR R132,130
CHF FR10,995

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

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Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

8 days from
USD $8,995
CAD $9,525
AUD $9,895
EUR €7,200
GBP £5,900
NZD $11,730
ZAR R90,065
CHF FR8,485

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

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Delve into South America

21 days from
USD $5,845
CAD $6,030
AUD $5,915
EUR €4,070
GBP £3,420
NZD $6,585
ZAR R59,205
CHF FR4,925

Fall for the beauty, charm and warmth of three of South America's most enigmatic countries. Wander through the Amazon...

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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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Highlights of Argentina & Brazil

24 days from
USD $5,805
CAD $5,990
AUD $5,875
EUR €4,040
GBP £3,395
NZD $6,540
ZAR R58,805
CHF FR4,895

Visit South America and explore the highlights of Argentina and Brazil. See the natural wonders of the Ibera wetlands...

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

20 days from
USD $12,795
CAD $15,095
AUD $14,800
EUR €9,800
GBP £7,900
NZD $16,480
ZAR R148,145
CHF FR12,330

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

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Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle

11 days from
USD $10,995
CAD $11,645
AUD $12,095
EUR €8,800
GBP £7,200
NZD $14,340
ZAR R110,090
CHF FR10,370

Embark on an adventure of a lifetime while crossing the Antarctic Circle. Discover South Shetland’s King George...

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Best of Argentina & Brazil

7 days from
USD $2,440
CAD $2,645
AUD $2,595
EUR €1,785
GBP £1,440
NZD $2,890
ZAR R25,975
CHF FR2,160

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

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Best of Chile & Argentina

8 days from
USD $2,390
CAD $2,545
AUD $2,645
EUR €1,840
GBP £1,580
NZD $3,135
ZAR R24,075
CHF FR2,270

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the amazing landscapes and captivating cities of Chile and Argentina. Tour...

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Ushuaia to Lima

64 days from
USD $6,905
CAD $7,477
AUD $7,436
EUR €5,051
GBP £4,249
NZD $8,180
ZAR R73,385
CHF FR6,105

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South American Explorer

83 days from
USD $9,085
CAD $9,370
AUD $9,190
EUR €6,325
GBP £5,310
NZD $10,235
ZAR R91,980
CHF FR7,655

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

11 days from
USD $6,295
CAD $7,470
AUD $7,325
EUR €4,810
GBP £3,900
NZD $8,155
ZAR R73,320
CHF FR6,100

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

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Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

15 days from
USD $9,995
CAD $10,585
AUD $10,995
EUR €8,000
GBP £6,500
NZD $13,035
ZAR R100,080
CHF FR9,430

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

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Chile, Argentina & Brazil

14 days from
USD $4,835
CAD $4,985
AUD $4,890
EUR €3,365
GBP £2,825
NZD $5,445
ZAR R48,945
CHF FR4,075

Visit South America and travel through Chile, Argentina and Brazil on a tour from Santiago in Chile to Rio de Janeiro...

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Best of Brazil & Argentina

7 days from
USD $2,210
CAD $2,395
AUD $2,350
EUR €1,615
GBP £1,305
NZD $2,590
ZAR R23,480
CHF FR1,955

See the very best of Brazil and Argentina on a short adventure from rollicking Rio to stylish Buenos Aires via the...

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Anchorage to Ushuaia

207 days from
USD $15,565
CAD $16,865
AUD $16,535
EUR €11,385
GBP £9,190
NZD $18,460
ZAR R165,510
CHF FR13,775

Travel the length of the Americas from North through Central and to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to...

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

12 days from
USD $6,795
CAD $7,980
AUD $7,825
EUR €5,210
GBP £4,200
NZD $8,715
ZAR R78,325
CHF FR6,520

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

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Argentina trip reviews

Our Argentina trips score an average of 4.3 out of 5 based on 84 reviews in the last year.

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Articles on Argentina

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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Finding the best in Buenos Aires

Posted on Tue, 29 Oct 2013

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 [...]

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About Argentina

At a glance

Trips Available: 18
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: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
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