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

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26 Nov 2014 Argentina & Brazil Explorer 8 $2470
4 Jan 2015 Patagonia Wilderness 15 $3935

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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Patagonia Wilderness

15 days from
USD $3,700
CAD $4,010
AUD $3,935
EUR €2,785
GBP £2,190
NZD $4,380
ZAR R39,360
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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La Paz to Buenos Aires

21 days from
USD $2,050
CAD $2,142
AUD $2,184
EUR €1,538
GBP £1,306
NZD $2,492
ZAR R20,295
CHF FR1,823

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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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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Real Food Adventure - Argentina

11 days from

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 $2,670
CAD $2,890
AUD $2,835
EUR €1,950
GBP £1,575
NZD $3,155
ZAR R28,375
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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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 Explorer

8 days from
USD $2,345
CAD $2,375
AUD $2,470
EUR €1,750
GBP £1,480
NZD $2,925
ZAR R22,440
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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Buenos Aires Stopover

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

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

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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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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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Buenos Aires Stopover

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

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

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

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

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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, fast paced tour of the South...

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Best of Argentina & Brazil

7 days from
USD $2,285
CAD $2,475
AUD $2,430
EUR €1,670
GBP £1,350
NZD $2,705
ZAR R24,315
CHF FR2,025

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

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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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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

Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 [...]

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About Argentina

At a glance

Trips Available: 16
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

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
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. 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 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