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 tour reviews
Our Argentina trips score an average of 4.63 out of 5 based on 138 reviews in the last year.
Patagonia Wilderness, November 2016
Patagonia was a scenic wonder with its spectacular hikes in El Chalten and Torres del Paine, and the challenge of hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, which was an optional tour. It was not uncommon to have four seasons in a day so I highly recommend you pack for all seasons.
Review submitted 02 Dec 2016
Buenos Aires to Rio Unplugged 2016, November 2016
Great itinerary/options - particular highlights included the estancia stay (Uruguay) and the Iguaza falls and boat trips at Ilha Grande and Paraty (Brazil). Good group and excellent leader. I would recommend seriously considering adding at least another couple of days at the end of the trip (in Rio) because there's simply too much to see within the tour's intrinsic timescales (even if you are just interested in seeing the big/classic Rio sights).
Review submitted 02 Dec 2016
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Argentina travel highlights
Perito Moreno Glacier
See the monumental, icy beauty of the Perito Moreno Glacier
Travel to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world
Relax in the majestic mountain retreat of Bariloche
Admire the elegant buildings, squares and boulevards of Buenos Aires
Hike to Laguna Torre to see the majestic spire of Cerro Torre
Sample locally produced wines in magnificent Mendoza
Argentina holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Argentina
Geography and environment
Health and safety
Argentina travel FAQs
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:
For instructions on how to process this payment, please visit:
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
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 27 Feb Carnivals
- 28 Feb Carnivals
- 24 Mar National Day of the Memory by the Truth and Justice
- 2 Apr Malvinas' Veteran's and Memorial Day
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 1 May Labor Day
- 25 May Revolution Day
- 17 Jun Anniversary of General Martín Miguel de Güemes' Death
- 19 Jun Public Holiday
- 20 Jun Anniversary of General D. Manuel Belgrano's Death
- 9 Jul Independence Day
- 15 Aug Death of San Martin
- 9 Oct Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity
- 27 Nov National Sovereignty Day
- 8 Dec Immaculate Conception / Virgins Day
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Argentina go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/argentina/public-holidays
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
- Be considerate of Argentina’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.