Argentina is a fascinating destination, unique in many ways. And so, a number of factors should be considered when planning a trip. This section can help you do just that: prepare for your upcoming vacation to this wonderful country.
When to Go
The seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. Buenos Aires is mild in the fall (March-May) and spring (September-November), and relatively hot in the summer (December-February). Patagonia is considerably colder than Buenos Aires, so the warmest time to visit the region is between the months of November and March.
For more information on the weather in Argentina, see the climate conditions, average temperatures, and other seasonal considerations for each major region in the Argentina Weather section.
The Types of Argentina Trips
Argentina has a lot to offer as a tourism destination. The sights and sounds of Buenos Aires are sure to interest the visitor and the interesting blend of people, cultures and activities make vacations in Bariloche, Mar del Plata and the coast, and Salta very memorable.
Nature and Ecotourism:
Argentina is a huge country that boasts a number of natural wonders. Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier are renowned the world over, while the Andes mountains are majestic. In addition, the highlights of Patagonia's wildlife include penguins, whales, and guanacos.
Argentina is both an interesting and rewarding destination for families to visit. The natural highlights of Argentina are wonderful for children, and several accommodation options are available for families. There are some important factors to consider when travelling with children, however, as explained in this section.
Argentina Family Travel
Argentina is an excellent place to vacation with friends or colleagues. Much like family travel, group travel involves taking care of many logistics, a process that is not trivial and requires attention to additional details. In this regard, a travel agent can be very useful and actually save your group money.
Argentina Group Travel
Argentina is a major destination for sports lovers and active vacationers. The hiking and trekking is some of the best in the world, the trout fishing is renowned, and Argentina is the best place for summer skiing between June and September.
Sports in Argentina
There are many cruise ships that visit several ports of call in Argentina. At the same time, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a cruise line for a trip to Argentina and South America. In addition, Argentina has the most convenient port to travel to Antarctica.
Choosing a Tour of Argentina
Argentina offers many highlights, and it may be hard to decide which destinations you should choose, how to combine destinations, and how long to spend at each one. The following section attempts to help with these all these questions and maximize your time in Argentina.
Argentina Tour Options
Combining an Argentina Vacation with Vacations in Brazil, Chile, or Uruguay.
Visit Argentina and Uruguay:
Uruguay is very accessible from Argentina. Travelers to Argentina often make a day trip to the quiet town of Colonia, and daily ferries to Montevideo and Punta del Este are also very popular.
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Visit Argentina and Brazil:
Argentina and Brazil are neighboring countries and feature some of the greatest highlights of South America. There are a number of ways to combine a visit to Argentina and Brazil to make a smart and interesting vacation.
Argentina and Brazil Visit
Visit Argentina and Chile:
Argentina and Chile share a border along the Andes for much of the length of South America. There are several crossing points from Argentina to Chile (and vice-versa) that can be accessed by travelers fortunate enough to have time to explore the region.
Argentina and Chile Visit
Citizens of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa require only a passport to enter the country. No visa is needed for stays of 3 months or less.
New Entrance Tax:
Starting December 2009, Argentina will now charge a new entrance tax for all visitors holding passports from United States, Canada, and Australia. The total tax will be equivalent to the one that Argentines pay to get their visa to travel to these respective countries. The tax is a one-time fee and can be paid in US Dollars or Argentine Pesos at Ezeiza Internation Airport in Buenos Aires.
The tax amounts per country are:
United States - $131 USD
Canada - $70 USD
Australia - $100 USD
Argentina requires no vaccinations to enter the country. Health wise, Argentina is a relatively safe country to visit that has similar levels of sanitation/hygiene to European destinations. For more details, a health guide is available below.
Argentina Health Guide
Credit cards are accepted and ATM machines are widely available in Buenos Aires and many other cities and resorts, as well as most airports and 3-star and up hotels. It is recommended to bring at least a few hundred dollars of cash to Argentina just in case you can't get money from ATM machines. It is significantly easier to use the ATM machines of US banks such as Citibank or HSBC than an Argentine bank. Currency exchange offices are available in airports and town centers.
What to Bring:
There are no special items that you need to bring to Argentina. As long as you dress for the right season, you should travel comfortably in Argentina. Any personal items you may have forgotten can be purchased at pharmacies located throughout the country.
What Regions to Visit
The most interesting regions in Argentina to visit are described in detail in the Regions in Argentina section. A minimum of two day's stay is recommended for each destination you decide to visit.
Explore the All About AR website, but also pick out a guidebook to take on your trip. Here are some good guides to Argentina, Buenos Aires and Patagonia.