Argentina stretches for almost 3000 miles from the glaciers and vast Patagonian Steppe in the South to the steamy jungle and high altitude desert in the North. As the eighth largest country in the world, Argentina is a land of staggering contrasts. With such a rich variety of cultures, landscapes, climates and cuisines any holiday to Argentina is a true voyage of discovery!
Argentina is such a huge country with so many different landscapes, but my highlight was the wine lands in Mendoza - fantastic food, wine and breath taking scenery, what more could you ask for?
Start in the bustling culture capital of Buenos Aires, named the ‘Paris of the South’, for exclusive closed door restaurants, secret speakeasy cocktail bars, bohemian neighbourhoods, the seductive tango and grand old world architecture. Witness the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, one of nature’s most incredible sights, and experience high altitude salt flats, ancient gorges and alien landscapes in Salta and the Northwest. Travel out to the fertile Pampas to meet the gauchos and experience life on a traditional estancia, unchanged for years. Sample world class wines in Mendoza and artisan chocolate and draft beer in Bariloche. Embark on off road adventures in Patagonia to witness the vast cinematic landscapes, jagged mountain peaks and epic glaciers. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to Peninsular Valdes on the east coast for whale watching and the vast Ibera Wetlands in the North East.
Essential Argentina Travel Information
Best time to go
Buenos Aires can be visited all year round but is best in the spring (October and November) when it is less hot and humid and the jacaranda trees are in bloom. In the winter (June to August) it can get quite cold.
Iguazu falls has a subtropical climate and can be visited all year round. It can be very hot and humid between December and April and slightly cooler the rest of the year.
Patagonia and the southern part of the country is best visited between October and April with the high season during the summer months of December to February. Although it is starting to turn colder in March and April, the autumn colours in these months are spectacular. It is important to note that the weather in Patagonia and the southern part of the country is very unpredictable even in high season and you can often expect to experience four seasons in one day! Over the winter (June to August) Patagonia is cold and most hotels and services close.
Salta and the North West of the country can be visited all year round but receives less rain and more sunny days between April and December.
Mendoza and the wine regions can be visited all year round but a good time to go is during the harvest in the autumn months (March and April). The autumn colours in the Lake District are also beautiful.
The whale watching season at Peninsular Valdes runs from mid-May to early December. Earlier in the season (May to September) the Southern Right Whales congregate in the bay around the town of Puerto Madryn and Playa Doradillo, but later on in the season they move further north around the peninsular and are more easily seen around Puerto Piramides.
No visas required for entering Argentina as a UK passport holder. On arrival you will be granted entry for up to 90 days. You may be asked to provide proof of onward or return travel, details of your accommodation and proof that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay. Your passport needs to be valid for the duration of your stay.
The local currency is the Argentine Peso. ATM’s are ubiquitous in all major towns and cities and all major credit and debit cards are widely accepted although many restaurants are still cash only. If you want to change some cash we recommend you take US dollars with you which can be easily changed.
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You should confirm with your doctor that all courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain. For Argentina the courses or boosters that are usually advised are Hepatitis A and Tetanus. Other vaccines to be considered are Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Rabies and yellow fever.
There is no yellow fever certificate required for entry into Argentina. There is a risk of yellow fever in the Corrientes and Missiones provinces and around Iguazu Falls where the vaccination is recommended for travellers over 9 months of age. Please consult with your doctor.
There is low to no risk of malaria across Argentina. Antimalarials are not usually advised.
Disclaimer: All the information we provide here is purely for guidance purposes and we are not medical experts. We always recommend that you make an appointment with your doctor 6-8 weeks before departure who will be able to properly assess your personal medical history, give accurate advice and advise on exactly which immunisations or medical precautions you need to take.
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