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Argentina

Argentina is a country of seemingly endless variety. The world's eighth largest country, it stretches from its tropical north to a glacial south, the mountainous Andes in the west to the sweeping Atlantic coastline in the east. [See Argentina itinerary ideas]

This is a land of great passion, where national football matches mesmerize a nation and the city streets rock and weave to the aphrodisiac effects of the tango. Argentines live intensely - perhaps a product of a rocky political past, or perhaps because they don't dare relax for too long, knowing the abundant delights that sit on their doorstep that would take a lifetime to explore.

Argentina luxury holidays typically start in the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires, a heady mix of Havana's colour and Paris's elegance. The great natural playground of beautiful Patagonia is another Argentina travel highlight, while the vineyards of Cafayate in the northern province of Salta reveal another side to the country.

Elsewhere, visitors to Argentina can take in the placid waterways of the Lake District, admire rumbling Iguazu Falls and watch southern right whales pass by the beaches of Peninsula Valdés.

WEXAS Travel brochure for Argentina

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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

Due to its vast size, there are huge differences in climatic conditions across the country, which are worth taking into account when planning a trip.

Buenos Aires is best in spring (September to early-November) or autumn (March to May) when temperatures are mild. Summer in the capital can be stifling, with temperatures often hitting the high 30s.

The shoulder seasons are also a good time to explore the northern and central provinces - autumnal leaves make Mendoza and the Lake District spectacular and the Iguazu Falls benefits from November to March rainfall.

Patagonia is best in the summer (December to February) when the weather is mild and most services - transport, tourist information etc. - are fully functioning.   

 

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital - Buenos Aires

Size - 2,780,400 sq km

Language - Spanish is official. Others include Italian, English, German, French, Welsh, Mapudungun, Quechua

Population - 41.3 million

Religion - Roman Catholic (over 90%), Protestant, Jewish

Currency - Argentine peso

Time zone - GMT -3

Flight time from the UK -14hrs

Festivals

January - Fiesta Nacional de la Cereza, cherry festival in Los Antiguos

February - Carnival  

March - Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, celebration of wine and the winemaking industry  

April - Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, international festival of independent cinema held in Buenos Aires

May - Arte BA, international art fair

June - Semana de la Bandera, weeklong celebration of Manuel Belgrano

August - Buenos Aires Tango Festival

September - Festival de la Empanada, a celebration of the best empanada chefs in the country, in Tucumán

October - National Beer Festival

November - Día de la Tradición, nationwide gaucho festivities

December -  Abierto Argentino de Polo, Argentina's annual polo open

Visas

Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.

Passport requirements

Passports must be valid for the full duration of your stay. If you are visiting another country or countries en route to or from Argentina, be sure to check any further entry requirements.

Money

The Argentine peso (AR$) is the official currency of Argentina. Coins come in denominations 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos and $1 and $2; notes in denominations of $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.

The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard, though American Express is also accepted in most places. A surcharge or rechargo is sometimes added to the cost of a purchase. This can be 5% or 10% of the overall price. There are ATMs (cajeros automáticos) throughout Argentina, many with instructions in English. There's likely to be a small charge for foreign transactions, though exchange rates at ATMs are generally as good as you'll find anywhere else. ATMs only allow $300 to be withdrawn at any one transaction, but multiple transactions can be made at the same machine.

Be sure to notify your bank of your travels to avoid them from blocking your card when an international transaction is made.

Regions [8]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Argentina, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.


Itinerary ideas [20]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Argentina. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.

Salta & the North-West

History & culture Food & wine

The region around Salta in Argentina’s northwest boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Argentina, from dazzling white salt plains to arid red desert …

End of the Earth

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Iguassu & Beyond

For the nature lover who also wants to explore the nightlife of the urban jungle and have plenty of time on the beach, this 9-day adventure offers the perfect …

The Glaciers Experience

Spend four days in El Calafate and explore a piece of Argentina's incredible Patagonia region. Witness active Perito Moreno Glacier, as massive ice chunks crack …

Glacier National Park - El Chaltén

Hike through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world on this active foray into Argentine Patagonia. Be awed by the towering, snowy peaks and …

Patagonia Explorer

When Magellan landed in Patagonia, he believed its inhabitants to be giants. While you won't find any mythical creatures on this trip, you will encounter …

Southern Highlights

If time’s a little tight and you want to sample the region’s natural wonders without sacrificing some of South America’s most vibrant cities, there’s no …

The Glaciers Experience

Spend four days in El Calafate and explore a piece of Argentina's incredible Patagonia region. Witness active Perito Moreno glacier as massive ice chunks crack …

Mendoza Wine Experience

Sip your way around the region that put Argentina on the world wine map on this three-day pursuit of the perfect glass! We explore old and new on our Mendoza …

Buenos Aires & Tango Experience

Dance, drink and eat your way around the most sophisticated European city in South America—Buenos Aires. Get to know the city everyone loves to love, as you …

In Search of Iguassu - Buenos Aires to Rio

Get your South American rush with other young travellers not afraid to embrace the new. You'll kick off the adventure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before …

Buenos Aires to La Paz Adventure

Breathe in the mountain air of La Paz and the tango palaces of Buenos Aires on a 2-week adventure. Connecting the Atlantic to the Andes, you'll journey across …

Buenos Aires to Lima Adventure

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Buenos Aires and ending in Lima, it's 35 full days of fun. You'll …

Brazil and Argentina on a Shoestring

Experience the treasures of Argentina and Brazil in this jam-packed trip. From tango in Buenos Aires to sun and surf in Rio, explore two of the continent’s …

Patagonia Dreaming

For outdoor enthusiasts who have a bit more time to explore the region's stunning natural beauty, this comprehensive adventure takes in Chile and Argentina's …

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