Argentina is such a diverse country that it’s hard to know where to begin! From the sun-baked, high-altitude landscapes of the North to the frozen tip of Southern Patagonia, the country’s vast expanse is packed with one jaw-dropping view after another. Just the word Argentina conjures up images of lone gauchos riding across vast pampas plains, of sultry characters locked in tango’s passionate embrace and of exuberant football fans cheering on the infamous Maradona. All of this can indeed be found within Argentina’s broad borders, but this dynamic country goes beyond the stereotypes and delivers much, much more.
In the endlessly fascinating Buenos Aires you’ll find a vibrant metropolis keeping up the pace with any other world capital when it comes to fashion, fiestas and the arts. The city’s nightlife is legendary, and live rock music, tango, electronic and everything in between can be enjoyed there from dusk till dawn any day of the week. In the North you’ll find some of Argentina’s most intact colonial villages and a thriving traditional culture, while wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by the marine wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula. Lovers of the great outdoors are spoilt for choice, with waterfalls, lakes and glaciers forming some of the most incredible landscapes in the Americas, while the mighty Andean Mountain range strides down the western reaches of the country creating a wonderland for hikers and climbers. The perfect azure waters of the Patagonia Lake District give way to ancient glaciers and ice fields at its southern tip, before the frozen world of Antarctica takes hold – and all of this is waiting to be enjoyed, by both serious hikers and day-trippers alike.
Volunteer programs and student group tours in Argentina
Student tours – Buenos Aires & Patagonia
This whirlwind Argentina adventure will take you from the tango clubs of buzzing Buenos Aires to dazzling glaciers of Patagonia, with all kinds of eye-opening experiences in between. This 9-day tour explores Buenos Aires, the glaciers of Calafate and the wildlife of Peninsula Valdes
Student tours – The Big City & Waterfalls
Lose yourself amidst bright lights of elegant Buenos Aires, volunteer with inner city community projects, meet the local gauchos in the countryside and be deafened by the roaring thunder of might Iguazu Falls.
Community volunteering – Buenos Aires
Help spark meaningful social change in Buenos Aires, working with a huge range of inspiring community development projects from child services to human rights and poverty relief.
Argentina is generally safe but there are pickpockets, especially in the bigger cities. Be sensible, as you would anywhere in the world. Remember you are foreign and so will stick out already. Don’t wear lots of eye catching jewelry or flash expensive cameras, laptops or iPhones around. Don’t venture into unsafe areas. If travelling by bus, don’t leave belongings unattended.
Argentina has opposite seasons to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with summer falling from December to February and winter from June to August. Given its size, Argentina experiences very different degrees of the seasons, depending on which part of the country you are in. For example, the winter months in Southern Patagonia are a flurry of snow and icy wind. This is not the time for hiking in the southern Andes or seeing the glaciers. However, if you are into snow sports, by all means wrap up warm and hit the slopes. Conversely, the winter months are the best time to travel in the north of the country when the fierce heat of summer abates. The center of the country can be visited at any time, though Spring and Fall are the prettiest times to visit both Mendoza and Buenos Aires. Spring is the all-out best time of year for nature spotting along the Patagonian Atlantic coast.
Argentina is BIG, it stretches over 3500km from north to south. The distances that you’ll need to travel if you want to see all of its incredible sights are pretty hefty. For that reason most people take an internal flight or two in order to save time and avoid lengthy road travel. Having said that, Argentina does have an excellent long-distance bus service and, although it may sound a lot, a twenty hour bus journey is perfectly manageable. Long-distance buses in Argentina come in various levels of comfort, but you won’t pay too much more for a fully horizontal bed and waiter service. Hot meals are served on board and it’s a great opportunity to see some of Argentina’s beautiful countryside or to get an idea of the vastness of the Patagonia plains.