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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 plains of the Pampas, 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 capital of Buenos Aires you’ll find a vibrant metropolis that keeps up with the pace of any other world capital when it comes to fashion, fiestas (nightlife), art and culture. The city’s nightlife is legendary, and live rock music, folkloric music, tango, electronic music 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 in the South wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by the marine wildlife of Peninsula Valdes.
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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 winds. 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 Atlantic Coast of Patagonia.
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SEASONS & PEAKS
Summer (Dec-Feb) – Hot & Sticky – Avoid the North Side, flooding.
Autumn (Mar-Apr) – Fewer Crowds – Great time to go. See Wineries!
Winter (Jun-Aug) – Icy and Snowy – Ski lodges are open.
High season: Late Nov-Feb & July – Peak Pricing
Shoulder season: Sept-Nov & Mar-May
Low season: June & August – Low Pricing
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Capital City: Buenos Aires
Currency: Argentine Peso (ARS)
It is recommended that one brings cash in Dollars and/or Euros as these are easy to exchange anywhere in the country. Mastercard, Diners Club, American Express and Visa are all used in Argentina, with Visa being the most widely accepted one. There may be difficulties in changing traveler’s checks outside Buenos Aires.
We recommend visiting the website XE Currency Converter to get current exchange rates.
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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 traveling by bus, don’t leave belongings unattended.
No mandatory vaccinations are required to visit Argentina. We do recommend visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to make sure everything is up to date.
Nationals of the USA and the EU do not require a visa to enter Argentina and are granted a 90 day travel visa upon arrival. Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Argentina and it is generally advised that they contact the Argentinean embassy in their home country for information.The Wikipedia Visa Policy of Argentina is a great starting point to begin exploring whether or not any particular nationality might need to obtain a tourist visa to visit Peru.
In Argentina the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. If you’d like to learn more about the types of plugs in Argentina, check out the website What Plug Info – Argentina.
FAMILY TRAVEL IN ARGENTINA
Argentina is a great place for family travel and the Argentine people in general are very open-minded and welcoming when it comes to kids. It is one of those countries where children stay up late and eat with the family and you’ll find that restaurants won’t bat an eyelid if your kids pile in for pizza at 11pm – this is the norm and everyone else is doing it too. The country as a whole is very safe with low levels of crime and high safety standards. Argentina will also provide plenty of fresh air and exercise for kids and teens, and taking in such incredible sights as Iguazú Falls, the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate or spotting Southern Right Whales in Peninsula Valdes are bound to make a lasting impression – Argentina is one country where those geography classes will really be brought to life.
GETTING AROUND ARGENTINA
Argentina is BIG; it stretches over 2,175 miles (3,500 km) 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 journeys by road. 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 plains of Patagonia. In some regions, such as the Northeast or the Patagonia Lake District, it’s a great idea to hire a car and drive through their stunning landscapes independently.
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