Argentina FAQ's

When planning for the best time to visit Argentina, remember that in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Summer occurs at the beginning of the year, and winter mid-year. Nevertheless, Buenos Aires is as far from the equator as Casablanca is, in northern Africa. Therefore, the temperature seldom drops below freezing. North of Buenos Aires, the winters can be quite lovely, and the summers are full of sunny days and warmth.

South of Buenos Aires, winters are similar to the winter weather in Europe. It's never truly warm, and often it becomes cold enough for snow. Meaning in July, the Andes are a perfect destination for skiers! Overall, the best time to travel to southern Argentina is either April (early Autumn) or September (spring). Fall in Patagonia is quite spectacular, comparable to the Indian summer on the west coast of the US and Canada. Spring is, well, spring: very green and full of blossoming flowers. A dry season exists only in the northern Andes of Argentina during their winter from June to August.

Located between the Andes in the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Argentina is the 2nd largest country in South America. Let us examine Argentina's top destinations starting from the north, then to the south, east, and west.

Iguazu Falls, located on the boarder of Brazil, is inside the lush subtropical rainforest of Iguazu National Park- a top destination year round. Just one hour's flight due west is Salta, which is the departure point for the Train to the Clouds, as well as the wine growing region for Torrontes, a white wine unique to Argentina. Between the two points, don't miss Cordoba, home to the oldest university and cathedral of Argentina and center of the Jesuit missions.

On the mighty River Plata to the southeast is the "Paris of South America" and the birthplace of the tango: Buenos Aires. These nicknames explain it all. Directly westwards, at the foot of the Andes, is Mendoza, the center of THE red wine growing area: famous for its delightful Malbecs.

Puerto Madryn, with its Valdes Peninsula, is the place for spectacular whale watching. Bariloche, the gateway to Patagonia, enjoys excellent summer and winter sports and is the Argentine side of South America's lake district. Travel south from there to El Calafate to see the glaciers and Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the planet, for the Train to the End of the World. Ushuaia is also the launching point for cruises to Antarctica and over to Chilean Patagonia and the Torres del Pain National Park.

Oh, yes! While it is true that the tradition of ranching huge herds of cattle has left a significant impression on the cuisine, the Italian, Chinese and Middle Eastern immigrants have brought a huge variety of vegetarian dishes. Vegan cuisine can also be easily found in most cities, but may be more difficult in the countryside.

On any private food and wine tour of Argentina, chefs will accommodate for any kind of diet.

In terms of size, Argentina comes second to Brazil in South America. Argentina is approximately 1/4 the size of the United States or Europe. The appearance of distance can be deceiving when traveling in South America.

That is why, apart from absolute numbers, it is essential to understand the amount of time it takes to fly to different parts of Argentina.

For example, flying from Iguazu Falls in northern Argentina to Ushuaia in southern Argentine Patagonia will take you nearly a full day. Most flights connect in Buenos Aires, so calculate two hours from Iguazu to Buenos Aires, then 4 hours to Patagonia. Buenos Aires to Bariloche at the foothills of the Andes is 3 hours by air. Of course, that is why a Travel Expert best arranges all flight logistics and travel planning in Argentina.

One-fourth of Argentina’s 44 million population lives in the capital of Buenos Aires. The majority of the community is a blend of white and mestizo, meaning white mixed with indigenous peoples. The white European immigrants stayed mostly around Buenos Aires and Cordoba, whereas most indigenous peoples live closer to the Andes. Between the mix of European-flair and indigenous history, Argentina is the perfect place for a historic tour.
The official currency of Argentina is the Peso - the Argentine Peso that is, as Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and four other countries also call their currencies ‘peso’.

Many Argentines know the exchange rate to the USD, and EU and GBP can be converted anywhere. Argentina is the only country in South America where you can easily exchange Uruguayan Pesos and Brazilian Reais- just not coins and small bills. However, credit cards are by far the most convenient form of payment to use when traveling to Argentina.

When traveling with local guides, it's encouraged that you have some cash on hand for tipping. Guides in South America love a tip in any of the before-mentioned currencies.

In general, you do not need any special vaccinations for Argentina. You can compare Argentina in many ways to Europe. Only in the North, in the subtropical climate, you might consider yellow fever vaccination. However, as of 2019, the yellow fever vaccination is not required.

For the most accurate information on vaccinations visit your local travel and health clinic or preferred doctor.

Official language is Spanish, spoken by almost everybody. However, indigenous languages like Guarani, Wichi, and Qom among others are still spoken. Currently English is the first foreign language everybody in Argentina learns in school.