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.
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.
On any private food and wine tour of Argentina, chefs will accommodate for any kind of diet.
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.
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.
For the most accurate information on vaccinations visit your local travel and health clinic or preferred doctor.