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Practical Information

Argentina is a huge and varied country that has more than enough attractions to absorb a visitor in its own right. It is also easily combined with visits to Chile via one of the many spectacular Andean routes between the two countries, or to Brazil via Iguazú Falls.

Due to its vastness, comprehensive itineraries around Argentina will involve several internal flights, but our specialists will ensure that the idiosyncrasies of the domestic airline schedules are taken into account, and connections are kept to a minimum.

Visiting Argentina

Our specialists have a detailed and up-to-date knowledge of the country’s many regions and the best way to combine them, dependent upon the different seasons and logistical factors you will encounter as you travel from one part to another.

As well as the obvious highlights, we have visited and like to suggest areas and places to stay which are perhaps less well-known and therefore more close a reflection of local life.

Highlights

Whatever your motive in visiting this wonderful country, whether you wish to learn the tango, sample the wine, marvel at the glaciers, waterfalls or mountains, photograph the wildlife, ride with the gauchos, or a combination of all these things, we can tailor a trip to ensure that you leave the country loving it as much as we do.

Language

The official language is Spanish. English is widely used by many in the tourist industry.

Food and drink

Vegetarians beware: Argentine food can be summed up in one simple word - 'beef'. The cornerstone of the Argentine economy and diet, beef features heavily in the barbeques or asados which are a tasty tradition. The other national delicacy is dulce de leche, an exceedingly sweet and sticky goo that is eaten on bread, in cakes or just off the spoon. And to drink, the Argentines have mate as their national beverage.

Money

The currency is the peso. In theory, US banknotes may be accepted as currency, but not coins. Change is always in short supply. Automatic cash dispensers are widespread, especially in the cities. Most machines take all credit cards, as well as Cirrus and Plus cards. Visa is widely accepted (Mastercard not so much), as are bank debit cards.

Tipping

Tipping for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are discretionary.

Travel Advice

Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.

When to go to Argentina

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

* This is a rough guide to when to travel in the country as a whole. It may not necessarily apply to a specific itinerary or part of the country.

  • The best time to travelThe best time to travel
  • A good time to travel, some factors to be aware of A good time to travel, some factors to be aware of
  • Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year
  • Snow or ski season Snow or ski season
  • Travel is not recommended Travel is not recommended
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