Argentina travel advice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for good service is an accepted fact. Amounts are discretionary.
Our certified country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Canadian Government Travel & Tourism website.
When to go to Argentina
You’ll find temperature and rainfall information, together with a month-by-month guide on visiting, on our guide for when to go to Argentina.
10 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (Toronto to Buenos Aires)