This vast land holds the melancholic charms of enchanting Buenos Aires,
the beautiful Mendoza wine region, Iguazu Falls and rugged landscapes of Patagonia…
INTRODUCTION TO ARGENTINA
The Republic of Argentina is located in the southern part of the continent of Latin America. It is a vast land and the eighth biggest country in the world. It differs from many countries on the continent in that 95% of the population are of European descent. In the year 1516 the Spanish colonialist forces began a conquest and reign that lasted almost 300 years. Subsequently there have been further immigrant flows from Italy, Germany and Spain. Even today, Buenos Aires city is known as “The Paris of the South” and is renowned as the home of tango dance. Locals here like to escape the city and experience the great diversity of marine species along the Atlantic coastline such as whales, penguins, fur seals, sea-lions, orcas and sharks. Puerto Madryn is a great location for spotting the wonderful marine showcases. Also, the magnificent Iguazu Falls are within easy access too on the border with Brazil. Spanning some 1.6-miles (2.7 km) wide and 269 feet(82m) high these natural wonders are an awesome showcase of nature.
Traveling further afield opens up opportunities to visit the burgeoning wine industry near idyllic Mendoza. This region also contains the highest mountain in the Andes range Aconcagua, which peaks at 22,384 feet (6,960 meters) in a trekker’s paradise. Patagonia too in the south is a world-famous remote trekking destination with some of the most beautiful hiking routes including the Perrito Moreno Glacier, the third largest freshwater reserve on the planet.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL:
Argentina is a large country that has a multitude of climates, therefore the best time to travel to Argentina really depends on what part of the country to plan to visit. Southern Argentina (Patagonia Region) is best visited from December – March, where daytime temperatures are higher averaging 50 Deg F (5 Dec C). During these months days are longer giving you more time for sightseeing. El Calafate area is considered a destination that you can visit all year round, but we recommend avoiding peak winter months from July to August, as snow and icy conditions may interrupt your travel plans. Central Argentina (Buenos Aires) has four distinct seasons, which are in reverse of the those in the northern hemisphere. Summertime (December – February) heats up considerably, with day time temperatures/humidity often becoming uncomfortably hot. This is also the wettest time of the year, so don’t be surprised if you are caught in a torrential downpour. During the winter months June – August, you can expect much colder days and even colder nights. Mendoza, located in the foothills of the Andes, has Mediterranean like climate all year round. We recommend visiting during harvest time for La Vendimia festival (end of February – Start of March). Northern Argentina (Iguassu Falls) has a sub-tropical climate which is warm all year round. December – March sees a warmer more humid climate with higher rainfall. During these months the water flowing through the falls can sometimes increase to such a level that the lower walkways around the site are closed for safety.
- Go prepared with plenty of local currency (Argentine Peso). Even in the capital Buenos Aires exchange houses are few and far between, so being prepared with some local currency is essential. Hotels may exchange currency, but usually at a lower rate.
- Argentine Patagonia is a hugely rewarding destination and unlike Torres del Paine National Park (in Chile) it is accessible throughout the year. January – April are the most popular times to travel as temperatures rise slightly during the summer months. Book early as the best hotels sell out months in advance.
- Mate (pronounced mah-tay) is a huge tradition synonymous with the Argentine Gaucho. Make sure you buy your communal cup and bombilla before returning home.
- If you are visiting Argentine Iguassu Falls during your trip and also plan on crossing the border to Brazilian Iguazu, make sure you check out the entry requirements. US, Canadian and Australian passport holders need to apply for an e-visa online before traveling (this information was correct at time of publication).
OUR LUXURY ARGENTINA VACATION PACKAGES:
Essential Buenos Aires (7 Days)
With plentiful restaurants and a nightlife that really doesn’t gets going until the turn of midnight; it is no surprise that Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of Latin America.VIEW TOUR
Buenos Aires & Vineyards of Mendoza (8 Days)
Take a journey through Mendoza’s finest wineries and meet the passionate people that make Argentine wine so widely celebrated…VIEW TOUR
Best of Buenos Aires & Iguazú Falls (9 Days)
The desolate rugged landscapes of “Tierra del Fuego” will leave you lost of words. Adventure into one of nature’s most beautiful spectacles and discover Torres del Paine National Park.VIEW TOUR
Three World Wonders of Latin America (12 Days)
Tantalize your senses and fulfill your travel ambitions with this ultimate Latin America adventure…VIEW TOUR
Peru & Argentine Patagonia Combined (12 Days)
Experience the spiritual harmony of Machu Picchu and the might of mother nature in Argentina’s Patagonia. Feed your travel dreams and start your adventure…VIEW TOUR