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Traveling in Argentina

Explore sun-drenched vineyards, walk across icy glaciers, hike off all the empanadas you tried and share a mate with your new local friends. From colorful & vibrant Buenos Aires to tranquil Patagonia, visiting Argentina is exhilarating; a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Although it might not look like it at first, Argentina is in fact the second-largest country in South America. Traveling anywhere will take time – a 15-hour bus ride is not uncommon; the beauty of each place will sneak up on you and leave you wanting to stay “just that extra day”.

Trust me, I ended up spending 6 weeks in Patagonia vs. the initial 2 weeks that were planned.

Transportation in Argentina

Renting a car in Argentina: Going on a road trip in Argentina gives you the ultimate flexibility. To rent a car requires a minimum age of 21, an international driver’s license and a credit card. Driving in Argentina is subject to local rules.

Bus travel in Argentina: Micros (long-distance busses) are the easiest way to travel around Argentina. Overnight busses have different classes: semi-cama (seats that tilt back slightly); coche cama (fully reclinable seats); ejecutivo (fully reclinable plush seats, usually comes with a meal). Purchase tickets online or at the local bus terminal.

Flying: Northern Argentina is served by the low-cost airline Flybondi which can be cheaper than the bus.

 

Buenos Aires Argentina

Travel tips before going to Argentina

  • Tipping in Argentina: Not obligatory
  • Is Argentina safe?  Relatively. One of the safest countries in South America
  • Being a vegetarian in Argentina: Food in Argentina is meat-based (Asados, steaks,…). Choices will be limited in smaller towns.
  • Local simcards: To be purchased at the local newsagent or mobile phone store. The largest networks are Personal, Movistar and Claro.
  • ATMs in Argentina: ATMs are limited to  2000 and 3000 Argentinian Pesos. The ATM charges around 200 Argentinian pesos irrespective of the amount you take out. 
  • What is Mate: Mate is a tea like herb and a favorite of locals.

 

Places to Visit in Argentina

Bariloche Argentina

ARGENTINA PLANNING GUIDE

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PATAGONIA PLANNING GUIDE

El Chalten Argentina

COMING SOON: 2 WEEKS IN
PATAGONIA ITINERARY

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COMING SOON: NATURAL
WONDERS IN ARGENTINA

Key Facts About Argentina

Capital

Buenos Aires

Main Languages

Spanish

Population

45.83 million

Currency

Argentine Peso ($)

Main religion

Catholic

Time Zone

UTC-3/ UTC-4

Plugs types

C, I

Driving

Right side of the road

Emergency Number

107

 Practical information for visiting Argentina

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly: Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE); Cordoba Airport (COR); Mendoza Airport (MDZ); Ushuaia Airport (USH)

ACCOMODATIONS

Find a list of comfortable accomodations ranging from local guesthouses to luxury hotels.

BUDGET

Average Daily Budget: $80
Meals $23 a person; accomodations $45; transportation $25
Note: The Argentinian Peso is strongly volatile, prices may vary

WHEN TO GO

That depends on the region

Northern Argentina: October – June
Central Argentina: October – June
Patagonia: December to March

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Depending on the country of origin visitors can stay for up to 90 days; costs depending on the country of origin

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

Gaucho tours, excursions on Perito Moreno, learn how to make Empanadas and dance Tango like the locals.

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