Argentina is a country for passionate connoisseurs. The juicy beef melts on the tongue and the tasty ice cream does so in a more literal sense. The wine is drunk for the taste and not for the effect. The intoxication comes instead from the tango, the passionate dance that seduces us all.
On this page you will find practical information and facts about Argentina.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN ARGENTINA
Climate and best travel time
The Argentine summer months, December to February, can be quite hot in Buenos Aires and it is therefore best to visit the capital from September-November and from March-May.
The northern and northwestern areas are very hot and humid in December-February, but mild from March to November.
The area around Mendoza is most beautiful during the Argentine autumn which runs from March to May. The ski season runs from mid-June to mid-October.
In the southern part of the country, the best season is from November to March, when you experience the warmer and drier period.
Our recommendations on when it is best to travel are based on how the climate has been in previous years. The weather in Argentina can be very changeable and unpredictable, so our recommendations should only be seen as an indication. Visit sportsqna.com for Argentina travel package.
There are ATMs for Visa and MasterCard in almost all Argentine cities. Please note that there may be limits to how much money can be withdrawn per day. The Argentine currency is called the Nuevo Peso. It can be a good idea to bring US dollars that can be exchanged throughout almost the entire country.
The price level in Argentina varies from city to city and from region to region. But in large parts of the country, the cost of traveling is about the same level as in Sweden.
Conditions for visas
NOTE! The visa rules can be changed at short notice, so We recommend that you check the current conditions at the country’s embassy. The following information may change.
Argentina is visa-free for up to three months.
Aviation is the ideal means of transport to cross the long and vast country. However, there are few lines that go directly between the different cities, but most often you have to fly via Buenos Aires and change flights there. It is possible to buy cheap airline tickets from home. Check with your travel agent.
Most of Argentina is connected by a well-developed bus network. In Buenos Aires, all bus lines depart from the large Retiro terminal in the city center. Buses depart from here daily to all the country’s provincial capitals and to neighboring countries. Express buses are more expensive than regular buses (comunes), but of course faster. It is recommended to reserve a seat the day before. But note that on some routes, buses can be as expensive as airplanes, so check both options.
subway (SUBTE) in Buenos Aires is the fastest and cheapest way to get around the capital. There is also a well-developed city bus line network.
Argentina has one of the world’s longest railway networks, but many of the routes have been abandoned because the buses are so efficient. But some still work and the train journeys are a great opportunity to see the beautiful nature.
In most countries, tips are part of the salaries of employees in the service industry. Therefore, it is good practice (and sometimes directly necessary) to give tips to, for example, cleaning staff, waiters, guides, drivers, etc. depending on which country you visit. Therefore, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with how much is normally given in tips and to whom before you embark on your journey. Find information on tips in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks.
CAPITAL: BUENOS AIRES
CLIMATE: TEMPERATE, COOL IN THE SOUTH, SUBTROPICAL IN THE NORTH.
RELIGION: ROMAN CATHOLIC
The bohemian capital of Buenos Aires,
Argentina – and tango – and a bit of Europe, are often compared to Paris. Everyone loves Buenos Aires and rightly so. Here the cafés are occupied by coffee-drinking bohemians, the streets by loud football fans and the dance floors by passionate tango dancers. Argentines are both relaxed and temperamental, informal and relaxed. Buenos Aires is also a dynamic city, but with great opportunities to retreat and reflect on today’s experiences in one of the countless cozy cafes or in one of the many green areas. In the artistic district of San Telmo, part of the colonial charm with cobbled streets and low-rise buildings is preserved. Here you can buy unique souvenirs when art and antique stands are set up in front of the lively Sunday market.
From Foz do Iguazú to the End of the World
In northernmost Argentina, on the border with Brazil, lies one of Latin America’s great natural attractions; the magnificent waterfalls of Iguazu. Here, power and beauty are combined when millions of liters of water rush out over the various ledges and leave a cooling water mist in the air.
The entire western part of Argentina is bounded by the majestic Andes. In San Carlos de Bariloche it is easy to reach the Andes, here you can hike, bike, raft, ride – or ski in the winter. If you travel further south you will find the beautiful glacier area with the glacier Perito Moreno which is the largest glacier. 30 km long, 5 km wide and 60 m high, Moreno spreads out in the landscape like an ice giant that only gets bigger and bigger every day.
In southernmost Argentina, which is also America’s southernmost tip, lies Tierra del Fuego – the Land of Fire. The place is shrouded in mystery and is also called the end of the world. It is the southernmost point of the earth before the South Pole.
The taste of Argentina
On the large, flat Pampas plain that covers most of central Argentina, the livestock farms extend as far as the eye can see. Here you can still meet a Gaucho – an Argentine Cowboy who drives the large herds of cattle from place to place. It is also possible to go on a farm holiday and try life as Gaucho for a couple of days. Argentina is world famous for its top quality beef production. The free-range cattle turn into juicy, tender steaks that you can enjoy in most Argentine restaurants. In the area around the town of Mendoza there are also many wineries where you can get both tours and tastings. It’s easy to find good red wines at affordable prices, so you can really pamper your extravagant taste buds.