Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia.
Photo by Rachel Jarboe

ARGENTINA

South America

Argentina Travel Information

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Key facts

Capital:

Buenos Aires

Location:

Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay

Currency:

Argentine pesos (ARS)

Area:

2,780,400 sq km

Population:

45,864,941 (July 2021 est.)

Languages:

Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French, indigenous (Mapudungun, Quechua)

Religion:

Roman Catholic 62.9%, Evangelical 15.3% (Pentecostal 13%, other Evangelical 2.3%), Jehovah's Witness and Church of Jesus Christ 1.4%, other 1.2%, agnostic 3.2%, atheist 6%, none 9.7%, unspecified 0.3% (2019 est.)

TimeZone:

UTC-3

Tel Code:

+54

Weather

Climate in Argentina

Argentina has a diverse climate, varying from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the south. The country has four seasons, and the weather can vary greatly depending on the region. Generally, the northern regions have a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity while the southern regions have a colder climate with temperatures that can drop below freezing.

Best Time to Visit Argentina

The best time to visit Argentina depends on what you want to experience and where you want to go.

Spring and Fall

Spring (September-November) and fall (March-May) are considered the best time to visit Argentina. The weather is mild, and there are fewer tourists, making it an ideal time to explore the country.

Summer

Summer (December-February) is peak tourist season, and the weather is warm to hot, making it a great time to visit the beaches and enjoy outdoor activities.

Winter

Winter (June-August) is the low season and the weather is cold, especially in the southern regions, making it a great time to visit the Andes mountains and ski resorts.

It's worth noting that it's recommended to check the forecast and pack accordingly, as the weather can vary greatly depending on the region and the season. Also, it's essential to take precautions and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when visiting the hot and dry regions.

Transportation

Air travel

Argentina has several international airports, including Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires, Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires and El Palomar Airport in Buenos Aires. These airports receive flights from major cities around the world. From there, domestic flights are available to other destinations within Argentina.

Bus

Bus travel is a popular and affordable option for getting around Argentina, with many long-distance bus companies operating routes between major cities and towns. Bus travel can be comfortable, with options ranging from standard buses to luxury coaches.

Car rental

Car rental is also available in Argentina, and it's a good option for travelers who prefer to have more flexibility and independence during their trip. It's worth noting that traffic in major cities can be heavy and chaotic, so it's recommended to have a GPS or a map and to familiarize yourself with the local traffic laws.

Train

Train travel is available in Argentina, with several train companies operating routes between major cities. Train travel can be a comfortable and scenic way to explore the country, but it's worth noting that train travel can be slow and not all destinations are reachable by train.

Boat

Boat travel is also an option, particularly in the regions such as the Iguazu falls, where boat tours are available to navigate the rivers and to reach remote areas. It's worth noting that boat travel can be slow and may not be suitable for everyone.

Accommodation

Luxury Hotels

Argentina offers a wide range of luxury hotel options, such as five-star hotels, resorts, and boutique hotels, which are located in major cities and tourist destinations. These hotels offer amenities such as spas, swimming pools, and fine dining restaurants, making them ideal for those looking for a more upscale and comfortable stay.

Mid-range Hotels

Argentina also has many mid-range hotels available, which offer comfortable accommodation at more affordable prices. These hotels are typically located in cities and tourist destinations and offer amenities such as swimming pools and restaurants. They are ideal for those looking for a comfortable stay without breaking the bank.

Budget Accommodation

Argentina also offers a variety of budget-friendly accommodation options, such as guesthouses, hostels, and budget hotels, which are located in cities and tourist destinations. These accommodations are basic but offer comfortable and clean rooms at affordable prices. They are ideal for backpackers and budget-conscious travelers.

Vacation rentals

Argentina also has a variety of vacation rentals available, such as apartments, condos, and villas, which are located in major cities and tourist destinations. These rentals offer more space and privacy than hotels and can be a great option for families or groups of friends traveling together.

Estancias

Estancias, also known as traditional ranches, are a popular accommodation option in Argentina, particularly in the Pampas region. These estancias offer a unique way to experience the gaucho culture and the traditional way of life in Argentina. They usually offer comfortable accommodation, meals and activities such as horseback riding, trekking, and cattle herding.

Money

Money Tips for Travel

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to avoid any potential issues with international transactions.
  • Bring a mix of cash, credit, and debit cards--and possibly a travel money card.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.
  • Make sure to have a backup option for accessing money in case your primary method doesn't work.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • NEVER accept currency conversion at ATMs! Always get your home bank to convert at much better rates.
  • Think about getting a Wise or other travel debit card; these can provide much better rates and some free ATM withdrawals.

ATM and Credit Cards

  • Research the availability of ATMs and credit card acceptance at your destination before you depart.
  • Keep your ATM card in a safe place and be mindful of your surroundings when using it.
  • Try to stick to using ATMs that are affiliated with major banks.
  • Keep your credit card information safe and secure, and be aware of potential scams.
  • Make sure your cards have the necessary security features, such as chip and pin.
  • Be aware of the fees associated with withdrawing money from ATMs and using credit cards abroad.

Exchange Rates

  • Research the currency and exchange rates of your destination before you depart.
  • Consider using a card with no foreign transaction fees.
  • Be aware of the local customs and etiquette when it comes to paying.
  • Keep an eye on the exchange rate throughout your trip and try to make large purchases or withdraw large sums of money when the rate is favorable.
  • Be careful of places that may offer to exchange money at rates that seem too good to be true.

Mobile

When traveling, getting mobile access is very important these days. If you are working remotely, wanting to update social media, or need to access your banks SMS authentication messages having a reliable service is a must. At WhereNext we recommend:

eSIM

Services such as those offered by our partner, Airalo, allow you to easily order and install an eSIM for different countries or regions that you are traveling in.

Dual SIM phone

If you have a phone that supports dual SIM's then you can get a SIM on arrival for each country, this is probably better done at a telco store rather than at the airport.

Extend your home plan

Depending on where you live and your mobile service provider you may be able to extend your plan to cover mobile roaming at reasonable rates.

Keep your primary SIM

With the amount of accounts we all have that require two factor authentication via SMS, keeping a constant number for these accounts is a must.

Community

There are several online communities and platforms that you can use to meet people while traveling, both for making new friends or for networking professionally. Some popular options include:

Facebook groups

There are many Facebook groups dedicated to connecting people while traveling, from expat groups and travel communities to groups specific to certain cities or regions of the country. You can search for groups based on your interests or location and connect with others who share similar interests.

Meetup

Meetup is a platform that allows you to find groups of people that share your interests in your local area. There are Meetup groups all around the world, and they cover a wide range of topics, such as language exchange, sports, and cultural activities.

Internations

Internations is a social network for people who live or work abroad. It has a large community of expats and organizes regular events, activities and gatherings that allow members to connect and socialize.

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a platform that connects travelers with local hosts, who offer free accommodation and a chance to experience the local culture. It's a great way to meet locals and make friends!

Reddit

Reddit has a large community, and there are several subreddits dedicated to connecting expats and travelers. You can use it to ask questions, get advice, and connect with others who are also living or traveling in the country.

Linkedin

LinkedIn is primarily a professional network, but you can also use it to connect with people who work in the same industry or have similar backgrounds. It can be useful to connect with people before you arrive and establish a few professional contacts to help you get started.

At WhereNext, we use Nomad List as a global community and then research more local ones for our destination. These are just a few examples of online communities you can use to meet people; please suggest any others that you think are appropriate for this destination.

Insurance

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It covers a wide range of needs--even some you might not expect!

Medical Coverage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for medical expenses if you become ill or injured while traveling. This can include coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, and emergency medical transportation. It's also a good idea to ensure that your travel insurance covers COVID-19 related illness and delays!

Trip Cancellation and Interruption

Travel insurance can provide coverage if you need to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unexpected events such as illness, weather, or travel bans. It can also provide coverage if your trip is delayed or if your travel provider goes out of business.

Lost or Stolen Luggage

Travel insurance can provide coverage for lost or stolen luggage, as well as personal items such as passports and electronic devices.

Emergency Assistance and Evacuation

Many travel insurance plans offer emergency assistance services, such as providing information on local hospitals and doctors, assistance with replacing lost or stolen documents, and help with arranging transportation in the event of an emergency. At WhereNext we have partnered with Global Rescue for evacuation services, which are highly recommended if you are undertaking dangerous activities or are travelling to dangerous parts of the world.

Liability coverage

Travel insurance can also provide liability coverage in case you cause an accident or harm someone while you are traveling.

Travel insurance can provide financial protection and peace of mind for travellers in the event of unexpected situations or emergencies. It can help cover the costs of medical expenses, trip cancellations, lost or stolen luggage, and more. It's always a good idea to review the coverage and compare the different options available before making a decision. At WhereNext we both use and have partnered with Safety Wing for general travel insurance.

Entry Requirements

Here are some general travel tips regarding entry requirements that apply across all countries:

Passport

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in the country you are visiting. Some countries will not allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire within a certain period of time.

Visa

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if you need a visa. Some countries require a visa for entry, while others do not. Make sure to apply for a visa well in advance of your trip as the process can take several weeks. Check the latest Visa requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Health Requirements and COVID-19 Rules

Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to see if there are any health requirements for entry. Some countries require vaccinations or proof of medical insurance. Check the latest health requirements and if necessary get an online Visa with our partner iVisa.

Travel Insurance

Consider purchasing travel insurance, especially if you are traveling internationally. Travel insurance can cover you in the event of trip cancellation, medical emergencies, and other unexpected events. Our travel insurance partner is SafetyWing. For dangerous activities and/or countries consider a rescue service like those offered by our partner, Global Rescue.

Customs

Be familiar with the customs and laws of the country you are visiting. Some countries have strict laws regarding drug possession, alcohol consumption, and dress codes.

Currency

Check the currency exchange rate and make sure you have enough local currency for your trip. Some countries may not accept credit cards or travelers cheques, so it is always good to have some cash on hand. At WhereNext we recommend use a Wise debit card, which provides low cost currency conversions and ATM withdrawals.

Research the country

Research about the culture, customs and laws of the country you are visiting. It will help you to understand the place more and also prepare you better for the trip.

Contact Information

Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a separate place from your passport. Also, leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a friend or family member at home.

COVID Status

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      Things to Do

      Argentina is a country rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the majestic Andes mountains, there is something for everyone in Argentina. Here are the top 10 things to do in Argentina:

      1. Visit Buenos Aires

      Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, known for its vibrant culture, delicious food, and stunning architecture. Take a walking tour to explore the city's historic neighborhoods, such as San Telmo and La Boca, and visit the famous Teatro Colon opera house.

      2. Visit Iguazu Falls

      The Iguazu Falls are one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a boat tour to get a close-up view of the falls and feel the spray of the water on your face.

      3. Visit Mendoza

      Mendoza is known for its wine production and is the center of Argentina's wine region. Take a wine tour to visit the vineyards and taste the local wines.

      4. Visit Bariloche

      Bariloche is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and fishing, located in the Andes mountains. Take a chairlift ride to the top of Cerro Catedral for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

      5. Visit Ushuaia

      Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Take a boat tour to see the glaciers and spot wildlife such as penguins and sea lions.

      6. Visit El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier

      El Calafate is a town located in the Patagonian region of Argentina, known for its proximity to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most important tourist attractions in the region. Take a guided tour to get a close-up view of the glacier and learn about its history and formation.

      7. Visit the Andean Villages

      Argentina's Andean villages are a must-see destination, especially for those who want to experience the traditional culture of Argentina. Villages like Tilcara, Humahuaca, and Purmamarca are known for their colorful architecture, traditional crafts, and beautiful landscapes.

      8. Visit Cordoba

      Córdoba is the second-largest city in Argentina and is known for its colonial architecture and rich history. Take a walking tour to explore the city's historic center and visit the many museums and churches.

      9. Visit the Pampas

      The Pampas is a vast grassland region located in the center of Argentina, known for its gaucho culture and traditional estancias (ranches). Take a day trip to visit an estancia and learn about the gaucho way of life, including horseback riding, cattle herding and traditional barbecues.

      10. Visit Salta

      Salta is a charming city located in the northwest of Argentina, known for its colonial architecture and beautiful natural surroundings. Take a scenic drive on the famous "Route of the Seven Colors" to see the stunning landscapes and visit the many traditional villages located in the region.

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