Argentina is a great holiday destination boasting awe inspiring landscapes of vast open plains, mountains and glaciers. A huge country, brimful of natural beauty to explore, from the thundering Iguazu Falls to the wilderness of Patagonia and the mighty Perito Moreno glacier to the towering peak of Aconcagua, holidays to Argentina give you the opportunity to discover it all - and at the end of the day unwind with great food and good wine.
Unmissable Resorts in Argentina
- Tango in Buenos Aires
- Wine tasting in Mendoza
- Iguazu Falls
- Bariloche's Lakes
Buenos Aires: With faded elegance, grand buildings and large avenues, sophisticated Buenos Aires is a city of intellectuals. Stroll along the streets of trendy Palermo or chic Recoleta districts and enjoy a spontaneous tango show in San Telmo. Romantic and melancholic, drink a 'yerba mate' with the locals 'porteños' and you will find it difficult to leave here!
Food and wine: Good food and wine are easy to find. Taste a succulent steak in one of the many 'parrillas' in Buenos Aires and accompany your meal with a glass of full bodied Malbec and, for a total wine experience, travel to Mendoza, not only to
savour excellent grapes, but also visit a winery and learn more about the wine-making process
Patagonia: From Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost city in the world and hub to Antarctica, to Peninsula Valdez, a haven for marine wildlife, Patagonia contains all different ecosystems. A must for nature lovers and trekkers, the Perito
Moreno Glacier near El Calafate offers one of the most mesmerising spectacles, regularly cracking huge chunks into the surrounding waters.
Bariloche's lakes and mountains: Argentina's huge open spaces and diverse interior are the big attraction here. In Bariloche, gateway to Patagonia and capital of the Lake District, vast bodies of water lie scattered amongst innumerable Andean
mountains. The snowy peaks and forested slopes reflect in the tranquil surface of the lakes. Alpine towns and villages dot the area, which offers great trekking, rafting and a stunning route crossing into or from Chile.
Gaucho life: Where Buenos Aires ends, the Pampa begins. This almost unimaginable area of open grassland covers a quarter of Argentina and is home of the legendary gaucho. Prairies reaching out of sight dotted with thousands of head of cattle, which are the basis of the asados (roasts) of the best meat in the world. And presiding over these plains, fine ranches, horses and gauchos drinking mate tea beneath the shade of an ombu tree: do not miss a stay at one of these estancias for horse riding or cattle ranching!
When to go
Temperature Range: 7°C - 30°C
Most popular: November - March
Best value: May - October
Best weather: November - March
Direct flights: British Airways
Indirect flights: Aerolineas Argentinas, Iberia, TAM, TAP and Qatar Airways
Visa information: None for British citizens
Health information: No specific vaccinations required
Time Difference: GMT -3 hours
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When To Go
To avoid the highest prices of November to March, stick to before and after the high season. Most of the hotels in El Calafate will be closed during the winter season between May and August but this time of the year you will find the best deals in Buenos Aires and Iguazu. There will be fewer crowds and you could get that same stunning scenery for a bargain price.
Best Time to Go
Given the size of the country, it really depends on which region you want to explore. The North is better visited between May and September, as the climate is sub-tropical and you will escape high humidity and the odd torrential rain. If Patagonia is your destination, November to March is preferable, as the temperature is pleasant and days are longer. Buenos Aires is a fantastic destination for all seasons, due to the mild temperatures and mainly dry weather. The warmest months are January to March with temperatures averaging 35°C, whilst the coldest ones being July and August, when a good woollen overcoat and scarf might be necessary. But if you are planning to visit Argentina in a single trip, it's better to opt for spring (September to November) and autumn (March and April) to avoid any extreme weather condition.
Most people travel to Argentina during their summer, from November to March. This is the best time to visit Patagonia and the southern regions, otherwise too cold during winter (unless you want to ski near Bariloche). However, this is the hottest and most humid time of the year in Buenos Aires, which is preferable to visit between October-November and April-May, and Iguazu Falls, which nevertheless enjoys a tropical climate year round.
Argentina is at its hottest during the summer months of November to March, reaching peaks of 35-40°C in Buenos Aires and Iguazu during January and February. Temperatures are pleasant and much cooler in southern Patagonia during the same period, with peaks of 18-20°C (winter temperatures can go down to -3°C between May and August).
Argentina's territory offers a wide variety of climates. The extension and features of its territory determine the existence of four varieties. Subtropical around Iguazu with high temperatures and scattered rainfall the whole year round; moderate around Buenos Aires, Cordoba and La Pampa, where the influence of the sea brings mild temperatures and almost dry weather; arid-windy climate in Patagonia with mild summer temperatures, with scanty rainfall and, in winter, strong snow storms (especially around El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier) and humid-austral in Tierra del Fuego where there is no summer period of moderate temperatures, common in the Patagonian plateau.
Argentina Travel Information
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Argentina from the UK.
Direct Carriers: British Airways offer a direct service from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: Aerolineas Argentinas, Iberia, TAM, TAP and Qatar Airways offer indirect services to Argentina.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of USD29 must be paid at Argentinian Airports (unless it is included in your flight ticket price).
Fastest Flight Time: 13hrs 40mins (London Heathrow - Buenos Aires)
British Citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Argentina for tourist stays up to 90 days only but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Argentina. Please contact the Argentinian Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 318 1300.
How to obtain a visa
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