Be swept away by the infectious Latin spirit in Argentina, home to sultry tango, icy landscapes and the Andean peaks.
Visit characterful Buenos Aires, head to Los Glaciers National Park and see the world-famous Iguazu Falls for breathtaking vistas and plenty of photo-taking opportunities. At the eastern foothills of the Andes, you'll find Mendoza; a panoramic heaven that's famous for its wine, its nightlife and its atmospheric markets. Plus, you'll have the chance to spot whales, sea lions and penguins along the Peninsula Valdes' coastline.
Twin your stay with Brazil: land of the samba beat, world-class football and Copacabana Beach. Or, head to Peru where you'll get to experience the Inca trail and explore the ancient Machu Picchu ruins.
Temperatures start dropping fast in the autumn in El Calafate. By May temperatures usually hit freezing and stay there until September or October.
The best time to visit El Calafate’s endless mountains, lakes, icebergs, and glaciers are between October and March when the weather is a bit warmer. Most attractions close around mid March or early April for the winter.
Spring temperatures slowly start to rise and the closer it gets to summer the more likely you are to see a comfortably warm day.
El Calafate in the summer has dry, sunny weather. Even though the seasons are reversed you will know it is December. Temperatures are cool but the elevation combined with the mountain breezes makes the temperatures seem even colder.
Winters in El Calafate are cool to cold and slightly wet. Surprisingly, there is little to no snow, although rain does fall during the winter.
The heat of summer gives way to pleasant temperatures in Mendoza’s autumn. Early autumn is still quite warm, but by May temperatures drop and you will need a jacket. Most days are clear and sunny, without a cloud in the sky.
In the autumn, Mendoza’s vineyards are in full harvest season. We love these months (March to May) when the city fills with the colours of autumn: gold, yellow, and crimson. Summer’s humidity disappears and the days are filled with sunny, blue skies.
Spring brings flowers in bloom and the region’s vineyards showing their first green leaves. Daytime temperatures in Mendoza throughout the spring stay warm with an occasional chance of rain.
In Mendoza in the summer the vineyards burst into full bloom and the temperatures rise. While it is warm, it can also get quite humid, as rains are common during the summer. Rain starts and stops suddenly, leaving the sky blue and clear
Sunny, dry days are accompanied by cool nights throughout the winter. This is the dry season and the air stays crisp and fresh. In June you might see snow in the surrounding mountains, although it is rare in Mendoza itself.
Autumn brings colder weather to Bariloche with chilly night time temperatures. By April the weather turns stormy and by mid May snow begins to fall. Autumn is usually the rainy season, although sometimes there are long, cold, dry spells.
We love visiting Bariloche and beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake in December through February, when temperatures are pleasant and tempered by dry winds. Rain is rare during the summer and most days are long and sunny with blue skies presiding.
Spring in Bariloche is unpredictable with windy weather and temperatures that range from comfortable to freezing. Late-season snow occasionally falls so be prepared.
Bariloche’s summer offers warm, dry, sunny weather tempered by cooling winds. When night falls the temperature can get quite cold, dropping to just above freezing at times.
Expect stormy weather to bring snow, rain, and sleet to Bariloche in the winter. Temperatures plummet and hover at or below freezing.
Autumn at Iguaza Falls can offer a pretty impressive display from any rain that falls. Expect slightly cooler days and a chance of overcast skies.
To get good weather and see the falls impressively full, August to November is the best time to visit Iguazu Falls. These months offer a nice compromise between the rainy months of December through February and the drier months of June and July when the falls dwindles.
During spring at Iguazu Falls the weather gets increasingly warm, with sunny skies and less humidity. You will see an impressive display of water rushing over the falls from any rain that falls.
The hot, summer months fall between December and February at Iguazu Falls. This is when the weather is the most humid, with monsoon-like rains further upstream making the river run high, often flooding the cat walks.
Iguazu Falls’ winter months see cooler temperatures and lower humidity. The clouds tend to be overcast and the water level flowing over the falls is considerably lower due to less rain during this season.
Autumn in Buenos Aires brings sunny weather and pleasant temperatures released from the humidity of summer. Occasional rainfall or thunderstorms can be expected but not as much as during the summer.
We love visiting Buenos Aires in the autumn, April to May, when stunningly colourful autumn foliage to the city streets. The humidity of summer is replaced by pleasant daytime temperatures and cool night time temperatures and days are usually clear and sunny.
Spring in Buenos Aires is windy and unpredictable. You may experience a heat wave or see frost, and thunderstorms may occur.
Summer is warm and humid with rain falling while the temperature is quite warm. Thunderstorms are prone to cropping up throughout the summer in Buenos Aires.
Expect mild and temperate weather in the winter, with chilly but not freezing temperatures and occasional frost. Rainfall is usually low and the city remains dry and cool. August sees the start of the Buenos Aires Tango Festival.
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).
Tipping in Argentina is given as a reward for good service. Some restaurants include gratuity, but a little extra should still be given as a tip. In general, tip 10 percent of the bill to servers in restaurants, 10 Argentine Pesos for porters, and round up for taxi drivers.
No specific vaccinations required
You do not need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you are travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentating your valid British passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
Argentina's currency is the Argentine Peso. The economy here is fragile, so you should bring US Dollars, which are regularly accepted, rather than Argentine Peso's.
We recommend bringing some US Dollars with you on your holiday to Argentina, then exchanging small amounts at a time for Argentine Peso's. It is difficult to change currency apart from US Dollars and Euros outside of Buenos Aires. Make sure whatever currency you are carrying is in pristine condition, otherwise it will not be accepted or exchanged. Credit cards are widely accepted, however, due to inflation, the fees can be in excess of 15 to 20 percent, so be sure to ask if there is a surcharge before you use it.