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When is the best time to travel to Argentina?

Argentina's size makes it a very diverse region to travel to. Generally speaking, the summertime (October-March) is the best time to travel to Argentina. The climate will be drier and the days a little longer. In regards to the Patagonia region of southern Argentina, Patagonia has a short season; travel generally occurs October-April with the peak season coinciding with the summer months of December, January and February. Many properties sell-out a year or more in advance for the holiday periods so planning your trip well in advance is suggested. The shoulder months of October and April can be a little cooler, but often are far less crowded and can offer the benefit of reduced pricing. Back to Top


What is the weather like in Argentina?

Climate in Buenos Aires is temperate and moderated by maritime air. Expect warm, sunny days during summer (70-80°F in Dec-Mar) and cool, cloudy weather in winter (50°F, June-August). The Andean region, including the Lakes District from Puerto Montt to Bariloche, has a cool mountain climate from October-April (50-55°F). Climate in Patagonia is similar to the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska; in the summer you can expect some warm sunny weather, as well as cold, rainy, windy days. Geographical diversity throughout the rest of Chile and Argentina gives rise to several distinct climatic regions with wide extremes of temperature, sunlight and rainfall. Although the season for adventure travel in Patagonia is limited, you can travel in many areas of northern Chile and Argentina throughout the year. The prime season in Patagonia is October-March when average daytime highs range from 65° F in the sun to the low 40°s. Night temperatures are typically in the mid to upper 30°s, but occasionally in the 20°s. Back to Top

What are the visa and passport requirements for travel to Argentina?

For U.S. and Canadian citizens, an advance visa for travel to Argentina is not required, though your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the return of your trip. Call the airline or an Argentinian embassy/consulate for the latest Argentina travel requirements. The Argentine government has imposed a $160 reciprocity fee on Canadian & Australian citizens. This payment must be paid online at www.migraciones.gov.ar before arrival into Argentina by air, land or sea. If you arrive in Argentina without showing proof that this fee has been paid, you will not be able to enter the country. If you are entering Argentina multiple times bring extra copies of the Reciprocity Fee receipt with you.  Back to Top

Will I need any vaccinations, immunizations or special medications for travel to Argentina?

No vaccinations are required. If you have traveled out of the country recently, you are likely up-to-date on any vaccinations that you would want to have for Patagonia. If your trip takes you into Northern Argentina, to the tropical and subtropical regions of Iguazu Falls and the Ibera Marshes you should consider a Yellow Fever shot and Malaria prevention. We strongly encourage travelers to speak with their doctors and visit the Center for Disease Controls website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel for the most current health-related travel information. Back to Top

Will I have problems with altitude while traveling in Argentina?

Generally speaking for most of Argentina, no you should not experience any problems with altitude. As a point of reference, in Patagonia along the popular "W" trek in Torres Del Paine, the highest elevation you'll reach is around 4,000 feet. Compare that to the altitudes of some higher South American cities where the altitude can cause illness like Cusco (11,000 ft), Quito (9,000 ft), and Bogota (8,600 ft). There are however points along the Andes mountain range where the altitude can reach as high as 9,840 ft in the Salta province, so keep that in mind of your trip ventures into those areas.  Back to Top

How do I prevent altitude sickness in Argentina?

Altitude sickness prevention involves proper acclimatization and medications. Diamox is the most effective treatment because it allows you to breathe faster and metabolize more oxygen. It can be obtained from a doctor, so contact your local physician for a prescription. It is best to do a trial run of Diamox at home before traveling to a more remote location. Back to Top

Can I drink the water in Argentina?

Yes! Tap water is safe to drink throughout most of Argentina. If you are traveling to a remote lodge or estancia or on a trekking trip where treated water is not available, we will let you know in advance and bottled water will be provided. Back to Top

Is it safe to eat Argentinian food?

Argentina has a rich and marvelous culinary history, with diverse produce and proteins drawn from the Andes down to the Coast. By all means, indulge and try all that you are comfortable with though street vendors should generally be avoided. Back to Top

What types of transportation do you use while traveling in Argentina?

Ground transfers are typically done by small van. Domestic flights are normally on local airlines. Access to certain jungle lodges is sometimes via smaller, twin-engine turboprop plane. Back to Top

What is the electrical current in Argentina? Will I need a plug adapter?

Argentina uses 220 volt, 50 hz. Adapters and transformers for North American equipment are readily available. Plugs are typically two rounded prongs (type H4) or three flat prongs (type C1). Back to Top

I like a certain Argentina itinerary but the scheduled departure dates don’t work for me. Or, I like most of this Argentina adventure but want to change the order/visit other locations. Do you design custom Argentina adventures?

Of course! We love planning customized trips and are happy to do so! We’ve designed travel in Argentina for over 25 years and have gained a wealth of experience in the process. Many of our trips operate in a certain order because time has taught us that this ‘works best’ though we are happy to work with you to design a trip that meets your expectations and preferences.

Trips must be a minimum of a week in length and for the same kinds of comprehensive services we offer in our regular programs including local air, accommodations, and guided excursions. We cannot, however, do piecemeal arrangements. After we have reviewed itinerary options and made some recommendations, we then charge a $100 custom trip planning in order to check availability and quote a custom itinerary. Back to Top