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Argentina - Best Tours & Trips 2019

712 trips to Argentina tours from 122 tour companies. 1,195 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Argentina shares southernmost South America -- and the remote region of Patagonia, a favorite of adventurous travelers -- with neighboring Chile. The remote Tierra del Fuego city of Ushuaia -- one of the world’s southernmost communities -- is a frequent embarkation point for ships to Antarctica and to local penguin colonies. But Argentina is probably best known for its vibrant, European-like capital, Buenos Aires, in the northe ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Argentina Multisport

G Adventures
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15 days
$ 293 / day
$ 3,824
From : $ 5,939
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cycle through mendoza's wineries and enjoy a tasting
  • Get your adrenaline pumping while rafting
  • Catch a glimpse of mt fitz roy
  • View the impressive perito moreno glacier
  • Savour the scenery in patagonia
  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of buenos aires
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Glacier National Park, Mendoza, Upsala Glacier, Argentina
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Argentina Eclipse: Salta Region

Exodus Travels
Preferred
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14 days
$ 321 / day
$ 4,499
From : $ 6,060
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Total eclipse at Jachal 
  • Visit one of the most important archaeological sites in Argentina, Shincal de Quimivil
  • Drive along exquisitely picturesque roads passing colourful gorges
  • Free time to explore Buenos Aires, a beautiful and cosmopolitan capital 
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Argentina Explorer

Global Basecamps
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10 days
$ 197 / day
$ 1,967
From : $ 2,242
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • This leisurely itinerary takes you from Buenos Aires, the cultural capital of South America
  • Discover Iguazu Falls, one of the continent's natural wonders
  • Partake in wine and food in Mendoza
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, Argentina
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Argentina & Chile: Across the Andes Horse Ride

Wild Frontiers Travel
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12 days
$ 496 / day
$ 5,950
From : $ 8,033
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Argentina’s captivating capital, Buenos Aires
  • Ride through the beautiful landscapes of Lanín National Park
  • Experience the rich cultures of Argentina and Chile
  • Drive through the Valdivian rainforest
  • Mountain lodges, camps and breath-taking vistas
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Chile
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Wonderful Argentina From North To South

22 days
$ 181 / day
$ 3,980
From : $ 4,895
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the culture and history in Buenos Aires
  • Visit the breathtaking Iguazú Falls
  • Embark on a whale-watching adventure in Peninsula Valdes
  • Explore the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Enjoy a train ride on board the End of the World Train
  • Taste some of the best Argentine wines in Cafayate
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu Falls, Puerto Madryn, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Valdez, Argentina
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Buenos Aires & Southern Patagonia In 14 Days tour
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Buenos Aires & Southern Patagonia In 14 Days

Say Hueque
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14 days
$ 227 / day
$ 3,175
From : $ 4,286
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Sensual Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Visit Ushuaia
  • Hike in Chalten & Torres del Paine
  • Tour & Cruise Perito Moreno Glacier
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Pearls of Argentina in 12 days

12 days
$ 110 / day
$ 1,325
From : $ 1,789
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the city of Buenos Aires
  • Visit different squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, Plaza Congreso
  • See the spectacular Iguassu Falls in Brazil
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Discover Ushuaia, met along the way Pipo River, Monte Susana, Ensenada Bay
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu Falls, Iguazu National Park, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Brazil
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Argentina Patagonia Adventure tour
Private Guided
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Argentina Patagonia Adventure

Lost World Adventures
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11 days
$ 233 / day
$ 2,560
From : $ 3,149
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Argentina on this active adventure.
  • Visit the city through the exclusive Four Balconies of Buenos Aires
  • Explore El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park.
  • Explore the myriad of hiking trails that weave throughout the Fitzroy massif.
  • Experience the hike to Los Glaciares National Park
Visits:
El Calafate, Lake District, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
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Patagonia Unbound tour
Private Guided
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Ecocamp Patagonia

ROW Adventures
Preferred
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8 days
$ 606 / day
$ 4,849
From : $ 6,546
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the city Buenos Aires
  • Embark on our kayaking journey from Whale Camp
  • Whale watching on the Patagonian Coast
  • Visit to the penguin colony at the San Lorenzo Ranch
  • Visit the rookery of the elephant seals
  • Views of the mountains in the southern part of Patagonia
  • Trek through the Lenga Forest towards the Cerro Torre Valley
  • Hike to Loma Del Pliegue Tumbado
Visits:
Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina
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Argentina & Brazil Experience(Twin Room,Start ...

Contiki
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9 days
$ 179 / day
$ 1,615
From : $ 1,689
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • City sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tango show, lesson, dinner and wine tasting
  • See the Devils Throat
  • Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ
  • Visit Iguassu National Park ARG side
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brazil
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Argentina Expedition: Aconcagua Base & Mt Bonete

Intrepid Travel
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10 days
$ 291 / day
$ 2,910
From : $ 4,074
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Mendoza wine region and sample South America's favourite wine, malbec.
  • Come face-to-face with Aconcagua, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest mountain
  • Walk through glacial valleys and over rugged Andean peaks on an adventurous, week-long trek
Visits:
Mendoza, Argentina
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Natural Argentina: City, Country, Glaciers & Falls
Private Guided
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Natural Argentina: City, Country, Glaciers & Falls

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 465 / day
$ 5,115
From : $ 6,292
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Leave the city behind, and discover Argentina's rugged landscapes from Patagonia, to Tierra del Fuego and Iguazu Falls
  • Three of South America's natural treasures!
Visits:
Patagonia, Iguazu Falls, Argentina
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Northern Argentina Explorer

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 393 / day
$ 4,721
From : $ 5,382
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • After hiking through Iguazu Falls, discover the historic culture of Salta
  • Then spend a few days soaking in the wine and food of the Mendoza wine region
Visits:
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
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Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)
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Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)

SmarTours
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 323 / day
$ 4,199
From : $ 5,669
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Magdalena Island Penguins
  • Enjoy Ultima Esperanza Sound Boat Excursion
  • Enjoy an escursion to Torres del Paine Park
  • View Perito Moreno Glacier (El Calafate)
  • Embark on an unforgettable full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park
  • Experience Buenos Aires
  • Tour of Charming Santiago
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Glacier National Park, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, San Cristobal, Santiago, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Patagonia Kayaking with Southern Right Whales tour
Group Tour
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Patagonia Kayaking with Southern Right Whales

ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 521 / day
$ 3,650
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • October through early December, endangered Southern Right whales and their calves cruise the sheltered waters of Gulfo San Jose, located between the peninsula and the Patagonian mainland, where we navigate unobtrusively in our kayaks for close encounters with the whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, southern sea lions, and dolphins.
  • See the whales come here for mating and giving birth, because the protected water in the gulf is quieter and warmer than in the open sea. It’s the best place in the world to watch the nursing mothers and their playful calves up close from the shore and your kayak. Breaching, fin-slapping and tail-lobbing, the highly social whales will captivate your attention with their behaviour.
  • Our advice: Spend an extra day in Buenos Aires (most international flights come through here) before and after your trip.
  • The world's largest population of Southern right whales. Visits to a Magellanic Penguin colony and an elephant seal rookery. Overnight in Faro Punta Delgado Country Inn, a Patagonian Landmark.
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Valdez, Argentina
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Top Argentina Experiences and Attractions

Top Argentina Experiences

Spotting pampas deer, howler monkey, armadillos, birds in Ibera Wetlands, the second-largest wetlands

Visiting Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world

Sampling wine in a Mendoza vineyards

Exploring Valdes Peninsula

Listening to tango artists perform and looking at the colorful houses in  the streets of Caminito, La Boca

Sightseeing in Bariloche

Taking a boat tour to see the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park

Seeing Iguazu Falls from the Devil’s Throat observation point 

Tasting the finest red meats and Malbec in the world

Taking tango lessons with a 20-year-old American exchange student and a 70-year-old Argentinian grandmother and being completely out-danced by both

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Argentina Trip Reviews

1,195 Argentina Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

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Average 18
Disappointing 10
Terrible 5
Value
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Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Adventure Smith was exceptional. Antarctica 21 corporate office was deplorable.

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0

Adventure Smith was so helpful throughout-- from initial info to booking the trip to answering questions to helping us once Antarctica 21 cancelled our Mom's trip. But Antarctica 21 corporate office was deplorable. This review is in two parts: a) Antarctica 21 corporate office and b) Antarctica 21 on ship team. The overall headline: Think carefully before you share medical information with Antarctica 21--- as they can and will cancel your trip with no warning, no refund, and no recourse.

My mom, brother, and I booked with Antarctica 21 (A21) in February 2018 with an initial deposit and paid for the remaining balance in Sept 2018 for a late Jan-early Feb 2019 Antarctic cruise. We booked through Adventure Smith Explorations (ASE)—who were amazingly helpful throughout. Mom completed the A21 travel and health information when we each paid the trip deposit in Feb 2018, and she disclosed that she was in her early 80s and on anti-coagulant medication. Mom’s doctor also certified in writing to A21 that she was fit and able to take this trip. Then, 20 days before the start of the cruise in late Jan 2019, A21 sent an email to cancel Mom’s trip and refused to refund her $11,995 cruise price—citing medical concerns. We were stunned. When we asked the A21 representative to clarify which medical concerns led them to cancel Mom’s trip, she cited Mom’s age and use of anti-coag--- but all of this had been disclosed a year prior when the trip deposit was first paid in Feb 2018. Our representatives from ASE tried to appeal with A21, but to no avail. A21 flatly refused our offer for both of Mom’s doctors, whom she had visited within 40 days prior to the cruise, to provide additional fitness certification. A21 stated that no further information would be accepted and that their decision to remove Mom from the cruise was final.

My brother and I left for the trip without Mom, although this was supposed to be a memorable family trip together. On board, as we shared our experience with other passengers, people readily described their own medical conditions and were appalled that our Mom was not allowed on the cruise. Many of the 50-80 year old passengers said they were also on anti-coag and had various medical issues. At least six people told us they had significant health issues-- one had extensive knee surgery 3 weeks prior to the cruise, another had a stint placed in her heart a week before the cruise, two people had fused spines and very limited mobility, two others walked with canes and needed assistance. Three of the A21 team on board the ship told us directly that Mom had been too honest in noting that she took anti-coag. Many other passengers, including the six with major health issues and those on anti-coag, said they had not shared any of their conditions with A21. The last day of the cruise, we spoke with the cruise manager, and at first she would not give us any information about the decision or contact information at their corporate office. Several hours later, she reconsidered and shared one contact information at their Santiago corporate office, but she discouraged us from meeting with their team in Punta Arenas in person.
Also: Be careful with travel insurance. Mom paid over $1,800 for travel insurance for the trip. However, the insurance company denied her claim for reimbursement when A21 canceled her trip. A21 refused to put any reason in writing for us to use with the travel insurance claim. Most thankfully, Adventure Smith Expeditions reimbursed Mom the price of the cruise of $11,995, although Mom still lost the airfare to and from USA to Punta Arenas, Chile. Adventure Smith Expeditions deserves my most stellar recommendations for their help and information throughout our initial booking, during the trip, and once we returned.
Part 2 of the review: Onboard with A21: If you are able to take the trip, the on-board experience with A21 is good quality. My brother and I enjoyed the trip, although it was deeply bittersweet without Mom. The landscape, wildlife, and pristine Antarctic views were truly amazing. Many other reviews describe the actual cruise experience well, so I will be brief on this. A21 used the Ocean Nova ship for our cruise. The ship is well laid out, the ship staff (including captain, dining, and cleaning teams) were very helpful, rooms are tiny and spartan but as advertised, all public areas were very clean, and food quality is reasonable. The A21 tour manager (admin and logistics), expedition manager (excursion leader) and guides on board are enthusiastic, and many of the guides have extensive experience in the Antarctic and are happy to talk with passengers. With ship activities, including two landings on average each day, we stayed busy with information briefings and excursions plus three meals. A21 has other ships, including a new one they will launch in 2020, so look at the options carefully. This cruise option on the Ocean Nova worked well for us, with just 70 passengers for a smaller group although more modest accommodations.
As noted above, definitely buy travel insurance, as our flight from the Chilean military base back to Punta Arenas was delayed two days given bad weather, and we stayed on the boat during this time. A21 has some of the same investors as DAP, the airline for these flights, so our ship had priority with DAP once flights resumed, while other ships (major tour companies, researchers, etc) had to wait further. Travel insurance covered my revised ticket home, hotel in Punta Arenas, and other minor expenses, which were all more than the cost of travel insurance.

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Luggage Handling and follow up

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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3 Star cruiser will never travel Holland American again. They have really slipped. We were this time on the Maasdam and this ship should be retired as it's old and not kept up. Many cracked and broken windows. One boarded up with plywood. Teak decks needing repair and rust all over the ship. The sliding enclosure over the pool when it opened and closed sounded like the ship was going to come apart. They nickel and dime you now for everything. No connection with ships officers anymore as the Captain is just a bus driver. Rooms small, beds uncomfortable. They've cut back servers which was especially noticeable in the Lido where one person handled 3 stations at certain times meaning long waits. We so loved Holland America in the past but since Carnival bought them they have definitely slipped. Too bad!

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Traveling with ACIS takes all the anxiety and pressure off of me and I can concentrate on enjoying the trip with my students and embracing the new adventure.

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Argentina Tours and Travel Guide

Argentina Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Argentina shares southernmost South America -- and the remote region of Patagonia, a favorite of adventurous travelers -- with neighboring Chile. The remote Tierra del Fuego city of Ushuaia -- one of the world’s southernmost communities -- is a frequent embarkation point for ships to Antarctica and to local penguin colonies.

But Argentina is probably best known for its vibrant, European-like capital, Buenos Aires, in the northern part of the country. An irresistible combination of urban sophistication, rugged nature, scenic beauty, and engrossing history and culture makes Argentina a don’t-miss South American destination.

Conjuring up images of tango, steak, and good red wine, the beauty of Argentina is almost indescribable. All throughout the country you find elements of European influence, particularly in the Italian complexion of the majority of population. The architecture is reminiscent of continental Europe with flashes of Spanish, Italian and French influence and the history, while simultaneously beautiful and brutal, allows a glimpse into the heart of the country.

Why Visit Argentina on a Guided Tour?

Argentina is one of the final stretches on the Pan-American Highway, with its “city at the edge of the world,” Ushuaia, being the end. Traveling without a guide is possible, however going with a guide is an enriching experience - helping travelers to fully understand the cultural significance of Argentina's landmarks and dive deeper into its stunning landscapes.

Since your guides will often be an Argentinian local, they have not only an intimate understanding of the local languages but also their customs. This allows for smooth transitions between lodging accommodations in urban and rural settings. It also gives travelers a way to find the popular, less well-known with travelers locations for nightlife or other activities, as the guides have experience with what is available and when.

While on the tour, guides are able to answer questions about the historical significance of various sites, providing a unqiue local perspective. Since Argentina is such a large country, having a guide that knows how to manage transportation in invaluable, as this minimizes travel times through the use of the most efficient or picturesque routes.

A guided tour also serves to provide travelers with interactions with other international guests in their group. This allows for cultural exchanges and the ability to make friends for other fun travel activites in Argentina. You may find that you meet a hiking companion for the more remote parts of Argentina, such as the self-guided hiking trails near El Chalten.

In this way, travelers are able to maximize their cultural interactions while also remaining informed and organized throughout their exploration of Argentina within a guided tour group.

Top Cities in Argentina

1. Buenos Aires

Perched on the Pacific coastline, Buenos Aires lives up to its reputation as one of the most relaxed capitals in the Americas. Whether travelers to the city wish to explore the president of Argentina’s office building, “La Casa Rosada,” or take tango lessons, Buenos Aires caters to travelers of all ages.

As a major city, it has bus routes which travelers can utilize to access different sections of it, but it is also very bike-friendly. Since it is very flat, travelers who tour the city by bike may find it easier to navigate through traffic congestion, which is highly prevalent at rush-hour times.

Similarly, Buenos Aires is well-known for its lively hostels that are matched by homestay options or major hotel chains. Both the Hilton and Four Seasons have locations in the heart of the capital, along with other comparably luxurious Argentinian hotel chains.

Buenos Aires’ economy utilizes the Argentinian peso and is often considered to be just as expensive as London or other major Western cities. So visiting Argentina on a guided tour is a great way to save - as meals are often included within the trip package, and venture beyond the tourist strips. 

From an entertainment perspective, Buenos Aires offers travelers the opportunity to see futból matches at La Bombonera stadium, art in museums and cemeteries, as well as a 67-meter high obelisk (El Obelisco). Travelers are encouraged to spend multiple days in Buenos Aires to fully experience all of the various cultural and historical aspects that make the city one of the most popular to visit in South America.

2. Mendoza

Travelers do not have to be wine connoisseurs to enjoy the product that makes Mendoza, Argentina, such a unique city. Situated in the Cuyo region, Mendoza, it is known internationally as the birthplace of Malbec wines. This particular type of red wine, along with others, are made possible by the specific altitude and desert climate that the grapes in the city are grown in.

Guided tours of the wineries (known locally as “bodegas”) are numerous. Since there is no public transportation in the city, many wineries also provide lodging or transportation, depending on the tour package. The Vendimia Festival, celebrating the harvest of the grapes in late February or early March is the most popular time to visit Mendoza, making it crucial to plan your Argentina tour in advance.

For those wishing to relax further than traversing the beautiful city vineyards, Mendoza is also known for its restaurants and spas, both of which may be included with tours or include discounts from hotels. The city itself is centered around the Plaza Independencia, which is worth taking a walking tour of to understand its historical significance.

To deepen your knowledge of one of Argentina’s most popular cities and its inhabitants, travelers can tour the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno. While the art is primarily that of South American artists, it is still interesting to visit given its subterranean location. The perfect merging of nature with the urban architecture of the city will make leaving difficult, especially without a bottle of Malbec or a massage.

3. Ushuaia

Famously known as the “End of the World,” Ushuaia is the largest city in the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina. It is also the last stop on the Pan-American Highway and the gateway to tours of Antarctica from Argentina. It is situated between the Andes Mountains, specifically the Martial Mountains, and the Beagle Strait, which separates South America from Antarctica.

For those looking to traverse the city by train, the Southern Fuegian Railroad provides a great overview of it along with the surrounding natural features that may be hiked to. Dogsledding is another method of travel for those who arrive in the winter, as the nearby ski locations are considered to be some of the best in the world.

North from the city, just a short train or drive away, is the famous Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is home to many lakes and mountains that stretch between Chile and Argentina. For those looking to see the elusive guanaco, Andean condor, or flora of all kinds, a day trip to the park from Ushuaia is a great option, and commonly included as an excursion on Argentina tours.

These adventure tours in Argentina provide not just transportation, but also knowledge on where to see the widest variety of biodiversity that comes from experience in the park. Travelers should be aware that while the city is inexpensive to stay in, it is cold year-round. This requires layers of clothing to be packed, along with dry-bags, to alleviate the need to miss tour activities on account of a lack of protection or sickness.

Getting to Patagonia from Argentina

The amount of time that a traveler has in Argentina is the most significant factor when it comes to deciding the method of transportation that will lead to Patagonia. While Argentina and Chile have their respectively popular travel destinations in this shared region, it is no simple matter to get from one to the other.

Travelers must cross both sides of Patagonia if they wish to see all that it has to offer. That being said, most guided tours of Patagonia from Argentina begin in the capital of Buenos Aires. International travelers can decide to board a cruise ship, fly, drive, or take busses.

The fastest method of travel is flying, a largely inexpensive option that has its first legs in either Santiago, Chile, or Ushuaia, Argentina, depending on which end of Patagonia travelers wish to begin with.

From there, travelers can fly to Punta Arenas, further north to Puerto Natales, and finally reach the famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most famous sites in the Chilean part of Patagonia and is conveniently located just a drive or bus ride away from Argentina’s El Calafate.

This small town is closed during the winter season but is the only gateway to Lago Argentino, El Chalten Glacier, and Mount Fitz Roy. Further north from these landmark sites is Los Glaciares National Park and the unmistakable Perito Moreno Glacier, all of which are accessible by car or bus.

For those feeling exceptionally adventurous, the Pan-American Highway spans the distance from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina. This option, while time-consuming, still allows travelers to arrange guided tours of both Argentina and Chile’s sides of Patagonia.

The Natural Wonders of Argentine Patagonia

Many travelers who make their way to Argentina are on their way to Patagonia - where stunning natural landscapes, wildlife, and challenging hikes beckon true outdoors enthusiasts. Patagonia is a region covering parts of both Chile and Argentina, however the Argentina side is quite a bit larger and easier to visit.

It is possible of course to visit Patagonia without camping or taking strenuous hikes, so don’t despair if this isn’t your cup of tea. Many Argentina tours will feature a visit to some of Patagonia’s more accessible sights on the itinerary.

Some of the top Patagonia sights you’ll see in Argentina include:

1. El Calafate - This unique setting is a top Patagonia attraction, primarily as the jumping off point to visit Los Glaciares National Park. If Patagonia has been on your bucket list, you’ve undoubtedly seen images of Perito Moreno Glacier, with its bright blue icey walls against a rugged and rocky backdrop. This is a top site to visit in Argentina!

2. Valdés Peninsula - An UNESCO World Heritage sight and home to a wildlife preserve that helps protect enormous colonies of Magellanic penguins, whales, elephant seals, and many other species, the Valdes Peninsula is an essential stop in Argentina for wildlife lovers.

3. Puerto San Julian - History lovers will delight in this excursion, the site of Ferdinand Magellan’s landing, the explorer to whom credit for naming Patagonia goes. There’s not much else in the area other than historical themed boat rides and a museum, so this really is one for the history buffs.

4. The Dinosaur Route - If you love paleontology or are traveling with young kids who are fascinated by dinosaurs, the Dinosaur Route is a definite must when visiting Patagonia in Argentina. Several important fossils have been discovered in the area (there is even a species that’s been named Argentinosaurus). The Dinosaur route is a great way to get up close to these discovery areas and learn about ongoing digs in the region.

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Food in Argentina

When you’re traveling in Argentina, expect a unique cuisine, with many flavor influences from around the world. Argentina cuisine is fairly meat heavy, so vegetarians may have a bit of trouble in restaurants and homestays. Meals are also fairly large and hearty - if you don’t usually eat a lot, definitely try convincing someone to split with you!

Wine is also big in Argentina, and several Argentina tours are now featuring winery visits and tastings on their itineraries. Some of the best varietals to try in Argentina are Malbec and Cabernet Franc.

Some of the top foods to try in Argentina include:

1. Asados (barbeque) - Barbeque is a cooking process utilized all around the world, each country with it’s only unique style, flavors, and sides. In Argentina, barbeque is a full event enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Common meats you’ll find at an Argentina barbeque include Chorizo, ribeye, and sirloin.

2. Empanadas - Another popular food item that has its unique flair depending on the country, Empanadas are the perfect finger food for tourists on the go, or locals doing their market shopping. Traditional ingredients include potato, boiled eggs, scallions, and of course, meat - wrapped in a delicious dough.

3. Alfajores - If you have a sweet-tooth, you will love some of the desert items found in Argentina, especially Alfajores. The flavor of “dulce-de-leche” is everywhere in South America, and these treats are also common in Chile, Peru, and Ecuador. They are a small sweet cookie, with dulce de leche filling and sometimes dipped in chocolate and / or shaved coconut.

4. Milanesa - Fans of traditional European “Milanese” or “Schnitzel” will recognize immediate similarities in this popular Argentine lunch or dinner item. Meat (chicken or veal typically) is pounded thin and served with a tomato based sauce.

Wine-tasting in Argentina

Argentina is home to some of the world’s more unique grape varietals, which have captured the attention of wine lovers everywhere. These include Torrontes and Malbec, which thrive in Argentina's extremely particular grape-growing conditions. 

While Malbec wines have also been produced in some parts of Chile and the United States, Torrontés wines are limited to Argentina wineries. This makes securing a wine tour in Argentina's wine country, around Salta very difficult if it is not done ahead of time with a guided tour.

Since Salta rises from 5,000 feet above sea level to 9,000 feet in a desert climate, replicating these conditions elsewhere to create Torrontés wines is nearly impossible. Fortunately, there are around 4,500 acres of vineyards along the famous Ruta de Vino (Wine Route) for travelers in Argentina to explore.

Many of the bodegas (wineries) that Argentina tours stop at not only offer tours of the property, but also cooking classes that prepare meals to pair with the rare wines that are sampled. For those looking to remain closer to Buenos Aires, Mendoza is a city that is similarly famous for its surrounding wineries that have historically specialized in the crafting of Malbec wine.

While this type of wine is still a staple for the region, the biodynamic wineries that continue to expand in the region are exploring various other red-wine blends. Therefore, travelers to wineries in Argentina are afforded the unique experience of being at the frontier of the wine industry, all from the comfort of a spa or a gorgeous view of the mountainous arid landscape.

Wine specialists are also available on guided tours of wineries in Mendoza to facilitate the sampling process and share the rich evolution of the Malbec wine into its various other forms which continue to appeal to international travelers.

Adventure Travel in Argentina

Given how Argentina’s landscape ranges from lowlands to Andean mountain peaks and back down to deserts and glaciers, adventure travel can take on many forms. The most popular adventure travel in Argentina tends to take place inside its many national parks.

Mount Fitz Roy (El Chaltén)

Part of Los Glaciares National Park, Mount Fitz Roy (locally called El Chaltén) is 3,405 meters high, with around 4,000 meters of vertical elevation. It is a veritable climbers paradise, one that requires both the proper gear, physical preparation, and guided tour to follow. The best time to visit is during the months of October to March.

It is recommended that adventurous travelers who wish to hike Mount Fitz Roy plan their trip at least six months in advance. Guided tours to Mount Fitz Roy book flights in advance, alleviating the need for travelers to concern themselves with transportation matters.

Travelers must begin their journey in El Calafate, a small town that only has 20 permanent residents and stands as the gateway to the mountain. Since traveling on a guided tour is the most popular option when climbing the mountain, campsites are established along the way, including at the famous Lago de Los Tres. Travelers can expect to be on the trail for at least 2 days, depending on how quickly their group moves and where they stop.

Perito Moreno Glacier

While the Perito Moreno Glacier is also in Argentina’s Patagonia, it is a much less strenuous site to reach than Mount Fitz Roy. It is peculiar for being one of the only glaciers worldwide to still be advancing. However, this does not mean that travelers will see it standing still, as it is typical for the glacier to “calve.” This process leads to the collapse of entire ice-bridges, shedding building-sized debris into the surrounding water of Argentino Lake.

For travelers in guided boat tours by boat, this makes for an exhilarating experience that not only can be heard but also seen and felt. As the glacier shifts, the immense amounts of ice that fall into the water below may shake or even spray those travelers who are in nearby boats.

There are also catwalks and hiking trails that ring the land around the lake that provides for stunning views of the bright-blue glacier against the water. Words are not sufficient for describing its beauty.

Quebrada de Humahuaca

On the other end of the spectrum is Quebrada de Humahuaca, a narrow swatch of color through the desert of Jujuy. The arid landscape provides the perfect setting for crisp photos of the “Seven-color Gradient” that the 96-mile valley is most known for. By securing guided tours on horseback or by foot, travelers can access Quechuan villages that still adhere to centuries-old traditions and ways of farming.

At an average height of 11,500 feet above sea-level, those who are unprepared for or have not adjusted to the altitude will have a difficult time. The best time to travel to Quebrada de Humahuaca is December through February, during the summer. Even though this time is usually the most popular, with so much room to explore, it will be difficult for travelers to not feel like the adventure they have is unlike anyone else’s.

Cultural Attractions in Argentina

As a mecca for many of the world’s creatively inclined people, Argentina has endured or been at the forefront of various artistic movements throughout history. The famous contributions which artists have made are commemorated across the country in different cultural attractions in Argentina.

The art museums, cemeteries, and government buildings which represent Argentina’s culture are constantly updated and require the respect of international travelers who visit. In the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, travelers can find guided tours that provide insight into Latina American art made during the 20th century and onward.

The cultural center within the MALBA hosts films and art exhibits, all of which are available for visitors to interact with. The theatre is only open on Wednesdays and the entire museum is closed on Tuesdays, both of which are important to consider when planning a visit. For those with disabilities and children under 5, admission is free. All other patrons must pay $200 dollars for entrance, with the exception of $100 tickets being available to students, teachers, and seniors.

In comparison, the Museo de Alta Arqueologia de Alta Montaña in Salta focuses primarily on the Incan culture. This museum studies a relatively new field of archeology, yet is still a part of many guided tours in Salta. Not only is this because of the many Incan artifacts and art that have been preserved in MAAM, but also for the “Children of Llullaillaco” that are on exhibit.

These three famous mummies are some of the best-preserved ones that have been discovered to date and are a breath-taking glimpse into Argentina’s far distant past. Admission is 30 pesos, per person and the MAAM is not open on Mondays. Travelers who have extra time to explore cultural attractions will likely find themselves at Parque 3 de Febrero.

Also known as “Los bosques de Palermo,” guided tours of the park will take travelers on boat rides in the lake or through its famous rose garden. The garden is home to 8,000 roses of 93 different species, all of which travelers can view every day of the week except for Monday.

Learning Tango in Argentina

As the international hub of tango, Buenos Aires comes alive during the night with the colorful dancers and lively music that the genre of art is so popular for. Unfortunately, travelers in Argentina are unlikely to find tango elsewhere in the country, as it is centered within the capital city.

Therefore, it is imperative to visit what is known locally as “milongas,” while in Buenos Aires, as these tango dance-halls are prolific in the city and frequented by both Argentinians and international travelers. Most milongas offer different classes for different experience levels that dancers may have, including those who are brand new to tango.

This means that travelers should not be afraid to try learning it, as many of the classes are free before a certain time of night or during the day. Tour guides or locals can be consulted on which locations are the most lively, as tango is a fun experience that is much more formal than other night-life entertainment in Buenos Aires.

It is safe to assume that on any given day, tango will be occurring somewhere in the city if travelers are looking for it. Similarly, given the highly theatrical nature of tango, there are many venues that offer dinner accompanied by a tango dance show. These are commonly included on Argentina tour itineraries and make for an unforgettable night in Buenos Aires.

Argentina Souvenirs

Finding quality, authentic souvenirs to commemorate a trip or share the host country’s culture with others are not always easy to find. In Argentina, there are a few specific items that international travelers can count on not only for their cultural relevance, but also their utility when they return home.

Since Argentina’s name comes from the Latin word for silver, it is no surprise that silver jewelry and decorations found here are some of the most refined in the world. They are highly popular with travelers looking to find a valuable piece of art that will not only showcase their experiences in Argentina but also bring that same joy to others who receive it.

As the birthplace of the music genre and dance form of tango, Buenos Aires is set apart from the rest of the country. Therefore, when exploring the urban capital, travelers may consider buying tango CD’s or instructional DVDs that allows them to share the art with those back home.

Argentina’s status as one of the world’s largest meat producers also leads to its being one of the largest producers of leather. This material is crafted into coats, purses, wallets, and other durable accessories that are both comfortable and long-lasting. Travelers are encouraged to be mindful of the fact that many false-leather products are around in Argentina, making verification of the products through close examination of their details very important.

Another one of Argentina’s specialized (and leading) world exports is Malbec wine, distinct for thriving in Argentina's altitude and climate. Sophisticated and delicious, travelers may not wish to give this souvenir away!

Another classic Argentina souvenir includes a "mate y bombilla” gourd. Ornately carved from gourds, travelers will likely have sipped mate at least once or twice during their visit, and it doesn’t hurt to take it home when finished.

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Best time to visit Argentina

It is difficult to find a season in Argentina that is not beautiful in its own way. Guided tours of Argentina run year-round throughout the county. It is important to remember that summer and winter seasons are reversed from those in the Northern Hemisphere.

For those who wish to visit Antarctica from Argentina, the only time to do so is during the summer months. These are between December - February, with guided tours beginning as soon as the ice of the Beagle Strait and other bodies of water have melted enough for boats to safely drive.

As soon as the ice starts to set in for the winter months and becomes hazardous, guided tours cease. This makes it imperative to plan a visit to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego or Patagonia region at least six months ahead of time. Similarly, it is the guides on tours who have both the knowledge and experience to determine when it is safe to still visit these amazing sites in Argentina.

During the fall season (March-May), trips to Patagonia are less likely to be busy, as most travelers head there during the summer months. The stunning color variations in the trees along the mountainsides are ones that few other places in the world can mimic. On the other hand, visiting Patagonia during the spring can be much warmer, but also a little busier.

As the vast biodiversity of flowers and trees bloom, travelers will find themselves enjoying the views of glaciers and summits from grassy knolls. Plus, there will be fewer crowds of people to block the view.

Weather in Argentina

While beautiful, the weather in Argentina is also notorious for fluctuating without warning. Extreme shifts in temperature over the course of a single day are common. The region which travelers are in depends on what changes in weather they can expect while exploring Argentina.

Las Pampas (the lowlands) and the Buenos Aires region are both very popular and temperate for most of the year. However, their winters (June-August) can grow significantly colder, with it being humid and hot during the summer months (December-February).

For those traveling further south, the deserts of the Cuyo region will be dry and extremely hot for nearly the entire year. The winters in this area are not much better, as they are similarly dry and only moderately warm. While the temperatures in the Andes Mountains and Patagonia region drastically differ by altitude, they are largely cool during the summer and freezing in the winters.

Snow becomes a common problem throughout the year, which can negatively impact the viability of guided tours in Patagonia or the Andes as well as transportation. The temperatures in the southernmost regions, Tierra del Fuego limit of Argentina are cold year-round, with summers being temperate and winters being some of the most difficult times to travel.

Ice formation completely eliminates the possibility of traveling by boat in these areas but also makes for stunning additions to glaciers that may be viewed in the springtime.

Packing List for Argentina

Packing for traveling in Argentina can be tricky, especially since the weather is known to drastically change, no matter the region you find yourself in. However, there are a few staples that can help make the adjustment to these weather conditions much more manageable.

Packing layers of clothes that include ones that are not only dry-fit, but also rain jackets or windbreakers will come in handy in both urban and rural regions of Argentina. For the more adventurous travelers, a dry-bag will be useful on guided tours of Las Pampas or Patagonia.

Sunscreen is always important, even on cloudy days, as the high altitude of many regions can lead to painful sunburns if not travelers are not properly prepared. Similarly, having a pair of polarized sunglasses can prevent damage to the eyes from sunlight at high altitudes, as well as aid vision when necessary on guided hikes.

All travelers should bring their physical passport, along with copies to take when on guided tours of Iguazú Falls or Torres del Paine. This is because some sites require day-trips into other countries to reach, all of which do not require visa applications, but need identification.

Packing minimal electronics is important, as they are an expensive commodity in Argentina and have a risk of being stolen. Therefore, travelers may consider investing in a front-facing pack or other methods of keeping cell-phones and other important items closeby.

Is Argentina safe?

As one of the safest countries in the Americas, Argentina has been praised for the political and economic stability that it continues to demonstrate. Since tourism in Argentina continues to grow every year, its population has grown accustomed to an international presence in both urban and remote places.

That being said, it is still important for travelers to be vigilant when it comes to scams and petty theft. These crimes can come in the form of unlicensed taxis, pickpockets, and, at worst case, muggings. Since electronics are expensive commodities in Argentina, travelers should only use smartphones or laptops in coffee shops or bars.

The 100 peso bill is also often targeted by counterfeiters, making it an important skill to spot the fakes when completing transactions. By no means should travelers consider these issues to be limited to Argentina’s cities, as international travelers in rural areas may also become targets.

Traveling in a group is one way to combat these safety concerns. Being out late at night in remote locations is ill-advised.

However, should travelers find themselves in a major city and wish to see the night-life, it is highly recommended that they make their destinations known to others in their group. Since Argentina’s night-life scene is considered one of the best in the world, it is no surprise that the most popular clubs do not even open their doors until 12 or 1 am.

This is an important fact to remember when planning the course of a night, especially with reference to finding transportation back to hotels or hostels. When travelers are exploring cities or landmarks by day, they should research the daily forecast beforehand, as Argentina is notorious for random fluctuations in weather.

Do’s and Don'ts for Traveling in Argentina

Although the typical Argentine is relaxed, there are still some important “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to traveling through the country. For example, tipping in Argentina is usually 10% of the bill. It is not always expected but is important when exceptional service has been provided.

In the same way, it is not uncommon for Argentinians to speak in a direct manner that includes a lot of eye-contact. One kiss on the cheek is a standard way of greeting and saying goodbye to friends and strangers.

Travelers should refrain from speaking about Argentine politics, as it can be a touchy subject for locals.

Argentina is a very fashion-oriented country, making dressing nicely during the day an important part of not “sticking out” as a tourist.

Showing up to a party early or even on time is unusual in Argentina, as being late by 40 minutes or so is typical. Those who are invited to dinners may find themselves hungry if they do not plan accordingly, as dinners in Argentina can be as late as 9 or 10 pm.

This is because most of the nightlife in Argentina does not even begin until 12 am, with some of the best clubs opening their doors as late (or rather, early) as 2 am.

Travelers should also attempt to tango through the many classes that are offered in Buenos Aires. They range in experience level and many locals are happy to show international travelers some of the basics.

The famous yerba maté, drink out of a “bombilla,” is also a staple for travelers who want to experience the full range of Argentina’s culture.

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