Argentina

Skiers and snowboarders throng to Bariloche, a slice of Switzerland. Buenos Aires has been called the "Paris of the South," but its Italian fare rivals any served in Naples. Goucho culture reigns supreme on the pampas, while the Iguaza Falls thunder from heights of 300 feet in a rush of rainbows and roaring water.

Tours & Packages to Argentina

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Patagonian Explorer by Sea
Buenos Aires & Ushuaia, then a 3 night cruise to Tierra Del Fuego, Cape Horn & the penguins of Magdalena Island; plus Santiago & Valparaiso, Chile
12 days  •  $6149 $5549
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights
Sensational South America
Colonial Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco & awe-inspiring Machu Picchu; then Brazil for the simply astounding Iguazu Falls; optional extension to Rio
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11 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Argentina? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Buenos Aires
Population: 43.85 million
Currency: Argentine peso (ARS)
Languages: Spanish
Drives on the: Right
Time zone: ART (UTC -3)

Weather

In Argentina, the seasons are opposite what they are in the Northern Hemisphere. Generally, during the summer months of October to April are the best time to visit Argentina. Wintertime is recommended for traveling to the North and Northwest as rains are less frequent and tropical temps drop a few degrees. If you like to beach-hop, travel December to March. For skiing, July to October is best.

Climate ranges from hot and humid in the north to cold and rainy in the south. In northern Argentina, summer days are in the 90s with nights in the 70s. In winter, temperatures range from 60 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid at the time of entry, though we strongly recommend it be valid for at least six months after your return date.

Effective March 24, 2016 the Argentine government suspended the reciprocity fee imposed on US citizens if visiting Argentina less than 90 days for tourist and business purposes.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send instructions for U.S. passport holders to pay the reciprocity fee.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Shop for Gaucho trousers called bombachas, ponchos, leather goods, rugs, wines, guitars, vicuna products which are wool from llama-like creatures, gourds, yerba-mate paraphernalia, handicrafts, art, gems, and brand-name products such as Dior and Gucci.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to travel in Argentina. Malaria risk is present only in rural areas along Argentina's borders with Bolivia and Paraguay. Consult your doctor about possible inoculations for typhoid or yellow fever is you plan to spend time in rural areas.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

220 volts. Plugs C & I. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

In restaurants, tip 5% of the bill if it includes service charge, 10% if it doesn't. Movie ushers and bus terminal porters get a 1 P tip, air terminal porters 2 P per suitcase.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

Rave Reviews

My friend and I traveled to Patagonia over the Christmas holidays last year and we had a wonderful time. The cruise was marvelous. Argentina was our favorite. We spent Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires and enjoyed the restaurants and fireworks. We extended our trip to Iguazu Falls and had a room overlooking the falls. Guides were great, hotels centrally located. We are traveling again with Friendly Planet this year!

Lenore Layton, Cinnaminson, NJ
Patagonian Explorer by Sea

Fantastic is an understatement! The experience was a dream come true and Cape Horn lived up to its reputation. We are impressed with [your] service and will certainly use Friendly Planet for upcoming trips.

Karen & William Rankin
Patagonian Explorer by Sea