Travel to Argentina: useful information and recommended itineraries

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Argentina is famous for Tango, its immense pampas, the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego, but also for the less famous, but beautiful, northern area characterized by Andean villages and high mountain deserts typical of the Puna region. Without to forget the immense Iguazu Falls it's the capital Buenos Aires, which alone are worth a trip.
An immense country that cannot be visited at one time but that will give you wonderful emotions wherever you decide to see. Here are some useful information to organize an unforgettable trip.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 14-day itinerary: Northern Argentina, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires
  4. 13-day itinerary: Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Buenos Aires and Iguazu
  5. Argentina do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments
  7. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Inhabitants: about 44 million
  • Capital: Buenos Aires
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Local currency: Argentine peso ARS (€ 1,00 = 58,68 Ars)
  • Weather: the seasons are reversed compared to Italy (winter runs from June to August, summer begins in December). Being a huge country, the climate varies a lot from north to south. The Iguazu area has a subtropical climate (hot summers and mild winters). Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba have a humid temperate climate (mild winters and hot but rainy summers). The northern part of the Andes and the Puna is affected by the altitudes (all year round temperatures range between -18 ° min and + 20 ° max depending on the area, with frequent snowfalls). Finally, in Tierra del Fuego, temperatures are around 0 ° in winter and 10/15 ° in summer.
  • Time zone: Argentina's time difference with Italy is -4 hours during solar time and -5 during summer time
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport valid but not required to have a minimum residual duration. Furthermore, no visas are required for stays of less than 3 months.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    Argentina is the second largest state in South America whose territory is included to the west by the Andes and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.
    To the north it borders with Bolivia and Paraguay, to the north east with Brazil and Uruguay while to the west with Chile with which it shares the Tierra del Fuego.



    14-day itinerary: Northern Argentina, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires

    1. First day: arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel
    2. Second day: Flight from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu and transfer to the hotel
    3. Third day: visit of the Iguazu Falls (Argentine side)
    4. Fourth day: Flight from Iguazu to Salta and visit the town at the foot of the Andes
    5. Fifth day: departure for the visit to the National Park of los Cardones and the small desert of Los Colorados; in the afternoon visit of Cachi and the Camino de los Artesanos. In the evening, arrival in Molinos
    6. Sixth day: on board a bus visit, with stops, the Routa 40, the Quebrada de las Flechas and the Quebrada de las Conchas. In the late afternoon, arrival in Cafayate, the famous Argentine wine center.
    7. Seventh day: visit of the ancient settlements of Quilmes in the Santa Maria Valley, stop in Hualfin and arrival in El Penon, a small village in the Puna Argentina at 3400 m. between vicuñas, lagoons and spectacular landscapes.
    8. Eighth day: excursion to the area around El Penon, visit the pumice stone desert and the white dunes
    9. Ninth day: visit of the Galan volcano and the Laguna Grande, a wonderful lake at 4000 meters and other lagoons inhabited by flamingos and vicuñas.
    10. Tenth day: crossing of the desert area of ​​Antofagasta, stop in the small oasis of Antofalla, visit of the Cono de Arita and the Salar de Arizaro and arrival at Tolar Grande.
    11. Eleventh day: after having seen the small village of Tolar Grande, we stop at Ojos de Mar (a lagoon with crystal clear water), at the "hidden dune" and then passing through San Antonio de Los Cobres we arrive in Salta in the evening.
    12. Twelfth day: in the morning flight to Buenos Aires where the rest of the day will be dedicated to visiting the most central districts of the city.
    13. Thirteenth day: full day to be dedicated to visiting Buenos Aires and its most famous districts such as La Boca, le Recoleta, Palermo and San Telmo.
    14. Fourteenth day: return flight to Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 3900
    • The price includes: intercontinental flights, internal flights, overnight stays and dinners, transfers on small buses or 4X4 jeeps with driver / guide are included
    • The fee does not include: lunches and everything personal are not included.
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    13-day itinerary: Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, Buenos Aires and Iguazu



    1. First day: arrival in Buenos Aires and overnight
    2. Second day: visit of downtown Buenos Aires: Plaza de Mayo, seat of the Government, Cathedral, Congress Palace, Colon Theater and San Telmo district
    3. Third day: visit of Buenos Aires and the districts of Palermo, La Recoleta and Boca
    4. Fourth day: flight to Trelew, visit to the Punta Tombo Reserve where there is an immense colony of penguins and transfer to Puerto Madryn.
    5. Fifth day: excursion by boat to Punta Piramides to observe the southern right whale and then tour of the Valdès Peninsula with stops in Punta Delgada and Caleta Valdès. Overnight in Puerto Madryn
    6. Sixth day: very early in the morning flight from Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia; in the afternoon catamaran trip to the island of the birds and the island of the sea lions. Overnight in Ushuaia
    7. Seventh day: day in Ushuaia with a visit to the wonderful Tierra del Fuego National Park with unique views of the Beagle Channel. In the afternoon, excursion aboard the End of the World train.
    8. Eighth day: Flight transfer to El Calafate and overnight.
    9. Ninth day: day entirely dedicated to the discovery of the Perito Moreno glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park and a boat trip to reach the majesty of the glacier up close.
    10. Tenth day: excursion on foot to Estancia Cristina to admire the splendid view of the Upsala glacier from above (those who do not want to walk can participate in boat tours).
    11. Eleventh day: Transfer flight from El Cafate to Puerto Iguazu
    12. Twelfth day: day entirely dedicated to visiting the Iguazu Falls (Argentine side) and overnight stay in Puerto Iguazu.
    13. Thirteenth day: return flight to Italy with a few hours stopover in Buenos Aires.

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 4500
    • The price includes: the fee includes intercontinental and internal flights, overnight stays, some dinners and the main excursions
    • The fee does not include: the fee does not include lunches and entrances to museums in Buenos Aires
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    Argentina do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice

    Since Argentina is a huge land, the first thing to do is decide which areas to visit during a trip.
    Another thing to take into consideration is when to go. In fact, while in the northern part of the country and in the Andean areas it is recommended to go during our summer (they are winter but snowfall is scarce), Patagonia should be visited during our winter.
    To save, then, it is necessary book flights well in advance and if possible, avoid the classic months of August / December when prices rise considerably.



    • Minimum period for a tour in Argentina: at least 13/15 days. The ideal duration, especially if you want to dedicate a few days to trekking and walking, is 3 weeks.
    • Recommended cities for base: among the main cities where to stop while traveling there is certainly Buenos Aires, from where the various internal flights depart to move around the country. The other starting point cities for various day trips are Salta and the village of Tolar Grande (to the north), El Calafate and Ushuaia for visiting Patagonia and southern Argentina.
    • Getting around: since the distances are quite large, most of the internal connections between the main Argentine cities are by plane. The night or day bus network covering various locations is also efficient. In the Argentine Puna area it is essential to have 4x4 vehicles driven by experienced people.
    • Flights: a flight from Rome to Buenos Aires can cost from € 500,00 to € 1100 depending on the period in which you travel.
      From Rome there are direct connections with Buenos Aires made by "Alitalia" and "Aerolineas Argentina"; alternatively it is possible to fly with some stopovers with "Iberia" and "Air France". Flights starting from € 495,00 -
    • Accommodations and accommodations: in Argentina the accommodation capacity is large; while in the big cities there are extra-luxury hotels and hostels for all budgets, in the most remote areas you almost always spend the night in shelters and hostels (clean and decent). Prices therefore vary by location and type. Hotels and b & b in Benos Aires from € 60,00 per room -
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote


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