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Argentina travel guide

From the pace and rhythm of the Tango capital and the majestic wildlife of the south Atlantic, to the mesmerising vistas of dusty plains and spectacular glaciers of Patagonia - Argentina is a place of dramatic contrasts, stunning landscapes, unforgettable nightlife and, of course, its world famous asado steaks. Enjoy life the Argentine way, with a Malbec in hand amidst jaw-dropping scenery and flavoursome local cultures. Sounds like your kind of thing? Let STA Travel take you there.

Argentina Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in Argentina is Spanish

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Currency

Name: Argentine Peso

Code: ARS

Symbol: $

$25 is approximately £1

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Time Zone

Argentina is GMT/UTC - 3h during Standard Time

How to get to Argentina

Arrive into what’s commonly known as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires, with direct flights from the UK and explore the vibrant personality and seductive soul of this wonderful city. From there connect to other destinations such as Ushuaia, Mendoza, El Calafate and Iguazu. 
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Argentina Fast Facts

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Beers

A pint in a pub/bar will is around $85 (approx. £3.60)

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Meals

A basic lunctime meal with drink is around $161 (approx. £7)

Taxi Ride

Around $24 (approx. £1) plus $15 (approx. £0.60) for every KM travelled

Transport

A one way ticket on local transport is around $7 (approx. £0.30)

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Hostels

From $188 a night (approx. £8)

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Hotels

From $650 (approx. £27) a night for a 3 star hotel

Argentina tours

Iguassu in Argentina
Iguassu & Beyond
Buenos Aires > Iguassu Falls > Sao Paulo > Paraty > Ilha Grande > Rio de Janeiro

 

Highlights: explore the nightlife of the urban jungle, have plenty of time on the beach, enjoy the perfect combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture.

9 days
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Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
Buenos Aires > Colonia > Montevideo > Estancia > Iguassu Falls > Paraty > Ilha Grande > Rio de Janeiro

 

Highlights: Buenos Aires is picturesque and passionate, glamorous and edgy. Discover Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil all in one epic 17 day adventure.

17 days
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Mountain ranges in Argentina
Patagaonia and Beyond
Buenos Aires > Camarones > Torres del Paine NP > Tierra del Fuego > Bariloche > Santiago

 

Highlights: explore the city of Santiago, visit Chilean wine region, climb the Villarrica Volcano at Pucon.

9 days
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Patagonia tours

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Patagonia and Beyond
Buenos Aires > Puerto Madryn > Camarones > Jaramillo Petrified Forest > El Calafate > Torres Del Paine NP > Tierra Del Fuego > Ushuaia > Argentinian Patagonia >  Bariloche > Pucon > Santiago

Discover the end of the earth in Ushuaia, be stunned by colossal glaciers and overland across plains of Patagonia. Lap up the national parks from Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares and El Chalten with opportunities to wildcamp amongst mountainous landscapes.
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Backroads of Patagonia
Ushuaia > Tierra Del Fuego > Torres Del Paine NP > El Calafate > Argentinian Patagonia > Cerro Castillo NR > Futaleufu > Bariloche > Pucon > Santiago

Visit Chilean wine region, climb Mt Villarica volcano at Pucon and overland the Chilean and Argentinian Lake District. Patagonia is an adventure for the lovers of outdoors, trekking, climbing and cycling.

Do I need a visa for Argentina?

As a tourist, you do not need a visa to visit Argentina if you plan on staying less than 90 days. If you’re thinking about staying longer than 90 days, we’d advise speaking with the country’s official migration service.

How can I get around in Argentina?

Travel by air: The immense size of the country makes air travel the most convenient of the Argentina transport options. There are a number of airlines servicing the country however be prepared to be routed through Buenos Aires which can cause inconvenience and cost.

Travel by bus: The bus network in Argentina is excellent. Despite the long driving times the buses are fast and very comfortable. There are a number of different classes, even sleepers for overnight journeys. Larger luggage is stowed in the hold and security is generally very good.

Travel by train: While there have been reductions in long-distance train service, the rail network continues to reach Buenos Aires and some surrounding areas, as well as services to Posadas and Cordoba. Trains tend to be cheaper than buses but trains are slower and go to fewer destinations. Buy train tickets in advance during peak periods.

What's the weather like in Argentina?

Argentina's climate is generally temperate but there are major regional variations due to its size – from the extreme heat of the northern regions, through the pleasant climate of the central pampas, to the sub Antarctic cold of Patagonia’s glacial regions. Throughout the country January is the warmest, while June and July are the coldest. 

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