No matter what your fancy, something about travel to Argentina that will tickle it. Sightseers will marvel at the world-class architecture and natural vistas, while those that are more comfortable indoors will enjoy full-bodied wines and abundant shopping. Cool things down by catching a glimpse of adorable penguins, and then heat them up again with a night spent learning how to tango. Finish off your Argentina travel with a visit to Patagonia, a sparsely-populated region at the Southern tip of the country with wild and breathtaking landscapes.
Dance the night away at a tango show
Tango originated on the border of Argentina and Uruguay in the late 19th century, but it wasn’t long before the irrepressible dance made its way throughout the rest of the world. The complex footwork, give and take partnership and alluring undulations have captivated generations of admirers, and there may no better place to marvel at them done properly than at a Buenos Aires tango show.
The essence of the tango in Buenos Aires is of subtle partnership, not only with the person with whom one is dancing but with the very music as well. Improvisation is not only allowed but encouraged, and it is a unique excitement to see two people completely in sync despite never having performed quite that dance before. That thrill is only topped by being one of the dancers - so why not head down to Buenos Aires, take a class in the century-old art of the tango, and then dance the night away at an Argentine club?
Sip the delicious wines of the Mendoza region
Accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country’s production, the Mendoza province may very well be the most vital wine region in all of Argentina. But its importance is far more than simply a matter of quantity - Mendoza wineries have consistently produced some of the best and most interesting vintages you’ll be able to find anywhere.
While Argentina wine country includes a variety of areas, such as Cordoba and San Juan, Mendoza has been a clear standout for well over 100 years. Its boom began in the late 19th century and has continued since then, and today it is known for producing a diverse range of wines, from award-winning malbecs to humble vino patero, foot-based wines that are made and enjoyed locally.
Mendoza wine tours tend to focus on Malbecs, and with good reason - the region’s altitude and temperature are absolutely perfect for this varietal of grapes, and the technique with which they are plucked and turned into wine has been honed over many years. Of course, there are a number of other excellent varietals to sip and enjoy, such as viognier, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.
See the incredible Iguazu falls
There are other waterfalls in the world. There are even other Argentina falls, that are well worth a visit. There are none, however, that will come close to preparing you for the splendor of the Iguazu falls, a site that inspires as much gushing as it produces.
The beauty of the Iguazu falls is no secret - more than one million visitors make the trek every year - and yet somehow still comes as surprise upon every viewing. With a total height of more than 250 feet and a width that stretches nearly two miles, it is an astonishing sight to try to take in at once. More than twice as high as Niagara falls, its peak drop is completely unrivaled in the Western Hemisphere.
Its impressive geography is more than matched by how picturesque it is. With a variety of cascades, from small to large, and an array of local wildlife that includes toucans, monkeys and jaguars, it is an experience fit to delight all five senses. Tour Iguazu falls, but don’t forget to bring a camera, as it is adventure that any traveler will want to re-live again and again.
Trek the Perito Moreno glacier with an expert guide
Ready for a more active Argentina excursion? Look no further than the Perito Moreno Glacier. While the vast majority of the world’s ice shelves are retreating, this Patagonia glacier is expanding, and today covers an area of nearly one hundred square miles.
Led by expert local guides, visitors are drawn not just to the glacier’s beauty but also to the adventure that is experienced on the trek. Those who want a brief view of the ice can go along a 90 minute walking path, while others who want to see more of the southern and eastern flanks can take a longer, five hour walking tour.
Cruise through the southern tip of Patagonia
At the southernmost part of Argentina, all the way at the very tip of South America, lies Patagonia, a vast and largely untamed land that has remained virtually unchanged for millennia. Visit Patagonia to see the world as explorers did 10,000 years ago, unspoiled by the realities of development and commerce. Despite more than 400,000 square miles of area, there are fewer than two million inhabitants, making it one of the most sparsely populated areas you will ever visit.
Patagonia tours allow visitors to see a natural beauty that is at once immediate and abundant - with six national parks, imposing mountain peaks and expansive fields of glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno, there is a geographic marvel to see for just about everyone. There is also a thriving local craft economy, for traditional goods like Mapuche handicrafts, guanaco textiles, and confectionery and preserves, making it a wonderful place to pick up a keepsake from your South American adventure.
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Argentina.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
American and Canadian citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Argentina for the most up- to-date information.
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Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. Please bring vaccination certificates with you in your carry-on luggage as you may need to present them on arrival.
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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Argentina's climate ranges from the great heat and extensive rains of the subtropical Chaco in the north, through to the pleasant climate of the central Pampas, and the sub-Antarctic cold of the Patagonian Sea in the south. The main central area is temperate, but can be hot and humid during summer (December to February) and cool in winter.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
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Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.
Electricity: Electricity in Argentina is 220-240 Volts.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels. Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
The official currency of Argentina is the peso (ARS), divided into 100 centavos. ATMs are available in most cities but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as daily withdrawal limits are low and machines don't always work. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com. Please note USD is accepted in most places, however to save money we recommend you use peso versus USD.
Capital: Buenos Aires
Currency: Argentina Peso (ARS)
Time Zone: UTC -3
Electricity: 220 Volt, 50 Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling is +54
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Argentina: Police: 911, Medical Emergency Services: 107 Firemen: 100, Ambulances: 107