Argentina officially the Argentine Republic, is a federal republic located in southeastern South America. Covering most of the Southern Cone, it is bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Chile to the west and the waters of the Drake Passage to the south.
When to go:
The Northern sub-tropical provinces can be particularly wet and humid in August and September. By contrast the far southern areas and routes to Chile across the Andes can become fairly inaccessible and blocked by snow in the winter months (June, July, August). Buenos Aires can be oppressively hot and humid from mid-December through to the end of February but if you can bear the heat this is the best time for visiting the mountain areas elsewhere. It is worth noting, however, that January is the Argentine summer holiday period and Patagonia and the Lake District further west can be very crowded.
Average monthly temperature (°C)
-3 hours (-4 hours in the summer)
Spanish, with variant words and pronunciation, is the first language although some people speak English (particularly in the tourist areas) and French, German and Italian. Most Quechua-speakers, numerous in the northwest, are bilingual in Spanish. At least 40,000 Mapuche-speakers live in the southern Andes, while a similar amount of Guarani, Tobas and Matacos-speakers live in northeastern Argentina.
Your passport should be valid for six months beyond intended stay. No visa is necessary for British citizens, who are given a tourist card on entry and may stay for up to 3 months. Visitors should ideally carry passports at all times, it is illegal not to have identification handy (backpackers are often subject to thorough searches). All other nationalities should contact the relevant Embassy or Consulate for information.
Return international flights must be confirmed 72 hours before departure. Many major international airlines have Buenos Aires offices (11), ring British Airways on 325-1059, LanChile on 311-5334, Iberia on 327-2739/52, Aerolineas Argentinas on 343-2071/89 and Air France on 327-0202. International departure tax is US$18. Domestic flights carry a departure tax of about US$3. Our local representatives can help with flight reconfirmations.
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