Torres del paine national park

Argentina Practical Information

ARGENTINA PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Visa

You don’t need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you’re travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentation of a valid British passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country.

For up to date information, visit the Argentinian embassy of the UK website http://www.argentine-embassy-uk.org/ 

Currency

The Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). Carrying cash and an ATM card is the way to go in Argentina.

Health and Safety

Argentina is a modern country with good health and dental services. Sanitation and hygiene at restaurants is relatively high, and tap water is generally safe to drink throughout the country. If you want to make sure, ask ‘¿Se puede tomar el agua de la canilla?’ (Is the tap water drinkable?).

Public health care in Argentina is reasonably good and free, even if you’re a foreigner. Waits can be long, however, and quality inconsistent. Those who can afford it usually opt for the superior private-care system, and here most doctors and hospitals will expect payment in cash. Many medical personnel speak English.

Insurance

Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. We strongly recommend that you take out baggage loss and accident insurance. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.

Argentina Weather – when to travel

Low Season (Jun–Aug)  Good time to visit the North. Many services close at beach resorts, and mountain passes can be blocked by snow. July is a winter vacation month, so things can get busy at some popular destinations.

Shoulder (Sep–Nov & Mar–May) Temperature-wise the best times to visit Buenos Aires. The Lake District is pleasant; leaves are spectacular in March. The Mendoza region has its grape harvests and wine festival.

High Season (Nov–Feb & Jul) Patagonia is best (and most expensive) December to February. Crowds throng to the beaches from late December through January. For ski resorts, busiest times are June to August.

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