Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Bariloche, Argentina.
Photo: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort. Luxury Argentina Tours & Travel.
Due to the extension of the country and its location, Argentina
offers a wide variety of climates. The Argentine mainland is mostly
temperate, with seasons reversed from those in the northern hemisphere.
The northern areas around Iguazú are tropical, while southern
Patagonia weather might be cold and windy, for sure unpredictable
and varies a lot from morning to afternoon.
Winter goes from end of June to beginning of October, while
the summer season is from December to March. Winter season may
be cold and rainy (depending on the year) in certain areas of
Argentina, while in the Northwest the weather is usually perfect
to enjoy beautiful sunny days and warm day temperatures.
On the other hand, summer is hot and humid in Buenos Aires.
In the Northwest days are warm with sometimes heavy rains. In
Patagonia weather may be a little chilly due to the wind but still
Temperature and rainfall
The following is a list of minimum and maximum annual temperatures and
rainfall in Argentina's main cities:
(Minimum - Maximum) (Minimum - Maximum)
Buenos Aires 5°C - 29° C 51 Mm. - 123 Mm.
Salta 16ºC 22º C 500 mm 700 Mm.
Tucumán 13ºc 25º C 1000 Mm.
Iguazú 11ºC 32º C 1800 Mm.
Corrientes 15°C - 27° C 40 Mm. - 701 Mm.
Mendoza 3ºC 33º C 250 Mm. 300 Mm.
Bariloche 2ºC 25º C 150 Mm. 600 Mm.
Trelew 0ºC 15º C 50 mm 60 Mm.
El Calafate 5ºC 20º C 200 Mm. 300
Ushuaia 0.6°C - 9° C 23 mm - 54 Mm.
What to pack
The list will vary according to the area you will be visiting,
but a general pack should include:
Day pack 1 or 2 pants.
Trekking shoes (that have been broken in) and/or riding boots.
Comfortable gym shoes for resting. Warm parka and/or windbreaker.
Fleece/warm sweater. Light pullover/sweatshirt.
Gloves, hat/cap, bandanna, sunglasses. sunscreen/sun block,
soap and towel.
Flashlight with extra batteries. Water bottle.
Gaiters (optional). Camera and lots of film/memory space.
Tipping is not compulsory, but it is customary and we encourage
you to do so if you feel the service has been satisfactory. Some
guidelines could be:
For private tours, an average of US$ 30 per full day tour
is suggested as a tip for your local guide, with US$ 10 suitable
for your driver. For half-day tours, US$ 15 and US$ 5 are appropriate
for guide and driver respectively. Transfer guides are usually
tipped at a rate of US$ 5 with US$ 3 for the driver per service.
Tipping for luggage handling at hotels is usually US$ 1 or US$ 2 per
piece. At restaurants a typical gratuity would be 10% of the total.
Finally, taxi drivers do not usually expect tips, but it is customary
to round up the fare.
Telephones: Argentina's international code is 54, while the
area code in Buenos Aires is 11. All the telephone numbers in
the city begin with 4, 5 or 6, and the area codes for making long
distance calls vary according to the region: 11, Buenos Aires
and surroundings; 2, southern interior regions; 3, northern interior
All national and international calls can be made from public
telephones, "telecentros" (telephone centers), "locutorios"
(telephone offices) and hotels. It is possible to find a public
telephone on almost every street corner, most of them accept phone
cards that can be purchased at kiosks and stores, and some accept
Cellular telephones: A tri-band world phone will operate
in Buenos Aires and in most pars of Argentina; however it is
important to check with your local provider about instructions
to operate it and its local contact in our country. There are
a few companies that rent out cell phones for short-term use.
E-mail and Internet access: Internet services are becoming
more common and cheaper in Argentina as in all other Latin American
countries. It's much easier to access internet in larger cities,
but it's possible to find Cyber cafés or internet service
even in the "telecentros" (call centers). Most of the
hotels in big cities provide internet service (sometimes at an
The official currency is the Argentine Peso. Currently, about 5 pesos are equal to 1 U.S. dollar. Bills
are in denominations of 2 pesos (blue), 5 pesos (green), 10 pesos (brown), 20 pesos (red), 50 pesos (grey), and 100 pesos (violet). Coins are in denominations of 1 peso and 1,
5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.
Important Note: In Argentina, the $ symbol represents
an amount in Argentine Pesos. US Dollars are represented by US$ or USD.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in main cities and in some
smaller areas. It is advisable to have cash -- in pesos and
of small denominations -- when travelling to small cities or remote
areas. Traveller's checks are accepted in major cities, but with
ATM machines are the best way to get local currency; however, we
recommend checking with your local bank to find out about costs
and local partners in Argentina.
Should you need to change your own currency into pesos ($)
we suggest you do it banks, exchange bureaus or at your hotel.
Do not exchange any money with people on the street, as it is
illegal. Please remember that you will be asked for your passport.
Argentina's time zone is 4 hours behind GMT (Greenwich
Mean Time) corresponding to UTC-3:00 (Universal Time Coordinate,
before Greenwich Mean Time).
Argentina does not currently participate in daylight savings time
to save energy, although this varies every year and it is advisable
to check locally.
There are various National Holidays in Argentina as listed
January 1st New Year
March 24th National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice
Varies (March-April) Easter Good Friday
April 2nd Veterans' Day and tribute to the fallen in the
May 1st Labour Day
May 25th First Independent National Government
June 20th National Flag Day
July 9th National Independence Day
August 17th Anniversary of the death of General José
de San Martin
October 12th Columbus Day
December 8th Immaculate Conception Day
December 25th Christmas Day
In Buenos Aires, offices and shops are open from 09:00 AM
until 06:00/ 07:00 PM (18:00/ 19:00 Hs.) and lunch break (one
hour) is generally between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM (12:00/14:00 Hs.)
As for the rest of the country, lunch break tends to be longer
and includes the siesta.
Museums in general are open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday.
Some stores in the larger cities open 7 days a week and in Buenos
Aires the magazine stands and some stores are open all night long.
Banking hours are from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
Please note that bargaining is not a common practice in Argentina,
unlike other countries in Latin America.
Electricity: Electricity in Argentina is 220 volts, 50
cycles and an adaptor will be needed to use 110-volt items.
Flat-pronged plugs, North American and European, need adapters;
since plugs in Argentina are with double or triple round prongs. If you have adapters, bring them with you for greatest convenience. If not, you will be able to request them from your hotels.
Weight and Measures: Argentina uses the metric system
of measurement; thus, distance is measured in meters, weight in
grams, temperature in Celsius degrees, and volume in litres.
Water: Water in Argentina is drinkable; however
we recommend drinking bottled water.
Insurance: Travel and health insurance are strongly
recommended. Medical assistance and first aid in Argentina is
good, however it is always important to get insurance. Normally
it will be based on refund expenses, for which we suggest checking
- prior to departure -- who the local contact/partner is,
and where to call them if need be.
Airports, baggages and connections
The two main airports in Buenos Aires are the Domestic Airport
(J. Newbery, also known as Aeroparque) and Ezeiza (Ministro Pistarini
International Airport), located 34 km (21.25 mi) from city center.
Airline companies require passengers to check in three hours
prior to departure for international flights, and two hours prior
to departure for domestic flights. Pick up times for transfers
will be therefore scheduled taking this requirement into account.
Ezeiza (EZE Ministro Pistarini) is the international airport and Aeroparque (AEP Jorge Newbery) is the domestic airport.
Due to the distance between the international and domestic airports, and the sometimes heavy
traffic, connecting flights require a minimum of 5 hours between flights.
We are aware that some GDS show and "authorize" the
purchase of tickets with shorter connections than the ones mentioned
but we STRONGLY RECOMMEND avoiding them. In order to guarantee a smooth change of airports, we suggest a
minimum of a 5 hour connection time so in case of delays, clients will stand more chances of making the connection
Connecting at the domestic airport
We are aware that, once again, most of the GDS show one hour
connection or even less time as a feasible connection between
flights in the same airport. However it is our advice that you
consider at the time of booking a minimum 2 hour connection. We realize clients usually prefer to connect flights on the same
day to avoid an extra overnight in Buenos Aires or other destinations,
also that they usually have a limited number of days for their
holidays. But we would suggest indicating clients that during
last season many flights were very delayed or re-scheduled. This
meant that clients could not connect as expected, and had to add
one night to their trip and/or missed some of their trip arrangements. Because there is a limited choice of flights within Argentina,
and especially during high season and between the most popular
destinations, it is sometimes also hard to find last minute spaces
when we need to reschedule flights
Domestic airport taxes: US$ 3 per person, except for some
airports (El Calafate: US$ 6, Ushuaia & Trelew: US$ 5 per person)
International airport taxes: Passengers departing from Ezeiza
International airport on an international flight are to pay US$
18 for the airport tax payable in pesos, US dollars or a combination
For further information about airport procedures
you may check: http://www.orsna.gov.ar
In case of missed flights
For security reasons, we are not able to access the information
of the flights for passengers arriving in Argentina on an international
flight. Because there is no way that we can get the information
in case of a missed flight or connection, please call Inka's Empire Tours as soon as you become aware of a problem.
Baggage allowance for domestic flights is 15 kg (33 lbs) to
check in and 5 kg (11lbs) as carry on per person. Any luggage
heavier than these limits is charged an additional US$ 2 per
kilo (2.2 lbs). In our past experience Aerolíneas Argentinas
and LAN Argentina have not strictly enforced these limits; however,
these are posted limits that passengers are responsible for complying
Baggage allowance for international flights is usually 20 kg
per person, but for further information we recommend you to check
with your carrier locally.
Combined Services: When Domestic services are combined with Regional and International
flights (or vice-versa), with same or different class, the luggage
allowance will be that of the International or regional route, provided that the coupons have been issued on the same
ticket. However, we highly recommend checking this information
with each carrier locally.
We will do our best to accommodate early arrivals, but please
note we cannot guarantee the availability of the hotel room when
arriving on early-morning flights, since regular check-in time
at most hotels is usually around 3 pm.
Customs & entry procedures
Visas: Citizens of the US, European Community, UK and Latin
American countries do not need a visa to enter Argentina for a
maximum of 90 days; nevertheless a valid passport is required.
Citizens of Argentina's neighbouring countries like Chile, Uruguay,
Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil only need their identification card. For other countries it is advisable to check with the local consulate
Visa extensions: Upon entering the country visitors
receive a tourist visa stamp valid for 90 days, which can be extended
for 90 more days once the first term is over.
A note about getting the Brazilian visa while in Iguazú: The visa can be obtained at the border the same day the passengers
cross over to Brazil provided it is a weekday, the Consulate is
open (it closes at 12:00 noon) and the Consul is available. The
regulation says that the visa requirements take 48 hours; however,
if the Consul is around he signs the visa the moment it is requested,
but there is no obligation for him to do so. Our recommendation
is to get the visa in the home country. The cost of the visa is of US$ 100.- for adults and children,
and it is the same whether passengers cross over for only 5 minutes,
or spend the full day in Brazil. You may check this site for further information: www.conbrasil.org.ar/htm/tabla1.php
Some traveling tips
We remind you to recommend that clients arrive to Argentina
A valid Passport
One other picture ID (such as a driver's licence)
Photocopy of the passport (and the page where the visa is stamped,
Photocopy of the airline ticket (if paper ticket), credit card
and any other relevant documents.
These will be extremely useful in case of lost or stolen documents.
When leaving Argentina
Airline companies require passengers to check-in three
hours prior to departure for international flights, and two hours
prior to departure for domestic flights. Please note pick-up times
for transfers will be therefore scheduled taking this requirement
There is a sales tax refund of 21% that applies
for purchases of 70 $ (pesos) per invoice minimum, for local purchases
made at the stores that show the GLOBAL REFUND sign. The refund
is effective at Ezeiza International airport, where passengers
will find a counter close to the Nº 25/27 Check-in area with
a "Check stamp" sign. Passengers will be asked to show
the invoice and probably also the item purchased, we therefore
suggest doing this before heading to the check-in counter, so
that pax still have their baggage with them.
Ezeiza International Airport Security Measures
When passengers get to Ezeiza International Airport, the airline staff at check-in will provide them with a "cabin luggage allowed" and "not allowed" fact sheet. Before they enter the area beyond security, the airport police will normally conduct a thorough body search, and even footwear and all the personal items that passengers are carrying must be x-rayed. In the duty-free shop, passengers can purchase liquid, gel and spray items which will be delivered to the plane entrance. Please note that passengers with a connecting flight inside the U.S. will not be able to carry these items onto the plane.
The Old Patagonian Express Paul Theroux -
In Patagonia Bruce Chatwin Penguin
Far Away and Long Ago W. H. Hudson - Lyons
& Buford Publishers. NY
Idle Days in Patagonia W. H. Hudson
El Calafate Editors, Argentina
The invention of Argentina Nicholas Shumway
University of California Press
Patagonia, History, Myths and Legends Roberto
Hosne Duggan-Webster Editors, Argentina
The Indians of Tierra del Fuego Samuel Kirkland
Lothrop Zagier & Urruty Publications
The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin
Bourne Zagier & Urruty Publications
Three Men of the Beagle Richard Lee Marks - Javier Vergara Editores
Argentina has produced some of the world's greatest writers,
novelists and playwrights. The spirit, culture and imagination
of the country and its people are reflected in their work. You may wish to check Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar, among
the most famous ones.
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