From expansive landscapes to spirited cities, Argentina is a majestic melting pot of wanderlust. The countries relentless ability to satisfy nature-lovers and city goers year-round has perpetually seduced travelers for several decades. Therefore, we have generated a helpful guide to help alleviate any concerns prior to travelling to Argentina.

 

Buenos Aires

Tours of Argentina

Called the Paris of the south, Buenos Aires shines year long; however, the best times to visit are certainly in the fall (April-June) and spring (September-December) when temperatures are milder and cultural happenings snowball into an Argentinian ethnology.

How Long to Stay: We recommend 3-4 days, although you could easily spend a week in the city exploring different neighborhoods.

What to do in Buenos Aires?

Theater and Dance
If you’re visiting Buenos Aires, make sure to check out Teatro Colon—the largest performing arts center in the southern hemisphere. Not only this, but the city’s many museums, galleries, and exhibition halls, including the Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo Evita, Museo de Arte Decorativo, and the MALBA, reveal the cities rich culture and unique history.

Immerse yourself into daily Argentinian life with a private walking tour of Buenos Aires with a local guide. Moreover, the tango is a cultural staple of this bustling city. You can enjoy and learn the dance at almost any Milonga (dance hall), but we recommend La Viruta, La Catedral, Salon Canning and Niño Bien for world-class experiences.

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Neighborhoods to Visit

 

El Calafate

Tour Patagonia

If planning a trip to El Calafate, you probably have Perito Moreno Glacier in mind. This massive ice field in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, this natural beauty continues to advance 2 m per day. Take a look at some of our most popular Calafate tours.

Moreover, a trip to El Calafate would not be complete without a visit to Laguna Nimez, a green space on the shoreline of Lago Argentino. In addition, you can see the lakes true beauty on top of Cerro Cristal at Lago Roca, just a day trek from El Calafate.

How Long to Stay: A couple of days should be enough visit Perito Moreno Glacier and other sights around Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

El Chalten

Ever wonder what that large mountain is on the Patagonia logo? It’s the Mount Fitz Roy in El Chalten, arguably the most desired trekking and climbing destination in the country.

While there, we recommend trekking to Laguna de los Tres, a breathtaking lake coupled by some of Argentina’s most famous landmarks—Mount Fitz Roy, Aguja Poincenot, and Cerro Torre. El Chalten is famous for its myriad of day hikes while also offering several longer expeditions. Deciding between El Chalten and El Calafate? Check out our 6 day El Chalten and El Calafate Hiking Tour.

How Long to Stay: 3-5 days for hiking and excursions in beautiful southern Patagonia.

 

Ushuaia

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What to do in Ushuaia

As the southernmost tip of South America, Ushuaia offers incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife. During your stay, we suggest climbing Cerro Martial for views of a small glacier and beautiful mountain views.

Additionally, make sure to check out Museo Marítimo & Museo del Presidio to learn more about the port town, commonly referred to as the “end of the world” due to its position at the southernmost tip of South America. Once there, you can witness the small cells of the former prison, which used to house famous figures such as author Ricardo Rojas.

If you’re looking for more of an adventure, try sailing the Beagle Channel, crossing the Arctic Circle, or even embarking on a voyage to Antarctica. Check out this 18 Day Antarctica Expedition from Ushuaia.

How Long to Stay: About 3 days. You can see the sights of the city in one day, but if you’re planning other excursions or seeking to visit Antarctica, you’ll want to extend your stay here.

 

Bariloche

Kayaking and Trekking Bariloche Adventure Expedition

What to do in Bariloche

As lakes permeate the region, and the vast 2,000 meter high mountains encompass the beauty within, Bariloche has maintained a high-caliber of elegance for nature buffs. Nestled in the lake district, we recommend taking a drive or hike through Nahuel Huapi, a national park home to snow-capped mountains and pristine lakes.

For those looking for adventure, Volcán Lanín—an active volcano that rises 3,776 meters—offers beautiful treks with stunning vistas of the lakes. If you are looking for something a little less physical, we suggest taking a boat ride to Isla Victoria, where you can take a walk in the dreamy forests, home to a variety of flora and fauna.

Exploring the city? Visit one of Bariloches esteemed museums.  Learn about the Mapuche tribe and colonial history at the Patagonian Museum, or discover the history and significance of Bariloche chocolate at the Chocolate Museum Fenoglio.

How long to stay: a minimum of 5 days are needed to explore this beautiful area. If you’re looking to only visit the city, you can shorten your stay to 3 days.

 

Iguazu

Iguazu Falls Park: Self-Guided

It is no surprise why the iconic Iguazu Falls attracts thousands of tourists per year. One of the seven Wonders of The World, the Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world. It’s located inside a national park, and offers many different routes to reach different sections of the falls.

How Long to Stay: 3 days (to visit the falls on both sides and get to know local indigenous communities)

What to do In Iguazu

Iguazu Falls National Park is home to numerous fun activities besides gawking at the beauty of the cascadas (waterfalls). While there, visits and boat rides to Isla San Martin are very popular, as visitors can enjoy a unique view of the falls while relaxing on a small beach.

Outside the park, we recommend visiting Hito Tres Fronteras, the border between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. However, if your looking to learn about the ecosystem, you can learn more about rainforest conservation at La Aripuca and visit Guira Oga—a sanctuary for injured birds. At Keteka, we offer a wide range of Iguazu Tours tailored to your traveling needs, feel free to take a look at our page here. If you have any questions or special requests, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Mendoza

Tours in Mendoza, Cuyo Argentina

A vibrant city of fruitful avenues complimented by a laid-back pace and panoramic vistas, this city has everything a wine-lover would dream of. It’s no surprise most travelers make a trip to Mendoza to experience world-renowned vineyards and mountainous landscapes.

How Long to Stay: 3-5 days. If you only want to visit wineries, you can just stay a couple days. But Mendoza offers a range of other activities, such as scenic treks, white water rafting, and day trips to surrounding communities.

What to do to Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina is home to more than 1,000 wineries! It’s a no-brainer that you’ll want to visit some of them but making a choice is the hardest part. W We recommend taking a visit to Lujan de Cuyo to sample some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnays, and Torrontes. Next on the list would have to be Valle de Uco, a beautiful area celebrated for their sparkling wines and scenic location. Looking for a wine tour with local and reliable guides? Take a look at our Mendoza tours here.

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, we encourage taking a day to visit the Aconcagua Provincial Park in the northwest. A hikers utopia, Aconcagua is home to the highest mountain outside of Asia—Mount Aconcagua. Not an avid hiker? No worries, the Mendoza River offers superior rafting for those looking for a unique adventure in the heart of Argentina’s wine country.

 

Northern Desert – Salta

Salta, Argentina

Enveloped by mountains and canyons galore, Salta offers exceptional wineries, unique colonial history, and miles of open road. Salta is located in the Lerma Valley in the northwest part of Argentina with the nickname Salta la Linda, or “Salta the beautiful.”

How Long to Stay: 4-7 days

What to do in Salta

If your planning a trip to Salta, make sure to see the nineteenth-century cathedral and the Cabildo in Plaza 9 de Julio—Salta’s main square. While the Cabildo houses the Museum of Northern History, some of Salta’s most iconic history lies within the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña. This archaeology museum was created in 2005 to preserve the Inca mummies discovered on the Llullaillaco Volcano in 1999.

After immersing yourself in 15th century Inca culture, head to the top of Cerro San Bernardo via cable car to soak in the panoramic views of Salta. If you have time, we suggest visiting the high-altitude salt flats at Las Salinas Grandes or taking a wine tour in Cafayate, the heart of the second-largest wine-producing region in the country. At Keteka, we offer numerous Salta tours to help make the most of your stay.

Important things to consider before traveling to Argentina

Visa
To enter Argentina, all U.S. travelers need a valid passport with one blank page available for the entry stamp. No vaccinations are required, and, if you are staying for 90 days or less, you will not need a tourist visa. Not from the US? Check Argentina’s visa requirements here.

Currency
The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso. There are $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 and $2 notes. There are many ATM machines in Buenos Aires, and using your ATM card will generally give you the best exchange rate. Check here to find up-to-date exchange rates.

Travel Insurance
If you need travel insurance for the trip, we highly recommend World Nomads

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