Argentina travel guide

Argentina Tourism | Argentina Guide

You're Going to Love Argentina

Filled with buzzing cities, natural beauty and a blend of history, culture and food, Argentina is a diverse and fascinating country.

What to do in Argentina

1. Visit the Lake Districts

Relax surrounded by forests, mountains and water or take part in activities such as rock climbing, hiking and kayaking.

2. Go Trekking in Nahuel Huapi Nationa Park

Visit the Tronador Volcano and the glacial lake that meets the border of Chile over 62 mi away.

3. Go Wine-Tasting in Mendoza

Learn how the wine is made in one of Argentina's primary wine regions, which is located at the foothills of the Andes.

4. Visit the Iguazú Falls

Deep in the jungle of the Iguazú National Park, this is a popular spot for visitors. There are over 250 separate waterfalls, the highest of which is the Garganta del Diablo.

5. Go to the Beach

Mar del Plata is a popular beach, which is host to one of the biggest parties in the summer. For relaxing or partaking in beach activities, Pinamar, south of Buenos Aires, is a coastal resort worth visiting.

1. Visit the Lake Districts

Relax surrounded by forests, mountains and water or take part in activities such as rock climbing, hiking and kayaking.

2. Go Trekking in Nahuel Huapi Nationa Park

Visit the Tronador Volcano and the glacial lake that meets the border of Chile over 62 mi away.

3. Go Wine-Tasting in Mendoza

Learn how the wine is made in one of Argentina's primary wine regions, which is located at the foothills of the Andes.

4. Visit the Iguazú Falls

Deep in the jungle of the Iguazú National Park, this is a popular spot for visitors. There are over 250 separate waterfalls, the highest of which is the Garganta del Diablo.

5. Go to the Beach

Mar del Plata is a popular beach, which is host to one of the biggest parties in the summer. For relaxing or partaking in beach activities, Pinamar, south of Buenos Aires, is a coastal resort worth visiting.

When to visit Argentina

Argentina in June
Estimated hotel price
C$ 107
1 night at 3-star hotel
Argentina in June
Estimated hotel price
C$ 107
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best times to visit Argentina are between February and March and September to November, as this will avoid the humidity and heat of the summer months.

How to Get to Argentina

Entry Requirements

US, British, Canadian and EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Argentina and just need to be in possession of a passport that is valid for the duration of the journey. Touristic visits should not exceed 90 days.

Plane

The major national and international airport into Argentina is Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, located 19 mi to the south-west of the capital. A shuttle bus runs transfers into the city and costs around 240 ARS (4 USD).

Boat

Cruise liners operated by Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises stop in Buenos Aires to let off passengers. There is a ferry service that runs between Uruguay and Argentina, which can cost around 2,800 ARS (47 USD) for a return trip to Buenos Aires from Montevideo.

Entry Requirements

US, British, Canadian and EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Argentina and just need to be in possession of a passport that is valid for the duration of the journey. Touristic visits should not exceed 90 days.

Plane

The major national and international airport into Argentina is Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport, located 19 mi to the south-west of the capital. A shuttle bus runs transfers into the city and costs around 240 ARS (4 USD).

Boat

Cruise liners operated by Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises stop in Buenos Aires to let off passengers. There is a ferry service that runs between Uruguay and Argentina, which can cost around 2,800 ARS (47 USD) for a return trip to Buenos Aires from Montevideo.

Popular airlines serving Argentina

Lufthansa
Good (4,692 reviews)
KLM
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SWISS
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Delta
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Turkish Airlines
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Iberia
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Air France
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Emirates
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Finnair
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Etihad Airways
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Ethiopian Air
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ITA Airways
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Korean Air
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Avianca
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China Eastern
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Air Europa
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Where to stay in Argentina

There are luxury and design hotels throughout Argentina, as well as reasonably priced hotels and budget bed and breakfasts. In the more rural areas, much cheaper and more rustic accommodation can be found.

Where to stay in popular areas of Argentina

Most booked hotels in Argentina

Llao Llao Resort, Golf-Spa
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 297+
Gran Melia Iguazu
5 stars
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 705+
Hilton Buenos Aires
5 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 309+
Blanca Patagonia Boutique Inn and Cabins
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 157+
725 Continental Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 135+
Grand King Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 52+

How to Get Around Argentina

Public Transportation

Buenos Aires has a metro called Subte, which has good links to the touristic sites of the city – you need a SUBE card to travel on the metro and buses in the city. Buses, or colectivos, are the best way of traveling around the capital, while other cities in Argentina have similar networks.

Trains

The train service in Argentina is most extensive in and around Buenos Aires but does extend to some of the neighboring provinces in the country. Trains can be slower than buses on the same route and run less frequently.

Bus

For long distance journeys in Argentina, buses are a good option, and some of the overnight services provide sleeping options. Most cities have a central bus station where you can purchase tickets before you travel – if traveling on a Friday, it may be a good idea to buy your ticket beforehand to reserve a space.

Plane

Domestic flights are operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM and Líneas Aéreas del Estado (LADE). While it is useful to consider flying for longer distance travel, flight departures can be delayed and at peak times, flights can be busy.

Public Transportation

Buenos Aires has a metro called Subte, which has good links to the touristic sites of the city – you need a SUBE card to travel on the metro and buses in the city. Buses, or colectivos, are the best way of traveling around the capital, while other cities in Argentina have similar networks.

Trains

The train service in Argentina is most extensive in and around Buenos Aires but does extend to some of the neighboring provinces in the country. Trains can be slower than buses on the same route and run less frequently.

Bus

For long distance journeys in Argentina, buses are a good option, and some of the overnight services provide sleeping options. Most cities have a central bus station where you can purchase tickets before you travel – if traveling on a Friday, it may be a good idea to buy your ticket beforehand to reserve a space.

Plane

Domestic flights are operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas, LATAM and Líneas Aéreas del Estado (LADE). While it is useful to consider flying for longer distance travel, flight departures can be delayed and at peak times, flights can be busy.

The Cost of Living in Argentina

Major credit cards (mainly Visa and MasterCard) are accepted in main cities, but it is a good idea to have local cash with you as there are some places, including hotels, that do not have card machines. US dollars are widely accepted in hotels. While there are ATMs in most of the larger cities, they do not necessarily accept all foreign cards.

If you are eating out, meals can cost as little as 350 ARS (6 USD) in cheaper restaurants, while a three course meal in a slightly more expensive restaurant could be around 1,300 ARS (22 USD) for two people. A 0.2 gallon of milk will cost around 54 ARS (0.90 USD) and a dozen eggs around 80 ARS (1.36 USD).