Passports: anyone entering Argentina should have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, and ideally past the date the passport holder leaves the country.
Visas: nationals of Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Argentina. Upon arrival, most visitors get a 90-day stamp in their passport. Canadians must pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ before arriving. Ideally it will be reminded when buying the airplane ticket: this fee is equal to what Argentines are charged for visas to visit those countries. The fee is paid online and with a credit card.
Customs Regulations: electronic items (laptops, cameras and mobile phones) can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you have a lot of equipment, it is recommended to take an item list with the serial numbers and preferably the purchase receipts.
Electricity: Argentina’s electric current operates on 220V; 50Hz; plugs are C/I type. Adapters are readily available from almost any ferretería (hardware store). Most electronic equipment (such as cameras, telephones and computers) are dual/multi-voltage, but some equipment may require a voltage converter or you might short out your device.
Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports, and it’s generally good and free. In remote spots like El Chaltén and other parts of Patagonia Wi-Fi service may be usually poor.
Mobile Phones: it’s best to bring your own unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM cell phone to Argentina, then buy an inexpensive SIM chip (you’ll get a local number) and credits (or carga virtual) as needed. All SIM Cards now must be registered to users before they can be activated. In theory, a foreigner can activate a SIM card with identification. Both SIM chips and credits can be bought at many kiosks or “locutorios”.
Money: ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. ATMs can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards (not all foreign cards work in ATMs). They’re the best way to get money, and nearly all have instructions in English. Limits on withdrawal can be very low, though the withdrawal fee can be relatively high. Banelco ATMs tend to allow larger withdrawals. In some spots in Patagonia (El Calafate and El Chaltén, e.g.) and most touristic destinations they quickly run out of cash in high season.
Cash: the Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. One peso equals 100 “centavos”; coins come in denominations of 25 and 50 centavos, as well as 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Currently, US dollars are accepted by many companies dedicated to tourism, but it is always recommended to carry some pesos.
Credit Cards: many (but not all!) tourist services, larger stores, hotels and restaurants – especially in the bigger cities – take credit cards. The most widely accepted are Visa and MasterCard, though American Express and a few others are valid in some establishments. Important: many places will give a small discount if you pay in cash rather than use a credit card.
Money Changers: US dollars are by far the preferred foreign currency, although Chilean and Uruguayan pesos can be readily exchanged at the borders. Cash dollars and Euros can be changed at banks and “casas de cambios” (exchange houses) in larger cities, but other currencies can be difficult to change outside Buenos Aires. Passport is needed to change money; we strongly suggest avoiding any sort of street-tout money changer.
Tipping: restaurants and cafes: it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Spa: 15% of the bill. Hotel staff, delivery people, hotel and bus porters and taxi drivers: give a few bills.
Banks 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.
Bars 7 pm / 9 pm to 4 am / 6 am nightly.
Cafes 6 am to midnight or much later; open daily.
Clubs 1 am / 2 am to 6 am / 8 am Friday and Saturday.
Office business hours 9 am to 6 pm.
Restaurants Noon to 3:30 pm and 8 pm to midnight or 1am (later on weekends).
Shops 9 am / 10 am to 8 pm / 9 pm Monday to Saturday.
Mention Argentina, and people think about solitary gauchos or maybe tango dancers. It is country blessed with abundant natural resources and a highly educated population. The country boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travelers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. From the northern deserts down to the southern Andean Cordillera, from the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. For cosmopolitan types, there's the elegant capital, Buenos Aires. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication, although travelers expecting a more 'South American' experience are sometimes disappointed with its European touch.
It's a large country - the eighth largest in the world, and the second largest on the South American continent. It borders Chile to the west (separated by the Andean Cordilleras range) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east (separated by rivers). It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile, and continues claiming the possession of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands) and the Antarctic territory, where Argentina has installed several scientific bases, including the most famous: Marambio.
Argentina's topography is affected by both latitude and altitude, and is accordingly varied. The country can be divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile lowland north (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mixture of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).
Population: 46 million (2022 CENSUS)
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, native and other minorities
Language: American Spanish, plus 17 native languages
Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukrainian catholic, 1% Armenian orthodox
The Argentine Experience is designed to give an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture; this is NOT a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience, where guest will meet and dine with people from all over the world. The international team of guides are on hand to spoil and take guests through every step of this culinary journey! • Choose from the gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional ‘repulgue’ technique. • Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. • 2 distinct Malbec wines are chosen from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement food; learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. • For desert make your own alfajores (Argentina’s national sweet) where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine. • And finally, get taught about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime and prepare it from scratch among yourselves!
Visit to Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, located within Iguazú National Park. With 67.000 hs, they are made up of 275 falls thundering down from a 70-meter average height. In this section of the rainforest, we can find a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. We are on our way to Estación Central, where we will take a train to Estación Cataratas and/or Estación Garganta del Diablo. From this site, we can choose: - Upper Circuit: 800 mts trail raised above the ground surface, so as not, to block or scare away local fauna as they go by. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Bosetti, Bernabé Méndez, and M’Bigua waterfalls. Time required for this ride: 1 h. Difficulty range: low, no stairs. - Lower Circuit: 1.600 mts trail walk above the ground surface. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nuñez, San Martín, Bosetti and Peñon of Bella Vista waterfalls (from Peñon we get a view of Garganta del Diablo -Devil’s Throat- and Cañón del Rio Iguazú inferior). Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: moderate, with stairs. -Garganta del Diablo: departing from Estación Cataratas, the train takes us to Estación Garganta. The walk along the footbridges demands 1200 mts to delight us with the spectacular balcony of the most important waterfall of the National Park: Garganta del Diablo. Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: low, no stairs.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the Visitor Center we cross the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the Visitor Center we cross the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point. Represa de Itaipu panoramic tour (Itaipu Dam) Itaipu Dam is an engineering masterpiece shared by Brazil and Paraguay on the Paraná River. It is located 50 km from Iguazú Falls. This visit includes only outdoor areas in Dam and starts with a brief stop at the Interpretation Centre where a documental film describing details of the building process is shown. Then in a vehicle drive and the aid of guides, tour offers a 10 minutes stop in "Central Mirador" to get a panoramic view of the dam. In that place is a brief explanation of its general operation. After that visit continues by bus -and depending on the daily operation- also passes over the dam, with a new stop. Visit lasts 1:30 hours and can be done all year round, except on Sundays and holidays.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. We get into a bus that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The entrance to the Birds Park is next to the Brazilian National Park. This is an essential tour for Foz do Iguassu visitors: it allows to experience a direct contact with more than 1020 birds from about 150 different species. Discover the magnetism of native flora while you stroll along the paths of this beautiful park, easily and for the whole family.
From the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) train station, we offer this silent and quiet sailing experience on rafts, covering the different islands of the Upper Iguazu River. Visitors shall be able to connect with the rich flora and fauna that distinguishes this riverside environment. Expert local people will help tourists to discover the secrets of the jungle beyond the runways. This peaceful trip ends at the Tres Marías Port where visitors may return walking to the Waterfall Station, which is the starting point of traditional circuits. ONLY COMBINABLE WITH ARGENTINIAN FALLS IN PRIVATE SERVICE.
The Great Adventure offers an exciting experience within the Iguazú National Park and in Lower Iguazú River. It is divided into 2 parts: firstly, the sailing on the semi-rigid boats to reach San Martin, Bosetty, Tres Mosqueteros and Cañon de Garganta del Diablo falls and down the river rapids up to Puerto Macuco (3 kms from the Waterfalls); secondly, an 8 km ride in a special truck along the rainforest, observing the local flora and fauna with the aid of specialized guides. Feel and experience the Waterfalls in this tour!
The helicopter flight over the Waterfalls is one of the activities that will fully observe the complete geography of this magnificent paradise. It is an unforgettable and exciting. Flight time is 10 minutes and you can have a complete view of the Falls. The most interesting point of view is the Garganta del Diablo, famous for his fall from a height of 90 meters, and the huge volume of water falling into the canyon. The helicopter lifts off its Helisul, which is near the Iguazu National Park.
IT COMBINES TWO HALF-DAY EXCURSIONS: GUIDED WALK IN THE FOREST + KAYAK ACTIVITY + LUNCH + MOTORBOAT RIDE TO HIDDEN CASCADE. A short walk through the jungle leads us to the river coast, where the kayaks are waiting for us. The calm waters of the river are easy to paddle and invite us to meditate in silence while we perceive with all our senses the surrounding nature. Upon reaching the coast of La Lorenza, we start a 45-minute guided walk through the forest, which ends on our deck where a delicious lunch awaits us. In the afternoon, a boat picks us up along the coast of the Paraná River to take us to Salto Yasy, the hidden gem of the area. Bathing in the river is safe and very enjoyable. This is an invitation to experience the joy of being immersed in this majestic natural setting.
Once we arrive at La Lorenza, we will hike a forest trail, rich in abundant plant and bird species, many of them endemic to the ecoregion. Throughout this interpretative walk, you will observe some natural processes that shape this forest in such dynamic and unique way. A typical house is the perfect place to be introduced to the local culture and to our nation al infusion: Mate. In front of a small wood fire and using our own h ands, we will prepare this popular beverage, starting from scratch with the plant. While sipping Mate, a local farmer will share its history, who discovered this sacred plant, the social codes that rule this tradition and why it is so important for Argentines. The visit ends on our private deck that overlooks the magnificent Paraná River. At this privileged spot, we will offer a local appetizer.
San Ignacio ruins were declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. In the heart of the rainforest, we can find the impressive remains of one of the 30 settlements developed in the land of the Guarani -between 1580 and 1767- by Jesuit priests of “Compañía de Jesus”, where almost 200 converted Guarani lived. An architectural ensemble that illustrates a significant period in the history of Argentina and Brazil, are a living testimony of the evangelization efforts of the Jesuits in South America. During the visit, the original design and details of daily life in a Mission will be explained. San Ignacio is 230 km away from the Iguazu Falls and 60 km from Posadas, capital of the province of Misiones. Pick up at the hotel early in the morning and on the way we will visit Wanda Mines, an open-pit deposit of semi-precious stones of quartz crystals, amethysts, agates and topaz, among the most important. Wand is located 40 km away from Posadas. We will arrive at the ruins of San Ignacio at noon to take the guided tour. Then we will have time for lunch (not included). The return to Iguazú is early in the afternoon, which allows you to see the main products of the region such as mate and tea plantations.