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
We will enjoy a great day with unforgettable views of the Andes, and will get closer than ever to the highest mountain in the Americas. We will also give you the chance to take a walk on the trails of the Aconcagua Provincial Park, visit the Horcones lagoon, and get the best views of Aconcagua´s South Face.
We leave Mendoza on the International Route N 7, through the central Andes to reach Horcones. An incredible path starts from there, to reach Horcones Lagoon (2,950 m.a.s.l.) After an hour walk, we reach the famous hanging bridge on the Horcones River and the “Quebrada del Durazno” (Peach’s Gorge). We take a break there to enjoy the scenery. After another 2 hours, we reach Confluencia (3,300 m.a.s.l.) the first base camp of the highest peak of South America, the Aconcagua (6,962 m.a.s.l.). In this lovely area, we will enjoy our lunch and finally, some rest too. After getting to know a bit more about mountaineering, we will return to Horcones.
Adventure is everywhere in the Potrerillos Valley. Exploring the region on a completely equipped mountain bike is a perfect option to enjoy the desert trails of the Andes. This guided tour is aimed at experienced adventurers, since the difficulty is moderate to difficult (previous experience required). Expert will enjoy this 15 km circuit through the valley and 2.30 hours long. Includes transfer in out to Portrerillos, bilingual guide, bike, helmet, cereal bar and mineral water are included.
This is an original and enjoyable way to discover the vineyards, the wineries and the amazing wine region of Luján de Cuyo. The main goal of this activity is to enjoy a tour outdoors surrounded by the unique scenery of the Andes and the vineyards. Visitors will get to know two different wineries and their vineyards. In all wineries, guided tours will be provided and also several tastings of the well-known wines they produce. At the end of the tour, in the last winery, a first class lunch with matching wines will be served.
We leave Mendoza City to head for Potrerillos Dam, which is surrounded by huge mountains. We will, literally, fly across mountains and the Mendoza River hanging from a harness. This is a great adventure that mixes speed, excitement but also safety. Experience the rush and listen to the cable sing as we guide you over 700 meters (2296 feet) on 5 different zipline cables. Departure / arrival: between 8:30 am and 7 pm (approx.) Schedule: daily Duration: 1 hr Difficulty: Medium Minimum age: 6 years old (between 6 and 12 should be accompanied by an adult) Base circuit: 5 segments – 2.296 feet Services included: transfer in-out, bilingual guide, special equipment, and personal insurance. Suggestions: wear comfortable clothes, long trousers, a warm jacket, and sun cream.
Benegas Winery is located in Luján de Cuyo, 20 minutes away from Mendoza city. The building is one of the few relics of old Mendoza, built in 1901 by the former Governor of Mendoza, Agustín Álvarez. In 1999 Federico Benegas Lynch bought the winery and carried out arduous restoration work over 5 years, while maintaining its original design with adobe walls and cement pools, to which new hot and cold technology was incorporated. On the south bank of the Mendoza River it is located Achával Ferrer Boutique Winery which, hand in hand with its winemaker, has created high-quality wines in limited batches. We visit this winery, learn about its philosophy and experience the pleasure of tasting the wines from the barrels. The pairing between Malbec and Argentine gastronomy becomes a reality at Susana Balbo Wines Winery, owned by the winemaker Susana Balbo. In her tasting room we will get to know the aromas and flavors of her Malbec wines and then, at lunch in her exclusive restaurant, we will taste a gourmet menu paired step by step with the wines from the winery. Finally we return to our accommodation.
Through rural paved roads, where you can appreciate: farms, irrigation systems, piping systems and protecting the vineyards hail, we propose to spend a different day to learn how Zuccardi Family Winery produces its prestigious wines. When we arrive a winemaker will be waiting to walk part of their farms and make a fun course where you will learn wine culture magic of. At the end we go to the visitor's home where a typical and delicious lunch awaits us. Returning to the hotel you'll enjoy a City Tour.
Early departure in the morning: bordering the Mendoza River, we will obtain a majestic landscape of the Cordón del Plata, we will see Dique Potrerillos and the beautiful Valle de Cacheuta. We continue to Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes aborigines and the southernmost point of the Inca Empire; then we pass through Picheuta, Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas, from where we can access the famous village of Los Penitentes, one of the ski centers of Mendoza (it runs from June to August). If weather conditions permit it, one of the most privileged views of the area can be accessed by chairlift (optional ascent ticket). Later on we will visit Puente del Inca, where Las Cuevas River has pierced the mountain, forming a natural bridge to which hot springs emerge. During this visit you can also appreciate Mount Aconcagua splendor, the highest mountain in America with 6960 m.a.s.l. An unpaved road that starts from the International Route, allows you to go a few kilometers to the beautiful Horcones Lagoon and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. (Access enabled only from November to February, consult). Following the International Route, we find the customs in Horcones and a few kilometers further on, on the border with Chile, Las Cuevas town located at 3200 m.a.s.l. Between Las Cuevas and the international tunnel that leads to Chile, there is a route that, depending on weather conditions, allows you to ascend to Cristo Redentor monument, located at 4200 m.a.s.l. and that symbolizes fraternity between Argentines and Chileans. In the afternoon we return to Mendoza city.
An innovative tour to live a horseback ride through vineyards, visit and have lunch in a cellar with natural scenery of the mendocina mountain. The tour begins at the Nieto Senetiner Winery where the horses will be ready to start the 1 hour 30 minute horseback ride through the vineyards to take photos and learn about the cultivation of the vines. At the end of the ride, lunch will be served at the winery complete with empanadas, a traditional gourmet Argentine asado, and different wines from the Nieto Senetiner winery. After lunch, there is a tour through the winery with a guided wine tasting.
In the Uco Valley, in the middle of the Andes ridge, at 2,400 m.a.s.l. a unique landscape is the background for this tour, together with magnificent condors flying above our heads... Departing from Mendoza city we head up to the "Quebrada del Condor" (Condor’s gorge) through the village of Potrerillos and "Mirador de la Hoyada" (panoramic viewpoint).We reach the gorge at 10.30 am, were a traditional breakfast will be served. After a brief health and safety introduction, the ride starts. Local guide and docile horses with local "criollo" saddle are provided. At the foot of the "Cordón del Plata" in the Uco Valley, the local wildlife and flora will amaze us. Llamas, condors, foxes, hares and awesome birds will be part of this ride, too. In the middle of the ride, we will enjoy our local infusion, "mate", at the shore of a creek. We will follow then ancient paths to reach a viewpoint at 2800 m.a.s.l., in order to appreciate the unique scenery of the "Cordón del Plata" ridge, and the Potrerillos Valley. At 2.30 pm lunch is served. We will be leaving the gorge around 5 pm; arrival to Mendoza is around 6.30 / 7 pm. Recommendations: long pants, shoots fit for riding and walking, sweater, hat, sunglasses and sun block.
Departure from Mendoza City to head for Potrerillos, a mountain village surrounded by a wonderful landscape and an impressive homonymous dam. Each passenger will have its neoprene suit, life vest, and helmet. After a security instruction talk, we will go into the river to start the adventure of our lives. In summer we will have the chance to enjoy a 3/4-level rafting. The great white-waters of the Mendoza River guarantee the fun of the day!! Rafting Campamento Los Arboles available between 9 am and 6 pm. - Rafting duration: 1.15 hs (13 Km) - Included: special safety equipment, safety Kayak, full neoprene suit and personal insurance - Suggestions: take 2 different sets of clothes and sunscreen.
Luján de Cuyo is the land of Malbec and invites you to experience this legendary and other great varietal wines produced in the region, visiting and tasting wines in world-renowned wineries such as Renacer, Terrazas de Los Andes and Dominio del Plata. This High class Tour is designed to share and enjoy a complete and excellent day of wines. We will visit some of the most important and prominent wineries in this region. We propose living this experience in small groups, with wine travelers who share the same interest in this fascinating beverage. Thereby you can appreciate every detail of the visits, interacting with wine and as perfect outcome to this dynamic tour a full gourmet lunch. - Visit, wine tasting and "Winemakers Game" in Renacer. - Visit and tasting wine Single Vineyard Reserve and Terrazas de Los Andes in private tasting room. - Gourmet Lunch: 5 courses, paired with 5 wines at the restaurant Osadía de Crear at Dominio del Plata Winery (Finca Decero Winery option for lunch)
Mendoza is world famous for its wine production, however, it also has an important olive oil industry. This tour aims to show and teach through great producers of these products, located in the main growing area of Mendoza: Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. We invite you to decipher our national drink, discover the secrets of Malbec and get to know the most renowned wineries in our province. Tips for this activity: • Ideal combination of Family Winery, Industrial Winery, Visit to Olive Farm and Gourmet Lunch. • Excellent option near the city. • Check for vegetarian, vegan and celiac options available. • Have a good breakfast before starting the tour, to enjoy the tastings.
In wine’s soul you can see the nature of the place... that is why we invite you to visit the colorful roads surrounded by vineyards and the imposing view of Cordón del Plata whose snow end in the Uco Valley. Located at the foot hill of the Andes, with a unique landscape and an average altitude higher than 1,000 meters, is an ideal place for the production of high quality grapes and wines. That’s why we offer you to visit one of the most impressive wineries in this area. Runs on thursday and sunday (S.I.B. service) Wineries: Salentein – Andeluna (lunch) – Domaine Bousquet Includes: wine tasting and lunch
Located to the east of the city, Maipú transports us to the past... we invite you to learn about the origin of wine in Mendoza. We will visit wineries that paved the way for viticulture and, even today, preserve the family tradition. We will discover the history of the elaboration of their wines and they will invite us to taste them. As the perfect end to the day, we will enjoy a lunch specially designed for the tour. Tips for this activity: • Ideal tour to learn about the wine history of Mendoza. • Check for vegetarian, vegan and celiac options available. • Excellent option near the city. • Have a good breakfast before starting the tour, to enjoy the tastings.
Wine tours full day: Located in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipú area, in this route through the vineyards will have the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of man to transform the desert into a oasis through the irrigation ditches and channels (Huarpe inheritance) and modern drip irrigation systems, we visit wineries large and small of outstanding quality that we have positioned as a world capital of wine tasting and lunch at each one of the wineries with wine included.
In wine’s soul you can see the nature of the place... that is why we invite you to visit the colorful roads surrounded by vineyards and the imposing view of Cordón del Plata whose snow end in the Uco Valley. Located at the foot hill of the Andes, with a unique landscape and an average altitude higher than 1,000 meters, is an ideal place for the production of high quality grapes and wines. That’s why we offer you to visit one of the most impressive wineries in this area. Runs from tuesday to sunday (private service) Wineriess: Andeluna with lunch and Salentein with visit to Killka- Gimenez Riili Includes: wine tasting and lunch