BEFORE YOU GO
If you're interested in a trip to Argentina, you've come to the right place.
Below you'll find all the information you need about how to pack for your adventure, what to prepare for logistically with your flights and travel documents, and the nitty-gritty details like if you need to know how to ride a horse. Take a look and let us know if you have any additional questions! We're always happy to chat and can be reached directly at 1.888.870.0903.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE?
Because it's such a large country with a huge amount of terrain, Argentina has a complex climate. Generally, there are four seasons: winter (June-August), spring (September-November), summer (December-February), and fall (March-May). Summers are of course the warmest but also the wettest season on most of the country, except for Patagonia, where it is dry. Winters are mild in the north, cool in the center, and cold in the southernmost parts. While the Patagonia region sees a lot of snowfall in the winter, it is also moderated by the surrounding oceans, so the cold is less intense and prolonged than in the north. All of that being said, summer is the best time to visit Argentina—but you should be prepared to experience all four seasons in a day in this part of the world!
Q: CAN I USE MY CELL PHONE?
Even if you have an international plan, you might not get service while in Argentina. But hey, don’t you want to unplug anyway?
Q: CAN I TAKE PHOTOS OF THE LOCALS?
Always ask before photographing the native people. In addition, it's good practice not to take pictures of military installations, police stations, airports, soldiers, police, or border posts while traveling in South America.
Q: WHAT DOES ESTANCIA MEAN?
Estancia means cattle ranch in Spanish! Depending on your itinerary, you could be staying at a number of estancias in Argentina.
Q: HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING?
Argentina is generally one of the most expensive countries to visit in Latin America. For information on current exchange rates, visit xe.com. The Argentine currency is the Peso ($), but US dollars are widely accepted. We recommend taking $200-300 in USD and exchanging some spending money in local currency when you arrive. Credit cards are widely accepted and can be used in most shops and restaurants (Visa is the most common credit card, MasterCard, and American Express are less accepted). Just make sure to let your bank know ahead of time that you'll be traveling.
Q: WHAT'S THE DEAL ON TIPPING?
Tipping is a personal and individual matter and the decision to tip and how much to give is entirely yours. While staying at estancias, the gratuity amount is to be given to your host upon departure from each property. Gratuities are then evenly distributed among all guides and staff members. We also suggest bringing extra tipping money for guides you feel have given exceptional service. The following is a general guideline:
- Estimate $10-20 per person traveling per day at individual estancias for the staff
- For drivers estimate $5 - $10 per person traveling per day
- For guides estimate $15 - $20 per person traveling per day
- Hotels, taxis & city service: $5 - $1 for carrying bags, room service, etc.
- When dining in city restaurants, it is best to pay by credit-card. Tips are generally 10%.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND VACCINATIONS
PASSPORT & VISAS
A visa is an official authorization to visit a country and is not required for entering Argentina. A tourist card is issued upon entry and at no additional cost.
Before you leave home, make several photocopies of your passport. We also recommend bringing at least two extra 2x2 passport photographs. This will facilitate the replacement of your passport in the event your passport is lost or stolen. Keep your passport, money, vouchers, and international air tickets in a money belt or pouch.
- Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of entry into antarctica
- Please have 2-3 blank pages in your passport, you world traveler you!
You will find Argentina a hospitable and healthy place to visit. However, we do strongly recommend that you consult your physician regarding medications and immunizations that are recommended or mandatory. You can also check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The following vaccinations are highly recommended:
- Hepatitis A & B
- Yellow Fever
Zika is a risk in Ecuador and you'll want to take precaution against mosquito bites. Use insect repellant with at least 20% DEET, cover exposed skin when possible, and use bug nets in your room when provided.
Remember, not all immunizations can be taken or obtained on the same day or on the day of departure. Some immunizations must be administered over a period of time, while others cannot be given together. See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for vaccines to take effect. All vaccinations should be officially recorded and stamped in a yellow international immunization card. This card is obtained from the place of immunization and should be carried with your passport.
YELLOW FEVER UPDATE
If you are entering Argentina from a country the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined has a risk of active transmission of Yellow Fever, you must meet the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination with validity of ten days from the corresponded Health Organization from origin country.
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Venezuela, Paraguay and Peru. The measure also includes all African countries except the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Somalia.
If your flight connects through any of the other countries mentioned above, please note you will have to comply with this new requirement.
CHARGERS AND ADAPTORS
Argentina operates on 220-voltage electricity so converters and adapters are necessary (plug Type I). Keep in mind that some of the smaller estancias are powered on generators that only run during certain times of the day. Please consult with your hosts for the best time to charge equipment.
THINGS YOU'LL NEED
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Long sleeved base layers for cooler mornings and nights
- Fleece/sweaters or sweatshirts
- Jacket or lightweight windbreaker; waterproof but breathable
- Casual pants and shorts (think khakis or yoga-style gear)
- Nice outfit for dinners in the city
- Underclothes and socks
- Bathing suit
- Comfortable walking shoes (including sandals with functional back-strap)
- Lightweight hiking boots
- Cotton turtleneck for cooler temperatures
- Scarf or buff to keep your neck warm in the wind
- Insect repellent containing DEET
- Gloves and beanie
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Lotion, Kleenex, lip balm, eye drops for dealing with the windy Patagonia region
- Binoculars: we recommend getting a Maven or Leica pair with 10 x 42 magnification
- Extra money and money belt to securely carry all passports, vouchers, and air tickets
- Normal prescriptions and traveler’s meds for sea-sickness, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea
Remember! Your carry-on should include your passport, money, toiletries, camera, and a spare set of clothes.
WHEN YOU'RE IN THE AIR
Check-in time for all international flights is three hours prior to departure time. This allows for delays at the security screening units in each terminal. There is no first class fast track through security screening, so get there early to avoid any stress.
Generally on most domestic flights, you are limited to one carry-on and two checked bags. However it's a good idea to keep the total weight of your items down while traveling abroad since each airline has slightly different regulations. Aim for less than 50 pounds total with no more than 33 pounds in any bag.
First of all, take a deep breath. You’ve already packed a spare set of clothes, your passport, money, and camera in your carry-on. Next, provide your airline with contact and delivery information for your first stop. Let our ground operator there know that your luggage has been lost, and they will track it while you enjoy your stay.
IN CASE YOU MISS US
If your family needs to contact you for emergency reasons while you are away, please have them call the Outside GO office in Santa Fe at (505) 795-7710.
For after hour emergencies, please use the following:
SANDY CUNNINGHAM | (505) 231-0699 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BRITTANY BENGRY | (616) 401-9058 | email@example.com
CHIP CUNNINGHAM | (505) 231-0355 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- When dialing Argentina from the United States, the U.S. exit code “011” + country code “54” must be dialed prior to the number
- If calling from Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires, dial “011” before the number
- When dialing a cell phone from a landline, dial “15” first and then the 8-digit mobile number
- When dialing the United States from Argentina, simply dial “001” prior to the number