Argentina Tours

Argentina is a vast and beautiful natural wilderness that extends from the powerful and thunderous Iguazu Falls in the subtropical north to the mighty advancing Perito Moreno Glacier in the southern Patagonian ice fields. In between there are wetlands rich in wildlife, soaring Andean peaks, glacial lakes, alpine forests, canyons, deserts, salt flats and the grassland plains of the Pampas, the traditional grazing grounds of Argentina’s renowned beef cattle where gauchos still roam. Argentina travel offers not only the opportunity to discover these incredibly diverse and stunning landscapes but can also introduce you to the country’s cosmopolitan cities, fascinating culture and history.
 
Start your Argentina tour in the vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango, with its historic buildings, café culture, stylish residents and world-class cuisine. Explore the cities of Salta, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Cordoba and Bariloche, each with its own unique character and attractions. Experience the passion of the Argentinians at a live soccer match and delve into the gastronomic delights of the country with a succulent steak at one of the many parrillas, accompanied by a glass of Argentinian Malbec.
 
From the ice fields of Los Glaciares National Park to the protected coastal forest habitat of Tierra del Fuego National Park, from wine tasting to skiing, from whales, penguins, capybaras and vicuñas to tango, soccer and beef, Argentina travel will captivate you and hold you in awe.

Chimu arranged our itinerary and everything went to perfection. We loved BA taking in a Tango show, Soccer game and a great Bike Tour thru the city. Mendoza, the home of Malbec wine was great. We enjoyed the rafting and the day trip to the Andes Mountains was superb! - Lindy

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Articles On Argentina

Experience the Mesmerising Spectacle of Perito Moreno

Posted on Fri, 27 Jan 2017

The crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Perito Moreno is the glacier by which all others are revered. Colossally grandiose, thunderously alive and breathtakingly unstoppable, Perito Moreno is a visual feast like few others on the planet. A visit here is like taking a trip to the end of the world. And, of course, it almost literally …

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Your Top Guide to Bariloche

Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017

Stretched along the southern shores of Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi Lake, and framed by the magnificent landscape of the eponymous national park, Bariloche is one of the most picturesque cities in all of South America and a place no one can help but fall head over heels in love with. It’s a big call, we know, but we beg you to …

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Diego Maradona

Posted on Tue, 13 Dec 2016

Soccer legend Diego Maradona is one of the most famous and controversial South American sportspeople to have gained international fame. He’ll be forever etched in history as much for his football skills as for the drug abuse, arrogance and violent outbursts which accompanied him for much of his career. As an unrivalled Argentinian icon, Maradona led the country during its …

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Who Were The Disappeared?

Posted on Sat, 10 Dec 2016

From 1976 to 1983, there was a wide-spread political war campaign in Argentina known as the Dirty War. The pretext of this gruesome war was to overthrow the left-wing political parties. However, the Argentinean military simply used it as an excuse to oppress, torture and murder countless civilians. During this time, an estimated 30,000 people were abducted from their homes, …

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How Argentina Became a Safe Haven for The Nazi

Posted on Fri, 04 Nov 2016

The link with Argentina and the Nazi Germany is something which has fascinated historians for decades. Here, we take a step back in time and revisit this complex chapter of the South American country’s fascinating history. The 2015 discovery of a former Nazi lair hidden deep in the Argentinean jungle, reignited and refuelled curiosity into the mythical fables that have plagued …

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Find your Rhythm in Buenos Aires

Posted on Sat, 13 Aug 2016

Have you heard of the Paris of the South? A place of such beauty and European elegance, it is comparable to the city of lights. This seductive destination blossoming along the Rio de la Plata is a metropolis of extravagance and beauty. A city of history, art, and culture, it is an eclectic array of worldly influences that draw travelers …

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Top things to do in Buenos Aires

Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016

Buenos Aires is the capital and cosmopolitan hub of Argentina. This unique city is bursting with life, culture and culinary delights. With its European influences, vibrant night life, delicious foods and passion for the arts, Buenos Aires should be on everyones travel bucket list. If you’re planning on visiting this fascinating city, or just need a little convincing to book …

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Ushuaia: The most awe-inspiring end of our world

Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016

If you’re an intrepid traveller, you’ve no doubt been to a few places which you sarcastically dubbed ‘the end of the world’. Remote places seeming lost in a vortex of utterly unremarkable appeal, a million miles away from any kind of familiarity. But then there’s Ushuaia: the most enticing End of the World you could ever visit. Drop by Ushuaia …

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Legado Mitico in Buenos Aires – Hotel Review

Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016

Legado Mitico is a fantastic 11 room boutique hotel situated in the trendy Buenos Aires’ district of Palermo Soho. It is located close to designer boutiques, hip bars and fantastic restaurants. The location of the hotel on Gurruchaga street, close to the corner with Costa Rica street is fantastic in itself, compared to other boutique hotels in the district that …

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NEWS: Perito Moreno Glacier – Watch Video

Posted on Fri, 11 Mar 2016

What started off with just a small piece of ice falling off the Perito Moreno Glacier, was soon followed by the entire ice bridge collapsing on itself. This spectacular display of nature was seen by a crowd of almost 4000 as reported by local media on Thursday morning, it is the largest collapse since 2012.

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Argentina Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magic place to see Chimu arranged our itinerary and everything went to perfection. We loved BA taking in a Tango show, Soccer game and a great Bike Tour thru the city. Mendoza, the home of Malbec wine was great. We enjoyed the rafting and the day trip to the Andes Mountains was superb.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic holiday We went to Buenos Aires for a week and stayed in the Euro Buildings and then the Arroyo Hotel for three nights each. The itinerary was beautifully worked out and the Euro Buildings in particular were a real treat. We felt like we were in a film high up above the biggest road in the world. Arroyo Towers is not so fancy but friendly and comfortable and the breakfast was just as good. We appreciated our capable taxi drivers meeting and taking us to the airport and the well arranged trips to the tango evening and the amazing lesson. The chauffeured trip to Tigra was great too. In the UK and in BA Chimu were brilliant - organising everything without fuss and contacting us to check we were OK. It was nice getting letters slipped under the hotel door and the edition of Time Out BA was much appreciated. Brilliant! Thank you
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Argentina My girlfriend's first time to Argentina and my first time back in 22 years. A few glitches in the itinerary - LAN airlines flight cancellations - but all in all a great trip! Only suggestion for improvement is advance notice of the local tour operators information - contact names, numbers, email, etc.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buenos Aires Was travelling alone and Chimu adventures made sure I was met at each destination by an English speaking and cheerful guide / driver. The organised outings exposed me to the Argentinian culture as expediently as possible. The accommodation was good and conveniently located.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from South America was wonderful Travelling solo was a breeze with Chimu. Everything went smoothly with contacts and guides meeting me everywhere on time except for Buenos Aires where everyone was late or did not turn up. I would recommend Chimu to everyone.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible trip. Well organised itinerary, amazing country, wonderful holiday. Iquazu Falls are unbelievably beautiful, and for sure the highlight of the trip. No complaints.....well done Chimu.
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Patagonia Glacier Trek An expectant boat load of walkers, ice trekkers and ice climbers were on their way to Viedma Glacier on a bright, warm, sunny day. Getting close to the glacier, the wind became much stronger, the waves bigger, and the captain decided (for good reasons) that the conditions were too difficult to continue. Sadly, the boat returned to the jetty. ...and you might think that this would result in a poor review. However the decision to turn around was made for safety reasons, and completely understandable. Travellers were immediately told about either getting a refund or rebooking for another trip. I chose the refund, and the funds were in my bank account just a few days after I returned from Patagonia. And finally, a bit later that day the local organisers gave me information about a great walk which turned out to be one of the highlights of my entire trip to Patagonia. In all, a good outcome.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wildlife Highlights V2 Generally a great trip - hotels with exception of one were perfect, tours and excursions were great (would be better if all the guides had spoken english). Communications re pickups could be better (we had a 7am flight and only got a call at 4.30 that morning to tell us when we were getting picked up). Argentina is a wonderful country and this trip certainly highlighted its best features.
Date published: 2015-08-12
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Geography of Argentina

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2017

Argentina is a huge country – the 8th largest country in the world and the 2nd largest in South America (after Brazil), covering an area of 2.7 million square kilometres. Its diverse landscapes and climates vary dramatically from north to south, ranging from Andean mountains and glacial lakes to Pampas grassland where its famed beef cattle graze. Argentina is bordered …

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History of Argentina – Ancient to Modern

Posted on Fri, 18 Nov 2016

History of Argentina – Ancient to Modern day The history of Argentina dates back thousands of years, with the first human settlements beginning on the southern tip of Patagonia 13,000 years ago. The indigenous people here and in the Pampas were advanced hunters and gatherers and included the Yamana and the Tehuelches. The country’s history has been tumultuous over the years …

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The Wildlife of Argentina

Posted on Thu, 03 Nov 2016

Argentina is home to a diverse range of wildlife due to its varied terrain and habitats ranging from lush rainforest to marshlands, grasslands, mountains and bleak Patagonian desert. This means that you may encounter an astonishing range of fauna on your Argentina travels – from penguins, whales and seals to condors, armadillos and guanacos. Wildlife species of Argentina Mammals Alpacas, …

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Experience the Great Cuisine of Argentina

Posted on Sun, 23 Oct 2016

The cuisine of Argentina is distinctive in South America because of its strong resemblance to Italian, Spanish, French and other European cuisines. Indigenous gastronomies derived from groups such as the Quechua, Mapuche and Guarani have also played a role. Grilled meats and pasta are common with extensive use of local ingredients. Cuisine of Argentina Another determining factor in Argentine cuisine …

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The Culture and Customs of Argentina

Posted on Mon, 03 Oct 2016

Argentina is considered the most European republic in South America with the majority of Argentines being descendants of Spanish and other European colonists. Modern Argentinian culture has been strongly influenced by its European immigrant population but with a South American flair. Latin American passion is combined with a cosmopolitan European lifestyle. The character of Buenos Aires, the cultural capital, has stemmed from …

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Weather In Argentina

Posted on Wed, 14 Sep 2016

Argentina stretches across many different latitudes and as such there are great variations in climate within the country. The climate ranges from subtropical along the north eastern border with Brazil to sub polar in the Tierra del Fuego region in the far south. The country has four seasons: winter (June – August), spring (September – November), summer (December – February) and …

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When to go to Argentina?

Posted on Thu, 08 Sep 2016

Argentina is a year round destination, but due to its vast size and resulting differences in climate across the country, the best time to visit will depend on where you are planning on visiting for your Argentina travel and the activities that you plan to include on your Argentina tour. Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego The summer months of December …

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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Argentina ?

The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentinian Peso (ARS).
 
Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

What language do they speak in Argentina?

 Argentina's official language is Spanish, but Argentinian Spanish differs from Spanish spoken in other Latin American countries, mainly due to the Italian sounding intonations. Indigenous languages spoken today include Tehuelche, Guarani and Quechua. Many immigrant groups have continued to speak their own language and so you will also find many other languages in Argentina including Italian, German, English, French and even Welsh.

What is the religion of Argentina?

Argentina is predominantly Roman Catholic.

Do I need to be fit to go to Argentina?

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Argentina tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Argentina offers great opportunities for outdoor activities set against spectacular backdrops. They range from hiking ad trekking to rock climbing, skiing, white water rafting, horse riding and ice climbing. The majority of the best treks are to be found in the National Parks where the trails range from easy to difficult. If you plan on summiting Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak at 6962m, then you will need to be fit and ensure that you acclimatise thoroughly.

Is it safe to travel in Argentina?

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps to change South America’s poor security image. Violent crime is rare in Argentina and local police actively patrol the tourist areas. 
 
To minimise security risks we recommend the following: 

 

  • do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery
  • keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes
  • keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas
  • use only registered taxis with official identification
  • avoid going on your own to remote areas or the poorer barrios of Buenos Aires or where tourists would not be expected to go
  • always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended

Do I need a visa to travel to Argentina?

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Argentina for citizens of the following countries:

 

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • The United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • European Union
  • South Africa
 
For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.
Please note that Australian, Canadian and USA citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, since a visa is not required for visitors from these countries. It is a fee based on the fees that Argentinean citizens pay for visas to these countries. The fee is subject to change but must be paid in advance online. For US citizens, the reciprocity fee allows multiple entries into Argentina for 10 years in accordance with US visa reciprocity. For Australian citizens, the reciprocity fee is valid for multiple entries into Argentina within a period of one year from the date of first entry.
 
British and European Union passport holders are exempt from Reciprocity Fees.

How long do I need to travel to Argentina?

You could spend anything from a few days to several weeks or even months on your Argentina travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as the Valdes Peninsula, an estancia stay or a Patagonian glacier trek. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

How much should I budget for daily in Argentina ?

Our Argentina tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 25-35 USD per day per person. 

Do I need to get vaccinations for Argentina?

Although no specific vaccinations are required for Argentina travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter the country, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through.
 
Yellow Fever is a risk in certain parts of Argentina and this vaccination is generally recommended if your Argentina tour includes the northern parts of the country bordering Brazil and Paraguay. Depending on your travel itinerary you may be required to produce proof of yellow fever vaccination when returning to Australia from parts of Argentina.
 
As a general guide we recommend the following:

 

  • Yellow Fever - Especially for northern parts of Argentina
  • Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)
  • Typhoid
  • Diphtheria
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need for Argentina?

In Argentina the standard voltage is 220V and standard frequency is 50Hz. Power sockets are of types C and I.
 
Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What should I pack to travel in Argentina ?

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Argentina tour.
 
The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items:

 

  • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos
  • Travel Insurance documents  
  • Air tickets and itinerary
  • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques
  • Money belt 
  • Small daypack
  • Basic first aid kit 
  • High UVA sun block 
  • Sunglasses & sunhat
  • Mosquito spray & insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Sandals 
  • Long sleeve tops and trousers 
  • Light-weight clothing
  • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year)
  • Camera with spare battery and memory cards
  • Security code padlock
  • Adaptor 
  • Small torch