Argentina Tours

Why visit? From dancing the famous Argentinian tango in one of Buenos Aires’ traditional milongas to wine tasting in Mendoza overlooking the Andes, or admiring the impressive Iguazu Falls, an Argentina tour can introduce you to the perfect mix of buzzing cities, cultural highlights and natural wonders. 
 
The most popular starting point for an Argentina tour is the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. Often referred to as ‘the Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires is a city in which you can linger. There are many fascinating neighbourhoods but some of our favourites include La Boca, a ‘barrio’ known for its European feel being home to some of the best art galleries and tango shows in town, or San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores.
 
From Buenos Aires, your Argentina tour could take you to Salta in the country’s north, where you can day trip along Route 40, visiting the Great Salt Flat or venture to Humahuaca to visit ancient ruins and stop at some of the indigenous communities along the way. 
 
For an active exploration of the country, there are many ways to explore the fascinating landscapes of Argentina, including crossing the Andes on a horseback or hiking along the sapphire-coloured lakes of Tierra del Fuego National Park in Patagonia, in the country’s south. 
 
How to get there? Access has never been easier for Australians with three top-ranked airlines (LATAM, Air New Zealand and Qantas) providing regularly scheduled services to Buenos Aires. Qantas and Air New Zealand provide the quickest and easiest route to Argentina with only one stop along the way – Auckland for Air New Zealand and Santiago for Qantas. With LATAM, travellers stop in two cities, Auckland and Santiago.  
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Argentina and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Argentina tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
 

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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Featured Argentina Trips & Deals

GROUP TOUR  From 3,745

Join us on this wonderful journey from Buenos Aires to Rio. Marvel at the mighty Iguazu Falls, experience Buenos Aires and the beaches of Rio.

Argentina Tours

3 NIGHTS From 665

Escape to northern Patagonia - the Switzerland of South America - for breathtaking forests, lakes and mountains.

3 NIGHTS From 735

The perfect stopover for your arrival into South America. Relax and enjoy the cafes and theatres and experience the must-see sights.

5 NIGHTS From 3,465

Take a short trip out to the real pampas and stay on an Estancia with the gauchos.

2 NIGHTS From 790

Our most popular short break tour to Iguacu. Explore the Argentina and Brazilian side of the falls and visit the devil's throat.

3 NIGHTS From 1,825

Explore Argentina's most famous and popular wineries on this short tour wine tasting visit through Mendoza.

6 NIGHTS From 2,000

Trek the famous Perito Moreno glacier on this adventure tour option south of Patagonia.

8 NIGHTS From 2,680

Take and in depth tour of the Salta region. Visit the salt flats and coloured sands and canyons. Sample the wines of Cafayate.

20 NIGHTS From 7,290

Looking to explore South America? This 21 day loop covers the best of Argentina, Brazil, Peru and a taste of Chile.   

15 NIGHTS From 6,725

Experience the mystical glaciers, sparkling lakes, wildlife & breath-taking scenery of both the Chilean & Argentinean Patagonia.

Articles On Argentina

Cruise Antarctica – Top 5 Items You Shouldn’t Forget to Pack

Posted on Fri, 18 May 2018

Buck the trend and pack like a professional: discover the 5 items people always forget to take to an Antarctica expedition. Packing for an Antarctica expedition is both exciting and exasperating yet with the sheer amount of packing guides out there (including our own comprehensive Antarctica packing guide) you should get a fairly good idea of what will be useful …

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Press release: Visit the most remote destination on the planet on a Chimu cruise to East Antarctica

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Sydney, Tuesday 15 May 2018 Following the adventure of their 2017 voyage which saw travellers sail 4025,1 nautical miles; identify eight species of penguins; spot thirteen mammal breeds; experience air temperatures of -6 Celsius and cross the Antarctic Circle no less than six times, polar specialists Chimu Adventures invite those who want the ultimate Antarctica experience to get involved in …

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What Not to Pack When Travelling to South America 

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Whether you’re planning a wildlife-watching trip to the Pantanal, a rumble in the jungle of the Amazon, an expedition to the frigid ends of Antarctica, multi-day hike to Machu Picchu or, perhaps, a luxury cruise to the Galapagos, chances are one of the first things you’ll be researching is a comprehensive packing list. Now, before we even know where in South America you’re planning to go, we guarantee that you’ll pack …

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Best Things To Do in South and Central America – JUNE Guide

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

June marks the start of winter in most of Latin America and this month offers the most varied array of attractions and highlights. A month where you can really do it all: ski in the south, hike in the centre and snorkel in the north! And although this is also the start of the high tourist season in the continent, …

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The Arctic’s Inuit Culture

Posted on Mon, 14 May 2018

Shaped and influenced by the forbidding landscapes they’ve inhabited for thousands of years, the Inuit culture of the Arctic region is one of the most fascinating on the planet. Hardy, resilient, mysterious and immensely ingenious, the Inuits of the northernmost regions of the Americas, Europe and Russia have not only survived on some of our planet’s harshest environments but indeed …

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Quito International Airport Guide

Posted on Tue, 08 May 2018

Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (code UIO), Ecuador’s premier aviation hub, connects passengers to all corners of the continent as well as a select number of destinations outside of South America, namely Amsterdam, New York City, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, Madrid, Miami and Dallas. Only 15kms from the centre of Quito as the crow flies, this relatively new facility was built …

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A typical day in Antarctica

Posted on Fri, 04 May 2018

There is really no such thing as a typical day in Antarctica. Individual landing locations are different every time due to weather, ice, currents or light conditions. The time in the season will affect many of these items as will it affect what is happening with the wildlife. In addition, every ship has different configurations, rules and structures. For example …

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Enjoying Brazil without internal flights

Posted on Thu, 03 May 2018

Ahh Rio, the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (that’s “Marvellous City” for those that don’t speak Portuguese). Famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, relaxed lifestyle and awe-inspiring natural beauty, it’s no wonder it receives more tourists than any other part of Brazil. If you’re thinking of going to Rio, we say stop thinking and DO IT. But whilst you’re planning your trip, we …

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Fascinating Facts to Help You Celebrate Earth Day 2018

Posted on Sat, 21 Apr 2018

April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of modern environmentalism on this wonderful planet of ours. The brainchild of a US Senator who had witnessed the horrendous consequences of an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, the Earth Day movement has grown from strength to strength over the last five decades. What started as a relatively small-scale attempt …

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Press release: Chimu’s Casa Republica wins prestigious Prix Versailles award

Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Sydney, Thursday 19 April 2018 Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for …

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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 Argentina - highly recommended The scenery around Bariloche was stunning, beautiful mountains and lakes. Highly recommend crossing the lakes to go from Chile to Argentina. The IguazuFfalls were spectacular with 2 million litres of water falling every second. El Calafate is surrounded by an unusual landscape of Alpine Steppe and sits on the banks of Lake Argentina. A short distance away is the Moreno Glacier, another spectacular site. Our guides for all tours were friendly, knowledgeable and really nice people. The connections were seamless. Hotels were all good, we particularly enjoyed the quirky ones. Food great.
Date published: 2018-03-28
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 Argentina and Southern Brazil The entire itinerary went smoothly and destinations lived up to or exceeded our expectations. The hotels on the whole were good and well located with the possible exception of El Calafate which was too far out of town but compensated by appointments and good breakfast. Hotels in Buenos Aires and Bariloche in good situations but only average amenities. The guides were very good in all locations and the instructions we received on arrival in each district very comprehensive with the possible exception of Salta.
Date published: 2018-04-01
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 3 out of 5 by from Buenos Aires and Ushaia Quite enjoyed BA and its European feel. The architecture is lovely and there are many places to walk to. Wasn't too impressed with our Chimu Guide. We had some Spanish speaking travellers with us and the translations took forever. He also kept telling us how safe it was when in fact 4 of our fellow Antarticans were robbed or bashed in BA. (found out after we'd visited) Dazzler Recoleta is a great position but service very average. Desk staff not very helpful and very busy. Ushaia is a beautiful little town/city. Spectacular scenery both at Ushaia and beyond. Could've stayed here a few more days. The Albatross Hotel was adequate and nice and close to Pier. A Tourist town but welcoming and very pretty. ATM's not always conducive to Australian cards though or had no money left on weekends.
Date published: 2017-04-02
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Country Information

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 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. 
 
British and European Union passport holders are exempt from Reciprocity Fees.
* As of the 1st of July 2017 Australian citizens no longer require to pay a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina. 

 

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