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Practical information about Argentina

1. Climate

As Argentina is an extensive country, it features a variety of climate zones. In the north lies the Chaco plains, which have a subtropical climate. In the central region of the country are the Pampas, where the climate is more temperate, and in the south is Patagonia – a cold, low-lying region of steppes and plains.

Weather statistics for Buenos Aires:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Day temp. 30 29 26 23 19 16 15 17 19 23 25 28
Night temp. 20 19 17 14 10 8 7 9 10 13 16 18
Precipitation, mm 122 123 154 107 92 50 53 63 78 139 131 103
Day
temp.
Night
temp.
Precipit.,
mm
JAN 30 20 122
FEB 29 19 123
MAR 26 17 154
APR 23 14 107
MAY 19 10 92
JUN 16 8 50
JUL 15 7 53
AUG 17 9 63
SEP 19 10 78
OCT 23 13 139
NOV 25 16 131
DEC 28 18 103

Weather statistics for Salta (Northern Argentina):

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Day temp. 26 25 24 21 20 18 18 21 22 25 26 27
Night temp. 16 16 15 12 7 4 3 5 7 11 14 16
Precipitation, mm 174 149 108 30 7 3 2 5 8 25 61 127
Day
temp.
Night
temp.
Precipit.,
mm
JAN 26 16 174
FEB 25 16 149
MAR 24 15 108
APR 21 12 30
MAY 20 7 7
JUN 18 4 3
JUL 18 3 2
AUG 21 5 5
SEP 22 7 8
OCT 25 11 25
NOV 26 14 61
DEC 27 16 127

Weather statistics for El Calafate (Patagonia):

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Day temp. 18 18 16 12 7 4 3 7 10 13 16 17
Night temp. 8 8 6 3 0 -1 -1 0 1 3 5 7
Precipitation, mm 31 21 19 22 22 17 19 12 10 15 22 24
Day
temp.
Night
temp.
Precipit.,
mm
JAN 18 8 31
FEB 18 8 21
MAR 16 6 19
APR 12 3 22
MAY 7 0 22
JUN 4 -1 17
JUL 3 -1 19
AUG 7 0 12
SEP 10 1 10
OCT 13 3 15
NOV 16 5 22
DEC 17 7 24

2. The following are not included in our package tour prices:

  • Meals except those specifically mentioned
  • Cancellation and travel insurance
  • Gratuities

3. Form of travel

Excursions and transfers are conducted in small, international groups led by an English-speaking guide.

4. When is it best to travel to Argentina?

It is best to travel to Argentina during the North European winter months, i.e. from October to April, as the weather will normally be good in both the north and south of the country during this period. It is also pleasant to visit Argentina during the North European summer, although it would be rather cold to visit Buenos Aires, where the weather is warmest in the period December to February.

5. Terms and conditions of travel

Please read our booking terms and conditions carefully. These terms and conditions constitute the basis of your package purchased from llamatours.co.uk. Click here to read our terms and conditions.

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

6. Travel insurance

We are an ATOL protected agency giving you complete peace of mind. It is a condition of booking that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/traveling companions for the duration of their trip.

In cooperation with our partner we can offer advantageous travel insurances. Learn more here.

7. Language

Spanish is the language spoken in Argentina, but the people are very helpful and love the chance to use the English words they know. In more rural regions, English speakers may be few and far between, which is why we use bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. It is a good idea to end questions and queries with the words ‘por favor’, which mean ‘please’. Another good word to know is ‘gracias’ – which means ‘thank you’ and is sure to prove useful in many situations.

8. Vaccinations

We recommend that you contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic.
Visit the CDC website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list for more information about vaccinations and Argentina.

9. Visa

UK citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days. However, in the same way as for other international travel, you must be in possession of a valid passport. The requirements on the validity of the passport may vary, but as a rule of thumb your passport must be valid for at least six months after you return home. However, as these regulations may change from time to time, we recommend that you visit the World Travel Guide website at www.worldtravelguide.net and study the visa information presented there. Of course, you are also welcome to ask us.

10. Currency

The Argentine unit of currency is the peso. Go to www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to view the currently applicable exchange rate. We recommend that you bring some US dollars with you in cash, and then exchange these for local currency at an official bureau de change. Also bring a credit card and make sure to memorise your PIN code. NEVER write your PIN code down! There are cashpoint machines (ATMs) almost everywhere. You can use most common credit cards at hotels and in many shops and restaurants. Once again, however, the farther out into the country you travel, the harder it may be to use your credit card.

11. Price level

Prices are generally lower in Argentina than in the UK. It is usually cheaper to eat out, although you can naturally find drinks and meals in all price classes. Prices are generally also lower outside the large towns and cities.

12. Tipping

In restaurants, you should usually not tip more than 10%. You do not need to tip taxi drivers. However, it is customary for each guest to give the travel guide USD 5 and the bus driver USD 3 per day.

13. Time difference

The difference between Central European Time (CET) and the time in Argentina varies depending on whether Europe is on summer or winter time.
Summer time: – 5 hours. This means that when it is noon CET, it is 7 a.m. in Argentina.
Winter time: – 4 hours.

14. Electricity

Argentina uses 220 volts. European two pin plugs are used with the same type sockets.

15. Telephone and internet

The international dialling code for Argentina is +54. It can be expensive to call home to Europe from Argentina. Ask your own mobile service provider about coverage and call charges.
There are Internet cafés in most large towns and cities.

16. Safety

Whenever you travel to a poor country anywhere in the world, it is important to be discreet. It is not a good idea to flaunt your valuables or to leave them unattended. We work exclusively with properly trained, experienced and certified travel guides, who can always provide you with good advice about safety, and know precisely where it is safe for you to walk/visit. If you follow your travel guide’s instructions you should always be able to stay out of trouble.

17. Food and drink

The Argentine diet famously contains a lot of meat – and the meat is excellent. Therefore, you should make sure to treat yourself to an ‘asado’ or a parillada’ (big steaks), which are usually served with salad and fries – although most of the plate is taken up by the steak itself.

18. Flight reservations and airline tickets

We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport.  If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.

Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.

19. Service letter

Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.

So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.

20. Seat reservation, upgrades and extra legroom

We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.

Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.

21. Checked luggage and hand luggage

We work with many different airlines to Argentina, so there may be variations in the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you as both checked luggage and hand luggage. Check the information about this on your airline ticket, and contact us if you have any questions.

You and your travel companion should pack your luggage so that you can both make so without one item of luggage if the other is lost or delayed. While it is unlikely to happen, the problem may arise. If it does, it may take a few days before your luggage is delivered to the hotel where you are staying.

So make sure to carry all your important, indispensable items in your hand luggage: passport, visa, plane tickets, insurance papers, credit card(s), cash, prescriptions, information about any special medical conditions you may have along with essential medicine, allergy medicine, treatments for sudden stomach problems (such as Imodium) and pain killers (Panodil and/or Ipren, for example). You should also carry your camera, binoculars and other valuables in your hand luggage.

You may find yourself sitting in a draught from the air conditioning in the plane, so make sure to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your hand luggage

22. Transfers to and from airports

On arrival at the different airports in Argentina, you will be met by our local representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name. You will be driven to the airport again on departure. You will be informed of your pick-up time when you arrive in Argentina.