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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:

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
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):

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
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):

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
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. Form of travel

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

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Vaccinations

We always advise that you contact a specialist, your GP or an authorized vaccination clinic. You can also read more about the rules for travel & vaccinations at the central NHS Fit for Travel website: here

8. 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.

If you are travelling via the US, the following applies to British citizens:

To travel via the United States, you must apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Without ESTA, you will not be allowed to travel through the United States. Apply for the travel authorization in good time at least 72 hours before your departure to the US. ESTA costs 14 USD per person and all travellers must apply, regardless of their age. You can apply via the following link: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/. You should have your passport, itinerary, credit card and e-mail address to hand when making your application. The travel authorization is electronically connected to your passport and is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires (whichever is earliest). We recommend that you bring a physical copy of your ESTA with you if, for example, the system is down on your arrival, however this is not a requirement.

If you get a new passport, you must apply for a new ESTA.

If you have you travelled in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on 1 March 2011 or later, you must apply for a visa at the American Embassy. You cannot apply for ESTA. The same applies if you have dual nationality in Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.

If you are travelling via Canada, the following applies to British citizens:

To travel via Canada, you must apply for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). Without eTA, you will not be allowed to travel through Canada. Apply for the travel authorization in good time. eTA costs 7 CAD per person and all travellers must apply, regardless of their age. You can apply via the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.aspYou should have your passport, itinerary, credit card and e-mail address to hand when making your application. The travel authorization is electronically connected to your passport and is valid for 5 years or until your passport expires (whichever is earliest). We recommend that you bring a physical copy of your eTA with you if, for example, the system is down on your arrival, however this is not a requirement.

If you get a new passport, you must apply for a new eTA.

The rules on visas can be checked on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Of course, you are also welcome to ask us.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

Our tipping guideline is in USD, but tips should be calculated in the local currency at the destination.

12. 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.

13. Electricity

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

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Public holidays

It is always special to experience the traditions and celebrations of other countries. Below is a list of public holidays, important festivals and other special occasions.

Please note that some museums and attractions may be closed on these days.

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 find any 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

The airline will assign you a seat on board the aircraft upon check-in. If you have specific wishes, you can make a seat reservation via the airline’s website. Most airlines have an area on their website named “manage my booking” or similar. Please note that most airlines require payment for a seat reservation, so it’s a good idea to have your payment card ready when starting a seat reservation. Airline seat reservations vary from company to company, but as a general rule, you can book seats from around 48 hours before departure.

Many airlines also offer upgrades with extra legroom or comfort seating, such as Economy Comfort with KLM and Premium Voyageur with Air France. You can check these details through the airline’s own website, along with payment information.

Please kindly note that airlines have full access to all seats on the aircraft and therefore always reserve the right to alter a reservation.

If you do not make a seat reservation before departure, the airline will issues your seating upon check-in at the airport.

21. Your 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 should also make sure you carry all your important and indispensable things in your hand luggage. This applies to items such as passports, visas, airline tickets, insurance documents, credit cards, money and cameras, as well as information about your health and vital medicines.

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.

23. Travellers with reduced mobillity

Please note, our tours are generally not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for information about the possibilities according any specific needs.

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