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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAVEL IN ARGENTINA

1) HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO ARGENTINA?

To Buenos Aires on a non-stop flight:
From Miami From New York From Los Angeles
8 hours 9 hours 12 hours

2) HOW DO I GET AROUND ARGENTINA ONCE I'M THERE?

Argentina is the eight largest country on earth, fourth largest in the Western Hemisphere and second largest in South America. Travel from Buenos Aires to major points is by air. From certain points within Argentina overland travel may be the only way to get to the desired destination.
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There is a Visit Argentina Airpass available - it requires staying on the same carrier for all flights, does not allow back-tracking, has a maximum length of 30 days and must be purchased outside of Argentina. Rates are dependent upon the number of flight coupons (one per segment) and the time of the year. All flights must be confirmed - no open dates or flights allowed. Once the Air Pass is issued, there are penalties for changes and-or cancellations.

3) WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PLACES TO VISIT ONCE THERE?

Buenos Aires is a destination in itself - allow a minimum of 3 to 5 days to visit its many museums and art galleries, enjoy the sophisticated night life and take some of the half and full day tours.
After Buenos Aires, the most important places to visit and the average stay are:

Iguazu Falls

Bariloche

The North

Peninsula Valdes

El Calafate

Ushuaia

Mendoza

3 days-2 nights

3 days-2 nights

5 days-4 nights

4 days-3 nights

4 days-3 nights

3 days-2 nights

4 days-3 nights

4) WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ARGENTINA?

The seasons are reversed from the United States, so when you are freezing up here during our winter, it is their summer. The weather varies from north to south and from west to east and the closer to the Andes. Most of Argentina is visitable year-round - the exception is the far south (Ushusaia and El Calafate-Lago Argentino) which have extreme winters and are not only unpleasant but many attractions are closed or not accessible and due to a drop in visitors, hotels at minimum staff or closed.

Buenos Aires never sees snow but winters can be cold and summers can be hot and humid.

For more specific weather information on selected cities, click here.

5) IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN ARGENTINA?

Argentina is generally considered safe but petty theft has increased in Buenos Aires in recent years, and like all big cities, you can get in trouble if you invite it. So the best guideline is the universal one: don't go out alone at night, don't venture into less desirable neighborhoods, don't flash money, jewelery or camera equipment - use normal precautions.

6) WHAT ENTRY DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

U.S. citizens need only a valid passport along with an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier, either when checking in for the flight or on-board prior to landing. Once in the country keep your copy of this form safe as it is generally retrieved upon leaving the country. (NOTE: Other nationalities should check with the nearest Argentine Consulate to verify entry requirments.

7) WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES CAN I VISIT AT THE SAME TIME?

Argentina is generally visited one of four ways:
A) As a single destination - going to Buenos Aires and then visiting other destinations in Argentina
B) As a part of an east coast, multi-country itinerary - Brasil is the most popular second country
C) As a part of a "southern cone" or Patagonia trip, combined with Chile
D) As a stop-over on Around South America multi-country program - Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls are definites, Bariloche in conjunction with a Lake District Crossing is often included.