Passports: anyone entering Argentina should have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, and ideally past the date the passport holder leaves the country.
Visas: nationals of Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Argentina. Upon arrival, most visitors get a 90-day stamp in their passport. Canadians must pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ before arriving. Ideally it will be reminded when buying the airplane ticket: this fee is equal to what Argentines are charged for visas to visit those countries. The fee is paid online and with a credit card.
Customs Regulations: electronic items (laptops, cameras and mobile phones) can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you have a lot of equipment, it is recommended to take an item list with the serial numbers and preferably the purchase receipts.
Electricity: Argentina’s electric current operates on 220V; 50Hz; plugs are C/I type. Adapters are readily available from almost any ferretería (hardware store). Most electronic equipment (such as cameras, telephones and computers) are dual/multi-voltage, but some equipment may require a voltage converter or you might short out your device.
Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports, and it’s generally good and free. In remote spots like El Chaltén and other parts of Patagonia Wi-Fi service may be usually poor.
Mobile Phones: it’s best to bring your own unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM cell phone to Argentina, then buy an inexpensive SIM chip (you’ll get a local number) and credits (or carga virtual) as needed. All SIM Cards now must be registered to users before they can be activated. In theory, a foreigner can activate a SIM card with identification. Both SIM chips and credits can be bought at many kiosks or “locutorios”.
Money: ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. ATMs can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards (not all foreign cards work in ATMs). They’re the best way to get money, and nearly all have instructions in English. Limits on withdrawal can be very low, though the withdrawal fee can be relatively high. Banelco ATMs tend to allow larger withdrawals. In some spots in Patagonia (El Calafate and El Chaltén, e.g.) and most touristic destinations they quickly run out of cash in high season.
Cash: the Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. One peso equals 100 “centavos”; coins come in denominations of 25 and 50 centavos, as well as 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos. Currently, US dollars are accepted by many companies dedicated to tourism, but it is always recommended to carry some pesos.
Credit Cards: many (but not all!) tourist services, larger stores, hotels and restaurants – especially in the bigger cities – take credit cards. The most widely accepted are Visa and MasterCard, though American Express and a few others are valid in some establishments. Important: many places will give a small discount if you pay in cash rather than use a credit card.
Money Changers: US dollars are by far the preferred foreign currency, although Chilean and Uruguayan pesos can be readily exchanged at the borders. Cash dollars and Euros can be changed at banks and “casas de cambios” (exchange houses) in larger cities, but other currencies can be difficult to change outside Buenos Aires. Passport is needed to change money; we strongly suggest avoiding any sort of street-tout money changer.
Tipping: restaurants and cafes: it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Spa: 15% of the bill. Hotel staff, delivery people, hotel and bus porters and taxi drivers: give a few bills.
Banks 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.
Bars 7 pm / 9 pm to 4 am / 6 am nightly.
Cafes 6 am to midnight or much later; open daily.
Clubs 1 am / 2 am to 6 am / 8 am Friday and Saturday.
Office business hours 9 am to 6 pm.
Restaurants Noon to 3:30 pm and 8 pm to midnight or 1am (later on weekends).
Shops 9 am / 10 am to 8 pm / 9 pm Monday to Saturday.
Mention Argentina, and people think about solitary gauchos or maybe tango dancers. It is country blessed with abundant natural resources and a highly educated population. The country boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travelers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. From the northern deserts down to the southern Andean Cordillera, from the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. For cosmopolitan types, there's the elegant capital, Buenos Aires. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication, although travelers expecting a more 'South American' experience are sometimes disappointed with its European touch.
It's a large country - the eighth largest in the world, and the second largest on the South American continent. It borders Chile to the west (separated by the Andean Cordilleras range) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east (separated by rivers). It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile, and continues claiming the possession of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands) and the Antarctic territory, where Argentina has installed several scientific bases, including the most famous: Marambio.
Argentina's topography is affected by both latitude and altitude, and is accordingly varied. The country can be divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile lowland north (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mixture of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).
Population: 46 million (2022 CENSUS)
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, native and other minorities
Language: American Spanish, plus 17 native languages
Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukrainian catholic, 1% Armenian orthodox
Leaving in the early morning along National Route 234, travelling 115 km across lush forests, crystal-clear rivers and passing by Lakes Machonico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday, the excursion gets to Villa la Angostura. This beautiful tourist village, its harbors, the El Messidor Residence and its gardens will be visited. Afterwards, the trip to San Carlos de Bariloche is resumed, bordering the great Lake Nahuel Huapi. Once in that city, the Civic Center and the harbor will be visited and excursionists will have some time to spare around the city. In the afternoon, the shuttle will return along until the Limay river, visiting the Anfiteatro, the Enchanted valley, with its curious shapes on the rocks, Confluencia Traful, Rinconada, until San Martín de los Andes is reached.
To reach Chapelco we take Route 40, traveling 18 km through beautiful scenery, with Lake Lacar and the Andes. Chapelco Ski Resort is a ski center invites you to experience winter sports in unique tours, with groomed and hostels ideal for a refreshing break after a long day of skiing. Its forests accompany the layout of the tracks wind protecting and returning to his perfect snow to live fully in the midst of an incredible landscape. Chapelco has a height of 1980 m.a.s.l. and offers more than 22 tracks of different difficulty levels which provides attractive alternatives for every need throughout its more than 140 acres of skiable area. Your offer is not limited to skiers and snowboarders, but also for those who want to have a fun time in contact with the snow and nature will find activities for all ages such as snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, sleigh ride husky dog and snowmobile rides. Taking the cable car ascends to a height of 1600 m.a.s.l. and then two chairlifts, which will allow us to reach the summit at 2000 m.a.s.l. where you can see the Lanin, Villarica, Choshuenco, volcanoes and other peaks of the range, being able to contemplate an incredible view (ski lifts not included). During summer Park Adventure is enabled to enjoy various activities for the whole family such as horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, archery, mini golf, arena, trampoline, bouncy castle, canopy and harness the fun Andean giant slide. The return is by a winding road in the woods, also noting the establishment of the community Mapuche Curruinca slopes Chapelco lace, and accessing splendid views of San Martin de los Andes and Lacar Lake from the top of the road, mainly from the viewpoint Arrayan.
This excursion will allow visitors to see almost all the vegetable species of the Lanín National Park, as they will slowly enter the Valdivian forest, one of the most humid spots in the country. Provincial Route 48 will be travelled passing by Trompul, a high spot from where there is a beautiful sight of Lake Lácar, Chapelco and Mount Abanico. Yuco beach, with its volcanic sandy beaches and its myrtle tree forest, will also be visited. Once in Hua Hum, a spot in the west end of the lake, we go hiking until the spectacular Chachin waterfall.
One of the most characteristic visit in the Lanín National Park. It reaches the very base of the Volcano. Bordering the Chimehuin River, one of the most famous trout fly-fishing spots in the world, the largest lake in the park -the Huechulafquen- is reached and its entire length, with its blue waters and its impressive waves, is visited. Before that we visit Junín de los Andes, its centre, the church and the Mapuche cultural centre, where they offer traditional handicraft. This is our first contact with tha mapuche culture. At midday, we stop in a mapuche community to have lunch. After that the excursion will reach Puerto Canoa, a beautiful spot located on the shores of the lake. There is also the opportunity of going on a lake excursion across Lake Epulafquen in order to observe the marvelous lava at the Escorial of 6 km lenght. After lunch, the excursion will reach Lake Paimun, with its green waters suitable for swimming, as they are not so cold. In different places of our trip we can see an impressive view of the Lanín Volcano, almost 3,800 m of height, and its snow-capped summit.
Departure from San Martin de los Andes, in the early morning along National Route 40, passing through the town of Junin de los Andes, then take Provincial Route 60 where bordering the Malleo River and the frame area Patagonian steppe begin to enter a great forest of puzzle trees, which is shared between Villarrica and Lanin National Park in Chile. Arrive at the border crossing or Mamuil Tromen Malal, where we will see the imposing Volcan Lanin (north face), after making the immigration process in both border posts, we will go along the Trancura River between Valdivian jungle populated Curarrehue, then move 15 km. and reach the town of Pucon. Pucon is a resort of international level, located on the shores of Lake Villarrica and near the foot of the Villarrica volcano with its constant plume. You can enjoy warm waters and beautiful beaches, the scenic city of crafts, with typical wooden flower stalls, their typical seafood meals, visiting every corner of one of the most pleasant and picturesque towns of Chile. After a few free hours in Pucon, we begin to return by the same route to get back to the city of San Martín de los Andes and can watch the sunset.
Departure early in the morning by the 234 National Road travelling 115 km. of lush forest, rivers of clear water and the lakes: Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday we arrive at Villa la Angostura and we visit this beatifull touristic village, its bays, Messidor Residence and its wonderful gardens. Then we have free time to have lunch in the centre area. In the afternoon we visit Puerto Manzano and its majestic architecture. Finally we start returning by the same way, the Seven Lakes Road, to arrive to our city.
Summer village located 17 km from San Martín de los Andes, on the southern shore of Lake Lácar. This volcanic sand beach with particular characteristics for the practice of nautical sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking or launch navigation is reached along a beautiful mountain road, with forests of roble pellín, radal, ñire and flowers such as rosa mosqueta, amancay, mutisia, topa topa, etc. During the tour, houses belonging to the Mapuche Curruhuinca community, with their fences, their animals and their school may be seen and visitors may purchase authentic Indian crafts. Before going back, visitors have free time and they can go for a walk across the forest to see the rapids of the Grande Creek, an ideal site to make a halt and see the impressiveness of thaw and the huge coihues that give frame to the landscape. Or just visit the three different beaches along the shore and relax.
Leaving in the early morning along National Route 234, travelling 115 km across exuberant forests, crystal-clear rivers and passing by Lakes Machonico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday, the excursion gets to Villa la Angostura. This beautiful tourist village, its harbors, the El Messidor Residence and its gardens will be visited. After having lunch, the shuttle will return along the same 7-Lake Road, passing once again by Lakes Espejo and Correntoso, and it will take the junction leading to Villa Traful. The road presents an attractive ascent through the thick forest in search for the Portezuelo Pass. As excursionists descend, they will make contact with the southern coast of Lake Traful, which they will see completely. Next to the lake, through a coihue forest, we arrived in this small mountain village where a little more than 300 people live. Staying at Villa Traful will enable visitors to go around the entire village. As they leave this place behind, they will approach the heights of the Viento Vantage Point, an impressive cliff raising 70 m over the surface of the lake. The excursion will return along the same Seven Lakes Road.