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Antofagasta de la Sierra, Catamarca, Argentina

ANTOFAGASTA DE LA SIERRA

Antofagasta de la Sierra is a village in Catamarca Province, Argentina. It is a high-altitude settlement (3400 metres) and the majority of its inhabitants are descended from the Diaguitas and Atacameños. It is a young volcanic field located south-west of the Beltran volcano and between the Salar de Antofalla on the west and the massive Cerro Galán caldera on the east. The field contains some of the youngest volcanic vents of vents in the Argentinian Puna region and it contains young looking basaltic-andesite scoria cones and recent-looking lava flows, which could be only a few thousand years old.

Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

BARILOCHE

Lying along the shoreline of Nahuel Huapi Lake in the middle of the national park of the same name, Bariloche (formally San Carlos de Bariloche) has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. Its setting combined with a wealth of summer and winter activities, as well the production of Argentina's best chocolate, has helped it become the Lake District’s principal destination. The soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, López, Nireco and Shaihuenque ring the town, giving picture-postcard views in nearly every direction. Excellent snow coverage (sometimes exceeding 2m at the end of the season) makes this a winter wonderland, and a magnet for skiers and snowboarders. In summertime the nature buffs take over, hitting the hills to climb, hike trails, fish for trout and ride mountain bikes and horses.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

BUENOS AIRES

The city of Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive this beautiful vibrant city can easily get under your skin! Its food scene is increasingly dynamic and satisfying a craving for juicy steaks isn't hard to do in the land that has perfected grilling flavoursome sides of beef, washed down with a generous glass of malbec. Parrillas (steakhouses) sit on practically every corner. However, make sure you leave room for ice cream as a late-night cone of dulce de leche (caramel) ice cream is difficult to top! This city doesn't sleep - restaurants get going at 9pm, bars at midnight and clubs at 2am at the earliest… In terms of art and architecture this city is beautiful. Grand French and Italian style palaces grab the limelight, but you will also see interesting architectural details in the buildings of the low-key, local neighbourhoods. These traditional neighbourhoods are further enhanced by colourful murals painted by artists involved in the city's vibrant street-art scene. The Tango is possibly Buenos Aires’ greatest contribution to the outside world - a steamy strut which folklore says began in the bordellos of historical Buenos Aires, when men waiting for their ladies passed time by dancing among themselves. Today, the tango shows are supremely entertaining, and you will also find endless venues from milongas (dance salons) to dance schools for perfecting your moves.

Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate, Argentina

CAFAYATE

Cafayate is a town in Salta province, in northwest Argentina. It lies in the Calchaquí Valleys, an area known for its reddish rock formations. Known as the ‘Tuscany of Argentina,’ this little wine town is famous for the Torrontés grape and the crisp, floral white wine it produces. Many vineyards dot the land, and in town the Museo de la Vid y el Vino explains the process of winemaking. Near the town square are the Rodolfo Bravo Regional and Archaeological Museum, with objects from local excavations, and the 19th-century Our Lady of the Rosary cathedral.

El Bañado La Estrella, Argentina

EL BANADO LA ESTRELLA

The Bañado La Estrella is the second largest wetland in Argentina, located in the Argentine province of Formosa, north of the town of Las Lomitas and is crossed by the Tropic of Capricorn. The area is flooded most of the year by the rains and the overflows of the Pilcomayo River. El Bañado can be explored in many ways – by navigating its waters, spotting its native fauna and flora, visiting aboriginal and Creole communities or taking wildlife safaris.

Perito Merino Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina

EL CALAFATE

El Calafate is named after the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia. The destination is the gateway to the irresistible attraction, the Perito Merino Glaciar (80km away in Los Glaciares National Park) and is strategically located between El Chaltén and Torres del Paine (in Chile), 320km northwest of Río Gallegos, and 32km west of RP 11’s junction with northbound famous RN 40. El Calafate flanks the southern shore of Argentino Lake and its main strip is dotted with souvenir and chocolate shops, restaurants, and tour offices. Beyond the main strip muddy roads lead to small developments and open pastures. The most popular months to visit are January and February but the shoulder-seasons are also a good time.

El Chalten and Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina

EL CHALTEN

This colourful village overlooks the stunning northern sector of Los Glaciares National Park, with its many world-class trails. Founded in 1985 (in a rush to beat Chile to the land claim) El Chaltén is still a frontier town. Named after Cerro FitzRoy’s Tehuelche name which means ‘peak of fire’ or ‘smoking mountain’, it is an apt description for the cloud-enshrouded summit. Perito Moreno and Carlos Moyano later named it after the Beagle’s Captain FitzRoy, who navigated Darwin’s expedition up the Río Santa Cruz in 1834, coming within 50km of the cordillera. The place is generally open from October to April but tends to close in winter.

Esteros del Ibera, Argentina

ESTEROS DEL IBERA

This stunning unspoilt 18,000-hectare wetland reserve is home to an abundance of bird and animal life and is one of South America's finest places to see wildlife. The main base for visiting the park is the sleepy village of Colonia Pellegrini, 120km northeast of Mercedes. Donations of tracts of land by the late American conservationist Douglas Tompkins and his wife Kristine have seen the boundaries of the park expanded from the original provincial reserve to include four new national park zones to form the Gran Parque Iberá. With the creation of the new Gran Parque Iberá, several alternative access points have been developed that offer differing landscapes and experiences. Rural estancias in the larger area also make enticing overnight bases.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

IGUAZU FALLS, ARGENTINA (PUERTO IGUAZU)

At the end of the road in Argentina, Puerto Iguazú sits at the confluence of the Ríos Paraná and Iguazú and looks across to Brazil and Paraguay. Visit here to see the falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and appointed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is a place where native culture and jungle merges in outstanding natural beauty. It is a quiet, safe place with good transportation connections and there are many excellent places to stay and eat.

Ischigualasto National Park, Argentina

ISCHIGUALASTO NATIONAL PARK

Ischigualasto National Park (also called Valle de la Luna), is in northwest Argentina close to the city of San Juan. Its moonlike desert landscapes contain striking rock formations in areas like the “Painted Valley” and the “Bowling Field.” Dinosaur fossils from the Triassic Period are displayed in the park's museum. Trails run up Cerro Morado, a mountain with views over the valley and guanacos, a llama-like animal, are common in the park.

Jujuy, Argentina

JUJUY

San Salvador de Jujuy, commonly known as Jujuy (pronounced hoo-hooey) and locally often referred to as San Salvador, is the capital city of Jujuy Province in northwest Argentina, bordering both Chile and Bolivia. It has a liveable feel, enticing restaurants and is the most culturally indigenous of any of Argentina’s cities. From Jujuy, you can venture to the giant salt flats of Salinas Grandes, take a day trip to Purmamarca and Tilcara, or go hiking in Calilegua National Park. With a great temperate climate, nice bars and restaurants, famous churches, and the colourful gorge of Quebrada de Humahuaca at its doorstep, Jujuy is a lovely place to spend a few nights and explore the country’s Andean roots.

La Pampa Gaucho, Argentina

LA PAMPA

La Pampa is a province in central Argentina lying just west of the Buenos Aires province. The first European explorer to reach this region was Hernando Airas de Saavedra (also known as Hernandarias) in 1604. It wasn’t until the 18th century that Spanish colonists created permanent settlements in this province. The land is sparsely populated and filled with natural wildlife. Since the majority is grassland it’s a perfect place for nature to thrive and the grasslands also mean that it’s Argentina’s most economically agricultural province. There are two main rivers running through La Pampa - the Colorado on the border of the Río Negro province, and the Salado River (the Salty River) that runs through the centre of La Pampa. Across La Pampa there are many ranches (estancias), and these traditional ranches offer many experiences for tourists. Activities often include hiking, horseback riding, cattle herding, cow milking, shearing, guided tours and off-road tours - there’s truly something for everyone.

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General Information

Travel to Argentina (the world’s eighth-largest country by area) and you will be rewarded with natural wonders and one of the world’s most stylish capital cities (Buenos Aires). 


Stretching from the Tropic of Capricorn towards the tip of Antarctica, Argentina encompasses a staggering diversity of terrains. You will find everything from lush wetlands to the end-of-the-world archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Its most emblematic landscapes are the flatlands of the Pampas and the dramatic steppe of Patagonia. 


Argentina has many beautiful sights… the waterfalls of Iguazú, the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, whale-watching off the Valdés Peninsula and the handsome lakes and mountains around Bariloche. 


A highlight in also the country’s landlocked northwest is the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a fabulous gorge lined with rainbow-hued rocks. Sprawling across Argentina’s middle are the Pampas, arguably the country’s most archetypal landscape. This subtly beautiful scenery is punctuated by small towns, the occasional ranch, and countless clumps of pampas grass (cortaderas). The Pampas are grazed by millions of cattle and planted with huge soya and wheat fields and they are also where you will find traditional gaucho culture. The country is home to the lion’s share of the wild, sparsely populated expanses of Patagonia (the rest belongs to Chile). It also possesses the most populous half of the remote archipelago of Tierra del Fuego.

When to Visit

Spring (September to November) is perhaps the best time to go to Argentina. The weather in spring is perfect almost everywhere, although icy weather is still possible in the far south. 


Summer (December to February) is the only time you can climb the highest Andean peaks (e.g. Aconcagua). It's also the most reliable time of year to head for Tierra del Fuego (although it can snow there at any time). Buenos Aires is usually hot and sticky in December and January and you should also avoid parts of the north, as temperatures can be scorching, and roads flooded by heavy storms. 


Autumn (March and April) is a great time to visit Argentina, particularly Mendoza and San Juan provinces for the wine harvests. This is also a good time of year to visit Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego to see the beech groves as their leaves change colour. 


Winter (June to August) are obviously the time to head for the Andean ski resorts. Blizzards can cut off towns in Patagonia in winter, and many places in the region close from April to October. Temperatures in the north of the country are generally pleasant at this time of year (although Buenos Aires can be bleak in July and August).

Currency

The currency of Argentina is the peso (AR$) and notes come in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. One peso equals 100 centavos and coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos, as well as 1 and 2 pesos. 


At present, US dollars are accepted by many tourist-oriented businesses, but you should always carry some pesos with you. Some places refuse torn or marked foreign banknotes, so make sure you arrive in Argentina with pristine bills. 


ATMs are widely available but note that not all foreign cards work in the ATMs. Bring more than one option with you and be sure to alert your home bank that you are traveling in Argentina. 


Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, major shops and restaurants. Unlike many other South American countries, bargaining is generally not the norm in Argentina.

Visas and Vaccinations

You must have all visas (and vaccination) certificates that are necessary to enter or pass through Argentina.


Visa requirements are subject to change so please check with a Visa Service Company in the country in which you are located or you can check details online instantly with companies such as CIBT Visas (https://cibtvisas.co.uk/. Visas can be obtained through the relevant embassy or consulate.

General Note: Some countries refuse admission to travellers not meeting their accepted standards of dress or appearance (even if they hold a visa). Entry may also be refused to certain countries if your passport bears stamps or visas (valid or expired) for Israel.


A useful general health advice website for travellers is http://www.who.int/ith/en/ and there are also advice sites in individual countries.


https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/travelhealth/Pages/Travelhealthhome.aspx

http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/health/Pages/default.aspx


Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct, current visa and vaccination information and that you act on it.

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