Argentina is a big country, and the climate can vary widely. The north is subtropical while Patagonia in the south can be sub-Antarctic. The plains are usually mild and humid. The north is best visited between May and September while the opposite is true for Patagonia.
When to fly to Argentina
Summer (December to March) is the peak season for flights to Argentina - particularly Patagonia and the Andes. Conversely, the winter months (June to September) are recommended for the north of the country as the temperatures become incredibly humid during the summer months. Buenos Aires is high season throughout the year, though the spring and autumn are most popular because of the more temperate weather.
It can get cold in Patagonia in the wintertime (June to September), but the climate is mostly dry and good for travellers.
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Getting around Argentina
Argentina has a good network of domestic flights and planes are the easiest way to get around if you’re covering long distances. Flights can even be cheaper than buses from many parts of the country.
Though slower than flights, long-distance buses are also a good option. All buses are equipped with a toilet, air-conditioning and even a bar.
Cars can be rented to drivers over 21. It is, however, an expensive option.
Argentina insider information
- Buenos Aires is the arrival point for most travellers and arguably the most fascinating city in the country. The bustling, romantic city is full of life – watch people dancing the tango almost everywhere you go, including outside on the streets, spend a morning walking the city, eat at one of the steakhouses and dance the night away in one of the many nightclubs.
- Tango is the dance of Argentina. Dating from the early 1900s, one of its most famous exponents is Carlos Gardel. The Tango Day is celebrated every year in BA on December 11, Gardel’s birthday. If you’re in the city at any other time of year though, you can still pay tribute to his memory. The Museo Casa Carlos Gardel is a museum in his mother’s old house containing memorabilia.
- If traveling to Patagonia make sure you take appropriate clothes. Even in the summer, temperatures can plummet unexpectedly. The landscape and scenery is beautiful – especially in the Tierra del Fuego region. Hiking is the one of the best ways to see it.
- The Iguazu park (Parque National del Iguazu) is home to the spectacular Iguazu Falls. This huge system of waterfalls comprises 270 individual falls over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River. The Devil’s Throat is the steepest part of the falls. Reach it by train from Central Station.
- The town of San Agustín de Valle Fertil is a perfect base from which to visit the two parks Talampaya and Ischigualasto. The parks are famous for their distinctive redstone cliffs. Dinosaur remains have been found in the gorges of both parks – the most spectacular at Ischigualasto