Argentina and Antarctic Cruises
Discover the beautiful Argentina through a Antarctica cruise
Argentina is a huge and fascinating country. The second-largest in South America, Argentina stretches more than 2,200 miles from its northernmost point to its southern tip close to Cape Horn. This gives it a huge variation in climate and habitats, from the hot, subtropical north, to the very cold subantarctic climate in the far south. In between is a large area of temperate region, and the dry and desert-like conditions of Patagonia.
Argentina is known internationally for many things. It is home to some of the world’s most passionate soccer fans, the place where the tango was born, where gauchos still roam the pampas with huge herds of cattle, and the famous “Land of Fire” Tierra del Fuego also known as the “end of the world”. Its old towns have some of the very best colonial architecture in South America, and the cultural melting pot of many southern European settlers gives the country’s culture and cuisine a different feel from the rest of Latin America. With a historical legacy that includes conquest, revolution, dictatorship, and freedom, Argentina has always looked forward and is now one of the largest economies in the continent.
The huge variety of Argentina makes it a fantastic South American destination. One country can give you so many flavors of the continent in one trip - tropical jungles, bustling cities, huge open plains, indigenous peoples, high Andean mountains, and even volcanoes and glaciers. Our travel experts know Argentina inside out, so why not let us help you plan the perfect South American experience with a trip to beautiful Argentina.
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Best Time to travel in Argentina
There really isn’t a bad time to visit Argentina - it’s a beautiful and fascinating country at any time of the year. Certainly, if you are into city culture or you don’t mind a bit of heavy rain then feel free to plan your Argentina trip at any time of the year.
However, given the climate differences between the north and south of this long country, we can understand if you want to make the best of the weather - particularly if you are more interested in getting off the beaten track or visit the more remote parts of the country. So below we’ll look at the climate in the different regions so you have a better understanding of the weather you’re likely to encounter in Patagonia, at the Iguazú Falls, or in the subtropical north.
Seasons In Argentina, the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. So it’s coldest in Argentina between June and September, and it’s warmest between December and March. This makes a trip to Argentina during the northern hemisphere winter a particularly attractive proposition!
With that in mind, let’s now have a look at what we feel are the best times of year to visit some of Argentina’s top attractions:
Best time to visit the Iguazú Falls Lying on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazú Falls can easily be visited all year round. However, if you want to only get wet from the spray of the falls and not from tropical rain showers and fog, the driest months are between November and March.
Best time to visit northern Argentina Again, travel is no problem all year round. However, if you are wanting to avoid the wet seasons, you should visit the north during the dryer months between March and July and again between September and December. At these times, temperatures are cooler and the humidity is generally lower.
Best time to visit Patagonia The wild areas of Patagonia can be the exception to the “travel all year round” rule. In the Patagonian winter (the northern hemisphere summer) a lot of hiking routes will be impassable, and some accommodation closes for the winter. So for Patagonian adventures, we recommend traveling there between November and March. The days are long and the temperatures are very pleasant for hiking and exploring. Although a word of warning - it’s often very windy in Patagonia, and the weather can change very quickly, so always have layers and a good set of waterproof clothes with you!
Best time to visit Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is a bustling, modern city that’s easy to get around at any time of the year. The climate is the most pleasant between September and November and then March and June - the southern hemisphere spring and fall respectively. December and January are when the temperatures are the hottest and there is the least rainfall in Buenos Aires.
The best time to visit the Valdès Peninsula The Valdès Peninsula with its penguins, rheas, maras, and guanacos is another destination that can be visited all year round. If you want to see whales, you should plan to travel here between June and December. The Magellanic penguins are here in most numbers from September to April, and the sea lions congregate between August and March. sea lions from August to March.
What to Eat in Argentina
If you’re a meat-eater, Argentina is the place to visit! You won’t be able to get over the huge variety of cuts on offer, nor the portion sizes. Argentines are rightly proud of their meat, and it forms a big part of the diet and the culture, no matter whether it’s served cooked on a simple rustic grill or transformed into a gourmet meal in one of Buenos Aires’ top restaurants.
But don’t worry, if you are a vegetarian or just not into a lot of red meat, there’s plenty of delicious vegetables and fruits on offer. Thanks to its range of climates, Argentina produces fantastic produce and the markets are brimming with vegetable delights.
In fact, visiting a food market and getting some excellent street food is a must-do for any visit to this country. You’ll find the locals are very friendly and proud of their produce, and you can find a wide variety of delicious savory and sweet dishes to try wherever you go in Argentina.
There’s nothing better in all of South America than to sit down to a meal that includes some beautiful and tasty local beef and a bottle (or two) of fantastic Argentinian red wine. But there are also some regional specialties that we think you should try if you can.
Central Region Here, the tradition is to grill meat on the Asado, the famous Argentinian barbecue. As much of a social occasion as a cooking method, Asados are often filled completely with all kinds of different cuts of meats. Seared on the outside, juicy and pink on the inside - delicious!
But don’t forget to try some of the sweet treats you’ll find here, too. Dulce de Leche is a fantastic cream dessert from the central region, and it’s so good that locals will eat it with everything from toast, to sweet pancakes, or even to pour over ice cream!
Patagonia There’s a different vibe to the wilder, more temperate Patagonia. You should try Ahumado if you get the chance. It’s a delicious appetizer that’s put together with a range of cheeses, fruits, fresh trout, and smoked meats. Be warned, though, it’s so good and so filling that people often don’t have any room for the main course!
Locro (sometimes called Carbonado) is a hearty stew that has a different version for each region. Often containing the local meat, you can also find vegetarian versions that use pumpkin, corn, or sweet potato.
Argentina Highlights in Argentina
Argentina offers so many different experiences, from its subtropical north to its glacial subantarctic south, and with deserts and pampas grasslands in between, that it’s difficult to pick just a few highlights. We asked our South American travel experts to come up with just a few of their top destinations to visit on a trip to Argentina.
The Iguazú Falls The Iguazú Falls lies in the rainforest between Brazil and Argentina. They are one of the natural wonders of the world, and until you visit you can’t imagine the sight and sound of over 1.6 miles of horseshoe falls that drop over 250ft. The best views are from Puerto Iguazú on the Argentine side. As well as the rainbows that form in the constantly rising spray, the jungle that surrounds you is full of beautiful wildlife, including toucans, macaws, tropical butterflies, and rainforest monkeys.
Buenos Aires - tango capital of the world If you want lively nightlife then Buenos Aires should be a stop on your trip. There’s a whole host of entertainment on offer, but the passion and skill of the traditional tango show dancers must be experienced! Great restaurants serving the best rump steak in the world, a colorful artistic quarter, great nightclubs, and countless bars will give you a night (or two) to remember.
San Carlos de Bariloche In the so-called Land of Winds, on the glacial lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche is popular as a base for ski trips to the Cerro Catedral ski resort and also for trekking tours. The spectacular mountain scenery combined with Swiss-style architecture makes Bariloche seem like a European Alpine town that’s been transplanted to the southern hemisphere! As well as tasting chocolate in one of the many cafés and exploring the surrounding lakes, a chairlift ride to the viewpoint on the Campanario is a must.
The Valdes Peninsula Whales, penguins, and sea lions. You’re guaranteed to meet them all on the Valdes Peninsula, a beautiful nature reserve covering over 1,400 square miles. If you can make your visit between June and December you will also have a great chance to see whales from the shore here. From August onwards, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, and even elephant seals can all be seen coming to shore here. The reserve’s land is also home to armadillos, guanacos, and rhea. The area has been a UNESCO-protected site since 1999.
Visit the End of the World The Tierra del Fuego National Park makes up the southernmost part of Argentina. It’s separated from the mainland by the famous Magellan Strait. At Lapataia Bay you can find the very end of the Pan American Highway, a network of roads that run from Northern Canada all the way to the very tip of South America. This really is the End of the World - there’s nothing else until you hit Antarctica! You can even have your passports stamped to show you have visited the “Fin del Mundo” (end of the world) in Ushuaia.