Resources

Argentina Independent (www.argentinaindependent.com) Current affairs and culture, plus much more.

The Bubble (www.thebubble.com) Dissects current events in Argentina and Latin America, with a dose of pop and media culture.

Pick up the Fork (http://pickupthefork.com) Savvy guide to Buenos Aires food and more.

Ruta 0 (www.ruta0.com) Handy driving tips, such as distance/duration between cities, gas consumption, road conditions and tariffs.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Book regional flights from the capital's Aeroparque Jorge Newbery – it's much closer to the city center and it's easier to access.
  • Install WhatsApp on your phone for easy wi-fi contact with hotels and local businesses.
  • Seasonality plays a big part in Patagonia. If going in low season, research what's open first and plan extra days for poor weather.
  • Dress to explore Buenos Aires parks and neighborhoods on foot.
  • Accept mate when it's offered. It's the best way to make friends.
  • ATMs generally have very low withdrawal limits. Ask ahead whether hotels and restaurants take credit or debit cards to ease your cash dependency.
  • In touristy provincial areas cash machines can run out, particularly on weekends. Resolve your cash needs before they become urgent.

What to Take

  • Shoes comfortable for walking – Buenos Aires is best on foot
  • Both a good backpack and a city tote or bag
  • An external battery or solar charger for long journeys
  • A maps app that works offline
  • Electrical adaptor

What to Wear

Geographically diverse with marked summer and winter seasons, Argentina requires some thoughtful packing. A set of semi-formal clothes and shoes will serve you well for nights out in Buenos Aires, while those heading to the Andes or Patagonia should take boots, windproof jackets and thermal layers. Don a lid for the desert north and take sunscreen and scarves to keep the dust and sun out. An umbrella proves useful during winter in the capital.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Ensure passport is valid six months past arrival date
  • Get appropriate vaccinations
  • Arrange for travel insurance
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your destinations
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Charge electronic devices and batteries