Argentine Wine Tour Travel Tips
Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world. Between the Atlantic ocean to the east and the Andes mountain range to the West, the fertile interior of this country is perfect for agriculture of all types and for growing vineyards and producing excellent wines in particular. On this tour you also explore the long, rich history of Buenos Aires and visit the largest waterfall system in the world at Iguaçu Falls. Below is some important and useful information to ensure you have the best journey possible.
All the following information is correct at the time of writing. It is always a good idea to check the most up to date advice with your local embassy three months before you travel for any updates.
US Citizens do not currently need a visa to travel to Argentina or to cross into Brazil.
Canadian Citizens do not currently need a visa to travel to Argentina or to cross into Brazil.
UK Citizens do not currently need a visa to travel to Argentina or to cross into Brazil.
EU Citizens do not currently need a visa to travel to Argentina. When crossing to Brazil to see the Brazilean Falls, some EU citizens will need a visa. Please check with your local country’s embassy for the most up to date advice about this.
For all travellers to Brazil, passports must be valid for at least 6 months and a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds may be requested on arrival.
By law everyone must carry photo ID on them in Argentina.
The weather in Buenos Aires in April is changeable as this is Autumn in Argentina. It is generally cool, with average highs and lows of 22°c / 15°c and with occasional rain.
What to pack
Given the variable weather we’re likely to experience as we travel through Argentina, you may wish to bring layers, adding a sweater to shirt sleeves on cooler days. You will need a warm, waterproof jacket. Pack light and remember the basic essentials: camera and attachments; a good pair of lightweight binoculars; adaptor plugs; toiletries including insect repellent and sunscreen. Remember any medications and prescriptions; extra reading glasses; sunhat; and notebook or journal.
We will be travelling at high altitudes on our journey and you may wish to speak to your doctor about how this may affect any existing medical conditions. You might also want to discuss precautions available to you to avoid the inconveniences that altitude causes to some people. The highest point on this tour is in the Northwest area – at the Great Salar, where we will reach the highest point at 4170m or 13,680ft above sea level.
Travelling with CPAP or other Medical Machines
Inform The Big Journey Company that you are travelling with such a device as early as possible and well before you travel. This is especially important in places where there may be issues with power supply, such as on safari or small cruise ships. Also,
-Check that you have the correct electrical and voltage adapters for the country and accommodation you are visiting;
-Check with your airline that they allow your device to be carried as additional hand luggage and ensure that your device is easily accessible and properly labelled as medical machinery;
-Always carry a letter from your medical practitioner prescribing its use for you;
-Ensure you have details of your machine separately in case of the need to secure repairs/replacements whilst you are travelling;
-Check with your medical practitioner about the use of tap or bottled water in the event that distilled water cannot be sourced in the country you are travelling to.
Please note, if you require distilled or ionised water, you must inform The Big Journey Company of this at least two weeks ahead of travel so we are able to prepare with our ground agents. There will be an additional charge for this.
Please check with your mobile phone provider before using your phone in Argentina as doing so can incur very high charges on some mobile networks. Most Hotels and Restaurants have WIFI connection but the reliability can be variable. Data roaming is not always available and may be very expensive.
Spanish is the official language of Argentina, although Italian, German, English and French are also spoken. All our guides and representatives are bilingual (Spanish/English).
Argentina’s time is -3 GMT.
Currency and Money
The Argentinian currency is the Argentine Peso $, divided in to 100 centavos.
The exchange rate against the US Dollar varies. US Dollars are not generally accepted in Argentina. When exchanging your money for local currency, we advise you to do this at the banks or ask your hotel reception desk. For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.
AMEX, Mastercard and VISA are accepted by most hotels, larger restaurants and shops. Not all foreign cards work in ATMs. Bring more than one option and be sure to alert your home bank that you are traveling in Argentina.
Traveller’s cheques are not recommended for travel in Argentina.
Tipping is the norm in Argentina.
Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc. Our local travel service providers are paid well and fairly for their work. However, it is usual for groups to tip guides and drivers and it would be reasonable for each group member to factor in a contribution of around USD10 per day.
How much money is a very difficult question obviously as all our spending patterns are different but there are a few things to be aware of which will help you decide.
1/ Our hotels will accept credit cards as a form of payment and in many cases will also exchange money for you.
2/ In many small shops or stalls they do not accept cards so some amount of cash is useful if you wish to buy gifts.
3/ We will be able to get you to a bank or money exchange during the trip should you need one.
Remember all transport in Argentina, all excursions on the itinerary and most meals are already included.
Argentina produces a variety of crafts that are highly valued worldwide. Wandering through Argentinian street markets is a must in Buenos Aires as they are full of local craftspeople selling their homemade wares. Argentina is particularly known for leather goods. It is also the ideal place to pick up soccer memorabilia!
Argentinian cuisine has its roots in the country’s Mediterranean history. Some of the typical dishes are: locro, a type of stew :Asado & parillas, a traditional barbeque and Dulce de leche, sweetened milk.
We advise you to make the most of your visit by enjoying the local and international cuisine prepared in Argentina… you’re in for many culinary treats!
Tap water is generally safe to drink in Argentina. You may wish to bring your own water purification drinking bottle to be sure, these are now widely available to buy and save a lot of plastic waste.
Argentina has a 220V / 50Hz. You will find a multi-adaptor useful.
Safety and Security
As in all large cities worldwide, there is a high pickpocketing rate. For this reason, we advise you to take money and credit cards in belts, preferably do not carry a wallet. Hotels offer a safety box service and we suggest that you put your valuables, jewels (or preferably leave these at home), passports and airplane tickets in them. Be cautious when you carry handbags, cameras, and be careful in crowded places, such as markets, train stations, public squares, etc. If in doubt, ask your guide or at your accommodation for safety guidelines.