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Street tango on the pedestrian street outside Galerias Pacifico in central Buenos Aires.
The third largest city in South America, BA is not a place for grand sights or world famous buildings, it's more about the little urban experiences such as stumbling across a passionate tango display in the street (watched with as much appreciation, if not more, by locals as tourists), catching the purple jacaranda blooms in November, enjoying the occasional graphics and murals, trying not to notice tongue-entwined lovers on a bench while strolling a landscaped park, shopping for high quality local goods at very low prices, eating out at one of BA's sophisticated restaurants for the price you would pay for breakfast in Paris and starting to party at 3 a.m.
BA seen from the air.
Patagonia is the southern end of both Argentina and Chile and includes the southern section of South America's Andes mountains. Apart from these mountains and the vegetation attached to the Andes foothills such as found in the lake district of Bariloche, Patagonia is mainly flat, arid, bleak and cold but offers spectacular landscapes and hikes.
Patagonia Tourist Map
Perito Moreno Glacier, central Patagonia.
Perito Moreno Glacier (not to be confused with Perito Moreno town) is a staggering sight, one of the best glacier experiences in the world. Apart from ice viewing and hearing disturbing rumbling noises from the convenient terraces the place is good for boat rides, guided glacier hikes (both worthwhile) and other hiking trips nearby.
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Easy, incredible hiking around El Chalten, central Patagonia.
Bariloche 'Lake District' and National Park in north Patagonia.
San Carlos de Bariloche is a lake and mountain region that offers tourists both summer and winter activities. It's in west Argentina and surprisingly in Patagonia - surprising because Patagonia is generally bleak and barren, quite unlike this lush and lovely lake district.
Nationals of the USA, Canada, Western European, Australia and New Zealand are granted 90 day tourist visas on arrival (assuming the passport is valid for 6 months and has free pages) but US citizens arriving at airports must pay a substantial entry fee of US$ 160 which is valid for ten years and allows for multiple visits to the country. What a rip-off!
Iguazu Falls for sights, short hikes and crossings into Brazil and Paraguay, north Argentina.
Photo by Martin St Amant
Spring (September-November) or autumn (March-May) strike a fine balance
between warmth and clouds.
Worst: January-February. Summertime is hot, humid, expensive and everything's booked up, but this is the best time for beaches and tank tops.
Winter (May-September) is driest in most areas, but also coolest, between 7C-15C (45F-60F) in Buenos Aires, so this time would be best if holidays mean skiing, the north country and/or general sightseeing, but don't think beaches, tank tops or Patagonia.
The best time to visit Patagonia is October - March, spring and summer months in Argentina when it's great for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, hunting and golfing.
June - October are Patagonia's wintersports months with the best month being January and the best location being Bariloche.
This is the eighth largest country in the world so summarizing weather
conditions is tricky, but one thing we should point out, this is
mostly not a hot country, with temperatures rarely over
30C (85F) except in the far north.
Argentina holidays are around January, Easter and July, so transport and accommodation become a problem then.