Welcome to Patagonia
Vast, windswept and with a breathtaking landscape of mountains, huge blue skies, shimmering lakes and towering glaciers, Patagonia has been inspiring travellers, explorers and adventure seekers for centuries.
Northern Patagonia borders Chile and Argentina and is home to the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It has a vast breathtaking landscape of mountains and shimmering lakes. It hosts colonies of penguins, sea elephants and whales. There are many trips to experience, which include canoeing, bird watching, horseback riding and much more. Southern Patagonia has stunning beauty. The landscape is scattered with spectacular snowy peaks, awe-inspiring glaciers, turquoise lakes and wildlife. El Calafate lies on the southern shores of Lake Argentino about 80kms from the entrance to the Los Glaciares National Park, where you can experience the wonderful Perito Moreno glacier, with its unbelievable ice blue colours and an immensity, which you will not believe until you have seen it first hand. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is the capital of Tierra del Fuego. It enjoys a dramatic setting on the northern shore of the Beagle Channel, close to the legendary Cape Horn. The city is surrounded by the snow covered Cerro Martial and offers beautiful views of a unique landscape of mountains, sea and forest. It is the starting point for tours along the Beagle Channel, cruises around Cape Horn and Antarctic expeditions.
Adventurous travellers are drawn to the savage beauty and rich wildlife of Patagonia. This region of contrasts and extremes, stretching across Argentina and Chile, runs from the river Colorado, south of Buenos Aires, across to the southern tip of South America. Many people go between July and April to visit the famous wildlife reserve of Peninsula Valdés, where right whales, sea elephants and other rare marine mammals come to breed in their thousands. However those going further south should visit only in the summer months if they wish to avoid temperatures that plummet to -13°F (-25°C).
Information & Facts
Spanish is the official language of Argentina but English is understood in the tourist areas.
The Argentinean Peso (ARS) is divided into 100 centavos. The recent devaluation of the Peso has made Argentina more affordable for travellers but there is still much economic uncertainty and travellers are advised to keep an eye on the exchange rate. Currency can be exchanged at banks and cambios(bureaux de change) but it is easier to use ATMs, available in most urban towns, which reflect the current exchange rate. Credit and debit cards are generally accepted, and US Dollars and Euros are normally taken everywhere, but some international cards place limits on transactions. Cirrus cards sometimes aren't accepted. There can be problems using travellers cheques in rural areas, although most banks in major cities should accept them. It's best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars to avoid additional exchange rate charges.
Local time in Argentina is GMT -3.