Foot­notes

Ar­gentina

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Vi­tal sta­tis­tics

Cap­i­tal: Buenos Aires Pop­u­la­tion: Around 45 mil­lion Lan­guage: Span­ish Time: GMT-3 In­ter­na­tional di­alling code: +54 Visas: Not re­quired by UK na­tion­als for stays of up to 90 days Money: Ar­gen­tine peso (ARS), cur­rently around ARS48 to the UK£ and, at the time of writ­ing, suf­fer­ing ram­pant in­fla­tion. There are ATMS in cities and ma­jor towns and credit cards are ac­cepted at most ho­tels and shops but you’ll need cash for cheaper es­tab­lish­ments, mar­kets and tip­ping.

When to go

Spring: Ar­gentina is a year-round des­ti­na­tion but spring (Septem­ber-No­vem­ber) is one of the best times to re­gion-hop. The Lake Dis­trict is also beau­ti­ful dur­ing this time.

Sum­mer: Patag­o­nia is most ac­ces­si­ble in sum­mer (De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary). Mi­siones is warm all year around, but the hottest month is Jan­uary (the cold­est is July, while the wettest is Oc­to­ber).

Au­tumn: The winelands are lovely in au­tumn (March–may). Avoid Jan­uary, Easter and July to beat the abun­dant crowds.

Health & safety

Make sure you’re up to date on ba­sic jabs, in­clud­ing tetanus. There’s a low to no risk of malaria and a mod­er­ate risk of Zika. Be aware of the ef­fects of al­ti­tude

sick­ness, which can be­gin at 2,400m above sea level. Tap wa­ter is gen­er­ally safe to drink.

Get­ting there

A daily di­rect ser­vice with British Air­ways (britishair­ways.com) flies from Heathrow to Buenos Aires. Flight time is ap­prox­i­mately 14 hours; re­turn fares start from £695 re­turn. There are also flights to Buenos Aires via Madrid and US hubs with other car­ri­ers. LATAM (latam.com) flies from Buenos Aires to Cataratas del Iguazú In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Mi­siones.

Get­ting around

Dis­tances are huge, so air travel is the quick­est way to get around. Ar­gentina also has an ex­cel­lent long-dis­tance bus net­work that is fast, com­fort­able and good value. On overnight buses it’s worth pay­ing a bit ex­tra for ejec­u­tivo class (wide, al­most fully re­clin­ing seats) or cama-suite class (es­sen­tially a bed). Large bag­gage is stowed in the hold and bags are tagged for se­cu­rity.

The trip

The author trav­elled with Jour­ney Latin Amer­ica (020 8600 1881, jour­ney­lati­namer­ica.co.uk) on a ten-night tai­lor­made itin­er­ary cost­ing from £6,398 per per­son based on two shar­ing. This in­cludes two nights at Awasi Iguazú and three nights at Puerto Valle on a fully in­clu­sive ba­sis, in­ter­na­tional flights with British Air­ways, do­mes­tic flights, trans­fers and two nights in Buenos Aires B&B, in­clud­ing ex­cur­sions.

Cost of travel

If you’re on a bud­get you can get by on un­der US$50 a day by sleep­ing and eat­ing cheaply.

Up­grade to be­tween US$60 and $200 a day, and you can

stay in com­fort­able ho­tels, eat at bet­ter places and take tours. A stay in a lux­ury ho­tel, eat­ing in fancy restau­rants and tak­ing taxis can set you back Us$200-plus a day. Tip in restau­rants where a ser­vice charge isn’t in­cluded.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion

Ar­gentina has ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit all bud­gets, from fam­i­lyrun guest­houses to bou­tique ho­tels; camp­ing sites to lux­ury ho­tels. In Mi­siones, Awasi Iguazu (awasiguazu.com) has vil­las from Us$2,100pp (£1,617) for a twonight stay, in­clud­ing all food, drink and ex­cur­sions. Puerto Valle (puer­to­valle.com.ar) in Cor­ri­entes has dou­bles from US$820 (£630), all-in­clu­sive. In Buenos Aires,

Le­gado Mitico (legadomitico.com) has B&B dou­bles from US$250 (£190) and Vain Bou­tique Ho­tel (vain­ho­tel.com) has B&B dou­bles from US$99 (£75).

Fur­ther read­ing & in­for­ma­tion:

Ar­gentina (Lonely Planet, 2018) www.ar­gentina.travel – of­fi­cial site of the In­sti­tuto Na­cional de Pro­mo­ción Turís­tica www.lata.travel – The Latin Amer­i­can Travel As­so­ci­a­tion

Town & coun­try Find bright colours in both Buenos Aires(above) and the sparkling Lake Dis­trict

Mal­bec & moun­tains The Mendoza re­gion of­fers fine wine in wild land­scapes

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