Argentina is a large country with an area exceeding 2.60 million sq km, which lends itself to the country’s diverse climate. Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: East Central Argentina or the
Pampas, the Northeastern interior, Western Argentina, and Patagonia or Southern Argentina, to which should be added the distinctive mountain climate of the high Andes.
This area includes the province of Buenos Aires, a large area of Entre Rios, center and south of Santa Fe, the eastern strip of Cordoba and a part to the NE of La Pampa. The climate is generally healthy
and pleasant. Winters are mild and summers warm, with more rainfall during the summer months. rainfall lasts a few days so wet, changeable weather is not very frequent and rain is often heavy. The weather in Buenos Aires can be expected to be hot and humid from December to January. Daytime high temperatures can be expected to be 30-35°C (85-95°F) with up to 70-75% humidity. Buenos Aires is generally hotter than Santiago. Nighttime lows should average 17-21°C (63-70°F) during these months.
This region is humid and extremely hot during the summer (December to March) which are at the same time the months where the falls have their highest water levels (rainy season). It’s also during this period that both Brazilians and Argentinians take their annual holidays, so the park is particularly crowded. Iguazu is best visited in the dry season, between May and September, when the heat and humidity is more bearable. During these periods of lower rainfall, the waterfalls are not at their peak, but they are certainly no less impressive.
December to March (summer time) are the best months to travel to Argentine Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Daytime high temperatures during the months of November through February on the mainland will be between 15-22° C (58-72°F). Nighttime temperatures range between 4-7°C (40-45°F). Pack a variety of clothes and dress in layers. The winter months, July and August, can be extremely cold and facilities sometimes shut down.
Mendoza has a Mediterranean climate, perfect for travel all year round. The summer months, from mid-December to late-February, are both the high season and hot season. Expect temperatures of over 32°C (90°F) during the day and mild nights of 15-18°C (59-64°F). Don’t be surprised if the days hit the 40°C (104°F), either. The harvest of grapes marked the end of summer. Late spring (October to mid-December) and autumn (April to June) offer cooler temperatures and generally fewer tourists. Autumn is particularly beautiful, as with the change of the season the countryside becomes a blanket of orange and red. Winter temperatures range from 2-14°C (35-57°F). While mornings can be cold, clear skies and sunshine make afternoons enjoyable. The ski season runs from mid-June to October.
Western Argentina, including the Northern Andes, is a dry region. Even on the higher mountains snowfall is light and the dryness matches that of Northern Chile on the western side of the Andes. In many places the annual rainfall is below 250 mm/10 inches and is very unpredictable. Rainfall is more frequent during the summer months (from December to March) which are generally hot and very sunny.
Tipping in Argentina is voluntary yet expected. The staff members that receive tips are mostly porters bellmen and waiters. Here’s our quick guide to tipping in Argentina:
Argentina is serviced by three major mobile network operators that provide 4G services:
The network quality of Personal and Claro is similar, but it's important to note that Argentina is a vast country. In remote areas of Patagonia and the Northwest (Salta), there may be no network connection. To obtain a SIM card or package, you can visit the official stores of the mobile providers. Alternatively, upon arrival at Buenos Aires international airport Ezeiza, you can purchase a tourist SIM card. Look for the stand of Personal in the departure hall, and don't forget to bring your passport to obtain the 'chip' (how the SIM is called in South America).
If you're in a hurry and have a device compatible with e-SIM, you can visit a user-friendly website:
They provide step-by-step instructions on how to activate and purchase an e-SIM for use in Chile. A more cost-effective option is Airalo.
Please note that as of June 2023, it is still uncertain when the Argentine government will initiate the tender for 5G services.
Taxi-hailing apps such as the ones listed below are available in the Argentine capital, however, due to the challenging economic situation in the country, it is important to note that these international apps may not provide guarantees, the cars used may not have proper formalities or insurance coverage and may not be in the best condition.
If you are looking at a taxi-hailing service, we recommend using the app below, you will be required to enter a local Argentine phone number in order to sign up for an account, so keep this in mind.
We recommend asking the reception staff for a local taxi ride option in smaller cities.
Standard voltage is 220 -240V. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V - 127V you will need a voltage converter and eventually one for the local power sockets