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Argentina & Chile

Argentina is one of the jewels in the Latin America crown. A vast country stretching 3500 km from Bolivia in the North to Ushaia in the South. It's a place that offers some of the most magic natural wonders anywhere on earth. It has a world class tourist infrastructure with a fine cuisine and it is safe! But it is not just that that makes a trip to Argentina feels so special.

Please read the highlights we listed for you below. As you will be able to tell Argentina is a huge country and unless you are lucky enough to have a month with which to explore it, you are very unlikely to see all these sites in one go. Our advice is: decide which places you want to see, and let us work out the best way to do it.

Chile is awesome too. From stargazing in the driest desert in the world to millennial glaciers in the southernmost part of the planet and enchanted forests and lakes located at the foot of massive volcanoes, Chile has it all. It has islands full of legends, winemaking traditions, cave systems, mummies older than the Egyptian mummies and a modern, scenically located capital, Santiago. Enough to satisfy the hunger of any traveller eager to explore new and pristine landscapes and meet warm and hospitable people.

Hotels & Meals

Argentines have a reputation for being the world's biggest meat consumers! And that reputation is enforced during as good as any meal you’ll see, as meat if not eaten straight, meat is bound to be of the main ingredients.  The Argentine cuisine is a mix of French, Spanish, Italian and Indian influences. There is not really a specific Argentine national dish, and yet, the country is famous for its asados, Argentine barbecues. It is almost a Sunday ritual!

What also pos up regularly are empanadas and dulce de leche. Empanas are savory filled pastries which are very popular throughout Argentina and the whole of Latin America. Dulce de leche is a kind of caramel paste.

Besides the traditional Argentine wines, fernet (Italian liquor but very popular in Argentina) & mate are the people’s darlings. Mate is a green herbal drink you sip withh a special straw, often in group among family, friends or even colleagues. Sooner or later, we bet it will show its true nature during your trip!

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 6 months after your return flight date as well for Argentina as for Chile. 
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements , please surf to www.itg.be.
In case your travel itinerary is crossborder travel between two South American countries, a Yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory

Time Zones

  • -4h (winter)
  • -5h (summer)

Currency

Currency
  • Argentinian Peso: (ARS); 100 ARS = 1,58 EUR  - 1 EUR = 63,36 ARS (01/10/2019)
  • Chilean Peso (CLP); 100 CLP = 0.12 EUR & 1 EUR = 798 CLP (01/10/2019)
Payment Methods

The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy.Some ATM should be available.

Climate

Argentina is a vast country and covers most of the southern half of the South American continent. This makes it very difficult to talk about one type of climate. The northern regions around Iguazu enjoy a tropical climate while southern Patagonia has a more maritime climate which is characterized by cold and wind. generally speaking winter runs from late June to early October; summer from December to March.

The north of the country of Chile enjoys a moderate desert climate while the south bathes in a polar climate strongly wet and cool. Central Chile has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cold, wet winters.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Buenos Aires 29 28 26 22 19 15 15 17 19 22 25 28
Salta 28 26 25 23 21 19 20 22 24 26 28 28
Iguazu 32 32 31 27 24 22 23 24 26 28 30 32
Santiago de Chile 32 32 31 27 24 22 23 24 26 28 30 32
San Pedro de Atacama 25 24 24 23 22 21 21 22 23 24 24 24

Highlights

  • Buenos Aires

The lively capital Buenos Aires has as many inhabitants as the whole of Belgium. It is a place where the elegance of old Europe crashes against the colourful coast of Latin America. It offers graceful architecture, relaxing parks and 48 districts with some great sights. The bright and colourful Boca district is praised for its brightly painted homes; Saint Elmo is renowned for its antique market and strange curiosity shops and Recoleta is most well-known for its illustrious cemetery; the final resting place of Argentina's famous daughter, Eva Perron.

  • Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, the largest single curtain of falling water at 2,7 km, anywhere in the world and the second largest waterfall by density of water.  and it forms the border between Argentina, Brasil and Paraguay. Nice to know is that they also form the natural border of three countries: Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. 275 waterfalls together offer an incredible spectacle where your mouth falls open, your eyes tear and you cannot stop enjoying. Definitely worth a wet suit.

  • The Mendoza wine region
The Mendoza wine region offers quality gastronomy with great food and wines and is the gateway to hikes up the America's highest mountain: Aconcagua! The spectacular coloured mountain region of Salta and the Lake Titicaca are two more highlights you cannot afford to miss out on.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier

Perhaps the most famous place is the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Perito Marino glacier, one of the three Patagonian glaciers which are growing!  It is less than two hours by bus from one of the most impressive areas on the continent: El Calafate in southern Patagonia. A large visitor centre at the site features a walking circuit which allows visitors to view the southern flank and the east facing edge of the glacier. In recent years trekking tours on the ice have gained popularity. Every year thousands of international travelers visit this special place.
TIP: When you drive along highway 40 make sure you stop at the fossilized remains of the world largest dinosaur and the famous painted hands of Cueva de las Manos before you reach Fitzroy National Park.

  • The Valdez Peninsula

All around this peninsula orca whales can be spotted from October to March. Dolphins, whales, sea lions, elephant and furt seals are also known to grace the area with their presence. Baleen whales come to mate and give birth here between May and December. A true sanctuary for marine mammals. 

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