Argentina and Patagonia


Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic (Spanish: República Argentina), is a country in South America, constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city. It is the second largest country in South America and eighth in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations, though Mexico, Colombia and Spain are more populous.

Patagonia is a geographic region containing the southernmost portion of South America. Located in Argentina and Chile, it comprises the Andes mountains to the west and south, and plateaux and low plains to the east. The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón used by Magellan to describe the native people whom his expedition thought to be giants.



Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for South African citizens to enter Argentina. South African citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism and business.

A valid passport is required for South African citizens to enter Chile. South African citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism and business.

This information is subject to change without previous notice. For latest updates on entry/exit requirements for South African citizens, please contact:


Local currencies

  • The local currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso.
  • The local currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso.
  • For information on the current exchange rates, click here
  • US Dollars, Euros and major credit cards are welcome in the most popular tourist areas.

What our clients say!

Tour participant of The Travelling Naturalist Patagonia 2007 tour.

… “Just to say thank you for all your efforts on our trip. Chris and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. I reckon I got about 120 new birds out of a total of about 170 (have to sort out if the South American (white-backed) stilt is separate from black-necked stilt!).

Also would like to say how well Lucas treated us on our trip to Costanera Sur. He was an excellent guide and kept going despite the rain. We had 81 birds for the day including 22 new ones for me.

Cheers

Derek

Derek Allnut






How to Get There and Around

The following airlines can take you to Argentina and Patagonia. Please bear in mind that Patagonia is a geographical region shared by Argentina and Chile. Most of our tours take place on the Argentine side of Patagonia, but the information provided below is valid for both Argentina and Chile. Click on any of the airlines’ name to access their web sites.


Health

There is a very low risk of yellow fever in the northernmost provinces of Argentina. If you plan to visit this area, please consult your physician about the necessity of getting inoculations against this disease.


Language

Spanish is the official language of Argentina and Chile. English is widely understood and spoken in the most popular tourist areas.


Electricity

Electricity in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Hz. The most commonly used electric sockets are three-pin flat type ones. Some old buildings still use two-pin round ones, so a universal plug adaptor is highly recommended. Electricity in Chile is 220volts , 50 Hz. The most commonly used electric sockets are the round three-pin (in-line) and round two-pin ones. A universal plug adaptor is highly recommended.


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