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Our Ultimate Argentina Holiday: A Month of Wonders

Blue glaciers to red deserts, rewilded wetland to marine sanctuary - unlock Argentina's full diversity, often with your own vehicle, always with our backup.

All your questions answered

Helping you find the right holiday for you is important to us, so here's a few common questions about this trip to help. If there's anything you'd like to know that's not covered here, send us over a message or you can also give us a call on +44 1273 676 712 and we'd be only too pleased to help.

What flexibility will I get with any Covid-19 restrictions?

First thing to say is that throughout the pandemic we have frequently been praised by Which? as a tour operator to trust, so you're in good hands. Your safety is always our top priority and we want you to be able to fully look forward to and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

Even as restrictuons ease, our policy remains as it always has - we view quarantines as a travel restriction on a par with lockdown, in-country restrictions at your destination or FCDO advice against travel, and we will offer the same flexibility as in those situations; defer to new dates or a full refund at the point at which your trip is imminent. In these cases, we define imminent travel as a month prior to departure.

Read more: Covid-19 FAQs

What is the payment process and is my money completely safe?

We take a 15% deposit to secure your holiday, with the remainder due four weeks before your departure, rather than the usual eight weeks.

Your money is 100% protected through our ATOL licence if your trip includes a flight booked through us, or through our ABTOT bond if it does not. Either way, this protection provides a cast iron financial guarantee and helps you book with complete peace of mind. Because the contract between us exists here in the UK, you get this protection regardless of where you live

When is the best time to go?

Generally, the best time for this trip is March-April and October-December.

If you want to have the best chances of seeing the whales in Valdes, the best time for this trip is from mid-October to the end of November.

However, any time between October and April is the time to catch Patagonia as it moves from late spring through summer and into autumn. If you travel in December to April you will have less chance to see the whales in Valdes but the peninsula is still a great place to visit and you will see penguins, elephant seals and sea lions as well as plenty of bird life.

In the Iberá wetlands wildlife can be viewed throughout the year but the animals are less easy to see on the cooler winter days (Jun-Aug).

The Iguazú Falls are spectacular at any time of the year. It is cooler and drier from May to September, August is the clearest and driest month. If you want the most water then rainfall is at its highest in April and December so May and January will see the biggest water flows.

Buenos Aires can be visited all year although January and February can be very hot and humid.

In Salta winter runs from May through September. This is the driest time of year with almost zero precipitation and clear bright skies. It is also the coolest time of year but average daytime highs are still around 20ºc. Nights can be very cold and drop below freezing. Rainfall peaks at around 160mm in January/February. Days are longer with sunrise at around 4am, sunset at around 6pm.

What will the weather be like?

In Patagonia, the weather will be whatever it will be. You are on the same relative latitude as London or Quebec, so on a still summer's day the temperature can be comfortably in the mid 20°s. In theory...in reality, hot, dry, cold, wet, snowing, raining, blowing a gale, flat, calm can all happen in a single day.

Our advice is don't sweat the weather in Patagonia, bring the right clothing and embrace it.

In Iberá you can expect temperatures ranging from a min of 20ºC to 30ºC during the day and around 9 days of rain per month. September and October are the wettest months. But this is the wetlands.

In the north, you can expect warm days of around 20ºC but cold nights.

When is peak season?

Mid December through February is the busier period with January as a peak as that's when South Americans are on their summer holidays.

How much carbon is produced on this trip and how is it mitigated?

Total carbon generated on this trip: 5,029kg per person
Carbon mitigated by us:
8,046kg per person

As Yvon Chouinard, of Patagonia, Inc. rightly declared: “To do good, you actually have to do something.”

Therefore, for every kilometre travelled by road, air and sea on your Pura Aventura holiday, we carbon balance it by a mile - i.e. by 160% of your trip's carbon, from your front door and back again, irrespective of whether we book your international travel or not.

This is one of the travel industry's most ambitious and innovative schemes and has recently been praised by Wanderlust, Condé Nast Traveller and The Independent.

How far ahead should I book?

This somewhat depends on when you want to travel but relatively small hotels and lodges in popular destinations mean that 12 months is sensible, assuming you want to travel on specific dates. The more flexibility you have, the better but it's always worth asking us about space. It is true to say that availability usually defines the actual dates of this trip.

Is this trip suitable for solo travellers?

As a private trip, you are not joining a group. As such, this isn't the most obvious choice for a solo traveller since the fixed costs are quite high with many days of private vehicle and guide.

Saying that, if you were happy with the extra investment, the experience can be fantastic since you will be with a private guide through most of the trip.

How do I get around?

The journeys on this trip are a mix of internal flights, road transfers and also self-drive.

What kind of vehicle can I expect?

We include a vehicle for self drive in Calafate and Chaltén and also the Salta region. These areas are well set up to explore independently, always with our own holiday guide notes. We include a 4x4 vehicle. The four wheel drive is rarely necessary but it does make for a more sure-footed driving experience.

How active is this trip?

This is a wildlife and walking holiday which has you out in the great outdoors most days. Some walking is necessary to approach some of the best sights and to enjoy the Patagonia National Park and Chaltén areas, but it is a trip that can be easily adapted to more gentle levels of exercise without loosing any of the highlights. Equally we can make it more active. There are lots of options and we can tailor it to suit you.

How comfortable will I be?

Really quite comfortable, though there is a wide variety accommodation from simpler in the remote regions to very comfortable.

Will I meet the locals?

The focus of this holiday is undoubtedly the landscapes and the wildlife, but spending the days with your local guide will open the door to interacting with the people you meet along the way in the conservation projects and working ranches you visit.

Can I make changes to this trip?

Absolutely. We can tailor your holiday in any number of ways. We can include some of the other Patagonian destinations and adding other great wildlife destinations such as Antarctica or Brazil are also easy once you are in that part of the world! Call us to start the conversation.

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