Overland Journeys: Along the Andes, Gringo Trail, Across the Southern Cone

Buenos AiresIguazu FallsJesuit Mission of San Ignacio MiniSaltaQuebrada de HumahuacaBarilocheCrossing the AndesEl Chalten / Fitzroy MountainsEl Calafate / Perito Moreno GlacierCueva de las ManosTierra del Fuego National ParkUshuaia

Argentina has long been a favourite destination of travellers with the diversity of its landscapes and attractions providing something for everyone and a fascinating trip for most visitors. Its natural attractions are some of the best in the continent and indeed the world, from the spectacular Iguazu Falls to the Alpine-like landscapes of the Lake District and the glaciers and mountain peaks of Patagonia. The country is a prime trekking destination with the beautiful trails of the Fitzroy Mountains and Tierra del Fuego or the monumental challenge of scaling Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. Adrenaline junkies will get their fix with ice climbing, white-water rafting, paragliding and more available in many different locations. Argentina is just as vibrant culturally - see the passion of the Portenos of Buenos Aires for tango and football, visit the vineyards of Mendoza and experience the country's colonial past in Salta, Cordoba and other towns. Explore in depth highlights of Argentina.

Travel Information for Argentina
Time zone:GMT -3 (Argentina standard time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, begins first Sunday in October; ends third Saturday in March
Main languages:Spanish
Other languages:English, French, German, Italian
Currency: Argentine pesos (ARS)

1 = $16.76, $1 = $15.02, £1 = $19.98

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.arInternational Dialling Code:    54

For help planning your trip to Argentina including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Argentina trip planning page.

Further information on Argentina

Discover more about Argentina - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of argentina

Total area: 2,766,890 sq km (30,200 sq km under water)

Coastline: 4,989 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Bolivia (832km), Brazil (1,261km), Chile (5,308km), Paraguay (1,880km), Uruguay (580km)

Climate: Wide variation in landscape and climate but mostly a temperate climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Patagonia is much colder, especially in the winter.

Highest mountain: Cerro Aconcagua (6,960m) - Climb this mountain!

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Argentina from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 52/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 169/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 56/179
ILGA LGBT rightsBroad rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 107/174
Overall Ranking:    57/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Argentine Republic     Status: Independent Country

Population: 43,024,374 (rank: 32/196)     Density: 15.5 people/sq km (rank: 170/196)

Ethnic groups: white (mostly Spanish and Italian) 97%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Amerindian, or other non-white groups 3%

Religions: nominally Roman Catholic 92% (less than 20% practicing), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%

GDP (PPP): $771 billion       GDP per capita: $18,600 (rank: 57/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.