We will advise you on the best time of the year to travel and, just as importantly, when not to go to a particular region or place. We hope the following guidelines are useful:
The best time of the year to travel to southern Argentina, southern Chile, the Falklands and Antarctica is December to February.
The ski-season in Argentina and Chile is June – September.
The Iguazu Falls are at the fullest in the wet season (December – February).
The whale-watching season in the Valdes Peninsula is June to November.
The Punta Tombo penguin rookery is open September to March.
Australis cruises run October to April.
Please click the links below for up-to-date visa and entry requirements for British nationals travelling to South America:
Please make sure your passport is valid and up to date. In general terms, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of arrival into all South American countries.
Evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination may be required for travellers who are going to or have recently been to countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Travelling with children
Single parents or adults travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to provide notarised documentary evidence of parental responsibility, or consent to travel from those with parental responsibility. Such documentation is often required before being allowed to enter Latin American countries and, in many cases, before permitting children to leave the country.
Local airport taxes International and domestic airport taxes may be payable locally if it is not included with your airline tickets. This is usually payable in US dollars and it may not always be possible to pay by credit/debit card.
For up-to-date advice on any vaccination requirements and any health risks associated with visiting South America, contact your local GP.
The following NHS website provides health information and advice for travellers to South America, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica:
Please click onto the links below for up-to-date advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office:
Help for British nationals in South America:
It is best to travel to South America with a supply of US dollars rather than trying to obtaining any Argentine pesos here. Dollars can always be changed for local currency and are more widely recognised than euros or pounds.
It is always a good idea to visit an airport ATM when you land, before leaving the airport. Some ATMs may give you the choice of taking out either local currency or US dollars. You should always take sensible precautions when using bank ATMs.
It is generally easy enough to travel throughout Argentina using bank ATMs but these are not always available in remote locations in Patagonia, Ibera or the north-west. We always recommend you keep a supply of US dollars handy and make sure that notes are clean and undamaged. Torn or damaged notes (e.g. from a staple or written on) will not be accepted.
We also suggest that you have a supply of single 1 dollar notes as these are useful for tips for airport and station porters and for hotel staff.
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and the better restaurants and shops but may not be accepted in small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, nor in local markets.
In general terms, MasterCard is more widespread than Visa. It may be a good idea to take both if you have them. Usage of American Express is rare. If you are a regular traveller to countries where the currency is the US dollar (e.g. Ecuador, Panama, the United States) you may like to consider obtaining a currency card. Caxton FX, Foreignex and FairFX are amongst suppliers. Charges and fees vary.
Exchange rates are subject to change at any time but the following table provides indicative information for Central and South America countries:
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