Argentina - General Info
Argentina is one of the best countries in South America for a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday, there’s something for everyone here, from cosmopolitan cities to wilderness adventures, and everything in between.
The land of the tango, Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is the place to sit a while and watch the locals dance in the small squares and parks in the city, whilst enjoying a glass of locally produced Mendoza wine. There are the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, the rain forests of Missiones; the Lake District of Patagonia, the incredible Iguaçu Falls, the list goes on and on. It truly is incredible.
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Although Spanish is the official language of Argentina, English is very widely spoken, especially in the tourist areas, French and German are also spoken but to a lesser extent.
The majority of the country’s campsites are open all year and come in all shapes and sizes, from the very small and basic rest stops, to the well-equipped sites which are close to the attractions. You camp at the side of the road, but make sure it’s nobody’s private property, but for a really different experience stay on a ranch and try your hand at being a gaucho. The campsites are one of the reasons that motorhome rental or campervan hire holidays here are so comfortable, the other reason are the roads.
The major ‘A’ roads or autopistas are generally in good condition, but expect to pay some tolls when using them. The others are labelled ‘R’ for rutas, some of these can just be packed dirt, so be careful after a storm of rain. Speed limits are signed, not that many people take any notice, and you must wear seat belts at all times. Long distance travelling isn’t too taxing; many people who travel long distances use public buses, so the roads generally have less traffic, this is especially good news if you are travelling all the way down to Patagonia.
The general lack of complying with the ‘rules of the road’ is something that any visitors should be aware of. At traffic lights and stop signs proceed with caution, and if you’re in a city expect to hear a honk of a horn which means ‘I’ve got the right of way’. The real rule here is that whoever is the biggest and arrives first goes first, probably best not to argue and let the locals go first!
Finally, the weather. The high season for travellers is during the summer holidays in January and February and the winter holidays in July; this is when sites and attractions get a lot busier. It stands to reason, the further north you are the hotter it will be, for example the summer months in Buenos Aires can be very hot, whilst in Patagonia it’s a lot cooler, and the reverse in winter.
Are you ready for adventure? Have you packed your thermals, your dancing shoes, and your waterproofs? It’s a good job you’re in a motorhome rental or campervan hire, you don’t want to be unpacking all that night after night!
The second largest country in South America, the republic of Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world. Over the Andes mountain range to the west is Chile, to the north, Paraguay and Bolivia, to the east Brazil, Uruguay, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicles to the Argentina will have the time of their lives on these two well-known routes.
When you move away form the cities and the main tourist sights towards the countryside of Argentina, you are never far away from somewhere considered off the beaten track. The mountains and valleys of the north and the glaciers of the south add up to be a massive area that is unspoilt and relatively untouched. Here are a few places to try out on your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in Argentina.
Bariloche, or as it’s officially known, San Carlos de Bariloche, is a city at the foot of the Andes on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi. During the winter it’s one of Argentina’s most famous skiing resorts, and during the summer a great place to relax and spend a few nights on your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in Argentina.
Buenos Aires is a city that should be on everyone’s list of ‘must’ places to visit, it has so much to see and do. It’s also a place to sit, and watch the locals go about their daily lives. It may be a city, but the Argentineans seem in no rush, an attitude which no doubt rub off on its visitors if they stay long enough, so before you relax too much, here’s a few pointers for your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in Buenos Aires.
Most people of heard of Iguazu because of its most famous attraction, the Iguazu falls or Foz Iguazu, which spans both Brazil and Argentina. Apart from the falls there are a few other things to do in the area; here are just two suggestions for you motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday to Iguazu.
Puerto Madryn is a quiet town protected by the Golfo Nuevo, making it one of the most sheltered places on the Patagonian coast. The town may not have a lot of attractions itself, but it’s a good base from which you can explore the nearby peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many other attractions on you motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday to Argentina.
The city of Rosario is a modern and rapidly developing city on the Paraná River, 300 Km northwest of Buenos Aires. The city is booming thanks to new developments, and is attracting some high tech companies out of the capital to relocate to a more relaxed city.
Salta sits in the north west of Argentina at the foot of the Andes and has the nickname of Salta la Linda or ‘Salta the fair’ because of its colonial architecture, and natural surroundings. The city has always been important, and dates back to the Inca Empire, for visitors with a motorhome rental or campervan hire vehicle it’s an interesting stop for a few days.
You’re almost at the end of the world when you come to Ushuaia, well the most southerly point before you get to Antarctica anyway. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world, and from here the only way you’re going further south is to get on an icebreaker, which can be arranged.
As Argentina borders the Atlantic Ocean on its east coast, that’s where you’ll find its beaches, unless of course you fancy a dip on the very south coast in the Beagle Channel? No, perhaps not a good idea. Here are a few of the best beaches to try out on your motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.