Argentina Flights:

Flights to Argentina

image of ArgentinaArgentina is a country in the south of South America, second in size only to Brazil and the eighth largest country in the world.

Flights from South Africa to Argentina depart from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, and although not direct flights there are several airlines who you can choose from for this route: Aerolineas Argentinas, South African Airways, Air France and British Airways, with connecting flights through Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Heathrow or Paris.


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The Tourist Attractions of Argentina:

Being such a large country, Argentina has a very diverse geography and many important cities, and it is these and its natural features which are the main tourist attractions.

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina and is a modern and lively place. It is most important for its culture, which is strongly influenced by the Europeans, and as such it houses many museums, theatres and opera houses. The Buenos Aires Zoo is world famous and contains over 2,500 different species, including 89 mammals, 49 reptiles and 175 birds species.

The Botanical Gardens are also a popular attraction. Landscaped into three different areas – the Roman Garden, the French Garden and the Oriental Garden, all offer different plants and styles.

In the north east of Argentina, at the border with Brazil and Paraguay, are the spectacular Iguacu Falls. These are on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list and can be visited from all three countries. You can also cross into the neighbouring countries fairly easily for different views of the Falls which are twice as wide and also taller than Niagara Falls.

The Andes are a large mountain range going through South America and there is good skiing here in the winter, particularly San Carlos de Bariloche and Las Lenas. The former is also a popular destination in the summer for trekking, climbing and other outdoor pursuits.

The Nahuel Huapi National Park is nearby, at the foothills of the Andes, in Patagonia. There is some beautiful scenery here and the main city of the area, San Carlos de Bariloche is the gateway to this area.

Also in Patagonia is the small town of El Calafate which is a popular tourist destination because it is close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. This is a stunning blue coloured glacier which you can visit via the National Park Los Glaciares. Boat trips are available to take you right up to the face of the glacier, or you can view it by foot using the trails and viewing platforms.

For warmer weather, visit the Argentine coast! Mar del Plata is one coastal city which is popular with residents of Buenos Aires and the beaches can therefore get quite crowded during the summer months of December through March. The city is known as ‘The Pearl of the Atlantic’.

There are some interesting attractions here other than the beaches, such as the Museo del Mar which features a huge collection of seashells; the Museo Minicipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorennzo Scaglia – a natural science museum plus aquarium; or the actual Aquarium Mar del Plata. There are also a great many Victorian houses around the city with some very diverse designs and styles.

When Should You Visit?:

Due to the size of Argentina, the climate varies across the country. Around the Andes region in Patagonia, summers are cool and winters are cold, getting more so with increases in elevation. Buenos Aires has a temperate climate which means cold winters and hot, humid summers, whereas there are areas of desert which are obviously very hot and dry during the summer. These areas remain dry in the winter but temperatures do drop quite considerably.

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