As the eighth largest country of the world, Argentina is the ideal destination for those looking for a truly varied trip. From the sweltering deserts of Cuyo to the freezing heights of Andes, every visitor is bound to find their ideal location in this stunning South American country.
Ski the incomparable resorts of the Andes and visit the nature preserves of Peninsula Valdes to spot whales, penguins and sea lions; tour the wine regions of Mendoza and Salta for a quiet and relaxing experience, and take a trip to Traslasierra valley and visit the world-renowned spas.
What are the roads like in Argentina?
The vast majority of roads in Argentina are of a good to excellent quality, though some away from the cities and major highways are gravel and dirt. These types of roads mean drivers should plan their journey well in advance and take note of the weather – the rainy season can leave them quite difficult to travel over.
What are the drivers in Argentina like?
The local drivers of Argentina have been said to be erratic and to adapt an aggressive driving style. One particular problem comes in the trend of treating ‘stop’ signs as yield signs; as a result, visitors should drive defensively and carefully, especially when first visiting the country.
What are the best times to drive?
Visitors to the area are advised to avoid driving at night. A number of roads are completely void of street lighting making some of the roads treacherous in the night time.
What are the driving laws?
Seatbelts are mandatory for both the driver and all passengers travelling in the car at all times. The use of mobile phones whilst driving is strictly prohibited; while hands-free devices are allowed, they are actively discouraged. Drivers must carry with them their home driving license along with an international driving license. Headlights must be kept turned on throughout the day, including when it is light.
Argentina use a point system in which every license is given a certain number of points. For breaking driving laws such as driving without a seatbelt and speeding, a certain number of points are removed from the license. Should the points reach zero, the driver in question will be banned from driving.
When driving through the Andes, it is recommended that all drivers keep cans of petrol with them (consumption of petrol increases to 15 litres per 100km in this area).
It is expected that, when approaching an intersection, drivers will honk their horn – the driver who honks first is generally granted right of way, along with vehicle size.