The huge South American country of Argentina includes the Andes mountains, lakes and grassland, where the famous Argentinian beef cattle graze. As the eighth largest country in the world, the weather and climate varies depending on your precise destination, so you’ll need to check the conditions before you travel. Some areas, such as the deserts of Cuyo, can be extremely cold during the summer, while others like the Andes or Patagonia are relatively cool in the summer and extremely cold in winter.
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Argentina is a popular country for adventure sports such as mountain climbing, skiing and trekking, due to its vast and varied terrain. Ensure your travel insurance is adequate for every activity you plan to undertake, pack suitable clothing and equipment and make sure you take part in activities run by a safety-conscious and reputable company. Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, including headaches and lethargy as well as the more serious signs such as disorientation and heart palpitations. Take your time when ascending or descending to or from altitude to ensure you acclimatise properly and minimise the risk.
Healthcare facilities in Argentina are generally of a good standard, however you may be required to pay cash up front, even in an emergency, before receiving any treatment. It is considered safe to drink the tap water in the big cities of Argentina, but if you’re in any doubt do not take the risk, and stick to bottled water. You should always avoid tap water, or ensure it has been boiled or chemically disinfected, in rural areas. Take sensible precautions regarding all foods or drinks, and practise good personal hygiene to stay safe from food poisoning or other sickness bugs. Most of the non-vaccinated diseases which are prevalent in Argentina are carried by infected mosquitos and other insects, so avoid being bitten as much as possible.
Argentina is one of the safest South American countries for tourists, but as with anywhere, be vigilant about your personal safety, don’t carry valuables, and be aware of thieves and pickpockets in crowded areas.
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