Yes, two direct flights to Argentina (EZE) are scheduled on daily basis by British Airways and Iberia Air. Travellers who get on board from London Heathrow will possibly cover the flight route in 9 hours and 50 minutes. Unfortunately, direct flights to Argentina are not yet available from any other airport in the UK.
Fares for air tickets are subjected to fluctuations on the basis of seasons and availability of seats. In the low season, prices start from 638 GBP. United Airlines, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, American Air and Air Canada are considered as the low-cost airlines for flights to Argentina.
There are eight international airports in Argentina in substantial use. However, the busiest Argentine airports that handle the most international foreigners are as follows:
- Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) is only 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.
- Pajas Blancas International Airport (COR) is located in the city of Cordoba, right in the heart of Argentina.
- Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ) is the airport that serves the city of Mendoza and is only 8 kilometres away from the city centre.
The best time to book flights to Argentina is in the month of September. The month is specifically the only month that could be categorized as the “low season”. September is sandwiched between the 'skiing season' that extends from June to August and 'sunny season' that extends from November to April. Prices of tickets are characteristically lower in September.
The best time to visit Argentine is from November to March. The summer in Argentina is warm and pleasant and attracts a lot of tourists. The 'Sol de Mayo' (national emblem of Argentina depicting the 'Sun of May') shines brightly but in December. The spring and autumn seasons bring their own colours to the land. This does not mean that winter vacations in Argentina are less sought after. The skiing resorts in Argentina are among the best in the world, but if it’s the sun you are looking for, and then see Argentina in December.
The UK passport holder does not have to apply for a visa to visit Argentina for tourism purposes. The passport must proclaim that the passport holder is a 'British Citizen'. The visitor can then stay in the country for 90 days. If the tourist wants to stay in Argentina for more than three months then please visit DIRECCIÓN NACIONAL DE MIGRACIONES, the Argentine department of immigration, for further information. The Falkland dispute between the UK and Argentina can raise few eyebrows in the country and is still a touchy topic. Better not to linger on such contentious matters.
Argentina is the land of excitement and the exotic. The people are joyous and full of life. It never gets dull in Argentina.
- Like the US has the Washington Monument, Argentina has the Buenos Aires Obelisk. The landmark is the cities most notable structure and is 67 meters high. The monument was made in 1936 to celebrate 400 years since the founding of the city.
- The El Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park highlights the visit to Argentine Patagonia. Some are moved to tears as they camp at the feet of the glacier that is still growing even though global warming has swallowed so many around the world. The glacier moves approximately 2 meters every day and you can hear it cleave and grind rock into dust under its immense weight.
- The El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires is the most spectacular bookstore in the world. Originally, the store was a theatre, but after the re-furnishing, bookshelves cascade the halls of the theatre. Over a million people walk through its door each year. This bookstore is a book lover's daydream.
The nation of Argentina was colonized by the British, Spaniards, Italians and the by the French. The cultures of all these countries transfused with that of the local native culture to brew a blend unlike any other in the entire world.
- Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia is the festival of the wines and grapes. Every year Mendoza city welcomes many tourists both from Argentina and abroad, in the month of February to the festival. The farmers present their tastiest wines and encourage the visitors to know more about winemaking. The festival has attracted concerts and live shows to the city as well.
- The Carnival is celebrated at the end of February in the city of Gualeguaychu. The city bursts into song and dance and the festival rival that of the Rio Carnival. The feast booms for four days straight. The whirlpool of merriment sucks in the timidest to be coloured in the colours of Argentina.
- The national dance of Argentina is the tango. The Tango Buenos Aires Festival brings tango dancers from all over the globe to Argentina. The festival is conducted in August every year, where professionals dance for trophies and beginners are taught how to hold their loved ones on the dance stage.
Transportation is fairly easy throughout Argentina. The bus networks are far and wide. Faster express carriers and regular buses carry citizens and foreigners through the city. The option for taxis is also open. Taxis are safe and controlled by a centralized authority of the city. The Metro and tram systems are currently restricted to the cities of Buenos Aires, Resistencia, Paraná and Mendoza. Buenos Aires is the only city in Argentina that has an underground mass transit system. The city has currently six lines but more are planned to be built in the future.