Frequently Asked Questions
The Argentina and Chile ski season runs from mid-June and can go until mid-October. Generally the best time for dry powder is July, August, and up to the 2nd to 3rd week in September. After that, you should consider good spring conditions (powder and corn snow cycles) into early October.
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Ski touring the volcanoes in Chile is good well into November. The last two weeks in July are student holidays, so the main resorts get crowded, but nothing like North American or European resorts over the major holidays.
In our opinion the best time to travel to Argentina and Chile for the ski season is in August and the first few weeks of September.
To enter Argentina:
Good news for USA, Canadian and Australian Passport holders. There is no longer a reciprocity fee to enter Argentina.
Countries outside of the European Union, may require travel visas. Check with the Argentine Consulate in your country for the latest requirements or get more details here.
To enter Chile:
The reciprocity fees for USA passports to enter Chile have been waived as of February 2014! There are also no longer fees for Canadians. Fees still apply to Australians. These fees are charged in USD cash at the airport upon arrival in Chile.
New Zealand, China, India, Russia, and Egypt require travel visas to enter Chile. More on visa policies in Chile.
Yes. Both Chile and Argentina are known for being expensive—some of the most expensive in the entirety of Latin America, in fact. This is largely due to inside govt. corruption, which has reduced the value of their currency, peso’s, over time.
It isn’t just the cost of exchanging your currency that makes the countries expensive, however. In Argentina, you may end up paying a different amount of money for the same meal on two different days. This is due to their high inflation costs, which hit a high of 40% in 2018 in Argentina. It is likely to trend higher in 2019.
Chile and Argentina are both in the southern hemisphere, which means their warmest months tend to be around November to March every year.
It’s worth baring in mind that December-February are summer months, where Argentina experiences high humidity levels, which might be difficult to deal with for travelers.
If you’re looking for something a little cooler, Spring (September-October) is perfect, offering you warmth without having to compromise on air quality.
We are huge fans of skiing in South America, but unless you are a skier/snowboarder and you’re headed to Chile and Argentina as tourists, you might want to avoid the winter months (June-August), as some of the attractions don’t operate during this time.
Yes. Chile and Argentina, which border one another, are considered to make up some of the safest countries in all of Latin America. The larger towns and cities in these countries are popular tourist destinations, with higher police presences and good security.
With that being said, travel agencies do recommend that you keep an eager eye on your possessions. This is because both countries have suffered economic hardship over the years, and as a result, petty crimes do occur.
In larger cities especially, pick-pocketers and bag-snatches will take their chances the moment an opportunity to do so arises.
South America is home to 12 countries with a combined population of over 423 million.
Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile.
As well as being two of the safest countries in Latin America, they are also some of the most developed. This means that illnesses are not commonly a problem for people coming into the country, and travel vaccinations are therefore not required.
If you are traveling to countries other than Chile or Argentina as part of your American adventure, you may want to consider the following shots before starting your journey:
- Hepatitis A
- Typhoid Fever
There is one exception. If you are planning to visit Igazú Falls, on the Argentinian border, you should consider being vaccinated for Yellow Fever and Malaria prophylaxis.
Dive in Deeper
To dive in deeper and learn more about travel in South America during the winter months, check out these quick links and ultimate travel guides to each country.