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Argentina on a Budget

This is one place where a juicy steak washed down with wine isn't an extravagance. The U.S. dollar has been strong against the Argentine peso in recent years, but there are plenty of ways to lose that advantage if you're not careful. Try to keep small bills on hand, as vendors and taxi drivers won't break large bills -- or may even switch your good bill for one of the abundant counterfeit ones. Watch out for pickpockets seeking money and cell phones. There are inexpensive lodging options -- even a Days Inn in Buenos Aires. Renting an apartment is a valid option for longer stays. To explore Patagonia or the Pampas on the cheap, try campgrounds, often cheaper than hostels or even free in some national parks.

Best Time to Go to Argentina

Stretching from subtropical to sub-Antarctic, Argentina has highly variable weather. Additionally, of course, its seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere. If traveling to Patagonia, in the south, travel from November through January to avoid sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall. If visiting Iguazu Falls in the north, consider May through July, as summer temperatures consistently top 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Buenos Aires and its central sister cities are the nicest in fall and spring (February to March and August to October). Peak season in Buenos Aires -- with its crowds and high prices -- is December through February.

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