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Frequently asked questions
North West Argentina is really an all-year round destination, but remember seasons are opposite from the northern hemisphere. It’s coldest in July and August (winter), and hottest from November to March (Spring into Summer).
Rainy season in northwest Argentina is January and February, but there can also be storms in December and March. We use 4x4 vehicles, but the weather can be unpredictable so we have to be flexible, and in extreme circumstances may be forced to make changes to the itinerary. Storms tend to come late afternoon or overnight, and are very dramatic but over pretty quickly, so hopefully it shouldn’t affect your holiday too much.
Yes, of course: all the trips outlined on our webpage are designed to whet your appetite and show what’s achievable in a certain time-frame. But as we are tailor-made specialists, what we like to do is design the perfect holiday to suit you. So get in touch and we’ll start the conversation!
It’s unlikely. Salta is 1,200m (3,937ft) above sea level, so you don’t even notice the altitude: but going north and south we soon rise to 2,500m (8,200ft): and west into the mountain plateau we can reach altitudes over 3,000m (9,840ft). The key is acclimatisation, so most of our trips are designed to rise gradually: and to follow our advice en route: avoid heavy food and alcohol, drink lots of water, and chew coca leaves or drink coca tea (we’ll provide both).
For cancellation 14 days or fewer before departure on the trip with Poncho Tours, we reserve the right to retain 100% of the deposit paid. For cancellations between 15 and 30 days before departure, it’s 50%, and between 31 and 60 days in advance, it’s 25%. If you cancel more than 61 days in advance, the deposit is fully refundable. See our full terms and conditions here.
If you’re unable to complete your holiday due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will keep your deposit for a future trip or, in extreme circumstances, we may agree to return it.
The great news is that no quarantine is required for fully vaccinated visitors. To enter Argentina, you just need to have evidence of complete vaccination and travel insurance which covers Covid, and show a formal sworn statement you have to fill out to say you're being truthful. Check with your home country what their requirements are for your return. Here's a useful interactive map: www.iatatravelcentre.com
Only in rare cases: from most countries you will simply get an entry stamp in your passport on arrival which allows you to stay here for three months.
The national airline Aerolineas Argentinas offers the most flights from Buenos Aires to Salta, in addition to thrice weekly connections from Salta to Iguazu, Mendoza, Cordoba and Rosario. Apart from Aerolineas Argentinas, JetSmart and FlyBondi also operate daily flights between BA and Salta. Jetsmart also has three connections a week to Neuquen in northern Patagonia and twice weekly Iguazu. Here are the links you can visit: