Argentina School Trip Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip to Argentina. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Argentina?

An educational trip to Argentina can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Geography – Show your geography students the incredible landscapes of Argentina, by having them participate in meaningful field research. Argentina’s land can be grouped into four regions: The Andes, the North, the Pampas, and the Patagonia.

Language – Are you a Spanish language teacher who would love for your students to partake in language workshops in Argentina? They will be speaking like locals in no time!

 Outdoor Adventure – Do you want your students to experience an outdoor educational adventure? The Patagonia glaciers are definitely the adventure tour of a lifetime!

 Community Service – Want to make an impact with your travels? There are a number of destinations throughout Argentina that offer a chance to put some volunteer hours to good use while being immersed in a local community.

 Mixed focus – A balance of educational activities, outdoor activities, and cultural focus. The variety of geography, culture and history of within Argentina makes for a well-rounded trip.

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Luggage – Any seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip to Argentina. Prepared packers also bring a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder that sits close to the body under a shirt or a fanny pack.

  • Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Safe money holder or fanny pack
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplocks

Clothing – Weather and climate depends greatly on the region(s) of Argentina that your group plans on visiting. As the temperature throughout the day and night changes hourly. Use layers to peel when weather is warmer or you are more active, or to add when you are on cooler climates or during the night. Pack to be comfortable for all activities – whether you’re hiking in the Mountain Highlands, or on the coast.

Accessories and Toiletries – Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

  • Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, headlamp, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
    • Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary (wall plugs are Type A, B and C, so bring a transforming plug!)
    • Water bottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Soap, shampoo & conditioner
    • Medications
    • Mosquito repellent (rain forest and warmer regions)

Packing for the Northwest – The temperate valleys have a temperate climate, with mild summers and dry and cool winters with regular frosts. In the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley, mean annual temperatures range from 12.0 to 14.1 °C (53.6 to 57.4 °F), depending on altitude.

Below is your basic Packing List for the Northwest Region

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1-2 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 2 t-shirts
    • 3 long sleeve shirt
    • 2 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
    • Waterproof shoes
    • Sleepwear

Packing for the Central Region – Includes the Pampas to the east, and the Cuyo region to the west, has a temperate climate with hot summers and cool, drier winters. The average summer temperature (January) is 24 °C for most of the region. The winters are cold and dry. The temperature range from 7 to 8 °C (July). 

Check this list out if you are travelling to the Central Region:

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 3 – 5 t-shirts
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • 1 long light sleeve shirt
    • Bathing suit
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • Hat
    • Shoes – comfortable and supportive for hiking/daily use
    • Flip flops / waterproof sandals
    • Sleepwear
    • Light rain jacket
    • Light sweater

Packing for the Southern Region – has a climate that ranges from cool to cold. Average temperatures in range from 13-15°C during the in the summer months (November to April) and coldest at 4°C.

Below is your basic Packing List for the Southern Region

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 2 t-shirts
    • 4 long sleeve shirt
    • 2 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Scarf / bandanna
    • 1 thick sweater or down jacket
    • Shoes – Comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
    • Waterproof shoes
    • Sleepwear

What to leave at Home – Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels

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Spanish lesson

Looking to get a jump start on your Spanish language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!

Good morning: buenos días
Good afternoon: 
buenas tardes
Good night: 
buenas noches
Hello: 
Hola or Buenos
Good bye: 
Adios
See you soon:
 Hasta pronto
Excuse me: 
Con permiso
How are you?: 
Como está? Or Como le va?
Fine, thanks: 
bien, gracias
My name is: 
Me llamo…
What is your name?: Como se llama usted?
Pleased to meet you: 
Much gusto
Do you speak English?: 
habla inglés?
I don’t speak Spanish: 
no hablo español
I don’t understand
: no entiendo
I am from…:
Soy de (name your state or city)
Slower, please: 
más despacio, por favor
Where is: Donde esta
The bathroom: 
el baño or los servicios
The restaurant: 
el Restaurante
The bank: 
el banco
The beach: 
la playa
Pharmacy: 
farmacia
Hospital:
hospital
How much does it cost?: 
Cuanto cuesta? Or Cuanto vale?
Please: 
por favor
Thank you: 
gracias
You’re welcome: 
con gusto or de nada

Argentina Fun Facts: 

  1. The name Argentina comes from the Latin word for sliver ‘argentum’.
  2. The capital city of Argentina is Buenos Aires.
  3. The Latin dance and music called the Tango began in Buenos Aires.
  4. Argentine beef is famous around the world and Asado (an Argentine barbecue) is very popular in the country which has the highest consumption of red meat in the world.
  5. There are over 30 national parks in Argentina.