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The Pampas: Fact file

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When to go

The pampa is at its hottest Jan-Mar (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40°C during the day). It can be cold and cloudy Jul-Aug, so weather conditions are best for a visit in spring and autumn. Dec-Feb and Jul are local holiday times: porteños head for the beaches along the pampa’s Atlantic coast.

Language

Spanish.

Getting local currency

Argentine Peso. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs in larger towns and cities using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. Acquire pesos before you head out into the pampa.

Time difference

GMT -3 hours. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, but this is announced ad hoc on a year-on-year basis.

Getting there

Some of the most popular estancias are a 2-4hrs drive from Buenos Aires. San Antonio de Areco is 113 km from the capital, 2hrs by road.

Combines with

A visit to the capital Buenos Aires (2-4hrs by road); beach time in Mar del Plata, or in Punta del Este, Uruguay across the River Plate, accessible from Buenos Aires.

Key events

Dia de la Tradición: San Antonio de Areco, 10 Nov annually. The principal gaucho festival where events extend over a full week, with exhibitions of cowboy skills, music, dancing and barbecues.

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