Festivals and events

The main holiday period is January to March when all Argentine schoolchildren are on holiday and most families go away for a few weeks up to two months. All popular tourist destinations become extremely busy at this time, with foreign visitors adding to the crowds, particularly in Bariloche, El Calafate and Ushuaia. You should book transport and accommodation ahead at these times. During Easter week, and the winter school holidays throughout July, hotels may also fill up fast, particularly in the ski resorts. No one works on the national holidays, and these are often long weekends, with a resulting surge of people to popular holiday places.


New Year's Day
(public holiday).


Good Friday
weekend (public holiday).


Labour Day
(public holiday)

May Revolution of 1810 (public holiday).


Malvinas Day (public holiday).

Flag Day (public holiday).


Independence Day (public holiday).


Anniversary of San Martín's death (public holiday).


Columbus Day (public holiday).


Día de la Tradición
. There are gaucho parades throughout Argentina on the days leading up to this festival, with fabulous displays of horsemanship, gaucho games, enormous
and traditional music. It's worth seeing the festivities in any small town.


Banks are closed and there are limited bus services on 25 and 31 Dec.

There is a ticker- tape tradition in downtown Buenos Aires: paper falls from the sky and the crowds stuff passing cars and buses with long streamers.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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