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This Is One Of The Safest And Cheapest South American Countries To Visit In 2024

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A country of thriving modern cities and fascinating culture, blessed with some of the most amazing natural beauty you’ll ever lay eyes on, Argentina is a tempting option for any traveler.

Americans have already been heading on the long journey south to this nation in droves this year, but 2024 could well be the best time of all to visit.

woman takes a photo of the puerto madero district of buenos aires argentina

The country boasts a great safety record, affordable prices, friendly people, and a very welcoming stance towards digital nomads.

So, whether you choose the Buenos Aires skyline or the vistas of Patagonia, you won’t be disappointed if you decide to make the trip.

One Of The Safest In South America

Argentina is rated as the second safest country in all of South America according to the latest data from the Global Peace Index – it’s second only to Uruguay.

It generally has low levels of violent crime and acts of terror and has a strong police presence in major cities such as Buenos Aires and Mendoza.

It’s also classified as a Level 1 destination by the U.S. Department of State, meaning that you need to take no extra precautions when visiting beyond the normal things you would do when traveling overseas.

flowers monument in un plaza in buenos aires argentina

Of course, crime can happen anywhere, but generally speaking, Argentina is among the safest nations you can visit in this part of the world.

It Just Got More Affordable

If you have always been interested in a trip to Argentina but are put off by the cost, then 2024 could be the year for you to make your move.

Argentina’s recently elected government has just slashed the value of its currency by 50% compared to the U.S. dollar in a bid to tackle economic challenges in the country.

This means that your money will now go twice as far – one dollar used to be about 390 Argentinian pesos, now it is about 800.

galerias pacifico shopping mall in buenos aires argentina

It may seem a bit insensitive to cash in on another country’s financial woes, but one of the main benefits of this move from the Argentinian government’s perspective is that it should attract more tourists into the country and, subsequently more spending and investment.

Digital Nomads Are Welcome

Argentina is a very forward-thinking country when it comes to welcoming digital nomads to its shores – it was recently ranked South America’s best destination for such travelers.

You can stay in Argentina for 90 days without doing any additional paperwork, which may already be enough for some, however, you can extend that to 180 days with the easy-to-apply-for digital nomad visa.

The visa can then be renewed for a further 180 days if you meet the desired criteria.

female digital nomad working on laptop in a cafe

Argentina has more than 300 different co-working spaces and the average cost of living for digital nomads comes up at about $500 per month.

Bustling Buenos Aires

Most travelers will arrive first in Buenos Aires when they get to Argentina, and there are plenty of reasons to hang around in this city.

Ticking off the iconic sights such as the Teatro Colon, Palacio Barolo, and Plaza de Mayo is one way to spend a day or two in this perfect blend of colonial history and modern Latin American soul.

main square and monument in buenos aires argentina

Another is to explore the incredible gastronomy and nightlife that Buenos Aries offers – you can survive on a diet of empanadas and cocktails for longer than you might think! 

The Perfection Of Patagonia

Once you have got the thrill of the city out of your system, you may want to head south to check out one of the jewels in Argentina’s crown, the region of Patagonia.

A wonderland of imperious mountains, majestic glaciers, enchanting forests, and awe-inspiring plains, this region comprises five different provinces and is one of those must-see-before-you-die bucket list destinations.

the Perito Moreno Glacier in patagonia argentina

It’s a well-trodden part of the world by backpackers, and you can get around cheaply and easily by bus, staying at hostels and campsites along the way.

Even if you’re not into outdoor pursuits, Patagonia is still a mighty impressive place to see.

hiker looking at fitz roy mountain in patagonia

You could even explore large parts of it via Argentina’s iconic Route 40, which is a highway that traverses almost the entire length of the country.

Did somebody say roadtrip?

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Irene Wall

Sunday 17th of December 2023