Tips for your Trip to the Argentinian North
If you are planning to visit northern Argentina, and do not know when to go or what to bring, these recommendations can help you plan your trip. The best time to go is in autumn and spring, especially in the months of May, June, November and December. In these months, the climate during the day is very pleasant and at night it cools down a bit, so you usually sleep well. In addition, accommodation and travel agencies usually offer promotions in these months.
Summer is hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30 grades, although it should not be forgotten that the climate is dry so the heat is not overwhelming. In addition, between the end of December and March it is the season of rains and storms. There is a significant climatic variation during the day and night, so it can get cold at night.
In case of traveling in summer, it is better to inform yourself about the state of the routes and which are the authorized excursions, due to possible flooding of routes and roads. You can ask at the hotels, travel agencies or the nearest tourist information office.
For long walks, it is preferable to do it early in the morning or during the last hours of the afternoon to avoid intense heat, fatigue and dehydration. It is recommended that you bring something to cover your head: a hat or a scarf can help to avoid heat stroke. In winter the weather is pleasant at noon. In the morning and at night the temperatures drop quite a bit: the only source of heat is the sun. But the good thing is that in winter it doesn't rain, so most days are sunny.
Being a mountainous region, changes in temperatures are observed between cities and mountains. So it is best to wear clothes for all seasons. To go to the mountains, it is recommended to wear a warm coat. You should not rely on the temperatures of the cities, because it can drop considerably when you reach the hills.
Do not forget your bathing suit if you go to a hotel with a pool or to regions with hot springs. It is very important not to forget sunscreen, especially if you are going to visit open places. It is essential not only for the summer season, but also for the whole year. On the other hand, it is recommended to drink water constantly, even when you don't feel thirsty. You need to stay hydrated.
If you plan to visit areas with great heights above sea level, you should take the precaution of carrying coca leaves to chew, which prevents the apunamiento or "malde altitude". For these cases, the ideal is always to climb gradually, not to go from a low area directly to one with a lot of height.
For treks or hikes in the mountains it is essential to wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear, preferably sneakers.