Destinations

Argentina

South Africa, you’ve got competition. Award winning wine regions, record breaking waterfalls, wildlife galore and modern cities all come together to make Argentina a world class destination.

The second largest country on the continent, Argentina offers the discerning traveller a vast array of things to do. From the passion of a tango show in Buenos Aires to glistening glaciers of Patagonia and the vast expanses of the Pampas, or from the thundering Iguazu Falls and its surrounding sub-tropical jungle to the juicy steaks and smooth reds you'll be feasting on throughout your trip, Argentina ticks all the boxes whether you are nature lover, foodie or thrill-seeker.

Unlike some Latin American cities, Buenos Aires is not to be missed. The city is a melting pot of cultures where you'll find an eclectic mix of districts (known as barrios) showcasing the city's evolving history. The sociable plazas and parks of bohemian Palermo make this one of the most fashionable areas, whereas elegant architecture, wide tree-lined boulevards and chic shops define the upmarket Recoleta.

La Boca and San Telmo, once considered a bit rundown and gritty, have undergone a transformation. They are now home to some excellent galleries and boutiques, as well as the iconic colourful houses of El Caminito and of course the Boca Juniors football legends. Outside the city, day trips include boat trips along the Tigre Delta or heading out to the surrounding pampas to practice your gaucho skills at an estancia.

Strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. This, combined with a wealth of summer and winter activities in the surrounding countryside, has helped it become Argentina's Lake District’s principal destination.

Argentina's Patagonia is all about jagged peaks, pristine rivers, ancient glaciers, petrified forests, living icebergs, enormous scale, fierce winds, empty spaces and some of the last remaining true wilderness areas on the planet. 

  • In the north, the Lake District is full of sparkling blue lakes surrounded by volcanoes and the pretty alpine-like towns of Bariloche and San Martin de Los Andes make the perfect place from which to explore it all;
  • To the east, nature lovers will love Peninsula Valdes where massive penguin and seal colonies thrive and Southern Right whales come to breed between June and December;
  • In the south, the fjords, mountains and glaciers around Los Glaciares, El Calafate and El Chalten can be explored from a number of luxury lodges or by boat.

The open grasslands of the Pampas dominate central Argentina, and on the western border you will find the wine region of Mendoza, which is another popular place to visit. Vineyards surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Andes make for some spectacular scenery and this is a good place to cross over into Chile for those combining the two countries. 

In this country of contrasts, the north is no different. Much more like neighbouring Peru and Bolivia, in the northwestern corner you will find a desert like landscape, traditional adobe villages and ruins of ancient civilisations. From the pretty colonial city of Salta, drive north through the town of Purmamarca and onwards to impressive Humahuaca Gorge.

South of Salta, the high altitude vineyards around Cafayate are well worth a visit, but it is over on the northeastern border with Paraguay and Brazil where you will find the majestic Iguazu Falls. Rivalling Southern Africa’s Victoria Falls, this impressive site straddles three countries and we highly recommend you visit both the Argentine and Brazilian sides.

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Sample Itinerary for Argentina

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Classic itinerary description.
10 Nights / 11 Days • Starting at US$ 7,950 per person
Day 1-2

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel in Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood. On your tour of the city, visit the Casa Rosada, the colourful streets of La Boca and the Recoleta Cemetery among other sites and enjoy Argentina’s superb gastronomy at some of the continent’s best restaurants.

Day 3-4

Fly to the Iguazu Falls and explore this magnificent site from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the border. Das Cataratas Hotel, located in the Brazilian National Park, enjoys a coveted location right in front of the Falls, giving guests unparalleled access to the site at all hours, long after the day trippers have left. Take an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the falls or hop in a helicopter for a bird’s eye view during the day. For those lucky enough to be there for a full moon, don’t miss the hotel’s exclusive walking tour where you can witness the rare spectacle of a lunar rainbow.

Day 5-7

Sitting at the foot of the Andes, the city of Mendoza is the gateway to Argentina’s wine region. Staying at the exclusive Cavas Wine Lodge, spend the next few days visiting the numerous nearby wineries and tasting some of the country’s best wines. For the more adventurous, mountain biking, white water rafting and zip lining are all available, or for something a little more relaxing why not take a yoga class or simply relax on your private terrace. There is also an excellent golf course nearby.

Day 8-10

Fly to the far south of the country and spend the next few days exploring the wilds of Southern Patagonia. You will be staying at Patagonia’s finest lodge, Eolo, built on a hill with 360 degree views of the surrounding lakes, valley and mountains. Visit the imposing Perito Moreno Glacier, horse-ride on Mount Frias, go fly-fishing or spend a day at an isolated estancia accessible only by boat.

Day 11

Return to Buenos Aires for your flight home.

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