The second largest country on the continent, Argentina offers the discerning traveller a wide and diverse array of options. From the passion of a tango show and a polo lesson in Buenos Aires to the glistening glaciers and icebergs of Patagonia and the vast expanses of the Pampas and the otherwordly Northwest, to 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 or culture lover, foodie or thrill-seeker.
Buenos Aires is a city not to be missed. Fondly referred to as the Paris of South America, 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 to the surrounding pampas to learn polo and practice your gaucho skills at an estancia.
- 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;
- In the far south lies Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost province in Argentina, with its capital Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world or the “End of the World" to explorers and adventurers. Ushuiaia is also the jump-off point for many cruises to Antarctica.
With its snow-capped peaks and crisp winter air, this laid-back mountain town in Patagonia makes travelers question whether they have landed in Switzerland instead of Argentina. 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. This region of Patagonia is also noted for its chocolate, microbrews and traditional Argentine asado, making it a dream destination for both foodies and nature lovers alike.
Coastal Patagonia's Peninsula Valdes is home to an abundance of marine life and mammals and birds. Home to sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos, rheas, magellanic penguins and numerous seabirds, this Unesco World Heritage site is one of South America’s finest wildlife reserves. From June to December its natural bays and ports transform into one of the best whale watching experiences in the world. But it is world renowned for being the setting where orcas (killer whales) willfully beach themselves while hunting young sea lions and elephant seals at certain times of the year.
Ushuaia is a resort town on the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” The windswept town, perched on a steep hill, is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. It is the gateway to Antarctica cruises and also the starting or ending point of cruises around Cape Horn.
Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost extreme of the Americas, is a windswept archipelago described as beautiful, moody and even strange. Travelers usually visit the tip of the continent for bragging rights, but with a past full of shipwrecks, native peoples and failed missions, the "Land of Fire" has haunting scoured plains, rusted peat bogs, mossy forests and the snowy ranges above the Beagle Channel.
Sample Itinerary for Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your luxury hotel in Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood. Visit iconic sights such as Casa Rosada, colourful La Boca and monumental Recoleta Cemetery. Enjoy Argentina’s superb gastronomy at some of the continent’s best restaurants. Discover Buenos Aires behind the scenes with a local writer and stylist - combining fashion, art, design and architecture, completely curated uniquely for you. And no trip to Buenos Aires is complete without witnessing the allure of Argentina's famous dance, The Tango, in a live dinner performance. An excursion outside the capital will take you to one of Argentina's oldest estancias to learn about the life traditions of its gauchos, before an authentic asado or bbq.
Fly to the Iguazu Falls and explore this magnificent natural wonder from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the border. Stay at the the area's best address, located inside the Brazilian National Park, with a coveted location and million dollar view right in front of the Falls, providing unparalleled access to the Falls 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. If you are 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.
Sitting at the foot of the Andes, the city of Mendoza is the gateway to Argentina’s world renowned wine region. Staying at the at exclusive Relais & Chateaux property in the shadow of snow-capped peaks, spend the next few days visiting the numerous nearby wineries in Mendoza and Uco Valleys 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 are also excellent golf courses nearby.
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 another beautiful Relais & Chateaux property and Argentinian Patagonia’s finest lodge, 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.
Return to Buenos Aires for your flight home.
Fly from Buenos Aires to Salta, capital of Argentina's Northwest - its best kept secret. In this vast corner of the country one will encounter utter beauty. Lunar like landscapes, traditional adobe villages and ruins of ancient civilisations. From the pretty colonial city of Salta to Cafayate and the highest altitude vineyards in the world, the scenery is endless. Then venture deep into the Argentinian altiplano, the Puna Desert which many refer to as the most surreal landscape on Earth. If you are into landscape photography or just love endless vistas - salt flats, collapsed dunes, dormant volcanoes, pumice stone fields, stromatolites and many other otherworldly formations - we highly recommend several days extension here.
From Argentinian Patagonia, cross the border by road to Chile and spend a few days exploring the stunning Torres del Paine National Park. Discover the region on foot, by bike, on horseback or by car, journey through the breathtakingly beautiful national park and surrounding areas. With many valleys, lake, waterfalls and mountains, the photographic opportunities here are fantastic and there is plenty to do whatever you level of adventure. There are several epic mountain treks to be conquered here. The park is also considered the best place in the world to track and view wild pumas or mountain lions and "puma safaris" can be organized in advance.
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