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Tango, Steak & Wine Capital
Experience the passion of The Portenos (the capital's residents') for yourself: dance the tango, eat the best steaks and embrace the city's fantastic nightlife
For all its European influences, Buenos Aires is an unmistakeably South American city - make sure you stop for a few days
Standing at the border with Brazil and Paraguay, the powerful Iguassu falls is at its best between August & November
The End of the World
At the very southern tip of South America is Tierra Del Fuego, home to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia - a jumping off point for trips to Antarctica
Head to El Calafete to explore Argentina's southern frontier of glaciers, mountains and crystal clear lakes and the extraordinary Perito Moreno Glacier
Argentina is full of beautiful contrasts and awe-inspiring extremes, a vast country that stretches almost 3,500km from Bolivia to the southern tip of South America. From the thundering Iguassu Falls to the excitement of Buenos Aires, the ice fields of Patagonia to the fine colonial architecture of Salta, Argentina is an absorbing mix of natural and man-made wonders.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Paris of South America', begin your Argentinian adventure in the capital Buenos Aires, a city of wide boulevards, leafy parks and historic architecture that has a distinctly European feel. The city’s diverse Spanish, Italian and French influence is visible in its architecture - particularly the Palacio Barolo and the famous Teatro Colon, where you can still enjoy ballet, opera and classical concerts.
For all its European flavour, Buenos Aires is an unmistakeably South American city. The 'Portenos', as the city’s residents are known, are revered for their passion and zest for life and you'll find yourself caught up with their passion whether you learn to dance the tango, experience the unrivalled atmosphere of a Boca Juniors football match, eat the best steaks in the world, shop for designer clothes or embrace the city’s fantastic nightlife.
Buenos Aires is broken down into 48 different barrios (districts), from the historical San Telmo and Montserrat to the colourful Boca and the trendy Puerto Madero, with each barrio having its own individual character and personality.
Venture north from Buenos Aires to the border with Brazil and Paraguay, and you’ll discover the phenomenal Iguassu Falls. This is arguably the greatest spectacle in South America and one of the most incredible waterfalls anywhere in the world. The falls are divided between Argentina and Brazil and the best time to visit is from August to November, when you can witness the thunderous roar as 275 different waterfalls crash into the Rio Iguacu 80m below, creating a drenching mist; an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of tours that take in the falls like 'Iguassu and Beyond' or 'In Search of Iguassu' - we can arrange one from Brazil or Argentina, or as part of a larger South America trip.
Travel west from Buenos Aires through the stark deserts of the north west and you'll come upon the town of Salta. Here you'll find some of the best preserved colonial architecture anywhere in South America, alongside a cultural centre with some outstanding museums. Worthy of a visit, the MAAM archaeological museum which houses some interesting preserved remains of Inca sacrifices, whilst the many historic buildings include the Iglesia San Francisco, a beautiful church with a distinctive tower. Salta’s a great place just to sit and watch the world go by from plaza-side cafes and enjoy live folk music in candle lit restaurants.
Head south to Mendoza, where you can enjoy wine tours, great nightlife and breathtaking mountain scenery; what more could you ask for? Mendoza is on the edge of some world famous vineyards and is a great place to sample a glass or two of locally produced Malbec. The city itself is packed with open air cafes, bars and restaurants that fill the avenues and plazas, making for a buzzing atmosphere when the sun goes down. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, it’s a convenient location if you want to arrange trekking, rafting and all sorts of other outdoor activities. This is seriously big mountain territory and home to Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, at nearly 6,959m.
On the vast central plains of Argentina known as the Pampas, you can experience the authentic gaucho lifestyle. Stay on an estancia, a grand ranch house and explore the vast grasslands on horseback, riding amongst grazing cattle. In the evenings, enjoy delicious asados, Argentine barbecues which generally involve copious amounts of meat!
The Lake District
Close to the border with Chile in the south west of the country is the Lake District, or Seven Lakes Region as it’s sometimes known, home to some of Argentina’s most spectacular scenery. It’s an awe-inspiring area of clear glacial lakes, jagged mountains and remote glaciers, accessed from the resort town of Bariloche, and known as the ‘Little Switzerland’ of South America. It enjoys an almost impossibly picturesque setting on the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, ringed by soaring peaks. In winter, Bariloche’s outstanding snow conditions are a magnet for snowboarders and skiers from all over the world. In the summer, you can hike the many trails, fish for trout in the rivers and lakes, and ride horses or mountain bikes through the stunning landscape.
Patagonia is Argentina’s southern frontier, a vast expanse of wilderness punctuated by glaciers, mountains and crystal clear lakes. The highlight of this region is the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and the extraordinary Perito Moreno Glacier. The ice mass stretches more than 5km and towers 60m high; if you're nearby, listen for the roar as ice blocks break off from this mighty river of ice and tumble into Lago Argentino. There are more than 350 glaciers in Patagonia, but Perito Moreno and its near neighbour Upsala Glacier are the most spectacular.
The touristy town of El Calafete is the gateway to this area and is the ideal base from which to explore this unique landscape and several glacier tours depart from here. Other highlights of Patagonia include the unmistakable jagged peaks of Monte Fitz Roy and the incredible wildlife of Peninsula Valdes, home to elephant seals, southern right whales and magellanic penguins.
Tierra Del Fuego
At the very southern tip of South America lies Tierra Del Fuego, ‘Land of Fire’, a remote archipelago, surrounded by the Strait of Magellan and the stormy Atlantic, which is home to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Due to its remoteness, Ushuaia once housed a prison for Argentina’s most notorious criminals and although the prisoners are long gone, the sense of remoteness remains. There are no shortage of natural wonders to explore here, particularly in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego during the summer and spring months, but excitingly this area is also the southern Argentinian gateway to the wonders of Antarctica. Exploration of the Antarctic region is by specialist ice-breaking cruise ship - for more information, see our Antarctica info and tours.
Round the world flights including South America
There are so many ways you can include Argentina in your round the world trip – below is a tiny sample of the itineraries we can offer. We can make any itinerary work – just call us on 01273 320 580, contact a consultant directly or request a quote!
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