Culture, scenery, and style combine
There is perhaps no place in Latin America that more encapsulates the senses than Argentina. A heady mix of traditions, from the sultry strains and steps of the Tango to the mythical skills of the Gaucho, Argentina excites the soul offering a taste of everything that Latin America has to offer. This beacon of all things cultural, is also the location of a whole host of stunning panoramas and vistas that provide the perfect ying to its cities vibrant and bustling yang.
From the moment you arrive in Buenos Aires, the vibrancy of Argentine culture is apparent. AS one strolls the cities La Boca district the sounds of the accordion draw you to the street side tango dancers, strutting between the art stalls and restaurants. Your interest piqued an evening at one of the numerous traditional Tango shows provide the opportunity to experience this Argentine icon in all its glory. A Sunday morning stroll takes you to one of the worlds great antique and bric-a-brac markets in San Telmo. Outside of the capital, are more fascinating cities, be it the Andean flair of Salta, the handsome streets of Mendoza or the unexpected Alpine delights of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Argentina has some of the most picturesque cities in the continent yet step outside to the more natural areas and the scenery does not let up. From soaring mountains, through stunning lakes and glaciers, wide open grasslands, and to the deep red soil of the northern desert, there is a smorgasbord of natural phenomena to explore. A fortnight in the country allows you to scratch the surface of the giant, seeing the absolute best sites that are offered. Exploration can take many forms, epic road trips, awe-inspiring hiking trails and unique horseback treks mean that no matter what you do you can guarantee an incredibly diverse experience
Food and drink
The nutrient rich plains of the Pampas grassland provide ideal conditions for rearing cattle, and it is therefore unsurprising that Argentines consume more meat per head of population than anywhere else on earth. The traditional barbecue or parilllada, is an Argentine institution, a symbol of everything that Argentines hold dear and on a more basic level perhaps the best steak you will enjoy anywhere in the world. This penchant for red meat, combined with the ideal grape growing conditions found in parts of the country mean it is unsurprising that Argentine wine is a real treat to sample. Oenophiles are drawn to the vineyards of Mendoza, which are perhaps the most famous, producing delightful Malbecs and Cabernet Sauvignons, while the northwest of the country produces fine whites such as the local Torrontes.
Luxury holidays in Argentina provide an ideal holiday for travellers of all generations. Younger visitors will love the buzz and vibe of its cities, as well as the multitude of experiences on offer. Older generations will find the history and culture fascinating while the ability to get away from it all is appealing to traveller of all generations.
Buenos Aires and the Estancias
Argentina’s capital is one of the world’s great cities. The Paris of South America oozes class, culture, and style. This is a city of museums, of art and of music and dance, passionate and vibrant its not to be missed. Just outside the city are sprawling estancias home to the Gaucho the iconic Argentine cowboy.
Mendoza is a pretty city, yer the main draw here are the fabulous vineyards. Stay in luxury at one of these traditional wineries, and sample the delicious variety of wines on offer. Explore on horseback, or by bike, or hike the foothills of the Andes.
Pristine blue lakes, fringed with native forest and a backdrop of the Andes, this is a beautiful part of the country, with a distinct alpine flair. Visit for stunning road trips, escaping from it all, and some of the best skiing the southern hemisphere has to offer.
An awe-inspiring national park, that is home to incredible glaciers and scenery. Strap on cramp-ons and explore the ice of huge glaciers, or strap on your walking boots and head out for some of the best hikes Patagonia has to offer.
Unique scenery, sublime road trips, a distinct Andean flair, this part of Argentina is unique and offers a very different experience to the cities and Patagonia. Fiercely traditional, this is a side of Argentina few people see.
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The height of Argentina's summer, January and February are popular months to visit Patagonia; particularly El Calafate and Bariloche. Accommodation here gets busy quickly at this time of year. In January it can be quite wet in the northwest of the country and extremely hot in the northeastern wetlands area.
Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit Patagonia and Mendoza's winelands. The crowds have thinned and the colours of the changing trees provide magnificent photo opportunities.p>
June, July and August are good months to visit Buenos Aires. Evenings are cooler and the mornings are fresh, ideal for exploring on foot. Ski season begins in earnest in July. Travel to the south and Patagonia is more difficult due to inclement weather
Spring in the Lake District around Bariloche is a lovely time to visit and enjoy the carpets of wild flowers. There are great opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities, although rainfall here can be slightly higher than in the rest of the year. Southern Patagonia is also reawakening..
Find out the essentials before you go.
- Time Difference
GMT - 3
- Flight Duration
13 hours 30 minutes
- Best Time To Travel
January - April
- Visa Needed
UK passport holders do not require a visa
- Combines Well With
Chile, Brazil, Uruguay