Travel to Argentina- Where to go and what to do

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Top things to do in Buenos Aires


What to do in Buenos Aires

The "Paris of South America" is one of the World's great cities. This cosmopolitan city, European in appearance, can keep any culture-oriented visitor busy indefinitely. Its intense cultural and commercial life can fill every minute of any visit with pleasant experiences.

Different aspects of its architecture and the diversity of its districts and suburbs reflect times of grandeur and plenty, cultural influences and migratory waves. Buenos Aires has been a true melting pot of native inhabitants: Spanish, Italian, British, French, German, and Central European, Jewish, Arabian, Greek, Japanese and more recently, Chinese and Korean immigrants.

Whenever you visit there will be the chance to participate in cultural events: special art exhibits, concerts, operas, musical shows, festivals, or be delighted with the best polo in the world (the national team remained unbeaten for several decades), excellent soccer or discover the local gaucho game of pato, a sort of basketball on horseback.

When talking about tango there are different ways to discover its rhythm. This popular and local music was born during important immigration periods. Tango shows are recommended as well as visiting milongas, meeting point where locals enjoy dancing. Tango lessons are available in most places.

Nature reserves near downtown Buenos Aires and natural history museums offer a great opportunity to discover the local flora and fauna. Tropical rainforest reaches the edge of the city, especially the Parana Delta, only 12 miles north. 

Tours

  • Themed city tours by car, bike or on foot: neighborhoods, architecture, culture
  • Tango Dinner Shows
  • Food tours

Hotels – the best in each neighborhood

  • Alvear Palace (Recoleta)
  • Legado Mitico (Palermo)
  • Faena Hotel & Universe (Puerto Madero)

A menu of our Buenos Aires tours and excursions can be found here.

Read about our favorite neighborhoods in Buenos Aires here

Bariloche and the Lake District


Bariloche - or San Carlos de Bariloche, to give the town its proper name - is situated in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes, surrounded by lakes and mountains.

The magical Lake District dazzles with its extraordinary landscapes, where majestic lakes are followed by impressive mountains, rivers, waterfalls and ancient forests.

The incomparable beauty of the Lake District, with famous mountain resorts such as Bariloche, offers a wide range of activities: hiking, climbing, rafting, canoeing, mountain bike, horseback riding, golf and more, especially during the summer months of June through August.

Here is a menu of our excursions in the Lake District.

El Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park


El Calafate and El Chalten are gateway cities to some of South America's best hikes and most spectacular glaciers -  a realm of condors, glaciers, lakes and forests. 

El Calafate is located at the base of Calafate Hill on the shores of Lago Argentino. This charming town of double pitched roofs and colorful gardens always offers a friendly welcome to its visitors, plus it is the gateway to the lakes, Andes and southern Patagonian glaciers, namely the Perito Moreno Glacier.

El Chalten is a small village located about three hours from El Calafate by car, surrounded by glaciers, lagoons, lakes, and mountains. The village is proclaimed as the "National Trekking Capital of Argentina." 

One of the most beautiful landscapes in the Western Hemisphere is found in the southern Patagonian Andes. Numerous lakes fed by glacial run-off reflect the majesty of the snow-capped peaks. The mountainsides are covered by primeval forests of subantarctic beech trees many of which change color spectacularly in autumn.

Surrounded by this magnificent vegetation are the immense glaciers, most likely the highlight of any trip to this region. Here, the Andes Range is covered by a large extension of permafrost known as the Patagonian Continental Icecap, which stretches for 560 miles from north to south. It is so large that it is also called “The Third Pole”, after its huge concentration of ice. It is the origin of 47 major glaciers, such as the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. But it is also known all over the world for its dramatic steppe at the foot of the imposing Fitz Roy and Torre Mountains, a “mecca” for climbers from all over the world. These areas are ideal for hiking, trekking, climbing and overnight stays at remote and isolated estancias situated by turquoise lakes.

A menu of our El Calafate and El Chalten excursions can be found here

Read more about Los Glaciares National Park on our blog.

Download our free Patagonia e-book→

Mendoza & the Wine Region


The valleys surrounding the city of Mendoza are home to Argentina's, and South America's, best wineries.

The Province of Mendoza is a popular destination for wine connoisseurs and mountain climbers alike.

The Mediterranean climate makes it ideally suited for the production of wine, along with horseback riding and cycling. Indeed you haven't gone to Mendoza if you haven't tasted its delicious wines. Mendoza's most famous grape is Malbec from Maipú and Luján de Cuyo, but very good Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs, Merlots, and Syrah are also grown in the area.

Our half-day and full-day winery tours visit the best wineries in the following valleys:

  • Uco Valley
  • Lujan de Cuyo
  • Maipu

Read our Guide to Mendoza's Deluxe Wineries here.

Other tours and excursions from Mendoza:

  • High Andes trip
  • Cycling the wine valleys
  • Horseback riding
  • Mendoza city tours

A detailed description of our tours and excursions can be found here→ 

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego


The End of the World

Ushuaia is Argentina's southernmost town, and has a fascinating landscape of windswept barren lands, beautiful blue glaciers and national parks.

Ushuaia, situated along the Beagle Channel, is a neat and friendly city full of life. A stroll through town provides views of the legendary Beagle Channel and its many stories of International travelers such as Darwin and Fitz Roy.

Tierra del Fuego National Park combines sea, mountains and forest...Bahía Lapataia, the coasts of the Beagle Channel, the most incredible flora and fauna with red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles, beavers and penguins...all living in the most spectacular setting.

Ushuaia is also the gateway to the amazing White Continent - Antarctica.

Just some of the optional activities include:

  • Beagle Channel Navigation
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park tour with hiking and canoeing
  • Train ride to the "End of the World"
  • Harberton Ranch & Gable Island with paddling to the Martillo Island penguin colony
  • Off-road vehicle excursion to Fagnano and Escondido lakes
  • Hike to the summit of Cerro Pelado

Read more about our excursions here→ 

And a few of our favorite restaurants in Ushuaia here→ 

Iguazu Falls


Along with the Victoria and Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls are one of the mightiest curtains of falling water anywhere on earth and the largest waterfall system in the world.

Iguazu are the waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the Argentina border with Brazil.  The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu.

But there is much more to Iguazu than waterfalls. A dense jungle envelops the surrounding areas right to the Parana Rive. From a botanical point of view, this bioma is known as the Province of Parana, and it is, together with the Yungas or Mountain Jungle of Northeastern Argentina, one of the richest regions of the country in terms of biological diversity. No other region can boast a comparable number of plant or animal species: more than 2000 classified vascular plants and over 420 bird species (more than one third of total Argentine species). Although relatively poorer than the Amazon Jungle, the Parana or Misiones Jungle, has the same characteristics as the large warm rain forests of this planet. High temperatures, humidity and longer daylight hours allow nature to flourish exuberantly. 

Read more about Iguazu Falls on our blog→ 

And peruse our menu of Iguazu excursions here

 

Valdes Peninsula & the Atlantic Coast


The Galapagos of the Atlantic...

The numerous gulfs, bays, inlets and peninsulas along the vast Argentine shoreline of the South Atlantic are inhabited by thousands of different marine animal colonies.  On Peninsula Valdes you can observe Southern Right whales (from June to mid December), various types of dolphins, orcas, southern elephant seals, South American sea lions,

Punta Tombo, about 70 miles south of Trelew, is the most important breeding colony of Magellanic Penguins (from late September to March).

Culturally, the Chubut River Valley is home to many Welsh settlements, such as Gaiman. The villages retain their essence, sprinkled with farms, typical chapels and Welsh-style houses, where the descendants of the settlers prepare and serve the classic Welsh tea.

Puerto Madryn is a coastal town with hotels and restaurants and the best jumping-off point for the peninsula.  It is also possible to stay at authentic estancias, such as La Ernestina or at the seaside village of Bahia Bustamante. 

Excursions and activities along the Atlantic coast:

  • Valdes Peninsula Day Trip
  • Punta Tombo Penguin Colony
  • Kayaking in San Jose Gulf or the Chubut River
  • Whale Watching
  • Hike from Puerto Piramides to Punta Pardelas

Read more about our Valdes Peninsula programs here

Salta & Northwest Argentina


The little-known corner...

The Northwest encompasses half of Argentina's history. From the Incas and other local cultures, to the Spanish domain and the Independence Days, the native population and its lifestyle are a vivid example of the strong impact of history.

It is this human link to the ancient past - along with its surreal red rock landscapes that makes the northwest different from much of the rest of the country.  Northwest Argentina comprises the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Tucuman and Santiago del Estero.

The Province of Salta is home to a number of natural, social, and historic sites. The city of Salta - "Salta la Linda" ("Salta the beautiful") - is both an important tourist destination and the gateway for visiting the rest of northwest Argentina, and a trans-Andean journey to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. From Salta, the 'Train to the Clouds' (or 'Road to the Clouds') traces a spectacular route past canyons and cliffs to San Antonio de los Cobres. The red-rock formations of the Humahuaca Canyon, the beautiful Calchaquí Valley, the wine town of Cafayate, the high-altitude Salinas Grandes are all brilliant places to visit from here.

Learn more on our Northwest Argentina blog post.

But wait...there's more of Argentina, and beyond


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The Ibera Marshlands
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Sailing the southern fjords with Australis cruises
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Lakes Crossing to Chile
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Antarctica

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