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Few countries in the world can claim subtropical forests and glaciers, huge waterfalls and deserts, swampy lowlands and high mountains, wide-open spaces and bustling cities, penguins and flamingos. Yet Argentina has all that and more. Thundering Iguazú Falls, the calving glacier at Perito Moreno and the mountains of Patagonia are the most famous draw cards. Then there are football, tango, great steaks and phenomenal wines. Part Latin American and part European, this is one country you do not want to miss.

Argentina

When to go

Travel to Northern Argentina can be done year-round.  Travel to Patagonia is at its best from December through February.  

I love tango, and I used to dance when I was young

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Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Buenos Aires

Sophisticated yet down to earth, sensuous and cultured, the capital of Argentina has a lot going for it. In this city of tango, cultures and foods from around the globe abound, but it the steakhouses that people come for from all over the world. BA is a city of neighbour-hoods. Discover San Telmo's cobblestoned streets and artisan shops, the French-style palaces of Retiro, working-class Boca, visit the famous cemetery in Recoleta or the museums and cafes of Palermo.

 

Iguazú Falls

Set among dense jungle, Iguazú Falls are the world's most awe-inspiring waterfalls. Take enough time to see them from both sides: the Argentine side offers long boardwalks along wildly cascading falls and rapids as well as rafting trips. But to experience the falls at its best, be sure to visit the Brazilian side for the day.

 

Península Valdés

Península Valdés is home to a staggering array of wildlife – sea lions, killer whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, guanacos, rheas and numerous seabirds. Southern right whale breed here between June and mid-December.

 

Ushuaia

Dramatically hemmed in between mountains and the icy waters of the Beagle Channel, this city at the end of the world is the gateway for Antarctic cruises as well as for visits to and hiking in spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park.

 

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno is one of the easiest accessible ice fields in the world and walking one of the boardwalks along its five kilometre long face is one experience you will not soon forget. Icebergs and chunks of ice calve off the glacier and plunge in to the depths of Iceberg Channel.

 

Fitzroy

Located just outside the small village of El Chaltén, the Fitzroy range offers world-class hiking, ice climbing and camping amidst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery you will see anywhere in the world.
 

Bariloche

San Carlos de Bariloche, or Bariloche for short, is the prime holiday destination for Argentineans. People come here to experience the stunning landscapes of the surrounding mountains and the lake district. Enjoy one of the many activities on offer: hiking, horse back riding, mountain biking or fishing to name but a few.

 

Ruta de los Siete Lagos

The sparkling waters of seven Patagonian lakes shimmer in every imaginable shade of blue. December to May is the best time to explore this magical mountainous route.

 

Mendoza

City of wide, leafy avenues, glorious fountains, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes, Mendoza is the place to come to tour vineyards and try some of the phenomenal wines.

 

Salta

Salta, nicknamed "Salta the Fair" easily lives up to its reputation. The city has a festive atmosphere, the spectacular Neoclassical Iglesia San Francisco and excellent museums, all dramatically set between steep, rippling mountains.

 

Quebrada de Humahuaca

Whitewashed settlements nestled against polychrome mountains, dazzling salt flats, lush valleys and cactus forests, windswept steppe and deep gorges – some of the planet’s most incredible scenery.

 

Esteros del Iberá

The shimmering rain-fed lagoons of the stunning wetlands of the Esteros del Iberá are home to plenty of birds, from hummingbirds and kingfishers to beautiful herons. Specialized guides will take you out into the wetlands, where caimans bask in the sun, and capybara, marsh deer and howler monkeys abound.

Hiking the Andes

Argentina's south offers some world-class trekking. Explore the Fitz Roy sector of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares or the mountains of Tierra del Fuego.

 

Glacier trekking & ice climbing

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares offers several locations where one can strap on crampons and, ice axe in hand, hike on the stunning glaciers of this portion of the Andes. If you feel up to it, scale a wall of ice and feel like Edmund Hillary for a day!

 

Wildlife at Valdés

Península Valdés is home to a staggering array of wildlife – sea lions, killer whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, guanacos, rheas and numerous seabirds. Southern right whale breed here between June and mid-December.

 

Dance the Tango

Buenos Aires is the birthplace of tango and one of the best experiences you can have in the city is a dinner and tango show. If you are lucky you may also see an impromptu performance on the streets of San Telmo. For the truly adventurous, take a tango lesson at a local milonga.

 

Be awed by Iguazú Falls

Iguazú Falls are the world's most awe-inspiring waterfalls. The Argentine side offers long boardwalks along wildly cascading falls and rapids as well as rafting trips. But to experience the falls at its best, be sure to visit the Brazilian side for the day.

 

Raft Iguazú

Join a never-tiring crew as you raft down the rapids of the long and narrow chasm called the Devil's Throat. Leave your valuables at the hotel as you will get soaked!
 

Join the football craze

No trip to Argentina is complete without attending a fútbol match. Nothing else inspires the Argentine people like a good game of soccer, especially at either River Plate or Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.

 

Sip the wines of Mendoza

Is there a better Argentine meal than steak with one of the stellar malbecs or syrahs from Mendoza?

 

Feel like a gaucho at an estancia

Visit an estancia, the Argentine equivalent of a ranch, and try your hand at cattle-herding or sheep-shearing. Enjoy some great home-cooked food and get a real taste of the gaucho way of life.

 

Wildlife at the Esteros del Iberá

The shimmering rain-fed lagoons of the stunning wetlands of the Esteros del Iberá are home to plenty of birds, from hummingbirds and kingfishers to beautiful herons. Specialized guides will take you out into the wetlands, where caimans bask in the sun, and capybara, marsh deer and howler monkeys abound.

 

Climb Aconcagua

At nearly 7,000 metres (just over 23,000 feet), Aconcagua is the highest peak outside the Himalaya. Climbing this peak can be done by anyone with the appropriate fitness and stamina. Allow 13-15 days to climb to the top, one of the famous seven summits.
 

Wildlife of the Andes

As you hike or drive through the Andes mountain range you have a good chance of spotting llamas and its distant cousins, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas.

 

Join in for an asado

The Argentine answer to the barbecue, the asado is central to the identity of the Argentine people. Beef and several other meats are grilled or cooked over an open fire and enthusiastically devoured.

 

Suggested Tours

 

Patagonia Discovery

 

Tour code: GPAD

 

Why we love this trip: An in-depth discovery of Patagonia and the lakes for those for whom activities should be optional.

 

Places visited: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Puerto Varas, Chiloé Island, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Perito Moreno, Ushuaia

 

Signature Experiences: hiking the Andes, dance the Tango, join the football craze, sip the wines of Mendoza, wildlife of the Andes.  Inquire about our trip which includes Peninsula Valdes.

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: quality accommodations with upgraded amenities

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

 

Transport: private vehicle, air, boat, on foot

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures October through March

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $4999

Hike Patagonia

 

Tour code: VHIP

 

Why we love this trip: spectacular hiking in all the parks Patagonia is famous for

 

Places visited: Buenos Aires, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, El Calafate, Pertio Moreno, El Chalten, Fitzroy

 

Signature Experiences: hiking the Andes, glacier trekking & ice climbing, dance the Tango, join the football craze, sip the wines of Mendoza, wildlife of the Andes

 

Length: 13-19 days

 

Accommodation: hotels, refugios, camping (depends on trip length)

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, all meals if camping

 

Transport: private vehicle, air, on foot

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and daily private departures October through March

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $4165 (13 days), $4655 (15 days) or $5499 (19 days)

Buenos Aires

to Rio

 

Tour code: VBAR

 

Why we love this trip: Two of the best cities of South America plus the amazing Iguazú Falls in one trip

 

Places visited: Buenos Aires, Iguazú, Parati, Rio de Janeiro.  Inquire about our 11 day trip including Esteros del Iberá

 

Signature Experiences: dance the Tango, be awed by Iguazú Falls, raft Iguazú, join the football craze, sip the wines of Mendoza, sail the bay, Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf, samba show

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: hotels

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 2 dinners

 

Transport: private vehicle, air, boat

 

Departures: set small-group dates and daily private departures year-round

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2599

Trekking the Towers

 

Tour code: VTTT

 

Why we love this trip: Patagonia best trekking in a two-week trip

 

Places visited: Buenos Aires, Torres del Paine National Park, Lago Grey, Puerto Natales, El Chalten, Fitzroy, El Calafate, Perito Moreno

 

Signature Experiences: Hike the Andes, wildlife of the Andes, visit a glacier, glacier trekking & ice climbing, dance the tango

 

Length: 11-15 days

 

Accommodation: hotels, huts & camping

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, lunches and dinners while trekking

 

Transport: private vehicle, air, on foot

 

Departures: set small-group dates and daily private departures November through February

 

Customizable? We can run this trip for private groups, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $4840

Cruise Patagonia

 

Tour code: VCPA

 

Why we love this trip: See the fjords of Patagonia and reach places you can only get to by ship

 

Places visited: 15-day cruise: Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Estancia Olga Teresa, Magellan Forest Reserve, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Angostura Guía, Laguna San Rafael, Chacabuco, Simpson River National Reserve, Coyhaique, Chiloe, Valparaíso; 8-day cruise: Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, De Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier, Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas, Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islets, Pia Glacier, Glacier Alley

 

Signature Experiences: 15-day cruise: Hike the Andes, cruise the fjords, wildlife of the Andes, views over Santiago, wine tasting, visit a glacier, feel like a gaucho at an estancia; 8-day cruise: hike the Andes, cruise the fjords, visit with penguins, wildlife of the Andes, visit a glacier

 

Length: 4, 6, 7, 8 and 15 day itineraries

 

Accommodation: cabin aboard a comfortable expedition cruise vessel

 

Included meals: all meals while on board

 

Transport: comfortable expedition cruise vessel

 

Departures: 15-day cruise: late March only; shorter cruises regular departures October through March

 

Customizable? We can accommodate private groups

 

Price: 8-day departures on Mare Australis or Via Australis priced from $2366; 15-day cruise aboard the G Expedition from $7999