Argentineans have a reputation for being exceptionally proud- and who can blame them? The country’s capital, Buenos Aires, is a seductive blend of Latin American passion and European refinement. Join the locals for a late night steak and a glass of locally produced red wine before heading out to an ultra-chic club or tango show. During the day, stroll the city’s myriad neighbourhoods, each with its own distinctive flavour and heritage.
Argentina has much to offer outside the capital. The North-western provinces – Salta, Jujuy, Tucuman – contain much of the country’s indigenous culture, immersed in a landscape of deep gorges, fertile valleys and Wild West frontier towns. Ride the Train to the Clouds in Salta and witness the astonishing change in scenery as your carriage climbs and climbs to over 4200m above sea level.
The Northeast is home to one of Argentina’s most spectacular natural attractions- Iguazú Falls. Experiencing the tremendous power of the falls, set amongst the lush green tropical foliage of the Iguazú National Park, is a highlight of any trip to South America. Nearby are the wonderful Esteros del Ibera (Ibera Marshlands), boasting over 40 species of mammals, 35 species of amphibians, 80 species of fish, and 250–300 species of birds.
Wine buffs and food lovers should not miss the lovely region of Mendoza, capital of Argentina’s famed wine production. Set against a backdrop of stunning Andean peaks, the town of Mendoza is a great place to unwind. Take a tour of the nearby vineyards to sample some of region’s wonderful Malbecs.
Perhaps Argentina’s most famous region of all, Patagonia offers some of the most stunning and remote landscapes on earth. Experience the tranquil beauty of Bariloche’s mountains and lakes; the dramatic peaks and glaciers of El Calafate and El Chalten, and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, located on the Beagle Channel in rugged Tierra del Fuego.