Argentina is a country of iconic and varied sights from the thundering Iguazu Falls to the pristine glaciers of Patagonia and the verdurous wine regions. This itinerary covers it all and more.
- Stay in seven very different parts of Argentina, exploring at your own pace
- Soak up Buenos Aires’ vibrancy from arty barrios to atmospheric cemeteries
- Have dinner at a legendary tango club in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
- Experience the isolated beauty of Patagonia and hike around mountains and national parks
- Cruise into a glacier and admire its high, icy walls.
- Enjoy tasting malbec and other fine wines in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine-growing region
- Marvel at the Iguazu Falls from several vantage points
- Soak up life on a colonial-style estancia, surrounded by gauchos.
A 16-night trip, covering the iconic sights of Argentina including wine regions, Patagonia, Buenos Aires and Iguazu.
WHEN TO GO
We’d recommend avoiding winter and visiting Argentina between October to March. Peak season is December to March which can get busy.
We’ve designed this trip for a couple, but like every itinerary we devise, we can change each facet to suit you whether it’s a family holiday, group of friends travelling together or a solo trip.
COSMOPOLITAN CAPITAL - 3 NIGHTS
Flying directly into Buenos Aires you’ll be greeted by one of South America’s most buzzing and thriving cities. Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires is a portside city characterised by a mix of vibrant culture, rich history and classic European influence.
For four days, you’ll explore the capital with a variety of activities. A guided walking tour will help you get your bearings, and you can meet some of the city’s oldest residents in La Recoleta Cemetery including the famous Eva Peron, the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón. La Boca is the arty barrio with its brightly coloured murals and artists at work. Exploring San Telmo, Argentina’s oldest barrio, you can browse antique market stalls and, in the evening, let us book you in for one of Argentina’s most evocative evenings – dinner at a revered tango club where accomplished dancers bring this tradition to life with verve.
STAY: ALVEAR PALACE
Located in the elegant neighbourhood of La Recoleta, Alvear Palace is a cosmopolitan hotel that will be a welcome respite from your adventures exploring Buenos Aires. Be greeted by the doorman as you ascend the marble steps to the opulent lobby and inviting bar, and onwards to your airy suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows and city views. Replenish in the indoor pool and solarium, take a treatment in the spa or enjoy a cocktail on the breezy rooftop bar. Dinner might be sunset and sushi on the terrace or steaks and red wine in the more traditional and grand Alvear Grill with its wood burning fire for open cooking.
FAR-FLUNG PATAGONIA - 3 NIGHTS
From Buenos Aires you will fly down to El Calafate in Argentinian Patagonia to experience a completely different side to Argentina. Wild and windswept, Argentina’s most southerly tip is a land of glacial lakes, jagged mountains, ice fields, gushing rivers and pristine beauty, all around.
Ideal for those that like to get away from it all, the remote landscapes of Patagonia make for awe-inspiring adventures in the great outdoors, and particularly suit active travellers who love to explore on foot. With three nights here you can enjoy a variety of hikes around the pristine and protected landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park, home to the iconic Mount Fitz Roy as well as the Gorra Blanca and Marconi glaciers. Taking you far off the beaten track, access the landscapes by mountain bike, four-wheel drive or on horseback. The Perito Moreno Glacier can be discovered by boat; cruising alongside the high glacier walls is an unforgettable experience and the boat can also drop you off to trek on the ice using crampons.
STAY: EXPLORA EL CHALTEN
Found within a nature reserve and cradled between the Eléctrico River and dense lenga forests, Explora El Chalten is the perfect place to explore the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. El Chalten’s rooms are peaceful, comfortable spaces, and the hotel also has an outdoor spa including saunas and hot tubs, which helps soothe weary muscles. Dinner is a showcase of local ingredients cooked on traditional open fires such as grilled meats, seasonal vegetables and empanadas.
WINE IMMERSION - 4 NIGHTS
Change up your location once again with a flight into the heart of Argentina’s wine-growing region – Mendoza, located in Cuyo in the centre of Argentina, near the border with Chile. Framed by the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is presided over by Mount Aconcagua, the highest point in the Americas.
Mendoza itself is a charming colonial and art deco town, easy to wander around with its wide streets, parks with tinkling fountains, artisan shops and open plazas, and a couple of interesting museums including the Modern Art Museum and the Museo Historico General San Martin. But sooner or later, you’ll find your eye drawn to the landscapes of endless vines that provide the region with its robust reds including the famous Argentinian malbec. You’ll taste this and plenty of other whites and reds on a full day tour of the Central Valley, stopping for lunch and tastings at wineries. With a few extra days, you may like to cycle or horse ride to the backdrop of the snow-capped Andes, hike the rocky landscapes of the Parque Provincial National Park or treat yourself to a steak dinner in one of Mendoza’s traditional tavernas, with delicious red wine of course.
STAY: CAVAS WINE LODGE
You’ll be warmly welcomed at Cavas Wine Lodge – on arrival be greeted by a glass of wine from the estate before settling in to one of its 18 boutique bedrooms. It’s hard not to feel relaxed here, from the ever-helpful staff to the candlelit evenings watching tango and enjoying Argentine barbecues alongside fine wines. Life doesn’t get much better than this, although spending your days horse riding among the vines, exploring the wine region more deeply and learning to cook local specialities is also a huge part of Cavas Wine Lodge’s charm.
GRACEFUL WATERFALL - 3 NIGHTS
The next chapter of your Argentine trip will be at the mighty Iguazu Falls, a cascading curtain of water that thunders over a precipice, banked by jungle on each side. There are numerous ways in which to take in the scenery. Wander the wooden walkways to a series of viewpoints; take a speedboat ride to the base of the falls, surging through cauldrons of frothing white water to the Devil’s Throat, or rise above it all on a helicopter flight which offers unrivalled views of the waterfall from the air.
As you’ll be here for a few days, you can take in the falls at different times of day, plus you may like to head with a guide into the encircling Atlantic rainforest to spot wildlife such as tapir, monkey and puma. Another great activity is a kayaking trip along the Parana River that separates Argentina and Paraguay, a remote stretch of water punctuated by a few fishermen and hemmed in by steep banks of thick jungle; take a turn down a tributary to find a waterfall and a clear pool for swimming.
STAY: AWASI IGUAZU
One of the highlights of your Argentinian itinerary is a stay at Awasi Iguazu, where service, excursions and guiding are of the very highest quality. What is also an advantage is that Awasi help you get the most out of your experience, whether that’s rising at dawn to get you to the Devil’s Throat viewing platform before any other visitors or the day-to-day briefings with your private guide to determine the best activities for the day. Awasi Iguazu will not disappoint.
LAID BACK FINALE - 3 NIGHTS
Before your return journey home, we recommend a few days of relaxation. The place for this is the Pampas, meaning ‘flat area’, a central Argentinian region around an hour from Buenos Aires. Characterised by vast plains, endless grassland and a breathtaking natural expanse, you can let your shoulders drop. Wildlife can be found hidden in the grasses such as wild fox, bush dog, viscacha and the Pampas cat.
Home of the gauchos, the Pampas is where estancias are dotted around the sparsely populated region and traditional way-of-life here is very much celebrated from the drinking of Mate tea to asado barbecues and of course skilled horsemanship at every turn.
STAY: ESTANCIA LA BAMBA DE ARECO
Home to an international polo team and a working farm, Estancia La Bamba de Areco is a beautiful 19th century estancia, which is extremely well turned out with manicured lawns and tree-lined avenues encircling the polo fields and red-hued main house. This is an amazing opportunity to watch the polo players practice and you can also take the horses out with the gauchos for a gentle ride. Food is a highlight here with communal dinners where traditional asados of grilled meat are accompanied by an array of salads and side dishes.
This in-depth itinerary of Argentina not only shows you the big-hitter highlights, but it gives you time to feel immersed in each destination, where you can explore impressive sights alongside wildlife spots and foodie encounters as well as time to simply watch daily Argentine life go by.
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