Stretching 3,000 miles in length and covering 31 degrees of latitude, Argentina is planet Earth in a nutshell. In Buenos Aires, you’ll find fiery Latin American passion rubbing shoulders with European influences. Then head south to the dramatic glaciers and Andean scenery of Patagonia before taking in the awesome power of Iguazu Falls and the tranquil Ibera Marshlands.
Sophisticated Buenos Aires
Begin in vibrant Buenos Aires, where you’ll need at least two days to explore the sights. Head out with your local guide to discover the distinct feel of its various neighbourhoods – from San Telmo, famous for its antique and knick-knack stalls, to La Boca and the “Caminito” with is colourful bohemian houses and street-side stalls. For art and culture lovers, over 50 museums house some of the continent’s most impressive private collections. We’ll also recommend the finest live tango dinner shows for dynamic dancing displays, as well as the best places to dine on fine Argentine steak, washed down with some local Malbec.
Fly south to El Calafate, where you’ll encounter the huge variety of landscapes that encapsulate Patagonia. This vast region of ice fields, glacial lakes, mountains and forests offers some of the most dramatic scenery anywhere on our planet. Perito Moreno and other glaciers here are the largest ice masses outside of Antarctica. Get up close to the glaciers on a motor launch across Lake Argentina, or for the more intrepid we can arrange trekking with ice crampons. Stay far from the crowds at the remote EOLO Patagonia’s Spirit. Set in 10,000 acres, it’s a paradise for trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and bird watching.
Mighty Iguazu Falls
A connecting flight north via Buenos Aires brings you to the stunning Iguazu Falls. Set within emerald jungle, these 275 individual falls straddle both sides of the Brazilian and Argentine border. You’ll explore the most impressive cascades both by foot and motorboat. Get up close to the deluge of waterfalls while swallows fly overhead, but do be sure to dress for getting wet. Nearby jungle trails will take you to the habitat of monkeys and stunning birdlife.
You’ll then transfer overland, through centuries old Jesuit Missions, to reach the Ibera Marshlands.
Enjoy a boat safari through this steamy tropical environment to Laguna Valle, spotting Caiman, capybara, pampa deer, marshland deer and neotropical otters along the way. As your solitary boat proceeds along the lake, you’ll hear the sounds of countless bird species overhead. Spend your time here indulging in activities from kayaking and horse riding to guided nature walks.