We love Buenos Aires during the summer months of December through to February. Admittedly, it’s not for everyone at this time of year. It’s hot and it’s sticky, but we think the heartbeat of the city pounds even harder when the temperature rises. So much so, you can almost taste the magic that turned the likes of Evita and Maradona into legends.
This Latin American magic can be found in every corner of Argentina. We’re talking volcanoes, lagoons and alpine meadows in the Lake District, desertscapes in Salta and the marshlands of Ibera, perfect for a wildlife safari with a difference.
If the heat really isn’t for you, then how about the icy wilds of Patagonia? Here you can see the huge icebergs at Los Glaciares National Park or watch whales in Puerto Madryn, one of the best spots to catch a glimpse of Southern Right Whales with their young.
We can’t talk about Argentina without mentioning the traditions that have helped shaped it. Gaucho culture is still very much alive, especially in the northwest regions. In fact, you can experience cowboy culture first-hand with a stay on a working estancia. After a hard day in the saddle, tucking into a hearty Argentine parrilla (grill) complete with dinosaur-sized steaks, morcilla (blood sausage) and chinchulines (intestines) is a meal not for the fainthearted.
Whichever area you choose to explore, you really haven’t ‘done’ Argentina until you’ve seen Iguazu Falls. The sheer visual spectacle, coupled with the noise of its 275 of waterfalls, will sear itself into your memory forever.
When to go
If you travel during the months of September to November, the weather is perfect just about everywhere. Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are at their best during the summer (from November to February). It’s also the best time to climb some of the soaring Andean peaks.