Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and the fourth most populated city on Earth. BA is one of the world’s top urban and cultural experiences that has an intriguing blend of European influence. Take notice of the city’s architecture, theaters, museums, galleries and cafes. BA is often referred to as the “Paris” of South America, but hold back from forming any opinions just yet. Buenos Aires has its own unique and colorful Latin American flair and it starts with the people. Energy and passion is something that no local from this city is lacking as things start late and somehow everyone seems to make it to work on time. Don’t be surprised to find yourself with dinner reservations at midnight and wondering how you’re ever going to get your friends back home to understand that the steak is so tender that it can be cut with a spoon! Go ahead, order a second bottle of wine as the night has just begun! Next you hit a Milonga (tango) club and dance until the sun comes up. Looking to take it a little easier? Spend a day shopping in some of the city’s most exclusive neighborhoods, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron Argentina’s most famous First Lady is laid to rest, or hop on a ferry and spend the day in Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay’s charming colonial port city. BA has something for everyone and could easily keep you busy exploring for quite some time.
Iguassu Falls is considered by many to be the most impressive waterfall on Earth. 3.3 million gallons of water plunge over the 2 miles of the fall’s edge every second as mist rises from below. All aboard the jungle train that takes you around the national park to the fall’s different vantage points, walk along a series of catwalks to “devil’s throat” the largest of the falls and look down into it and you will understand what natures force is all about. Looking for adventure, cruise along the Iguassu River on a special raft and have the rare opportunity to look up at the falls above.
Mendoza is the epicenter of Argentina’s wine country, but to be honest, it wouldn’t be fair to forget to mention that Mendoza is a beautiful city with wide leafy streets, plenty of sidewalk cafes and restaurants, manicured parks, great art galleries and the launching point for adventure excursions. Now that we cleared that up, let’s talk about what you’re really traveling to Mendoza for and that’s the vino. The valley of Mendoza is broken into three main wine regions, Lujan de Cuyo, Valle de Uco and Maipu. Lujan de Cuyo is where Malbec thrives due to its sandy soil and elevation, however Malbec is not the only grape holding it’s own here; Cabernet Sauvignon and chardonnays are big hits as well. Head south to Valle de Uco, Mendoza’s newest wine region, with some of the world’s highest vineyards. Uco has quickly become known for producing great Malbecs, Merlots and Pinot Noirs, however it has gained international attention since the valley is also stunningly picturesque dotted with a number of cozy wineries. The Maipu valley is not producing the same quality of wine as Lujan and Uco, however, missing this area would be a shame as it has a high cluster of wineries close together which makes for a great day to rent bikes and ride through the beautiful vineyards. This area is also producing olive oil and chocolates, wine and chocolate…need we say more?!
Hola Patagonia! Let’s first start out by explaining where Patagonia is located. Look at a map of South America and you will notice that the region of Patagonia resembles an ice cream cone. Patagonia is the bottom section of the cone that incorporates both Chile and Argentina. The Andes region of Patagonia consists of Bariloche, El Calafate and El Chalten. Peninsula Valdes is along the Atlantic coast and Tierra del Fuego is all the way down at the tip of the cone. Patagonia is more than just ice and glaciers. It’s grasslands, deserts, temperate rainforests, sparse coastlines, countless islands, fjords and wind. Haven’t heard about the wind in Patagonia? Well, let’s just say that it will test your ability to balance and walk upright.
Bariloche is surrounded by a series of lakes, lush green forests and snowcapped mountains. Bariloche will remind you of a small Swiss village with lots of charm and character; cobblestone streets, cafes, shops and after a day of hiking or skiing, enjoy some of the best fondue you will ever have. Head further south to El Calafate and the gateway to South America’s biggest glaciers. Take the opportunity to walk on a glacier and learn the significant role that glaciers play in the world’s fragile ecosystem while being astonished by its sheer mass. Spend a day cruising some of the lakes, or horseback ride on the Patagonian steppe before warming up next to a fire and reminiscing about your spectacular day. Want more of a rustic Patagonia experience? Then El Chalten is where you need to go. El Chalten is home to the most amazing views in all of Patagonia, in fact the outdoor clothing company “Patagonia” uses this view in their company logo. This area is world renowned for some of the best trekking on the planet, offering views of Mt. Fitz Roy, the shark fin of the range and Cerro Torres, two peaks that every serious mountaineer daydreams about. Looking for the Patagonia coastal experience? Then fly over to Peninsula Valde. This is where you can see an abundance of marine mammals. Penguins by the millions, sea lions, elephant seals, fur seals, killer whales and the endangered Southern right whales all use the protected waters to raise their offspring. Puerto Madryn, the area’s main town, is a great place to find a restaurant by the water and enjoy a sunset while watching whales breach in the bay.
Off you go to “fin del mundo,” the end of the world, also known as the island of Tierra del Fuego. It is split almost down the middle with half belonging to Chile and the other half to Argentina. The name “Tierra del Fuego” translates in Spanish to “land of fire,” was originally named by Ferdinand Magellan. He was sailing around Cape Horn in 1520 and noticed there were many fires burning on the island. Today Tierra del Fuego is a launching point for cruises to Antarctica and cruises through the Straits of Magellan. You can also hike in the national park, take a tour to see penguins, and check off that bucket list item of visiting Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city.
With a country so vast and beautiful, and so deserving of your time, we will be sure to help you plan your first (and your next) trip to Argentina!