There is so much to see and do in Argentina depending on the amount of time you have to spare and your interests. With the following Latin America itinerary ideas we try and give you a feel for what is and what isn't possible to achieve in a certain amount of time. These tour ideas are merely suggestions and we will tweak and tailor-make everything to exactly what you want to do on your holiday.
Top 5 reasons to get yourself to Argentina
Argentina is a country destined to be explored and has something to offer everyone. Our Argentina specialists have put together their top five reasons to visit this stunning country…
Any visit to Argentina will leave you awe-struck by the sheer expanse of this country. It’s a vast natural wonderland that will leave your jaw dropping for days.
From thundering waterfalls, to rich wetlands, crystal glaciers and deserts dotted with cacti, Argentina has something for all. A few of our favourites are….
Iguazu Falls, has got be Argentina’s prime destination, straddled between the border of Argentina and Brazil. Titled as one of the seven wonders of South America, they form a complex system of 275 recorded waterfalls and different cascades (nearly four times as wide as the Niagara Falls).
In the South, you have the Perito Moreno Glacier; a crackling ice sheet that unlike any other glacier gets bigger by the day.
Along the western border with Chile, is the Andean summit of Aconcagua, the official “Roof of the Americas and the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere; it’s a climbers conquest, where thousands flock each year to try and reach the summit.
It’s no wonder that with Argentina’s different habitats follows an astonishing range of wildlife – from penguins, elephant seals, whales, armadillos, and bird species there’s plenty to choose from. Our top wildlife spots are:
Peninsula Valdes, this area of windswept shores are home to many marine animals. Expect to see penguins, elephant seals and sea lions. In March and April the attention moves to Orcas where they glide in the shallow waters of Punta Norte.
Ibera Wetlands, a rival of the Pantanal and comprises of a vast ecosystem of swamps, lakes, marshes, lagoons and floating islands where you will find a rich diversity of birdlife and wildlife including capybaras, monkeys, marsh deer, armadillos, anacondas and caiman.
Food & Drink
One way to get under the skin of Argentine culture is through its food. It’s a country full of opportunity for some serious feasting; make sure to indulge in the following when you are in Argentina:
An Asado is the practice of grilling a copious amount of meat and a major social event across the country. If there’s one thing we can recommend, it’s not to leave Argentina without trying an Asado. Expect to find anything from beef, pork, ribs, lamb and sausages and discover why Argentinians believe to have the best steaks in the world.
Empanadas Best described as a South American pasty. These cheap little treats are deep-fried or baked and filled with savoury stuffing such as ground spiced beef, cheese or vegetables.
Alfafores, these crumbly shortbread-like biscuits are an Argentine favourite and can be found all over the country. Typically filled with dulche de leche or mousses they are rich but dangerously addictive.
Dulche de Leche, for anyone with a sweet tooth- welcome to heaven. This deliciously thick caramel can be eaten at any opportunity, from slapping it on to your toast in the morning, snacking on alfafores in the day to enjoying it in your desserts in the evening!
Mendoza is famous throughout the world for its Malbec grape. It is a place to indulge in private wine tastings, go bodega hopping, soak up the idyllic views, explore on horseback and savour a wine-paired feast in the vineyards or an “asado” bbq under the stars.
Argentina is a country bursting with culture
Salta’s inhabitants in Northern Argentina are proud of the survival and persistence of indigenous gaucho's traditions. Every festival and religious custom reflects this mixture with elements of mestizo and criollo culture, intertwined with Spanish influence.
More notably Argentina lives and breathes the Tango, a steamy dance intertwined in the roots of Argentine culture. It forms a massive part of Argentine history and is the most famous dance style to come out of the country. Walk along the cobbled streets of La Boca and you are sure to see people passionately dancing to the tango or choose from a number of Tango shows to visit in Buenos Aires.
Football. Argentina is incredibly devoted to football, so much so their favourite player Maradona (A football legend) has his own church that was built for him. If you like football, watching a game must be included in your itinerary; feel the stadium vibrate and see the sparks of the fire-crackers bursting in the air.
Every city in Argentina is unique and offers something entirely different to the exploring traveller. Our top picks would be:
Buenos Aires best known as the ‘Paris of Latin America’, it’s a city buzzing with life, passion and excitement. Spend a few days here and it’s easy to become magnetised by its offerings. It’s the home of tango and La Boca juniors’ football team, it has the biggest polo field in the world and offers some of the best shopping, thriving nightlife and steak restaurants on offer. Each neighbourhood has its own personality; wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo, head to Recoleta for some of the finest gastro restaurants and bars and spend time hanging out in trendy Palermo, exploring the leafy cafe’s and artisanal markets.
Cordoba located in the low mountains; this city offers an enticing blend of old and new. From colonial buildings, churches, and 17th-century Jesuit ruins to the contemporary bars, restaurants and galleries - it’s a fascinating place to explore. Cordoba is also the gateway to some of the best horse riding in Argentina and is located near some of the most beautiful countryside estancias. Less known, it also has some of the world best pigeon clay shooting.
Bariloche situated in the foothills of the Andes, this city sits on the banks of the stunning Lake Nahuel and can be best described as a mini Switzerland. With gorgeous views, majestic lakes and tall peaks it’s a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. As Argentina’s chocolate capital, it’s also filled with incredible chocolate shops and cafes offering chocolate in all shapes and sizes.
Inspired to visit? Choose from our beautifully crafted itineraries below to create your dream tailor made holiday in Argentina.
All of our holidays to Argentina can be tailored to your exact requirements, and can include Buenos Aires tours or luxury cruises in Patagonia. Our Argentina holidays do not have set dates of departure and we can design an itinerary that suits you.