Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza’s winelands is Argentina’s finest wine hotel, and a real favourite of ours. Although Cavas doesn’t come cheap, the stylish contemporary pool suites, extraordinary views and above-and-beyond service make Cavas worth the splurge.
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…
Venturing into the North West of Argentina, our Latin America specialist Grant explores the spectacular scenery and adventure travel potential of the Puna.
Food and drink is at the heart of Argentine culture, so what better way to spend your time than eating and drinking in all the best spots Buenos Aires has to offer. Tried and tested by our Marketing Executive and Latin America enthusiast Suzie, we recommend the best things to eat, drink and do in Buenos Aires.
Argentina is an unrivalled destination for foodies. With a cuisine that is loved and savoured in eateries across the globe, Argentina has muscled its way to the top of many a menu del dia. Yet, it is its wine that is star of the show, and whilst the regions of Salta, Córdoba and San Juan claim top notch wine exports, it is Mendoza that captures the attention of connoisseurs.
Scarlett, our Latin America specialist, has just returned from exploring the highlights of Argentina and found the magnificent Iguazu Falls truly jaw-dropping! Read on to find out why she considers them to be one of South America’s real gems and perhaps one of the most impressive waterfalls on the planet.
During a trip to Argentina, Latin America Specialist Scarlett fell in love with Mendoza, the land of wine. Below she entices us with her experiences of Mendoza and the best way to explore such a diverse region of Argentina.
After Grant’s recent visit to Argentina, he explores the reasons to visit the Ibera Wetlands over the Pantanal. Both wildlife hot-spots have something to offer with the chance to see some of the continent’s most exotic wildlife; however Grant pushes for the Ibera Wetlands due to its exclusivity, logistic appeal and luxury accommodation.
The Northwest of Argentina is commonly forgotten on any one visit to this diverse country, yet it’s one of the most exciting, adventurous and awe-inspiring places Argentina has to offer. From dramatic and remote landscapes, high altitude wine vineyards and indigenous communities. There is something for every wanderlust traveller and one of Argentina’s best kept secrets. See below 5 main reasons to make the journey to this stunning corner of Argentina:
Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
Best for: Off the beaten track, Family, Walking Trekking
Spanning 200,000 acres of rugged Patagonian coastline, steppe and canyons, Bahia Bustamante is very special. The simple sheep estancia and seaweed farm of Bahia Bustamante has an eye-popping diversity of marine and desert wildlife, and we love this place!
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Arriving at Bahia Bustamante, you may feel you have reached the end of the world. But what a world and what an end! Like all the best places, it takes a little effort to get there, but if you are mad about wildlife, photography and remote landscapes, or if you see yourself more as a traveller than a tourist, Bahia Bustamante is simply unmissable. Set on Argentina’s pounding South Atlantic coast between Trelew and Comodoro Rivadavia, Bahia Bustamante consists of eleven simple whitewashed houses (five one-bedroom cottages on the steppe and six with two bedrooms a literal stone’s throw from the ocean) that are basic but cosy and comfortable, and come with a separate living room, kitchen and porch.
Owned and run by the charming Matias Soriano, whose passion and knowledge about the land and its history is palpable, Bahia Bustamante originally developed around sheep rearing and the harvesting of seaweed, and while these two activities have remained the economic mainstay of the village, the wealth of wildlife on offer is now attracting a new kind of traveller who won’t mind the scratchy lamb’s-wool blankets or lack of electricity after 11 pm in favour of being allowed a privileged glimpse into this amazing place. At the estancia itself, the atmosphere is extremely convivial, aided by the delicious home-cooked food, prepared mostly with organic produce directly from the land outside by a chef who has trained at El Bulli, no less. Fire-roasted salt lamb, bitter salad greens, spanking fresh seafood, and dreamlike puddings, all washed down with as much Malbec as you wish, will fuel you admirably for your days outside, while the living room with its comfortable sofas, books and picture windows is a wonderfully calm place to contemplate the sunset.
Days here are spent in the company of Matias or one of his guides, and schedules are intentionally kept loose so that activities can be planned around the weather and tides. Few places in the world have such a dramatic variety of disparate species existing in such proximity. Head inland on foot, on horseback or in a 4x4, and explore ancient petrified forests and desert canyons under huge skies, looking out for rheas, foxes, armadillos and the majestic llama-like guanaco. Along the shore you can, depending on the time of year, watch southern right whales breaching a few hundred feet off the beach and then see orcas hunting next morning. Barking sea lions surround themselves with their harems on the rocky shore, and elephant seals, with their trunk-like faces, roll their blubbery bodies on the same sun-splashed rocks. If you’re a birder, you might find Bahia Bustamante a bit of a holy grail. Island rookeries of Magellanic penguins, steamer ducks, giant petrels, and a few endemics thrown in for good measure, are sure to have you drooling. Go kayaking, go sailing, go swimming in a remote bay that might trick you into thinking you’re in the Caribbean… above all, rejoice that such places in the world exist.
When to go
There is wildlife on the Peninsula Valdes year round however Southern Right Whale season is from June to November. December and January are high season. September and October are the best months, when there are fewer crowds, and the weather can still be beautifully mild. November to April brings the best weather, downpours are rare, and there’s usually enough sun to get fabulous photographs.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Explore the Valdés Peninsula
Enjoy a full day tour of the Valdés Peninsula, visiting Pirámides Port, Caleta Valdes and Punta Delgada. You'll have the opportunity to see dolphins, whales, elephant seals and other wildlife, depending on the time of year.
Cerro Avanzado 4x4 with Mini Trekking and Marine Fossils
One of the most famed expeditions in the area, this is ideal for anyone that enjoys getting out and about amongst nature as well as touching on geological history.
Visit a typical Welsh colony on this historical tour.
Yellow Submarine Whale Watching Navigation
Not just your bog-standard whale watching trip, this navigation on board the Yellow Submarine gives you the chance to watch Southern right whales below the surface in their natural habitat.
Snorkeling with Seals
Take part in an experience that can only be done in 3 locations around the world, and Puerto Madryn is one!
Off Road Night Adventure – Wildlife and Star-Gazing
This excursion is perfect for those searching for the serenity and peace that is unique to a Patagonian evening.