From the cosmopolitan European heritage of Buenos Aires to the weathered peaks of the Andes, Argentina is brimming with beauty. A tapestry of iconic regions stretches from the sunny tropics of the north to the wild mountain ranges of the south, gateway to Antarctica. Exotic butterflies and birds fill the rainforests, while penguins and whales star in the far south. Both regions are distinctively different from the country’s vast centre, where gauchos (cowboys) roam the rolling hills.
Argentina’s history is as colourful and dramatic as its landscapes. A land steeped in respect for indigenous heritage, it also celebrates the marks of the Spanish explorers who arrived in the 16th century. More recently, it was home to the beautiful Evita Peron, who championed the rights of the nation’s poorest. Even today, fresh flowers always surround her tomb in the ornate and historic Recoleta Cemetery in the heart of Buenos Aires.
Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires is at once strikingly European-feeling and utterly unique. Step back in time as you take in a tango show in historic San Telmo and wander the colourful artist neighbourhood of La Boca. Explore the alleyways of Palermo and find the perfect tiny bistro for the local specialities: steak, empanadas and red wine.
Far from vibrant Buenos Aires lies Iguazu Falls, surely one of South America’s most spectacular sights. More than a cubic ton of water streams over these falls every second. This thunderous waterflow feeds the surrounding subtropical rainforest, home to a vast mix of wildlife.
From here, there are countless reasons to explore further. Discover the famous wineries of Cafayate and Mendoza or the rugged wilds of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.