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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.
Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting, elegant and bustling cities in South America. Famous for its iconic tango culture, it’s laced with European influences on everything from the stunning architecture to the hearty dining. The city is squarely divided into ‘barrios’ (neighbourhoods), each with distinctive identity. Don’t miss the colourful La Boca district, or charmingly European San Telmo, home to tango. Visit the many cafés and boutiques of Recoleta and wander the laneways of hip Palermo. Nightlife is second to none and restaurants stay open late to feed locals their steaks and Malbec.
There are no other waterfalls on this planet that match the absolute magnificence, size or sheer water volumes that tumble over the astonishing Iguazu Falls. Situated near the town of Puerto Iguazu, more than 275 spectacular falls lie just east of the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana rivers. The Argentine side sits above the falls, offering great views across masses of water plunging 70 metres into the abyss below. The surrounding national park is home to 55,000 hectares of pristine subtropical rainforest with many wildlife and plant species. There is nothing quite as enchanting as waking up the sounds of the jungle, and the roar of the falls.
Salta is one of the lesser known delights of South America, drawing wine aficionados and nature lovers equally. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, its terroir of warm days and cold nights yield unusually perfect grapes…that become award-winning wine. In Salta City, visit its iconic cathedral and take a cable car ride high above the city for spectacular views. Explore the spectacular Humahuaca Gorge, famous for the brilliant colours of its striped hills, and historic Purmamarca village for a step back in time. South of the city, the drive toward Cafayate’s wineries offers sights of extraordinary red rock formations.
This has to be one of southern Argentina’s most stunning places (and believe us, competition is fierce). This is one of the world’s last frontier spaces, and even its main town, Ushuaia, boasts the name “The End of the World.” A popular departure point for Antarctica cruises, Tierra del Fuego is all the best the region has to offer: Wild landscapes and unbreathed winds, untouched corners of wilderness flanked by glistening glacier. The expansiveness is astonishing and the hearty, rugged locals are quick to offer a joke and the freshest seafood you’ll have.
Home to Los Glaciares National Park and its famous icy wonder, the massive Glacier Perito Moreno, the Santa Cruz Province is one of Argentina’s wildest places. A landscape of weathered peaks, wide open plains and sparkly turquoise pools, it offers intrepid travellers incredible trekking and sight-seeing. Stay in El Calafate for warm, friendly accommodation and great local dining: You won’t want to miss its fine parrillas for an iconic Argentine barbecue.
One of the world’s most beautiful wine-growing regions, Mendoza is famed for Malbecs and other red wines. Its capital, Mendoza City, is a friendly town boasting plenty of boutiques, bars and restaurants to explore. Rustic roads lead to endless wineries that offer spectacular lunches and tastings at incredible value. But it’s the sight of the mountains soaring over the vineyards that will steal your heart: In the distance, the majestic snow-capped peaks of the high Andes disappear into the clouds.
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