It is the variety within the country that makes holidays to Argentina so sought after, especially for lovers of the great outdoors. But you don’t have to appreciate the dramatic landscapes to get something out of an Argentinian break – the country is home to some of the world’s most vibrant cities, some of the best wines on the market and an endearing sense of contagious passion that cloaks the entire country with romantic charm.
In the centre of the country you’ll encounter land dominated by pampas, inhabited by a bygone Gaucho culture, and the stunning Valdes Peninsula, visited by whales, sea lions and penguins. But it is in the bustling capital city where you’ll find the heart and soul of your Argentina holidays. Buenos Aires is a cauldron of vibrancy and passion, boasting immense historical and cultural significance, among a great culinary scene and several unique and characteristic neighbourhoods that encompass the diversity of this fascinating city.
No trip to Argentina would be complete without visiting its colourful capital, Buenos Aires. The city is filled with various districts, packed with street fairs, flea markets, upmarket restaurants, galleries, museums and historical sites. Ushuaia is the most southern city in the world, and is great for outdoor activities such as hiking and winter sports. Sitting in the foothills of the Andes is San Carlos de Bariloche, which is ideal for hiking and skiing, and is also famed for its chocolate shops.
The cities of Argentina present visitors with endless activities to keep them busy, whether you wish to find some culture in the museums and art galleries, or indulge your inner shopaholic in the unique boutiques and stores. The mountains are great for hiking and outdoor sports, or you can try water sports and sunbathing on the beaches.
Argentina’s cities offer an extremely colourful and friendly nightlife, with live music venues where you can listen to some traditional sounds and enjoy the local dancing. Buenos Aires is particularly good for late night clubs and discos. You can visit the theatre, try some Argentinean barbecue cuisine in a restaurant, or just sit back and relax with a cool cocktail or a local glass of wine.
The Dazzler Laprida Hotel will treat you to a stay in the heart of Buenos Aires’ most elegant neighbourhoods, just moments from Palermo Gardens and the Bellas Artes Museum. The Azur Real Hotel Boutique is a beautiful hotel nestled in the historical Cordoba, offering stylish and chic surrounds, with facilities such as a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a sun terrace.
Couples can experience some unforgettable moments in Argentina, with some truly spectacular sights both in the cities and across the natural landscape. The Iguazu National Park is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the stunning Iguazu Falls. The Peninsula Valdes is filled with some spectacular wildlife, such as penguins, sea lions, whales and elephant seals. If you’d rather head to the city, make sure you visit the colourful La Boca area in Buenos Aires, which is filled with vibrantly painted European style houses and some superb Italian restaurants.
If you like a tipple, you will enjoy a wine tour in Mendoza, which will take you across the sparkling wineries of Argentina’s wine heart. The Salinas Grandes salt flats are a phenomenal sight of endless white planes, or you can take a tour across the Andean Lakes, along the Road of the Seven Lakes, one of the most beautiful journeys you can take in the country.
The country enjoys a bustling nightlife across its cities and towns, with a particularly friendly and welcoming vibe. You can enjoy barbecues and cocktails in Buenos Aires, or some Italian specialties in La Boca. The cities are great for late night parties, with clubs and discos running until the early hours and live music bars providing some great entertainment.
For some privacy in the heart of Buenos Aires, the Design Suites Buenos Aires are the ideal, stylish solution. These chic apartments offer comfort and convenience and are ideal for relaxation and sightseeing. If you’d prefer a country escape, the Alma del Lago is ideal, found nestled on the Nahuel Huapi Lake, on the outskirts of Bariloche.
Explorers mustn’t miss a visit to El Calafate, a small town sitting on the banks of the ice blue Lago Argentina. The Perito Moreno Glacier is found here, creating astounding cracking sounds throughout the day and night. Peninsula Valdes is a huge landscape filled with wildlife, where you can whale watch and spot penguins. The Beagle Channel is a great place to take a boat ride if you wish to animal spot, with southern sea lions and fur seals indigenous to the area.
Argentina is bordered by the Andes Mountains, which include the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Asian Himalayas. Iguazu Falls is one of the country’s most loved attractions, being one of the seven natural wonders of the world. These falls plunge some 82 metres at their highest point. The Iguazu National Park, surrounding the falls, gives visitors the chance to ride on the Rainforest Ecological Train.
Argentina is the perfect landscape for an active holiday, as there is a huge range of terrain to explore and discover. You can enjoy mountain treks across some of the most phenomenal landscapes in the world, take boat tours through rainforests and past glaciers, or sightsee in the country’s ancient cities and towns.
Argentina’s diverse landscape is home to some stunning natural sights that every family member will be in awe of, such as the Iguazu Falls. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, these falls throw tonnes of water down 82 metres at its deepest point, Devil’s Throat. The Ibera Wetlands is a 13,000 square kilometre nature reserve, and home to wildlife from monkeys and anacondas to armadillos and giant otters. If you’re after more of a city break, Buenos Aires is a cosmopolitan capital, with ancient architecture, pretty promenades and beautiful parks.
The cities provide plenty of places to sightsee, taking you from architectural wonders, to museums and art galleries. One of the more unique city sights is found in the foothills of the Andes, in San Carlos. This city is famed for its chocolate boutiques, where you can tempt your taste buds with some delicious artisan sweet treats. Take a boat trip down the Beagle Channel and you can spy the southern sea lion and the southern fur seal.
The nightlife across Argentina is varied, friendly and colourful. You can try some dinner and dancing to live music in a city pub, or you can relax in a charming local village restaurant. Barbecues are popular across the country, with beef found most commonly on menus. With influences from Italy, Spain and France, you are sure to find some cuisine that every member of the household can enjoy.
Nestled on a hill, facing Lake Argentino, the Alto Calafate is found in a stunning natural location. Families will particularly enjoy the activities offer at the hotel, which range from sailing and horse riding to swimming and catamaran trips. If you wish to find a home from home in the city, the Argenta Suites Belgrano offer self catering apartments in the heart of Buenos Aires, accommodating up to four people.