Argentina. This South American country quite arguably has the world’s tastiest beef, sexiest dance, most immaculately dressed people, cutest penguins and the continent’s highest peak. Add in the gauchos and plains of Patagonia, world-class trout and salmon fishing, glacier skiing in the Andes and the European sophistication of its capital, Buenos Aires—and a trip to Argentina provides a destination that is sure to fascinate travelers of any type.
The geography and terrain of this amazing country is vast. Nature lovers will be overtaken by the diversity – subtropical lowlands and awesome Iguazu Falls in the north, the monumental Andes mountains (fronted by vineyards) lining the west, high plains of the northwest, blankets of rich, rolling soil in the central pampas, and the glacial lakes of Patagonia and windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego to the south. The beauty and variety will fill you with awe.
With a vastness in geography and a mix of cultural heritage, it’s no wonder Argentina is home to some of the most interesting and memorable experiences in the world. Here are a few to keep in mind as you plan your travels through Argentina:
Culinary Education: Argentine Style | This is sure to be an unforgettable experience by the staff of Terruno Restaurant just outside of Buenos Aires. Led by one of the country’s most renowned chefs, you’ll prepare your own empanadas, learn about the different cuts of world famous Argentine beef and even try your hand at managing a traditional mud oven. Learn three typical dishes, and after the hands-on class, enjoy your own creations paired with Tapiz Wines.
Mendoza Mountain Biking | Get settled in the saddle of your mountain bike and start your adventure that covers 18 miles. You’ll ride uphill from El Salto Village for about 3.7 miles before experiencing a rush of adrenaline with a ride downhill. Enjoy the incredible view of Lake Potrerillos and mountains more than 16,000 feet high.
Gaucho for a Day in Areco | Visit Museo Gauchesco Ricardo Guiraldes and gain insight into how the gaucho (translated to mean horseman or cowboy) culture developed. After the town tour, continue to an estancia (small farm), where local gauchos will demonstrate their ranching skills. Then enjoy horseback riding with the gauchos followed by a traditional asado (BBQ) lunch complete with local entertainment.
Climb a Glacier | Perito Moreno Glacier is located within Glaciares National Park and is one of the world’s only advancing glaciers. It’s part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, which is the third largest fresh water reserve in the world. The two-hour circuit that follows introduces you to the fascination and scape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, cravasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues.
PROPERTY WE LOVE
Accessible and at the same time exclusive, EOLO offers two unusual simultaneous experiences in El Calafate. On the one hand, you will be able to experience the scenery directly: the hotel has unique activities for guests who wish to trek, horseback ride, mountain bike or bird watch. On the other, visitors can contemplate the endless horizon and give in to the peacefulness of the geography’s vastness without leaving the comfort of the hotel.
Each of the 17 rooms was conceived in a way that guests can enjoy a profoundly restful sleep and are also able to relish in the contemplation of the scenery from the intimacy of their room. Enormous king beds are piled high with overstuffed pillows and duvets, complementing oak wood furnishings and accent pieces such as colorful traveler’s chests, framed photographs, chandeliers and accent blankets.
The rustic lodge, modeled after a traditional Argentine estancia, blends a bit of the Patagonian countryside with the elegance expected of a Relais & Chateaux property. The quality of meals here is superb and includes local beef and lamb prepared with delectable sauces and organic vegetables. Gigantic windows bring the outdoors in, encouraging many to linger here with a glass of local wine and a good book.
WHEN TO GO
Buenos Aires is least crowded in January and February, when locals beat the heat at resorts along the Atlantic and in Córdoba Province. City sightseeing is most pleasant during the temperate spring and fall. Try to visit Iguazú Falls in August through October, when temperatures are lower, the falls are fuller and the spring coloring is at its brightest.
If you’re heading to the Lake District or Patagonia, visit during the shoulder seasons of December and March. In Tierra del Fuego, fragments of glaciers cave into lakes with a rumble throughout the thaw from October to the end of April.
WHEN TO BOOK
We suggest booking 4-6 months in advance for this destination (plan during our spring or summer months to be traveling October through March).