ARGENTINA - Explore this country's amazing diversity
Updated: Dec 11, 2022
Whether you are going on holiday with friends or family, honeymoon or small group we are ready to create your amazing tailor-made adventure in Argentina!
This astounding country with its diverse peoples, eye-popping scenery and enthralling history, is a traveller’s dream. From the elegant boulevards of Buenos Aires to the vast expanse of the Pampas, from the serenity of the Lake District with its snow-capped volcanoes and emerald waters to Patagonia, Argentina never ceases to amaze. Argentina is so vast that it’s impossible to explore the whole country unless you have months to spare. Your choice of destinations will depend on the time at your disposal, the time of the year you wish to travel, your taste and budget and whether you are looking for cities, nightlife, scenery, wine-tasting, trekking, wildlife, culture or cruising…
Hereunder is a very brief description of the main areas to visit:
BUENOS AIRES is the great cosmopolitan door to South America. It is one of the world’s biggest cities in which, if one includes the suburbs, there are over 11 million in habitants. Despite being a modern city, it has managed to preserve old traditions and endearing corners. Visitors find the city fascinating because all the neighbourhoods have different personalities. There is a wide range of shopping and cultural opportunities.
IGUAZU FALLS: the Iguazú National Park, located 18 kilometres from Puerto Iguazú, was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The famous falls are inside this Park. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguazu River. The Devil's Throat (Garganta del Diablo), a U-shaped, 82-meter-high, 150-meter-wide and 700-meter-long cataract, is the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two thirds of the falls are within Argentine territory. The National Park is full of exotic subtropical vegetation, beautiful birds and gorgeous butterflies.
EL CALAFATE is a small town in Patagonia and is the stepping stone to one of the world's greatest treasures situated in the Los Glaciares National Park: the Perito Moreno glacier. This glacier can be viewed from footbridges right in front of it or from boats that cruise close to its walls. Going for a mini-trek on the glacier is an unforgettable experience where you can explore caverns, drains and ice caves. El Calafate’s position on the southern shore of the Lago Argentino gives visitors the perfect starting point to cruise on the Lake and see various glaciers. If time in El Calafate permits a visit to the nearby Laguna Nimez nature reserve is an enjoyable experience.
EL CHALTEN: fondly known as the “national capital of trekking in Argentina” is situated at the foot of the unmistakable Cerro Chalten or Fitz Roy. El Chalten is the must go to destination if you are looking for jaw-dropping scenery, ice-trekking, rafting and self-guided or escorted hikes. It is easily accessible by bus or private transfer from El Calafate.
SALTA is the capital of Salta Province, situated in the Lerma Valley in north-western Argentina. With its mild temperature Salta is an ideal place to visit year round. Salta is considered as the most Spanish-like city in Argentina. What will strike you most is the Hispanic architecture of the city and the colonial spirit which dwells in its houses, streets, hundred-year-old monuments and narrow sidewalks which are surrounded by the mountains nearby. Salta is also the starting point of the famous "Train to the Clouds", an engineering marvel that twists through the sun-burnished mountains to the Polvorilla viaduct. You can also follow a similar route by road on the ‘Safari to the Clouds’.
PUERTO MADRYN stands on the east coast of the Chubut Province, by the blue waters of the Nuevo Gulf and is an important centre for tourists visiting the natural attractions of the Península Valdés and the coast. Southern right whales can be spotted during their breeding season (June to December), killer whales can be spotted from November through to April, and August to October is the best time to observe the elephant seals. Another attraction is the noisy colony of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo, where chicks appear from November and take to the water from January.
USHUAIA, is known as the southernmost city in the World, located next to the Beagle Channel at Tierra del Fuego Province. This beautiful city offers sceneries second to none. The forests, the mountains, the sea, the glaciers and the wind dominate the landscape. Tourist attractions include the Tierra del Fuego National Park which can be reached by highway or via the "End of the World Train". Wildlife attractions include local birds, penguins, seals and orcas. Cruise ships and expedition yachts are a common sight in Ushuaia and periodically provide scenic cruises to Antarctica. Australis Cruises provides a regular service between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas from September to April.
MENDOZA is the capital city of Mendoza Province in a region of foothills and high plains on the eastern side of the Andes. The city is a frequent stopover for adventure seekers interested in mountaineering, hiking, horseback riding and rafting. Mendoza is also famous for its wine making and the region around Greater Mendoza is the largest wine producing area in Latin America. Mendoza is actually considered as one of the nine cities worldwide in the network of the "Great Wine Capitals of the World" (the other eight cities are Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cape Town, Christchurch, Firenze, Mainz, Porto and San Francisco/Napa Valley).
SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE is located on the south coast of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, just a two hour flight from Buenos Aires. Also known as the Lake District, visitors are enchanted by the city's views of soaring mountains, clear lakes, and beautiful pine woods, all in the heartland of the nearby national park. With charming Swiss chalet style stone and wooden architecture, international ski slopes and renowned chocolate shops, Bariloche is a place where time seems to have stopped still.
JUNGLE LODGE, no visit to Argentina would be complete without a stay in a typical jungle lodge. Louise and Mark have stayed at Yacutinga Lodge which is located on the Upper Iguazu River on the north-eastern extreme of Argentina just 80km from the Iguazu Falls. An amazing experience!
We specialise in tailor-made itineraries. However, if you would prefer to travel in a group we can offer trips to Argentina (or combinations with other South America destinations) with Intrepid Travel. Please see the link below for more information: