Provence to Porto Venere: a wine-lover’s Mediterranean summer
16 February 2024
Boasting a captivating capital city and some of the world’s most iconic landscapes, there has never been a better time to visit Argentina. The diversity of wildlife and terrain – and the plethora of opportunities to get out there and experience it – is a real highlight and its compelling culture also fascinates visitors. This is not a small country and it can be hard to know where to go and what to see. With some highlights separated by huge distances, and plenty of hidden gems tucked away, the expertise of our brilliant local team can make a huge difference. All you need to do is let them know what you would like to include on your trip, and they will work their magic to create a bespoke itinerary. If you aren’t sure what to prioritise in this South American gem, here are a few ideas to whet your appetite…
Enjoy the unique charm of Buenos Aires, a thrilling and addictive city with a lively culture underscoring its architectural appeal. Football and tango are the two enduring emblems of local culture, but the elegant and sophisticated Portenos will tell you that the essence of the city’s culture is much more subtle than that. A blend of great food and wine, engaging museums and theatres, stylish people and pleasant weather come together to make a world class city that most visitors fall for instantly. The colonial buildings, leafy boulevards, happy inhabitants and stimulating arts scene give BA it’s European sheen, while each central barrio offers something new and characterful.
Outdoor adventures abound in the scenic surroundings near Bariloche, which is situated at the foot of the Andes on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. It delights and inspires visitors with its Swiss style romance and Alpine landscapes. Having explored peak, lake and forest on foot, skis, fishing boat or mountain bike, reward yourself with a treat from one of the famous chocolatiers found in the town. For those wishing to avoid the crowds, an excellent alternative base in the area is El Bolson. A spectacular road trip known as the Seven Lakes Route takes you through awesome landscapes peppered with mountains and glacial lakes, heaven for hiking, biking, riding and fishing enthusiasts.
Time spent in the glorious wilderness of Patagonia is one of Argentina’s great adventures. It’s a unique and thrilling ecosystem; from the variety of its terrain to the sheer size and savagery of its untouched landscapes. With creaking glaciers, knife-edge peaks and sprawling lakes, the rugged charm of Patagonia will not disappoint. There are endless outdoor activities from intrepid mountaineering excursions to gentle boat trips, horseriding trails to serious trekking routes. Pack your spirit of adventure and get out into the wild.
Marine life is rich and varied around the remote Patagonian peninsular of Valdes. From June to December you are likely to encounter whales, who come here annually and can frequently be spotted in the waters surrounding Puerto Piramides. These majestic mammals are the major draw but a supporting cast of elephant seals, sea lions and various endemic land animals are no less impressive. Penguins also nest here making it one of the best spots in Argentina for encountering such a variety of wildlife.
Think of Argentinian wine and Mendoza pops into mind. This lively city is the epicentre of the major wine growing region of the country and has some delightful historic (and dazzlingly modern) wineries scattered throughout. Malbec is the major varietal that has become synonymous with Argentinian wine. However, with styles changing and quality rising, more and more grape varieties are being produced. For a smaller scale wine route the dramatically scenic valleys surrounding Cafayate, near the impressive colonial town of Salta in the north, offer an appealing alternative.
If you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime, why not get your plans to visit Argentina underway? Always happy to put their local knowledge to good use, our friendly Argentina experts are ready and waiting to help you plan your trip. Get some details down on our enquiry form and your dream trip will be one step closer to reality.
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