Reasons to Visit
Argentina’s history of agriculture and in particular of rearing livestock has resulted in hundreds of estancias, or ranches, across the country that open their doors year round to visitors looking for a taste of the authentic cowboy life.
Straddling the Argentina and Brazil border it is the Argentine side that provides the opportunity for the detailed and close up views of some of the 276 waterfalls that make up Iguazú. The numerous vantage points and forested trails make for a wonderful experience of nature at her best.
Sample one of the world's best steaks! Enjoy in the open air on a traditional asado (barbecue) or in an elegant restaurant in a fabulous setting in the Argentine capital.
Each year between June and November the Southern Right Whales pass the Valdes peninsula offering spectacular opportunities to get close to these magnificent giants.
Some of the world’s most breathtaking glaciers have their home in Argentine Patagonia. They include the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, 250 square kilometres in size, and the Upsala Glacier, rapidly retreating from Lake Argentino.
Argentina produces some of the world's best wines. For those with an interest in the wine making process we can offer excellent tours of large and small wineries around the city of Mendoza, or take you to more off the beaten track wineries high in the Andes around the northern town of Cafayate.
The Argentine tango originated in the working class quarters of Buenos Aires, brought to life by European immigrants whose diverse instruments, rhythms and steps came together to create what is today an enchanting and hypnotic dance enjoyed across the country.
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Where Argentina rears up into the foothills of the Andes, lively Mendoza is at the heart of the self-styled ‘land of sunshine and wine’. Spread across the valley of the river of the same name, Mendoza is a pleasant city with wide tree-lined streets, plazas and avenues.
The vast majority of visitors here have come with one thing in mind; the grape, and its world-renowned wines.
If you have time, this region has other, often overlooked, attractions. Heading west, you can take a panoramic ‘Alta Montana’ route into the Andes to view Mount Aconcagua, the highest point in the Americas, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, who stands at 4000 metres as a symbol of friendship between Argentina and Chile.
A road also climbs over the top of the Andes to Santiago, one breathtaking way of travelling between the two countries.
Back to wine, and the Mendoza province, while not having exclusive rights to Argentina’s output, does lay claim to at least 70% of it, thanks to its ideal climate and the snowmelt from the Andes.
The sight of the rows of lush green vines against a backdrop of snow-dusted peaks makes this an extremely picturesque outing, before you’ve even begun to sample the wares!
There are a large number of bodegas welcoming tourists with guided tours, tastings and lunches, and wine buffs can make day trips out from Mendoza city into the main areas of Maipu, Tupungato and Lujan de Cuyo or, better still, stay overnight at a winery and explore from there.
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