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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The magnificent centrepiece of the Glacier National Park is the creaking hulk of ice that is the Perito Moreno glacier, other glaciers worth a visit are those of Upsala and Onelli. Another face of the Glacier National Park is the granite peaks of the Mount Fitz Roy.
The magnificent centrepiece of the Glacier National Park is the creaking hulk of ice that is the Perito Moreno glacier.
Its age-old turquoise folds and white peaks have advanced into Lago Argentino, pausing for now in a frontage of five kilometres across and 60 metres high. From an observation platform or a boat a safe distance away, listen for an eerie creak that indicates a large chunk of ice is about to crash noisily into the milky waters, where it then drifts idly away.
For a different view, we can arrange trekking on the glacier itself where the crunchy meringue-like ice is punctuated by glowing sapphire crevasses.
Other glaciers worth a visit are those of Upsala and Onelli, visited through a day trip out by boat to the northwestern end of Lago Argentino.
Your base for excursions in this area of the park will be around the glacier itself or in the town of El Calafate.
Another face of the Glacier National Park is where the granite peaks of the Mount Fitz Roy massif rise up from the windswept Patagonia steppe. This is challenging but rewarding trekking country, where it is best to base yourself in the small town of El Chaltén and set off for day trips to explore.
Stretching across both Chile and Argentina, Patagonia encompasses the vast cone of dramatic, rugged land where South America tapers into the frozen waters of the Southern Ocean. Find out about our tailor-made trips to Patagonia and the best places to visit.
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