Why visit Argentina
We don’t subscribe to the ‘bigger is better’ philosophy, but when it comes to Argentina, its size is comparable to the delights that await.
From sophisticated cities to wonderful wineries and breathtaking natural beauties, Argentina lures you in and keeps you wanting more.
Given its size, Argentina is one of the few places in the world where you can go from desert to jungle, volcanoes and mountains to sea coastlines and glaciers to busy and bustling cities.
And as diverse as the land is in the experiences it presents, the culture is equally rich. Be sure to leave room in your Argentina itinerary for a football game and a tango dance… and leave room in your belly for the gastronomical delights!
Escaping the tourist trail in Argentina
In Argentina, the tourist paths are well trodden… but the paths off the beaten track are just as spectacular. In fact, we believe that the best way to travel is to head off the tourist trail.
Given the size of Argentina, there are phenomenal opportunities to explore beyond the regular bounds of the tourist experience.
The Esteros del Ibera is where to go to avoid the crowds and experience untouched nature. In these Argentine marshlands you will come face to face with the local wildlife… hundreds of bird species, deer, monkeys, capybaras and more. The beauty of Esteros del Ibera is that you can enjoy it on horseback, while fly fishing or on one of the many hiking paths.
Patagonia itself is an off the beaten track experience, but to see one of Argentina’s best kept secrets in Patagonia, head to the Bahia Bustamante Lodge.
Richly biodiverse and surrounded by nature from every angle, you can base yourself at Bahia Bustamante to explore the area.
Also in Patagonia, the Huemules Mountain Reserve gets you up close to nature, while you’re still enjoying the creature comforts of a luxurious lodge.
You can go horse riding, trekking, mountain biking, snowshoe trekking, ski touring or simply enjoy the flora and fauna in the surrounding 6100 hectares of natural reserve.
When to visit Argentina
Depending on what you want to achieve on your Argentina travels, it is a great year-round destination.
December to March allows for the easiest access to the popular Patagonia region in the south – although visiting in winter will see smaller crowds and a phenomenal skiing experience. If you prefer a cooler environment in Buenos Aires, September to November are the time to visit, while the autumnal colours of the wine valley in March and April are marvellous.
Argentina’s climate is diverse, ranging from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the far south of Patagonia. Otherwise the climate is predominantly temperate.
Must see Argentina
The landscape of Argentina evolves from the astounding Iguazu Falls in the north to the majesty of Patagonia in the south. This is a large country with so much to experience!
Colourful and cultured, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and one of the most fascinating cities in the world. We recommend exploring Buenos Aires on foot to take in the incredible architecture and to get a feel for this vibrant city and the amazing street art scene.
While you are in Buenos Aires, visit one of the many museums or stroll through the markets where you will find some of the finest leather products in the world.
If you enjoy people watching, take a seat in one of the many street lined cafes and soak up the culture and atmosphere as it rushes by.
El Calafate and El Chalten
Located within Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate is one of the main gateways to Patagonia. Here you can explore the world renowned Perito Moreno Glacier – the most accessible advancing glacier in the world – alongside some of the finest offerings of Mother Nature.
A short drive away from El Calafate is El Chalten, a tiny mountain town surrounded by granite peaks – another of Argentina’s hidden gems.
Here you can explore forests, rivers and waterfalls, or roam across the stunning valleys to see nature at its finest.
One of the Natural Wonders of the World, Iguazu Falls was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. With a breathtaking 275 cascades that showcase the true power of nature, it is without a doubt one of the most impressive sights in the world.
Bordering Argentina and Brazil, you really have to see Iguazu Falls to experience its beauty and power. You can keep your distance or venture out to the end of one of the platforms, looking down into the aptly named ‘Devil’s Throat’.
If you are an adventure seeker, you can take a boat ride up the river and literally soak in the experience of Iguazu Falls.
Located within the spectacular Nahuel Huapi National Park, San Carlos de Bariloche is perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding, kayaking and hiking around the amazing Nahuel Huapi National Park. Hiking during spring and summer makes way for skiing in winter.
From Bariloche you can cross to Chile on an amazing Andean Lake Crossing… an experience we highly recommend!
Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina… and produces two-thirds of the entire country’s demand for wine.
The tree-lined streets of Mendoza are surrounded by the snow-capped Andes, the perfect setting to enjoy the many award-winning wines from the exceptional vineyards.
Mendoza is the ideal summer destination for days spent relaxing, tasting wine and strolling through the many vineyards.
The Argentinean Northwest is a region of high mountains and impressive volcanoes set against a backdrop of clear blue skies.
The region includes Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca and Tucuman Provinces. What makes this region so special is the diversity and contrasts of the landscape… from the high peaks to the plains, the salt pans and the subtropical rainforests, this is where pre-Columbian culture took root.
If you are keen to experience the marine wildlife of Argentina Peninsula, Valdes is absolutely the place to do it.
Across this Patagonian nature reserve of 360 hectares, get up close with giant whales, sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos, penguins and numerous other species of birds and marine wildlife.
The site has been declared a ‘Patrimony of Humanity’ by UNESCO. June to December is whale season and the most popular time to visit Peninsula Valdes.
It’s the end of the world and the gateway to Antarctica but Ushuaia is so much more than that.
A penal colony for 45 years, the prison is a fascinating place to visit… and so too are the mountains, lakes and national parks that surround Ushuaia. Tierra del Fuego is a beautiful spot for hiking and soaking in the wonders of nature that surround you.
From Ushuaia you can cruise to Antarctica… prepare to have your mind blown!
Argentina tours for seniors
Argentina is a multi-dimensional country that offers something for everyone. For seniors, there are plenty of scenic tours that will take you to phenomenal destinations.
The hiking options cater to all capability levels and the cultural activities are suitable for all ages.
We specialise in customising itineraries for our clients to ensure you get the best experience possible. We have organised Argentina tours for seniors previously and included a huge variety of activities perfect for older travellers. Having said that, we often find that our older clients are some of our most adventurous clients!
Getting around Argentina
Given the size of the country, plane travel is the best way to get around, particularly for long distances.
If you want to enjoy the scenery on your travels, long distance buses are a good option. Most buses are very comfortable with large windows and reclining seats. On some longer journeys you may also find lay flat beds and an attendant service.
Museums and history in Argentina
Given its deep culture and heritage, Argentina is rich in history and museums. Most of the main historical attractions are concentrated in Buenos Aires including Colon Opera House, Plaza de Mayo and Cabildo, Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires Catedral and Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church.
Likewise, Buenos Aires is home to the best of the art galleries and museums of Argentina:
- Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts)
- Museo De Arte Latinoamericano De Buenos Aires (MALBA) (Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires)
- Museo De Arte Moderno De Buenos Aires (MAMBA) (Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires)
- Museo Nacional De Arte Decorativo (National Museum of Decorative Arts)
Hiking in Argentina
Wherever you travel in South America, hiking is always going to be a highlight… and Argentina is no exception.
El Chalten in Patagonia offers both self-guided day treks and more complete itineraries with overnight stays in camps. If you want a hike off the tourist trail, the Viedma Glacier hike in El Chalten is more challenging than some of the other hikes in Patagonia.
If you want to combine hiking with other adventure sports such as kayaking, horseback riding and fishing, head to Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes or Villa La Angostura.
They all offer multi-adventure programs as well as the spectacular views and connection to nature that you expect from Patagonia.
The northwest of Argentina provides a different – but no less spectacular – hiking outlook than that of Patagonia.
With a variety of local hikes and trekking expeditions you can experience the diverse landscape of this region.
Why stop at Argentina? While you are visiting, consider pairing your trip with one – or all – of these nearby destinations…
Neighbouring Chile is the perfect partner to an Argentine adventure! As you wind your way down Chile you will find delights such as the Atacama Desert – the driest desert in the world – the bustling capital of Santiago and further south to the beauty of Patagonia.
The best way to combine a Chile/Argentina trip is to incorporate a border crossing… cross over the Andes from Mendoza to Santiago… make your way across the Andean Lakes from Bariloche to Puero Varas… explore the Patagonian fjords as you travel to Punta Arenas from Ushuaia… or from Salta to San Pedro across the Atacama Desert.
Brazil and Argentina share the Iguazu Falls… both countries claim to have the best views but that’s something that you can decide for yourself!
Brazil has so much more to discover that just the Iguazu Falls… Carnival, the sights and sounds of Rio De Janeiro, the Amazon and a mammoth 8000km of coastline.
Sitting to the north of Argentina, Bolivia is not as developed as other South American countries… but that doesn’t diminish what it has to offer!
From Lake Titicaca to La Paz Valley and the Uyuni Salt Flats, a trip to Bolivia will leave you in absolute awe.