Our Argentina Guide...
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Tango in Buenos Aires
Argentina is the sort of country where you start to run out of superlatives. For example, did you know that the world's biggest waterfalls are in Argentina? Or that the highest mountain outside the Himalayas is in Argentina? And let's not even start on the world's best steaks...
In fact, the more time you spend in Argentina, the more you fall in love with it. Sometimes it's the big things, like gazing out over the water to the giant cliff-face of a glacier, or riding out across the Pampas into a horizon that seems to go on for ever. And sometimes it's the little things: like the delicious media-luna pastries that you didn't order with your morning coffee, but which come anyway!
You're likely to begin your holiday in Buenos Aires, and it stands up against the very best in world cities, but it's certainly not the only town worth visiting on a holiday in Argentina. From the colonial grandeur of Salta and the leafy avenues of Mendoza, to the beautiful lake views and chocolate-box charm of Bariloche, Argentina's towns and cities all have their own unique qualities and a worthy of your attention.
Fantastic though Argentina's towns are, however, most people visit Argentina for the unspoiled and epic landscapes that this giant of a country has to offer. From the majestic Iguazu Falls in the far north of the country, right down to the wide open spaces of the Tierra del Fuego National Park at its southern tip, the natural world in Argentina constantly offers moments of breathtaking beauty that you'll remember forever.
In fact, just about the only landscape that Argentina doesn't do particularly well is beaches. It's a shame, but when you're just a short flight from Rio in Brazil or Punta del Este in Uruguay, it's not exactly a problem fitting that in either...
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Culture & History in Argentina
Argentina offers a wealth of cultural experiences to delight any visitor, from wine tasting in Mendoza to tango in Buenos Aires, or horse-riding with the gauchos across the Pampas. And for a country without a terribly long history, it certainly seems to have packed a lot in...
We've never met anyone who has visited Buenos Aires and not come back raving about it. The giant art deco skyscrapers will make you feel like you're in New York or Chicago, while the apartment buildings could have been transplanted en masse from Paris or Barcelona. There's even a slightly smaller version of Big Ben (built by the British community here) if you're feeling homesick.
And modern Buenos Aires is equally enjoyable, from the oh-so-chic boutiques and bars of Palermo and the gleaming towers of Puerto Madero, right down to the bohemian tango district of San Telmo and the rowdy dockside barrio of La Boca, home to the famous Boca Juniors football team.
Food and drink plays a major part in life in Argentina, so you're certain to enjoy eating out in Argentina, and over in the foothills of the Andes, the wine country of Mendoza gives you the chance to visit the country's best vineyards and enjoy some of the fantastic wine that Argentina has to offer.
In the north-west Salta has probably the best-preserved colonial architecture in Argentina. Meanwhile, the lakeside town of Bariloche further south showcases the large-scale German immigration to Argentina, with log-cabin houses straight out of the Black Forest, and in towns like Trelew and Esquel you can still hear Welsh spoken and enjoy afternoon tea and Welsh Cakes!
Nature and Adventure in Argentina
A holiday in Argentina can take you right from the low-lying and tropical north-east of the country, up into the giant Andes mountains and down to the tip of Tierra del Fuego, where all that separates you from Antarctica are the deep cold waters of the Southern Ocean...
Such varied environments mean that you can not only enjoy seeing some of the most beautiful views in the world on your holiday, but also enjoy a huge range of activities, from trekking in the Andes to white-water rafting at Iguazu Falls. Whether you want to take things easy and drink in the scenery, or get out there and get hands on, Argentina will definitely come up with goods for you.
We will always recommend a visit to the gigantic Iguazu Falls because it's impossible to gaze out across this enormous horseshoe of waterfalls, or to get up close to the largest fall, the "Devil's Throat" without being awed by the sheer scale and power of nature. Similarly, a trip to see the colossal Perito Moreno glacier in the Glaciers National Park is enough to make anyone feel humble.
Right at the southern tip of Argentina, the stunning landscapes of Tierra del Fuego have captivated visitors since Magellan and Darwin, as well as being the starting point for voyages around to Chile's Pacific Coast, and even south to Antarctica itself. Meanwhile, the beautiful countryside of the Argentine Lake District around San Martin de los Andes and Bariloche offers beautiful views, lake cruises, and even European-quality ski resorts in season.
And if you're a wildlife lover, then whether you're seeking out Andean condors in Patagonia, whale-watching off the coast at Peninsula Valdes, or taking a riverboat journey in the Ibera wetlands then you'll come back very happy indeed.
All this scenery makes me feel adventurous...
And if you feel inspired to test yourself against these epic environments, then Argentina will more than cater for you. From short day treks to full-on expeditions, Patagonia is made for trekking and ice-climbing, and if you've got the necessary skills then you can try your hand at the summits of some of South America's highest mountains, such as the mighty Aconcagua. More or less everywhere along the Andes chain, you can also enjoy rafting and kayaking to various skill levels in the swift mountain rivers, while cycling and horse-riding are to be found just about wherever you can find an Argentinian!
Medical Advice for Argentina
With the exception of a few areas right up in the north of Argentina, you're unlikely to need many (if any) jabs for a holiday in Argentina, and medical care throughout the country is very good. Check out our Medical Advice for Argentina for more information on which jabs you might need, depending on where your holiday in Argentina is taking you.
Guide to Tipping and Currency in Argentina
Argentina's economy has recovered hugely since the economic crisis of the 1990s, but the days of 1 dollar to 1 Argentinian Peso are definitely behind us. The Peso is the only official currency in Argentina, but US dollars are very easy to exchange - our guide to using money in Argentina has lots of information on tipping, cash machines and everything else.
Language Guide to Argentina
Obviously any tours or transfers booked with us will be with English-speaking staff and English is reasonably widespread, especially in tourist areas, but a little Spanish goes a long way. The Argentinian dialect of Spanish is quite idiosyncratic, in terms of both pronunciation and grammar, so even if you already have some Spanish, have a look at our language guide for some tips.
Climate and Weather in Argentina
Except for the very north of the country, Argentina has a very 'European' climate, just in reverse. This means you'll need to wrap up warm in Patagonia in the cold depths of August, and that Buenos Aires in January is positively roasting! Have a look at our Argentina weather guide for in-depth advice.
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Eating Out in Argentina
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