Argentina

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Argentina

Visit the best natural and cultural destinations of Argentina, discover Buenos Aires, travel to Iguazú Falls & hike through untamed Patagonia.

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FAQ

Is it necessary to have a visa to travel to Argentina?

Argentina does do not require visas for citizens of many countries (up to 90 days), like Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, United States. For the latest up to date information visit your local embassy website.

Do I need a vaccine to travel to Argentina?

No, you didn't need any vaccination to enter the country so far. Since the COVID-19 breakdown there is a special protocol to enter the country which includes a COVID negative test, a 10-day quarantine, having Covid travel insurance, and complete the "Declaración Jurada Electrónica para el ingreso al Territorio Nacional”. - UPDATED TO September, 2021

What is the best time of year to visit Argentina?

Argentina can be visited all year round, but there are some destinations like Patagonia that are better to visit during summer since many natural places and some national parks can't be accessed during winter.

What should I put in my suitcase for my trip to Argentina?

Bring a variety of clothes (in Patagonia we can have all four seasons in 24 hours), comfortable clothes, and bring at least one nicer outfit to enjoy the nightlife. Sunglasses and sunscreen, an adapter and/or converter for outlets, a small bag or backpack. Download an online application to translate to Spanish (some people understand English and some other languages, but they are the minority).

What is the typical food in Argentina?

Asado (barbecue) and empanadas are popular meals, but you can also find an excellent offer of pasta and pizzas. It is often thought that all meals have meat in Argentina and that there are no options for vegetarians, but that is not true. There are many options, and even exclusive restaurants for vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-free public.

What to do in Argentina?

With its 2.78 million km2, and  home to some of the most diverse climate and geography in the world, Argentina is one giant wonderland. The shining lakes and olive hills of Patagonia, the subtropical rainforests and impressive waterfalls in Iguazú, the great Perito Moreno Glacier, the white saline flats and cloud forest jungle near Salta, the whales basking in the bay at Peninsula Valdes, and the vastness of the Pampas filled with estancias, are some of the reasons for which Argentina is famous worldwide. Argentina can be discovered in an adventure trip, a family vacation or a self-drive experience. You can stay in luxury hotels and ranches, enjoy a hiker journey through Patagonia, or a wildlife experience. It’s your pick!

Best Destinations in Argentina

The best of Argentina include capital cities with active cultural life, rural experiences to discover gaucho traditions, and also expeditions to uncrowded and natural places like Iguazú Falls, Patagonia and Northern Argentina (Salta and Jujuy). Wine trips to Mendoza are also highly recommended, and wildlife explorations too! Península Valdés in Patagonia is the spot to see whales and penguins, and Iberá Wetlands to see marsh deers, capybaras and caimans. 

 

  • Buenos Aires

Famously called the ‘Paris of South America’, this city is brimming with places and tourist attractions you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Buenos Aires sits on the coast of Río de la Plata, the widest in the world. If you cross this immense river it will take you 1 hour to reach the other coast in Uruguay! This city is the jumping point for almost any trip to Argentina since the international airport (best known for “Ezeiza”) and a domestic airport (called “Aeroparque”) concentrate the affluent of most of the flights in the country. We recommend staying at least 5 days to wander the streets, the many cafés and taste the delicious meat for which Argentina is famous worldwide.

 

  • Mendoza

The land of “sun and delicious wine” is located in the western center of Argentina, and it is one of the best tourist attractions.  Sitting at the foot of the Andes, Mendoza is the largest wine-producing region. Mendoza is a perfect destination for food lovers and adventurous travelers since it combines first-level gastronomic experiences with outdoor activities such as horseback riding and white water rafting. Mendoza is the lively home to 75% of the Malbec vines grown worldwide and a perfect location for its production. Because of the high altitude and low humidity of Mendoza, vineyards rarely face problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases. This makes the cultivation with little or no pesticides really easy.

 

  • Iguazú Falls

Named one of the Seven Natural World Wonders in  2011, Iguazú Falls is the most visited destination of Argentina. These magical falls, also named Natural World Heritage, are shared by Brazil and Argentina. Both of these countries have national parks devoted to them, and they are sufficiently different in character to each merit a visit.

Iguazú comes from Guarani Native language and means “big water”. This name is completely perfect for the falls since, among its 250 waterfalls, there is the Devil’s Throat which is more than 82 meters high. The closest city to the Iguazú National Park on the Argentinean side is Puerto Iguazú, which is visited all year round since it’s on this side that 80% of the falls are located. This city was inhabited by the Guaraníes and then colonized by the Spanish Jesuits. Iguazú still shows one of the best things about Argentina, its cosmopolitan culture.

 

  • Patagonia

Patagonia extends from the province of Bariloche to Tierra del Fuego. This immense region offers scenery filled with lakes, fjords, glaciers and steppes. “Patagonia” comes from the word “patagón” which was used by the Portuguese explorer Magellan to describe the Tehuelches (native communities), whom he thought to be giants.

Shared by Chile and Argentina, both countries offer different landscapes. While the Argentine side presents arid steppes, grasslands, and deserts, the Chilean side has glacial fjords and temperate rainforests. This vast region is known for Perito Moreno Glacier, the penguins of Ushuaia, the most famous hiking trails in El Chaltén and the diverse wildlife in Península Valdés.

 

  • Northern Argentina

This is one of the most beautiful and unexplored regions of Argentina, known for its sophisticated appeal, this region has become a favorite among curious travelers from around the globe due to its natural beauty, historic architecture, excellent weather and welcoming demeanor. Salta and Jujuy are the main provinces known as “the North”.  Salta, founded in 1582, is the starting point to explore northern Argentina. From this city, nicknamed “la linda” (the beauty), travelers hit the road towards the stunning Calchaquíes Valley and the city of Cafayate, hometown of Torrontés wine. The province of Jujuy, located at the north of Salta, features the Humahuca Gorge, declared World Heritage by UNESCO and the Great Salt Flats, a white paradise that all should visit once in their life! Northern Argentina is not only a trip to see fabulous landscapes but to get closer and learn from the humility of its locals and their ancient traditions.

 

  • Iberá Wetlands

This is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers. The Iberá Wetlands is one of the most important freshwater reservoirs in South America and the second-largest wetland in the world. This destination is located in the province of Corrientes, near Iguazú Falls (just a 4-hour bus trip). The Iberá Wetlands have an immense variety of wildlife that include caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anacondas and greater rheas.

A paradise for birdwatchers, Iberá Wetlands is home to more than 350 species of birds. The most popular destinations in Argentina include capital cities with active cultural life, rural experiences to discover gaucho traditions, and also expeditions to uncrowded and natural places like Iguazú Falls, Patagonia and Northern Argentina (Salta and Jujuy). Wine trips to Mendoza are also highly recommended, and wildlife explorations too! Península Valdés in Patagonia is the spot to see whales and penguins, and Iberá Wetlands to see marsh deers, capybaras and caimans. 

 

 

 

Gaucho Culture: Estancias in Argentina

“Estancias” are essentially cattle ranches in Latin America or the southern region of the US. Argentina’s estancias are closely linked to the history and essence of its culture. They range from extremely simple — a family home with rooms for a few guests — to fancier, purpose-built country-house structures.  

 

El Bordó de las Lanzas

This historical landmark is one of the oldest estancias in the country and is situated in the Province of Salta. Owned by the Arias family, El Bordo de las Lanzas provides one of the finest examples of colonial architecture in Salta because of its thick walls, woodcarvings, robust ironwork, and colonial doors leading out to a veranda. The warm welcome you receive, the hospitality, its traditional style and the natural beauty of its setting are what make Estancia El Bordo worth visiting. It’s been offering all of this since it was first established in 1609. So if you’re looking to relax and immerse yourself in the authentic estancia lifestyle of a Northern Argentinian (a region rich in traditions) country mansion, this is the place to be.

The décor is charming and elegantly simple, with certain classic estancia styles like crisp linens, dark antique furniture and exposed wood. All rooms are equipped with a wood-burning stove, decorated with religious paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries, and overlook the charming and extensive gardens. There is an outdoor swimming pool, a fireplace in the lobby, and a library. The estancia is still a working farm, growing crops such as maize and chia. You can also work on these farms as an educational experience.

The cuisine is made using fresh, local ingredients and the breakfast includes homemade jams and bread. The service here is impeccable and definitely worth your while!

The many things that you have the opportunity to experience here are:                                

  • cattle round-ups and gaucho lifestyle
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature spotting and bird watching
  • Cycling tours and rides
  • Trekking
  • Massages
  • Handicraft, folklore, and gaucho
  • Cooking lessons and folk/tango dancing classes
  • Excursions to caiman reserve, Salta la Linda, the land of salt and colors, volcanoes and wineries.

El Bordó de las Lanzas is the perfect place for anyone interested in history, the culture of South America, or simply looking to enjoy some peace and quiet. The best months to stay at these estancias are from October to March.

 

Estancia Huechahue

Visit Estancia Huechahue in the lovely region of Patagonia and get the true taste of real and raw Gaucho life. But that’s not all; the picture presented by the windows of this estancia is truly mesmerizing. The Andean foothills, the Patagonian prairie land, the vast rivers and the looming mountains are sights for the sore eyes. Even the most worried and apprehensive minds are able to take a break in a place like this. But it is not all a philosophical, thoughtful or truth-seeking journey and experience. There’s more as the place offers conviviality as well. Enjoy fishing, horse riding, gaucho activities, rafting, and other water and land sports when staying in Estancia Huechahue.

 

La Candelaria 

The amazingly beautiful La Candelaria, in Buenos Aires is the epitome of classic old-world charm existing in modern times. This estancia dates back to the 18th century, and while it has been rebuilt in 2004 to its present state, the old glory is still seeping out from every pore of this Estancia. The fragrant trees, the flowers, the old country houses, the endless skies of the pampas and the intimate surroundings make Candelaria Del Monte, one of the best estancias in Argentina. If you are craving for freedom, this estancia and its open skies are going to be your comfort.

 

Club Tapiz

The best thing about this estancia in Mendoza is that it offers a combination of wine and recreation at one place.  Club Tapiz in Mendoza is no different. The 22 acres of vineyards contain historical buildings, private rooms, breathtaking vista, and a chance at free wine tasting every evening.  

 

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