It might be the world’s eighth largest country, but don’t let that put you off, it just means there’s more chance for exploration. You could be relaxing in the sprawling vineyards of Mendoza one day and gazing in awe upon stunning glaciers the next. Whatever you’re looking for, Argentina is bound to have it.
Combine colossal glaciers, mighty waterfalls and wide-open plains. Add sensuous tango, tantalizing Malbec wine and a dash of European flair. This is Argentina, a mélange of elements best experienced with Bespoke’s blend of top-notch service, luxury hotels and expert insiders.
• Travel to Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, a modern metropolis buzzing with energy and European panache.
• Stroll through neighborhoods such as historic San Telmo and fashion-forward Palermo, and get lost in the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, Eva Peron’s final resting place.
• West of Buenos Aires is Mendoza, the country’s famous wine region. A curated tour whisks you inside private vineyards for a taste of Argentina’s premium wines.
• Journey north to witness powerful Iguazú Falls, more than 275 breathtaking cascades plunging down verdant cliffs.
• Travel to Bariloche, Argentina’s “Little Switzerland,” and experience the Alpine charm of this pocket of Patagonia.
• Venture deeper into Patagonia and behold natural splendors such as the dazzling Perito Moreno Glacier and Cape Horn’s abundant wildlife.
BEST TIME TO GO
Argentina is a year round destination, but Patagonia is best visited from Dec to March for more temperate weather.
We recommend spending 10 days to 3 weeks in Argentina, or combining it with a trip to Chile.
Buenos Aires (EZE)
Argentina’s capital, long considered the Paris of South America, has a rich history in its own right. From popular attractions to little-known gems, there are a million and one sights to see in this metropolis, which, just like its inhabitants, never sleeps. A modern metropolis buzzing with energy and European panache.
The Steppe is a land of age-old Gaucho customs, pure air, arid landscapes and enormous glaciers ready to be explore. Take in the wild expanses of El Calafate, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers on earth that is not receding, and the true gateway to experience the sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains, and towering glaciers of Patagonia. Head up to the more remote trails leading up to Mount Fitz Roy and stay in a far-flung lodget near El Chalten. For adventurous travellers, head over to Chilean Patagonia for an exciting adventure at Torres del Paine.
SALTA & JUJUY
Discover the breathtaking northwest of Argentina, where Franciscan monks first settled, building whitewashed churches in the desert. You’ll begin to wonder if you’ve stepped into a different country, so great is the contrast with the rest of Argentina. The scenery is incredibly striking, with dramatic rock formations, towering cacti and plunging valleys with brilliant orange and red hues. The area is home to the famous “Train to the Clouds”, one of the highest railways in the world, ascending to an astonishing 4200 metres. Spend a toe-tapping evening enjoying the live música folklórica (folk music) of Salta’s popular peñas (folk music clubs). The Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley in the province of Jujuy, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is also well worth a visit.
Mendoza is one of the most popular destinations in Argentina, and for good reason. This incredible region has something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, and urban culture vulture or a lover of the outdoors. Mendoza is one of the great wine capitals of the world, offering exceptional vineyards with an assortment of varieties as well as spectacular eateries and a range of additional adventures.
Marvel at glaciers, trek to expansive lakes and most importantly escape the crowds on this nine-night expedition through the breath-taking landscapes of El Chaltén in Argentina’s southern territory. Fast becoming a mecca for budding adventurists, now is the perfect time to head to the atmospheric and quirky town of El Chalten. We’ve tried and tested the treks, sourced out expert guides and uncovered the very best luxury lodges and camps.
The Iguazu Falls, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, is one of the most impressive sights in the world, with a breathtaking 275 cascades that showcase the true power of mother nature.
BARILOCHE, LAKE DISTRICT
Ringed by massive lakes and majestic mountains, the town of Bariloche in the heart of Argentina’s Lake District, is a stunner. This gorgeous mountain town is a great base for exploring the Nahuel Huapi National Park, one of the largest and most spectacular national parks in Argentina and a favorite vacation spot for Argentines and international visitors year-round. Bariloche is a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Activities include: flyfishing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, riding and rafting Skiing and snowboard enthusiasts will revel in delight during June and September when the mountains offer the perfect conditions for the sports.
The southern-most city in the world, Ushuaia is not only the gateway to Antarctica, but also a paradise of raw beauty. HIke to Lake Esmeralda through the Valley of the Wolves and take in the striking beauty of this remote region on Earth. Sail along the Beagle Channel and witness the migrating penguins on Hammer Island. Explore the small towns of Ushuaia with the soaring mountain rainge that surrounds it.
Peninsula Valdes is world-famous for wildlife spotting and is renowned for its great sightings of southern right whales. Stay at a a colonial home to explore this region of Patagonia. Starting in October, stay at a local lodge on the cliffs of the Atlantic Shore and experience the stunning fauna of this remote region of Argentina.