At 2.7 million km², Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world. It’s therefore hardly surprising that geographically, the country is rather diverse. In the north, the colourful terracotta gorges and fertile vineyards give way to flat grasslands in the central region. Further south, towering glaciers and sparse windswept steppes inhabited by guanacos makes up the majority of the landscape.
Waves of Spanish, Italian, Welsh, Germans and other European nationalities have mixed with the indigenous cultures leaving a people that are equally diverse.
Such a large country cannot be fully explored within a two-week holiday, but deciding on where one should visit can often be tricky. Here is a rundown of 5 very different holidays which span the breadth of this beautiful country.
Enchanting Northwest – Buenos Aires, Salta, Cachi, Cafayate
Packaged neatly into two weeks including international flights, this tour focuses on the colourful terracotta-tinted gorges and canyons of the northwest. During the thirteen-day tour visitors will hike, cycling amongst vineyards, learn about the history and production of wine making. We’ll also make time to discover the capital Buenos Aires and spend a night watching the famed Argentine dance at one of the many tango clubs.
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Crossing the Andes & Plains – Santiago, Valparaiso, Mendoza, Buenos Aires, Pampas
This unique tour crosses the width of the continent from the Valparaiso on the Pacific to Buenos Aires near the Atlantic. Begin in Chile’s capital Santiago which you will explore with a local guide and include a day trip to the colourful hilly port town Valparaiso. Cross over the mighty Andes into Argentina and stay outside Mendoza in the rich wine growing region. Surrounding by vineyards, you’ll have plenty of time to cycle, hike and sample some delightful Malbecs. Continue to the capital Buenos Aires, known also as the ‘Paris of South America’, and for good reason. You’ll spend your last days on a traditional ranch in the Pampas learning to horse ride, sharing a mate with gauchos and eating traditional Argentine asados.
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Wales & Welsh – Buenos Aires, Trelew, Valdes Peninsula, Bariloche
A perfect blend of culture and wildlife, this eleven-day bespoke tour captures the beauty and rich history of both the Valdes Peninsula and the Lake District. A sizeable Welsh community immigrated to Chubut to farm the lands and left their mark which is still visible today. Tour the Valdes Peninsula watching waddling penguins, orcas, noisy sea lions and breaching southern right whales. In the heart of Argentina’s Lake District is Bariloche, an Alpine-style town looking like it came straight out of Switzerland. Here you’ll explore the town and hike the surrounding lake trails including the Arrayanes Forest with a guide.
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Wild Argentina – Buenos Aires, Pampas, Valdes Peninsula, Ibera Wetlands, Iguazu
This is the tour for wildlife lovers, a thirteen-day wildlife extravaganza from the marine creatures on rocky Valdes Peninsula to the exotic creatures that inhabit the Ibera wetlands. After a short stay in Buenos Aires, you continue to the Pampas to spend several days learning to horse ride and bird watching. Fly down to the Valdes Peninsula and observe orcas, penguins, sea lions. You’ll also get up close to southern right whales on a boat trip. Fly north and stay in remote lodge in the Ibera Wetlands. This area has a high concentration of wildlife including howler monkeys, exotic bird life, caiman, storks and much more. Finish the tour at the mighty Iguazu Falls.
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Patagonia Ice Trail – Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, El Chalten, El Calafate
A tour for serious hikers and nature lovers. The emphasis of this trip is to explore Patagonia, and area of dramatic mountains, towering glaciers and rugged windswept steppe in Argentina’s southernmost region. After a day in Buenos Aires fly to Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly town. Here you’ll visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, take Beagle Channel cruise and Harberton Ranch. The rest of the time will be spent between El Calafate and El Chalten. Hike to Mt Fitz Roy base camp, trek to Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres and paddle along the crystal-clear waters of the Ovando River.
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