Argentina Touring Holidays.
From incredible food and wine to jaw dropping natural wonders, Argentina has it all for an all encompassing touring holiday.
Tailor Made & Escorted Tours to Argentina
The second largest country in South America behind Brazil, and the eighth in the world, Argentina has perhaps played second fiddle to its next door neighbour, especially in terms of tourism. This is a pity, as travelling through Argentina is varied and wonderful. The country is blessed with an amazing array of terrain from the dry pampas in the North to the icy glaciers in the south. With its stunning landscapes and rich culture, the country has more than enough to please any visitor on their Argentina holidays.
Arguably the capital Buenos Aires is the most fascinating city in South America. Its food – especially for carnivores – is beyond compare. The home of the tango, Buenos Aires has great museums and open parks as well as distinct districts that provide lots of local colour.
Nowadays, Argentina is as vaunted for its wine as for its steak. Mendoza in the west of the country is the heart of the wine producing area, but there are many other places where you can explore the country’s wonderful viticulture.
But more than the cities, food and wine, Argentina is about nature. With two of the most incredible natural wonders in the world in the Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier, as well as the vast expanse of Patagonia, Bariloche and the Lake District, and in Mount Aconcagua, at 6,960 metres the highest point in the Americas, you are bound to stand in awe at the natural beauty of this most amazing country. All that without mentioning Terra del Fuego, literally the ‘land of fire’ that feels like you are standing at the end of the world.
Argentina Touring Highlights
Do the Tango
Nothing encapsulates the Argentinean spirit more than the tango. Is there a more passionate dance in the world? Buenos Aires is the home of the tango, and either watching people perform or taking some tango classes yourself is an absolute must Argentina travel experience.
The Food & Wine
The food scene is among the strongest in South America. Even if Argentinean steak cooked on a parrilla grill is not for you, then you really should go on a food tour around the city, especially if this includes some of the excellent wine. This will also allow you to discover some of the city’s colourful districts including the wonderful Palermo and Recoleta. Argentinean wine needs little introduction. One of the best Argentina tours is to go around one of the wineries in Mendoza, the centre of the country’s wine industry, and global leader in production of Malbec red wine. There are lots of different tours and wineries catering to everyone’s budget.
Further south stretches the inhospitable Patagonia region. In the 19th century Welsh farmers settled here, and still now you can see embers of the Welsh communities they created here in towns such as Trelew and Gaiman. An interesting Argentina tour is to combine visiting the Wales of Argentina with the whales slightly further north in the Valdes Peninsula, near the very Welsh sounding Puerto Madryn.
End of the Earth
Finally, literally travel to the end of the Earth at Ushuaia, the furthermost city in the world. Ushuaia has an other-worldliness to it, that makes you feel like Shackleton about to set off on an exhibition. From here you can either cruise around Cape Horn and through the Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas in Chile, or if you are really up for an adventure board a liner heading for Antarctica.
Our Favourite Argentina Tours
Here is a selection of our most popular tours.
These tours are to get your creative juices flowing, but if you already have a tour in mind, we would love to help tailor make your dream holiday.
Connecting two of South America's most captivating cities, this trip takes us from the tango-filled streets of Buenos Aires to the samba rhythms in Rio de Janeiro. It has been purposefully planned with lots of free time so you can make the most of your trip, allowing you to make the choice to either explore as much as you want, or perhaps to relax and soak up the atmosphere if you prefer.
This northwest region houses some of Argentina's most inspiring scenery, from colourful mountains and barren salt plains, to spectacular gorges and lunar landscapes. Woven into this tapestry is a strong cultural and gastronomic presence - throughout the tour, discover the indigenous heritage still found in the Andean region and contrast this with multi-cultural Buenos Aires.
Feel the contrast as you trek the W Hike through the Patagonian wilderness and explore the urban metropolis of Santiago. From camping near the end of the earth and witnessing gargantuan glaciers to indulging in the modernity of Buenos Aires, this trip will reward those with a sense of adventure, an appreciation of nature and an interest in diversity.
Many people commence their Argentina touring holiday in the capital Buenos Aires if for no other reason than that is where most international flights land.
Buenos Aires is the most interesting and cultural city in the continent. In many respects it feels like a continental European city, such as Madrid or Lisbon, with the most amazing food and wine scene.
After Buenos Aires head north to the Iguazu Falls. Stretching for some 1.7 miles and situated on the borders with Paraguay and Brazil, most of the Falls are actually in Argentina. The vastness of Iguazu is quite awesome – reportedly Eleanor Roosevelt upon seeing Iguazu said “Poor Niagara”.
From here you can venture inland towards the wine growing area around Mendoza. Before heading to Bariloche and the Lake District, where you might forgive yourself from mistaking you were in the Alps.
Salta is beautiful colonial city replete with churches and museums that is well worth a visit, should time allow, especially if you are continuing your exploration of South America towards Bolivia and Peru.
Few places on earth can compare with the south of the country. Highlights of any Argentina touring holiday include visiting the majestic Perito Moreno Glazier, trekking up Mount Fitz Roy, and venturing far south through Patagonia to Terra del Fuego and Ushuaia, the most southerly city on the planet.
When To Visit Argentina
As Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed from what we are accustomed to in the north.
A popular time to visit Argentina is in the Southern summer months from November to February. This is a particularly good time to visit Ushuaia and Terra del Fuego, as the temperatures can reach 16C. Many then choose to extend their Argentina travel into Antarctica.
March, along with April, is arguably the best month to visit Argentina. Temperatures in the south of the country have not yet reached their winter lows, while the Lake District becomes a more attractive proposition with temperatures still warm, but without some of the high tourism of the peak summer months.
During the winter months (May to August) it is best to give the far south a miss, as temperatures tend to plunge and the nights set in early, however this is a good time to visit the north of the country, such as Iguazu Falls and Salta, as temperatures are particularly pleasant at this time of the year.
Just like with Autumn the Spring months of September to October represent a good time to visit Bariloche, the lakes and Patagonia, as well as Buenos Aires. Although in truth there is no bad time to visit the capital, mind you temperatures can get a tad hot in the height of the summer.
Try to coincide your time in Buenos Aires for the Tango Festival in August, when the whole city is abuzz. Alternatively, to experience the gaucho culture (see Argentina Experiences below) visit Argentina in November for the Fiesta de la Tradición in San Antonio de Areco.
As for Mendoza, the traditional Vendimia grape picking festival in March or April each year is a great time to visit.
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