This is a place where its people bring the country to life, gentle and accepting they are wonderful hosts. A holiday to Argentina offers such an array of experiences from walking on glaciers to visiting pre Inca ruins to horse riding across the Andes that you will not be disappointed. On top of this, their food is superb and if you throw in one of their great bottles of wine, you have the perfect holiday destination.
Any visit begins with the capital, Buenos Aires. This is unquestionably the best city in the Americas and is known as the ‘Paris of South America’. It is a cosmopolitan city with European influences and its colourful districts are ideal for exploring on foot. It is also the gateway to the Pampas, renowned for the ‘gauchos’ or cowboys, and where you have the opportunity to stay on one of the many estancias and sample ranch life.
To the north is the thunderous Iguazu falls, a collection of over 280 falls, which drop over red rock plateaux’s surrounded by rainforest, they are the best waterfalls in the world.
Argentina’s greatest asset though is the magnificent Andes range which divides Argentina from Chile. This is an area of contrasts, where enormous glaciers and colourful lakes merge, forests and salt flats collide and where Patagonia begins and ends.
Patagonia is a windswept region of dissolute beauty and the gem of the country. It is an immense area, covering nearly a third of the country but home to only 6% of the population. For walking and trekking the less visited national park of Fitzroy is just magical whilst and the southern most town in the world, Ushuaia is where the Andes meet the ocean and is the gateway to Antarctica.
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