Argentina, South America
Argentina, is an enormous South American nation and heady fusion of natural wonders, cosmopolitan city life, European influence and Argentine tradition; the very name conjuring up thoughts of the tango, gauchos, estancias, steak, polo and of course, ‘futbol’.
Across the vast landscape are glacial lakes, the Andes mountains, a magnificent Atlantic coastline and Pampas grassland, the traditional grazing ground of its famed beef cattle. The cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, is centred on the Plaza de Mayo, lined with 19th-century stately buildings.
Topography and Climate
Argentina, the eight-largest country in the world and second-largest in Latin America, encompasses a wide range of climates across four seasons, reversed, of course, from those of the northern hemisphere.
As a general guide, Buenos Aires and the Pampas are temperate; cold in the winter and hot and humid in the summer, while The Andes are cool in the summer and very cold in the winter. Patagonia is also cool in the summer with notable temperature shifts within a single day.
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Argentina, with thanks to its enormous size, encompasses an incredible array of terrains. From the mighty Iguaza Falls in the subtropical north to the rich Pampas grasslands of its central region, the Patagonia Steppes in the south and end-of-the-world Tierra del Fuego, Argentina is a natural wonderland. There are mirror-esque lakes hidden among the soaring peaks of the Andes, not to mention the lush tea plantations, sweeping salt flats and windswept palm groves. With diverse nature comes just as diverse wildlife; depending on where you are, in Argentina you can encounter howler monkeys or penguins, armadillos or flamingos, pumas or marsh deer. The list goes on.
Argentine cuisine combines home-grown Argentinian delights with subtle European and Mediterranean influences. The key ingredient? Meat. Oh yes, the Argentine diet is smokey, grilled, flavoursome, carnivorous goodness. The perfect meal here is perhaps an impeccably seared sirloin, washed down with a glass of full-bodied red wine, sourced, of course, from Mendoza in the desert Cuyo region of Argentina.
As for the cities, Argentina does colonial as well as it does cosmopolitan. In fact, in some cities such as capital Buenos Aires, the two are harmoniously combined. Salta, however, is pure colonial charm and the starting point of the famous rail route ‘Train to the Clouds’ – a must for rail enthusiasts and scenery lovers alike. Then, there’s Ushuaia; aside from being the southernmost city in the world, which it seems is a reason in itself to visit, it has an interesting history as a penal colony and is now a missionary base and major tourist town, its port having become a gateway to a variety of Antarctic cruises.
The list below is of carefully selected character, boutique, luxury hotels and resorts we recommend, including those featured in our holiday tour itineraries. All are reviewed for quality and service regularly and the websites links should prove to be helpful, but we will happily discuss the individual merits of each during the booking process. Please be aware that we do not make “hotel” bookings on a stand-alone basis, we only book them as part of a travel package, or as an addition to an existing booking which enables us to use the best rates available at the time.
Argentina, Buenos Aries, Mendoza & More: this 11-Day gastronomy tour combines the distinctive Argentina cuisine, the wines of Mendoza with epicurean delights and a mix of wonderful cultural experiences.
Buenos Aires, is a Leviathan Metropolis of European grandeur and Latin passion. It’s rich architecture, leafy boulevards, tango dance studios, sprawling sidewalk cafes, sizzling Parrillas (steak-houses) and ‘city-that-never-sleeps’ attitude, combine to make Buenos Aires one of the world’s greatest cities. The politically significant Plaza de Mayo is its centrepiece, lined with historic buildings such as the Casa Rosada presidential palace, the Cabildo (a colonial government house) and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral.
Mendoza, is renowned for its excellent selection of wine is rated amongst the world’s best wine growing regions due to its high altitude, volcanic soils and proximity to the Andes Mountains. This is the home of the increasing popular Malbec, although the region produces may other sought-after varieties. The Mendoza region is located in the mid north west of Argentina and has a climate that also favours the growing of fruit and production of honey.