Encompassing vast areas of wilderness smattered with natural phenomena; the mighty Iguazu Falls emerge majestically from the northern boundaries of the Atlantic rainforest, to the raw beauty of the immense frozen Perito Moreno Glacier in the far south of Patagonia.
An efficient network of air routes criss-cross the huge distances allowing for easy arrival to an array of stunning lodges, from the wine valleys in the northern Andes to the lakes and lower ranges of the Andes in Patagonia.
Argentina exudes warmth and simple hospitality. This is the land of Malbec and steak but you will also discover the sweeter side of this nation with their love of pastries and desserts emanating from French and Italian heritage. Argentina’s fabric is mystical, bold, sophisticated and yet simple, and all can be sampled from both a short or extended visit.
Argentina is a vast country and it lends itself perfectly to those with an intrepid spirit who wish to embark on either a lengthy road trip expedition or simply dip in for a shorter self-drive circular, or centre based trip. Drive the entire length of Patagonia from the scenic Lake District in the north, passing through miles of flat arid Patagonian steppe, finally completing your journey at the immense cobalt blue Perito Moreno glacier. A variety of welcoming guest houses and estancias will be your hosts at every night stop.
Alternatively, explore the stunning North West region on a circular route from Salta to Cayfayate. Drive through a rich ochre mountain landscape to arrive at some of the oldest vineyards coupled with deluxe private estate villas or charming converted colonial homesteads.
Argentina is a proud nation and protector of the gift of nature inside her boundaries. Argentina shares the mighty Iguazu Falls in the north with Brazil and Paraguay but has sole custody of the immense, advancing Perito Moreno Glacier in the far south.
The Andes form a spine to the west with the Chilean border. The highest peak outside Asia, Aconcagua, rises from the province of Mendoza.
The wild Atlantic coast is rich in marine wildlife where you can view whales, penguins and elephant seals. Dramatic Tierra del Fuego at the tip of the continent tumbles into the fjords of the Beagle Channel leading to the infamous Drake Passage and Antarctica.
The energy of Buenos Aires is infectious. Buenos Aires, although cosmopolitan with strong Italian, Spanish, Arab and Jewish influences is very much Latin America with an iconic Argentine identity reflected in the arts, music, gaucho culture and politics.
This city’s cosmopolitan, progressive and stylish heritage has transcended to all aspects of hospitality. You will find superb restaurants, traditional coffee houses and bakeries, a club for every day of the week and some of the best hotels in metropolitan Latin America. The city can be overwhelming to the first time visitor especially after a long journey. We prefer to introduce you slowly with a short orientation around the vicinity of your hotel first, followed by an authentic immersion in the city’s culture via cuisine and wine.
The province and city of Mendoza is the main export wine region of Argentina, famous for Malbec. The city and region has a stunning location beneath the eastern flanks of the soaring Andes Mountains. Here, the Andes are at their highest point, snow-capped and rising majestically from the desert. It is here, in the vineyards with views to the Andes that you will find the most exquisite wine lodges that excel in service, sommelier expertise, fine dining, luxury and privacy.
The region around the town of Cayfayate, to the North West of Mendoza, less accessible but well worth the journey, is another wine region worthy of exploration. Torrontes is a speciality, grown at higher altitude along with Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
More than a third of the population of Argentina live in and around the capital leaving vast tracts of land sparsely populated.
National Parks are accessible from gateway towns and there are a few scattered wilderness lodges (though not as many as in Chile). However, Argentina excels at estancia (ranch / farm) hospitality.
Enjoy the wilderness whilst staying at an authentic, warm and cosy homestead with unlimited access to private land to fish, ride, hike, herd cattle and learn the ways of the gaucho and early European rural settlers.
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Experience this enchanting side of Buenos Aires with a scholar guide on a two hour relaxed walking tour. Be immersed in the authentically vintage and resplendent surroundings of the Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, not only to marvel at the opulent theatre of books (declared one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world by Brian Howard, Senior Writer at National Geographic) but to absorb the cultural significance of books for Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires). Porteños consider their book stores as sacred as their churches. A holy site of wooden shelves and paper that resembles a maze of thought.
The Buenos Aires Cafés are as sacred as their bookstores and just as grand! Tones of Paris and Vienna are evident throughout the cafés of the traditional business neighbourhoods of the city. The opulent Café Tortoni has barely changed since 1858 and is a fascinating example of the wealth that grew from the European merchant pioneers. They have been left completely intact and a stop for coffee to delight in the service and atmosphere (not to mention wonderful coffee and pastries) will be a memorable moment in this wonderful city.
Located in San Telmo, the oldest district in Buenos Aires "El Zanjón” is internationally recognised as an archaeological calendar of the city.
Excavations of the mansion which dated back to 1830 led to the uncovering of the ancient Zanjón (ravine). The mansion was built for a wealthy family with six slaves in 1860 but by 1890 had been turned into a tenement. By 1985 it had been abandoned and walled off, with its ground floor four meters deep in debris. Now fully restored, elegant new steel and glass elevators transport visitors to and from the illuminated depths of the tunnels and ravines of El Zanjón. It is a magical space where poetry, history and myth coexist an important urban archaeology project and highly recommended.
We can arrange transfers and a recommendation for lunch around the visit.
Begin your evening with a pre-concert dinner at Tomo Uno, a traditional and sophisticated restaurant with an exceptional menu.
Then continue for just a short walk to the Thetro Colón, where you have the opportunity to see an opera, ballet or concert, in the magnificent auditorium.
It is considered one of the ten best opera houses in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.
Performances usually commence at 8pm.
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