With over 30 national parks, dinosaur digs, the Patagonia region, and the Andes Mountains, Argentina is an adventurer’s ultimate escape. Relax afterwards with wine tasting in Mendoza or spice up your evening with dinner and a tango show in Buenos Aires. Plan your trip for fall or spring and skip the extreme temperatures. No Visa is required but don’t forget your passport.
Calling all meat lovers! The food scene in Buenos Aires is perhaps best known for perfecting the art of grilling big, juicy steaks. You can find a steakhouse on practically every corner, ready to serve up bife de chorizo (sirloin), vacio (flank steak), ojo de bife (rib eye), and more. Wash it all down with a glass of malbec or bonarda, and be sure to save some room for a cone of dulce de leche (caramel) ice cream. Head back to the hotel for a quick nap and then get ready for some exciting nightlife. Bars get going at midnight, clubs at 2am at the earliest, and serious clubbers don't show up until 4am. And don’t forget tickets to a tango show while you’re here, or take a class at one of the many tango salons or schools. Must-see: Recoleta Cemetery; Stay: Park Tower Buenos Aires, Meliá Recoleta Plaza Boutique Hotel
Bariloche & The Lake District
The Lake District is one of Argentina’s prime tourist destinations. You can ski, fish, rock climb, hike, and more all around this area. Bariloche is the popular resort town, set on the edge of Lago Nahuel Huapi with architecture resembling that of the Swiss Alps. This region produces the country’s best chocolate, and wine tasting is a popular activity here as well. Head north to Neuquén for a palaeontological adventure, one of their most popular draws, or to Chos Malal, where you’ll be able to explore nearby volcanoes, lagoons, and hot springs. We recommend at least a couple nights at Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Golf, & Spa.
Iguazu Falls (Puerto Iguazú, Argentina) are the largest waterfalls on earth and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The falls are on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and both countries offer a different yet breathtaking view of each side. From the Brazilian side, you’ll be further away but get the best panoramic view of the falls. From the Argentinian side, you’ll be up close and personal with the rushing water. The falls are so big that it’s difficult to visit both sides in one day, so we recommend spending a night at the Iguazú Grand Hotel, Spa, & Casino or the Panoramic Grand. If you’re visiting on the Brazilian side, we recommend the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.
El Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park
El Calafate hooks you with an irresistible attraction: Glaciar Perito Moreno, 80km away in Los Glaciares National Park. It’s part of an area known as Argentina’s Austral Andes, and it became an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. Perito Moreno is still growing, and if you wait for a while, you’ll likely witness huge chunks of the ice mass fracture off and crash into the water. There are walking paths that allow you to check out the glacier from a few different vantage points, as well as a boat that takes you on a 45-minute trip around the base. There are also trekking tours that take you out to walk on parts of the glacier itself, surrounded by the beautiful Patagonian scenery of forests and mountains.