Argentina is a country of seemingly endless variety. The world's eighth largest country, it stretches from its tropical north to a glacial south, the mountainous Andes in the west to the sweeping Atlantic coastline in the east.
This is a land of great passion, where national football matches mesmerize a nation and the city streets rock and weave to the aphrodisiac effects of the tango. Argentines live intensely - perhaps a product of a rocky political past, or perhaps because they don't dare relax for too long, knowing the abundant delights that sit on their doorstep that would take a lifetime to explore.
Argentina luxury holidays typically start in the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires, a heady mix of Havana's colour and Paris's elegance. The great natural playground of beautiful Patagonia is another Argentina travel highlight, while the vineyards of Cafayate in the northern province of Salta reveal another side to the country.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.
Subtropical in the north, with rain throughout the year, the far south is sub-arctic. The central mainland is temperate - visit throughout the year.
Home to many festivals and celebrations including; the Snow Carnival in ski resorts in August; the Polo Argentine Open, first staged in 1893, is hosted between November and December in Palermo; the traditional Carnival at Humahuaca full of dance and folklore is held near Ash Wednesday; the Buenos Aires Tango Festival is held between February and March; and the International Video-Dance Festival is held each July in Buenos Aires.
Beef of very high quality and parrilladas (grill rooms) offer a large variety of barbecue-style dishes. Local food is largely a mixture of Basque, Spanish and Italian, including empanadas (minced meat, puff pastry and other ingredients) and pork and maize stew or locro. Local wines are very good and also inexpensive.
Greet friends by kissing cheeks, if going to someone's home bring a homemade dish or dessert. Avoid casual discussion of the Falklands/Malvinas war. Dress is informal but conservative away from the beach.
Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (EZE), 42km from Buenos Aires.
Air travel most efficient way to get around but the services are busy and often subject to delay. Long-haul train services have been disrupted since privatisation. Buses are a reliable form of long distance transport and are sometimes quite luxurious. Trunk roads fine, rural roads become impassable after rain.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Argentina. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Argentina. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Argentina, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0623.
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