The Pampas is a region of fertile lowlands that spreads across a huge area of eastern Argentina, much of Uruguay and the southern tip of Brazil. This vast plateau, one of South America's most impressive geographical features, is famed for its huge skies and the estancias - traditional argentine ranches - that dot the countryside. It's here that many of Argentina's cattle herds are reared and holing up in a country ranch for the night or two in The Pampas is a real highlight of an Argentina holiday.
Buenos Aires is one of few urban anomalies in The Pampas. Argentina's colourful capital is a melting pot of cultural influences. Grab a steak - straight from The Pampas ranches - in a traditional Argentine steak house, wash it down with a glass of Malbec wine and tango to your heart's content. Cosmopolitan, historically fascinating and impossibly lively, Buenos Aires is easily one of South America's most intoxicating capitals.
Where to go in Buenos Aires & The Pampas
The Pampas is an area of fertile low-lying land, roughly the size of France, which dominates northeastern Argentina. This is the land of the gaucho - the enduring icon of Argentina's cowboy country - and huge cattle farms and sets of sleepy ranches known as estancias abound.
When to go to Buenos Aires & The Pampas
Top itineraries in Buenos Aires & The Pampas
Explore the very best of Argentina’s north, from the wineries of Mendoza to the multi-hued mountains near Salta and the cascading beauty of Iguazú Falls.
Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America', gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls before living life gaucho style at an estancia on the outskirts of the capital, all on this 13-day tailor-made itinerary.
Prepare for a Patagonian adventure with channel cruises, glacier visits and luxury national park campsites. This 16-day tailor-made journey begins in Buenos Aires before taking the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and the advancing ice of Perito Moreno Glacier.
Top places to stay in Buenos Aires & The Pampas
Experience outstanding service and colonial elegance at this five-star hotel with two superb restaurants and a spa situated in the historic district of Recoleta, an upmarket neighbourhood in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires.
This exquisite hotel in one of Buenos Aires’ most popular districts is part 1930s mansion – an homage to the glory days of the Argentine capital – and part contemporary tower. Both old and new benefit from the luxury amenities and professional levels of service characteristic of the Park Hyatt brand
Perfect for couples and for those in search of bohemian Buenos Aires, this former convent turned boutique hotel offers well-polished service and a fabulous roof terrace in the avant-garde neighbourhood of Palermo Soho.
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