8 August 2019 by Patrick Griffin
Argentina has it all – culture, natural beauty and fantastic cities. To help you get your bearings, I’ve picked out the essential highlights below, which all feature in our classic Argentina itinerary:
For me, Buenos Aires is a city to be savoured. It’s a slice of European grandeur picked up and transplanted into Latin America, combining grand Italianate palaces with sultry rhythms. Yes, a stroll around its grand plazas and antique markets will remind you of Paris or Rome, but look closer and you’ll uncover impossibly colourful neighbourhoods, tango dancehalls and some of the world’s finest steakhouses.
The colourful La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires
Mighty glaciers, snow-capped peaks and endlessly barren spaces – Patagonia is a wilderness land of enormous beauty at the continent’s southern tip. It’s a playground for everything from ranging hikes and horse rides to winding river cruises. I’d especially recommend focusing on the Parque Nacional los Glaciares, where it’s possible to sail right up to the city-sized Perito Moreno Glacier, watching as icebergs as big as a house calve off its face.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Argentina’s other great natural wonder, Iguazú, comprises the largest waterfall system in the world. I visited in June and was all but blown away by the sheer power of it all; it’s definitely worth both getting up close on the Argentinian side as well as enjoying the panoramic overlooks from the Brazilian side. Indeed, the latter even features my favourite accommodation – the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. This colonial jewel offers views of the falls themselves from its gorgeous, landscaped grounds.
View of the falls from the Argentine side
There’s perhaps nothing more evocative of a gaucho cowboy fantasy than a stay on an estancia ranch. Days are spent exploring the pampas grasslands on horse rides, hikes and fishing trips before returning to asado barbecues washed down with fine Argentinian reds. My recommendation, the Estancia La Bamba de Areco, even has personal seal of approval of Wexas’s Managing Director – high praise, indeed.
Estancia La Bamba de Areco