This large, geographically and culturally diverse country has something to offer every traveler. Art and expression abound in the capital city of Buenos Aires. A world-class wine industry flourishes at the foot of the Andes Mountains in central Argentina. Natural beauty resides in breathtaking Iguazu Falls, in Patagonia’s cobalt lakes, and in the unearthly sandstone formations and mountain deserts of the Calchaqui Valley.
When to go: we consider Argentina to be a year-round destination, but springtime (October to mid-December) and autumn (April to mid-June) will be the best to avoiding the tourist crowds and peak season prices.
Food & Wine
Food & Wine
The border between Argentina and Brazil is one of the natural wonders of the world. Iguazu Falls’ 275 individual drops cascade down through subtropical forests and can be visited from both sides. A number of cat walks on the Argentinian side allow visitors to get an up-close view of the falls—with an incredible top-down view of the gushing Devil’s Throat. For those wanting a longer stay, the nearby Ibera wetlands are a paradise for viewing flora and fauna.
Founded in 1582, the colonial city of Salta lies in a peak-ringed basin and is the gateway for exploring Northwestern Argentina. Enjoy a meal at one of the city’s plaza-side cafes and visit the excellent Museum of High Altitude Archeology. Take the gondola to Cerro San Bernardo for a panoramic view of the city and beyond, or take the ‘train to the clouds’—a day trip to the high Andean plateau.
Mendoza is one of the nine great wine areas in the world that is renown for the quantity and quality of wines it produces. Although the natural landscape is high and dry, snow melt from the mountains feeds the vineyards. The city of Mendoza is similarly irrigated and has fountains in every plaza. Pedestrian bridges cross water channels lining most streets, creating a wonderful ambiance. Stay in Mendoza or on one of the many wine estates from where you can visit the wineries by bicycle.
We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. For this trip, we will donate to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS to help provide emergency medical care to people in more than 70 countries around the world. You can learn more about our commitment to responsible travel in our Responsibility Pledge.