Argentina, a land full of fascinating mysteries that invite you to explore each and every one of its destinations and amaze you with its immeasurable beauty, where you will wander around the diversity of its landscapes and live through unforgettable feelings and experiences.
The North, the Central area, the Western mountain ranges, Patagonia and the Between Rivers lands, will make you discover your inner travelling spirit throughout the 23 provinces that make up this country.In each place, there will be a road connecting you with the people and its culture.
We find the Flatlands (Pampas) in the center, one of the areas offering the magic of vast spaces with far-away horizons and green countrysides, inhabited by gauchos, men on horseback and quaint manor house traditions (the so-called estancias), building that stand out due to their diverse architectural styles and their artistic lines that follow different but attractive schools; most of them a legacy of the Jesuits. On the way north amidst the plains, we reach the Córdoba Hills, topped by the Cerro Champaquí at almost 9,200 ft AMSL. Fertile valleys, deserts and salt pits give this landscape its special beauty.
The Mesopotamia, land between rivers, is as the name implies, a region of wide rivers, tropical climate, reddish earth and virgin rainforests scattered by giant trees that paint all kind of green hues in its vegetation, and the jungle sounds make up the tunes of the region.The big waters, Iguazú in the Guaraní language, are carried by nature into one of the natural marvels of the world: the Iguazú Falls. Located in the National Park, they offer the most spectacular views from the high grounds. We may find even more exuberant places in the area where the Saltos del Moconá are located, as well as the Jesuit missionary ruins and the Esteros del Iberá (marshlands) among others.
Argentina’s northern area boasts pre-Columbian historic remains, fortress ruins, aboriginal settlements and buildings dating back to the times of the Spanish conquest and colony. Time seems to have stood still on the high plateaus of the Puna, a land marked by the presence of hills, marshes and ravines. The towns were founded in the valleys of that land, surrounded by hills, sometimes of diverse colours, sometimes of only one hue, with cacti-covered slopes. These places will provoke a contrast beginning with the tops of the high mountains and up to the plains, including salt pits and tropical rainforests; this is the very area where Latin American culture grew from the roots.
Cuyo, land of the deserts in the aboriginal language, is the region of the high mountains, the snow-capped volcanoes, where the Aconcagua (22,830 ft AMSL) stands the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. The mountain ranges take us from roads stretching out from the foot of the mountains and the hilly areas around to the flat steppes in the east. A true journey back to the times of the dinosaurs is the visit to the Ischigualasto, Talampaya Natural Parks (Heritages of Mankind). Ischigualasto, also called Monn Valley after the amazing shapes and colours of a landscape sculpted by erosion, one of the paleontological digging yards in the world. The Talampaya River canyon is a dazzling scenario with its multi-shaped foldings found on the high and red-like walls along it.
Lastly, Patagonia is the area where the Andean range can be seen in its full splendour, and the sea is the master of the Atlantic shores down to the southernmost tip of the continent. Silent and ancient forests with local vegetation species reach the shores of the lakes. The tops of the mountains are crowned by nature with granite and eternal ice that reach down with its glaciers to lakes of unrivalled beauty. Seawolves’ colonies play around on small islands and rock ledges beside the spot where sea elephants possess the most important settlement in the world. This is a magical place where Right Whales punctually come for the mating season. Patagonian Maras, ñandúes (Patagonian small ostriches) and guanacos run around the steppes; the biggest colony of Magellan penguins in the world is to be found here as well.
The southern Ushuaia greets us hidden among the last snow-capped mountains of the American continent. As in a magical setting where hatched houses with tin walls and top quality hotels, make up the beauty of the southernmost destination on the planet. Welcome to the end of the world. Ushuaia is placed almost 1,900 miles from Buenos Aires and stands bordering the mystical Beagle Channel, the star of endless sailing trips of conquerors and pirates. It is hard to imagine that the land we step on, the huge big channel and the surrounding valleys, were once covered by enormous “frozen rivers”.You will be able to enjoy the outstanding Fuegian cuisine, tasty lambs cooked with lenga firewood, and the traditional Spider crabs; these are the most sought-after local dishes at this destination. You will also be able to watch beavers at work amidst a thick lenga and beech forest and at sunset taste dinner surrounded by this beautiful setting. This is an experience you will never forget.
Further inland there is the wild rainforest, humid and indomitable, with its reddish earth and exuberant with wildlife. This is the road that will take us to the chance of watching the wonderful Iguazú Falls, a marvel that has been witness to the Guaraní culture and the ancient Jesuit missionary posts in America. Misiones is the province where the Iguazú National Park is located, and within it, the wonderful Falls, where in some spots they may reach almost 200 ft. In the summertime, the temperature gets as high as 104 °F (40°C), and even the gentlest breeze is apt to provide some relief while walking on the runways of each section.Sailing to the very foot of the waterfalls on a raft-like boat through the waters of the Iguazú River, and boarding a helicopter while the sun sets on the rainforest and the falls for an incredible flight, so that you may get the pictures that will last a lifetime, is the beginning of the big adventure.
The hospitality of its people welcomes us to the land of the Collas. The high grounds of northern Argentina offer all through its territory, the magic of the Andean culture set all along the trip, from its architecture, habits, churches and cuisine. Feel what life is like near the sky.Known as “Salta the beautiful”, the city of Salta, head of the province was founded on April 16th, 1582, in a beautiful and fertile valley that carries its name. Several smaller towns lie scattered around on its outskirts, as well as historic places that may be visited, such as Cafayate, San Antonio de Los Cobres, San Lorenzo, as well as the ruins of ancient aboriginal settlements. The diversity and beauty of these landscapes are shown on the vastness of the mountains, the valleys, the ravines, the Puna plateau, the vegetation and wildlife of subtropical kind, which is well-guarded in the national parks. Charming Salta will dazzle you with its unique beauty once your visit begins.
A world of the largest horizons and land of glaciers, where the gaze gets constantly lost, and our experiences will remain attached to our imagination. Few destinations can offer such an absolute sense of solitude that can only be amended by the warmth of the people who populate distant towns.
El Calafate, named after one of the local shrubs, is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, where 350 glaciers stand, 47 of the major ones, and 13 of the most important in the world. The traveller will get the chance to see them, touch them, get pictures of them, walk over them, and of course, behold them in all their majesty and beat witness to their constant breakings.
El Calafate is a wind-ridden destination, where we will walk through huge plains full of coirones, dry short grass, among sheep herds with the enormous Argentino Lake as background, blue like the colour of the sky. Loaded with adventure, this town offers a range of unique activities enhanced by one of the most spectacular settings in the world.
The marvellous underwater world can be fully appreciated on the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, where the gigantic Right Whales patrol the seas, the exotic Magellan penguins claim the beaches of Punta Tombo, and the birds watch from high above our tour around the wonderful city.
The gateway to the peninsula is the Patagonian steppe. All around the peninsula, we find clues of the sea life that leaves its mark upon the region; travellers that do scuba diving all over the world, visit this place to meet the most exotic underwater wildlife in this natural preserve.
The cliffs on the coast fence the land against the power of the ocean, and the large beaches stretch out for miles on end as a resting place for sea wolves and penguins. Península Valdés, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Pirámides, Gaimán and Punta Tombo are some of the spots that await to be explored
Like so many other special places in the world, Bariloche city and its outskirts awaken extraordinary feelings in the traveller, going as far as making him want to stay there for life... A must on every trip, this city is ideal for reflection and relaxation given its location in dreamlike forests and lakes where stories of elves abound...The trip starts at the city’s Civic Center, and then continues at the most exclusive ski centres, Cerro Catedral, Llao Llao Peninsula, Valle Encantado and Los Alerces National Park, among other fantastic landscapes of forests and lakes which appear to be taken from a fairy-tale book.Nahuel Huapi is the most spectacular lake in Argentina; it is surrounded by the city which was built in such way so as to be able to admire its beauty from every corner all year round; shades of red in autumn and snow-capped mountains in winter make Bariloche and Cerro Catedral, one of the main ski centers in Argentina; spring and summer with their green vegetation, the blue waters and almost eternal light blue sky.
A source of natural spring water, this fertile valley that was once part of the Inca empire, is the crossroads for all the Routes of the Wine that take us to the most exclusive wineries and vineyards in the world. On the Andes bordering with Chile, Mendoza conveys the force of the mountains and the taste of its fruits.Once a land of dinosaurs, sanctuary of the Incas of Spanish conquistadores alike, Mendoza is located 1,118 miles from Buenos Aires. This city shelters and is home to the highest peak of all the Andes. Hidden in the clouds, the Aconcagua stands as the biggest challenge for thousands of mountain climbers that swear that reaching its top is like getting through the door into a new world. Cañón del Atuel, Las Leñas ski centre and Puente del Inca (Inca bridge), are some of the coveted destinations to be found in this area.Mendoza’s vineyards reach out into the territory of neighbouring provinces and are undoubted, the city’s main attraction, where it is possible to enjoy them together with exclusive spas, golf courses and the most spectacular settings to carry out adventure tourism.