Argentina

Tailor-Made

Introduction

Argentina serves up a taste of everything, from the magnificent Iguazu Falls in the sub-tropical jungle, to Quechua Indian villages, and colonial towns like Salta and San Juan.

 

From the thundering Iguazu Falls, on the border with Brazil, to the Land of Fire – Tierra Del Fuego in the South Argentina is a destination that has incredible diversity;
Patagonia (Los Galaciares National Park). Perito Moreno Glacier, Buenos Aires (home of the tango), Ibera Marshalnds, Purmamarca (Seven coloured mountains) and many wonderful Estancias where you can enjoy traditional Argentine hospitality and lifestyle – perhaps even a game of polo.

 

Highlights incude;
Iguazu falls
Patagonia
Buenos Aires
Ibera Marshlands
Estancias
Wineries
Salta

HIGHLIGHTS

OVERVIEW:
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Los Misiones province is a tropical region containing magnificent rainforest, deep flowing rivers and ‘the Great Waters’ – the mighty Iguazu Falls. The thundering waterfalls are an incredible sight-and-sound sensation, 3km wide and plunging 70m into the gorge that divides Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. You can see the wide-angle view of Iguazu from the Brazilian side and more close-up detail from the Argentine side. The area has extraordinary flora and fauna including, in particular, many beautiful butterflies.

 

 

OVERVIEW:
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The wild and stunning landscapes of Argentine Patagonia will remain imprinted on your mind forever. Among the unforgettable images are the spectacular lakes and glaciers of Los Glaciares National Park , the exceptional marine life of the Valdes Peninsula, and Tierra del Fuego – “the end of the world” and gateway to the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Cruise across Lake Argentino, passing among huge icebergs to view some of the most spectacular glaciers in the world, including the largest glacier in the park, Upsala.
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A wild, isolated and scenically dramatic area offering walks and excursions for all levels of fitness.

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This breathtaking landscape of sparkling lakes, waterfalls, snowy peaks and vast green forests, is often likened to Europe’s alpine regions and incorporates several spectacular national parks.  It offers remarkable year-round opportunities to enjoy its natural wonders – hiking, biking, riding and fishing, summer sailing and winter skiing – or simply to relax for a few days and immerse yourself in all of its splendour.
The Lakes District bus-and-boat route across the Andes between Argentina and Chile is a scenic sensation.  Begin from the Swiss-style town of Bariloche with a chance to explore the surrounding countryside.  Depart by bus and boat to the remote settlement of Peulla for an overnight stop midway with time to really absorb the region’s beauty.  Cruise across Lake Todos los Santos, considered the most beautiful lake in southern Chile with emerald waters surrounded by thick forests and views of snow-capped volcanoes, including the perfect cone of Osorno (2,652m) to reach the town Puerto Varas in Chile.The old Inca capital high in the Peruvian Andes is renowned for its extensive Inca ruins, many colonial churches and monasteries built atop ancient Indian stonework.

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The idea of life on an estancia conjures romantic images of colonial homesteads, redolent with old-world charm and elegance, set in tree-shaded parks and gardens, and of the legendary gauchos at work, these superb horsemen herding cattle across the wild grasslands of the Pampas.
A stay on an estancia offers you a chance to ‘step back in time’ and experience a traditional Argentine lifestyle that, despite the advances of the 21st century, still continues little-changed today.  Argentina boasts very many fine estancias – Villa Maria is only one sample – and while a 2 night stay is ideal.

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Overview:

Mendoza is one of the great wine regions of the world. With thousands of wineries spread out over three main wine regions – Lujan de Cuyo, Valle de Uco and Maipu. In addition to sampling many fine wines you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery of the region, mountain grandeur and blue skies, and some of the best winery architecture in the world.

To accompany fine wines you will also have the opportunity to unwind, enjoy great food and sample the best of Argentinean hospitality.  There are several fine wineries that also offer very comfortable accommodation.  Two of our favourites are Entre Cielos Wine Hotel & Spa and  the family-run Finca La Azul in the Uco Valley.

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Overview:

Peninsular Valdes and the small town of Puerto Madryn are easily the best places in South America to watch whales. Generally speaking, the season for whale watching starts from the beginning of June and runs through until December, when they start to move off again.

Southern right whales and orcas are the stars of the show. Other wildlife includes, elephant seals, Sea lions, Magellanic penguins and rheas.

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Argentina’s northwestern Salta Province is famous for its spectacular scenery of Andean peaks, multi coloured valleys (near Purmamarca) and vineyards (in particular near Cafayate).  The city of Salta was founded in 1582 by the Spanish commander Hernando de Lerma, as such it has many fine colonial buildings.  Salta adds a very different aspect to a tour of Argentina.  There are several find hotels and Estancias, House of Jasmines being one of our clients favourites.

Some clients use Salta as a gateway into Bolivia and the Uyuni Salts flats, with their journey ending in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

EXCEPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Argentina's Horse Whisperers
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A short distance from Buenos Aires is the beautiful Estancia La Bamba de Areco.  Not only does this working estancia provide superb accommodation and a great introduction to rural life in Argentina but it is one of the few places where you can witness firsthand gauchos who practice the art of ‘horse whispering’, a strange and almost mystical way to tame and train horses. For those lucky enough to witness a Horse Whisperer demonstration, the experience is truly amazing.
The term “horse whispering” refers to the method of taming a horse according to its nature, avoiding fear and pain, and by earning its trust and loyalty. Gentle, repetitive, persuasive techniques help build up trust between the rider and horse. In Argentina this technique is known as ‘Doma India’.
“As the gaucho enters the arena they apply gentle pressure to the horse and it lies down effortlessly on the ground. They lie alongside and gently breathe into the horse’s nostrils. The animal is totally at ease, calm and trance-like. The horse is rolled onto its back with its legs in the air and the rider climbs gently onto the animal’s stomach. The demonstration continues for ten minutes until finally the horse returns to all fours still totally at ease.”

Tango Festival – Buenos Aires, Argentina – August
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Mention Argentina and your mind may readily conjure an image of sultry and sexy dancers, closely entwined as they twist and glide across the floor – because if there’s one thing Argentina is known for, it’s the tango! In August each year, tango aficionados and international visitors celebrate ‘the world’s biggest tango extravaganza’ in the city that gave birth to this dramatic dance. And while most of Buenos Aires has tango fever all year round, this is the big one, the city’s – and therefore the world’s – most important tango festival.
Officially 18 days long, it begins with La Festival, a nine-day gala of tango orchestras, shows, film screenings, exhibitions, milongas, free dance lessons and other tango-related festivities. It opens with a massive open-air milonga where you’ll find tens of thousands of tangueros dancing across the cobbled streets of central Buenos Aires. The excitement builds as the festival ultimately morphs into the Tango World Championship, an elegant, classy affair where the world’s best tango dancers compete for glory, performing myriad variations of the traditional form.
Classes and milongas take place every day for tango enthusiasts of all skill levels. Although no one can say the tango is easy, it’s not as hard as you think – just bring your passion!

National Grape Harvest Festival – Mendoza, Argentina – March
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It’s like Carnival for wine enthusiasts and is Argentina’s biggest wine party, bringing together everyone from field workers to vineyard owners and much of the wine-loving world to enjoy four of life’s great pleasures – music, dancing, fireworks, and lots and lots of wine! In the first weekend of March, at the start of the grape-picking season, Argentinians in the Malbec region raise their glasses and celebrate with a festival that dates back to the 17th century. The tradition started out as a simple religious ceremony to give thanks for the year’s harvest but centuries later has evolved into a mega-party that draws crowds from all over the country and tourists from abroad.

The festival has been extended over 10 intense days of parades, music and art celebrations, and performing artists from all over South America are welcomed into Mendoza, creating an on-going carnival-like atmosphere in the streets. However the major attractions are on that first weekend, beginning on Friday evening with a parade of 18 Wine Queens from the provincial districts; people line the streets for a glimpse of the contestants and the chance to catch the bunches of grapes the women toss into the crowd. But why have just one parade when you can have two? On Saturday, a second parade features the chariot-driven queens, gaucho-styled men on horseback, and traditionally-costumed dancers representing the various regional cultures. Saturday night is the grand finale with the ‘Acto Central’ (Central Act), a dazzling large-scale, Vegas-styled (ticketed) spectacle in the main amphitheatre, with more than a thousand costumed performers performing to live music. And, at last, the moment arrives when the Queen of the Harvest is announced and crowned with a tiara of grape leaves, the evening ending in an explosion of fireworks.

If you are in Mendoza for any length of time, you may also come across unofficial, offshoot celebrations, each with their own particular flavour, such as the Crush of Grapes Night, Electro-Dance Harvest Night, and the outrageous Gay National Harvest (Drag) Queen which started off as a parody but now attracts many visitors in its own right!

fairs and sporting events (particularly equestrian).

‘Puerta Cerradas’ – Argentina’s Secret Restaurant Scene
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The Puerta Cerrada or ‘Closed Door’ restaurant is the latest culinary craze to hit Argentina’s restaurant scene. Chefs are giving up their normal jobs to turn their homes into a unique dining experience, for tourists and locals alike. Set in apartments and houses throughout the city, the settings are intimate and typically cater for around 10 people. The atmosphere is relaxed as it should be in a home and the conversation is usually lively and interesting as everyone joins in the evening. The menu is already set and, when it comes to what will be served, you are literally placing yourself in the chef’s hands. Each course is carefully explained and perfectly paired with a great Argentine wine. In the private homes of the chefs, you will not only dine on the finest cuisine but will also enjoy a true cultural experience.

Here we’ve recommended two of Buenos Aires’ finest ‘puerta cerrada’ restaurants:

Adentro Dinner Club

GrillRated in Tripadvisor as one of the 10 best dining experiences in Buenos Aires, this Puerta Cerrada restaurant is run by chef Gabriel and host Kelly. Gabriel’s specialty is the Argentine ‘asado’, the most representative and beloved food tradition in the country. Everything is homemade including the country-style bread, the chimichurri sauce and the passionfruit liquer served with champagne. Food is served ‘family style’ – take as much or as little as you like of the empanadas, salads, ribs, chorizo, steak, corn on the cob, portobellos, grilled prawns, etc. It’s no wonder that this home dining experience proves for many to be a highlight of their stay.

Open: Wednesday and Friday evenings only.

A SELECTION OF ACCOMMODATION

Luxury

Hub Porteno Buenos Aires Argentina

Hub Porteno

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Top class design and the finest facilities. Usually located in a spectacular setting it may be an exclusive hotel in a meticulously restored historic building, or recognised as the leading property of an international chain.

Boutique

Legadomitico Buenos Aires Argentina

Legado Mitico

Buenos Aires, Argentina

A perfect alternative to the big brand hotels:
exclusive and independently-owned properties with a smaller number of rooms and highly personalised services.

First Class

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Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa

Ushuaia, Argentina

High quality with an excellent room standard, a full range of facilities and first-rate service; may be a new property or regularly refurbished with attention to ongoing maintenance.

Hacienda

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La Bamba de Areco

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Haciendas ‘estates’ are found across much of South America and may have been plantations, cattle or sheep ranches. Most date from the 18th & 19th centuries and offer guests an opportunity to glimpse the world of the land barons and their famed horsemen. These beautiful colonial residences, set in extensive gardens or on wide farmland, retain their original style and ambiance, with high beamed ceilings, open fireplaces, and spacious rooms filled with antique furnishings.

Lodges

Don Los Cerros El Chalten Argentina

Los Cerros

El Chalten, Argentina

In the rainforests and jungles of Peru choose from a wide range of eco-lodges – from a comparatively luxurious retreat among the forest, to a complex of thatched cabañas in a lakeside location on a private reserve, to remote and rustic cottages offering a truly authentic experience. All lodges are eco-conscious and dedicated to conservation management and preservation of their environment.

Winery

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Entre Cielos Wine Hotel & Spa

Mendoza, Argentina

Entre Cielos lies in the foothills of the spectacular Andes, surrounded by vineyards that produce the world’s finest Malbec wines. Design and architecture, gourmet experiences, the authentic hammam and spa, plus Mendoza’s great outdoors.

Tourist-superior and tourist class accommodation is also available. For more information on the accommodation we offer, call 1300 784 794 or email contact@satc.com.au.

Planning Your Trip

The Booking Process

South America Travel Centre can look after all aspects of your holiday, including flights and travel insurance.

We start by asking you what your interests are and where you are interested in, when, for how long, what standard and style of accommodation (it can be a combination – for example you may wish to celebrate a special occasion while you’re away by staying in a very special property or place). Once we have a good understanding of just what you’re looking for, we can begin to create a holiday to meet your time and budget requirements and, most importantly, that will deliver interest and enjoyment in an experience to exceed your expectations.

Please book early.  Many of the hotels, lodges and cruise vessels we recommend are relatively small. For example the deluxe boutique hotel Hub Porteno (Buenos Aires) offers only 11 suites.  This exclusivity combined with high demand means they can be booked out up to 6-8 months in advance.

If you’re thinking of travelling during any major holidays like Christmas, New Year and Easter, or during any festivals, our advice is simply to book as early as you can, even 12 months or more, and we can add flights as soon as they become available.

Visa and Health Information

Argentine Reciprocity Fee
Australian passport holders are required to pay a ‘Reciprocity Fee’ for entry into Argentina by land, sea* or air. The fee must be pre-paid online (by credit card) prior to travel, and is valid for multiple re-entries within a period of 12 months from the date of issue. We’ll provide you with all the necessary information to complete the task.

You will need to hold a valid passport and have a return ticket when you arrival.

Vaccinations are advised for common diseases like Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid as well as Influenza. There are no compulsory vaccinations.

We advise you to consult a Travel Doctor specialist prior to departure to assess any health risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Flight Information

We have access to a wide range of airfares and have excellent relationships with our key airline partners. Our two main airline partners in Latin America are LATAM Airlines, QANTAS Airlines and Air New Zealand. We can also arrange internal flights for you within Latin America.

Irrespective of whether you book directly with us or with your preferred travel agent, we’ll request the details of all of your fights to ensure if there are any changes your transfers and other arrangements are adjusted accordingly.

The Best Time to Go

Argentina’s weather is as diverse as its geography – 3,650km from north to south, highest point of 6,959m (Aconcagua) – so the weather varies greatly

North-west Argentina: Best time – April to October. Wet season in summer – December to March, (very hot and humid Jan & Feb)

Atacama Desert: Good year-round – winter (Jun-Aug) has a pleasant daytime average of 22°C but dropping to 4°C or lower overnight; in summer (Jan-Mar) 25°+C in the day and down to 6°C at night

Lakes District: Year-round – best time October to April. Very cold in winter – June to August

Cruises: Best time – November to March (no operations winter – May to Aug/Sep)

Patagonia: Best time – November to March

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Inspiration

  • Argentina is one of South America’s great horse and cattle producing countries. The vast plains of the Pampas extend westward across central Argentina from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andean foothills and are home to the country’s legendary gauchos....

  • 'It's the end of the world as we know it. But here you'll feel fine.' Craig Plat, travel writer for Traveller, shares his experience in Ushuaia, Argentina staying at the Arakur hotel. 'The place: Arakur, Ushuaia. The location: It's the end of the world - Ushuaia is the southernmost city on the planet, located on the tip of South America on the island of Tierra del Fuego.'...

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