Argentina at a glance
Argentina is such a diverse country that it’s hard to know where to begin! From the sun-baked, high-altitude landscapes of the North to the frozen tip of Southern Patagonia, the country’s vast expanse is packed with one jaw-dropping view after another. Just the word Argentina conjures up images of lone gauchos riding across vast pampas plains, of sultry characters locked in tango’s passionate embrace and of exuberant football fans cheering on the infamous Maradona. All of this can indeed be found within Argentina’s broad borders, but this dynamic country goes beyond the stereotypes and delivers much, much more.
In the endlessly fascinating Buenos Aires you’ll find a vibrant metropolis keeping up the pace with any other world capital when it comes to fashion, fiestasand the arts. The city’s nightlife is legendary, and live rock music, tango, electronic and everything in between can be enjoyed there from dusk till dawn any day of the week. In the North you’ll find some of Argentina’s most intact colonial villages and a thriving traditional culture, while wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by the marine wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula. Lovers of the great outdoors are spoilt for choice, with waterfalls, lakes and glaciers forming some of the most incredible landscapes in the Americas, while the mighty Andean Mountain range strides down the western reaches of the country creating a wonderland for hikers and climbers. The perfect azure waters of the Patagonia Lake District give way to ancient glaciers and ice fields at its southern tip, before the frozen world of Antarctica takes hold – and all of this is waiting to be enjoyed, by both serious hikers and day-trippers alike.
What not to miss in
Buenos Aires is a vibrant and varied city with a unique character that will draw you in. There’s always something to do and is many peoples’ favorite Latin American city.
Patagonia – Calafate
Giant glaciers and beautiful mountain ridges await you in the incredible nature-filled region of Argentina’s Patagonia.
Witnessing the incredible power of over 250 separate falls thundering down from heights of up to 80feet into the river below is a truly inspiring experience.
The Peninsula Valdes bays offer a safe breeding and feeding ground for all sorts of fascinating wildlife, including sea lions, sea elephants, penguins, dolphins and, most impressively of all, the giant southern right whales, who visit the region between August and December to deliver and raise their young.
Salta & Jujuy
Salta is the biggest city in the Northwestern region of Argentina, and with its balmy climate and attractive colonial architecture. It is also a perfect base to explore the traditional north; Jujuy and the wine district of Cafayate.
Lakes of Bariloche
Nestled amongst the lakes and mountains of the stunningly beautiful Patagonia Lake District, Bariloche serves as a well-developed base for visitors coming to explore the surrounding countryside.
Ushuaia is the largest, and only, city on the evocatively named island of Tierra del Fuego, which translates into English as The Land of Fire. Ushuaia’s inhabitants claim that it is the most southerly city in the world and it really does feel like a distant outpost.
Luxuriating under year-round sun in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza Province boasts the perfect climate for wine-growing. If you like a little wining and dining (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), then you will not want to miss at least a few days of indulgence here.
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Silvina started exploring her home country, Argentina, as a child, and over the years her fascination with travel grew and she developed a passion for getting to know different places and people. After high school Silvina studied Tourism and Hotel Management in Buenos Aires and during her last year of university joined an internship program in France. Silvina says that this incredible experience gave her the chance to get to know people from all over the world, and reinforced her love for intercultural exchange and travel. Following her internship in France, Silvina worked in hotels in two of Argentina’s most important travel destinations – Puerto Iguazu and Bariloche. Following her graduation she started working for an incoming tour operator in Buenos Aires where she remained for four years before joining Global Encounters where she leads the Buenos Aires office.