Argentina has it all: glamour, beautiful people, fabulous
wine, snow-capped peaks, basking whales, amazing glaciers, awe
inspiring waterfalls, gauchos and empanadas.
The starting point for every trip should be the capital, Buenos
Aires, an elegant and cosmopolitan city that radiates verve and
exuberance from every corner. This is a truly great city that comes
alive at night, and where heated discussions about politics,
fashion and football are held over glasses of Malbec. The city
district of San Telmo is full of alleys and colonial architecture
is in sharp contrast to the paint box coloured buildings in La
The Iguazu Falls remains a popular focus point for visitors.
This natural splendour with its subtropical setting is accessed by
the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) where walkways take you
right above the falls and into the real action.
The contrasting scenery of 30km long Perito Moreno Glacier in
Patagonia is also well worth a visit and is the stuff of legends.
It is vast, imposing, wild and impossibly beautiful.
If you want to see the 'End of the World' head to Ushuaia. This
is the starting point for expeditions to Antarctica, or take the
Australis boat providing an amazing cruise to Punta Arenas in
Chile. Or head to Bariloche, in the heart of Argentina's Lake
District, where you can trek amongst the snow-capped peaks, go
white water rafting, take a slow boat across a fjord or simply
watch the sunset over the mountains.
For culture as opposed to countryside go to Salta, one of
Argentina's most charismatic and historic cities Its palm filled
plazas and 17th century buildings are delightful to wander around
and in the evenings the town comes to life. The food is great and
the wine - from nearby Calchaqui Valley or Mendoza - is even
Peninsula Valdes is a great spot for seeing a huge array of
marine life, birds and a profusion of Patagonian wildlife such as
guanacos, rheas and armadillos. During the spring months this
treeless island is home to whales, penguins and seals who come to
breed at the foot of the peninsula's cliffs.
Argentina provides bountiful opportunities for the adventurous
traveller with its diverse geography of snow, deserts, lakes and