Argentina

Where to go

The second largest country in South America, Argentina offers a diverse landscape.  Highlights include:

  • Buenos Aires - the capital, a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city with fabulous restaurants and hotels.  Known as the Paris of South America.
  • Iguassu Falls (bordering Brazil and Paraguay)
  • Patagonia in the south (bordering Chile)
  • Bariloche in the Lake District (bordering Chile)
  • Mendoza in the north, wine district, Andes mountains (bordering Chile)


What to do

  • Go horse riding on estancias in the pampas close to Buenos Aires or in the lake district.
  • Trek in Patagonia (awesome, soaring glaciers in Patagonia - El Calafate: Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers) and trekking in the Andes close to Mendoza.
  • See wildlife: whales, seals and penguins in the Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia.  Sub-tropical flora and fauna at Iguassu Falls including birds and butterflies.
  • Simply take in the stunning scenery in the lake district with expansive shimmering lakes between Argentina and Chile (the lake crossing is a popular way to cross between the two countries). 
  • Take a wine tasting tour in Mendoza in the north



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When to go

The seasons are opposite to those in the Northern hemisphere with winter from June to October and summer from December to March with temperatures over 30°C in Buenos Aires and Iguassu.  There are tropical showers in Iguassu during the summer and long, sunny days in the summer in the south (Patagonia).  Winters in Patagonia are harsh with snowy conditions.  Spring and autumn are nice times to travel often with pleasant sunny days although the weather can be unpredictable at these times.  Peak season is around Christmas and New Year when hotels and flight availability can be difficult.


Currency and money

Peso.  ATMs are easily available.  Cash is dispensed in local currency.  Good value for money.  Restaurants, cafes, etc, very reasonable.


Cuisine

Great steaks, superb Argentinean wines from Mendoza region.  Tremendous range of restaurants in Buenos Aires offering cuisine from around the world.


Hotels

Tremendous choice from boutique hotels and international hotels to traditional ranches (“estancias) and lodges.


Where to go next

Combine Argentina and Chile crossing the border in the lake district or in Patagonia.  Take an Antarctic cruise from Ushuaia in the south of Argentina.  Or combine Argentina and Brazil, for example visiting Buenos Aires and Iguazu before continuing to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Iguazu is situated on the Argentine/Brazil/Paraguay border so you can fly into the Argentine airport and then take a domestic flight from the Brazilian airport to continue your holiday in Brazil.


Links

Saspo’s partner office in Argentina is Top Dest.  For further information on the country and its highlights and destinations including a great selection of photographs please see Top Dest’s website  www.topdest.com.ar

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com