Holidays & Sabbaticals to Argentina – In a Nutshell
Argentina presents a diverse range of wildly beautiful landscapes, from the immense glaciers of Patagonia in the south
to the high-altitude deserts of the Puna around Salta in the north.
In-between, the mighty Iguazu Falls fringed by tropical rainforest and wetlands, the spectacular snow-capped Andes
and sun-kissed Mendoza and its surrounding wine country.
And at the heart of it all Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango, and a whirl of amazing restaurants, dance halls, nightclubs and theatre.
How to Get to Argentina
Most will arrive by air. Argentina’s biggest 2 airports are both in Buenos Aires. Fly directly from the UK, mainland Europe and major US cities (11-16 hours).
From here you can take hopper flights to just about anywhere including Bariloche, Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu and El Calafate, or travel overland.
Alternatively, the long-distance buses are excellent for domestic or inter-regional travel.
When & Weather – Argentina
Argentina’s seasons are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere.
The best time to visit depends on where you’re going; there is not a single time of year when the weather’s great throughout the country!
Temperature range wildly too, between -1C (31°F) and 27°C (82°F). To avoid extreme temperatures aim for:
Patagonia and south: November to March
Iguazu and northwest: June to August, especially April
Buenos Aires and Pampas: September to November, March to May
Mendoza: all year
Ski season in Bariloche is June to October
Who will Argentina Appeal To?
Adventure lovers! The diverse landscapes offer an enormous range of varied and unique experiences. In particular, it’s suited to:
- Active travellers
- Culture lovers
- Foodies and oenophiles
- Wildlife enthusiasts
- Keen photographers
- Solo travellers
- Sporty types
We work with boutique hotels and charming rentals in the cities, to suit all tastes.
A stay in a traditional working estancia will allow you to ride out with gauchos and watch them muster cattle.
Get close to nature in a futuristic eco dome in Patagonia, or a wildlife and conservation lodge in the pristine Esteros del Ibera.
Off The Beaten Path
- In the northwest the shimmering white salt flats of Salinas Grandes are otherworldly in their beauty. Nearby are turquoise lakes
studded with scarlet flamingos, and a vast lateau of giant cacti; utterly surreal (Parque Nacional de Los Cardones).
- Kayak across mirror-still Lago Blest then white-water raft down the impossibly blue Rio Manso (Lake District).
- Learn about Guaraní indigenous culture with local guides in Yacutinga National Park. They’ll take you hiking through the jungle
to learn about their medicinal plants.
- The Valdes Peninsula is home to an enormous colony of elephant seals.
- Southern Right Whales can be seen here from May to December (breeding, calving and nursing season).
- Look out for endangered giant otters and giant anteaters, in the subtropical rainforest around Iguazu.
- Yacutinga Nature Reserve has an incredible diversity of birdlife, including caciques and rare toucan.
- Visit South America’s only colony of rockhopper penguins near Puerto Deseado.
- The Ibera Wetlands are a 3-million acre ecosystem of bogs, swamps and lagoons. Capybara and caiman are everywhere; native jaguar are harder to spy.
Argentina Experiences you shouldn’t miss:
- Dining out in Buenos Aires.
- Lingering at Iguazu Falls.
- Safari Crossing the Puna, a rugged plateau near Colonial Salta.
- Road tripping through the Lake District from Bariloche to San Martin de los Andes.
- Hiking along the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia.
- Horse-riding with gauchos at a traditional estancia in Cordoba.
- Dancing tango in a ‘milonga’ in San Telmo.
- Tasting local wines in.
- Mendoza’s vineyards.
Venture far from the tourist trail to Patagonia’s Eastern Atlantic coast and spend time at Bahia Bustamante Lodge. By staying here you’ll support the lodge’s
mission to protect this idyllic spot, promote environmental conservation and raise awareness about the protection of this fragile ecosystem. This includes
supporting scientists who use Bahia Bustamante as the perfect environment to study the rich wildlife, geology and archaeology of the region. Bahia Bustamante
is an IBA (Important Bird & Biodiversity Area), home to 100,000 magellanic penguins in high season (including a penguin breeding site),
an important 4000-strong sea lion colony and at least 125 identified bird species, of which two are endemic.
Our experienced team will guide you through a number of ideas based on how you would like to experience Argentina.
Consider visiting Argentina in combination with Chile or Uruguay or add a relaxing beach stay in Brazil.
Browse our gallery for inspiration and read the sample itinerary below to whet your appetite.
No matter how long you have to travel, we’ll guide you through the planning process to ensure a trip is carefully pieced together to suit your interests,
pace of travel and budget. Contact us to start planning a holiday or sabbatical to Argentina.