As well as being the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina is also one of the world’s 17 mega-diverse nations. reflecting the immense biodiversity across its four distinct regions: The Andes, the North, the Pampas, and Patagonia. Wine lovers head to the eastern foothills of the Andes to find fertile vineyards, while outdoorsy types set their sites on the pristine wilderness of Patagonia—home to sea lions, pumas, and some of the world’s best hiking.
Every Argentina tour must pass through its immensely livable capital city, Buenos Aires, where European architecture blends seamlessly with the Latin American way of life. Planning an Argentina tour isn’t easy, so we’ve included some of our sample Argentina vacation packages below. Every Tourlane trip is tailor-made from beginning to end - and curated by Travel Experts. Less
Translated as “Land of Fire,” Tierra del Fuego is perfect for nature lovers and keen hikers. Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park where the Altos Andes meet the Patagonian Forest to see black-necked swans, grey foxes, and penguins. Hike through glaciers or sail the Beagle Channel—just be sure to bring a jacket as temperatures rarely rise above 48°F.
Iguazú Falls is the world’s largest waterfall system. This truly extraordinary natural wonder is a worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the culmination of approximately 200 individual streams cascading into the “Devil’s Throat Canyon” on the border of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The best time to visit is February through March, when the water level peaks and skies are at their clearest.
Visit Los Glaciares National Park to behold the Perito Moreno Glacier. Floating in the teal waters of Argentino Lake, this is one of the few “advancing” glaciers in the world. At a height of 240 feet and stretching over 3 miles, this colossal ice field is the third-largest in the world.
If you’re interested in seeing Argentina’s immensely diverse marine life, head to Peninsula Valdes - a Patagonian nature reserve. Go whale watching, scuba dive with elephant seals, or walk amongst a waddle of penguins - your Tourlane Travel Expert will gladly organize these experiences on your behalf. Inland hikes provide ample opportunity to spot the Argentine grey fox, the guanaco llama, and the flightless nandu bird.
Settled in Argentina’s southwest Lake District, Nahuel Huapi National Park boasts 2,720 square miles of Patagonian wilderness and the deepest clear water lake in the country at 1,394 feet: Lake Nahuel Huapi. At the base of the park’s Andean cordillera, this glacial lake is surrounded by deciduous woodlands. Visit in autumn (March-May) when the winds calm and the trees change color.
The capital of Argentina is also the country's largest and most vibrant city. It’s easy to see why this exciting destination is known as the “Paris of South America,” with the wide boulevards, elegant townhouses, and vibrant cafe culture throughout. We recommend hiring a tour guide to help you see the best that this enormous metropolis has to offer. The city’s thriving gastronomy scene is perfect for those with a fondness for red meat and world-class wines. If you overindulge, there’s always the opportunity to dance it off with a late-night Tango session.
In this fertile valley, you will find Argentina’s best vineyards and olive groves—a bottle of either makes the perfect souvenir. Stroll through the city’s main square, Plaza de Independencia, before grabbing a hot Fainâ—the Argentinian pizza. Tour the wineries by car, bike, or horse and take a long lunch while sampling the local delicacies. If the dazzling views of the Andes tempt you to discover more, head to the mountains to ski, raft, or hike the soaring peaks. Less
A great way to experience Argentinian food and culture is through asado or parrillada - the country’s version of barbecue. This is Argentina’s national dish which originates from the country’s cowboys who used to feast off Argentina’s many cows. As well as beef, you’ll also find ribs, pork, and sausages on the barbecue. Argentina is a great destination for carnivorous travelers! The meat goes perfectly with a glass of delicious, locally produced Argentine wine.
The cows that give Argentina fantastic steak also produce delicious dairy products, such as dulce de leche. This thick caramel is sweet, sticky, and present in many desserts, including sweet empanadas - a South American pastry. Savoury empanadas are also well worth trying, and typically feature ground beef or chicken.
If you’re considering planning your Argentina vacation to coincide with a popular local event, and you want to experience a carnival atmosphere, visit during January and February to experience Gualeguaychu Carnival. With its bright costumes, live music, and floats, you’ll feel the amazing energy and dynamism of Argentina. If you’re interested in dance, the Buenos Aires Tango Festival and World Tango Championship takes place every February in the capital. If you’re new to the legendary Argentine dance, the festival includes beginner's Tango lessons! Expect to see couples performing the traditional dance all across Buenos Aires.
Argentina has four distinct seasons, but because the country is in the southern hemisphere, they fall at different times to the USA. Winter is from June to August, spring is September to November, summer is December to February, and autumn is March to May. Summer is the most popular time for tourists, especially in Buenos Aires, with temperatures in the high 60s to high 70s. Spring and summer are the busiest travel seasons for Patagonia, but autumn has the draw of fall foliage and fewer crowds. The wine country of Mendoza is beautiful year-round. Nights are cold during winter, but sunshine still reigns during the day. Summer has the most tourists, so you may want to consider spring or fall to see the planting and harvesting activities.
Argentina is located in Argentina Standard Time (UTC-3).
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The Argentine Peso (ARS) is Argentina's official currency.
Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (EZE) has direct flights to the USA and is the country's primary international gateway.
The official language of Argentina is Spanish.