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Argentina

Argentina is a country of extreme contrasts and a holiday here can combine snow-capped mountains tumbling into glacial waters with scorched deserts and tropical rainforest.

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Reflecting this contrast of landscape is a patchwork of cultures that turn and twist together like a tango dance. The bustling streets of Buenos Aires are alive with impossibly chic shops, cafes and restaurants in Recoleta, moody bars and quirky stalls in San Telmo and the latest in boutique fashion and cuisine in Palermo.

In the north of the country lush rainforest surrounds the spectacular Iguazu Falls and, for those who love wildlife, riding or fishing a visit to the Ibera Wetlands will not disappoint. These vast wetlands spread to the horizon as far as the eye can see and they are teaming with flora and fauna. Salta, the northwest frontier is a desert wilderness peppered by boutique vineyards quietly creating exceptional wine that is yet to be widely discovered.

Central Argentina is best known for the winelands in Mendoza that blanket the foothills of the Andes Mountains. We work with fantastic sommeliers in the region to help our guests access some of the country’s most exclusive vineyards. Northeast of Mendoza lie the grassy, rolling hills of Cordoba, famous for world-class polo ranches and dove shooting.

Moving further south takes you to the indigo lakes of Bariloche and San Martin that lie in the shadows of the Andes. Some of Exceptional Travel’s favourite lakeside hotels are tucked into the pine forests here and it is a wonderful place to rest and unwind or fish in crystal clear trout streams.

It is worth taking on the sometimes unforgiving weather to visit Patagonia, which straddles the southern tip of Argentina and Chile. This wild and dramatic land is breathtakingly beautiful where the Andes Mountains meet timeless glaciers and lakes the colour of cornflowers. One of our favourite ways of accessing Chile from here is to sail through the fjords by boat with incredible wildlife sightings along the way.

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Quick Facts

Capital City
Buenos Aires

Population
44 million

Area
2.8m sq km (1.1m sq miles)

Major language
Spanish

Major religion
Christianity

Currency
Peso

The seasons in Argentina vary as dramatically from north to south as the landscape does. The tropical climate of the north means that it is warm year round but tends to be drier between April and October.

The central regions and Patagonia get very cold and snowy from May to September. In fact much of Patagonia is closed off during the peak of its winter though in the Lake District ski resorts in Bariloche open its pistes for local skiers.

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Highlights

Buenos Aires

If you allow this moody and enticing city to get under your skin, it may never leave. A sultry tango dance in a low-lit bar; the way the streets constantly evolve from faded Parisian elegance to stark, contemporary design to shabby cobbled walkways lined with market stalls – you are constantly on your toes and it makes you feel alive.

Between November and December the Argentine Open Polo Championship takes place and even those who have no interest in horses will enjoy the electric atmosphere of the crowd – more akin to a rowdy football match than a sedate county tournament.

Some of South America’s most innovative chefs have launched restaurants in the city. But nothing can beat a hunk of beef slapped onto your plate and washed down with a glass of the finest Malbec.

The city is now known to be rivalling Sao Paulo for its art galleries and we can arrange viewings not only of the top galleries but also of private collections, for those with a serious passion for fine art.

However you choose to see Argentina, no visit is complete without a visit to its majestic capital city.

Iguazu Falls

These spectacular waterfalls straddle Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This is the largest water system in the world and the sound of 275 waterfalls spewing up to 450,000 cubic feet of water into the churning river below is unforgettable.

A full day here will give you plenty of time to explore from the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the waterfalls as well as take a boat trip to the base of the ‘Devil’s Throat’ waterfall, the tallest in Iguazu. On land, excellent walkways are easy to navigate with plenty of viewpoints from which to take in varying aspects of this truly awesome spectacle.

For nature lovers and, in particular, bird lovers, a longer stay will allow time to explore the rainforests beyond, which are teaming with birds and over 2000 species of plant life. Exceptional Travel can arrange a private guide with well-trained eyes that will open up a world of habitats amid the dense foliage.

There are a handful of excellent places to stay on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the waterfalls. At dusk, rest in the luxury of a private veranda, gin and tonic in hand, listening to the sound of the night coming alive and the distant thunder of these mighty falls.

The Lake District

A quick and easy flight from Buenos Aires takes you to Bariloche or San Martin de Los Andes where your guide and driver will be waiting to whisk you to your lakeside lodge or estancia. The region is well protected by a string of nature reserves and the first breaths of this pristine air are immediately rejuvenating. Pine forests, indigo lakes and open meadows make this a fantastic destination for walking, riding and birdwatching.

Trout fishing in the region is among the best in the world and we are always happy to arrange a private fishing guide to help locate the best spots on the river. For those craving to be in the saddle, some of the country’s best working estancias are located here with hardy, thoroughbred horses trained to near perfection by local gauchos who could ride long before they could walk.

Buenos Aires

If you allow this moody and enticing city to get under your skin, it may never leave. A sultry tango dance in a low-lit bar; the way the streets constantly evolve from faded Parisian elegance to stark, contemporary design to shabby cobbled walkways lined with market stalls – you are constantly on your toes and it makes you feel alive.

Between November and December the Argentine Open Polo Championship takes place and even those who have no interest in horses will enjoy the electric atmosphere of the crowd – more akin to a rowdy football match than a sedate county tournament.

Some of South America’s most innovative chefs have launched restaurants in the city. But nothing can beat a hunk of beef slapped onto your plate and washed down with a glass of the finest Malbec.

The city is now known to be rivalling Sao Paulo for its art galleries and we can arrange viewings not only of the top galleries but also of private collections, for those with a serious passion for fine art.

However you choose to see Argentina, no visit is complete without a visit to its majestic capital city.

Iguazu Falls

These spectacular waterfalls straddle Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This is the largest water system in the world and the sound of 275 waterfalls spewing up to 450,000 cubic feet of water into the churning river below is unforgettable.

A full day here will give you plenty of time to explore from the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the waterfalls as well as take a boat trip to the base of the ‘Devil’s Throat’ waterfall, the tallest in Iguazu. On land, excellent walkways are easy to navigate with plenty of viewpoints from which to take in varying aspects of this truly awesome spectacle.

For nature lovers and, in particular, bird lovers, a longer stay will allow time to explore the rainforests beyond, which are teaming with birds and over 2000 species of plant life. Exceptional Travel can arrange a private guide with well-trained eyes that will open up a world of habitats amid the dense foliage.

There are a handful of excellent places to stay on both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the waterfalls. At dusk, rest in the luxury of a private veranda, gin and tonic in hand, listening to the sound of the night coming alive and the distant thunder of these mighty falls.

The Lake District

A quick and easy flight from Buenos Aires takes you to Bariloche or San Martin de Los Andes where your guide and driver will be waiting to whisk you to your lakeside lodge or estancia. The region is well protected by a string of nature reserves and the first breaths of this pristine air are immediately rejuvenating. Pine forests, indigo lakes and open meadows make this a fantastic destination for walking, riding and birdwatching.

Trout fishing in the region is among the best in the world and we are always happy to arrange a private fishing guide to help locate the best spots on the river. For those craving to be in the saddle, some of the country’s best working estancias are located here with hardy, thoroughbred horses trained to near perfection by local gauchos who could ride long before they could walk.

Where to stay

These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.

Estancia Huechahue

Estancia Huechahue is a 15,000 acre working ranch set in the foothills of the Andes, amid archetypal northern Patagonian landscapes. The estancia remains one of our favourite destinations for guests who are looking for a genuine Argentine experience of Patagonia in the hands of a team who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the region.

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Awasi Iguazu

Awasi Iguazú is the perfect spot to explore the spectacular Iguazu waterfalls as well as the miles of rainforest that surround them. Few people take the time to venture further than the waterfalls and the forests are almost empty.

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Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina is one of the finest and most remote locations in Patagonia. Only accessed by boat, the estancia is perched on the northwest shore of the Argentino Lake, deep in Los Glaciares National Park. This enviable position gives guests who stay here exclusive access to the Upsala Glacier, one of the most stunning viewpoints on the continent.

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Las Balsas

Hosteria Las Balsas is a small luxury boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Argentina’s Lake District. Located to the north of Bariloche, this Relais & Chateaux property offers the finest cuisine and accommodation in the area.

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Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located in the fashionable neighbourhood of Recoleta. This fantastic hotel is moments away from the most exclusive shops and restaurants in the city and exudes the opulence of the private palace that it once was.

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Rincon del Socorro

The Ibera Wetlands are often overshadowed by Brazil’s larger and wider-known Pantanal but they are just as spectacular. Ibera means ‘bright water’ in the local guarani dialect and, when the sun catches the water and every horizon flashes sliver, it is easy to see why.

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