Travel on a holiday to Argentina with Explore and we guarantee you'll leave with a lifetime of memories. From the cosmopolitan tango capital of the world, Buenos Aires, head south to view the whales of the Valdes Peninsula, explore the wilds of Patagonia from Tierra del Fuego, stare in awe at the mighty Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate or enjoy the impressive spectacle of Iguacu Falls.
Argentina is immense, intense and dramatic. Wherever you go, the contrasts are breathtaking. From the dry deserts of the north to the frozen landscapes of the south, you will never get bored. The behemoth capital Buenos Aires is reminiscent of a sophisticated modern European city: life races past the grand baroque buildings at dizzying speeds, and there are hip bars and chic boutiques dotted around the city, but step into a milonga and the mysterious rituals of the tango belong to a previous century.
Buenos Aires is a great first port of call, whether you want to see the football, try tango or shop till you drop. Chic Palermo Viejo is the place for cool restaurants and new design, San Telmo with its cobbled streets is one of the oldest neighbourhoods, and the delta river system just north of the city is a calm retreat of houses on stilts.
At one end of the country the mighty Iguazú Falls thunder through lush jungle, filled with electric-blue butterflies, and crumbling mission ruins lie undisturbed among the trees and vines. At the other, silent glaciers stretch endlessly before you, until they shatter with a roar and a splash into a milky turquoise-blue lagoon; world-class ski resorts overlook dark brooding lakes and forests that turn auburn in the autumn. Drive the desolate Ruta 40 through the wild expanses of Patagonia where 0the only sign of life will be a couple of condors and a thousand prehistoric handprints on a cave wall. Whether escaping like Butch and Sundance, or seeking freedom like the Welsh pioneers, you’ll find a liberating expanse of nothing.
Head east to Puerto Madryn for amazing marine life or travel the solitary Ruta 40 in Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s tyre tracks. From windy El Calafate, cross an iceberg-strewn lake for breathtaking views of the southern ice field, and later attempt an ice trek on Glacier Perito Moreno. Further south, Tierra del Fuego offers the ultimate wilderness and, as you take a boat trip along the Beagle Channel, you’ll feel like a true explorer.
Argentina is also the starting point for our Antarctic voyages.