Luxury Argentina Holidays

Argentina draws you in with its beautiful and diverse landscapes of tropical flora and fauna, fertile plains, Daz white glaciers and colourful cities. Not to mention their fabulous cuisine and friendly people.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The sheer variety of wild scenery and rugged landscapes you'll see on holiday here, which range from rainforests in the north to glaciers in the south
  • Whether you're a wine buff, foodie, nature lover or adrenaline enthusiast, Argentina will satisfy each and every past time
  • The diversity of its wildlife: you'll see caiman, capybara and a cornucopia of birds in the wetlands of the north, whilst you can expect to spot orcas, elephant seals and penguins off the wild coast of the Peninsula Valdes

Luxury Holidays in Argentina: The Detail

South America's second largest country (after Brazil) has a wealth of stunning scenery to enjoy on a luxury holiday, from the sub-Antarctic regions of Patagonia in the south to sub-tropical jungle in the north. In the west, the impressive Andes (including the highest peak in the western hemisphere, Mt. Aconcagua) run the length of the country and form a natural frontier with neighbouring Chile.

Did you know

  • Argentina means 'land of silver'. Settlers thought the land was filled with silver, but unfortunately it wasn't
  • The Latin dance and music called the Tango originated in Buenos Aires
  • Argentina was one of the first countries in the world to have radio broadcasting, with its first broadcast made in August 1920. At that time only 20 people had a receiver
  • It is customary to eat gnocci on the 29th of each month, a tradition probably introduced by Italian immigrants
  • Friend's Day, much like the concept of Mother's Day and Father's Day, is an official holiday in Buenos Aires on the 20th July, although it is not a national public holiday

The centre of Argentina is dominated by the Pampas - vast, fertile grasslands - and is also home to Cordoba, and the country's ever more impressive winelands in Mendoza. Finally, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is a passionate and lively city to visit while enjoying a luxury holiday - it's a melting pot of peoples from Europe and Latin America. And speaking of passion, Argentina is one of the Original Travel team's favourite places, and we know it intimately.

Argentina hosts contrasting landscapes from the vibrancy and colour of Buenos Aires to the cool magnificent glaciers of Patagonia. Buenos Aires is a particular luxury holiday favourite of ours, if not for the opportunities to dabble in some tango dancing but for its historic heritage and contrasting modern docks. The pampas are the fertile plains that house great ranches, otherwise known as Estancias, for horse riding and immersing yourself in endless Argentinean countryside, you can go on a long ride and not even see another soul - bliss. If there is an epic photo opportunity to be had, however, it's of the Iguazu Falls, where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet. Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes is home to some of South America's finest wine, and a tour round the vineyards is a must. However what makes Argentina that much more attractive as a luxury holiday destination - is its wildlife; Egellanic penguins in archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, whales and seals along the Peninsula Valdes and more incredible marine wildlife in the Ibera wetlands.

There is so much to see and do in Argentina that one visit may not suffice, yet with a little help from us we can tailor make a trip of a life time.

Why read a review online when you can talk to someone at Original Travel who has visited all the latest chic hotels in BA's Palermo district or can advise on where to try your hand at polo? Our Latin America team have the inside track on all the best places to go and things to see on a luxury holiday to Argentina.


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Love being wined and dined? You're in for a treat! Asados, churrasco, empanadas, Malbec and mate (a caffeine-rich drink that's an acquired taste, but that should be sampled nonetheless)...the list is endless...

Will, Original Traveller

A note on price

Like many of its neighbours, Argentina is a large country and so much of the expense in travelling here lies in flying domestically. A two-week trip would start from roughly £4,800 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
  • Rainfall — 3cm / 1.3 inches
What to pack

dancing shoes (you can’t visit Argentina without sampling tango)

Flight from London

13:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs


Top picks for Argentina

Aguas Arriba Lodge

Aguas Arriba Lodge

Southern Patagonia

Situated at the Estancia Río de Las Vueltas, Aguas Arriba Lodge is located in the remote and stunning Patagonia wilderness surrounded by endless stretches of lake shoreline and acres of forest, and is just 23 miles from El Chaltén.

Where to stay

Cruceros Australis

Cruceros Australis

Tierra del Fuego

The Cruceros Australis offers two vessels, the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis, which will take guests between the Chilean city of Punta Arenas and Ushuaia in Argentina.

Where to stay

Bahia Bustamante

Bahia Bustamante

Peninsula Valdes & the Atlantic Coast

While this remote set up is not on Peninsula Valdes itself, the protected Patagonian Atlantic coast to the south has equally stunning scenery and if peace and quiet and is what you’re after, Bahia Bustamante is just the ticket.

Where to stay

Horses, Patagonia

Riding in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

Patagonia’s rugged, unpopulated expanse is the sort of landscape that makes everyone want to leap onto a horse and gallop into the distance, cowboy hat round the neck and hair flying.

What to do

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls Helicopter Ride

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Silence the arguments over whether it’s the Argentinian or the Brazilian side of the Iguazu/Iguassu Falls that affords the best view, see the whole lot from the air in a thrilling helicopter ride.

What to do

Tango, Argentina

Tango in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

With a history reaching back to the 1880s, the sensual Argentinian national dance comes from roots that combine African slave music with Andalucian melodies and Italian influences.

What to do

Argentina Mendoza

Winery Tours in Mendoza

Mendoza

If you’re in Mendoza, the chances are it’s because you’ve enjoyed Argentinian wine and are keen to get to the source!

What to do

Lake and Snowcapped Mountain

Northern Patagonia

Argentina

From Bariloche in the south to San Martin de los Andes, the Lake District is all about the great outdoors.

Where to go

Estancia Helsingfors

Estancia Helsingfors

Southern Patagonia

The Estancia Helingsfors is a traditional and cosy home-from-home in the ruggedly spectacular Los Glaciares National Park of Patagonia.

Where to stay

Argentina Glacier

Glacier Ice Trekking

Southern Patagonia

Southern Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park stretches parallel to the Andes for over 120 miles, its most famous members being the Perito Moreno, Upsala and Onelli.

What to do

Red Eye Penguin

Peninsula Valdes & the Atlantic Coast

Argentina

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Peninsula Valdes is home to aquaplaning killer whales, elephant seals and southern right whales.

Where to go

Riding & Polo

Riding & Polo

Cordoba & Central Sierra

Ideal riding territory, the central mountains or sierra of Argentina are beautifully rolling, with lush fields and incredible scenery unspoilt by buildings or people, save the cattle-herders and gauchos.

What to do

Eolo

Eolo

Southern Patagonia

Eolo is a stylish country lodge located between El Calafate and the renowned Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia.

Where to stay

Lake with Flamingoes

North West Argentina

Argentina

Still relatively little visited, this is a fascinating region of extreme landscapes, from lunar valleys to fertile vineyards, with the city of Salta as jumping-off point.

Where to go

Lago Argentino

Southern Patagonia

Argentina

Head as far south as you can to witness Argentina's extraordinary glaciers, mountains and rugged scenery.

Where to go

Fly Fishing Argentina

Fly Fishing in Northern Patagonia

Northern Patagonia

Still a fully working farm, Tipiliuke Lodge is part of the 20,000 hectare Cerro de los Pinos country estate founded in 1909 by the grandfather of the current owners.

What to do

Northern Patagonia Lake

Lake Crossing to Chile

Northern Patagonia

Running between the Chilean lakes towns of Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt and the Argentinian counterpart; Bariloche, the trip across lakes and borders includes several different modes of transport as the roads and lakes weave their way directly through the mountains. No chance to get bored, and even the kids won’t ask if you’re nearly there yet, as you swap the bus for a catamaran and do the same in reverse when you’re back on solid ground again.

What to do

Kau Tapen Lodge

Kau Tapen Lodge

Tierra del Fuego

The aptly named Kau Tapen (the ‘house of fishing’) is a comfortable lodge set on the Rio Grande in the isolated Tierra del Fuego region.

Where to stay

Colourful street with hanging lantern

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Argentina

One of Latin America's sexiest cities combines easily with a taste of rural Argentinian life and a meeting with the iconic gaucho.

Where to go

Horse Riding, Argentina

Riding in Southern Patagonia

Southern Patagonia

Although El Chalten is known for its superb hiking and mountain climbing, its pristine wild scenery also lends itself perfectly to some spectacular riding.

What to do

Golden Boat

Tierra del Fuego

Argentina

South America curls south-eastwards to a final tip at Tierra del Fuego, a large triangular island that is half Argentinian and half Chilean and all wild.

Where to go

Esplendor Hotel El Calafate

Esplendor Hotel El Calafate

Southern Patagonia

Simplicity is the name of the game at this comfortable hotel perched on a hill above the city of El Calafate from which to explore the wilderness and mountains of Patagonia.

Where to stay

Los Cerros

Los Cerros

Southern Patagonia

Set on a hillside surrounded by dramatic scenery, Hotel Los Cerros overlooks the small town of El Chaltén in Southern Patagonia.

Where to stay

Le Boca, Argentina

La Boca Football Match

Buenos Aires & the Pampas

Football fan or not, you are likely to have heard of a controversial footballer by the name of Diego Maradona, hailing from La Boca, one of the poorer districts of the city - now a bohemian and colourful tourist attraction.

What to do

Thank you so much for organising the most wonderful holiday for us. It was the best holiday I have ever been on. Everything ran smoothly and we just loved everything. I shall be recommending you to all my friends.

Jane & Charlie

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