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.


Top picks for Argentina

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

Mendoza

Mendoza

Argentina

Best known for its beautiful vineyards and their wines, now enjoyed the world over, a Mendoza holiday combines easily with Chile's capital Santiago.

Where to go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horse Riding, Cordoba, Argentina

Cordoba & Central Sierra

Argentina

A short flight west of Buenos Aires, Córdoba is a horse riding holiday heaven; with rolling hills and excellent estancias.

Where to go

Los Cauquenes

Los Cauquenes

Tierra del Fuego

Located just 4 miles from Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, Los Cauquenes sits in splendid isolation overlooking the Beagle Channel, and most of the rooms have a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of the imposing Andes Mountain Range.

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

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

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

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

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

Estancia Rincon Chico

Estancia Rincon Chico

Peninsula Valdes & the Atlantic Coast

In the protected wilderness of Peninsula Valdes, Estancia Rincon Chico is a working merino sheep ranch dedicated to preserving the rangeland environment and the precious flora and fauna that inhabit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The isolation and tranquillity of Rincon Chico lends itself to unsurpassed star gazing opportunities and a lark song wake-up call.

Where to stay

Iguazu Aerial

Iguazu Falls & the Ibera Wetlands

Argentina

Argentina's north eastern tip is home to the spectacular and world-famous Iguazu Falls, but also the wildlife-packed wetlands of the Ibera.

Where to go

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

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