POSTED ON 18th May 2016 BY Ollie Blackwell
Argentina is a spectacular country that’s unlike any place on earth and the perfect destination for your next getaway.
The second largest country in South America, Argentina is full of surprises and adventures just waiting to be discovered.
An amazing study in contrasts, there’s much to see and experience in this exciting country including beaches, rainforests, snow-capped mountains, lush waterways, and desert.
Aside from the culture and natural beauty, there are also opportunities to ski, spot penguins, enjoy regional wine, visit glaciers, ride horses, eat delicious steak and experience the birthplace of the vibrant, lively dance, The Tango.
Argentina boasts some of the best opportunities for holidays and is an ideal stop for any adventurer. If you’re looking for a unique and special location that has a little bit of everything, Argentina should be high on your list.
Here are six reasons you’ll want to consider Argentina for your next Safari Drive holiday.
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“Iguazu” means “Big Waters” in the Guarani language, and standing from the viewpoint watching the thundering falls it’s easy to see how they got their name.
Classified as Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO, these falls are one of the new natural wonders of the world. There are plenty of different ways to enjoy these iconic falls, by land, helicopter, or a boat that ventures under the spray of the falls!
Los Glaciares National Park is located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. With towering mountains, glaciers, and lakes, this is one stop you won’t want to miss. Perito Moreno Glacier located on Lake Argentino is a breathtaking glacier that is about 3 miles wide, rises 74 metres out of the water and is one of only three glaciers in the world which is advancing rather than retreating.
Despite its imposing height, only about one-seventh of the glacier is showing, since most of it lies below the water. Watching chunks of ice fall into the frigid water (known as calving) is truly a breathtaking sight.
You can do a mini-trek on the glacier or take a boat really close to the face of the glacier. Horse-riding on an authentic Patagonian estancia (farm) is also not to be missed. Meat-eaters will love eating delicious Patagonian lamb.
You can’t help but be taken in by the dance in Argentina…
Buenos Aires is the home of tango and there are plenty of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in this beautiful and expressive dance. You can watch the street dancers perform against the colourfully painted houses on Caminito Street, or spend an evening at one of the many dinner & tango shows in the city; another amazing experience.
You could even take a local class and learn how to do it yourself (well, if it’s good enough for a president…) to gain a true appreciation for this art form.
No matter which option you choose, there are plenty of ways for you to experience this dramatic dance.
In mid-September, the south-east coast of Argentina turns into the breeding ground for these flightless birds, and sees the arrival of some 400,000 Magellanic penguins at the Punta Tombo Wildlife Reserve; the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. The gathering ends when the penguins make their journey back to the sea.
While much of Argentina is starved for rain, the Lake District is anything but. Lush and vibrant, this area is home to stunning landscapes, rivers and lakes.
Ideal for sightseeing, this area also offers some of the best fly fishing in the world. One of the most well-known towns in this region is Bariloche. Featuring beautiful views, and easy access to the lake, mountains and forest trails, it’s an ideal gateway for a Lake District stay.
You can opt for a wine tour that will introduce you to some of the best wines and vineyards in the country, or look for opportunities to sample some favourites like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Torrontes. The northwest of Argentina, Mendoza and Cafayate in particular boast some of the largest high altitude vineyards in the country and is great destination for a self-drive tour.
Finally, in addition to spectacular wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty, Argentina is also home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. No matter if you are shopping in the local markets or wandering along the busy side streets, locals are extremely helpful, friendly and patient. They’ll warm your heart and leave you wishing you could stay there forever.
While these are just a few of the amazing must-see experiences that you can have in Argentina, there’s so much more, just waiting to be discovered. Explore beaches, rainforest, desert, and the windswept steppe of Patagonia, or the towering red rocks of Talampaya National Park. No matter what you’re looking for in a holiday, Argentina won’t leave you disappointed. There’s truly something for everyone and plenty of adventures in store.
Are you ready to book your exciting adventure to Argentina? Why not get in touch with Safari Drive? We offer expert advice and first-hand information on Argentina, and will be more than happy to help you plan your dream trip.