Argentina is a diverse country of stunning natural beauty, from tropical rainforests and thundering waterfalls to Patagonia, a great wilderness with immense glaciers seemingly stretching to the end of the world.
Its vast territory encompasses high desert plateaux, multicoloured canyons, pristine lakes, flat grassy plains and snow-capped mountain ranges.
Southern right whales, sea lions and Magellanic penguins abound at Peninsula Valdés, and the pristine wetlands of the north-east are a birdwatcher’s paradise. Visitors can explore Jesuit remains, pre- Inca ruins and colonial towns or discover traditional cattle ranches and stylish cities. Argentina’s passionate people and superb food and wine add to the appeal of this alluring country.
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Capital Buenos Aires
Flying time from London 13 hours
Official language(s) Spanish
Time difference -3 GMT
Visa requirements Available on arrival for UK passport holders
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Near El Calafate, the immense blue wall of the advancing Perito Moreno glacier provides an awe-inspiring spectacle of ever-changing shades and thunderous breaking ice. Hike the sculpted surface, take in astonishing views from panoramic walkways or sail in front of the towering wall. Boat trips past drifting icebergs can also be arranged to the breathtaking Upsala and Onelli glaciers.
Explore Tierra del Fuego
At the ‘end of the world’ and separated from the mainland by the Straits of Magellan, lies Tierra del Fuego (‘land of fire’). The remote southerly city of Ushuaia, a gateway to Antarctica, is set against a jagged mountainous backdrop. Cruise along the Beagle Channel, learn about the island’s indigenous inhabitants or hike in serene surroundings past lakes and lenga forests.
Wine and dine
Buenos Aires offers world-class dining and many fine restaurants take the Argentinian tradition of a parrilla (grill) to gourmet heights. Sample premium wines from the country, followed with a superb sizzling steak in a refined setting at the waterfront of the redeveloped Puerto Madero docklands, or in chic Palermo. Visit the winelands of Mendoza to take a tour of the bodegas (local wineries), and sample wine from the source.
Take two to tango
Synonymous with the capital, this nostalgic, passionate dance emerged from the depths of the suburbs and became world famous. Tango can be enjoyed in many forms; from classes in elegant ballrooms; to professional shows like the memorable Esquina Carlos Gardel and the more intimate Tango Rojo; or in local milongas, the Porteños’ favourite venues for dancing.
Wander Iguazu National Park
The park not only offers one of the most amazing experiences on the continent, the encounter with the stunning Iguazu Falls, but also preserves a biologically diverse tropical rainforest which is home to many colourful birds, butterflies and a number of endangered species.
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