Holidays to Argentina
In fact, it’s the perfect country for any first timers visiting the continent. You can learn to tango in Buenos Aires – Argentina’s charismatic, cosmopolitan capital – or walk across glaciers, through subantarctic forests, and in the shadow of red sandstone cliffs in the country’s many national parks.
Wildlife abounds here too: you can spy whales off the coast of Puerto Madryn, and track unique native critters such as the tiny pink fairy armadillo, the Andean flamingo, and the Patagonian hare. And for the true intrepid travellers, Argentina’s southern tip – the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia – is the gateway to Antarctica…
Where to go
Knowing where to begin in Argentina can be tricky – particularly as this vast country takes up a rather large chunk of South America’s southern half. But don’t be put off. To the north you can discover the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, taking in steakhouses, the colourful La Roca neighbourhood, and the Casa Rosada palace.
You can also get up-close to Iguazu Falls, or spot alligators in the Ibero Wetlands. The central part of Argentina is full of national parks: Los Alerces, Nahuel Huapi and Ischigualasto – with its almost moon-like topography – have natural beauty in abundance. And, as you head further south, don’t miss the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park or the coastal wilds of Tierra del Fuego National Park.
When to go
Wildlife aficionados should visit during September and October – peak whale watching season – to seek out southern right whales. Country-wide, the shoulder seasons (Oct-Dec; Apr-Jun) offer mild weather without the crowds, while March is perfect for wine lovers, thanks to the merriment of Festival del Viñador. The best weather for seeing the Perito Moreno Glacier is between November and March.