ARRESTING. ELECTRIFYING. SOULFUL.
“It has all the elegance of the old world in its buildings and streets, and in its people all the vulgarity and frank good health of the new world.. It was gloomy, but gloom was part of the Argentine temper; it was not a dramatic blackness, but rather a dampness of the soul”.
Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express.
In this vast country, adventure, nature and passion abound. From the Patagonian wilds of South America’s last frontier, to suave and cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to a culture as rich and multi-layered as a fine glass of Malbec.
Buenos Aires’ streets are seductive and cultured, with an unmistakable identity that invariably mesmerises passers-by. From grey-haired chess players to street-side tango dancers, the city seldom sleeps and never bores. But don’t just watch in awe, challenge a grandmaster or giro with a national champion.
We recommend approaching the roaring waterfalls of Iguazu firstly by air in an ultralight, then from below by speedboat. The hiking along Salta’s own ‘Inca Trail’ is rugged and solitary - in the best possible way. Península Valdés and its wildlife are rare treasures. And it’s easy to while away hours in the historic estancias of the ranch country – take time to settle in and brush up on your riding skills with the gauchos.
Whether you choose cultivation or consumption, who better to learn from than the genius of vintners like Nicolás Catena Zapata and his counterparts around Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Visit Evita’s grave with one of her descendants. Trek in the Andes with a porteña who has summited Everest. Be your children’s hero by surprising them with soccer tips from a national star in La Boca football stadium.
Then there’s Patagonia, from the Rio Colorado down to Ushuaia and over to the masterpiece of the Perito Moreno Glacier. There’s no finer view than across Lago Nahuel Huapí from the lakeside Villa la Angostura. This untamed landscape is a burgeoning wilderness of rustling pampas that gives way to arid steppe and ends in icy fields that rupture into icebergs.
Once it has gotten under your skin, the soul of Argentina will forever be within you.
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