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Introduction

Ten times the size of the United Kingdom, Argentina is the second largest country in South America after Brazil, being 1,580 kms from east to west and 3,460 kms from north to south. To fly from Iguazu in the north to Ushuaia in the south takes much the same time as from London to Cyprus. To the north it has borders with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, to the west is Chile and to the east, the Atlantic Ocean.

Patagonia,with its enormous skies and far reaching views, is particularly beautiful at sunrise and in the early evening as the light reflects off the Andean range.”

Everything in this country is on an enormous scale. The Iguazu Falls in the North East of the country and the Perito Moreno Glacier in the South-West, are considered to be two of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world.

Argentina has everything. To the North and East there is sub-tropical rain forest and a vast area of wetland home to an array of exotic wildlife. Across to the North-West of the country there are dramatic mountain valleys and major pre-Hispanic ruins.

Moving down the spine of the Andes from the North-West, there is the famous wine growing region of Mendoza. The enormous agricultural heart of the country, the Pampas, is home to the legendary Gauchos (Argentinean Cowboys) and Sheep and Cattle Estancias that cover enormous tracts of flat, windswept land. Buenos Aires lies on the East coast, and is the fantastically vibrant and cultured capital of Argentina.

Patagonia encompasses a diverse range of landscapes in the south of the country. The beautiful Lake District in Northern Patagonia is host to over 30 glacial lakes and Bariloche is the main base from which to engage in many activities including skiing, walking, fishing and climbing. The sea mammal colonies of Peninsula Valdes, located on the Patagonian Coast, are one of the Real Argentina 171 most important marine reserves on the planet, and this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the South-Western end of Patagonia is the Los Glaciers National Park with the Famous Perito Moreno and Upsala Glaciers.

Tierra del Fuego lies at the southern most tip of the country and is home to sub-Antarctic forests and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.

This is a friendly, civilised, European influenced country, where you can eat well and enjoy a high standard of accommodation. Its natural heritage is protected by 19 national parks.

To compliment this beautiful country, we now offer an extension to Punta del Este in Uruguay. Punta del Este is an upscale Uruguayan beach resort located 130 kms east of the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Widely acclaimed as the “St Tropez” of South America, Punta del Este is the perfect place to relax on the beach after a trip to Argentina.

To make the most of this stunning country, we have suggested several itineraries, some including transfers and excursions with local guides and others with self-drive to give independence and flexibility. However, please don’t forget that we can tailor make any itinerary.

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Getting There

There are direct flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires.
There are also flights to Buenos Aires from London and regional airports via Europe including KLM (via Amsterdam),  Air France (via Paris) and with Iberia and Air Europa (via Madrid). Other options include LATAM Airlines via Sao Paulo.  Regional departures include Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Combinations

Combinations

Combines well with Brazil, Chile and Antarctica

World Tango

World Tango Championship (Argentina) August (exact date tbc)

This ten day celebration of tango in Buenos Aires includes classes for beginners as well as concerts and shows. Approximately 500 couples from 28 countries around the world compete in the championship. There are two contests, one involving dancing the more traditional Milonga Ballroom tango and the other, a more European-style choreographed tango.

The tango championship is one of two annual events that highlight the importance of tango to Buenos Aires social and cultural life, the other event is staged in March.

At a Glance

- Esteros del Ibera - The ‘Argentinean Pantanal’
- Buenos Aires - fashionable, sophisticated and vibrant, with a European feel
- Visit Iguazu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world
- See whales, penguins, sea lions and elephant seals at Peninsula Valdes
- Mendoza - one of the most famous wine producing regions in South America
- Fly drive options in the lake district and northwest region
- Great variety of landscapes - dramatic Andean Northwest, the vast Pampas, lake district, glaciers, extensive wetlands and sub-Antarctic forests of Tierra del Fuego
- The southern half of the country is best visited from September to April
- In order to secure hotel availability advisable to book at least 9 months in advance
- Uruguay Extension - Visit the upmarket beach resort of Punta del Este

Foreign Office advice

We’ve partnered with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Aware campaign to help provide top tips and advice for planning for your trip abroad. It’s important to do some research before you travel to learn about any necessary visas and vaccinations required for entry to your destination, understand any unusual laws and customs and to be aware of the latest travel advice for the region. Click on the link below for more information on what to prepare for your trip overseas. You can also sign up for email alerts and follow @FCOtravel on Twitter for alerts whilst you are away.

Visit gov.uk/travelaware for more information

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Argentina’s contrasts never cease to amaze me. One day you could be walking across the sculpted surface of a vast creaking glacier and the next visiting an evocative Jesuit ruins at San Ignacio in Misiones.

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