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Argentina is big, beautiful and unbelievably glamorous. Scenically enchanting, it is full of geographical wonders and rich in sensual delights. Everything begins in Buenos Aires, the so-called 'Paris of Latin America', where open-air cafes spill onto wide avenues and elegant boulevards are filled by the romantic sounds of tango. With some of South America's best museums, theatres, art galleries and designer boutiques, there is no shortage of things to do and see. Step out of the capital to watch the roaring Iguazú Falls and delve into the rich tropical Iberá Wetlands, or in contrast, the northwest is like a Wild West film set, with dusty cowboy towns, cacti and white-washed churches. Further south in Cordoba you'll find clean air, laid-back villages, home-style food, Andean views and adventures galore. Here you can stay on an estancia and explore the countryside on foot or horseback, watch the gauchos at work and get to know your hosts over fine meals. Travel west to the foothills of the Andes to explore vineyards and taste some of the best New World wines in Mendoza, or further south, set on the border with Chile, the volcanic Lake District is a stunning vista reflecting the dramatic peaks of the cordillera, a great place for a self-drive adventure. Argentina's wild coast, the Peninsula Valdes, is a wildlife haven, attracting whale, penguin and sea lion, while further south still are the mountains of the Patagonian Steppe, where snow dusts the peaks amid beautiful lakes and majestic glaciers, and on to Tierra del Fuego, the 'uttermost end of the world' and gateway to Cape Horn.
Argentina with A&K
Argentina inspires a torrent of dazzling prose from returning guests. You've told us about learning to make empanadas under an old walnut tree beneath the Andes: an afternoon with penguins rather than humans on Valdes Peninsula followed by divine lemon meringue pie with a local family: and of galloping across the Iberá wetlands to enjoy a sundowner amongst its prolific birdlife.
On every occasion A&K's outstanding local staff enhanced your experience. Never more so than in Buenos Aires when our group's supper was plunged into darkness by a power cut. The guide's reaction? To serenade her guests with an aria from La Traviatta, earning a standing ovation from the restaurant. It later emerged she's also a soprano who has performed in many of the city's best theatres.
We can't promise every guide has such an entertaining second string but we're certain they know their country inside out and will happily provide unforgettable and authentic experiences. They're part of our exceptional team, renowned for its creative itineraries - tango classes with the famous Elsa Maria y Mayoral and spectacular drives in vintage cars - the best vehicle fleet around and seamless travel links to South American countries.
Take a holiday to Argentina with Abercrombie & Kent and we'll show you incredible landscapes, warm hospitality and a sophisticated capital, all with a dash of European flair. Buzzing Buenos Aires boasts neighbourhoods including historic San Telmo and fashioniable Palermo. Head west across the pampas to Mendoza for superb vineyards, many with extraordinary architecture beneath the vertiginous wall of the Andes, while the north offers Salta's mesmerizing rock formations and the Iguazú Falls, kissing the lush Brazilian border with up to 300 cascades. And it's equally spectacular in the deep south where Patagonia mixes mountains and lakes with showstoppers including toothpaste blue Perito Moreno Glacier.
Travel to Argentina with A&K in 2015 and we'll garnish a wilderness destination with remarkable luxury flourishes. Just ask our amazed guests who enjoyed a private gourmet picnic on the vast Patagonian Steppe. Their al fresco feast was interrupted by a classical violinist emerging from behind a rock to play a haunting melody. Desert Island discs has nothing on that.
Best time to be there
A year round destination, Argentina's climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub arctic in the south. The best times to visit are November to March. Spring and autumn (September to November and April to May) offer pleasant, mild temperatures.
Buenos Aires - British Airways daily.
GMT -3 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Below are some of our suggested places to stay:
Nights: 21 | from £11,900pp
Tick off a host of bucket list experiences on this South American cruise, from walking with penguins in the Falklands and watching glaciers calve in Patagonia... Find out more
Holiday type: Group departure
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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
To find out more about our Latin America team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 701 or enquire online
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Melissa very quickly worked out our likes and dislikes and came up with the perfect itinerary for us. She had maximized the tour in the short time to include as much as possible without making it an ordeal!
- RT, Peterborough