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Argentina for Families
Only in Argentina
✓ Spring, Easter and Summer school holidays
✓ Adventure & Activity, Wildlife
✓ 8 years +
As a destination, Argentina is as fiery as its native tango, as wild as its galloping gauchos and as meaty as one of its famously mouthwatering steaks. There's so much variety here, from the waterfall-dripped tropical north to the snow-capped, glacier-strewn south, with a lot of lakes, llamas, sweeping plains, high mountains, fun and football in between.
Buenos Aires is a heady introduction. The city oozes style for visitors of all ages –not least in La Boca, a neighbourhood painted in rainbow colours, where you can watch artisans at work and visit the beating heart of the nation: La Bombonera football stadium! (Maybe you'll be inspired to play like local lad Maradona?) Finish up with a sizzling steak –it will probably be the best dinner you'll ever eat.
Of course, there's a reason that Argentine steak tastes so good, and it's because of the country's endless pampas grassland. Here you can stay on a welcoming estancia and learn to ride horses just like a cowboy. Feel the freedom of galloping across the open plains, chow down on a traditional parrilla (grill) or -if the family is feeling competitive -learn how to play a game of polo.
Further south, Argentina takes a turn for the wilder. The Andean foothills and pretty chalets around Bariloche have earned the area the nickname of Little Switzerland. Even the chocolate here is yummy -and you can take a tour of the tastiest spots! Stuff your face, then work it all off with kayak trips across Alpine lakes and easy hikes across flower-strewn meadows.
Patagonia is more dramatic still. Here you can feel like a proper explorer, strapping on crampons to walk across the Perito Moreno Glacier, learning to navigate its ice caves and crevasses. Camping at eco-friendly Adventure Domes, geodesic tents with windows out onto the wildlife-rich forest, adds an extra thrill. Look out for condors, llama-like guanacos and rhea (small ostrich).
From falling ice to roaring water, the north of Argentina is home to Iguassu Falls. This immense horseshoe of tumbling cascades is one of the planet's most impressive, and wooden walkways lead you up close –be prepared to get wet! The rainforest around the falls is fascinating too: here you might glimpse handsome toucans, cheeky monkeys and iridescent butterflies as big as birds. Wild and wonderful indeed.
Did you know...
- The name Argentina comes from argentum, the Latin word for silver
- Iguassu Falls is made up of 275 separate cascades along a 2.7km stretch of river
- Argentina is home to South America's highest mountain, 6,960m Aconcagua
- The national sport of Argentina is pato, which mixes elements of polo and basketball. Pato is Spanish for duck –players used to use a live duck in a basket instead of a ball!
- In 1925, Argentina became the first country to use fingerprinting as a means of identification
The Boring Bit
- Airline routes –London Heathrow and Gatwick to Buenos Aires
- Flying time –13+ hours (GMT -3 hours)
- Visas –Not required
- No specific health considerations –Please consult your GP
Family itineraries in Argentina
Nights: 14 | from £6,255
A fun-filled tour of Argentina exploring the country’s many natural wonders, with lots of outdoor activities – riding, kayaking, walking and wildlife spotting - to keep everyone entertained
Our preferred family accommodation in Argentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort - Golf - Spa
Sample Itineraries which could be adapted for families
Highlights of Argentina
Nights: 8 | from £3,180
Unearth the essence of Argentina with this charming 9-day itinerary. Gallop with the gauchos, be seduced by the city that never sleeps and marvel at one of the most thunderously impressive natural wonders in the world.
Alternative family friendly accommodation in Argentina
Sofitel Buenos Aires
The Vines Resort & Spa
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