Have some time to spare in Argentina? Whether you are a connoisseur of wine, fancy yourself a bit of a cowboy, are in search of an outdoor adventure or want to witness the passion of the tango – here is some inspiration for how to spend those extra few hours or days in Argentina.
For wine connoisseurs: Visit vineyards in Mendoza
As the wine capital of Argentina, connoisseurs will find respite in the cool vineyards, leafy boulevards, cute cafes and beautiful plazas of Mendoza. Producing more than two thirds of the country’s wine, favourite varieties are Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. With a charming atmosphere, plenty of vineyards, bodegas and wine cellars to explore, one can easily lose track of time here. Spend a few days learning about the process of producing wine, sipping on full bodied reds or smooth whites and take in the scenic views.
For wannabe gauchos: Saddle up in Cordoba
Fancy yourself a bit of a cowboy? Then head to the beautiful rolling hills of Sierra Chicas and stay a couple nights at a traditional cattle ranch where you can embody the role of an Argentinean gaucho. Surrounded by countryside with grassy plains and woodland, you can enjoy roaming on horseback through the wilderness, exploring the region and indulging in picnic lunches. By night you can tuck into traditional hearty food which has been prepared and enjoyed by these families of farmers for generations, and will continue to do so.
For hopeless romantics: Witness the passion of the tango
As the birthplace of the Argentinean tango, you simply cannot leave Buenos Aires without witnessing the fervour of the country’s favourite dance routine – and there is no better place to do this than Cafe de Los Angelitos. Founded in 1890 under a different name, this establishment has long been a favourite haunt for poets, musicians, folk singers and dancers. Today you can enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine, unlimited wine and a professional live tango show, where you can really come to appreciate the emotion and fervent pace of this Argentinean dance.
For outdoor adventurers: Hike across a glacier
Is the explorer in you pining for an adventure? Aside from delicious wine, roaming gauchos and passionate tango, Argentina is also brimming with a bounty of beautiful national parks and exciting activities. Take Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz, for example, where you can strap on your crampons and hike across the surface of the ruggedly beautiful Perito Moreno glacier. This imposing mass of ice is perhaps one of the most famous natural landmarks in southern Patagonia and a wonderful excursion for adventurous travellers.