The perfect footnote to your polar journey
From tango in Buenos Aires to trekking in Patagonia, Argentina promises an intense, unforgettable swirl of culture and natural wonders. Extend your Antarctic adventure with a side-trip to the thundering cataracts of Iguazú Falls or the crackling blue ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Sip world-class wines, hike beneath towering peaks in Patagonia, spot penguins in Tierra del Fuego and discover Argentina’s ‘Little Switzerland’ amongst the snow-dusted peaks and turquoise lakes of Bariloche.
Our extension packages can be tailored to suit you, so contact our team of specialists today to start planning your very own exploration of this beautiful and diverse country.
Discover Buenos Aires
Best known as the home of tango, there’s far more to Argentina than sultry dance moves – although we highly recommend a visit to one of Buenos Aires’ tango bars.
Walk through the rainforest at Iguazú Falls and you’ll be dazzled by butterflies, while the ancient sub-Antarctic beech forest of Tierra del Fuego National Park is home to rarities like the Magellanic woodpecker and austral parakeet. Nearby Ushuaia is the embarkation point for small-ship voyages along the Beagle Channel (home to fur seals and Magellanic penguins) and beyond to Antarctica.
Where to go in Argentina
From vibrant street art to vivacious tango shows, Argentina’s capital is full of Latin American passion. The city’s dynamic food scene boasts hundreds of parrillas (steakhouses) where you can satisfy a craving for seared sirloin, paired with some of the country’s best reds.
Dominated by the pink Presidential House (Casa Rosada), Plaza de Mayo is the political heart of the city. Eva Peron championed women’s suffrage in Argentina here – you can see her tomb at the Recoleta Cemetery where extravagant marble mausoleums commemorate Argentine high society.
Multi-coloured houses make Le Boca a magnet to photographers whilst Plaza Dorrego, in the old residential district of San Telmo, provides a glimpse into authentic Argentine culture and colonial architecture. Other city highlights include the imposing Congress Palace, the parks and plazas of Bosque de Palermo and the shady street cafes of the Belgrano district.
Not one waterfall, but a kaleidoscope of some 275 cascades gushing over a 3km-wide stretch of river, Iguazú is the largest waterfall system in the world. Spectacular curtains of water are separated by islands dripping with jungle. Twice the height of Niagara and three times wider, this world heritage site also gives Victoria Falls a run for its money in terms of volume of water.
It’s possible to view the falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian side – but the former has more opportunities for close-up views thanks to its network of walking trails and boardwalks, not to mention exhilarating (sometimes drenching) boat trips. Don’t miss the walkway that leads over the river to the top of Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) – a thundering, perpetually misty meeting point of 14 waterfalls.
While walking the rainforest trails in Iguazú National Park, keep your eyes peeled for coati, agouti, capuchin monkey, lizards and birds, such as harpy eagle, toco toucan and white-eyed parakeet. The national park also supports numerous varieties of orchid and some 500 species of butterfly, including the gorgeous turquoise emperor and zebra longwing.
Patagonia, the Lake District & Tierra del Fuego
Shared by Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a vast area, over four times the size of the UK, extending some 2,000km from the Río Colorado in the north to Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. Wild and rugged, it is a region famed for its soaring peaks, colossal glaciers, primeval forests and countless rivers and lakes – but it is also a land of vast, windswept steppe and arid plateau. Argentinian Patagonia includes everything from the Atlantic coast to the Andes mountains, including the Lake District and Tierra del Fuego.
San Carlos de Bariloche is the main centre of the northern Lake District and has a very distinct Alpine feel, with Swiss-style chalets and even fondue restaurants! To the south, the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares’ combination of dramatic Andean peaks and Southern Patagonian Icefield creates some of Argentina’s most breathtaking scenery. The main gateways to the park are El Chalten, from where you can venture to the sawtooth spires of the Fitz Roy Range, and El Calafate, providing access to the southern part of the park. Here the main attraction is Glaciar Perito Moreno – one of the world’s most dynamic and accessible icefields. Around 30km in length, 5km wide and a head-spinning 60m high, the glacier is particularly active, frequently shedding icebergs from its face. You can watch (and hear) the action from a series of boardwalks and viewpoints.
The Tierra del Fuego archipelago has plenty to keep you busy. As well as a bustling port town, and hopping off point for voyages to Antarctica, Ushuaia makes a superb base for local adventures. Hike in the sub-Antarctic beech forests of Tierra del Fuego National Park or take a boat trip along the Beagle Channel in search of albatrosses, sea lions, whales and even penguins.