As we remain homebound for the time being, our desire to get out and explore the world is only deepening. To quench a bit of that thirst, we're journeying virtually to Argentina, a vast and exciting country. From celebrated wine to booming cities, to Patagonia's peaks and glaciers, Argentina is a country of extremes and mesmerizing vistas.
Your adventure will begin in Buenos Aires, oft called South America's Paris. Enjoy the city's cosmopolitan flair before travelling south to explore El Calafate's glaciers, making sure not to miss Los Glaciares National Park. From there, travel up to the Andes' foothills and the stunning city of San Carlos Bariloche.
Finally, conclude your trip in the majestic Iguazu Falls, one of the world's largest and most impressive waterfalls, absorbing the breathtaking beauty and elaborate ecosystem.
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What to eat and drink
Your base for exploring the vibrant neighbourhood of La Boca or the downtown area of Buenos Aires is the legendary Faena Hotel, Pretend you're lounging poolside at the glamorous and stately hotel, enjoying an order of their famous Argentinian Croquettes – a delicious rice-filled, crispy treat.
Then, transport yourself to Awasi Iguazu. This magical destination is on the Iguazu River's heavenly banks, just 20 minutes from the world's largest waterfalls. Immersing yourself in the breathtaking natural surroundings, coffee is best enjoyed on your terrace, Argentinian style…
Recreate that vibe from home. The flavour of Argentinian coffee is created by pouring near-boiling water over grounds in a cloth filter. For a truly authentic taste, mix sugar into the grounds (it dissolves as the hot water is poured over it), then add the coffee to a cup filled halfway with warm milk – and enjoy, ideally alongside a pastry.
What to watch
This emotional story tells the separate journeys of two women, one in Wales and one in Argentina. Depicting the beautiful Argentine autumn, it paints a wonderful picture of the country, its people, and its landscape.
The film version of the beloved musical stars Madonna as Eva Peron, the former first lady of Argentina, who overcame a life of poverty to become a leader and an icon in the country. She notably contributed to the women's suffrage movement and ultimately creating the first female political party – amongst much more.
In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
This travel adventure details Bruce Chatwin's journey through Patagonia. Interwoven with history, his personal anecdotes detail the exquisite terrain at the southern tip of South America. First published in 1977, the book is a masterpiece that remains just as intriguing and relevant today.
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
Before Che Guevara became a significant part of the Cuban Revolution, he wrote these diaries. As a 23-year-old, he toured Argentina, Chile, Peru and Venezuela on his motorcycle with a friend. The adventurous tales detail his various experiences on this 8,000 km journey of self-discovery.
What to listen to
Every Sunday evening at 20.00 Buenos Aires time, the prestigious Teatro Colón broadcasts some of its fantastic past productions for free via its website and social media. Considered one of the best opera houses and concert halls globally, the beautiful and ornate theatre has played host to many world-class performances – check their website for up-to-date listings of what will be shown each week.
Learn something new
In lieu of visiting and dancing at nightclubs, some of the world's best tango dancers have shared their talent with viewers at home. A subscription to Dance Tango TV means you can learn directly from them; over 30 hours of instruction are available to help turn you pro.
To book a future journey to Argentina, or for information on the latest guidelines, please contact Quintessentially Travel.