Fitz Roy mountain near El Chalten, in the Southern Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile

Holidays in Argentina

Sophistication and adventure lie side by side in the vast and varied nation of Argentina, home to a diversity of expansive grasslands, high mountain ranges, cosmopolitan cities and an abundance of authentic and culturally rich estancias.

By day, gallop across the open pampas on horseback, wade in the sparkling trout rivers of Patagonia, trek across the dramatic slopes of the Andean Mountains or navigate through the wild and multicoloured deserts of Salta. By night, amble the sprightly streets of Buenos Aires, sample organic wines with delectable local cheeses or star-gaze at the "End of the World" in remote Ushuaia, the gateway to Antarctica.

What to expect on your adventure in Argentina

Our experts will carefully and meticulously tailor your foray across Argentina, a sizeable country that is some 2,200 miles from north to south and features a diversity of landscapes and cultures throughout.

Opportunities for adventure and exploration are endless, including incomparable horseback riding across expansive prairies, hiking in the spectacular Lake District, wine-tasting at the glorious and abundant vineyards of Mendoza or driving into the wilderness for an extraordinary experience in the surreal and otherworldly Puna de Atacama in northwest Argentina.

Visitors can experience the lesser-visited verdant pastures of the flooded Ibera Wetlands, witness the dazzling crashing of water colourful mist of the Iguazu Falls, or search for some of Argentina's rich wildlife population that includes cougars, armadillos and Patagonian hares.

Beyond the ordinary

  • Drive a world-renowned route from Calafate to El Chalten to trek in Patagonia's Fitzroy National Park
  • Take a boat trip from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdes to search for whales, Magellanic penguins, elephant seals and sea lions
  • Blend your own beverage at one of the vineyards in the wine regions
  • Take a street food tour in Buenos Aires to taste and learn to make some of the classic culinary staplese such as empanadas
  • Try a heli flight over Iguazu for a unique perspective of the falls

How can we make your visit to argentina special?

We believe that luxury is not just about white linens, silver spoons and opulent propreties, but in the gathering of carefully curated unique experiences. With Steppes Travel you can:

  • Discover the capital of Buenos Aires in the company of a lecturer with specialist knowledge of your particular interests
  • Explore the Colon Theatre, one of the world's top ten opera houses and top five acoustic venues, including the rehearsal rooms and studios not available to most visitors
  • Receive a private tour of the private workshops of the silversmiths who produve jewellery for royalty 
  • Visit a number of remarkable sites outside of normal visiting hours to capture them at their most magical and without the crowds

Meet The TEAM

Our wildly knowledgeable travel experts James and Paul have years of personal experience in both travelling and designing specialist adventures in Argentina. They will be able to suggest ideas that you may not have thought of as well as take you to the places you have been longing to visit.

James has travelled extensively throughout Argentina (and the surrounding countries) and has visited more than ten times. He has travelled from Salta in the northwest of Argentina to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, first travelling there in 1982, unwittingly entering the country the day after Britain had declared war!

Paul has visited Argentina several times, taking in the wildlife of the Ibera Wetlands, the exciting city of Buenos Aires, the mighty Iguazu Falls and Mendoza. He has a particular affinity with the mountainous regions and recently visited the south to explore the beautiful Perito Merino glacier and the peaks of Patagonia.

Argentina FAQs

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When should I travel to Argentina?

Argentina’s seasons are reversed from ours and the best time to visit Buenos Aires is spring from October – November/December before the heat arrives. December to February is also the best time to travel to Patagonia but do remember the cliché of four seasons in one day does apply here.

Early winter (Apr - June) sees autumnal colours in the Lake District and the end of the wine harvest in Mendoza with the month of March hosting the wine festival.

What can I expect travelling in Argentina?

Travelling involves moving around quite frequently and travelling long distances due to the size of the country. You can expect some absolutely incredible scenery, great art, wildlife, culture, friendly hospitable people and not to mention fantastic food and wine.

Are there any festivals I can see during my trip, or spend time with ‘real’ locals?

Argentina hosts many festivals from folklore, carnival, tango, gaucho to Mendoza’s national wine festival – to visit you will need to book up early. We can also arrange time spent with Gauchos both riding and to their homes, Polo, cooking classes and blend your own wine classes.

What is the typical food and drink in Argentina?

Being a meat loving country this is very much the staple of most dishes such as the asado (barbeque). Mate (tea) is the national beverage of choice and for desert, or those with a sweet tooth, dulce de leche is served in many forms such as ice cream, pastries or just spread onto a slice of bread.

What clothing should I take to Argentina?

It is always best to pack light and while casual dress has become more acceptable in recent years, Latin Americans tend to devote great care to their clothes and appearance. A laundry service is available at most if not all hotels. Depending upon where you are travelling to in Argentina will dictate what is best to wear.

We find that a good fleece, waterproof jacket, layers, good walking trainers/boots and zip-off trousers work well for the chilly south with its sub-arctic conditions and for the tropical north.

I’ve heard about the blue dollar rate. What is this?

Argentina’s economy is complicated. The official exchange rates can be hugely different from the unofficial ‘blue’ rates. At times this has meant that using the blue rate you would receive twice as many pesos for your dollar so it is worth knowing about.

Many people will advise you to avoid official rates so that you can get more for your money but of course this is very much a personal choice and may be something that you want to discuss further with your guide when you arrive in Buenos Aires.

I’m a vegetarian. Will I still be able to find something to eat?

It’s true that Argentina has a worthy reputation for its steak but there are many different types of food and strong influences from Italy. In cities such as Buenos Aires then you’ll find just about every type of international cuisine going. Elsewhere then options may be more limited but you definitely won’t go hungry and there are a growing number of Argentine vegetarians. 

Holidays

Argentina - Argentinean Patagonia & The Old Patagonian Express

Argentinean Patagonia & The Old Patagonian Express

This holiday idea is an in-depth look at Patagonia staying in typical estancias and includes hiki...

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Argentina - Argentinean Fly Fishing, Riding & Brazilian Beach

Argentinian Fly Fishing, Riding & Brazilian Beach

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Uruguay & Argentina

Uruguay with Buenos Aires

Direct flights to Argentina and a short hop across the estuary to Colonia, means that beginning i...

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Argentina - Wildlife of Argentina

Wildlife of Argentina

This holiday idea to Argentina combines wildlife and wilderness, visiting the vast Ibera wetland,...

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Argentina - Classic Landscapes of Argentina

Classic Landscapes of Argentina

When visiting big countries such as Argentina, it is hard to know where to start. So, with this i...

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Argentina - Culinary Journey through Argentina

Culinary Journey through Argentina

This holiday idea is a wonderful opportunity to get behind the scenes of the gourmet world of Arg...

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Argentina - The Puna Experience by 4x4

Private Guided 4x4 holiday in North-West Argentina

This is an extraordinary off road trip by 4x4 and private guide that goes deep into the...

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Argentina - Gaucho Festival

Gaucho Festival

This holiday idea is a wonderful away to experience the raw traditions of Argentina in a compact ...

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Argentina - Adventures in remote Argentina, Chile and Antarctica

Holiday to Argentina, Chile & Antarctica

A journey starting in northern Argentina travelling south through the spectacular mountain scener...

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Argentina - North West Self-Drive

Self Drive Holiday to North-West Argentina

This is a 16-day self-drive through some of Argentina's most varied landscape and home to some of...

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Argentina - Capital Cities of Argentina and Brazil with Uruguay

Capital Cities of Argentina & Brazil with Uruguay

If you love cities and you are short on time, then this is the itinerary for you as you can combi...

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Argentina - Honeymoon including Brazil

A Honeymoon to Argentina

This is a truly sophisticated Argentina honeymoon itinerary that is perfect for the deserving bri...

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Argentina - Lake District & Casa de Uco, Mendoza

Self-Drive Holiday to Argentina's Lake District

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Inspiration

Iguazu, Argentina

Awasi Iguazu coming to Argentina

The five-star property Awasi Iguazu is coming to Argentina.
Expected to open in late 2017, the wonderful Chilean property Awasi will be opening in a quiet riverside location down river from Iguazu Falls.  Currently Awasi Atacama and  Awasi Patagonia in Chile are firm favourites so we look forward to the opening of this new property in Argentina. 
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Estancia La Bamba, traditional gaucho and horse attire, Pampas, Argentina

VAT refund for tourists visiting Argentina

In January 2017 the Argentinian government announced that all foreign tourists will be reimbursed the VAT on all hotel stays during their holiday to Argentina. VAT in Argentina is currently 21% so this will result in substantial savings for travellers to the country.
In order to qualify for these savings Steppes Travel will provide all the necessary passport information to our partners in Argentina. Take a holiday to Argentina and explore diverse landscapes from wetlands to deserts, vineyards, glaciers and mountains. 
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Gaucho and horses, Tipiliuke Lodge, Argentina ©Isaias Miciu

Gaucho Festival

The pampa town of San Antonio de Areco comes to life in November when cowboys from all over the region flock there for the annual gaucho festival. Located just one and a half hours from Buenos Aires the town will be buzzing as the gaucho tradition is celebrated, with everyone dressed in their finery and ready to compete or just enjoy the festivities. 
Over the course of the week, there will be a rodeo, plenty of alfresco dining as well as the chance to see the work of artisans renowned for their fine silverwork and saddles. The final Sunday of the festival pitches the creme de la creme of the gaucho world against one another with a huge bonfire on the last night. Combine a visit to vibrant Buenos Aires with the thrill of the gaucho festival on a holiday to Argentina.
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Flavours of Argentina

Most visitors to Buenos Aires only dine at the touristy restaurants mentioned in guide books. However Parillas (restaurants offering the most traditional cuisine) are a gem most miss out on.
To experience and taste authentic Porteño flavours, participate in a Parilla Tour to discover the hole-in-the-wall restaurants frequented by the locals and learn about Argentina's culture and cuisine.  Sample traditional foods at three different restaurants across the city and taste some of the best ice-cream in Argentina at a Heladeria, all in the context of the history of Buenos Aires. 
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Client Reviews

Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina
"I have been coming back to Steppes...
...in all in previous forms for over 25 years."
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Argentina
Guarani Crafts, Puerto de Iguazu, Triple Fontier, Argentina
"The service from Steppes was excellent from beginning to end. 
All activities and excursions were very good."
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Argentina
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