Argentina Bucket List: Top 10 Things to Do in Argentina
Argentina is a place of real adventure, from intrepid expeditions to exclusive experiences.
Whether it's sincere cultural exchanges or exploring other-worldly landscapes, Argentina has it all.
To help narrow things down a bit, here's our pick of the top ten things to do in Argentina.
1) Dine in a 'closed door' restaurant in Buenos Aires
Tucked away in plain sight this dining concept means you step over the threshold of simply being a tourist to enjoying the very real and vibrant hospitality at the table of a Porteño (what you call Buenos Aires denizens). These are no mere home-hosted dinners either, but celebrated chefs offering multiple course gourmet banquets.
The only difference being, these delicious feasts are served up in the intimate surroundings of their city mansion or apartment. Each usually has their own style paired with a set menu which changes weekly and depending on what’s in season or what type of cuisine they specialise in.
2) Ride with gauchos across the Ibera wetlands
Get an authentic taste of the gaucho lifestyle in utmost luxury, basing yourself at one of the comfortable estancias in Argentina’s Wetlands area and riding out daily to discover the region’s fantastic wildlife.
3) Drive the Puna
You might think you’re looking at a satellite image from another planet, but this Martian landscape is in fact the Argentine Altiplano. Between Salta to the west and the borders of Chile and Bolivia this elevated (4,500m) plateau of wildly striking and desolate landscapes is filled with rare sights of Salt Flats, flamingos, ancient Incan trails, desert labyrinths, herds of llamas and vicuñas, the turquoise ponds of Ojos del Mar, the oasis of Antofajita, and clay-brick pueblos (towns).
We offer private 4WD drives with our expert local guides through the magnificent Puna from Salta to San Antonio de las Cobres and Tolar Grande right down to the frontier-town of El Peñon, stopping at the various sights and the magnificent transition of landscapes as you move south. Amongst the desert’s salt lakes, extraordinary colours, flamingos, clay deserts, Mars-like landscapes, dunes, strangely eroded atolls and pumice fields, you will feel like the only people on a planet that looks nothing like Earth.
4) Go snowshoeing in the Andes
If you thought wine was the only feature of the Mendoza Valley, think again (although it is, of course, a big feature). For a heady experience of a different kind, pull on your snow shoes and scale the snow-capped mountains of the Andes Cordillera.
Led by one of our expert local guides, lunch will be a highlight as you stop at a beautiful mountainside spot to soak up the sensational views of sweeping vineyards, majestic peaks and plunging valleys.
5) Private polo lessons
A large estancia with its own stables, you are spoilt for choice in terms of equine activities, and special, one-to-one polo lessons can be arranged on request.
6) Discover the wild Patagonian coastline
Bahia Bustamante is way off this country’s beaten tourist track. Yet it’s one of best places in Latin America for spotting a vast array or marine animals and birds (sea lions, steamer ducks, orcas, southern right whales and penguins to name a few).
Estancia Bahia Bustamante is the flagship property on this isolated southern Patagonian coastline. It incorporates three working ranches, and in the company of their expert guides will take you by boat, bicycle, foot or horse back to discover the islands, beaches, fauna and petrified forests of this, the Gravina Peninsula.
7) Be guided by labradors through the Lake District
8) A wine tour of Mendoza
What’s more, your expert guide will tailor make the tour to you then and there, selecting those vineyards and wineries that fit your interests, preferences and passions with plenty of opportunities for tasting wines and savouring gourmet food along the way.
9) An art tour of Buenos Aires
Get right to the heart of the Buenos Aires art scene with one of our specially arranged private tours, guided by one of the city’s most renowned curators. You’ll have access to private artist’s studios, ateliers and galleries.
You can even meet the artists themselves and have a guided commentary on their themes, with fascinating discussions of identity and culture caught up in the various works on offer. Like what you see? You’ll have the opportunity to buy as well.
10) Ice trekking in Calafate
Rather than simply admire it from afar, why not strap on a pair of crampons and discover the fascinating glaciology of the famous Perito Moreno glacier on foot? An expert team of guides will show you the vast blue lagoons, deep fissures and surreal caves that lurk behind its towering walls.