Few countries beckon a long-term stay that will allow you to explore the diversity of its exotic landscapes. Stretching close to 3,700 kilometres (more than half the length of South America!), Argentina is that country!
This nation’s land mass spans from dry arid valleys in the north to glaciers and frozen tundra in the south. So whether you’re looking to zip-line through lush vegetation or enjoy a glass of red wine with the perfect mountain backdrop, this place has something just for you.
Buenos Aires, a European romance
There is a certain allure to the city of Buenos Aires. The city’s fusion of European flair and rugged Latin American charm have a spell-bounding effect on all who visit, which explains why the city is home to so many expats. With its succulent beef, sidewalk cafes, charming boutiques and sultry tangos bellowing from local bars; the city exceeds any preconceived expectations you may have about this South American capital.
Salta, the beautiful
Located in Argentina’s far north and sharing a border with Bolivia, this distant province boasts some of the most colourful shades of earth on this planet. The most scenic drive is that which winds through the Calchaqui Valleys en route to Cafayate. The intensity of the landscape is best enjoyed at sunset, when the rays produce a palette of angry oranges and intense reds before subsiding into soft pinks and pale lavenders. Salta’s terrain is also home to strange rock formations, namely, the Devil’s Throat, the Priest, and the Sinking Titanic, which I assure you deserve their respective names!
Misiones, the tropical treasure
Misiones has earned its place as a tourist destination thanks to the Iguazu Falls which share a border with Brazil. What tourists may not know is that this tropical destination is teeming with Colonial history, which makes for great architectural finds. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of San Ignacio Mini offer a glimpse into Misiones’ Jesuit heritage. The area’s lush canopy also makes zip-lining and rappelling popular activities.
Mendoza, the birthplace of good wines
Mendoza conjures up images of the Andes Mountains with rows of vineyards as far as the eye can see - and that’s not far from the truth! This province is a dream for wine connoisseurs and those looking to develop their affinity for vino. But it’s not all about the wines! Mendoza also has an adventurous side, making it the perfect place to try paragliding, river rafting, or perhaps even hiking Aconcagua – the highest mountain in the Americas.
Patagonia, reaching for the ends of the earth
Not for the faint-hearted, but certainly worth the journey into the vastly uncharted south, Patagonia is a land that awes. Imagine lakes of cobalt blue, the daunting Mount Fitz Roy, and the growing glacier of Perito Moreno. Need I mention that Tierra del Fuego, the Land of Fire, is a jumping point to Antarctica! Bundle up and venture as far south as you dare.