Argentina may not be at the top of everyone’s honeymoon list but it’s certainly got a lot to offer and makes for a very memorable trip. Famed for its gauchos, tango, spectacular Patagonian scenery and its amazing wine and cuisine, Argentina is growing in popularity as a honeymoon destination. Here’s our guide to five definitive places to visit on an Argentine honeymoon.
There’s a unique blend of diverse culture and architecture in Argentina’s capital. Its people are famously passionate about their city and its cosmopolitan buzz somehow manages to blend its European heritage with hustle and bustle you’d expect from a South American capital. Fine architecture, amazing parrilla steak restaurants and a truly non-stop nightlife make Buenos Aires a fantastic place to visit.
These spectacular waterfalls are stunning; 275 separate falls run for almost two miles on Argentina’s northeastern border with Brazil. Boardwalks and trails will give close-up views of the mighty falls, the highest around 270ft tall. If you don’t mind getting soaked -which can be quite refreshing on a hot day – take a boat or jeep safari into the heart of the pounding water. The best time to visit is May during the rainy season when the falls are at full flow.
In the shadow of the Andes is the historic city of Mendoza, the gateway to Argentina’s wine country. Take a tour of the vineyards that are producing some of the world’s best wines, or head for a tasting room in Mendoza to sample a vast selection of wines produced here. Mendoza has some of the country’s best restaurants and is renowned for its late nights – no one goes out before midnight but when the bars gets going, you’ll be dancing until dawn.
One of the world’s wildest and most remote regions, Patagonia is a stunningly beautiful landscape of glaciers and Andean peaks. On the border between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a mix of isolated stretches, protected national parks, rugged coastline, and historic settlements. Visit very Welsh towns such as Trevelin where immigrant sheep farmers once settled, and brought a very British feel to this most South American of places. And in coastal towns, forsake traditional Argentine beef for delicious seafood fresh from the icy waters of the South Atlantic.
Ranch stay in the Pampas
For a “real” Argentinean experience, try a ranch stay in the Pampas for your honeymoon with a difference. Become a gaucho – Argentina’s answer to America’s cowboys – and go cattle rustling on horseback on traditional working ranches. The cattle farms welcome visitors who don’t mind getting their hands dirty, but most also provide luxury accommodation to soothe weary bones when the working day is done.
This article was produced by Journey Latin America – one of the leading providers of honeymoons and holidays to Argentina and other South American countries.