Spring in the northern hemisphere is a wonderful time to visit Argentina as the southern hemisphere cools down from summer heat.
From Argentina’s remote mountain ranges, to wine regions and cattle ranches, to its natural wonder of the world, there’s a world of excitement outside the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of Buenos Aires, called the ‘Paris of South America.’
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In the capital of Argentina, we discovered a new favorite way to get to know a city.
Monograms tours give guests the VIP treatment: a Local Host and driver to pick you up and drop you off when you're arriving and departing from the city, a private guided tour of the city to see the highlights and get your feet under you; gives you a choice of a selection of experiences integral to life in town, plus your Local Host is available throughout your stay to provide tips and advice to make sure you get the very most out of your trip.
It's the perfect combination of independent traveling and having an expert local friend in town.
In Buenos Aires, we toured the diverse neighborhoods of BA, from colorful La Boca near the docks where tango was born, to the very Parisian part of town where a famous cemetery is the eternal resting place of Eva Peron, heroine of the musical Evita!, and got a bird’s eye view over the world's widest boulevard. We topped off our evening with a dinner show of traditional tango, what may be the world’s sexiest dance.
Autumn in Buenos Aires also sees the launch of a new season of cultural performances, with the opera, ballet and concerts at the breathtaking Teatro Colón leading the way. The breathtaking building – ranked amongst the top 10 opera houses in the world for its beauty, acoustics and the quality of its performances, looks like it was transplanted from an elegant European city.
But don’t stop your trip at the outskirts of BA.
PATAGONIA and the END OF THE WORLD
Fly to Patagonia to the foothills of the Andes to experience some of the world's most breathtaking vistas. The beauty of Patagonia is even more stunning in the fall when its forests burst into fiery colors with the backdrop of snow-capped Andean peaks.
Plan a visit to El Chaltén – one of the most picturesque towns in Patagonia famous for its hiking circuits – to take in its dramatic landscapes painted in a palette of vibrant reds, oranges, yellows and greens without the large summer crowds.
The scenery transitions to icy blues at the nearby glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park – the largest of Argentina's national parks and a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site.
Take time for a road trip. The Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Road of the Seven Lakes) is considered one of the most famous and scenic drives in Argentina. It links the Patagonian resort towns of San Martín de los Andes to Villa La Angostura. This segment of Argentina's legendary ‘Ruta 40’ winds through multi-colored lakes that range from metallic blues, sunlit emeralds and translucent sapphires, among some of the most spectacular in Patagonia.
Radiant fall colors illuminate Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world, and of Tierra del Fuego, where you’ll encounter fewer fellow visitors following the peak summer travel season. The off-peak season of travel lets you luxuriate in the remote wilderness that is the essence of the last city and embarkation port for Antarctica.
FALL IN LOVE WITH IGUAZU FALLS
North of BA, on the border with Brazil is another natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site.
Fall brings a drop in temperatures, humidity and summer high season crowds in the lush, subtropical rainforest surrounding one of the world’s most famous waterfalls. The two-step waterfalls form part of the largest waterfall system in the world.
The Argentina–Brazil border runs through the picturesquely-named narrow chasm called Devil's Throat. Brazil is on one bank. It’s home to more than 95% of the Iguazu River basin but has just over 20% of the jumps of these falls. On the other, Argentine side makes up almost 80% of the falls.
WINE TASTING IN MENDOZA
If there’s anything that makes natural beauty even more appealing, it must be wine.
Argentina's largest wine producing province of Mendoza offers not just vineyard-hopping and wine tasting. You’ll find wild terrain, snow-capped peaks, wild rivers and canyons enhanced in the southern hemisphere’s autumn harvest season with ochre and yellow hues of trees lining the roads.
Argentina’s famous Pampas, are the sprawling grassy plains that have shaped its gaucho – or cowboy - culture.
In La Pampa province, you can experience the immensity of these plains and sierras that extend as far as the eye can see and immerse yourself in the traditions of Argentine gauchos, visit classic estancias and regale in an authentic asado (Argentine barbecue).
AND ADVENTURE IN THE ATUEL CANYON
Argentina’s great outdoors isn’t just a place for delectable wine and awe-inspiring natural wonders.
The Atuel Canyon is a popular destination for active travel lovers for its adventure sports, including river rafting, tubing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Then you can treat yourself to a thermal bath at Villavicencio.