Central + South America Argentina dramatic glaciers, lively culture, wine tasting, lush landscapes of emerald forests From cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the dramatic glaciers and snow-capped peaks of Patagonia; from the arid provinces of Salta and Jujuy in the North to the azure lakes and emerald forests of the Lake District, Argentina’s beauty is matched only by her variety. If you’re interested in rural life, you can experience the real Argentina at a traditional family-run estancia in the Pampas, home of the gaucho, or ride out and play polo at an estancia in the rolling sierras of Cordoba. Take time to visit the stunning vineyards. A holiday to Argentina is not complete without a wine tasting afternoon and sampling some delicious wine. Throughout this huge country, we have access to stylish properties that are well off the beaten track. We use experienced guides we have known for years, who are chosen according to your interests – whether it’s wine, fishing, riding, art or even shopping. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. The Pantanal and Iguassu Falls Clients, Caroline and Paul Bladergroen, share incredible memories from their recent trip to The Pantanal and Iguassu Falls. Find out more The Special Magic of Travel Client Thomas Mizer travelled to extraordinary Patagonia in Argentina for an adventure holiday to remember. Find out about his thrilling trek to the Perito Moreno Glacier... Find out more Horse Riding in Patagonia One of our clients, David Parrish, drove North from Bariloche through stunning scenery arriving at Estancia Arroyo Verde a beautiful lodge remotely situated along a spectacular valley. Find out more Take my breath away Argentina! Waking up before sunrise is always a struggle on holiday, however as Oliver found out it can be a very worthy experience. Riding with a Gaucho in Patagonia took Oliver's breath away. Find out more I really need some space…escape to Chile Seasoned travellers, Dr and Mrs John, have experienced many countries with c+l, each time they want something new and exciting, this time it was no different - they wanted to explore Argentina and Chilem and we know exactly where to send them. Find out more The Uttermost End of the Earth Tierra del Fuego, 'The Land of Fires' in Patagonia is known as the uttermost end of the earth, secluded, captivating and remote with stunning landscapes, Lucy Noel-Buxton tells us about her extraordinary adventure exploring this beautiful land. Find out more Conquering an Andean ride: by a novice. Travel journalist Minty Clinch explored Argentina and took to it immediately. From the horse-riding, wine tasting, luxury camping in the Andean hills, traditional games and supper under the stars, every part was a fresh new experience Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Finca Valentina Finca Valentina is our favourite boutique hotel on the edge of Salta City; a peaceful and low-key home away from home, where we encourage guests to stay when exploring this wild and remote region. Owner-run by charming managers who share their passion for this beautiful region where they have settled with their own family. Find out more Aguas Arriba An hour’s drive from the small hiking base town of El Chalten is the southern tip of Lago del Desierto. Half way up the eastern bank of this lake, a 3 hour hike or 15 minute boat ride away, is Aguas Arriba. Directly opposite, across the lake, is the stunning Glacier Vespignani, of which each of the 5 rooms in the lodge have a view. Find out more THE VINES, MENDOZA The Vines Resort and Spa is an ultra-chic hotel that has put the Uco Valley firmly back into centre stage for any traveller discovering the wonders of the breath-taking Argentinean Wine Region. This winning combination of an architecturally modern and sleek hotel with a first-class winery is without a doubt the luxury option that Mendoza was missing. Find out more HUB PORTENO, BUENOS AIRES Hub Porteño is a luxurious boutique hotel located on one of the most sought after streets in Buenos Aires’s chic Recoleta district, set in a striking gothic-style mansion. It doesn’t feel like a hotel at all, more a very chic and intimate townhouse, an idyllic home away from home in the heart of the city. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Horseback riding through the Lake District Which horse-rider doesn’t want to play gaucho and have a barbecue (asado) Argentina-style under the stars in wild mountain country. Find out more Iguazu Falls On the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, making this one of the most spectacular border areas in the world. Iguazu Falls is wild and breathtaking. Find out more Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is alive and varied, from quaint old cobbled streets to the gastro restaurants of Recoleta, home of the iconic Alvear Palace Hotel and the burial site of Evita. Find out more Patagonia Patagonia is archetypal cowboy country - wild and woolly landscapes and a real sense of space. Home to glaciers, lakes, volcanoes and much, much more. Find out more Wine tasting in Salta Salta is the ancient gateway to the Andes of the Incas and has the most intense sense of local/ancient culture in the country. You can stay in old family houses amongst the vines, sample the wines, empanadas and importantly the sensational local beef. Find out more The Ibera Marshlands Ibera is a vast area of peace and beauty. The second largest wetlands in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil and much more remote. The miles of water can be explored by boat or by horseback and is brought to life by using the expert eyes of a naturalist guide to spot some of the thousands of bird species. Find out more Show All Location We know Argentina better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Argentina Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Argentina can be visited at any time of the year, with the South of the country (Lake District and Patagonia) best from October through March and the North East (Corrientes and Misiones) best when less humid in May through September and the Andean altiplano areas of the North West (Salta and Jujuy) best also in the months of May through September. Buenos Aires/the Pampas and the more central regions of Cordoba and Mendoza can fit in well with travel to the more seasonally extreme areas of the country. Argentina is very much a destination in itself but combines well for beach with neighbouring Uruguay or even Brazil and for landscape/adventure with neighbouring Antarctica, Chile, Bolivia and Brazil. Meet the Team Central + South America Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.