Today I am introducing you to the territory of the tango, the country of amazing cuisine, the whereabouts of fabulous wines – and so much more. Yes, my friends - I could go on and on about this destination that has such a lovely flair too it – including lots of history, culture, activities and nature galore!
What is this colorful country we are going to delve into today? It is the South American country of Argentina! And we are learning all about it from my colleague Sebastian Southwell from Condor Travel who graciously sat down with me via video chat to share his secrets of Argentina!
So, without further delay lets head on down to South America to see what kind of adventures await you!
Getting There: Even though it may be a bit of a long flight – typically eight to ten hours from the US – it really is quite easy to get there. There are numerous direct flights from major US cites into Buenos Aries. And if you are thinking about a multi-destination trip – Buenos Aries is well connected to other countries within South America making it easy to do!
About the Country: Argentina is the second largest country in South America, and it is bordered by Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. Its capital city is Buenos Aires. The currency used there is the Argentine pesos – although most of the tourist areas do accept US currency as well as credit cards - but not all places. As of this writing our US dollar is strong there meaning more bang for your buck! The travel seasons are split into high season from October through March and low season from April through September for most of the destinations.
Destinations: In today’s Condor Travel presentation Sebastian covered four areas of the country where the majority of their tours are based. They are as follows:
Sightseeing / Tours / Activities:
Speaking of relaxing how would you like to embark to a private island? You read that right! Here you can take in some of the art pieces that can be found on the island as well as their own botanical garden featuring exotic and local species to view. Or – you can always just relax and soak in all that nature – still just 30 minutes away from the Buenos Aires city center! And would this not be perfect for a destination wedding? Or a family reunion? Or vow renewals? All on a private island - very off the beaten path - that will be yours for the duration of your event!
Accommodations: Below are the properties that Sebastian typically uses for Condor Tours. Many of them are luxury accommodations – but as many of you know I do have you fill out a questionnaire before we start curating your adventure so please rest assured that we can offer an accommodation for most any budget. I work with a lot of boutique and smaller hotels in order for me to do this. And of course, I will also work Sebastian to make sure that all of the properties have been properly vetted.
Buenos Aires: These include the Park Hyatt Buenos Aries, Alvera Place, B Jardin Escondido by Coppola and Palo Santo.
El Calafate: These include Imago and Eolo Patagonia Lodge and Xenia. I tend to use Eolo Patagnia a lot because it has so many offerings, so much to do there and there are a lot of opportunities for wellness.
Mendoza: These include The Vines of Mendoza, Casa de Uco, Entre Cielos and Cavas Wine Lodge. One of the great things about Mendoza that Sebastian pointed out is that you can stay in the city area or in the vineyard area – as both offer different types of hotels depending on what you want.
Iguazu: These include Awasi Iguazu, Melia Iguazu and Loi Suites Iguazu and La Cantera Lodge. Now there exists lots of wellness in all of these properties and La Cantera is one of my personal favorites that I recommend quite often. The cool thing about these luxury properties is that you are staying in the middle of the jungle, but you have all the great comforts and amenities of a fabulous hotel!
Updated COVID-19 Information: As of this writing the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Argentina.
For the CDC’s most up to date information on COVID-19 click here. And for the most up to date entry requirements for Argentina click here.
See! I told you Argentina has it all! Nature, luxury, wellness, gastronomy, wine, adventures – and on and on! So how about we get started planning your Argentina trip for 2021?
For more details on things to see and do, where to stay, it’s price points and more - contact your Travel Guru! Oh, and if you need a payment plan to fund your travel adventure – we got those too!
During the shutdown of Covid19, Loulu Lima began interviewing many tourism boards, destination management companies and suppliers whom BHGH works with in the curation of your itineraries.