The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, appropriately named the “Paris of the South” is your first stepping stone into this large and fascinating country which spans half the length of the continent. Once you have mastered the Tango don’t overlook the falls at Iguazu, the famous winelands of Mendoza, the shimmering lakes and views of the Andes at Bariloche, the vast landscapes of Patagonia and the towering glaciers of Ushuaia.
Language: English is the official language. French and Creole are commonly used.
Currency: The local currency is the Argentina Peso
Visa: South African passport holders do not require a visa
Time: (GMT – 3) 5 Hours behind South Africa.
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Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of the South’ is a city where the glamour and elegance of its European roots are interwoven with a tangible Latin American essence. Enchanting neighbourhood areas, bustling shopping streets, elegant restaurants, open-air cafes and of course the Tango all contribute to the city’s charm. Once you get a taste of its charisma it is easy to see why the inspiration for a dance as romantic as the Tango could not have come from any other place.
Iguazú Falls is undoubtedly one the most visited and imposing natural attractions in
Argentina. These 275 massive water falls lie on the border between Argentina and Brazil and provide vastly different views depending on the side from which you view them. Days can be spent enjoying the variety of incredible vistas or exploring the beauty of the surrounding natural forests, rivers and lakes.
Nestled in the foothills and plains of the Eastern Andes, Mendoza is known as the “the land of good sunshine and good wine”. Enjoy the charm, tastes and spirit of its local wines as you visit some of the various wine cellars located around the city. Travel along the green Andean valleys, admiring the surrounding landscape dominated by the imposing Mt. Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.
Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city and remains largely untouched by man, making it ideal for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Ushuaia is blessed with towering mountains, lush forests and numerous lakes. Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Beagle Channel, with the imposing Andes Mountain Range in the background.
El Calafate lies in the southern region of Patagonia which is home to a multitude of magnificent glaciers and the greatest collection of marine fauna in the world. El Calafate is the closest town to the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. Marvel at the spectacle of enormous chunks of ice breaking off from the western wall of the glacier into the lake below.
Situated in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by mirror-like lakes, Bariloche is unimaginably gorgeous. The soaring mountain peaks give picture-postcard views whilst the excellent winter snow draws skiers from around the world. Bariloche is the home of Argentinean chocolates which equal those from Switzerland – so be sure to try them.