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Argentina is quickly becoming the most visited country in South America. From subtropical jungles in the north to the subpolar glaciers in the south, Argentina is a country of opposites. See penguins in Patagonia or enjoy the European city of Buenos Aires. No matter what your desire, Argentina can fill it with passion.

The vast majority of people in Argentina speak Spanish as their everyday language. However, the culture is so European that you will hear many Italian words interspersed throughout. It may take you a little while to get accustomed to its European sound. Yes, it is Spanish, but not like what you have ever heard before.

Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires, is called the ‘Paris of South America.’ Its European architecture, vivacious nightlife, and eclectic cuisine are legendary. An avant-garde and yet traditional home to nine million inhabitants, Buenos Aires has some fantastic neighborhoods to explore. In the Recoleta cemetery, you can visit the gravesite of Eva Peron. San Telmo’s antiques are where you can still find some incredible old-world bargains. Stroll down the streets of the elegant Puerto Madero and La Boca neighborhoods for fine shopping and dining. Hotels such as the luxurious Alvear Palace Hotel offer decadent furnishings and a lavish spa.

To fully understand the Argentinean people and their history, take a guided architecture walk through the streets of Buenos Aires or go its National Historical Museum. The museum explores the many facets of Argentina’s dramatic and violent past, starting with the native peoples, the Spanish colonization, the 19th century, and then the social movements, dictatorships and the arrival of democracy. For art lovers- Buenos Aires Museum of Art is world-renown.

There are other picturesque cities to explore like Cordoba, Mendoza, El Chalten, and Bariloche. They are well worth your visit. The Andes border a few of these cities, so not only are they spectacular in the summer, but also provide great skiing in the winter. You will not be disappointed if you are a skier, the mountains and the accommodations are first rate.

Argentina is well known for its national dance, the tango. In most cities, there is no shortage of places to work on your tango moves. Moreover, if you’re shy about your talents, tango classes abound. Speak to a Luxe Travel Advisor about taking exclusive lessons with Mayoral and Elsa Marie, award winning tango dancers in Buenos Aires.

Argentina is famous for the quality of its beef. Enjoy a night out at any local steak house for a prime cut of Argentine steak. The Argentine wine industry is also quite popular. Try a glass of red with your steak. Last but not least, let’s not forget the ice cream. The Italians brought their ice cream making talents to Argentina many, many years ago and their efforts can be sampled on almost every street corner.

While Argentina’s cities are grand, the natural scenery is grander. Iguazú Falls in the north is a large waterfall wider than Victoria Falls. Comprising over 275 falls and large islands, and split between Argentina and Brazil, the falls are nothing short of spectacular. When visiting Iguazú Falls, ask the Luxe Travel team about staying at the Iguazú Grand Resort Spa. Surrounded by lush gardens, the resort is only 10 minutes away from Iguazú Falls.

A stark contrast to the waterfalls is the Perito Moreno Glacier in Santa Cruz. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the Patagonian region, the glacier is a popular tourist attraction and readily accessible. Tours are available to walk along the surface of the glacier, and there is even a restaurant at the visitor center.

The Andes’ highest peaks in Argentina top 6000m near San Juan and Mendoza. It has ice fields, arid steppes, Andean salt flats and glacier lakes as well as penguins and flamingos. The Patagonia region lies in the valley of the Andes, also considered the rain shadow. This unique environment is home to pumas in the northwest and penguins in the south. Tierra del Fuego National Park in the archipelago along the south is a protected reserve. Patagonia is also home to the most southern city in the world, Ushuaia, as well as the ‘End of the World’ train. The best time to visit is mid-November through March, even though during these months the wild winds can be intense. The unique area nestled between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans creates a dynamic weather system. Not only are the vistas and landscape astounding, the islands are also home to many different species of animals; woodpeckers, black chested buzzard eagle, albatross, steamer ducks, and red foxes to name a few.

Interested in eco-tourism? Argentina has 36 national parks and eight UNESCO sites. There are a number of guided tours and you can safely visit the most remote areas, while still protecting its inhabitants and wildlife. Eco-tourism is essential economically to the Argentinean people and government, as it is bringing in large amount of revenue, but even more importantly, it is preserving their heritage and the world’s eco-system. Argentina is taking the lead in conserving the world’s resources and environment.

The land of opposites with cosmopolitan cities and enchanting tango dancers, to enormous waterfalls, dessert landscapes, and icy glaciers, it’s no wonder Argentina is a wondrous place to visit. Contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or concierge@luxetravel.com to talk with a Luxe Travel Advisor about scheduling a luxury tour of Argentina.