We recommend taking as much time as you can to really enjoy the tremendous diversity of attractions of Argentina—the eight-largest country in the world—from Iguazu Falls and Andean villages in the north to the glaciers, mountains, lakes and steppes of Patagonia in the south, not to mention Buenos Aires and Mendoza in between.
Our luxury Argentina tours are private and customized, and include the best local guides and carefully chosen luxury hotels. Our Argentina tours are ideal for couples, families and groups of friends looking for great outdoor activities in stunning landscapes, pampering at high-end luxury hotels, world-class food and wine, intriguing history ranging from the ruins of pre-Incan civilizations to the monuments of modern architecture, and abundant opportunities for shopping for traditional handicrafts, contemporary fashions and culinary specialties.
Buenos Aires & the Pampas
Buenos Aires is a dynamic city of youthful energy, tree-lined streets and gracefully dilapidated Old World architecture. Known for its great lifestyle, Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and also the country’s most populous city. Our luxury Buenos Aires tours feature the best of Buenos Aires and the surrounding regions, including touring of the most interesting neighborhoods such as Recoleta, Retiro, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo. We especially like the following places and activities: beautiful fin-de-siecle architecture lining the streets of historic neighborhoods; browsing well-stocked open-air markets; attending polo matches and horse races; watching a tango performance in an upscale restaurant setting; taking private tango lessons in a traditional cafe; shopping at the best shops for high-quality antiques as well as local products such as leather, clothing, and traditional crafts such as textiles, silver work, leather work and wood furniture, not to mention food and wine such as dulce de leche, Malbec, Torrontes and other great Argentine culinary specialties; touring Jewish neighborhoods and interesting sites related to the history of Jews in Buenos Aires; strolling Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, neighborhoods filled with fashionable shops and restaurants; seeing modern architecture by Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Philippe Starck as well as Argentine architects such as Cesar Pelli and Clorindo Testa; seeing historic sites related to Argentine literary giants such as Jorge Luis Borges; Recoleta Cemetery for its incredibly rich history and abundant sculpture; relaxing with a drink and a snack in historic cafes popular among the locals; Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace) from which Eva (Evita) and Juan Peron addressed the Argentine people; Plaza de Mayo, where people have historically gathered for political rallies; and the old docklands, new restaurants and ecological reserve in Puerto Madero.
Buenos Aires is also ideally situated on the edge of the pampas and along the wide Rio de la Plata, offering a variety of excellent private excursions. Some of our favorite day trips in the region are private excursions to the pampas to visit a polo estancia or a traditional estancia (ranch) to learn about the gaucho lifestyle from a real gaucho, enjoy an asado (barbecue) and dine on Argentine beef grilled on a parrilla (grill), and tour a gaucho museum; to Tigre to take a private cruise on the evocative waterways of the Parana River Delta; across the Rio de la Plata to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay to tour the historic center of this former Portuguese colony, surely one of the most charming towns in South America.
Recommended luxury Buenos Aires hotels include the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires - Duhau Palace, Four Seasons Buenos Aires, and Alvear Palace Hotel.
Part of Iguazu National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular natural sights imaginable. Our Iguazu Falls tours feature private touring of the best places for viewing the hundreds of cascades, including the unbelievable Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat). Our Iguazu Falls tours also feature activities such as boat rides on the Iguazu River, train rides through the jungle, and tours of interesting historical parts of Iguazu National Park Excursions to the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls can also be arranged.
Recommended luxury Iguazu Falls hotels include the Sheraton Iguazu and the Hotel das Cataratas.
Northern Patagonia (Bariloche & the Lake District)
The beautiful lakes and rugged Andes mountains of the Lake District of northern Patagonia, considered the Aspen of South America, offer a range of wonderful outdoor activities. Some of our favorite private tours around Bariloche and the Lake District include private cruises across Lake Nahuel Huapi, private hiking through the forest and in the mountains of Nahuel Huapi National Park, private kayaking across calm blue lakes surrounded by high mountains, exploring the history and nature of Isla Victoria with a private local guide, visiting or staying in Villa la Angostura, walking among the myrtle trees in Los Arrayanes National Park, dining on excellent local cuisine (such as Patagonian lamb, trout, salmon, rabbit, wild boar, beef and more) at excellent restaurants on the Llao Llao Peninsula, enjoying fine Patagonia wine while relaxing on a private beach, watching the sun set behind the Andes mountains, shopping for local products such as chocolate, knitwear, and rosehip jam and rosehip skincare products.
Recommended luxury Bariloche and the Lake District hotels include the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, El Casco Art Hotel and Las Balsas.
Southern Patagonia (El Calafate & El Chalten)
The landscapes of southern Patagonia offer some of the most spectacular and rugged natural beauty in the world, with vast open steppes, jagged mountains, active glaciers and pale blue glacial lakes and rivers. Around El Calafate, our tours feature visits to Los Glaciares (Glaciers) National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—with activities such as hikes on Perito Moreno Glacier, boat rides on Lago Argentino (the largest lake in Argentina) to see the terminal face of Perito Moreno Glacier, private horseback riding and hiking on private estancias (ranches), and cruises across Lago Argentino to see Upsala Glacier, Onelli Glacier and Spegazzini Glacier. Around the small village of El Chalten, our tours feature activities such as private hikes around the base of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre with local expert guides, hikes to mountain lakes, hikes to glaciers, hikes through native forest, hikes to waterfalls, hikes along rivers, and opportunities to see native wildlife such as condors, rhea, hares and guanaco. In southern Patagonia, we recommend excellent cuisine such as Patagonian lamb, trout and other local specialties.
Recommended luxury Calafate hotels include Los Notros and Eolo. Recommended luxury Chalten hotels include Los Cerros.
Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina, with hundreds of wineries spread throughout the region from the base of the Andes mountains. Our Mendoza tours feature activities such as tours of wineries in Lujan de Cuyo and the Valle de Uco to see how the grapes are processed and wine produced and bottled, private wine tasting at top local wineries to taste Malbec and other varietals, private meetings with local enologists, walks through the vineyards with agronomists or other experts, visits to parks and places of historical interest throughout the city of Mendoza, bike rides through the vineyards, visits to art galleries at wineries, private visits to art galleries and the studios of local artists to meet artists and discuss their work, private hikes at the base of Aconcagua and the Andes, horseback riding on local estancias. We also make reservations for lunches and dinners in excellent local restaurants, including winery restaurants and restaurants in central Mendoza.
Recommended luxury Mendoza hotels include the Park Hyatt Mendoza and Cavas Wine Lodge.
Northwest Argentina (Salta & Jujuy Provinces)
Northwest Argentina, one of the country’s least-known but most interesting and beautiful regions, features traditional Andean villages, high Andes mountains, fertile plains and colorful desert. Our private tours in Salta and Jujuy provinces feature the best of the landscapes, food and wine, history, traditional villages and local cultures of this intriguing and off-the-beaten-track region. Some of our favorite activities in Salta and Jujuy are visiting traditional Andean villages such as Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca in the valley of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; touring Spanish-colonial churches; touring pre-Inca and pre-Columbian ruins in Quilmes, Tastil and other sites; seeing the compelling exhibition of Inca discoveries in the Museum of High Altitude Archaeology in Salta City; sampling local culinary specialties such as humita, locro, quinoa, mote, empanadas, chicharones and llama steaks; staying in traditional finca-style hotels; seeing the unusual and brightly colored geologic formations and other natural wonders in the valleys of Quebrada de las Conchas, Quebrada del Toro, and Quebrada de Humahuaca; seeing beautiful desert landscapes filled with cactus and fertile farmland growing sugarcane, tobacco, quinoa, corn and other crops; visiting Cachi, Colome, Cafayate and other historic towns in the Calchaquies Valley; sampling Torrontes and other local wines at small, high-altitude wineries; driving into the Andes mountains, through the puna (altiplano or Andean high plateau) and across salt pans with views of high volcanic peaks; and spotting wildlife such as wild vicuna, llama and condors.
Recommended luxury Salta hotels include the Sheraton Salta in Salta City, Estancia Colome in Colome and Patios de Cafayate in Cafayate. Recommended luxury Jujuy hotels include El Manantial del Silencio in Purmamarca.
Artisans of Leisure is a luxury travel specialist offering deluxe, private tours in Argentina.