Nature has favored Argentina with some of the most legendary scenery on the South American continent; from the thunderous Iguassu Falls, to the stunning alpine scenery of the Lake District, to the jagged mountains of Patagonia that stretch south to Tierra del Fuego. And, its neighbor, Uruguay, is an often overlooked gem with much to offer from historic vineyards, to enchanting towns, to white sand beaches.
Argentina’s northern regions are blessed with an abundance of stellar attributes: established vineyards, the Amazon’s pristine Yacutinga Reserve, and the dramatic Andean deserts dotted with Indian villages. The great central plains of the Pampas hold safe the traditions of South America’s cowboys, as the famed Argentinian gauchos continue to practice a way of life that has all but vanished elsewhere. Argentina is also known for its extraordinary horses that score high marks on the international polo scene. The Peninsula Valdes embraces vital habitats for penguins, sea elephants, guanacos, rheas and whales.
Few cities can outdo Buenos Aires for style and sophistication with architecture reminiscent of Paris. City lovers appreciate its nightlife and the wealth of museums, cultural venues, elegant boutiques and cafes. It is also the birthplace of the passionate tango dance. Even beyond Argentina’s sophisticated city life, however, a new trend is emerging. Family run, historic estancias are taking center stage for many travelers seeking a deeper understanding of the country and its ranching and rural past. These estancias also offer the benefit of introducing guests to local communities as well as contributing to those towns and villages through employment and educational opportunities. Argentina shares a border with Uruguay.
While Argentina is the second largest country in South America, Uruguay is the second smallest. Yet, it is ranked first in Latin America in democracy, peace, lack of corruption, quality of living, press freedom, size of the middle class, prosperity and security. It is an important global exporter of combed wool, rice, soybeans, frozen beef, malt and milk. It is also a welcoming destination with beaches, dunes, drowsy fishing villages, penguins, sea lions and whales to discover, colonial towns, classic working haciendas, and historic vineyards.
Argentina and Uruguay may be the perfect combo for a South American adventure. Experience these dynamic countries on a luxury tour to Argentina & Uruguay with Big Five.
Custom Argentina & Uruguay Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
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Argentina and Uruguay offer worlds of adventures that encompass natural wonders, colonial towns, classic working haciendas, historic vineyards and sophisticated cities. This dynamic duo may be the perfect combo for a South American adventure.
Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience 16 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
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Graffiti encompasses writing and drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, chiseled or painted illicitly on walls and other surfaces, usually within public view. The can be simple written words or elaborate wall paintings. The use of graffiti has existed since ancient times. Examples date back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire. The term graffiti originally referred to the inscriptions and drawings found on the walls of ancient sepulchres or ruins in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii. This unique and fascinating journey explores facets, framework and meaning of graffiti today in Latin America as seen through the eyes of artists in these countries. Specialist guides provide context, both historical and modern, to help you discover this compelling art movement.
President’s Pick: Chile’s Patagonia & Mapuche Culture 14 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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“Everywhere I look when I see itineraries for Chile, I keep seeing the same four or five locations over and over. For quite some time, I felt that something more existed, an experience or interaction that not only showed me something new about Chile, it also met a personal requirement of mine regarding sustainability. Enter the Mapuche communities, one of the oldest indigenous cultures in a country. There is tremendous history in Chile dating back to the Incas and beyond that reaches beyond Chile’s tourist locations that everyone already visits. I am delighted to be able to take our guests off the track to see the real Chile.”
President’s Pick: Argentina Adventures 16 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
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“I have always had that fire burning in me to search out the most authentic of places. One of the areas that frustrated me the most was Argentina. No matter how hard I looked, all I could find were the same areas in every itinerary. Where had our imagination gone? Was this all Argentina had? We kept pushing for more until we finally uncovered a whole new layer. This program is the first part of that culmination that finally connects Argentina to the ancient cultures of South America through Salta.”
Chile & Argentina 17 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
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Explore some of the natural features and lesser known cultures in Chile and Argentina from Chile's engaging traditional Mapuche community to Argentina's Aymara culture in Salta. In Atacama, experience more ancient cultures including the Incas, reaching back in time like no other location in Chile. End your journey at the cultural epicenter of the Aymara culture Argentina, a location where everything can be found in place – Salta. Explore the wines of Cafayate, and explore on horseback or on foot, go skiing in winter or sailing in summer. Savor this well-rounded journey into two dynamic countries.