Exploring Argentina’s Patagonia And Mendoza Regions

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Argentina is a land of contrasts – from the cosmopolitan nightlife of Buenos Aires to the vast grasslands of Patagonia, and from the highest peaks of the Andes Mountains to the glacial lakes of Patagonia. With so much to do and see in this sprawling country, planning a trip on your own can be overwhelming. That’s why one of the many Argentina travel tour packages available from tour operators across the country may be right for you! Leave the planning and the logistics to the professionals – it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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A Stop In Argentina’s Wine Country

One of the most popular places to visit in Argentina is Mendoza Province. This is Argentina’s wine-producing region, bordered by the Andes Mountains on the west and the South Atlantic Ocean on the east and south. The rich soil and high altitudes of this region are perfect for farms and vineyards, which attract tourists year-round. And with more than 300 days of sun per year, this scenic paradise is definitely worth visiting!

No tour of Menodoza, Argentina is complete without a stop in Mendoza City. Sandwiched between the Andes and the wide-open pampa, Mendoza is an access point to Valle de Uco and Lujan de Cuyo, two of the major wine-producing valleys in the region. Mendoza itself is a fun destination to explore – from the Plaza Independencia to the Museo Nacional del Vino, the city has many historical and cultural landmarks for visitors to explore. The surrounding province also offers visitors taking part in Argentina travel tour packages the opportunity to experience some uniquely Argentinian experiences.

  • Bike tours – biking is one of the best ways to enjoy Mendoza’s beautiful landscape! There are several biking companies that will rent you bikes and offer tours to the wineries and vineyards located in the province.
  • Tour a working estancia – experience Argentina’s traditional culture by visiting a working estancia (or ranch). Traditional activities on ranch tours include trekking, fishing, bird and wildlife watching, and horseback riding. Some ranches even offer overnight packages, so that you can experience a traditional evening barbeque with the ranch hands.
  • Explore the Andes Mountains – the Andes Mountains are one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. From Mendoza, you can tour the scenic valleys of this range either with a hiking group or on horseback. Many tour companies offer day trips, but others offer multi-day tours!

Experience Argentina’s Culinary Traditions

Argentina mountain landscapeIf you are planning a tour of Mendoza, Argentina, don’t forget to book a tour of one of the city’s many olivicolas (or, olive oil factories). The Maipo region of Mendoza province has a vibrant olive-growing culture and the olive oil produced in this region is one of the country’s top exports. Growing olives is a family tradition in Argentina, much like the cultivation of grapes for wine. The most famous Argentinian olive producers are Pasrai, Simone, Maguay, Bodega Carinae, Laur, and Zuccardi. Many Argentina travel packages include a visit to an olive oil factory, where you can learn about cultivation stages, olive harvesting, and oil extracting processes. You can even enjoy olive oil tastings or relax at local spas for olive oil treatments! Of course, if you have the time, one of the best things to do is to combine winery visits with olive oil tastings for a truly unique culinary experience.

Following the Andes For An Argentina Patagonia Vacation

Once you have finished exploring the Province of Mendoza, you can head south along the spine of the Andes Mountains toward Argentina’s Patagonia Region. Patagonia is a vast and diverse region of South America that is shared by Argentina and Chile. The Patagonia region is known for its majestic mountain ranges, icy glaciers, and a diversity of wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

If you’ve selected an Argentina travel tour package that includes a visit to Argentina Patagonia, make sure it stops at a few of the hotspots below:

  • Los Glaciares National Park – this UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses 1,600 square miles of parkland and 47 major glaciers. The world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier can be found here. This is only one of two glaciers in all of South America that is actually growing larger each year. Explore this icy marvel by trekking across its surface or by kayaking in the waters of Lake Argentina to see it from below.
  • El Calten – this mountain village is a great base camp for outdoor adventures like rock climbing or hiking. The village’s name comes from a native Tehuelche Indian word that means “smoking mountain,” which is a nod to the clouds enveloping the nearby Mount Fitz Roy range.
  • Climb Mount Fitz Roy – trekking enthusiasts can hike the 11-mile loop that offers spectacular views of this majestic mountain. Shorter hikes are available for novice trekkers, too!
  • Take a trip to the Fin del Mundo – if you’ve ever wondered where the world ends, you can find the answer in Patagonia. Ushuaia is located at the southernmost tip of Patagonia and sits on an island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Ushuaia offers visitors the opportunity to hike, ski, observe wild penguins, and enjoy views of the nearby mountains.

From Mendoza to Patagonia, there’s nothing more exciting than exploring this South American country with Argentina travel tour packages. So, pack your bags and get ready for adventure – wine country is calling and Patagonia’s rugged beauty is just a plane ride away.

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