Starting this month we introduce our new serie ‘Monthly Country’. We will highlight every month a different country. And we are starting of course with one of our neighbors: Argentina. The monthly country series will highlight amongs others the must-do’s, the top cities, and some useful tips and tricks for your Argentina itinerary! Every month we are having a guest blogger as well.
Biking through Buenos Aires
Yes, we are Dutch and we like to ride our bikes. But biking is one of the best ways to discover a city. In large cities there are always agencies offering biking tours. We decided to participate in the ‘heart of the city tour’ from Biking Buenos Aires.
This tour starts in San Telmo from where you will bike to colorful La Boca, and hereafter you will visit one the newest areas of Buenos Aires: Puerto Madero. Which gives you a good contrast between La Boca. During the tour the guide will stop to inform you about the history of this fascinating city. They also provide a good lunch where you can choose one of traditional meat sandwiches.
Visit the Iguazu waterfalls
You cannot miss this place when traveling in Argentina. During our South America trip a few years ago we visited the Iguazu waterfalls. And we are hoping to see it again some day. The waterfalls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, and both sides has his own park.
The Argentinean side has some beautiful trails, where you can walk literally above the waterfalls. On the contrary the Brazil side has a better panoramic view. We recommend therefore to visit both sides of the waterfalls. The whole year around you can visit this place, but the best would be in autumn or spring (temperature-wise).
Hiking on the Perito Moreno gletsjer
When you are visiting the Perito Moreno glacier you have to make a hike on this huge ice mass as well. You will see deep, crystal clear blue sink holes and you will walk with special ice hiking shoes on one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world. A fantastic experience which ends in a traditional Argentinean style, with a cold glass of whiskey and glacier ice cubes.
During June, July and August it is not possible to book tours for this hike due to the winter season.
Sailing the Beagle Canal
In the very South of Argentina you will visit Ushuaia, also known as the end of the world (el fin del mundo). In the harbor there are several tour agencies who can offer you a journey on the Beagle Canal. A good idea is to go for a smaller boat, because this will give you the chance to sail between the smaller islands.
During the tour you will sea a beautiful tiny lighthouse, islands with sea lions, birds which are similar to penguins, some real penguins, and it is possible to walk on of the islands as well. Please pay attention that the penguins are not there during the Argentinean winter. Still the tours are the whole year around. A plus to the winter is that you will have options to ski in Ushuaia.
Drink a Malbec in Mendoza
Argentina is one of the largest wine producers of the world and their most important wine in Argentina is the Malbec. A visit to the vineyards in Mendoza to taste the Malbec is therefore a must-do. You will enjoy your wine while you have the Andes behind you which will make it a special experience.
We understand that you can bike (yes Dutchies) your way around to see several vineyards. We are looking forward to our planned visit to Mendoza in September!