Argentina includes towering glaciers, snow-capped mountains, a sophisticated European-style city, and estancias with gauchos and polo ponies.
Southern Argentina, Patagonia
Dramatic mountains and glaciers.
El Chaltén, Patagonia, Argentina
The lodge is surrounded by a stunning landscape of forest and lake. From the hotel, take a 40 minute Zodiac boat ride to the most impressive glacier in Patagonia, Videma Glacier. Located at the end of a road on the shore of Lake Viedma, 180 km north of El Calafate.
Includes scenic lakes, charming hostelries, Nahuel Huapi National Park, and the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. A center for adventure tourism – kayaking, white-water, horse-riding and mountain biking, the Lake District’s climate and terrain varies from rainforest to semi-desert Pantagonian steppes. The Lake District incudes Isla Victoria, a 12 mile-long wooded wlderness island in the middle of Lake Nahuel Huapi, and the smart enclave of Villa La Angostura, fifty miles from Bariloche on Nahuel Huapi’s northern shore.
Hosteria Nacional Isla Victoria
Isla Victoria, Bariloche, Argentina
This rustic elegant stone and wood building sits in pristine wilderness on Victoria Island. Located in Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi National Park, its rooms have views of the either bay, lake, distant Andean peaks or the forest.
T: +5411 4394 9605. 22 rooms plus 4 bedroom log cabin. US$ 570, incl. all meals, kayaking and horse-riding. www.islavictoria.com
Estancia Peuma Hue
Horse riding, kayaking, organic meals – you dine communally with other guests – and massages on this new privately owned 500 acre estancia set between two lakes.
A sophisticated capital city with European overtones; home to the Tango.
Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires
Where poet, philosopher and 20th century master writer Jorge Luis Borges grew up. It is now the food-and-fashion district, a Bohemian barrio with chic coffeehouses, antique shops, funky furniture designer stores, and early 20th century architecture. Palermo Soho refers to the area around the Plaza Serrano.
Honduras 5860 Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Relaxed, stylish and hip boutique hotel with retro Scandanavian-style furnishings. Owned by a local pr person and her English husband, a former record producer for Depeche Mode.
An area undergoing gentrification, the cobblestone streets of this historical part of central Buenos Aires are lined with elegantly decaying 19th century mansions. San Telmo is famous for its Sunday antiques market in the Plaza Dorrego.
458 Juan de Garay San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A newly restored Art Nouveau townhouse, it has modern suites with antiques and wet room, a roof-top garden and a grand piano in the small lobby. It is conveniently located just a few blocks from the museums of National History, Modern Art, and the Plaza Dorrego with its weekly antiques fair.
Sixty miles from Buenos Aires, Estancia El Rocio is a working ranch where you can learn to play polo or just enjoy leisurely horse rides on the 400 acres. Owned by a French couple who have decorated it in a contemporary chic resort with some regional touches.
An area noted for its subtropical rainforests, diverse fauna, spectacular waterfalls and its Indian and colonial heritage. The southern borders of the Incan empire reached here; later, a flourishing Spanish colonial life existed because of Salta la Linda’s proximity to the Bolivian silver mines. Once rivaling Buenos Aires in importance, today Salta la Linda (Salta the pretty) offers colonial architecture, Incan heritage, restaurants and a vibrant nightlight. Take a 2 hour flight north of Buenos Aires to reach it.
House of Jasmines
La Merced Chica, Salta, Argentina
This 100 year old house – now a small romantic hotel – is part of a 300 acre ranch. The estancia’s activities include horses, a pool and small spa. It is located at the foothills of the Argentinean Andes and 7 km from Salta Airport.
Buenos Aires urbanites escape to Traslasierra to de-stress and enjoy clean mountain air, hikes and pony trekking, good food and small village charms. The naturally scenic Córdoba province is located an hour’s flight north of Buenos Aires.
Camino a Santa Catalina Km. 7 (5221) Santa Catalina, Córdoba, Argentina
Recently built by a French hotel family, the 420 acre estancia combines traditional lodging materials with state of the art technology. It is furnished with a mix of good antiques and modern pieces. Activities include horse riding, a swimming pool and hiking trails.
Camino al Champaquí San Javier, Córdoba, Argentina
This estancia sits within its own 1,200 acres mid-way up a mountain. Its location provides a microclimate producing a beautiful landscape that involves woods and streams flowing into waterfalls with wide panorama of the Traslasierra valley. This exclusive hilly landscape is ideal for trekking and horse riding. The 1895 manor house includes a small chapel of artistic and historical interest.