From City Life to Wine Tasting, Argentina Has It All

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  • Luxury Travel

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  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

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  • Buenos Aires

  • Argentina

  • Vineyard

  • Multi-City

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Argentina is a beautiful country with welcoming locals, as well as a plethora of places to explore. Take advantage of both city and country life by splitting your time between Buenos Aires and Mendoza, and make sure to leave enough time to visit an Estancia along the way! Year round warm & mild weather makes it an opportune location to visit year round.

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Things to do in Argentina

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Buenos Aires

  • Visit an Estancia! Estancia Villa Maria is drop dead gorgeous and not as touristy as many of the other Estancias surrounding Buenos Aires. Sign up for a polo lesson, take a carriage ride, and have a long lunch followed by a game of Croquet. It's the perfect way to escape the city and have a relaxing day.

  • See a Tango show! While there are many Tango shows in Buenos Aires, I would choose Rojo Tango over and over again due to the high quality food, service, and of course the performance!

  • La Boca Neighborhood - The perfect place to walk around and shop for any locally made souvenirs and possibly the most Instagrammable place in Buenos Aires due to the beautifully colored buildings.

  • Plaza Serrano - This vibrant plaza is the perfect place to stop for happy hour after a day of touring the city seeing the major sites like Plaza de Mayo and La Casa Rosada.

In Mendoza

  • Go for a short hike! Cerro de la Gloria is a quick 1 mile hike out & back and features a memorial monument to the Army of the Ande. The views of the city are another big bonus!

  • Wine tasting of course! I highly recommend splurging on a private driver who will arrange all of the best vineyards to go to based on your wine preferences and vibe. Allocate at least 2 - 3 days here as there are so many wineries worth visiting! Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley have so much to offer.

  • Plaza Independencia - If you're staying in the heart of Mendoza, this is the perfect park to go for a stroll with a cup of coffee while you wait to be picked up for a wine tour.

Day Trips

From Buenos Aires, take a day trip to another country! Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay is a short ferry away and makes for an ideal day trip to explore this small town filled with culture. Rent a golf cart and bounce around to a few wineries tasting the local wine, Tannat!

Places to eat & drink in Argentina

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Buenos Aires - Eat

  • El Baqueano - An impeccably thought through tasting menu with generous wine pairings to match, this is a must visit restaurant. Since I've been they completely went through a major renovation featuring a gastronomic library, making it even more enticing for my next trip back.

  • Chila - A restaurant with an ever-changing tasting menu, focusing on fresh ingredients and quality food. The vibe is posh, and the service is top notch. The snacks to start are the perfect precursor to an amazing meal to come.

  • Don Julio - Coming in at number 14 on the World's best 50 restaurants, this is a hard to come by reservation, so book early! This restaurant features high quality steaks, an extensive wine list, and if you're lucky you may even get a private tour of their massive wine cellar! Pro tip: order one temperature up as they tend to cook on the rarer side!

Buenos Aires - Drink

  • Alvear Roof Bar - Located in the stunning 5 star Alvear Palace Hotel is a beautiful rooftop bar with craft cocktails and city views. Too cold? Head downstairs for an equally stunning lobby bar open since 1932.

  • Verne Club - When I hear club, I immediately want to run the other way (at least since turning 30). However, this is definitely a more of high-end cocktail bar with a speakeasy vibe vs an actual club. Try and snag a seat on one of their gorgeous leather couches and you'll be sure to stay for more than one drink.

Mendoza - Eat

  • Bodega Finca Agostino - For a day of wine tasting in Luján de Cuyo, be sure to secure a reservation here! With large windows letting in the light, superb food, and beautiful grounds to walk around post-lunch, this place is a must stop and usually requires a reservation!

  • Azafran - An Argentinean restaurant with a twist, including flavors and styles from around the world, and an extensive wine list to choose from. Dine on the streets of Mendoza or in their cozy yet upscale indoor space - you can't go wrong!

Mendoza - Drink

  • Park Hyatt Mendoza - Whether you're into gambling or not, the Park Hyatt Mendoza is connected to a casino with a lively bar and live music on occasion!

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Argentina. For more travel tips, check out my guide, Wine, Dine & Adventure in South Africa.