Traffic light and Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires by PCLVV
From the sensual art of tango to the never-ending search for the city’s finest steak, there’s no denying that Buenos Aires brings fire to the bellies of new visitors. But take up a journey a little way outside the streets and you’ll find yourself on an Argentinian adventure worthy of the great explorers themselves.
Approximate distances and journey duration from Jorge Newbery Airfield.
Though there is little chance of seeing the majestic animals after which this settlement was named (which once populated the region) visitors to this alluring town won’t leave disappointed.
Situated alongside the fluctuating waterways of the Paraná Delta, it comes as no surprise that the best way to explore here is by boat – a mode of transport favoured by citizens as much as sightseers. Get acquainted with the Argentinian art of drinking in the Museum of Mate and perambulate up the Lavalle-Victorica Promenade for a fresh take on traditional portside attractions. If the kids are beginning to grumble, a hop over to the Parque de la Costa should perk them right up.
Take a jaunt to Greater Buenos Aires and get a little lost down the cobbled streets of San Isidro. Though the old-school splendour of the cathedral and regular craft markets might fool you into thinking this town is built purely on charm, it is actually Argentina’s most affluent area, making for a very safe, but potentially steep, excursion.
There are always less costly treasures to be found among the stately homes of course, and culture hunters will love locating the many and varied historic points of interest. Don’t leave your camera lying in the hotel for this one.
Follow in the footsteps of thousands before you who have come to bask in the glory of La Capita de la Fe (The Capital of Faith). Home to an extraordinarily beautiful Basilica that draws gasps from even those without a theist leaning, Luján offers visitors a chance to explore Argentine culture at a slower pace than is available in many of the other outlying towns.
The multifaceted Complejo Museográfico Enrique Udaondo – containing everything from antique vehicles to rare articles of the colonial age – will keep your interest for a good long while, but those intent on finding a thrill may wish to go about making close, personal friends of the animals at Luján Zoo.
1 hour 10 minutes
San Antonio de Areco
Situated in the ever-picturesque pampas (South America’s fertile lowlands) this unpretentious town could very easily be overlooked, were it not for a few important factors which demand you pay attention to it.
Aside from finding ever-lasting fame in literature (as the home of the titular Don Segundo Sombra), San Antonio de Areco plays host to the annual Día de la Tradición, when gauchos from far and wide come to celebrate their rich – but not romantic – cowboy-like culture with their fellow compadres (and hundreds of excitable guests). Do not leave until you have shared in the warmth of a fireside asado.
1 hour 30 minutes
Far from your typical tourist town, Rosario remains largely passed over by holidaymakers; perhaps on account of its well-documented industrial background. But pleasant surprises exist around every corner of this city and one need only scratch at the surface to see why more and more people with artistic inclinations are drawn to it.
The Paraná River is undoubtedly the lifeline of the area and along its banks exists an amalgam of activities and eye-catching features to suit all interests – water-sports, beautifully blossoming parks and new wave creative projects that will even excite classicists. Though it has given life to legends, Rosario’s authenticity remains steadfast and a visit here will offer you as much of an introduction to Argentina’s people as it will to the place.
3 hours 15 minutes