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Argentina is a large country with many regions which are very different from each other. In each region, there are plenty of hotels and activities that will assure that you have the most exclusive honeymoon you can have.
In this article, you will see the best activities to include in your Argentina honeymoon ordered by region. Also, you will get to know which are the most luxurious and exclusive hotels.
Buenos Aires City
Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America, because of its architecture, fashion, and history. Also, is the Capital City of Argentina, where you will find the most fashionable brands along Avenida Alvear and at the upscale shopping center Galerias Pacifico.
Also, Buenos Aires has eight restaurants on the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. They are in this order: Parrilla Don Julio, Mishiguene, Tegui, Chila, El Baqueano, Elena, Gran Dabang, and Narda Comedor. These restaurants offer mind-blowing gastronomic experiences that you will want to include in your luxury Argentina honeymoon plans.
As regards hotels, many international companies have managed to balance modern hotel practice with Buenos Aires history. The hotels near Alvear Avenue restored the most famous mansions of Buenos Aires as important parts of the hotel. Some examples are Duhau Palace by Park Hyatt, the Four Seasons Hotel, the Alvear hotel chain, and Algodón Mansion.
In these surroundings, you can enjoy Estancia day trips to nearby ranches (estancias) and learn about the Gaucho culture in beautiful places like Estancia El Ombú o La Bamba in San Antonio de Areco. In Tigre, private charters on yachts or helicopter rides above Buenos Aires and Tigre are activities you can’t miss.
Iguazú and the Wetlands
In the northeast of the country, the tropical climate and unique geography will amaze you. Iguazú is the most popular destination in the area, a natural wonder named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This wonder includes two national parks, one in Argentina and the other in Brazil.
The most incredible experience is to do a helicopter ride above the falls; this trip offers an unforgettable view. Inside the park, you can also do the “Great Adventure”. During this excursion, you will sail with small boats really near the falls, so be prepared to get wet!
To have the most romantic and exclusive adventure, the hotels inside the National Parks are the best option to stay the night. There are two hotels perfect for your Argentina honeymoon, one in each country: the Meliá Hotel on the Argentinian side and the Belmond Hotel on the Brazilian side.
If you like luxury along with nature and wildlife, Iberá Wetlands is the place for you. You will be able to discover the wildlife of the region in a way that is better than an African Safari. The best places to stay are Puerto Valle Hotel on the northern side of the park and Rincon del Socorro near Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. They offer safaris, expeditions, navigations, horseback riding, and more!
Salta and the Northwest
The best way to visit Salta and the Northwest is by doing a road trip, with a private guide that will drive you in a 4×4. This region of Argentina is the most different one since you will be able to see the mixture of cultures between the Spanish and the immigrants.
Some activities you can’t miss are traveling on the Train to the Clouds (Tren a las Nubes) and visiting artists that use antique looms to make incredible Aguayos, Ponchos, and other traditional clothing. In this region, you will see and understand how people lived in this area of America before the Spanish arrived and also how they tried to defend their lands.
Cafayate is also a must if you like wine and great gastronomy. It is the most important viticulture area in the Northwest with high latitude wines. Visiting the wineries and staying in their hotels is beautiful and interesting. The best hotel in the area is Grace Cafayate from Grace Hotels. They offer plenty of activities to enjoy this beautiful area.
Mendoza is located in Cuyo region, shared with San Juan, La Rioja and San Luis. If you like food and nature, Mendoza is a destination you will enjoy for sure. This city and its important valleys were named as one the Great Wine Capitals of the World, sharing the title with Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley in the USA, Adelaide in Australia ,and more.
There are many activities to enjoy Mendoza. If you like nature, you can do plenty of trails in different areas around the city of Mendoza. Rafting and mountain biking are so much fun in this part of the Andes.
As regards wine tourism, visiting the different wine regions is a must. Mendoza produces 75% of the wines in Argentina. The territory of Mendoza can be divided into five large sub-regions, which give the varieties their particular characteristics: Valle de Uco, integrated by the departments of Tunuyán, Tupungato and San Carlos; Primera Zona, which includes the departments of Luján de Cuyo and Maipú; the Northern oasis (Lavalle and Las Heras), the East (San Martín, Rivadavia, Junín, Santa Rosa and La Paz) and the South (San Rafael, Malargüe and General Alvear), covering practically the entire provincial geography.
Hotels and resorts located in the vineyards are perfect for your luxury Argentina honeymoon. They offer plenty of gastronomic activities and other tourist activities of the region, such as visiting Aconcagua or Villavicencio. The most luxurious hotels are Casa de Uco, Cavas Wine Lodge, The Vines Resort and Spa.
Patagonia is a vast territory and there are plenty of places to visit. We can mention this five as the most important destinations:
Esque, Bariloche, and the Lakes
The northern region of Patagonia has plenty of luxury options. As with most of the destinations along the Andes, trekking is one of the major activities along with private navigations, dinner or lunch by the lake with gourmet food, and a kayak trip with a gourmet picnic and more.
If you are looking for more traditional luxury hotels Llao Llao Hotel and Arelauquen Golf and Country Club are the best options. But if you like luxury and having direct contact with nature to Los Huemules Estancia, near Esquel and Parque Nacional Los Alerces is the best option. In Villa La Angostura Las Balsas Relais and Chateaux is an incredible option as Loi Suites Chapelco in San Martin de Los Andes.
El Calafate and Chalten
In this area of Calafate and El Chalten, nature is the main attraction, which as you can visit the Andes and plenty of glaciers and lakes. Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is located between Calafate and El Chalten. This Park is home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, Mount Fitz Roy, and Mount Torre where you can take incredible excursions to visit Estancias, navigate through icebergs, and see all the glaciers of the area. Also, you can visit Torres del Paine, in Chile, on a full-day excursion or go back and forth between both areas and enjoy staying in both.
El Calafate is the main city and is where the airport is located. The best hotel in this area for your luxury Argentina honeymoon is Eolo Relais Chateaux, which is located on the outskirts of the city. There are no other luxury hotels in Calafate, but in Estancia Cristina, you will have the opportunity of staying in an exclusive Estancia. Also, you can enjoy the Spirit of Glaciers expedition in a three-day-two nights cruise.
El Chalten is Argentina’s trekking capital. It is perfect for active couples who like to enjoy their Argentina Honeymoon surrounded by nature. From El Chalten, you can access many trails, in town the best hotel in Los Cerros Boutique Hotel by DON. If you want to have a more exclusive and isolated honeymoon then you should check Aguas Arriba Lodge.
The End of the World is a magical place where the Andes meet the sea, and different ecosystems live together on the Island of Tierra del Fuego. Walking among penguins, trekking, navigating the Beagle Channel and more activities are available to enjoy this Island.
The best hotels are Arakur, Las Hayas Resort, and Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa, all of them very different from each other.
Los Cauquenes also offers great private and semi-private excursions which are different from the regulars. We recommend having lunch, tea, or dinner in the Akawaia sailing through the Beagle Channel and having an amazing view of Ushuaia city from the sea.
Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes
Peninsula Valdes is the perfect place to get to know the marine wildlife of Patagonia and the southern Atlantic. Southern Right Whales, Magellan Penguins, killer whales (orcas), dolphins, sea elephants, rheas, foxes, armadillos, maras, and all kinds of birds are just a part of this impressive ecosystem, quiet and idyllic, with the immensity of the ocean and the plateau stretching from horizon to horizon.
The main city of the area is Puerto Madryn, where hotels are up to 5 stars. But you will have the best experience if you stay inside Peninsula Valdes. There are some Estancias which offer the possibility of exploring the area with professionals who work for the conservation of species. One of these estancias is Rincon Chico. Other hotels are available in Puerto Piramides. You will find the most beautiful view of Oceano Patagonia Hotel.
If you want more than just luxury, Antarctica is an amazing destination for your Argentina Honeymoon. The best way to visit Antarctica is by cruise. Most of them depart from Ushuaia or Southern Chile. You will experience how the first explorer felt when arriving in the white continent. Wildlife, nature, and peace will make you fall in love with the place and even more with your partner.
Enjoy Your Luxury Argentine Honeymoon
Now you know the most important things about each region and their hotels so you can start planning your Argentina honeymoon. Combining some of them is the best way to get to know the country as much as you can and also to understand the diversity of its people and culture. You will be amazed by the different landscapes and ecosystems you can get to know in just one trip.
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Author Bio: From Buenos Aires, Argentina, Morena Domsch enjoys traveling and getting to know other cultures, nature, and communicating her passions. She has a four-year degree in Tourism and Hospitality and now she is studying to be a Sommelier.