Feel those winter blues creeping in as that fall chill hits the air? The perfect time to plan a trip to Argentina. With sultry Latin American culture plus European flair, Argentina is the go-to destination December through March, when this South American country’s temperatures average 76ºF. Think warm summer breezes, hot shopping at amazing prices, great food and wine, and remarkable scenic beauty. Our top 3 stops for an Argentine vacation: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and San Carlos de Bariloche.
On an Argentine Itinerary: Buenos Aires
Picture historic European architecture, endless outdoor cafés, and beautiful parks, combined with incredible nightlife, dining, and shopping, all wrapped in sensuality—and you have Buenos Aires. The capital of Argentina is an international, fashion-forward, trendy city full of spicy energy. Stroll the neighborhoods, visit the museums and historic sites, and relax in the spacious parks. After a siesta and late dinner, hit the clubs or bars—Argentines love good company, good food, and a good time, so don’t expect to be in bed before 4:00 a.m.
Buenos Aires Hotels: Where to Stay
1. Rendez-Vous Hotel
• Modern boutique hotel with bargain rates
• 11 rooms
• Warm colors and modern style make you feel immediately at home
• $110–$155 per night
2. Faena Hotel
• Luxury, ultra chic, hip hotel
• Hotel amenities include bar, cabaret theater, restaurant, and pool
• $475–$9,500 per night, high season
Top Buenos Aires Restaurants: Where to Eat
Early 20th century meets modern luxury—the price tag may be high but the delicious food and elegant ambience make for a truly memorable dining experience.
2. Cabana Las Lilas
For that famous Argentine meat, head strait to Cabana Las Lilas, known for succulent cuts of rib eye and baby beef.
You’ll find deliciously addictive gelato at locations throughout the city and the rest of Argentina.
Mendoza: The Perfect Stop on a South American Wine Trip
Nestled in the Andes Mountains along the Chilean border lies the town of Mendoza, where much of Argentina’s wine is produced and world-class Malbec is abundant. Drink wine, eat well, and explore the scenic beauty of the mountain valleys and vineyards with horseback riding, biking, hiking, and even white-water rafting.
Our Picks for Mendoza Hotels: Where to Stay
1. Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel
• Luxury hotel
• Amenities include a casino and spa
• 6 restaurants and bars
• $695–$3,270 per night
2. NH Cordillera
• Chic bargain hotel
• Close to the main square and shopping district
• Gym, sauna, and outdoor pool
• $115–$155 per night
Where to Eat When You Travel in Mendoza
1. Anna Bistro
From 2 French-emigré brothers comes delicious French/Italian fusion in a romantic atmosphere—think dim lighting and a garden patio.
2. Francesco Barbera Ristorante
This Italian gem in the heart of Mendoza is popular with celebs, including Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Restaurant Tip: Ask for a table in the lush garden and be sure to order the assaggio di pappardelle with mushrooms.
Mendoza Vacation Insider Tip: Mendoza wine tours are a must! Go to award-winning vineyard Catena Zapata for a wine tasting and vineyard tour. Reservations required.
Don’t Miss San Carlos de Bariloche on Your Latin American Trip
San Carlos de Bariloche, at the foothills of the Andes Mountains and surrounded by 4 lakes, is famous for breathtaking beauty and delectable chocolates. There is shopping, dining, and entertainment, but it’s the 10-minute drive to tranquil lakes, lush forests, and towering mountains for sight-seeing and adventure tours that are this city’s main draws.
Where to Stay in San Carlos de Bariloche
1. Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
• Stunning lake views plus modern cabin feel
• Endless outdoor activities available, including kayaking and golf
• $265–$1,000 per night
This Argentine City’s Restaurant Picks
Overlooking Lake Nahuel Huapi, enjoy a 7-course tasting menu paired with wine at this intimate 6-table restaurant, where ingredients are delivered fresh each morning—one not to miss.
2. El Boliche “de Alberto”
Buzz is building about this family restaurant with authentic Argentine cooking and casual atmosphere—expect a line during peak season.
Our Insider Tip for Travel in San Carlos de Bariloche: Experience Bariloche’s breathtaking beauty on a boat tour to Victoria Island, off of the Llao Llao Peninsula. Enjoy food and drinks before exploring the island, which is home to Los Arrayanes National Park and its giant sequoias, the world’s only myrtle forest, and wildlife such as wild boar, deer, and blue-eyed cormorants.
Shopping in Buenos Aires, Argentina: The Top 10 Hottest Stores
(All stores have additional locations throughout Argentina)
Argentine Shopping Tip: Travel with an empty suitcase—you’re sure to fill it with fabulous shopping finds.
Ave Santa Fe 3251
Bohemian romance meets rocker flair
2. Las Pepas,
Calle Florida 963
Casual and trendy
Ave Santa Fe 1779
Premium denim and looks to go with it
4. Ona Saez,
Calle Florida 789
Chic rocker glam
5. Paula Cahen,
Ave Libertador 750
7. Maria Cher,
El Salvador 4724
Casual preppy looks
Fashionable and classic purses
Calle Florida 963
Premium leather goods