When she first saw the Iguazu Falls, former United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was so impressed she supposedly exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!”

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When she first saw the Iguazu Falls, former United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was so impressed she supposedly exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!”

Q. My wife and I will be spending a month in Argentina later this year, flying into Santiago. Which destinations should we have on our itinerary?

I recommend spending a week exploring Santiago. It’s perfect if you’re a foodie and like to experience culture.

Then head on over to Salta, Argentina – four days would be best. In Salta, you can experience Spanish and colonial architecture, do a day trip up to Humahuaca Gorge – along the ancient Camino Inca.  

Next, travel to Mendoza. If you love wine-tastings, there are many vineyards around the countryside. Mendoza is also the perfect place for hiking, horseriding, rafting and even skiing during the winter months. I would spend another five to six days here.

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After Mendoza, head to El Calafate, where you can do a full-day tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier. I’d also recommend another day tour of Rios De Hielo, where your day will start in Puerto Bandera to board a catamaran for a cruise on Argentino Lake to see glaciers and icebergs.

End your journey by flying into Buenos Aires. I would aim to spend at least five to six days here, as there is plenty to see and do. Immerse yourself in the cuisine and the culture. Be sure to go to the Recoleta Cemetery. While you’re in Buenos Aires, break up the stay by heading to Iguazu Falls and do a tour of the falls on both the Argentinian and Brazilian side. Three days here will be plenty. Enjoy!

– Tori Scaife, House of Travel on Brandon

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