Argentina may not be the first destination that springs to mind when you are planning your honeymoon. However, if you want to celebrate your marriage with a trip that combines romance with adventure, culture and luxury, there are few better choices.
Spend 12 days in this fascinating South American country and you can enjoy a city break, followed by a journey into spectacular scenery and a tour of a selection of world-class wineries. Of course, no honeymoon travel experience in Argentina would be complete without learning how to tango.
The cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is packed with fascinating sights. A city tour will take you to such landmarks as the president’s official residence Casa Rosada, the eye-catching art deco Kavanagh Building and the Metropolitan Cathedral.
You can also head off the tourist trail and explore some of the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods. San Telmo, the oldest barrio, has glorious colonial architecture, a Russian Orthodox cathedral and lots of cafes. The La Boca district is where you will find Caminito, a traditional street with colourful houses and shops.
Buenos Aires is famed for its bars and restaurants, where you can tuck into locally-produced steak and wine, but that is not all it has to offer after dark. A professional tango show is a spectacle you will never forget, but you do not have to restrict yourself to watching. Taking a lesson in this most passionate of dances is an ideal honeymoon activity.
Argentina has some wonderful natural attractions, such as Lake Puelo and the Neuquen River canyon, but few can compete with Iguacu Falls for beauty. These waterfalls on the border with Brazil are the perfect place to enjoy some adventure during your honeymoon.
There are 275 separate falls that cascade down cliffs between 60 and 82 metres high, which combine to make a spectacular sight. You do not have to settle for just looking on from the specially-built walkways, as there are trails on the Argentinian side of the River Iguacu that will lead you under the falls. The waterway is surrounded by rainforest that is also ideal for trekking.
You don’t need to rough it to enjoy the great outdoors here, as you can stay in a luxury hotel in Puerto Iguazu during your time in Misiones province. The city is just 17 km from the waterfalls, so you can explore by day and eat in a top restaurant in the evening.
Wineries of Mendoza
The province of Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s viticulture industry, with more than two-thirds of the country’s wine produced in its vineyards. The warm climate and altitude – the area is in the foothills of the Andes – combine to make ideal conditions for growing grapes, and the Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay varieties all thrive here.
Spend a day touring some of the most prestigious wineries in the region and you will learn how the beverage is produced and the correct technique for tasting. You will, of course, also have the opportunity to try some of the renowned local produce, both in tasting sessions and while you enjoy the sight of the sun setting behind the Andes.
The provincial capital, also called Mendoza, has high-class hotels to stay in, so you can look forward to some pampering when not touring the wineries. There is also lots to see in the city, including the Cathedral of Our Lady of Loreto, Government House and the Monument to the Army of the Andes.