Immerse yourself in Argentina.  Get to know the hotspots and hidden gems of vibrant Buenos Aires – also known as the Paris of South America – and explore the culturally and geographically diverse regions of the country.

 

Cultural Events

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city, full of countless cultural and social activities.  Buenos Aires's cultural offerings are an integral backdrop to your Puentes experience.  As part of the Puentes program, you learn to dance the tango in a private tango lesson, you explore the stunning sights of Buenos Aires on a city tour, and you enjoy a day trip to an "estancia" (Argentine ranch).  You are also invited to additional, optional outings in Buenos Aires to see great Latin American art, cheer along with the “hinchas” at a lively soccer game, experience engulfing live music, and more.  Buenos Aires truly has something – indeed, everything – for everyone. 

 

Estancia - day trip

The vast Argentine countryside and “gaucho” (cowboy) hospitality can be experienced at an “estancia” (ranch) in the Pampas region outside of Buenos Aires – riding horses, eating an Argentine “asado” (barbecue), experiencing a show of folk music and dance, and watching the gauchos compete in their games on horseback.

 

Additional Excursions and Day Trips (optional)

Argentina is a wonderfully diverse and engaging country, with many different options for travel.  You can get to know more of Argentina through optional excursions to exciting destinations outside of Buenos Aires.  Possible excursion destinations include the stunning waterfalls of Iguazú, the colorful canyons and landscapes of Salta, the impressive mountains of Mendoza, the thrilling ski slopes of Bariloche, and the historic and picturesque beach town of Colonia, Uruguay. 

 

Colonia del Sacramento - day trip

Just across the Rio de la Plata river from bustling Buenos Aires, tranquil Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay seems worlds away.  Its “Barrio Histórico” (historic quarter), which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is constructed of winding cobblestone streets and colorful houses, reminiscent of the port city’s Portuguese roots.

 

Iguazú Falls - excursion

Taller than Niagara Falls and four times as wide, with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River, the Iguazú Falls offer an unforgettable experience and a spectacle of nature.  Upon seeing Iguazú’s sheer beauty, the United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!” 

 

Mar del Plata - excursion

This most popular of Argentina beach destinations, filled with skyscrapers built without much planning, also has charming, older neighborhoods from the beginning of the 19th century.  In the natural environment of the ravines and sierras, Mardel – as it is commonly called – hosts not only attractive beaches, but also interesting museums, aquariums, seafronts, restaurants, and pubs.

 

Mendoza - excursion

Mendoza’s slogan “the land of good sunshine and good wine” says it all.  Mendoza is set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and famously lodges Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.  Also the center of the Argentine wine industry, Mendoza is an oasis of culinary and wine successes, as well as thrilling outdoors activities like rafting and horseback riding.

 

Patagonia - excursion

Argentine Patagonia sweeps across the southern parts of the country and offers a picturesque and diverse setting for travels and adventures.  From the majestic mountains and lakes of Bariloche to the beautiful glaciers of El Calafate and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, there are stunning vistas and countless options for sports recreation and exploring in this exciting region of Argentina.

 

Salta - excursion

Nicknamed “La Linda,” Salta is known for the beautiful, natural scenery of the valleys in the region.  Salta is situated in the Andes Mountains in the southernmost region of what was once the Inca empire.  It has a strong Spanish tradition, which mixed with the Argentine “gaucho” (cowboy) culture, creates a unique identity, rich in folklore and filled with striking, colonial architecture.

 

 

Tigre - day trip

A pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, El Tigre is a popular weekend jaunt for “porteños” (Buenos Aires residents).  Riding the vintage mahogany boats through the inter-connected rivers and streams, it’s possible to visit the “Puerto de Frutos” (fruit port and crafts fair), antiques shops, riverside restaurants and pubs, and charming neighborhoods of El Tigre.

 
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Whether I was shopping at an open market, learning to dance tango, catching a performance at the Teatro Colón, or riding horses at the foot of the Andes in Mendoza, I quickly grew fond of the rich traditions and customs of Argentina. Not only did I vastly improve my Spanish and dancing abilities, I also savored every moment of my adventure and hope to return to beautiful Buenos Aires soon.
— Abe Bekele, Yale College