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The Best of Argentina: Iguazu, Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Mendoza

Embark on a comprehensive learning adventure with local experts to the best of Argentina to uncover its diverse landscapes and learn about this region’s unique culture.
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Program No. 23240RJ
17 days
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The Best of Argentina: Iguazu, Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Mendoza

Embark on a comprehensive learning adventure with local experts to the best of Argentina to uncover its diverse landscapes and learn about this region’s unique culture.
17 days
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Program No. 23240 RJ
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With its soaring Andean peaks and its colorful melting pot of cultures, Argentina is as intriguing as its national dance, the tango. Few places offer such incredible biodiversity that’s just begging adventurers to learn and explore – from South America’s largest penguin nesting grounds on the Atlantic coast to the vast glaciers to the south. With expert instructors, experience all of these awe-inspiring Argentine wonders on one comprehensive educational journey while you learn just exactly what it means to be a hardy, spirited local in a land of infinite possibilities.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn the history of the people of Argentina through interactions with locals, gauchos, tango dancers who share their daily lives and personal perspectives.
  • Discover the immense nature and wildlife of Patagonia, north and south, from its glaciers and seabirds and the beauty of the Patagonian steppe.
  • Feel the mist from Iguazu Falls as you explore the waterfall from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides and explore the Bird Park with a naturalist.

General Notes

The December 7, 2020 departure will operate as a special itinerary to view the total solar eclipse in Puerto Madryn.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Tango, The Art History of Love
by Robert Farris Thompson
A probing cultural history of the tango, its working class origins in 19th-century Buenos Aires and Afro-Argentine roots.
The Vineyard at the End of the World
by Ian Mount
Mount traces how the humble Malbec grape, ignored in its native France, helped transform Argentina into one of the world’s premier winemaking destinations in this tale of the making of wine, personalities, grapes and travel.
Argentina, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Jill Gibian (Editor)
These choice stories introduce the landscapes and culture of Argentina, from the Andes to the Pampas, through the eyes of its writers
In Patagonia
by Bruce Chatwin
A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There's no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin.
The Secret in Their Eyes
by Eduardo Sacheri
Basis for the 2010 Oscar-winning film and a portrait of 1970s Buenos Aires, Sacheri's novel-within-a-novel follows Benjamin Chaparro, a retired clerk in the Palace of Justice, who sets out to write a novel about a case that has haunted him for decades.
Culture Smart! Argentina
by Robert Hamwee
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron
by Nicholas Fraser
Separating fact from myth, Fraser traces Evita’s life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s
Lonely Planet Buenos Aires
by Lonely Planet
The best of Buenos Aires is included in this practical guide, along with a pullout map and insider recommendations on shopping, eating, sleeping and day trips
Vino Argentino, An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina
by Laura Catena
This detailed, lushly illustrated guidebook to Argentina's wine region includes recipes, travel information, historical anecdotes, photographs, conversations with winemakers and a useful wine glossary
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way
by Francis Mallmann
Inspired recipes of Patagonian born Francis Mallmann.
Tschiffely's Ride
by Aime Tschiffely
The classic account of a remarkable, 10,000-mile journey in 1925 across the Andes, pampas, deserts and tropical forest of South and Central America from Buenos Aires to Washington D.C. Astoundingly, Tschiffely made the epic trek with the same two delightful, determined and hardy (and much loved) gaucho horses, Mancha and Gato. Tschiffely captures the people, landscape of the spirit of places along the way in vivid, down-to-earth detail.
Buenos Aires, A Cultural History
by Jason Wilson
An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers; serves well as a guidebook, too, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions.
Cataratas del Iguazu
by de Dios
This foldup, laminated card shows seven maps of the falls, Puerto Iguazu, park and region.

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