Luxury holidays in Argentine Patagonia

Like its Chilean counterpart, Argentine Patagonia is an expansive region home to volcano-fringed lakes, snow-capped mountains and alpine-style villages, which are sometimes populated by a surprising mix of nationalities. In mountainous Santa Cruz Province, you can gaze up at the craggy peaks near El Chalten and the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, which creeps across a lake of cyan meltwater. In the lusher, greener north – often referred to as the lakes district – is San Carlos de Bariloche, a lakeside city surrounded by mountains in which you can ski, hike and climb. Scattered between the two are various small towns and villages, often with a markedly Alpine aesthetic and home to pockets of German, Swiss and Welsh immigrants.

Areas in Argentine Patagonia

When to go

Unless you’re going skiing, the best time to visit is in summer (November to early March). The lakes district is also an attractive prospect in spring (September to November), when meadows are flecked with wildflowers.

Getting there

  • Planes

    For most destinations within Argentine Patagonia, your best option is to fly into Buenos Aires Ezeiza International, then catch a domestic flight to your desired region.
  • Automobiles

    The landscapes here are expansive, so it’s well worth having your own set of wheels.