Patagonia Mini Travel Guide



Around this same time, last year I was flying from New York to Argentina. We spent 10 days in this beautiful country. The first two nights we stayed in Buenos Aires, then flew out to Mendoza. In Mendoza we explored what is known to be the most important wine region of Argentina. From Mendoza, we flew to Torres del Paine, located in Chile's Patagonia region and from there to El Calafate and Bariloche, both in Argentina's Patagonia. The different sceneries and towns are breathtaking. I encourage you to stop at the local markets, drink a glass of good wine admiring the various landscapes, stroll through the different towns, plan full day excursions, enjoy its gastronomy and scenery, and take it all in.


BUENOS AIRES

 

We spent 3 nights in total in Buenos Aires and stayed at Tango de Mayo Hotel, at the heart of Buenos Aires. The city was vibrant and the gastronomy insane. I recommend the following restaurants:


Tegui. We booked for dinner. Contemporary Argentine cuisine with a sophisticated setting and a great tasting menu.


Casa Cavia. Very pleasant atmosphere and a lovely patio. Great Argentinean food and cocktails.


La Cabrera. The real Argentinean steakhouse experience.



MENDOZA

 

Next up on the itinerary is Mendoza. We flew from Buenos Aires and stayed for two nights at a lovely Airbnb in Lujan de Cuyo. Mendoza is a beautiful region in Argentina and known for being one of the most beloved wine regions. Here are some of the restaurants and wineries I recommend:


Wine tour at Salentein which is one of the first Argentine wineries, and fuses the highest quality wine with art and gastronomy.


1884, founded by Francis Mallman, South America's best known chef. The Restaurant tributes the wines of Mendoza and Andean cuisine.


Bodega Ruca Malen, known for its Malbec. We did a wine tour and tasting, and the restaurante uses local produce only.



TORRES DEL PAINE

 

The following two nights were spent at Torres del Paine, Natural Park in Chile's Patagonia region. It was a total change of scenery. Known internationally for its scenic beauty and its mountains and icebergs that cleave from glaciers. We stayed at Patagonia Camp Hotel, glamping meets the most perfect landscape. We did full day excursions and truly enjoyed nature.



EL CALAFATE

 

El Calafate was our next stop, one of the dreamiest destinations located in the Argentinian Patagonia. Visiting the Perito Moreno glacier and contemplating the beauty of the other glaciers in the Glacier National Park are truly unforgettable experiences. I also recommend booking a horseback riding excursion. We stayed at the Blanca Patagonia Inn. For dinner:


Isabel Cocina al Disco, traditional argentine food in a familiar environment.



BARILOCHE

 

We spent the last 2 nights in Bariloche, also in Argentine Patagonia and known as one of the most beautiful destinations in South America. If you love outdoor activities and nature, this is your ideal destination as there are endless activities to do and places to visit. We stayed at Design Suites Bariloche. You must try the following restaurants:


La Masia, small and cozy restaurant with spectacular lake views, and exquisite local cuisine.


El Patacon, warm atmosphere, great views and fine cuisine.


Chiado, small and peaceful, with a terrace to enjoy the nice weather and great views from the inside and outside. Great Argentinean food!


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Overall, a beautiful trip and unforgettable experience... fully recommend!