Argentina was the most incredible, adventurous adventure! We could not have decided a better destination for our honeymoon. It was perfect parts active and relaxing. This gorgeous place will forever be etched into my heart and cherished. We definitely started our marriage on the right foot 😉
While preparing for the honeymoon, I was surprised by the lack of content I could find on Argentina. Come to find out, there really aren’t as many Americans traveling there as, say, Europe, which is just crazy because it’s unbelievable! So, here is my contribution into where you should go, what you should do, eat, and see in Argentina.
Our Argentina Adventure to Bariloche, Buenos Aires, and Mendoza
While there were many many places in Argentina we’d loved to have seen, we had to limit it to three with our time frame; we were there a total of 12 days. We began our honeymoon in Bariloche, this was the farthest south we were able to travel given the length of our stay (Argentina is big!). Bariloche was so charming and like an adorable ski village. Next up was Buenos Aires. Quick hack to saying it in a way cooler accent? Say “Way No Side Ace.” There you go, spoken like a true local 😉 Our last location was the dreamy Mendoza for wine and relaxation.
Recommendations in Bariloche
Bariloche was our first stop and we loved it. We stayed at the Design Suites. This ended up being our least favorite of the places we stayed, simply because we were so spoiled at the others. That is not to say we did not thoroughly enjoy it. It was still a lovely place and got major points for having a ginormous jacuzzi tub in the room.
Arguably one of the best restaurants of the entire trip was Alto el Fuego. This was recommended to us by a hotel attendant and we were so glad we took his advice. Tucked away behind it all, this adorable building looked like it could be your friend’s cozy house. We immediately felt comfortable and that we were among friends. The vibe was so authentic and completely un-touristy. Not to mention that glorious hunk of meat.
You must go to Cerro Campanario while you are in Bariloche. Take a ride up the mountain on a ski lift and arrive on top of one of the most beautiful vistas you will ever see. The top overlooks the Seven Lakes.
Llao Llao is also a must-see. If you’re feeling super fancy, and can spare the change, it would be a lovely place to stay! However, it was perfect to simply visit for a meal and a nice walk around the grounds. We hiked near Llao Llao and worked up a sweat, but the views made it all worth it. We also got to see the “Bosque De Arrayanes,” which was the forest that is said to have inspired Walt Disney when creating Bambi.
You must enjoy some chocolate while in Bariloche. We loved Rapa Nui, and would recommend that one out of all the shops. It was overwhelming to choose between the hundreds of chocolate stores that were one right after the other. It’s definitely a good thing that Oklahoma doesn’t have that many…
Recommendations in Buenos Aires
Palermo Soho is the place you want to stay when visiting Buenos Aires, hands down. We stayed in an incredible Air BNB while we were there. I felt like we could live there and may have tossed that idea in my head once or twice. Palermo Soho was an artsy neighborhood with adorable shops and restaurants lining the streets. Being known for it’s street art, every single wall in Buenos Aires seemed Instagram worthy so you could hardly walk down the street without wanting to snap a photo.
While you are in Buenos Aires, you must see a Tango performance. There are hundreds to choose from and we were overwhelmed with options. We finally decided upon Esquina Carlos Gardel, which was a lot of fun. However, it seemed slightly more geared toward the tourists, but it still gave us the authentic Buenos Aires experience. I think really any tango you see will be fun and wouldn’t recommend throwing down too much money for a the highest rated performance. When in doubt, ask a local!
My favorite, and Colton’s second favorite, dinner of the whole vacation was Parilla Peña. It’s true, Argentina really does have the best steak! The meat was so juicy and fell apart in your mouth. MMMMM. While there, we enjoyed a bottle of wine, befriended a German who had been traveling the world for 8 months — Jealous! Also worth mentioning, we ate at Don Julio because of all the hype, however, we were disappointed. While we were expecting the typical leisurely meal, this was more get in, order, eat, get out. It was a definite “tourist” place and I felt rushed and unappreciated.
El Ateneo was the most beautiful library I have ever been inside and immediately made me feel like Belle. We enjoyed some croissants (“Medialunas”) and espresso after perusing the endless rows of books.
Tipo Siete wins all the awards for best brunch! There were a few menu options that would feed two that came with many different items. We randomly selected one, and it was the most glorious feast I’ve ever had. It also came with two glasses of champagne, which was a huge win.
Who would have thought a cemetery could be such a top recommended destination? Recoleta Cemetery is full of history (and dead bodies) and should most definitely be a quick stop in Buenos Aires. I didn’t feel the need to stay there a super long time but it was cool to take it all in and see how huge it was!
Recommendations in Mendoza
Mendoza was our last stop so we were definitely fading. After traveling for a week and a half, and all the wedding festivities prior, our energy levels were waning, (it was probably also the wine ;)) so we didn’t get out and about too much. However, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Bed and Breakfast that we stayed at called Posada Verde Oliva. It was an absolute dream. There was only room for 3 couples so it was very intimate. The service was absolutely amazing. Each morning we would get our breakfast served to us on the patio overlooking the vineyard. Not too shabby.
Known for their Malbec, we enjoyed taste testing multiple wines in Mendoza. We did a wine tour, stopping at three wineries: Benegas, El Enemigo, and Trapiche. My favorite wine was shockingly the Chardonnay from El Enemigo. I had hoped it would be a Malbec, however, this one stood out to me and was deliciously buttery. You better believe I took a bottle home with me.
You must treat yourself to some spa treatment in Mendoza.We visited Entre Cielo, were we received some wonderful spa treatments that left us feeling like limp noodles.
Consider this before planning your Argentina Adventure:
The language barrier was pretty real. I’m not saying that to discourage you, but you just need to be prepared! Luckily, I did brush up on my Spanish before we went and had a Spanish minor from college to fall back on. But, as long as you know key phrases, and are willing to sound silly at times, it will be fine!
The U.S. is pretty basic in terms of types of transportation, especially Oklahoma! You really need a car to get around and people don’t typically use public transportation. In Argentina, you use multiple forms of public transportation and better feel comfortable brushing up against people. Colton and I learned how to use the “Sube,” which was their bus transportation and the Subway. We also had to fly from place to place so it wasn’t a one flight and done vacation.
Wouldn’t recommend traveling with anyone who has a broken leg! Get ready to walk around! Also, there are many dogs enjoying the beauty too so you can enjoy a stroll with them. Careful though, they aren’t house trained.
If you’re a vegan, vegetarian, gluten hater, dairy hater, or follow any other restrictive diet, Argentina will be hard in terms of dining options. Almost every meal recommended was steak and fries. And boy, was it good! It will be fine though, simply be prepared to have a harder time finding options.
We had the most wonderful trip and loved it! I hope this guide can help you if you decide to travel there, which I would recommend! Have you been there? Anything I MUST add?!