Argentina in Pictures: From Gauchos to Glaciers

Walking into the Red Rocks of Northwest Argentina

Have you ever wondered what you would find on a visit to Argentina? We thought you might, so we share a slideshow of favorite photos we took while crossing the country four months overland -- from Iguazu Falls in the north to Ushuaia on the very southern tip, and back north again to the windswept Calchaquíe Valleys. … [Read more...]

Red Rocks and Wine Tasting: Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate Wine Region

Red rocks and desert. Doesn’t sound like the right conditions for a wine region, does it?The name Cafayate, another of Argentina’s winemaking regions, doesn’t quite have the same ring as Mendoza. But there’s something about the sandy soil -- good for irrigation control and filtering – that finds expression in the local grapes, including the local white wine … [Read more...]

Discovering Family in Argentina

Audrey and Oma

Q: What’s the proper way to greet family you’ve never met before?A: In Argentina: with kisses, warmth -- and a heck of a lot of steak.Earlier this year, with a visit to relatives in Argentina only days away, I received my first email in Spanish from my grandmother. This may not sound noteworthy, but the fact that she wrote it in her mother tongue transformed … [Read more...]

Patagonia: Hitchhiking the Wild West of Argentine Wine

Vineyards in Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia: the home of otherworldly landscapes, uplifted granite, glaciers, unrelenting wind, and the toughened skin of a Pinot noir grape. At the region’s northern reaches, where fabled mountains yield to desert flatlands, there are wineries.We couchsurfed and hitchhiked our way to find them, and when we did, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had … [Read more...]

A Little Bite of Buenos Aires

Empanadas in Buenos Aires

When we poked around Buenos Aires earlier this year, our food quests were focused not only on understanding Argentine cuisine but also seeking out various ethnic cuisines that we hadn't encountered much while traveling the Andes and Paraguay. A couple of times a week, we’d head out with a restaurant recommendation, a gigantic map of the city, and scribbled notes as … [Read more...]

Audio Slideshow: Northwest Argentina, Road Trip Style

northwest argentina

Some places are best suited to road trips. They speak: move at your own pace, get lost, stop off in small towns, have the flexibility to enjoy whatever experiences might come your way.The area around Salta and Jujuy in northwest Argentina is one such chunk of perfect road trip territory. Listen and watch the audio slideshow below to find out why. … [Read more...]

Argentine Food:  Steak, Empanadas, Pizza, Pasta, Repeat

When I think about my first contact with the concept of Argentine cuisine, I recall a discussion twelve years ago with an unassuming foodie friend in San Francisco.“I bet the food in Argentina is great!” I offered with blind optimism as visions of gauchos stepping to a tango beat danced in my head.  Argentina seemed so damn far away; therefore the food must be … [Read more...]

Three Vignettes: Beautiful Everyday People of Northwest Argentina

In a future incarnation, we will run world tours that seek to deliver extraordinary travel experiences through encounters with ordinary people. And when we do, a road trip in Northwest Argentina will be one of our first stops in South America.After stumbling upon a dazzling gaucho festival on the first day of a week-long road trip, we figured our travel karma … [Read more...]