Just an hour’s flight west of Buenos Aires lies Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city. From here you can head to the picturesque Cordoba hills for authentic working ranches-come-luxury hotels that offer riding, hiking and biking in magnificent scenery.
Cordoba’s proximity to the sierras means that it’s often seen as a base for exploration of the surrounding area, but it’s a buzzing, thriving city and great travel destination in its own right. There’s a vibrant art scene, with separate galleries dedicated to classical, fine, emerging and contemporary art, and beautiful colonial architecture in the city’s old town.
A handsome town with lovely tree-lined streets, fabulous restaurants and a glorious Andean backdrop, Mendoza is the gateway to Argentina’s famous winelands. It’s a relaxed place with a slow pace of life perfect for a wine-tasting holiday; it's all about slowing down and savouring the finer things in life. It’s also a scenic place, with the snowy tops of the Andes clearly visible from the centre of town. The city also features several museums, including Museo de Ciencias Naturales y Antropológicas, a natural history and anthropology museum, and the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, which is dedicated to contemporary art.
The premier wine-growing region in the whole of Latin America, greater Mendoza’s vineyards and wineries will impress any budding wine expert, and with some fantastic luxury hotels to stay at, exploring this beautiful region is a real treat for the senses.