A brief note
Argentina has a very varied culture with influences from the pre-columbian peoples to the massive influence of the Spanish.
The culture is further enriched by the arrival of immigrants who populated this amazing country from such varied places as Italy, Wales, Germany and neighbouring countries. Argentine Spanish includes many words that come from pre-columbian peoples as well as Italian, English and even Arabic.
This combination shows just how much outside influence has affected Argentine culture. Different regions of the country have a very different feeling. In Buenos Aires you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Europe with its magnificent architecture and wide congested streets whereas in the northern towns of Humahuaca or Tilcara the surrounding mountains and high altitude desert give a totally unique ambiance.
To get a real feel for what life is like in the rural areas we offer the Five Senses Experiences to give you the chance to live as the locals do. Our Argentina Culture Tour will educate and inform your visit to this very special region.
Cuisine in Argentina has also been heavily affected by outside influence. In cities you will find many Arabic and Chinese restaurants. In more rural areas you are more likely to find the traditional Parrilladas serving empanadas and every cut of beef you can think of. The staple diet for the majority of the population is the beef produced within the country. You will still find Andean delicacies in the north west as well as great sea-food on the coast. Time, when people are not working, is generaly spent drinking mate (herbal tea) or sharing a few glasses of wine in the many plazas throughout the country. Family is a huge thing with vurtualy everybody meeting up on a Sunday for a huge slab of beef cooked over an open fire.
Argentina is particularly famous for its excellent variety of wine from the two main wine growing regions of Mendoza in the west and Cafayate in the north. There is much dispute over which of these two regions produces the best wine. The wines of the north, grown at higher altitude, are in our view far superior. Come and judge for yourself with one of our Five Senses Wine Tours.
If you are interested in finding out more about the culture and cuisine of Argentina just ask please get in touch and we look forward to creating your perfect Argentina Culture Tour.
Gareth picked us up and off we went…up into the mountains: Quebrada de Humahuaca, overnighting in Tilcara. It was great having a personal English speaking guide who ensured we did the sorts of things that interested us. Day 2 the awesomeness continued, visiting Salinas Grandes and Purmamarca …before the drive back to Salta airport in plenty of time for our flight! Thankyou !
We did both of our tours with Gareth, who was a total legend. He really went above and beyond to give us the best trip ever, and we felt we left having gained a friend.
“The pace of the trip was perfect and Gareth was an excellent guide- informative, knowledgeable and friendly. We have some fantastic memories (and photos) of the trip. Thanks again for making our time so memorable”.
“Our guide was Gareth, originally from England, a very special boy for his sympathy connected to a great kindness and attention to the needs of tourists.
For us, the main feature was the fact of providing us with important information of the places visited, always willing to accommodate our requests, also leaving space to visit alone.
Carmen e Stefano
“Thank you for a very memorable and enjoyable time in the Quebrada de Humahuaca last week. We had a great time and will certainly pass on your contact details to our grinds when we get back to Melbourne. Many thanks also for your hospitality”.
“James and I can not thank you enough for making our trip so incredibly special. You are a wonderful travel companion and your knowledge of Argentina is impressive.
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Jane and I have had such a wonderful 3 days visiting such varied and unique landscapes and with the only person we would ever trust to drive us up and down those hairy roads and through enormous deserts. Your love of this country really came across. What a trip!!! 5 stars all round. Thanks a million.