Deep in the south of South America is this land of infinitely enchanting landscapes -from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the dusty plains of Patagonia to the `Land of Fire`.

At the heart of all this is the capital city, Buenos Aires. Somewhat unfairly described as a grimy Paris, Buenos Aires is a smart, contemporary city that is full of life and bursting with energy. While the spirit of the tango is alive and well and the gaucho heritage is celebrated, modern Argentina is more cosmopolitan in its outlook than many South American countries.

Ski down the eastern slopes of the Andes (best May to September). Bariloche is the oldest and best-equipped ski resort, although purpose-built Las Leñas is gaining popularity. Saddle up on a horse trek amid the arid, rose-tinted mountains around Salta in Argentina`s far northwest.

Taste some of the New World`s best wines and learn about the region`s winemaking heritage at a traditional bodega in Mendoza.


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