Argentina reopened its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers on November 1 and there's never been a better time to visit. From the thundering Iguazú Falls to the sophisticated airs of Buenos Aires, and the multi-hued landscapes of Salta and Jujuy in the northwest to the imposing glaciers in southern Patagonia, a host of new accommodations and attractions await visitors.
New domestic flight options allow for seamless travel between the main tourist destinations of Argentina's vast territory.
And with an exchange rate that is currently favourable to American travellers, it's even more affordable to experience the very best of Argentina.
Following are some of the new developments that visitors can look forward to. The newly renovated Gran Meliá Iguazú is the only hotel located within Iguazú National Park offering a direct view of the waterfalls.
Guests can lounge by the 165-foot infinity pool overlooking the Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Gorge) and enjoy the surrounding lush subtropical rainforest. The hotel also boasts a spa and wellness centre complete with hydrotherapy circuit and treatments based on the energetic properties of yerba mate, the locally grown herbal tea.
Argentina's northwest is a land of stunning landscapes and rich indigenous history. Straddling the provinces of Salta and Jujuy lie Salinas Grandes, the great salt plains located at some 11,000 feet above sea level. Pristine Camps is a new luxury tented camp located on the salt flats.
Four fully equipped luxury domes with a maximum capacity for ten guests offer unparalleled views of clear night skies and one of the best stargazing experiences in the world. Sustainability is a key focus here and the camp runs on 100% renewable energy.
In addition, Pristine Camps works exclusively with local communities and producers to contribute to the local economy and culture. The chef, Mariana García del Río, curates each menu by interpreting the stories behind the history and culture of the local communities.
Travelers looking to explore the vast expanses of Patagonia with its colourful lakes, rivers, forests, snow-capped Andean peaks and glaciers can also choose from new accommodation options. San Carlos de Bariloche's Hotel Panamericano is undergoing a full renovation (upper floor rooms have already been luxuriously refurbished) as the property recently came under the Marriott portfolio.
Most of the hotel's 161 rooms and suites offer expansive views over Lake Nahuel Huapi. Explora, well-known for their exclusive properties in some of South America's most remote locations as well as their commitment to conservation, have brought their award-winning brand to El Chaltén known to be one of the most picturesque towns in Patagonia, famous for its hiking circuits.
The 20-room Explora Lodge – El Chaltén is built within the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve and provides breath-taking panoramas of the Marconi glacier. There is an exclusive spa on property and the hotel restaurant menu is inspired by the traditions of Argentine Patagonia. Raki Parque Aéreo is a new nature park for adrenaline lovers and fun for the entire family.
Located near the city of Salta, kids and adults alike will enjoy the different levels of zip lining, canopy tours, and rock climbing while appreciating the great variety of flora in this part of north-western Argentina.