Stunning Locations in Argentina to Visit During Winter

Argentina is one of South America’s most beautiful places you can visit. And it’s easy to see why: the country has a lot of stunning nature and warm weather year-round. The warmth also makes it one of the best locations to visit during winter, as the weather is pleasant regardless. In fact, most of the country experiences mild winters. This fact is what makes a lot of people believe that visiting Argentina in winter is perfect. However, the main question is still: where exactly should you go for the best experience in Argentina? We hope to help you answer this question with a list of stunning locations in Argentina to visit during winter.

Puerto Madryn

Have you ever wanted to see a whale in person? Well, starting the list of stunning locations in Argentina is Puerto Madryn, the perfect place to do just that. Puerto Madryn is a beautiful coastal town near Peninsula Valdes, famous for being one of the world’s largest whale breeding bays. And the whale’s mating period happens to be during winter. Of course, the town has much to offer visitors besides watching the whales. The beaches around Puerto Madryn are a unique experience as well. So, if you feel like whale-watching and enjoying the atmosphere of a beautiful coastal town, consider giving Puerto Madryn a visit. However, if you haven’t been traveling in a while, keep in mind that the pandemic has affected travel permanently. As such, prepare for your trip correctly and well ahead of time to be as safe as possible.

Iguazu Falls

Next up on the list of stunning locations in Argentina to visit during winter is a spot best to see during the cold season. That is because the area around the Iguazu Falls, one of Argentina’s most beautiful sights, tends to get extreme during other seasons. The humidity combined with Argentina’s usual warmth can suffocate, but the temperature here remains pleasant during winter.

As such, during winter, you can take your time and enjoy the beauty of the Iguazu Falls without any drawbacks. In reality, many tourists stay in Argentina after they experience the Falls for themselves. If you find yourself enamored by Argentina’s beauty, remember to plan your move thoroughly and rely on a helpful crew, especially if you’re moving here from the US. Remember, reliable movers, are essential for international moves.

Buenos Aires

We can’t list places to visit in Argentina without mentioning Buenos Aires. This massive city is full of history and beautiful, traditional architecture. Even outside of winter, visitors can find enough to do in the city to fill up a few trips with exciting experiences. During winter, however, the city offers special seasonal foods and drinks.

Additionally, like the Iguazu Falls, summer can get quite overbearing in Buenos Aires. As such, winter can make Buenos Aires a much more enjoyable experience for visitors who want to explore at their own pace. And if you’re going to experience Buenos Aires for yourself, home swaps have become increasingly popular. Although it’s still not very common, it offers a unique overall experience that will let you enjoy the city thoroughly if you can manage it.

Perito Moreno Glacier

If you want to experience the wonders of winter, you need to plan a trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier. This glacier is found within the Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia and is considered one of Argentina’s most beautiful winter sights. That can easily be seen in the fact that this spot is also one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

The snow-covered ice and the chilly winter air make for a delightful experience. And, to top it off, the entire glacier is highly picturesque, and finding a beautiful view to snap a photo of is extremely easy. However, preparing yourself properly before visiting a glacier would be best. Do some research beforehand, as the best travelers do, and ensure it’s something you enjoy. After all, visiting the glacier can be a trek.

Mendoza

If you’re a fan of touring wineries, then the quaint town of Mendoza is the perfect spot for you. The town of Mendoza, by itself, isn’t very big; but it has a lot of high-quality wineries you can visit.

Additionally, the chilly winter air makes for a gratifying experience when going on a wine-tasting tour. Mendoza is in the Cuyo region of Argentina, in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range. As such, besides the wine-tasting tours, the city is known as a hotspot for skiing if you enjoy going on skiing trips. Of course, if you don’t want something so exciting, there are plenty of beautiful views of the mountains from Mendoza itself. And there are also hiking trails if you enjoy going on hiking trips. But, especially during winter, remember to carefully prepare for hiking trips into the Andes.

Stunning locations in Argentina to visit during winter – closing thoughts

Overall, Argentina is one of the world’s best places to visit during winter. Since the country is naturally warm, winter is the perfect time to visit since temperatures tend to be perfect for traveling. That, combined with Argentina’s natural beauty, makes a winter trip to the country a unique experience. Overall, if you are planning a trip this winter, you’re going to have a hard time finding a better country to visit. And, to make it even better, Argentina has plenty to offer for every type of traveler, as the tourist attractions in the country are very varied. We hope this list of stunning locations in Argentina to visit during winter helps you plan your trip, and we wish you a good day.

10 Most Original Souvenirs To Take Home From a Journey

Souvenir shops

One thing all travelers are currently asking is – is it the right time to travel again? The answer to this question depends on your location and desired destination. Some parts of the world have been affected by the pandemic more severely than others. So, it would be best to wait a bit longer to be safe. After all, we waited this long. What are a couple of months more? However, just because we cannot travel right now, that does not mean that you cannot start planning for your upcoming trip. You can use this time to dig deep and research all the mesmerizing places virtually before visiting. And, while you are researching, it won’t hurt to get some ideas regarding souvenirs. This article is here to help you with that. Here are 10 original souvenirs to take home from a journey. 

1. Argentina – Leather Items 

Argentina is famous for many things, and leather is one of them. So, next time you find yourself in this amazing country, be sure to pick up some leather items. Those can be shoes, belts, bags, wallets, or even watch straps. And, do not worry, you will not get scammed – the leather pieces from Argentina are of excellent quality, so do not hesitate to pay a bit extra.

2. China – Teapots

If you decide to travel to China, one of the most original souvenirs you can come home with is a Chinese teapot. These can be found pretty much anywhere in China. Their prices vary depending on their quality, of course. If you have some extra spending money in your budget, we recommend getting teapots made from Chinese porcelain. And, if you want a complete collection to give you the ultimate tea-drinking experience, you can also get teacups in matching painted sets. And don’t forget to buy some Chinese green or black tea. All of these make for excellent birthday gifts for travelers, too, so keep that in mind if you want to buy a gift for someone special. 

A teapot and cup.
There is nothing more original than a Chinese tea set.

3. England – Cadbury’s Chocolate

Even though Belgium is the world’s chocolate capital, many people argue that England can participate in the competition. But it is not just any chocolate – it is the famous Cadbury’s chocolate. This will also be a perfect gift to an American as this chocolate can no longer be found in the USA. 

4. Belgium – Lace

Speaking of Belgium, this country has a lot more to offer than just chocolate. For instance, Belgium is known for its authentic, hand-made lace and tapestry. Some of the most intricate laceworks can be found in the cities of Brussels and Bruges. You can take this lace home and make curtains, table spreads, or some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing out of it. But, let us warn you – Belgium’s lace comes with a hefty price tag! 

5. France – Macarons

It is no secret that France is famous for its cheeses, pastries and desserts. Some of those famous pastries include Croissants, Éclairs, Crepes, Crème Brûlée, etc. However, one dessert found its way to all of our hearts. The one and only – Macarons. These delectable pieces of heaven come in many colors and flavors. You can buy them almost anywhere throughout France. And even though they look delicate, they will survive the ride home.

A selection of macaroons.
Your friends will love you if you bring them macarons from your trip to France.

6. Ireland -Whisky

Besides food, alcohol and other popular drinks are some of the original souvenirs to take home from a journey. So, in Ireland, do not even think about going home without trying their signature whiskies. Every bar offers a variety of Irish whiskies. Try a couple and then buy a bottle of your favorite as your souvenir from Ireland.

7. Germany – Beer Stein

Most tourists travel to Germany during Oktoberfest. This festival is an excellent opportunity to dance, eat, drink, and simply have fun. Unfortunately, Oktoberfest was not held last year due to the pandemic. Nobody knows what will happen this year, but do not let that stop you from visiting Germany. It is a common travel myth that all the attractions are closed now. They are not! You can still try Germany’s famous beers and buy a beer stein as your souvenir.  

8. Italy – Venetian Masks

If you are looking for souvenirs you can buy that will not only stay on your fridge or your key chains, consider looking for pieces that serve a purpose. So, for example, when in Italy, consider investing in a Venetian Mask. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And, they can be used as art pieces for your home, not only as souvenirs. You can use them to add a personal touch to your office or your living room. 

A Venetian mask.
A Venetian mask can also be a great gift for somebody special

9. Morocco – Ceramic Items 

Morocco is a country famous for being one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. It is also famous for hand-painted ceramic items. Most often, you will see colorful bowls being sold on the streets. But, you can find pretty much anything made of ceramics – mugs, glasses, pots, figurines, and even tiles. What makes them so unique is the color choice and various intricate floral and geometric designs. 

10. Russia – Lacquer Box

One of the most popular souvenirs to buy in Russia is the Matryoshka doll. But, this doll has become a cliché over the years as everybody buys it. So, when in Russia, instead of buying a doll set, consider purchasing the Lacquer box. This is a fantastic souvenir to take home. It too comes in many colors and sizes, but what makes it unique are the pictures from Russian fairy tales drawn on it

And there you have it – 10 most original souvenirs to take home from a journey. What souvenir would you buy?

 

Ski and Snowboard All Year Round at These Destinations

If you are an avid skier (like me), wouldn’t it be great to ski and snowboard all year round at these destinations? Namely Whistler, Canada; Hintertux, Austria; Las Lenas, Argentina; Keystone, United States. What skier isn’t dreaming of that next ski vacation? Ski resorts have always focussed on safety, but this year are doing everything they can to keep you safe. Enhanced safety measures and procedures are in place to deal with COVID including mandatory face coverings, advanced reservations, lift restrictions and more. Physical distancing is a natural with ski and boards and lots of room on the hills. If you’ve pushed off your ski vacation, it’s time to start thinking ahead to ski and snowboard all year round at these destinations.

Winter Skiing in Whistler, Canada

Every skier or snowboarder in Canada dreams of going to Whistler or dreams of going back to Whistler. While there are other great ski destinations in Canada, (Lake Louise, Big White and Mont Tremblant come to mind), Whistler is consistently ranked as #1. You have got 2 distinct mountains with Whistler and Blackcomb side by side and connected by the memorable Peak to Peak Gondola. With over 8,100 acres of skiable terrain, you could spend days on either Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain without getting bored in the least. And with an average of 460 inches of snow each year, there’s plenty of the white stuff. The top of mountain temperature and bottom/valley temperature vary greatly as one would expect. At the peak, you can ski the glacier and stay up top for some bowl skiing. At the end of your day, make sure you still have energy to ski down the mountain. The Peak to Creek run is 7 miles long.

Spring Skiing in Austria

Hintertux Glacier Ski Resort is Austria’s only year-round ski resort (yes, 365 days per year). Hintertux is in Austria’s Tirol Region, a warm and welcoming area that is my favorite and the real heart of the Alps. In winter, one lift pass, the “Ski- und Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000”, gets you access to interconnected resorts like Finkenberg and Mayrhofen with 60 km of terrain. 72% of Hintertux’s ski pistes are Intermediate which makes this glacier more manageable for groups and the average skier.  The mountains of Tirol have many more ski resorts available during ski season (including Kitzbhuel, St. Anton, Zugspitze and more) as well as other activities like hiking, swimming, and mountain biking. Innsbruck is nearby and offers great Austrian hospitality, food, and culture when you are finished with the ski portion of your trip to Austria.   

Skiers and snowboarders on the slopes of Austria
Pumuckel42, CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

Summer Skiing in Argentina

The highest mountain in the Andes is Las Lenas, Argentina. Las Lenas is very much about the skiing. Its projected opening date is around June 6th with closing in early October. With 30 runs (80% intermediate/advanced), it is not big by any means, but the skiable terrain and vistas draw rave reviews. It is not fancy and does not offer many alternatives for days a way from the slopes. But it’s a bucket list destination for skiers – skiing in South America and skiing in summer. After the skiing is done, it’s time to head to Buenos Aires or neighbouring Chile to experience more of South America.

A view of Las Lenas Ski Resort in Argentina

Fall Skiing in Colorado

Skiiing in the fall can be “hit and miss” due entirely to unpredictable snowfall. Keystone, Colorado is the top candidate (normally open in early November) followed by Lake Louise, Canada and Mammoth Mountain, California. Keystone Resort is a short drive from Denver and covers 7 miles across 3 mountains along the Snake River. There are 3 villages with restaurants, bars, and accommodation slope side and in the villages. Keystone is a top-rated family-friendly resort that is more about skiing than extras and wild après ski. With 130 trails, 20 lifts and night skiing, there is no shortage of terrain and time to ski. You’ll enjoy some the longest runs in the State of Colorado.

Summary – Ski and Snowboard All Year Round at These Destinations

There’s a quick list of ski areas to get too year-round. You are not restricted to skiing and boarding in traditional winter or Q1 of each year. For the average skier, these are bucket list destinations. Get ready and prepared for some big terrain, great views and a world class ski experience. And don’t forget your travel insurance and extra insurance coverage for COVID-19. I’m ready for a ski tour of these great destinations. It is time to dream and plan that next great ski trip!