Argentina’s North East, Gauchos, Pampas, Wetlands and Waterfalls

As Argentina is the land of Gauchos, Tango and Football, no doubt about it and most of this is spread all across the country, although Tango is a dance born in the port cities of the Río de La Plata, Buenos Aires and Montevideo. As you step out of the capital city of Argentina, the city of Buenos Aires, very soon you start to see the Worldwide known Pampas, the places where many of the crops exported, the cattle raising has been happening for the past 150 years. 

As you go north from Buenos Aires, you enter the richest soil in the country, because of the imprisonment of two rivers (Uruguay and Paraná), this natural Argentinian “Mesopotamia” has no problems of water sources, since this two rivers are the natural exit way of most of the waters flowing towards the Atlantic from the Amazon Basin to the south. Indeed, upriver there are some of the largest hydroelectric plants in the continent, due to the constant volume of water flowing southeast. 

Historically, since the country was founded from north to south and from west to east, when the country started to grow as the farmland that is worldwide known, its natural expansion was back towards the north, (the south was unknown, unexplored and wild) and so the strong Gaucho Culture is in that direction. A few small towns that are in this area are still very much authentic in their local traditions, rhythm of life and even in their architecture, food culture and clothing. Among the best places to visit in Argentina is the Iguazu Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. 

Pampas, Wetlands, Waterfalls and Mate would be the keywords to follow thru this region.  For sure, the North East of Argentina is one of Argentina’s best road trips, because of the advance infrastructure, the highlights but also the people, easy going, connected to agriculture, known for its friendliness, and even more, in this region you will find some of South America’s best places to see wildlife.

Bird Species in this Region
meters wide is Iguazu Falls
Miles from BA

Why you should include the Northeast?

This is my favourite place in Argentina. I love sunsets and sunrises from a kayak on a calm River. Fascinated by the jesuits history of the region besides its Independence Battles. A unique landscape of red soil, Palm Trees and wetlands.
Adrian Heynen
Adrian HeynenTour Operator – Argentina
I really loved the whole culture of Mate Drinking and how our trip went thru its production region, got to really see what makes up for such an important drink locally. Of course also loved the waterfalls, all of them, but above all Iguazu!
Louise Fromberg
Louise FrombergStudent – France
Appreciated the lodges chosen for our trip. We really got a good feel for the culture. Of course loved the waterfalls and on top of everything, wildlife at Ibera Park. A well planned, fun and interesting trip.
John McKenzie
John McKenzieAccountant – USA

What is the best time to visit this region?

Both Iguazu Falls and The Ibera Wetlands can be visited all year round but it is extremely hot during the southern hemisphere’s summer (January to March) which makes it uncomfortable and also because it’s the summer, the time more visitors arrive. 

Spring time (September until November) brings the most amount of rain but the wetlands are at their most colourful at this time of year, and it’s cooler. Also it’s the breeding season for lots of animals, so wildlife viewing is good. The end of summer and beginning of Autumn is a great time to visit due to the less visitors and lower temperature although it is also the beginning of the rainy season.

Special Dates:

The weekend closest to november 10th hosts the “Tradition Festival” in San Antonio de Areco, when all of the country watches as the best gaucho traditions and skills are shown in this small town in the Pampas. Of course, accommodation rates and reservations are more difficult to get, but with good time in advance and flexibility, it can be done.  

Our set itinerary is meant to give you a deep cultural immersion in a linear itinerary so you don’t drive twice thru the same town, road or even airport. Of course, picking up and dropping off a vehicle in different places has its value but at ASD we are true believers that overall the quality of the experience is the most important.

Best Road Trip of the Pampas

For the Pampas region we present to you several different Itineraries, some shorter, some longer, but remember, our flexibility is fully dedicated to modify, alter and requote any changes you might think of, considering, we have fully planned this trips with many years of expertise, but as each traveler shall make its trip unique. 

What is the best Pampas Roadtrip? You decide and let us know!