What could be a better honeymoon destination than Patagonia? The landscape has everything – glaciers, mountains, forests, volcanoes, and valleys that set the perfect scene for intimacy and romance – definitely a great choice for our honeymoon!
Located in the south of Argentina, this spectacular frontier that is both barren and beautiful attracts millions of visitors annually. The best time to go is between October and April as temperatures are warmer. This can vary depending on which region you go to, but in general, January is the hottest month at 25 degrees while July is the coldest at 12 degrees.
Some key tips before you go: Prepare your passport and check your visa requirements before entry. It pays to brush up on your Spanish to communicate well with the locals, too! The official currency is the Argentine peso and getting around Patagonia is easy: by car, boat, bus, even on horseback!
Create Spectacular Memories With This Patagonia Guide for Honeymooners
There is no shortage of wonderful things to do as a couple in Patagonia. In fact, you are sure to run out of days before you can experience all the best that this magical place has to offer. Here are a few of the activities that we did during our honeymoon trip:
- Rafting – Our trip was arranged by Aguas Blancas – such a great experience! We highly recommend that you get your rafting package from them. Worth it!
- Puerto Blest with Turisur – Cross the beautiful lakes, relax fully, and enjoy the best views of the Andes!
- Wine tasting – It would be a mortal sin not to taste wine in Mendoza! Let Ruca Malen Vineyard show you how to enjoy the best wines of the region. Pair it with the mouth-watering food, and you may just never want to leave this place.
- Sailing and Trekking – We went to Nahuel Huapi Lake where I witnessed clear blue waters. Our trip was even more memorable because we were joined by a fun group. We met a lovely father and son who were bonding and another guy from Uruguay who took a selfie with me. Go sailing and enjoy the incredible view. You can go on a picnic afterward as well. Our trip was arranged by Paola from Correntoso Lake & River Hotel.
- Fun activities at El Mercado – Thanks to Marina and Juan, the tourism officials of Villa La Angostura, for preparing a slew of fun activities for us including bungee jumping and paintball.
- Kayaking – Probably Jon’s favorite activity during the trip.
- Horseback riding – We went on a 3-hour ride, and it was worth it. I can say – I conquered my fear. To go on a horseback riding trip with a Gaucho was just pure joy. Contact SAK Wine & Travel to book the best tour!
- Catch a play at the Metropolitan Theatre – We caught Jekyll & Hide! Check out Teatro Colon, too. This is the main opera house in Buenos Aires and is ranked third best in the world.
- Learn how to cook empanada – One of the most memorable things we did in Argentina is the empanada class in Buenos Aires! Big thanks to The Argentine Experience for letting us have it.
DO YOU RECOMMEND USING THE SERVICES OF A TOUR/VISA AGENCY?
Yes, I highly recommend availing the services of iVisa, if you feel more comfortable having your application submitted by a professional organisation. They have been providing expedited processing and guidance services for any e-visa applications since 2013 so they have a lot of experience. Here are some advantages of getting your visa from them:
- They have 24/7 support in many languages.
- Application forms are all available on one page;
- You can get your Tourist eVisa, Medical eVisa, and Business eVisa within 24 hours if you apply for the Rush Service; and
- They provide a full refund under their approval guarantee in case your visa gets rejected!
Go to the iVisa website to discover how they can help you with your visa application.
More Activities for Your Honeymoon in Patagonia de Argentina?
For its sheer immensity, there is just too much to see and do in Patagonia. Here are more activities that you can try and are sure to enjoy as a couple:
1. Learn how to dance the tango – Since you are on a honeymoon, why not learn this sexy traditional dance of the region?
2. Marvel at the Cerro Fitz Roy – Located in the north sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, hold your spouse by the hand and feel like you are the only people in the world. The trek is challenging, but well-marked trails for hiking and jaw-dropping scenery will help you negotiate everything!
3. Fall in love with the Glaciar Perito Moreno – Stunning in every way, these accessible ice fields in the south sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares create unique memories ever. The icebergs are massive and are just a spectacular visual and auditory experience.
4. Meet the penguins of Reserva Provincial Cabo Vírgenes – During September, Magellanic penguins nest here – a beautiful sight to behold!
5. See Laguna Capri – Take a scenic hike in El Chalten and explore the romantic forests and lakes at Laguna Capri.
6. Shake hands at Cueva de las Manos – Dating to 7370 BC, the imprints of human hands inside this cave are truly one of the most incredible rock arts in the world.
7. Commune with wildlife at Reserva Faunística Península Valdés – See the raw and untamed side of Patagonia in its barren East Coast. Elephant seals, orcas, Magellanic penguins, right whales, guanacos, armadillos, and foxes call this peninsula home.
Amazing Food Trip Experience
Sumptuous and delectable in every way, the food in Patagonia is simply outstanding. Everything we have sampled treated us to a pleasurable and satisfying experience.
- Cassis – Goodness! The central European food here is simply heavenly. Combined with the stunning view, it was a perfectly fine dining experience.
- Cerveceria Patagonia – Beer, anyone? There is no way you will fail to have a great time, surrounded by this amazing landscape and view. And it is not just the beer – the food is fantastic, too!
- Humberto M – Good food, waterfront dining, amazing view. What more can you ask for?
- Food Trip at El Mercado – Within this complex are great shops that will satisfy every craving you have: tea and pastries from Las Delicias, mouth-watering burgers from El Cruce, homemade pizza from Vermouth-Casa de Picadas, American food from Bruce Grill Station, beer from Winchester Brewery, rib eye and trout from Viejos Tiempos Restaurant, and lamb stew and salmon from The Hub Restaurant.
Where to Stay in Patagonia de Argentina?
For every taste and budget, there is nice accommodation waiting in Patagonia. We stayed in a few lovely ones that certainly made our honeymoon extra special.
Club Tapiz in Mendoza
Built in 1890, Club Tapiz in Maipu, Mendoza is a beautiful retreat that features stunning views of the Cordillera de Los Andes. It has its vineyard and is simply surrounded by nature, creating a calming and private atmosphere.
The seven rooms here are massive and luxurious, with an appeal of vintage ancestral houses. Amenities include heating and air-conditioning, phone, safe, TV, and bathroom.
For a taste of the best regional food, head to the in-house restaurant that also offers free wine tasting every 8 PM! Other facilities at Club Tapiz include a common garden and living room, business center, event hall, and spa.
Rio Hermoso Hotel de Montaña in San Martin de los Andes
Located in the Lanín National Park, 25 km from the city of San Martin de Los Andes, Rio Hermoso La Montana is a dreamy hotel where you can find solace and connect with nature. The only sounds here are the humming of birds and the calming flow of waters!
Grand and private, the seven rooms have the best and softest beds ever. The bathrooms are unique too, made of stone and wood. Amenities include a safe, phone, Wi-Fi, TV, and DVD player. The terraces are equally captivating – have a seat, enjoy the view, and watch the day go by!
Also, the authentic Patagonian breakfast from the restaurant is remarkable. There is also an open bar, living area with fireplace, library, and meeting room.
El Mercado in- Villa la Angostura
El Mercado stands out among all hotels in Villa La Angostura for its character and style. It is a magical, rustic, and shabby apartment-style property that instantly charms you with its homelike appeal.
We stayed in a room called Forever – perfect for us, newlyweds! The design is old-style, but it is very comfortable, especially the bed! The views of Cerro Bayo from outside the room are awesome, too.
The food here is amazing, so much that you can kiss your diet goodbye. The complex has an assortment of food places, tea houses, and interesting shops.
Hotel Tunquelen in Bariloche
Rustic and elegant, Hotel Tunquelen features the best scenery you can imagine. What can be a better joy than waking up to fantastic views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Andes?
Built in 1940, this accommodation remains at the top of places to stay in Bariloche. Spacious rooms and suites have a balcony that presents forest or lake views that will capture your heart.
Meanwhile, for amazing seasonal and regional food, head to the Restaurant Del Bosque. Some ingredients come from their garden, too! Other facilities in the hotel include a spa, pool, gym, open bar, library, conference room, tennis court, playroom, and private dock.
PanAmericano Hotel in Buenos Aires
The best rooftop view in Buenos Aires is found in PanAmericano Hotel. Plus, the rooms are modern, spacious, and deluxe. Amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, safe, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, and phone. The suites offer a gorgeous balcony, best to take in the views, and more amenities like Nespresso machine, kitchen, heated swimming pool, sauna, gym, free laundry, and valet parking.
Meanwhile, three restaurants satisfy your hunger. La Luciernaga is the top choice to sample traditional Mediterranean and Argentine cuisine. For some award-winning food, go to Tomo 1 by Chef Federico Cialayre – a member of the Fifty Best LATAM Restaurants. Finally, for a nightcap, go to the Irish pub-style Celtic Pub. Other hotel facilities are a rooftop pool, spa, gym, meeting rooms, and Golf Green Club.
Some Recommendations, Tips, and Tricks
Here are some final notes for you if you are considering having your honeymoon in Patagonia, too. And why wouldn’t you? The place is simply spectacular – one of our most favorite in the whole world!
1. Visit in springtime – Summer is great but come in spring to avoid the crowds. The weather is still good and the experience less chaotic.
2. Rent a car to see the region – It can be relatively expensive, and the roads may be bumpy, but having a car to yourself offers the most flexibility and luxury, considering most tourists around you are hitch-hiking or in group tours.
3. Always fill up – Gas stations are few and far between so every time you see one, get your tank filled!
4. Try camping! – There are campsites in every town, no reservation is required, and it is an easy way to cut the costs of your trip.
5. Bring your camping and trekking gear – Rental gear can be expensive. If camping and trekking will be a big part of your journey, it is worth it to lug all your equipment around.
6. Overestimate your costs – Simply put, this region is the most expensive in South America.
7. Check your visa requirements – See if you can enter the country free. Also, Argentina has stopped enforcing the $160 reciprocity fee for Americans.
8. Prepare for the weather – It varies depending on the region. But in general, the weather here can just change in an instant so pack accordingly!
9. Pay attention to opening and closing hours – Shops operate on their own local time. Even if it is only 5 PM, sometimes it can be a struggle to find a place to eat, especially in the more remote areas!
10. Consider booking tours – Yes, it is less adventurous, but this is the easiest way to see everything if you are short on time. Consider your needs and plan your journey accordingly.
Note that our trip was made possible by Destino Argentina. However, our opinion was based on our experience.
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