An interesting sports complex for those seeking outdoor activities is Perú Beach . Short soccer fields, a covered roller rink, a freestanding climbing wall and water sports such as kayaking bring in the crowds. There’s also a grassy lawn and outdoor tables for refreshments – great on a sunny day. It’s more of a social scene than anything else, and families are welcome.
Recognized world-wide, the Iguazu Falls is considered to be one of the most impressive natural beauties on Earth. With more than 200 falls reaching heights of 200 feet (60 meters), the power, size and sheer noise of Iguazu is simply breathtaking.
Cabañas Doña Pipa is home to Ramon Ossa, a Barreal native, who is a highly recommended mountain guide and excursion operator. He knows the cordillera intimately. He can arrange trips to Cerro El Mercedario, including mules and equipment. Another website to check is www.fortunaviajes.com.ar .
Carlos Aníbal Schumann is recommended for its excursions and packages, which include visits to the reserves, Misión Nueva Pompeya and indigenous communities in the area. It also runs a campground and lodge in Villa Río Bermejito, a riverside settlement 67km northeast of Juan José Castelli.
Catena Zapata is one of Argentina’s most esteemed wineries. Tours are fairly mundane but are conducted in English, German or Spanish. Tasting – if you put down the cash – can be educational indeed. Get there by taxi (cheaper if you catch a bus to Luján de Cuyo and grab one from there).
This small winery makes some of the country’s only organic sparkling wine (champagne) and other wine. The whole process – apart from inserting the cork in bottles – is done by hand. Tours (in Spanish only) take you through every step of the process.
Cuesta Vieja is an operator in town, running trips, which cost around AR$150 to AR$250 per person depending on numbers. There’s usually a minimum of two people, but it’s always worth asking. Tailored multiday trips are available, too.
Mountaineering and watersport-oriented, with glacier-trekking excursions and guided kayaking trips on the Río de las Vueltas (half-day) and Río La Leona (two days). Daily trips go to Lago del Desierto for three-hour canoe and kayak excursions.
This is the place to glimpse spy-hopping, breaching and tailing cetaceans on a whale-watching excursion , arranged in Puerto Madryn or Puerto Pirámides. The standard trip lasts an hour and a half, but longer excursions are available, too.
Stop off at the Campos de Deafios for rock climbing, rappelling and white-water rafting. Prices vary depending on activities. The entrance is at the third bus stop, opposite Hotel das Cataratas.
Canopy tours run from the base of the aerosilla and offer an hour’s worth of Tarzan time, zipping through the forest with 11 zip-line cables and two hanging bridges. The highest cable is 8m.
Diageo-owned Bodega El Esteco , on the northern edge of town, is a smart and attractive winery producing some of the region’s best wines and offering upmarket accommodations.
The tour and tastings are short and bright at Bodega Nanni , a small, central winery with a lovely grass patio. Its wines are organic, uncomplicated and drinkable.
One of the operators with a variety of day trips and multiday excursions. Some use a characterful but pricey open truck (MoviTrack), while cheaper ones go in a minibus.