The city of Córdoba is an hour’s flight west of Buenos Aires, at the southern end of the Sierras de Córdoba, rolling hills dissected by fertile valleys. Originally popular as an escape from the summer heat of Buenos Aires, today there are several estancias offering excellent riding and walking.
Mendoza, nestled under the eastern flank of the Andes and whose tree-lined avenues give it a fresh feel despite the Mediterranean climate, is best known for its vineyards. In the surrounding countryside many wineries offer stylish accommodation to visitors. A road to Chile crosses a high pass and takes you through truly spectacular scenery.
San Juan province, on Argentina's western border with Chile, is a mountainous and arid region. Two national parks, Talampaya and Ischigualasco, attract visitors with their lunar landscapes and as the sites of the oldest dinosaur fossils yet discovered, from the late Triassic period.