Breathe in the fresh air of Argentina
For those wanting to get away from the Olympics with their families, you will be hard pressed to find a country that has more to do than Argentina. With the combination of two richly diverse properties, one in the rolling hills of Cordoba and one in the lush rainforest near the Iguazu Falls, you can relax in the knowledge that the children will be kept occupied from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave.
Los Potreros is a family-run estancia just north of Cordoba and the perfect getaway for families wanting to give their children an experience of the great outdoors, as well as an insight into how little Argentine country life has changed. This estancia has been around since 1574 and its colourful history is evident throughout the estate. Heritage courses through the veins of its experienced gauchos, who seem to embody Argentina itself with their intimate knowledge of horses. With so much to keep you busy, such as polo, long hacks out onto the pampas, bird watching and wine tasting there is something for everyone and the delicious asados (bbqs) at the end of a jam packed day will send you to bed with the kind of contentment that will be hard to find in the capital this summer.
Flying north to the more tropical climate of Misiones you can enjoy a totally different kind of environment to continue your getaway. Think ‘The Mission’ and you will be able to picture the waterfalls, swelling rivers and rich jungle of this area as this was where it was filmed. Posada Puerto Bemberg is set away from the famous Iguazu Falls but close enough for a must-do day trip. Because of this you will once again be escaping the crowds and getting further off the beaten track. There is nature in abundance surrounding this comfortable lodge and children will get first hand experience of a wide range of wildlife, from extraordinary birds to families of monkeys.
This really is the perfect combination for a trip to escape London 2012 and, with both properties offering full board stays, it is excellent value. Direct flights to Buenos Aires also mean you will be in your own “London 2012 free” Argentine bubble in no time.