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Why Fly to La Rioja?
Holidays in La Rioja, Argentina, are fantastic for adventure, outdoor experiences and red desert landscapes. Explore the breathtaking geological formations, geoforms and fossils in the Valle de la Luna, tour a local winery and relax at one of La Rioja’s fine hotels. In addition to the desert landscape, La Rioja has mountains, lakes and rivers, and the city of La Rioja has a diversity of architecture, including colonial houses and churches. Hills, valleys, mountains, lakes, deserts, paleontological parks, wineries, colonial buildings and even thermal baths draw visitors to La Rioja.
Flying to La Rioja from the UK
Many UK airports provide flights to Buenos Aires; it is harder however to find a flight to La Rioja. It is possible to take an indirect flight from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and from Manchester and Dublin. It may prove easier to fly direct to Buenos Aires and then continue your journey by train or by another internal flight. Flights take on average 31 hours and have either one or two stopovers, and the longer flights tend to be cheaper. Flights also depart from many major airports to Sante Fe and Mendoza.
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Which Airlines Fly to La Rioja?
A flight to La Rioja can be obtained from a number of airlines including British Airways, Aerolineas Argentinas, Alitalia, Lufthansa, and bmi. Flights depart from several major UK airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick, and City airports, as well as Manchester and Liverpool. There are currently no direct flights to this destination and all flights will require at least two stopovers, with flights landing in Jorge Newbury, Frankfurt, and Ezeiza International for on average 2 to 6 hours en route. Some flights will involve travelling to another airport to meet the connecting flight. These flights do however tend to be cheaper.
Mini Travel Guide to La Rioja
For an off-the-beaten-path holiday destination, La Rioja, Argentina offers beautiful and unusual natural scenery, active outdoor opportunities for hiking and bicycling, and fine hotels for comfort away from home. Be sure to visit Valle de la Luna, the Valley of the Moon, named for its lunar landscapes of different coloured rocks and mineral layers. Talampaya is another awe-inspiring landscape with rugged gorges and cliffs, petroglyphs and indigenous settlement remains. Prehistoric stone and rock formations dating to the Triasic period have earned both of these national parks designation as UNESCO World Heritage sites. La Rioja has 20,000 acres of vineyards, making it the third largest wine region in Argentina. The hot, dry climate is perfect for the area’s indigenous Torrontes white wine grapes, which prefer a hot, dry, windswept environment. Torrontes wine is aromatic, fruity and floral. Many wineries in the area offer wine tastings and tours of the vineyards. Relax and refresh in any of the area’s fine hotels, such as the Naindo Park Hotel, the Gran Hotel Embajador or the Hotel Canon de Talampaya, close to shopping and local markets, restaurants and historical sites.
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