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From the mountainous valleys to lush-green vineyards and snow-glazed glaciers, Argentina is a country that offers adventure in extremes. A country that spans the southern tip of South America encompassing the snow-capped Andes mountains, glacial lakes, and tropical wilderness — Argentina is a nation rich in culture and exquisite in its beauty. Its diverse landscape makes it the perfect getaway. Here are the 10 best places to visit while traveling around Argentina.
Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is glam meets grit and an intoxicating blend of European and Latin American influences. With neoclassical architecture at its helm and international influences, Buenos Aires is the heart of the complex and chaotic Latin American lifestyle. From the eclectic mix of historical architecture to the overindulgent supply of pastries and South American festive flair — a visit to Buenos Aires allows travelers to experience true Latin American hospitality.
- Visit Argentina’s most iconic, First Lady Eva Peron, at the La Recoleta Cemetery.
- Watch an opera show at Teatro Colon.
Spanning 2.7 kilometers wide with 275 waterfalls at its disposal, Iguazu Falls is revered as one of the world’s most riveting sights and has drawn travelers from all over to witness and experience the cascades in person. Originating from the Guarani name for “big water”, Iguazu Falls plays a significant part in the political and geographical structure of South America. Situated on the border splitting the Argentina province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana, Iguazu Falls is surrounded by South American rainforests and the noise of wildlife that calls the cascades home.
- Take a boat tour to the foot of the roaring cascades.
- Hike in Iguazu National Park.
Part of the Patagonia region of Argentina, El Calafate hinges on the southern shore of Lago Argentino in the southwest province of Santa Cruz. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful, glacial scenery and Patagonian plains — an El Calafate trip is a must for those who thrive on outdoor pursuits. Its strategic location between El Chaltén and the Torres del Paine of Chile makes it an irresistible place to stop and rest in the infinite scape of Argentina’s south shore.
- Experience and tour the Perito Moreno Glacier.
- Go on a kayak up the Upsala channel.
While exploring the Tierra del Fuego archipelago on the southernmost tip of South America, you will find Ushuaia nestled on a steep hill among the Martial Mountains and Beagle Channel. At the heart of where the Andes meet the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is a busy port known as the “end of the world.” As the gateway to Antarctica, many Antarctica-bound vessels come to the port to stay for a while. The town has become a missionary and naval base, attracting visitors from all around the outdoor activities in Ushuaia and rising status as an upcoming travel gem.
- Cruise the Beagle Channel and search for the Yámana archaeological ruins.
- Walk with the penguins at Isla Martillo.
Falling on the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the town of Bariloche sits in Argentina’s Patagonia region. Known for its Swiss alpine-style architecture and chocolate, Bariloche is surrounded by thousand-year-old forests, crystal lakes, and snow-capped mountains. The city is known as one of the most breathtaking places in Argentina, popular both in the summer and winter seasons for the array of activities Bariloche offers. The city exudes what it means to be Patagonian and has brought travelers from many places to seek arguably one of Argentina’s most beautiful natural spots.
- Take a day trip to El Bolson and try the famous cheese and beer of the region.
- Admire Nahuel Huapi National Park and the melted glaciers at Lake Nahuel Huapi.
Sitting within the northern sector of the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina’s Santa Cruz region, the colorful village of El Chaltén boasts trails and rich mountaineering heritage that have gathered climbers from around the world. Founded in 1985, going to El Chaltén will introduce you to a town that is flourished in the hippie and quaint way of life. El Chaltén has increasingly become a destination for those seeking a true off-the-beaten-path experience.
- Trek out to Mount Fitz Roy and catch a glimpse of Laguna de Los Tres.
- Take a glacier boat trip to Lago Viedma.
Positioned 1,500 kilometers from Buenos Aires, Salta and Jujuy are the most northwesterly provinces of Argentina. Resting intimately with Bolivia in the north and Chile to the west, Salta and Jujuy is home to the highlands and some of the greatest peaks of the Andes. The flourishing indigenous culture and rural outlook make this region a true testament of Argentina’s state before Spanish colonization. Before colonization, Argentina was filled with indigenous groups deeply rooted in Argentinean culture. If lucky, indigenous groups can still be encountered in the region today.
In the western region of Argentina in the desert of Cuyo, is Mendoza, the heart of Argentina’s wine industry. Surrounded by the highest mountainside of Aconcagua, visit Mendoza to see an extensive artificial irrigation system that allows greenery to grow throughout the city, in particular, an overabundance of grapes for wine creation. Bustling with cosmopolitan cafes, leafy avenues, large plazas, and long stretched sidewalks, Mendoza is a lively city ready for all travelers to spend a night.
Located 700 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires, experience Córdoba's different personality than its sister city of Buenos Aires. Set in the Las Sierras mountains of central Argentina, Córdoba is renowned for its fun-loving and welcoming character. The city is a fusion of 17th-century Jesuit colonial architecture with modern art galleries and rising new designs. Córdoba leads a more laid-back way of life with its rugged outskirts as the perfect draw for those with an adventurous heart.
- Go rock climbing at Los Gigantes.
- Hike the caves and find indigenous cave paintings at the Cerro Colorado Reserve.
At the heart of the central northeast part of Argentina is one of the most important and largest freshwater reservoirs of South America. The Ibera Wetlands span the Argentinean region of Mesopotamia, surrounded by the rivers of Parana, Uruguay, and Iguazu. The wetlands are filled with rich wildlife, natural history, gauchos, and the Atlantic rainforests. The diverse landscape and versatile agriculture serve as a refuge for various species of wildlife who have found safety within the grasslands.
- Explore the lagoons of the Ibera Wetlands and find cattle, pampa deer, fauna, and other rare wildlife species
- Horseback ride across Ibera’s swamps and wetlands
Defiantly unique, a trip to Argentina is a must. The country gives travelers an experience of a lifetime filled with city bustle, natural wonders, wildlife, tango, and unrivaled views of some of the world’s greatest sights. Make 2020 a stamp year and discover some of the best places to visit in Argentina.
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