Argentina Travel: Top 10 things to do and places to visit in Argentina

Overview: Argentina is the second largest country in the continent of South America, and also contains its highest and lowest points: at almost 23,000 ft, Cerro Aconcagua is known to be the tallest mountain in the Americas while Laguna Del Carbón at 344 ft below sea level is considered the lowest point. If you’re a football fan you would know of the infamous “Hand of God” a term that has been used to describe the legendary soccer player Diego Maradona who hails from Argentina. Another star who shares the same roots is the soccer prodigy Lionel Messi. Argentina, unlike its other South American counterparts, consists of European-like architecture, loads of natural beauty, arts, history & culture, dance, food, and endless adventure opportunities.

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The best time to plan your vacation to Argentina would be during late spring (September, October) and the summer months between November and March when it is possible to enjoy the whole country thanks to the favorable and pleasant climate conditions. The months of January and February are usually peak season and most of the places will be busy so it's better to make reservations for buses, flights and hotels well in advance. Connect with our Argentinian travel hosts who can guide you further in planning an awesome experience. Also, check out some of our carefully curated trip suggestions which are all customizable according to your needs. Or browse a list of highlights that make this country so special.

In the meantime, here is our list of top 10 things that you must include when you plan a trip to Argentina:

1) Buenos Aires :

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The capital of Argentina is one of the world’s most thrilling cities to visit. Fascinating art, museums, bustling neighborhoods, delicious food, and a friendly and passionate population who are as excited as the tourists to have fun all night long.

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Take in a Tango show in San Telmo, enjoy gentle bike rides through Palermo and indulge in mouthwatering steaks at Palermo's Las Cañitas; wander about for hours in the stunningly beautiful and serene Recoleta Cemetery where the rich and famous are buried. Also worth visiting are the white tigers and pygmy hippos who enjoy the run of the zoo at Parque Temaiken.

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2) Iguazu Falls : 

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There are a fair amount of amazing waterfalls around the globe, and then there’s Iguazú. The power and fury of this spectacle of nature (more volume of water than the Niagara) can make anyone's jaw drop. The falls lie on the border of Brazil and Argentina in a large expanse of rain-forest and national park, which in a way can be viewed as an additional benefit. The area can be easily reached from either side of the Argentine–Brazilian border or from nearby Paraguay.

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Most of the people choose either to stay in Foz do Iguaçu on the Brazilian side or in Argentina’s Puerto Iguazú. However, some visitors also try to experience the falls from both sides if you’re feeling adventurous enough (and if you don't have any visa problems).

3) Córdoba :

Córdoba, the geographical center of Argentina, is a city in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas on the Suquía river, about seven hundered kilometers (435 miles) north-west of Buenos Aires. It is the capital of the Córdoba Province and is also considered the second most populous city after Buenos Aires.

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In the year 2006, the city of Córdoba was awarded the title of Cultural Capital of the Americas, a suitable title for a city that has seen four excellent art galleries dedicated to emerging, contemporary, classical and fine art independently, and are also an easy walking distance from each other and the city center. Argentina's alternative film scene lives and thrives here as well. Artisans and young designers showcase their skills at the Craft's Market on the weekends that stretches for several blocks and is considered the best in the country. If all this action is a bit too 'city' for you, there are several picturesque little mountain villages only a short bus ride away.

4) Glaciar Perito Moreno:

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Amongst the most approachable and lively ice fields on our planet, Glaciar Perito Moreno is a spectacular centerpiece situated in the southern sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Locally, it's referred to as Glacier Moreno and measures about 19 miles in length, 3 miles wide and almost 200 feet high; what makes it exceptional in today's glacier world is that it is still growing in size! If you approach by boat, you will see icebergs that are building-sized calving off from its face. It is possible to hike over the surface with expert guides; indeed, there two treks, each of varying ability, that allow you to journey directly over the Perito Moreno glacier with the aid of crampons strapped to your shoes or boots.

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A ‘Mini-trekking’ hike consists of a two-hour walk, which is an excursion that requires a bare minimum of physical fitness and is recommended for reasonably healthy people from 10 to 65 years of age. A second option would be the ‘Big Ice’ excursion, a more demanding seven-hour hike over the ice.

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5) Wine Tasting :

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Exploring Argentina for its grape will take you and your palate on a journey from the Malbecs and the cabernets of Mendoza (the wine capital of Argentina) to the crisp torrontés of Cafayate and the juicy syrahs of San Juan. Maipú, a small town near Mendoza, is filled with wineries, gourmet businesses and plenty of olive oil farms for daily visits.

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Tours are offered everywhere and most include a small sampling of the produce. A few companies also rent out bikes or electric scooters for day tours of the area which make for excellent outing with friends or family.

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6) Reserva Faunística Península Valdés :

Península Valdés is one of South America’s finest wildlife reserves and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprising a total area of around 2250 square miles and more than 250 miles of coastline.

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The wildlife of this peninsula is truly extraordinary; it is home to sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos, rheas, Magellanic penguins and numerous seabirds but the biggest appeal is the endangered Ballena Franca Austral a.k.a the Southern Right Whale. 

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7) Colonia del Sacramento :

Not in Argentina at all, but in Uruguay, Colonia del Sacramento is just one hour away from the city of Buenos Aires by ferry. If you don't have any visa issues, catch a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to visit the little city of Colonia del Sacramento and it's gorgeous.

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The Portuguese founded the city in 1680.The main allure of Colonia del Sacramento is the Barrio Histórico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its old gate, the Portón de Campo, the tiny Calle de los Suspiros, with its beautifully-kept colonial buildings, the Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo, Plaza de Armas and lastly the ruins of the Convento de San Francesco. The lighthouse is a perfect spot to admire the views of the Rio de la Plata.

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The Sacramento is also packed with well-maintained privately owned vintage cars. That alone, car-lover or not, is a reason to put Colonia on your list.

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8) Ushuaia :

What makes Ushuaia one of Argentina’s tourist attraction is its location, a wide bay on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. The Martial Mountain Range is to the north, and the famous Beagle Channel lies to the south (the route of Darwin's first and most famous passage to the Galapagos).

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Tourists who visit Argentina usually travel to Ushuaia in the summer months when the city (which is the southernmost closest point to Antartica) gets a lot of daylight, and the temperatures, in spite of being cold, are not as chilly as in the winter months (May-August).

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If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Ushuaia is a perfect base to embark upon some incredible adventures to embark such as dog sledding, kayaking, wildlife-watching on horseback, hiking/trekking and Antarctica cruises.

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Iconic places that can be easily accessed from Ushuaia are the Cerro Martial and its glacier, the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the iconic Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.

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9) Salta and the North West :

Salta is the biggest city in the northern region of Argentina, nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by magnificent Andean peaks. It is known to be the indigenous core of the country. Among the places of interest in town are the Cathedral and Iglesia San Francisco; the Central Plaza, with its restaurants and bars, is a great place for locals and tourists to hang out.

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You can get a great view of the entire city by taking the teleférico (cable car) to the Cerro San Bernardo. Salta is also home to a great anthropology museum, the MAAM (Museo de Antropologia de Alta Montaña), considered to be the most important museum of Northern Argentina. It has a fantastic exhibition of Inca artefacts, including 3 mummies that were unearthed in the year 1999.

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10) Tango:

This dance form originated on the border between Argentina and Uruguay in the 1880’s. Favored by slaves and dispossesed poor, the Tango has since then gained acceptance all over the world as a sensual sophisticated dance of the upper classes that requires syncopated rhythmic footwork. For an outdoor experience that is completely unique, head over to the bandstand at the Barrancas de Belgrano Park in Buenos Aires where the casual milonga ‘La Glorieta’ takes place usually on Sunday evenings at around 8 pm (tango lessons are free and given earlier). You can also visit Club Gricel with its wonderful dance floor and aging wood, and also check out Confitería Ideal, the mother of all historic tango halls in Argentina.

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If you wish to learn tango from a professional, you can find teachers on La Boca street for varying prices and duration. It is not unusual to find professional dancers busting some serious moves in a grand impromptu dance-off on the street, a visual treat if you are lucky to spot one.

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Plan your custom itinerary in consultation with our local experts here. 

Tripifini Team

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