Bold, buoyant, and splendid – Argentina tantalizes with its zestful cities, ardent culture, and an extensive assemblage of natural wonders. Home to the Tango, Argentina has so much more than what first meets the eye. Walk along the European style paved streets of the bustling Buenos Aires that has plentiful cafes and street-side hangouts. Then there’s the city of Cordoba with the Spanish architecture, and Mendoza situated deep in the wine region of Argentina.
The enriched wildlife and natural attractions cater to a variety of travellers while the surrounding area of the captivating Iguazu Falls makes for an exceptional hiking place.
Take a trip to the Patagonia region where you get the chance to see graceful glaciers and penguins in the Los Glaciares National Park. Then visit the Golfo Nuevo, one of the most beautiful places in Argentina which guarantees some of the most mesmerising glimpses of the Southern right Whales. Delightfully diverse, the country of Argentina is where the adventure is never-ending.
To put it in a list for you, here is an overview of the 10 best places to visit in Argentina: –
1. Buenos Aires
With wide, European-style boulevards, animated neighbourhoods, fantastic cuisine, and sizzling nightlife, Buenos Aires is a city unlike any other. No wonder it was Buenos Aires that gave birth to the pulsating Tango dance. This Argentine capital is, in fact, one of the most invigorating cities in the world and one of the most popular places to visit in Argentina.
When you are here, it is not unlikely to encounter an impromptu tango performance right on the streets of the city. The pedestrian areas are lined up with a multitude of wine bars, cafes, and steakhouses that are famous for serving some of the world’s best chops! However, what makes Buenos Aires one of the best places to visit in Argentina is the zealous population that is highly devoted to having fun and enjoying themselves all night long!
2. Mendoza City
Argentina is extremely well-regarded for its exceptional wines; and Mendoza, situated in the largest wine-producing regions of Latin America, accounts for over 70% of Argentina’s wine production. That along with Mendoza’s proximity with Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, makes it one of the most famous places to visit in Argentina. With over 1,200 wineries and almost 400,000 acres of vineyards, the city has a wondrous landscape and hosts many outdoor adventures, including horse riding, hiking, and river rafting to name a few. The Independence Plaza that is located in the heart of the Mendoza’s main square is surrounded by numerous shops, restaurants, museums, and beautiful buildings that are lit up at night. This exciting diversity is what makes Mendoza city one the places you must visit in Argentina, at the very least to taste the outstanding Argentinian wines!
3. Puerto Madryn
Famed for its arctic wildlife, the small town of Puerto Madryn located on the shores of the Gulfo Nuevo near the Valdes Peninsula in the Patagonian region is considered as one of the best places in South America, and the world, for whale and penguin watching. Visitors who are here between June to December can spot the Southern Right Whales or orcas, some of which may come as close as 20 feet from the shore. On Playa la Vicera, a beach with polished pebbles and violet abalone shells that ultimately give way to a sprawl of caramel coloured sands for the visitors to enjoy the always adorable waddling penguins along with sea lions and the whitened bones of elephant seals that give it a wistful, timeless atmosphere. This is exactly why Puerto Madryn can be found in most Argentina tour packages.
4. Mar del Plata Beaches
Once a heaven for the country’s aristocracy, Mar del Plata is now among the top places to visit in Argentina. Situated in the Buenos Aires province, this beach resort city on the Atlantic coast attracts tourists in millions every year owing to its exuberant culture and sandy beaches. You may find an overwhelming number of people during summer weekends, but any other time the city sports a much more relaxed vibe.
The Misiones Province is not only home to Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls, but in this extreme north-east region of Argentina, you’ll also find the untamed jungle with dense forest fanning out in all directions, creating an endless sea of green owing to the high amount of rainfall the region gets, particularly in August and September. One of the most naturally scenic places in Argentina, Misiones is primarily covered by a subtropical forest that is home to monkeys, toucans, and caiman. You’ll find rustic lodges to lie your head down at night, Jesuit ruins, and yerba mate plantations to try this tea-like beverage. Be sure to see how it is made and taste it too.
6. Iguazu Falls
One of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Iguazu Falls features over 250 waterfalls and is considered as one of the most astonishing sights on the planet! These falls are adorned by the surrounding tropical forests of Argentina as well as Brazil. The Argentine side, however, is the better one of the two in regards to tourism. Not only can you get up close with the falls, but you can also feel the mist on your skin. The Iguazu Falls are, without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Argentina. The sight of the marvellous variegated parrots that are spotted soaring in the skies, and chattering away in the nearby forests, is sure to make your day!
7. Los Glaciares
Home to some of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, Los Glaciares or the Glaciers National Park is located in the Santa Cruz province of the vast Patagonia region. Featuring the largest ice caps outside of Antarctica and Greenland, Los Glaciares sometimes shows the retreating and advancing cycle of the glaciers that causes the cracking of the ice and raucous booms as giant ice blocks break away and crash into the lakes with gigantic splashes. This phenomenon makes for a sight to behold! Apart from the ice caps, another aspect that makes Los Glaciares one of the top places to visit in Argentina is its proximity to Mount Fitz Roy, one of the popular places in Argentina for hiking and mountaineering.
Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, the city of Bariloche on the southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake draws visitors with its magnificent scenery, a Swiss-like atmosphere, and its world-renowned chocolate. The trends of artisanal food and desserts were started nearly half a century ago when some of the locals realized they had access to an almost infinite variety of foods that didn’t reflect the area’s gastronomy. Today, from regular chocolate bars to all types of fruit-stuffed chocolates, it is a true paradise for any cocoa connoisseur.
There’s another reason why Bariloche is one of the most popular places to visit in Argentina. Skiers often visit this place during the winter months (America’s summer), and when those in the Northern Hemisphere are hunkered down trying to keep warm from winter’s chill, visitors here enjoy outdoor adventures in places like the nearby Nahuel Huapi National Park with opportunities for day hikes, mountain climbing as well as kayaking across the lake.
Cut off from the northern world by the Strait of Magellan and situated at the tip of South America, Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city; the next stop south is Antarctica! Perched on a steep hill, the capital of Tierra del Fuego is bordered by the rocky peaks of the Andes and surrounded by glaciers, lakes, bays, and forests that offer activities like kayaking, hiking horseback riding, diving, and even glacier trekking. Maybe it’s the austral light that makes Ushuaia one of the most enticing places in Argentina. Whatever it may be, this spectacular place has a storied past of shipwrecks, jaw-dropping scenery, and indigenous extinction that contributes to the powerful mystique of its end-of-the-earth location.
Cordoba, which is at the geographical centre of the country, is Argentina’s second-largest city and the Cultural Capital of the Americas. Doing perfect justice to its title, Cordoba is best known for the concentration of Spanish colonial buildings, four of the outstanding galleries dedicated to emerging classical, contemporary, and fine art, weekend craft markets, its alternative film scene, and historic places like churches and monuments in the city centre known as Jesuit Block. Cordoba happens to be one of the most famous places to visit in Argentina whose popularity has grown due to the 200,000 students studying here.
Argentina as a country has everything to satiate almost every kind of traveller. It has a passionate culture, exceptional natural wonders, mouth-watering cuisine and what not! With the 10 best places to visit in Argentina mentioned above, you have a great check-list of places to explore in the majestic country of Argentina.