Discover 11 of the Best Travel Destinations in Vibrant Argentina
City Life to Wildlife: Discover Argentina on the Go
Many countries have more to offer than a brief visit to their capital cities. Argentina is no different in this respect. And while Buenos Aires is a very exciting and colorful city, one we also mention in our “must see” list, there are other places you simply should not leave Argentina without seeing. Capital cities are usually very modern places which in time have taken the shape and adapted to the demands of life in most big cities. But if you are traveling to discover the true spirit of the place, you cannot miss out on the breath-taking and diverse scenery, on the history of the country you can discover in several of its impressive cities.
11 of the top travel destinations in Argentina
1. Buenos Aires
The Obelisk in Buenos Aires
Visit the birthplace of the tango! Buenos Aires is a vibrant city with European architecture, amazing shopping opportunities, great venues for eating and dancing and sensational cultural events. The Obelisk is one of the most visited sites along with the San Telmo popular flea markets and Evita’s grave.
2. Iguazu Falls
Made up of more than 275 waterfalls and cascades, the Iguazu Falls offers a breath-taking experience. They are situated on the Iguazu River, a natural border between Argentina and Brazil and they can be visited in the Iguazu National Park. They are 80 meters high yet have perfect catwalks and you can stand on the edge in perfect safety.
Mendoza is a popular tourist destination on account of it being situated at the heart of the Argentinean wine producing region and the urban area closest to the highest mountains in the Americas, the Aconcagua. You can take wine tours, hike and ski. Walking in the city is very nice as well. There are tree lined streets and a beautiful central plaza.
City of Bariloche seen from the lake
From the postcards, you could easily be tricked into thinking this is a Swiss village. They have the largest ski stations in South America and chocolate shops, but you will still be in the Rio Negro Province of Argentina. If skiing is not your thing, you can enjoy the remarkable view and go hiking, climbing or simply take in the fresh mountain air.
Cathedral of Cordoba
Cordoba is located in the heart of Argentina. The city is the second largest in Argentina and it is known for its Spanish colonial architecture. It is a university center, therefore there is a youthful vibe about it and there are many modern means of entertainment.
6. Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Whale watching and sun bathing are just some of the things you could be doing if you choose Puerto Madryn as a summer destination. The beaches are beautiful and the area has experienced an explosive economic growth with the increase in tourist numbers.
7. El Chalten
El Chalten, Argentina
This is a hot spot for mountain lovers. The most common activities people come here for are hiking and mountain climbing. Although a bit off the beaten track of regular tourists, this place is not necessarily cheap and you will need to book your room ahead.
8. El Calafate
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The El Calafate glacier in Argentina
El Calafate is a booming tourist town due to the vicinity of the Los Glaciares National Park. It is the starting point of the routes to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the most spectacular display of crackling ice. The glacier can be seen from a closer angle by hiking or trekking in the area.
Night view of the Cathedral of Salta
Salt flats and picturesque red rock formations in Calchaqui Valley can be seen in the Northwestern region of Argentina, and the tours start in the Salta province. What else can the Salta experience include? Cobbled streets, impressive cathedrals and beautiful town squares are great examples of European architecture which can still be seen here.
The port in Ushuaia
This is the place to go if you ever plan on visiting the world’s southernmost city. Located on the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the starting point for most Antarctica cruises. It is a great location for summer and winter mountain sports.
11. Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata is Argentina’s top beach resort. The place used to be meant for the aristocrats way back, but it is now one of the most frequented places, attracting millions of people. Summers can get very crowded, but off season vacations are always much more relaxing.
Argentina has a lot to offer as a tourist destination. You can really broaden your horizons and get close to the Tierra del Fuego, the closest place to Antarctica, or see the glaciers and the amazing waterfalls. The mountain scenery is breath-taking and the small mountain villages are very relaxing. The city life is vibrant and it offers an interesting mix between local culture and European traditions and architecture.