Are you planning to visit Argentina? The breathtaking beauty of the landscapes and the generosity of the inhabitants will never cease to seduce you! Discover our selection of 11 must-see places!
The simple word Argentina conjures up images that are as grandiose as they are contrasting. Tango, Patagonia, the Andes, wine and football are all evocations that fill you with wonder and make you want to explore this giant of Latin America. To visit Argentina is to fall under the spell of a rich and dynamic culture, which the inhabitants have been able to make live according to the periods – splendid or dark – of their history. Abundant cities where art meets art at every street corner, dizzying summits, desert expanses, lakes and glaciers with bluish reflections… The country abounds in unforgettable places!
Do you dream of going to Argentina? This article will take you on a journey of discovery of places not to be missed!
1- Buenos Aires
Starting point of your trip, the Argentinean capital is as attractive as it is interesting. Stroll the streets of Buenos Aires in search of the puertas cerradas! These unique places – restaurants, bars or milongas – are hidden behind busy main streets.
In San Telmo, the historic heart of the megalopolis, taste the empañadas in the old market and fall under the spell of the tango dancers in Plaza Dorrego, one of the oldest squares in the city. Enjoy the delightfully old-fashioned atmosphere of the flea market that takes place in the streets on Sundays.
A short distance away, admire the Obelisk and Casa Rosada, the seat of government. This is where the mothers of Plaza de Mayo, whose sons disappeared during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), have been demonstrating every Thursday since April 30, 1977! In the evening, sit down in one of Palermo’s many trendy restaurants.
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2- Iguazú Falls
Visiting Argentina is a paradise for nature lovers. Amongst the things not to be missed in Argentina, the Iguazú Falls will leave you with an indelible memory. In this northeastern region characterized by its mighty rivers, the peaceful Rio Iguazú meanders through the rainforest to fall in 275 cascading waterfalls. The beauty of the falls and their roar is breathtaking. 1,800 cubic meters of water per second pour before your astonished eyes!
A tip: take the time to travel through the two national parks – Brazilian and Argentine – to contemplate the Iguazú Falls from different points of view. Get away from the crowds to discover the 2,000 species of plants and get a chance to spot toucans and parrots along the forest trails.
3- The Jesuit missions of the Guaraníes
In the north-east of Argentina, the province of Misiones takes its name from the missions built by the Jesuits between the 17th and 18th centuries. Four of these missions are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: San Ignacio, Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Santa Maria la Mayor and Santa Ana. In these tropical forests originally inhabited by the indigenous Guaraní communities, the Jesuits built churches, schools, prisons, workshops and houses. The ruins of these immense villages are a testimony to Argentina’s rich cultural past. If you are short on time, focus on San Ignacio, the most beautiful and best preserved of the missions.
4- The Salta region
The landscapes surrounding the beautiful city of Salta will delight those who come to visit Argentina to experience its vastness. Here, the Ruta 40, the longest and most mythical road in the country, runs through the beautiful Calchaquies valleys, dotted with giant cacti. Along the way you will come across some typical villages.
Make a stop at the small village of Cachi! With its central square, its cobbled streets and its colorful atmosphere, it’s a real “coup de coeur”! A little further north, the national road 68 reveals impressive rocky faults in the Quebrada de las Conchas. Have fun entering the natural ochre-red sculptures, such as the Anfiteatro (amphitheatre) or the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge).
5- The Cerro Hornocal
From the village of Humahuaca, in northwestern Argentina, a small bumpy road leads you to Cerro Hornocal, the mountain with fourteen colors. A real delight for the eyes, the landscape is made up of sedimentary strata in a palette ranging from ochre to green, with touches of yellow and purple.
Take your time to walk to the edge of the precipice (the most grandiose place) as the altitude literally takes your breath away, especially on the final ascent. To get there, if you can’t find a driver at the bus station, go near the bridge at the entrance of the village: this is often where cars are waiting for visitors.
At the gates of Chile, the narrow region of Mendoza brings together two of Argentina’s must-see attractions: wine and the Andes mountain range. There are some of the best wineries (wine cellars) in the country. It is easy to discover, by car or bicycle, the secrets of the vineyards and the making of the precious liquid.
Sleeping in a winery is an excellent way to see how far we have come since the first vines were planted by the Jesuits five centuries ago. For those who wonder what to do in Argentina, rest assured: the summit of the Aconcagua awaits hikers from its 6,962 meters of altitude!
7- The Seven Lakes Route
North of Bariloche, at the entrance to Patagonia, the Seven Lakes Route – a portion of the famous Ruta 40 – is almost 107 kilometers long. Punctuated by forests, mountains and rivers, this road trip will take you to magnificent glittering lakes that are symbols of this region known as the Argentinian Switzerland.
Don’t forget to visit Villa Traful! Renting a hut on the lakeside of this small village is a magical experience. Sports enthusiasts will not be outdone: the region is one of the best spots for skiing, fishing, hiking or climbing!
8- The Perito Moreno glacier
One of the natural wonders to visit in Argentina is the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate in Patagonia. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the forty-eight glaciers in the Los Glaciares National Park. One of the most mobile on the planet, it travels nearly two metres a day and forms icebergs the size of buildings!
The spectacle of the bluish blocks of ice that break away from their walls with a shattering noise is fascinating. One is easily hypnotized by the magic – visual and auditory – of the place. Getting to the foot of the glacier is very simple: you can opt for an organized excursion or go there on your own from El Calafate (the most economical solution).
How not to approach the mythical city of Ushuaïa when talking about visiting Argentina? Capital of Tierra del Fuego, swept by the winds and located in the southernmost part of South America, Ushuaïa has nourished the imagination of generations of adventurers. A unique end-of-the-world atmosphere reigns in this port from which ships depart for Antarctica. Beyond its past full of legendary shipwrecks, the city captivates by the history of its first inhabitants, the Yahgan (or Yámana) Indians.
There’s no room for boredom here: hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park, sailing, kayaking and diving are just some of the many activities that are popular with travelers.
10- Peninsula Valdés
Lions and elephant seals, guanacos, penguins and seabirds make their home in the Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve, one of the world’s leading marine wildlife sanctuaries. The place concentrates an exceptional variety of animals. But the stars here are the southern right whales! They come to reproduce and give birth every year, from June to December. While it’s easy to find a boat to observe them, the threat to their reproduction demands the utmost caution.
Make sure you choose a service provider that respects the legislation in force (motor cut off a hundred meters from the cetaceans, prohibition to pursue them). Let yourself be carried away by the emotion of this magical experience!
The second largest city in the country, Cordoba owes its nickname of the Athens of the Americas to its rich architectural and cultural heritage. With its seven universities, a thriving nightlife and four excellent museums, it subtly combines ancient and modern. Here you’ll find the country’s best electro-tango DJs, contemporary and classical art exhibitions and historic churches built by the Jesuits as early as the 17th century. Córdoba is located in the Argentinean Pampa, the birthplace of the Gauchos, these men of the land and horses who cultivate a lifestyle unique in the world.
Sleeping in an estancia (farmhouse) is an excellent opportunity to discover the customs and legends of the country, its succulent meats and equestrian games. Finally, if you are looking for thrills, the surrounding area is home to some of the best paragliding sites in Latin America.