Argentina, with its exotic lifestyle, jaw-dropping scenery, vibrant culture and delicious cuisine, is a popular travel destination. Before being colonized by Spain, Argentina was inhabited by a few indigenous tribes. Today, it is an independent country featuring varied landscapes- from majestic mountains to thick jungles, steppes, rich plains and impressive glaciers. Then, there are the tango, the mountaineering, the architecture, the clubbing and the skiing. There will be no stop to your exciting journey.
Here are the top ten places that you can consider while planning your trip to Argentina.
1. Iguazu Falls:
The Iguazu Falls are one the greatest tourist destinations, not just in Argentina, but also in the world. These falls are located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. It is also one of the new seven wonders of the world. The Iguazu Falls is a series of magnificent waterfalls spanning a distance of 2 kilometers. It consists of about 275 individual waterfalls and cascades. The power and noise of the Iguazu Falls will stay etched in your memory forever. A train will bring you to the entrance of the Devil’s Throat, the most impressive of all the 275 waterfalls. You sure will be tempted to take a field trip over the edge, but this is against the law. So, get a helicopter ride instead. Do not forget to take the truck ride through the forest, and the boat ride on the river.
Bariloche, formally known as the San Carlos de Bariloche, is a small city in Argentina known for its beautiful lakes, snow-capped mountains, Swiss style architecture and chocolate shops. It is an Argentinian city with a Swiss- German twist. It is located in the foothills of the Andes. It serves the getaway to outdoor adventures and spectacular landscapes. Bariloche is a great destination for water sports, climbing, trekking, and sightseeing. For the skiing, you can consider Cathedral Alta Patagonia, a ski resort located at an hour from Bariloche. You must stay for at least a couple of nights to experience Bariloche as its best. September and October are the best time to visit Bariloche.
3. Buenos Aires:
Buenos Aires is one of the top most reasons to visit Argentina. It is the starting point of every tour in Argentina. It is the capital city of Argentina and one of the largest Latin American cities. It is the most fascinating of all the Latin American capitals that you can visit in the world. The place is known for its European architecture, vivid nightlife, and gourmet cuisine. More than anything else, Buenos Aires is an immensely enjoyable place. You can go shopping, watch soccer, wander about or just soak in the unique atmosphere. The boutiques, shops and cobblestone give this city and exquisite old world charm. Also, Buenos Aires is the city that gave birth to the enigmatic tango dance.
Ushuaia is the most southern city located on the edge of the South America continent. It is the largest city in the Argentine Tierra del Fuego. The city has around 56,000 inhabitants, which has now transformed into a lively tourist center. The remote beauty of this place makes it one of the most popular places to visit in Argentina. It serves as the base of wildlife viewing, winter sports and Antarctica cruises. It was once used as the penal colony, missionary base, and naval base because of its isolated location, but is now a major tourist attraction if Argentina with a plethora of hotels, restaurants and casinos.
5. Mar Del Plata:
Mar Del Plata is the top beach resort and a major fishing port of Argentina. The name ‘Mar Del Plata’ means ‘sea of the Plate region’. It is located on the Atlantic Coast in the Buenos Aires Province. The place attracts millions of people every year to its sandy beaches. Besides, the place has, sand hills and cliffs where you can enjoy cycling, riding and summer walks. Adventurous souls can go for Paragliding, Scuba diving, boat sailing, and jet skiing and windsurfing. The place is extremely crowded during the weekends, so if you are planning to visit the place, take out time during the weekdays.
Cordoba is Argentina’s second largest city. This magnificent city was awarded the Cultural Capital of the Americas. It is known for its concentration of Spanish colonial buildings. Most of the churches, monuments and palaces of this city are found within an area called the Jesuit Block. The place has four excellent municipal galleries dedicated to the emerging, contemporary and fine arts. These galleries are located at a walking distance of each other. You can also visit the little mountain villages that are just a short bus ride away.
7. Los Glaciares:
Los Glaciares, also known as the Glaciers National Park is a federal protected area in Argentina and the second largest national park in Argentina. The place was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is located in the Santa Cruz Province of the Patagonia region. The National Park is home to some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders. It features the largest ice cap beside Antarctica and Greenland. It also houses the sample of the Magellanic Subpolar Forest and the western Patagonian Steppe Biodiversity. The northern side of the National Park features the majestic mountain, the Mount Fitz Roy. You can enjoy mountain climbing and hiking in the mountain.
Mendoza is the largest wine producing region of Latin America. It is located on the eastern side of the Andes. Mendoza is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina. There are a number of tour operators, which can assist you in your tour of the vineyard. The place offers beautiful scenery and outdoor adventures like horse riding, river rafting, hiking and a lot more. There are many organized bus tours, but the best way to explore these wineries is by hiring a private car. The place is popular not just for its wine, but also for its proximity to Aconcagua, the highest mountain peak in the Americas.
9. Puerto Madryn:
Puerto Madryn, located on the shores of Golfo Nuevo, is best known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes. It is one of the most popular destinations in Argentina, attracting thousands of people to its beautiful beaches. The town’s population swells exponentially during the summer months. With a burst in tourism in the recent years, Madryn has undergone rapid growth. The popular attractions of Puerto Madryn include the Magellanic Penguin Colony and the Peninsula Valdés, a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species. Do not forget to visit the teahouse for the famous Welsh Tea.
10. El Bolson:
El Bolson is a town in the southwest of the Río Negro Province in Argentina. This town with 15,000 people is located at about 2 hours south of Bariloche. The first non-indigenous inhabitants of this region were the German immigrants. In El Bolson, you can indulge in activities like fishing, trekking, rafting, climbing and skiing. The most popular attraction in El Bolson is the outdoor artisanal fair three times a week. It is the most artisanal fair in the entire country. The fair is a great place to purchase locally produced food and local handicrafts.
These ten places are must visit destinations according to our choice. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment below.