What to do and see in Argentina: 6 essentials

Argentina is more than just Buenos Aires; it’s capital. Among the more than 3,500km that separate La Quiaca, the last town before entering Bolivia, and Ushuaia, the last city in America, this country brings together some of the most interesting landscapes, cultures, and entertainment in the southern cone. If you thought that Argentina is only synonymous with barbecue, soccer, and gastronomy, we want to propose some ideas of things you can see and do during your trip.

  1. Buenos Aires, the city of fury

Buenos Aires is the gateway to Argentina and also its cultural center par excellence. In each of its neighborhoods, you will find hundreds of plans, sometimes even too many! Of course, some of them are not to be missed, such as walking along Corrientes Avenue from bookstore to bookstore, stopping at one of the most delicious pizzerias in the city – we recommend Güerrín to all who love cheese disproportionately – and going for a date night to its theaters. Another of the basics is to know the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo. On Sundays, its streets become an open-air market enlivened by tango bands around Plaza Dorrego. If you are one of those looking for football, the neighborhood of La Boca, with its colorful houses, is for you. From there, you can visit the South Ecological Reserve, the only space in the city where the singing of birds drowns out the sound of traffic. You cannot miss the famous choripán in the stalls of the waterfront.

  1. Puerto Iguazú, land of yerba

Can you imagine how it was the first time someone saw a waterfall of more than 80 meters of altitude, surrounded by lush and completely virgin jungle? You can feel something like this when you are in front of the Devil’s Throat, in the Iguazú National Park, Misiones province. These waterfalls are one of the most impressive attractions in northern Argentina and can also be visited on a day trip. Along the way, you can see many tropical birds such as toucans, dancers, or the woodpecker, in addition to meeting the coatis, the park’s star animal, face to face.

In addition to the falls, Misiones is the land of yerba mate, so from there, you can make routes to get to know this tradition so well established in Argentina and its neighbors Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil.

  1. Jujuy and the unearthing of the devil

If your vacation coincides with Carnival, one of the most interesting places to visit in Argentina is the province of Jujuy, where every year the locals unearth the devil, inaugurating nine days of unlimited parties with the best landscape in the background: the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In this area, you can visit towns such as Purmamarca, Tilcara, or Iruya and natural beauties such as Hornocal or Cerro de Los 14 Colores, a mountain range formed by rock strata of different shades that will leave you open-mouthed. The viewpoint is at more than 4350 meters above sea level, so you can use a coca tea prepared by the locals to withstand altitude sickness.

  1. Mendoza, wine, and mountains

Although we have great wine fame on this side of the Atlantic, the province of Mendoza also takes its share: 60% of the national wine is produced there, and it has more than 1200 wineries with different varieties of wines. Surrounded by the Andes mountain range, the city of Mendoza is the perfect place to let the senses temper and enjoy the best gastronomy. Daily tours depart from the city to see Aconcagua, the highest peak after the Himalayas and the highest peak in America. Wine and mountain? It seems like a bad combination, but no: it is perfect.

  1. Bariloche, land of lakes

A little further south, we find one of the most privileged landscapes in Argentina: San Carlos de Bariloche. Whatever season you go, the nature of Bariloche is always ready to make you enjoy. The ski slopes and araucaria forests make it an unbeatable area for winter sports in autumn and winter. In summer, you can enjoy dozens of lakes, including the Nahuel Huapi(which in the Mapuche language means “Island of the Jaguar” because of the largest island it contains, also called Isla Victoria) where you can kayak, dive or kite surf. It is worth spending a few days touring the Seven Lakes region, including beautiful municipalities such as San Martín de Los Andes, Villa la Angostura, and El Bolsón. Unmissable, the climb to Cerro Campanario to admire the landscape from its viewpoint, as well as have a snack in one of the city’s chocolate shops.

  1. Torres del Paine and the Perito Moreno glacier

On the way to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world, we recommend spending a few days touring the Torres del Paine National Park and the Perito Moreno glacier, an impressive mass of ice 5 kilometers long 60 meters high that emerges from Lake Argentino. In addition to the route through the glaciers, you can visit the penguins of this region of Patagonia. A little further south, the route to Torres del Paine takes us through alpine landscapes, lakes, and glaciers to its mythical rock Spiers, being one of the favorite places for climbers, lovers of cycling, and trekking.

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