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Top Destinations in Argentina

Buenos Aires Plaza
Buenos Aires Plaza; source: Wikimedia

Argentina, one of the largest countries in South America is famous for its tango, the pampas and surprisingly, its high beef consumption. Still, many people do not know much about Argentina, for example the fact that the highest peak in the Americas, Aconcagua, lies on Argentina’s western border.

By virtue of its large size, Latin American charm and beauty, the tourist attractions in Argentina offer something for every traveller.  Indeed, the list of things to do in Argentina is almost endless. Still, today, we present the top five attractions, among so many wonderful choices.

1. Buenos Aires

Popularly known as the ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aries, Argentina’s capital is well known for its impressive boulevards, cafes, and historical facades.  For most visitors, this central location is the first place of exploration. Being such a diverse city, Buenos Aries’s boutiques and shops, complete with its cobblestone gives it an exquisite look and feel like no other.

Buenos Aires is especially famous for its art and history museums.  The nation’s long history is rich in the kind of art and culture that pulls in critics and aficionadas from all over the world.

Beyond the muses of art and history, the city’s endless nightlife starts at 2am and doesn’t end until sunrise and the city begins to buzz with daily activity.

2. Iguazu Falls

Argentina’s Iguazu Falls is both taller and wider than Niagra falls. In other words, the falls is quite massive. In fact, this attraction is one of the most impressive sites in all the world.

Iguaçu Falls is situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Though one might be tempted to take a field trip and barrel over the edge, it is strictly forbidden and against the law so we would recommend the helicopter ride instead. Visitors can also take a boat ride on the river and into the falls as well as a truck ride through the forest. 

Most visitors reach the falls from the Argentine side through the city of Puerto Iguazú. A train brings visitors directly to the entrance of Devil’s Throat, a breath-taking fall which, at a height of 82 meter (269 ft) is the most impressive of the 275 falls that make up the Iguazu Falls.

3. Mendoza Wine Region

Mendoza, a picturesque city located at the foothills of the Andes is located in the middle of Argentina’s famous ‘wine country’.  The Mendoza wine region is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina. Commonly known as Argentina’s Napa and Sonoma valleys, here one can enjoy flavourful wines, fruits, and local delicacies as well as view the varied countryside landscape.

The city of Mendoza is the best place to base for those who plan to tour the vineyards. The city’s wide range of tour operators also makes it a great place to organize rafting, skiing and other adventures in the nearby Andes.

4. Patagonia

The secluded and romantically isolated Patagonia is one of the best kept secrets of Argentina and the world.  Hosting the self-proclaimed “southern most city in the world”, Ushuaia is Patagonia’s gateway to Antarctica.

Most visitors like to engage in hours of hiking, driving, site seeing and penguin watching. There are also numerous lakes and meadowlands that identify this area as one of the unique ecosystems of the world.

5. Salta

With its stately colonial buildings, glitzy nightlife, and amazing local food and wine, the city of Salta is a gateway to the Northwest and much more. On the outskirts of the town, most visitors like to engage in activities such as hiking, rafting, tours to wineries and salt lakes as well as other exhilarating choices.

Argentina is a very interesting place and one of the places in the world where visitors will find everything they wish to see. Anything one’s heart desires can be found in Argentina; from the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, great steak, glaciers and even access to Antarctica. On a final note, Argentina is recently being faced with its own economic problems, so we urge visitors to be mindful and careful when visiting the country.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
February 17, 2020

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