Coming up with only “7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina” is not a simple task because Argentina is an incredible country that has something for every traveler. From the busy city of Buenos Aires to the jagged mountains of Patagonia, Argentina has it all. Argentina offers both luxury travel and adventure. Below are the 7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina.
If you’re a sucker for massive glaciers, than this is the place for you. Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest advancing glacier in the world. If you are visiting during summer, chances are you will see a massive iceberg chunk calving followed by a loud echo across the water. Take a short walk to view the glacier from different angles, or sign up for a boat tour that will take you within 500 meters of the glacier ice wall.
Wine connoisseur or not, Mendoza welcomes everyone. Take a city tour and learn how the Spanish transformed this land into the wine flourishing countryside it is today. Relax with some fine wines and take in the charming valley juxtaposed by the beautiful Andes mountain range.
3. Iguazu Falls
No Argentina visit is complete without a trip to Iguazu Falls – one of the worlds largest waterfalls. Fly directly into Puerto Iguazu airport and spend a day or two exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a tram ride through the subtropical jungle and view the falls from Devil’s Throat. If you want the full experience, sign up for a helicopter ride that will take you over the falls. If the falls don’t take your breath away the helicopter ride will.
4. Buenos Aires
Spend a few days in the “Paris of South America.” Watch an Argentine tango show or -if you are feeling brave- sign up for a tango class and learn from the pros. After dancing enjoy some high quality steak paired with fine wine. On Sunday spend a few hours strolling through the San Telmo outdoor Antique Market.
Head to the southern most city in the world, also known as the “End of the World.” From Ushuaia catch a train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Or, spend the day hiking through the national park and enjoy the beautiful wilderness and wildlife. Don’t forget to stop by the Post Office in Ensenada Bay to get your passport stamped with an End of the World stamp.
Not far from Puerto Madryn is the Valdes Peninsula. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to southern sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, whales, birds and more. I will warn you, if you are visiting during breeding season you may see a few sea lions fighting to claim their mate. The best time to visit the Valdes Peninsula is between the months of July and February.
Welcome to the Argentinian side of Patagonia and home of Cerro Fitz Roy. This is an outdoor enthusiasts heaven. Here you can enjoy trekking and climbing amongst incredible landscape. If you only have one day, I’d recommend spending half of it hiking to Laguna de los Tres. Here you will see a turquoise glacier silt lake standing in front of a spectacular glacier. Keep in mind, when traveling in Patagonia prepare for all weather conditions.