When traveling to Argentina, there is a wide variety of options to choose from. Given that Argentina is the second largest country in South America (after Brazil), it offers different landscapes and climates – from the hot and dry desert in the northwest, to the subtropical Misiones Forest near Iguazu Falls, to the windswept and isolated glaciers and pampas in the south. Visiting Argentina gives the opportunity to get a little bit of every possible atmosphere you can imagine. There are several popular Argentina Tours starting in Buenos Aires; read on for advice from an Argentina travel expert about how to take an Argentina tour from Buenos Aires.
Let’s begin our journey through Argentina with the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires. This beautiful city is located on Argentina’s coast, where the Rio de la Plata (Silver River) meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as the Paris of South America because of its European heritage – nearly 88% of the porteños are of European origin. And also, after its independence from Spain, Argentines wanted to differentiate themselves from the Spanish, so they looked to France for inspiration in architecture and culture. Still today, there are many buildings in Buenos Aires with French roofs and architectural details.
There are several popular day trips and Argentina tours from Buenos Aires: The Tren de la Costa, the Parana River Cruise to the Tigre Delta, the speed-ferry to Montevideo in Uruguay, and a visit to one of the colonial estancias outside of Buenos Aires. After you take a Buenos Aires city tour and get to know the different barrios of the city, you might want to spend an extra day or two exploring these popular Argentina tours from Buenos Aires. The Parana River Cruise is a delightful way to spend an afternoon, and at an estancia, you will have the opportunity to see gauchos working with cattle and sheep, take a carriage ride, and try the distinctive Argentine asado meal.
Moving to the north, there is the dry desert area of Salta and it’s famous Train to the Clouds. This route winds through the high Andes, passing through gorgeous landscapes of the altiplano and the Quebrado del Toro. Nearby are the plains of Jujuy, the Seven Colored Hill of Purmamarca, the Salinas Grandes, and many more fascinating landscapes. With magnificent and gigantic rocks of amazing colors, this is a destination absolutely worth visiting in northern Argentina.
Another beautiful area of Argentina is the extensive Patagonia region, which covers the south part of the country, with a different climate and landscape than any other place. This area is a must for trekkers and nature lovers. Here you can find one of the most beautiful highlights on earth: the Perito Moreno Glacier, a gigantic wall of ice with unbelievable colors. Being in the presence of the world’s largest advancing glacier, and hearing the cracks of the ice as it breaks off and tumbles into the Lake Argentino, is an unforgettable experience. The Patagonia, Glaciers, & Tango Tour includes a visit to Perito Moreno.
For the wine lovers, Mendoza is the place to go. This charming city is famous worldwide for the quality of its wines, especially Malbec. A trip to Mendoza is a popular Argentina tour from Buenos Aires, especially for wine enthusiasts who want to go straight to the source and try Argentina’s best wines. You can go bike riding to several wineries, go wine tasting, have lunch in a first-rate restaurant, and take a cooking class – all in view of the spectacular Andes Mountains just beyond the vineyards. See our South America Wine Tour itinerary.
Don’t forget that many popular Argentina Tours from Buenos Aires include Brazil or Chile, Argentina’s largest neighbors. Patagonia tours and cruises often circle the coast from Buenos Aires to Santiago. And a trip to Buenos Aires is paired well with a trip to Brazil, including a stop in Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro.
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