Top Places to Visit in Argentina

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Your first look at a map of Argentina in order to plan a trip there is likely to be a worrying experience.

This South American country is just so massive that working out where to go is one of the biggest challenges of any visit there. So where are the top places to visit in Argentina?

Buenos Aires

If you are arriving by air you will almost certainly have Buenos Aires as your first stop. This is by far the biggest city in the country and one of the largest in the world. There is plenty for tourists to do here and you could easily pass your whole time in the country in this one city. This is the home of tango, it is where some of the world’s most exciting football games are played, it is where Evita is buried and where the food is about as good as you will ever eat. Those are just a few of the top attractions and you would need months to try and discover even a fraction of this city’s secrets. All in all, it is the perfect place to settle in and get used to being in Argentina.

Iguazu viewIguazu Falls

If there is one attraction outside of the capital which you simply can’t miss it is the waterfalls at Iguazu.  This is truly one of the wonders of nature, with multiple cascades of water falling from a great height. You can cross into Brazil to get a different view of the falls but Puerto Iguazu on the Argentine side is the best place to make your base while you are here. There isn’t a lot else to do here but you could spend a day walking around the tropical rainforest park which houses the falls and maybe take a look at the famous triple border with Brazil and Paraguay.

The Pampas

The area around Buenos Aires is a generally flat and rather monotonous set of endless plains known as the Pampas. This is where the gaucho cattle herding cowboys have traditionally lived. It is a fascinating area and you might like to arrange a day trip out to a local farm to sample the food and local lifestyle. It will be a quick glimpse into a way of life which involves horsed riding, great barbecues and a lot of open spaces.

Ushuaia

If you have a lot of time to spend in Argentina then you might want to see the whole country. In that case, Ushuaia is a stunning destination.  This is the capital of Tierra del Fuego and sits right on the southern coast of the country. In fact, it is the most southerly city in the world and boats to the Antarctic regularly set off from here. For most people it is an unreal experience to be so far south. The local wildlife includes penguins and seals and there are some amazing views of waterfalls, glaciers and mountains in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Tucumán

This hot and humid city feels about as far removed from cold and remote Ushuaia as you could imagine. It is in the northern part of the country and makes an excellent stopping point to break up the long trip from Buenos Aires to the northern border if you are travelling on elsewhere. The people here are famously friendly, just as they are in other Northern cities like Salta and San Salvador de Jujuy. As is common in Latin America, this city has a long name (San Miguel de Tucumán) but you will only ever hear locals call it Tucumán. It isn’t as wildly touristy as some parts of the country but the plaza is beautiful and there are some excellent eating options. The Casa de Tucumán has a nightly light show to celebrate the fact that Argentina’s independence from Spain was declared here. Visit on the anniversary of independence (9th of July) and you can witness the special events which lead to Tucumán being name capital of the country for the day.

Which Argentine destination most tempts you?

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