Argentina of pampas, wine, and football is the largest Spanish speaking country in South America. It has cities, mountains, deserts, and seashore.
Buenos Aires, the capital region, is the most visited city in all of South America. Cosmopolitan, safe and with so many attractions, it’s the gateway you must start with.
For variety, visit the famous Mendoza wine region or for more rugged adventurers, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Ski, share a malbec or chomp on the famed steaks, these are staples of this nation.
Though a country that stumbles, it is modern and vibrant, but with higher than average prices thanks to continuous inflation. Last but not least, sing and cheer at a Boca Juniors or River Plate game, infectious indeed.
What to See and Do in Argentina
Buenos Aires is the capital city and region full of historical architecture like Casa Rosada and Catedral Metropolitana, diverse neighborhoods with Italian inspired names like Palermo and La Boca, and many parks and squares. The bars and restaurants are varied and plenty, pull up, relax and have a bottle of famed Argentinian wine. A lively city, there is so much to see and do you can’t see it all in one shot, impossible!
Cordoba, second largest city sits in the heart of the pampas. Its fame is the colonial era buildings built by the Jesuits such as Catedral Independencia, Palacio Ferreyra, and Cabildo. There is a great culture here too with over 50 theaters, many museums and plenty of parks. Not far is Villa Carlos Paz, a resort town in the adjacent hills.
Mendoza, the center of Argentinian wine industry sits close to the Andes and the highest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua. Explore Plaza Independencia or Plaza España, visit the near bodegas or wineries, or head to the mountains to ski, trek or raft.
Football, you can’t visit Argentina without partaking in a game. They are world class having won FIFA’s World Cup several times. There is a team in every city but make sure to take in the spectacle of the Primera division Boca Juniors or River Platte in Buenos Aires.
Salta is a colonial city in northwestern Argentina nicknamed “Salta la Linda”. Major attractions include the Catedral, Cabildo and 9 de Julio square. Museums such as the MAAM or Antropologico contain artifacts from the Inca civilization. Do take the cable car to Cerro San Bernardo for a spectacular view of the city.
Bariloche, a picturesque city at the foot of the Andes and on the shores of Nahuel Huapi lake. As a major tourist destination, it’s an adventurists paradise. Ski at Cerro Catedral, one of the biggest ski centers in South America. Hike, paraglide, white water raft during the summer. It has something for everyone.
Mar del Plata is Argentina’s seaside resort packed during summer months. It’s well developed with excellent amenities and entertainment including casinos, hotels, and theatres.
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. It is your jumping off point to the Antarctica and Tierra del Fuego National Park. Activities such as hiking, skiing, and kayaking the surrounding areas are common.
Iguazu Falls border Argentina and Brazil (the border with Paraguay is nearby too). It’s one of the most attractive waterfalls in the world, wider than the Niagara Falls. Nestled into the rainforest in the north, there are observation decks, trails, and boat tours. Be sure to visit the Brazilian side by getting a quick visa in Puerto Iguazu at the Brazilian Consulate. Ready the next business day.
Los Glaciares National Park near El Calafate has over 40 large glaciers and many smaller ones running to the ocean. Spectacular sites, hiking bot tours and many lookout points to take that perfect photo.
General travel advice for Argentina
- Do you need a visa? If you’re traveling for tourism, these are the nationalities that do not require a visa
- Language spoken: Spanish, with a very different accent compared to the other Latin American countries
- Currency: Argentine Peso. Calculate the exchange here
- Electricity: 230 Volts
- Standard electrical frequency: 50 Hz
- International calling code: +54
- Drives on the: Right
- Shopping: Several drug stores keep most products behind the counter, even a simple deodorant. So you need to get in line and ask. Also, there are limited options for several products