The second largest country on the continent, Argentina offers the discerning traveller a vast array of things to do. From the passion of a tango show in Buenos Aires to glistening glaciers of Patagonia and the vast expanses of the Pampas, or from the thundering Iguazu Falls and its surrounding sub-tropical jungle to the juicy steaks and smooth reds you'll be feasting on throughout your trip, Argentina ticks all the boxes whether you are nature lover, foodie or thrill-seeker.
Unlike some Latin American cities, Buenos Aires is not to be missed. The city is a melting pot of cultures where you'll find an eclectic mix of districts (known as barrios) showcasing the city's evolving history. The sociable plazas and parks of bohemian Palermo make this one of the most fashionable areas, whereas elegant architecture, wide tree-lined boulevards and chic shops define the upmarket Recoleta.
La Boca and San Telmo, once considered a bit rundown and gritty, have undergone a transformation. They are now home to some excellent galleries and boutiques, as well as the iconic colourful houses of El Caminito and of course the Boca Juniors football legends. Outside the city, day trips include boat trips along the Tigre Delta or heading out to the surrounding pampas to practice your gaucho skills at an estancia.
Strung out along the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche has one of the most gorgeous settings imaginable. This, combined with a wealth of summer and winter activities in the surrounding countryside, has helped it become Argentina's Lake District’s principal destination.
Argentina's Patagonia is all about jagged peaks, pristine rivers, ancient glaciers, petrified forests, living icebergs, enormous scale, fierce winds, empty spaces and some of the last remaining true wilderness areas on the planet.
- In the north, the Lake District is full of sparkling blue lakes surrounded by volcanoes and the pretty alpine-like towns of Bariloche and San Martin de Los Andes make the perfect place from which to explore it all;
- To the east, nature lovers will love Peninsula Valdes where massive penguin and seal colonies thrive and Southern Right whales come to breed between June and December;
- In the south, the fjords, mountains and glaciers around Los Glaciares, El Calafate and El Chalten can be explored from a number of luxury lodges or by boat.
The open grasslands of the Pampas dominate central Argentina, and on the western border you will find the wine region of Mendoza, which is another popular place to visit. Vineyards surrounded by the snowcapped peaks of the Andes make for some spectacular scenery and this is a good place to cross over into Chile for those combining the two countries.
In this country of contrasts, the north is no different. Much more like neighbouring Peru and Bolivia, in the northwestern corner you will find a desert like landscape, traditional adobe villages and ruins of ancient civilisations. From the pretty colonial city of Salta, drive north through the town of Purmamarca and onwards to impressive Humahuaca Gorge.
South of Salta, the high altitude vineyards around Cafayate are well worth a visit, but it is over on the northeastern border with Paraguay and Brazil where you will find the majestic Iguazu Falls. Rivalling Southern Africa’s Victoria Falls, this impressive site straddles three countries and we highly recommend you visit both the Argentine and Brazilian sides.
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