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Top 8 Must-See Places in Argentina

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Aerial view of Iguazu Falls Garganta del Diablo (the Devil's Throat) in Argentina

Aerial view of Iguazu Falls Garganta del Diablo (the Devil's Throat) in Argentina

Harsh deserts and frozen tundra, humid jungles and soaring Andean peaks barely scratch the surface of Argentina’s must-see destinations. The true beauty of Argentina is the combination of natural wonders and cultural integrity from Iguazu in the north to Ushuaia in the south. The nation embodies a piece of Old-World Europe and New-World spirit for an unparalleled adventure filled with lively authenticity drawing upon elements of nature and heritage, culture, and cuisine.

1. Buenos Aires

Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The mixture of faded European grandeur and persistent South American passion is immediately apparent in Buenos Aires. The city is a warm embrace of history, cafes, cuisine, and art. It moves with a heritage of elegance and pulses to its own guitar strum while effortlessly bringing you into its fold. The city truly is lovely and unique, with each of its 47 barrios possessing its own distinctive personality. You can find luxurious flair, colorful streets, soccer fanaticism, or vintage grace spreading from boutique shops to the aromas of decadent pastries.

Highlights: Plaza de Mayo | Recoleta Cemetery | La Boca | San Telmo | Teatro Colon | Bosques de Palermo

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

2. Puerto Iguazu

Igualzu Falls in Argentina

Igualzu Falls in Argentina

Puerto Iguazu acts as Argentina’s end of the road as the city rises out of the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu rivers that also serve as the borders between Brazil and Paraguay. The subtropical climate quickly lets you know that the city is set apart from other places in Argentina, crowned with the thundering sounds of the world-renowned Iguazu Falls. The small town gives way to the fascinating display of water power and the stunning colors of the edging rainforest that will show you the wonders of the natural world, from rising clouds of mist to exotic wildlife.

Highlights: Garganta del Diablo | Iguazu National Park | Casa Ecological de Botellas | Guira Oga

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

3. Salta

Cathedra of Salta in Argentina

Cathedra of Salta in Argentina

Salta is an often-overlooked jewel of Argentina set in the unique contours of the northwest. Old-World charm stems from the preserved colonial architecture, while the rugged scenery hosts a sea of vineyards and lush valleys. It’s a pleasant town with views to the dramatic Andean slopes and remains one of the few places in Argentina where you can experience the Quechan and Andean culture accentuated by plazas stuffed with cafes, clubs brimming with folk music, and access to the wilds of Argentina’s the surrounding landscape.

Highlights: Archeological Museum of Alta Montana |  Church of San Francisco | Centro Cultural America | Salta Cathedral | Pajcha Museum of Ethnic American Art

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

4. Bariloche

Nahuel Huapi National Park seen from the Cerro Campanario viewpoint in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

Nahuel Huapi National Park seen from the Cerro Campanario viewpoint in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

Bariloche is one of Argentina's most endearing towns as it nestles into the mountains and surrounding crystalline lakes of Nahuel Huapi. Rustic wood chalets and the aromas of rich chocolate add to the decadent ambiance established by the Swiss, German, and Austrian settlers in the early 20th century. Bariloche is one of the most pristine alpine settings you could imagine, which has made the premier destination for Patagonia’s Lake District in winter as it turns into a snowy wonderland or summer when the hiking trails take center stage.

Highlights: The Patagonia Museum | Civic Center | Cerro Catedral | Nahuel Huapi National Park | Cerro Otto | Gutierrez Lake

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

5. El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier in Glaciers National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier in Glaciers National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

El Calafate is irresistible. The town in Patagonia acts as the gateway to Glaciers National Park and the famous frozen river of the Perito Moreno Glacier. El Calafate immerses you in Argentina’s great outdoors, connecting you to the fantastic pursuits winding through the mountains and paddling through the lakes for the best views of icebergs, flowers, and surprising wildlife like radiant flamingos. With town has little pretense, a quiet atmosphere, and fantastic chocolate that only brings to light the greater layers of Argentine culture and landscape.

Highlights: Glaciers National Park | Glaciarium Patagonia Ice Museum | Nimez Lagoon Reserve | Historical Interpretation Center | Gualicho Caves

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

6. Mendoza

Vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina

Vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is a city of pure charm. Lazy trees shade the avenues, the plazas exude a serene quality, and the cafes offer cosmopolitan ambiance from the pastries to the coffee, but the irrigation channels reveal the runoff from the Andean snowmelt giving life to the streets and the famous wineries outside of the city borders. Restaurants and cafes overflow onto the sidewalks, and the scent of chocolate, ice cream, and grilling meat seem everpresent and seductive.

Highlights: Lago del Parque General San Martín | Cerro de la Gloria | Plaza Independencia | Wine Road | Central Market | Terraza Mirador

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 days

7. El Chalten

The village of El Chalten and the Patagonian mountains of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy

The village of El Chalten and the Patagonian mountains of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy

El Chalten is a vision of color that stands out beneath the drama of Glaciers National Park’s northern region,giving you stunning views of the peak of Mount Fitz Roy. The town feels authentic, surrounded by unspoiled nature and fabulous panoramas. Whether you are looking for the pristine mountain slopes in search of endemic deer or want to trek the famous circuits leading to Laguna Torre, El Chalten makes light of Argentina’s natural spectacles.

Highlights: Chorrillo del Salto | El Mirador de los Cóndores | Sendero al Fitz Roy | Capilla de los Escaladores | Laguna Torre | Las Vueltas River

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-4 days

8. Ushuaia

Autumn colors in Tierra del Fuego National Park, Patagonia, Argentin

Autumn colors in Tierra del Fuego National Park, Patagonia, Argentin

Ushuaia sits at the End of the World, acting as both a marker at the southernmost tip of South America and a gateway to Antarctica. Just being in Ushuaia feels like an adventure as the streets wedge between the snowcapped slopes of the Martial Range and the frigid waters of the Beagle Channel. With plenty of action around the city with access to kayaking and sailing, skiing, and the trails of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is a surreal blend of wildlife, traditional cuisine, cultural history, timeless natural wonder.

Highlights: Laguna Esmerelda | Maritime Museum and Presidio Museum | Museum at the End of the World | Beagle Channel | Tierra del Fuego National Park

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 days

How many days is enough to see Argentina?

Tolar Grande, Salta Province in northwest Argentina

Tolar Grande, Salta Province in northwest Argentina

Seven to ten days gives you the perfect introduction to Argentina with plenty of time to discover and experience the country’s diverse and irresistible highlights. Argentina can be divided into north and south when visiting for up to ten days. Either route perfectly balances cultural aspects like wine and tango with natural wonders like Iguazu Falls or Perito Moreno Glacier for immersions into Argentina’s unforgettable glamour and drama.

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Colony of king cormorant penguins at Beagle Channel, Patagonia, Argentina

Colony of king cormorant penguins at Beagle Channel, Patagonia, Argentina

Argentina embodies diversity from the famous pampas to thunderous waterfalls, icy glacial cliffs to the powerful allure of tango, with each highlighting only part of the country’s must-see destinations. Whether culturally or naturally, Argentina is ripe with things to do that immerse you in different perspectives of heritage and nature.

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