Studded with outstanding natural wonders and endowed with one of the world’s most stylish capital cities, Argentina is a vast and varied land. Tapering from the Tropic of Capricorn towards the tip of Antarctica, it encompasses a staggering diversity of terrains. Here's our pick of the best things to do in Argentina.
The route connects Villa La Angostura and San Martín de los Andes, passing through forested valleys and giving access to more than just the 7 eponymous lakes. This area is known for stunning views and makes for a wonderful day trip.
Gualeguaychú's carnival runs from January to March. Here 40,000 party-goers gather to watch Gualeguaychú's comparsas, or processions. Taking part in this celebration is one of the best things to do in Argentina. Witness the colourful costumes, lively music, and thematic floats.
Stand on the boardwalks and witness the jagged mass of crevasses and towering séracs. When it collides with the southern arm of Lago Argentino, the show begins as vast blocks of ice crash into the waters below. Seeing advancing glaciers is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Wander through swamps, lakes, ponds, streams, and floating islands formed by waterlilies. Immersing yourself in the magic of this Corrientes Province gem is one of the best things to do in Argentina.
San Telmo is famous for its Sunday antiques market and its association with tango. The Museo Histórico Nacional is located at the southern end of the barrio in Parque Lezama.
Pre-Columbian cave paintings are found all over Santa Cruz, but those at Cueva de las Manos are the finest. The walls here are covered by paintings of hands and animals, principally guanacos (relatives of the llama).
Thought to be anything between 3,000 and 10,000 years old, you won't want to miss this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Climbing Aconcagua is a challenging experience, requiring fitness, patience, and acclimatization. It's not recommended for those without experience in high-altitude treks, as many climbers turn back.
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Tigre's name comes from the jaguars that once roamed the area. Don't miss this unique suburban landscape on your visit to Argentina.
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Discoveries in the area since 1988 have made it a hot spot for dinosaur enthusiasts. While here it's easy to imagine dinosaurs roaming the plains and pterodactyls flying from the cliffs as you travel to the sites. Public transport may be difficult, so consider going on a tour from Neuquén for easy access.
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The two other South American camelids are both wild: the short-haired antelope-like guanaco and its diminutive cousin, the vicuña.
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From whitewashed villages nestled in colourful mountains to shimmering salt flats, this unique corner of Argentina is known for its polychrome landscapes. Most visitors come to explore the lush valleys, cactus forests, windswept steppe and deep gorges.
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A popular destination in Ushuaia is the Museo del Fin del Mundo or End of the World Museum. It features an impressive assortment of artefacts from the initial voyages and the native inhabitants of the coastlines.
The intense passion of fans creates an unforgettable atmosphere, making it a highlight for many travellers. Argentina's top flight, the Superliga, includes 20 teams. This includes the "Big Five": River Plate, Boca Juniors, Independiente, San Lorenzo, and Racing Club.
Argentina is a top wine producer and is home to many famous wineries. 75% of the country's production comes from Mendoza's Maipú and Luján de Cuyo regions. San Rafael, La Rioja and San Juan are also major wine-growing areas.
Many wine experts would agree that Argentina has some excellent vintages as a result of both a domestic market that’s fast becoming more discerning and the lure of exports.
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It's important to know your way around the beef-eating vocabulary in Argentina, as cuts are sliced through bone and muscle rather than across them. Argentines typically like their meat well-done, but medium and rare options are available with some insistence.
Climb the 3405m peak of Monte Fitz Roy, known as "The Mountain that Smokes" by the Tehuelche people, and witness the fiery pink colour it turns at dawn. Laguna de los Tres is a popular hike in the area.
One of the best things to do in Argentina is to explore the hiking trails and walkways of the Iguazu National Park. You'll find here subtropical forests and view the region's vibrant wildlife.
Or from June to mid-December, when you're almost guaranteed to come face-to-face with a southern right whale. Even if you're visiting outside of peak season, you'll still get to spot dolphins and sea lions on a boat tour.
The Bariloche resorts of Cerro Catedral and Cerro Otto, offer beautiful panoramic views and a wide range of ski options. For those looking to combine skiing with sightseeing, Ushuaia's Cerro Castor is fantastic. For après-ski, Bariloche and Las Leñas are the best destinations.
You will want to explore the wide-bottomed canyon flanked by 180m-high rust-coloured cliffs. Here you can see up close rock formations resembling surreal Gothic cathedrals. Or discover an array of bird species, rich flora, and ancient petroglyphs.
This s a great place to explore and wander around, with narrow streets and wide avenues of yews and cypress trees.
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The region includes sites of interest such as Luján, a religious site with a vast basilica and Mercedes, known for its authentic pulpería.
Parque Nacional Lanín, established in 1937, encompasses 420 sq km of Andean and sub-Andean habitat and is home to the symmetrical cone of Volcán Lanín. The park also has a variety of landscapes, including the semiarid steppe and temperate Valdivian rainforest. The park's main attraction is the distinctive and beautiful monkey puzzle tree.
Tango shows are often held in historic dance halls and feature live orchestras. It's a great way to see a different side of Buenos Aires and appreciate the city's historical and cultural significance.
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The trails provide breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery and allow you to explore the natural beauty of the reserve. A journey through Quebrada de las conchas is one of the best things to do in Argentina.
This list could truly go on. There are countless fantastic things to do in Argentina. Ready to start planning your trip? Check out the Rough Guide to Argentina. Read more about the best time to go, the best places to visit and the best things to do in Argentina. For inspiration, learn about getting there, getting around the country and where to stay once you are there.
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