The historic museums, great cultural life, mountains, glaciers, unique wildlife and endless activities for adventure seekers – the tourist attractions in Argentina are numerous and it offers something for just about anybody. There are so many places to visit and so many things to do in Argentina, that you will need multiple lifetimes to experience them all. Blessed with incredible nature, gorgeous cities, awesome cuisine and charming people, Argentina is a place that you would want to visit again and again. Geographically speaking, Argentina is a highly diverse country, covering almost everything from hot, humid jungles to extremely harsh deserts. The country also has a rich aesthetic, cultural, and architectural heritage. Many of the attractions in Argentina are conveniently close enough that you can reach them by bus or car, making it easy to explore the beautiful country.
Here is a of ten impressive attractions that this fascinating South American country has to offer:
Argentina is blessed with an abundance of waterfalls, but the Iguazú Falls tops them all. Located on the border with Brazil, the stunning Iguazú Falls is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taller than the Niagra falls and almost twice as wide, these huge waterfalls are without a doubt one of the most dramatic sights in South America. The falls can be reached easily from either side of the Argentine–Brazilian border, as well as from Paraguay, which is nearby. There are numerous of walkways and viewing pathways, which makes it easier for the visitors to experience the magnificent beauty of these waterfall from up close. A visit to the Iguazú Falls is truly a jaw-dropping and out of the world experience that will stay in your memory for ever.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Locally referred to as Glaciar Moreno, Glaciar Perito Moreno is a massive 30 kilometer long ice formation, which forms the amazing centerpiece of the southern sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Just 78 km from the town center, it is the world’s third largest water reserve. There isn’t much to do at Perito Moreno glacier except walk around and take photographs, but the sight is truly impressive and worth seeing if you are visiting Argentina. You may even be lucky enough to see the glacier calving, which is an incredible thing to watch.
Buenos Aires: The City of Barrios
The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is one of the most invigorating cities in the world, with fascinating neighborhoods, incredible art, delicious food and an ardent population highly interested in having fun all the time. It is where most visitors to Argentina arrive before they head off to other popular tourist destinations in the country. While you are in the City of Barrios, make sure to visit La Boca, the most vibrant and colorful neighborhood in the city, where you can see the Caminito Street Museum, amusing sculptures, an open-air museum well-known for its beautifully painted houses and outdoor tango lessons. Another must-visit place is Recoleta that houses the Recoleta Cemetery with its elaborate burial chambers containing the remains of many famous Argentinians, along with numerous museums, art galleries, cafés, public gardens, and boutique shops.
Ushuaia: The End of the World
Patagonia, the southern end of Argentina is a spectacular place with long stretches of plains and plateaus and of course, the Andes. Ushuaia, is the southernmost city of the world where all the fun starts. Located on the Beagle Channel and popular as a starting point for trips to Antarctica, this beautiful town is encompassed by a unique combination of sea, mountains and glaciers. The Tierra del Fuego National Park, with its various flora and fauna, and dramatic landscapes is another attraction in this area. Other popular sites include the San Juan de Salvamento Lighthouse (End of the World Lighthouse), the End of the World Museum and the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia.
Puerto Madryn and the Valdés Peninsula
Puerto Madryn and Valdés Peninsula are two other tourism destinations in Argentina. Located on the shores of Golfo Nuevo in Patagonia, the city of Puerto Madryn is popular for its abundant nature reserves and deep-water port, making it one of the most popular cruise destinations in Argentina. Water sports lovers can have a great time along the coastline, as it is a famous spot for windsurfing, which is all the more exciting with the strong Patagonian winds. The Natural Science and Oceanographic Museum is another famous attraction in the area. The Valdés Peninsula, an important nature reserve listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its diverse wildlife, which attracts nature lovers from all parts of the world. The Southern Right Whale right whales, sea lions, elephant seals and orcas along with migratory shorebirds like Magellanic penguins in the reserve are all a treat for the eyes.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
The Tierra del Fuego National Park is the oldest coastal national park in Argentina with a huge 156,000-acre area that goes all the way from Beagle Channel to the Chilean Border and to Lago Kami northwards. With lakes, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls, dense forests and mountains, the park attract numerous visitors and hikers on a daily basis. One of the most popular hiking routes in the park is Senda Costera, where you get to see a wide range of wildlife. Taking a ride on the brilliant Southern Fuegian Railway through the park to Canadon de Toro is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the park comfortably.
Mar del Plata
Located on the Atlantic coast about 400 kilometers from Buenos Aires, the city of Mar del Plata is home to some of the best beaches in South America. The Chica and Grande beaches are two beautiful beaches that lie nearest to Mar del Plata’s cruise ship port. The city has numerous old mansions, resorts, parks, squares, gardens, windswept dunes, and spectacular cliffs. The Juan Manuel Fangio Museum in Mar del Plata is an excellent car museum that houses more than 100 cars and 500 trophies. The Mar del Plata Aquarium is another must see place, where you can see a plethora of marine attractions, including dolphins, penguins, seals, flamingos and tortoises.
Bariloche and Argentina’s Lake District
San Carlos de Bariloche or simply Bariloche, is a popular adventurous spot that attracts visitors from far and wide. The Cerro Catedral located nearby, is the tallest of the peaks in Bariloche and is also one of the largest ski resorts in South America. With more than 100 kilometers of ski terrain, the Cerro Catedral offers the most stunning views over Nahuel Huapi, one of the numerous lakes that make up Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina’s Lake District. People from all over the world visit Bariloche to explore its natural beauty, which is made up of everything from waterfalls to volcanoes and glaciers. This is also the perfect place for activities like hiking, camping, climbing, cycling and rafting.
Come what season, Mendoza is indisputably one of the most beautiful cities in Argentina. Las Leñas and Los Penitentes are two popular resorts that offers some of the best ski slopes for the skiers across South America. There are plenty of beautiful and tall mountains in Mendoza and so during the summer season, this becomes a favorite spot for climbers and hikers. Other popular activities include whitewater rafting, camping and trail riding.
Historic Córdoba Cathedral
Córdoba, located in central Argentina, just five hours drive from Buenos Aires, is the second largest city in Argentina. Those who travel to the Andes often use this city as a stopover. It is rich in historic and cultural heritage with many old buildings dating back to the early colonial period. The beautiful Cathedral of Córdoba is in fact, an example of a glorious mix of Baroque and Neoclassical styles. The jaw-dropping structure has a beautifully adorned interior with a silver altar, elegant 20th century frescoes and murals painted by famous Argentinian artists and a great collection of votive offerings in gold.