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Places To Visit in Argentina

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Argentina is one of the most popular countries to visit in Latin America. From the capital of Buenos Aires with its European feel to the gorgeous glaciers of Tierra del Fuego in the south, Argentina has enough to offer to keep the visitor entertained for years.

If you don't have years to spend in Argentina, there are a few highlights that you shouldn't miss on your holiday in the land of the gauchos.

Buenos Aires

The capital of Argentina is one of the most fabled cities in South America. With its wide Haussmannesque boulevards and its beautiful baroque buildings, Buenos Aires is Parisian in style, but Argentine in character. Must-sees in the city include the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, the funky boutiques of San Telmo, and the famous cemetery of La Recoleta where Eva Peron lies. The Casa Rosada, or Pink House, which is the seat of government power, is another highlight, as is the Plaza del Congreso, or Congress Square, with its beautiful Classical buildings.

At night don't miss the many tango shows in Buenos Aires. The country is the birthplace of the famous dance, and there is no shortage of venues at which to watch it. The other must-do in the evening is to have a steak dinner at one of the many famous steak houses in Puerto Madero. Argentine beef is some of the most famous in the world, and must be tasted on any trip to Buenos Aires.

Mendoza

If you have time after your visit to Buenos Aires, head west to Mendoza. This part of the country is famous for its wineries, which along with their Chilean neighbors produce some of the best wines in South America. There are many wineries that have opened their doors to visitors, and you can stay at the estates and sample the delicious Malbecs.

Iguazu Falls

Another must-see in Argentina is Iguazu Falls. Often referred to as the Niagara Falls of South America, Iguazu Falls is a huge expanse of waterfalls in the jungle on the Brazil-Argentina border. A short flight from Buenos Aires, the falls can even be done as a day trip from Buenos Aires.

While you are in Iguazu you can walk along the many wooden walkways through the dense vegetation and see all kinds of plant and animal life. If you walk down to the base of the falls, make sure to take a boat trip into the foamy spray.

Tierra del Fuego

Far from the flowing waters of Iguazu, Tierra del Fuego is known for its frozen glaciers. Split between Argentina and Chile, Tierra del Fuego is an arctic paradise with beautiful landscapes and abundant bird and sea life.

One of the best ways to see Tierra del Fuego is by taking a cruise through the glaciers. You can spend as little as a day or two, or as much as a week gliding through the southern waters and standing in awe of the breathtaking sights of the frozen landscape.

Beyond the Highlights

There is so much more to Argentina than just Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu, and Tierra del Fuego, but most people only have time for one or two of them. If you have more time, consider heading further afield into cities like Bariloche, beaches like the famous Mar del Plata, or parks like Nahuel Huapi National Park. Whatever you do, make sure to enjoy your time in Argentina.


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Comments

Jan 21, 2011 12:55pm
andy45
Nice and informative article. I just came back home from visiting Bariloche. It's an excellent place for horseback riding, rafting or canopy. It's also really beautiful!
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