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13 Incredible Places to Visit in Argentina

Argentina is a very diverse country with beautiful and striking geography, growing metropolises, and deep history. Ranging from the splendid Iguazu Falls located in the northern part of Argentina to the awesome Perito Moreno glacier in the southern part, the country has a lot to offer as a tourist destination. 

1. Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, which lies on the border of Argentina and Brazil, is one of the largest and most beautiful systems of waterfalls in the world. The falls which are known as the Niagra of the South are made up of approximately 275 smaller ones that drop between 40 and 269 feet across a semicircular front of about 1.7 miles. Get on wooden pathways to view the magnificent waterfalls from a distance, or get a closer view of the big, clamorous Devil’s throat in boats.

2. Buenos Aires

The thriving and largest city of Argentina enchants tourists with marvelous architecture, vibrant spirit, and mouthwatering cuisine. Stroll around La Boca, a vibrant neighborhood with beautiful wooden houses and colorful metal street lamps; or shop along Santa Fe Avenue, a popular shopping district; watch a riveting tango show; or feast on sumptuous steaks and wine through the night.

3. Glaciar Perito Moreno

Set in Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier is among the most amazing views in Patagonia. This glacier is a great spectacle for visitors as it spans more than 19 miles and pushes ahead with loud cracks that subsequently cause big pieces of ice to break off and fall into the lake.

4. Valdés Peninsula

One of the most visited sites in South America for seeing marine life, Valdés Peninsula is a UNESCO monument spanning over 3000 km of land and more than 600km of coastline. See the southern right whales, orcas, sea lions, Magellanic penguins, and many more from the boats or straight off the shore of this fortified peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean.

5. Mendoza

Located in the middle of Argentina’s fast-growing wine country and nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Andes Mountains, Mendoza delights visitors with a downtown that is easily negotiable on foot, 500+ emerging wineries from around the area, and a moderate climate perfect for all sorts of outdoor adventures. It is also very important not to lose OP for rafting down the Mendoza River through the wine region.

6. Bariloche

Founded as a German and Swiss colony, this Alpine-looking town, located in the Lake District, is a year-round honeymoon for outdoor enthusiasts with breathtaking sceneries of clear lakes and rocky mountains. Playing skiing in the Cerro Catedral if you visit during the winter season or even hiking the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake if you are there during summer. And of course, don’t forget hot chocolate and chocolates as is famous for chocolates in this city.

7. Ushuaia

Called the "fin del Mundo," this correctly refers to the end of the world—the southernmost city in Argentina tucked down below the Beagle Channel with expansive views of the grand Andes Mountains. Although this is a tiny, off-the-beaten-path village often the base of Antarctic cruises, there are lots of activities here like hiking, dining at seafood restaurants, and in the winter skiing at a neighboring resort.

8. Iberá Wetlands

These conserved wetlands in Corrientes province which is the second largest wetland ecosystem in South America provide shelter and breeding grounds for several species such as the caiman, capybara, deer, and birds, among others. Tourists can take a water scooter or a canoe to navigate the water features, where they might be lucky enough to come face-to-face with the inhabitants of the Waterworld here.

9. Córdoba

Córdoba boasts of a rich heritage and graceful colonial buildings and coupled with the presence of illustrious universities, there is always something to do in the city. Get to know Manzana Jesuítica – the biggest complex of Baroque architecture named a World Heritage site by UNESCO, followed by having a great time dancing to the great music in one of the modern non-traditional bars that have recently opened in the city.

10. El Calafate

The first point of entry into the Los Glaciares National Park and the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate emanates a warm welcome due to its location framed by the azure waters of the Santa Cruz River and snow-clad mountains. Other than that, go boating on Lake Argentino or horseback riding on the Patagonian plains, or, even better, savor the seafood caught right from the lake.

11. Talampaya National Park

Located where the rockier Sierra de Talampaya starts to blend with the verdant lowlands of La Rioja province, Talampaya features some of Argentina’s most significant dinosaur fossil locales and surreal geological spires. Visit this site listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site to view fossils preserved 220 million years ago in red sandstone that stands as a cliff, making visitors appear like ants.

12. Mar del Plata

Located just south of uber-hip art-Nouveau Buenos Aires, Argentina’s premier beach-resort city draws millions in summer but visitors aren’t discouraged in the fall and winter either. Visit Sea World and watch the performing orcas and dolphins, take a meal at one of the seafood eateries that line the harbor or you can enjoy parades and other fun fair attractions at Parque de la Costa – an amusement park that is uniquely located at the seaside and is the only one of its kind in South America.

13. La Cumbrecita

To take a break from it all, head to this fairy-tale-like village nestled in the Sierras de Córdoba that feels a world away from modernity. Enjoy walking in sunny weather across the trees of the pine-canopied valleys or waterfalls and spend evenings in front of the fireplace in any of the stone cottages or German-styled lodges built amidst the wooded valley. Let your worries disappear if it’s only for a bit.

‘Spain has culture; Italy has art; Argentina has everything!’ This saying sums up the essence of Argentina where stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and passion for wine, food, music, and leisure can be found. What impressive place are you going to visit in South America on your next visit?