Argentina is a massive South American nation with terrain encompassing Andes mountains, glacial lakes and Pampas grassland, the traditional grazing ground of its famed beef cattle. The country is famous for tango dance and music. Its big, cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, is centered on the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace.
One of the largest countries in South America, Argentina is a nation filled with history, heritage and culture (as its locals will never tire of telling you). This is where the tango was born, where all the beef is still grass-fed, and where everyone stays up until sunrise reveling in the sheer joy of life. But it’s also the home of some of the greatest natural marvels on the planet, an up-and-coming wine region that is quickly making its mark on the viticultural world, and a prominent population of cutting-edge artists, writers, poets and musicians.
With so many ways to experience this arresting nation, everyone is sure to find something that captivates them and steals part of their heart. But for us, there are a few highlights that every traveler to Argentina simply must see:
- Lauded as the “Paris of Latin America”, Buenos Aires is Argentina’s alluring capital and one of the great cities of South America. From the stately elegance of La Recoleta and the chic culture of Palermo, to the lively cobblestone streets and brightly colored houses of La Boca, this is a metropolis unlike anything you’ve ever encountered.
- Mendoza is widely regarded as one of the great cities of winemaking, and its incredible climate and gorgeous surroundings make it one of the world’s most desirable enotourism destinations – famous for the rich black grapes that produce Argentina’s powerfully aromatic Malbec wines. Mendoza is also a great jumping-off point for a variety of energetic outdoor adventures, from mountain climbing to river rafting.
- The site of the oldest university in Argentina, Cordoba is an ancient city that has deep roots in the Spanish colonial era, as well as one of the best cultural environments in the country. Visitors will thrill to the boundless attractions and superbly preserved architecture of the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin, the Emilio Caraffa Fine Arts Museum, and La Mundial – widely acknowledged as the narrowest building in the world.
- Argentina’s stunning Lake District is a magnet for discerning outdoor enthusiasts, who flock here to hike and bike on its spectacular mountain trails, kayak in its lakes, and fish for trout and salmon in its crystal-clear rivers. Bariloche, on the serene southern shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, is the gateway to this stunning alpine region, offering a wide array of natural marvels – from some of the largest glaciers in the southern hemisphere to the puissant, pine-cloaked peaks of the southern Andes.
- One of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’, Iguazu Falls is a breathtaking system of more than 200 waterfalls reaching heights of 80 meters, which extend for 2.7km along the Brazilian border. Whether approached from the Brazilian side or from Argentina, these awe-inspiring falls present a picture of phenomenal power and thundering noise that you’re sure to remember for the rest of your life.