Argentina Tourist Attractions: Top 10 Places to Visit

by James Eder on May 11, 2012

With its rich history, vibrant culture, and diversity of destinations, Argentina is one of South America’s most significant and fascinating regions. Here are ten of the top places for Argentina tours to visit and for those visitors a good time.

1. Buenos Aires

One of Argentina’s most unusual locations, Buenos Aires is an independent city-state that exists alongside the 23 provinces of the nation. Upbeat and vigorous, Buenos Aires is a city that never truly sleeps, and offers countless things to do and see such as learning tango and seeing tango shows.

2. Bariloche

The Bariloche region, along with the Seven Lakes, is an alpine area in western Argentina that features skiing, trekking, and mountaineering alongside confectioner’s shope, cafes, and chocolate shops. The classical climate of this area mixes well with the exotic location to provide a truly memorable retreat.

3. Cordoba

The second-largest city in all of Argentina, Cordoba contains a number of buildings left over from Spanish colonialism, such as churches and part of the oldest university in the nation. The university has attracted people from around the country for hundreds of years, and partially as a result of this, Cordoba is often considered to be one of the most culturally rich cities in the nation as well. The destination is also full of things to do such as golf on any of the 25+ golf courses. Or you can trek, horse ride bike and more.

4. Iguazu Falls

Located on the border between Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls are one of the most powerful sets of waterfalls in the world. With two hundred seventy-five drops and a width of over one and a half miles, this iconic destination is often a highlight of nature-oriented tours and any trip passing through the area.

5. Mendoza

For travelers who prefer a little less snow in their adventures, Mendoza is often the city of choice within Argentina. Despite its easy access to the Andes Mountains, Mendoza features activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and river rafting as well as more cultural activities such as wine tasting (due to the plentiful number of wineries in the area).

6. The Andes Mountains

Speaking of the Andes, however, these mountains are a major feature of South America and offer quite a lot of things for visitors to do. Whether it’s skiing down one of the many slopes, climbing Aconcagua (the highest mountain in the entire chain), or simply flying over them for the view, the Andes remain accessible and exciting as part of any vacation.

7. Patagonia

Most often one of the wilder areas of Argentina, Patagonia is an expansive part of the southern region of the nation, and features everything from a particularly high number of beaches to excellent fly-fishing and a petrified forest dated back to the Jurassic era. Due to its size, many visitors often choose to limit their vacation to just this region, as there is already so much to see without heading to the rest of the country.

8. Ushuaia

Perhaps the greatest claim of the city of Ushuaia is that it is generally regarded as the southernmost city of the entire world, a distinction of some renown. The temperature of this area is generally cool throughout the year, so warm clothing is often recommended, and visitors can expect to see an abundance of seals, penguins, and other animals that populate the southernmost regions of the world.

9. El Calafate

One of the smaller towns in the general Patagonia area, El Calafate was originally constructed as a minor settlement, and expansion didn’t really begin until Argentina created the nearby Los Glaciares National Park to highlight one of the largest and most-visited glaciers in the world, Perito Morino. At ninety-seven square miles in area and holding the world’s third-largest reserve of fresh water, Perito Morino draws nature-lovers from around the world to experience hiking and sightseeing.

10. The Valdes Peninsula

Located on the eastern side of Argentina, the Valdes Peninsula is regarded as a major nature reserve where high numbers of animals come to mate, live, or simply pass time. The area features a high number of protected areas, but visitors can tour certain regions to observe wildlife such as birds, seals, and whales.

With everything from wildlife preserves to modern cities spread throughout the country, and with a rich history and culture to be enjoyed, Argentina is easily one of South America’s most attractive destinations for any vacation. Individuals and groups interested in such trips can arrange for tours to any of these destinations through Latin Discover, one of the most popular vacation providers in all of Latin and South America.

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James Eder May 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I’m particularly interested in the waterfalls, personally. Something about massive natural wonders always catches my attention.

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