TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN ARGENTINA
It’s easy to fall in love with Argentina, which seems alive with passion and bursting with beauty. This huge South American country spans the extremes: Fiery deserts sprawl across the north, lush pastures and vineyards rule its center, and the south is a jagged, jaw-dropping land of rock and ice. Tour Argentina and we dare you not to fall in love too!
Marvel at Iguazu Falls
Imposing Iguazu Falls is in the far north of Argentina and is shared with Brazil. These thundering waterfalls are among the most magnificent natural attractions in South America, drawing in countless travelers every year. The falls are fringed by thick, lush rainforest –home to over 2,000 species of vascular plants, and wildlife such as tapirs, howler monkeys and jaguars.
Tango, Tango, Tango!
Tango is the fire in Argentina’s belly. This passionate dance is inescapable: It’s performed all across the country at shows, in clubs, and even on the streets. One of the top spots to watch tango in Buenos Aires is Plaza Dorrego in the San Telmo neighborhood. An infamous street market is run in this area each weekend, and the square at the end of its stalls holds street tango performances for the duration. Towards the end of the day you may even find yourself pulled out onto the floor to be shown a couple of moves.
Sample Fine Wines
Mendoza is one of the most popular places in the country to try a tipple. One of the most iconic wine experiences is to cycle the Los Caminos del Vino in Mendoza’s Maipú area. Here you can cycle between a number of different cellars, trying samples of wines along the way and basking in the glorious, often sun-drenched, surroundings.
View Wildlife on the Valdés Peninsula
If you’re into marine life, you would be crazy to miss UNESCO World Heritage Site Valdés Peninsula while traveling in Argentina. Located on the eastern shores of the country, this blip of land protruding out from the rest of the coast is home to breeding populations of the endangered Southern right whales, plus Southern elephant seals, Southern sea lions, penguins, orcas and dolphins.
The best time of year to visit the Valdés Peninsula is from September-February, when many of the species listed above will be in the area. Hop on a whale watching tour in October, look out for Commerson’s dolphins with their calves in November, and head Punta Tombo, also in November, to check out Magellanic penguins in their hundreds of thousands waddling around on the beach.
Photograph Perito Moreno Glacier
It’s impossible to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and not be amazed. This massive glacier in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park forms an 18-mile river of ice through the region and dwarves everything that comes close to it.
As one of the most famous attractions in Argentina, the glacier can be easily reached and there are plenty of walkways nearby from which you can get some good pictures. Keep your ears pricked while visiting: Seeing the glacier is one thing, but hearing huge chunks of ice fall off its side is an even more spellbinding experience.
It’s worth visiting Ushuaia just so you can say that you’ve been to the end of the world– the very far southern tip of the Americas. Go skiing and snowboarding, book a wildlife watching cruise down the Beagle Channel, or simply feast on the finest seafood in the city’s many restaurants.
Go Sightseeing in Tierra del Fuego
Speaking of Ushuaia, the area this city calls home is Tierra del Fuego, one of the most spectacular regions in Argentina (and South America, for that matter). The jewel in Patagonia’s crown, the magnificent scenery of this area has mesmerized travelers for centuries.
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