Argentina is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in South America and is full of both climatic and geographic extremes. Now the world’s eighth largest country, Argentina was originally a sparsely populated nation that boomed when it was colonized by the Spanish. Here are some reasons you have to put Argentina on your travel bucket list.
It’s the Birthplace of Tango
Do you love to dance? Even if you think you don’t, a visit to Buenos Aires will be sure to change that as it’s the birthplace one of the world’s most popular dances, the tango. Visit the barrio of La Boca and spend a night frequenting the many tango clubs that line Caminito Street. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself dancing like a local!
If you’re a wine lover, you probably already know that Argentina has developed a world-class reputation as a producer of fine wines. You can rent a car and do your own driving tour or take one of the many bus tours designed to show you around some of the country’s best wineries. Make sure to check out one some of the country’s best wines including Malbec, Cabernet, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Glaciers in Southern Argentina
Remember when we said Argentina is full of geographic extremes? Los Glaciares National Park is the best spot in the country to see the frosty ice cliffs and the wildlife that inhabit them. Check out the Perito Moreno glacier which is one of the largest glaciers and most important popular tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia region.
You Can Ride With Gauchos
Argentinian cowboys wear actual chaps, raise and wrestle cattle and sing folk songs at night. They are the real deal. If you want to know what it’s like to live in the Argentine countryside first-hand, you can spend a weekend at an actual rancho and be toured around by authentic gauchos. Plus, you will likely be treated to some of Argentina’s famous barbeque!
The Hill of Seven Colors
The Cerro de Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colors) in the small town of Purmamarca is one of the most spectacular examples of the amazing geological sites along the Humahuaca Canyon. The mineral-rich canyon which follows the Rio Grande consist of other-worldly hillside landscapes which range from deep reds to greens and even bright oranges. No trip to Argentina is complete without a trip to see this stunning display of natural beauty up close.
The Lake District
One of the most popular domestic vacation destinations for Aregntinians is the picturesque Lake District. Tourists flock to this area, stretching along the western border with Chile, because it boasts some of the most pristine mountain wilderness and clear blue lakes. The area is also known for its hiking trails out in the back country of Nahuel Haupi National Park, which encompasses the majority of the Lake District. Go on a leisurely day hike or the more adventurous can go on a multi-day trip to remote lakes, mountains or even snow-capped mountains.
Argentina is known for its diverse and delicious cuisine. What can be described as a cultural fusion of Indigenous and Mediterranean influences from the country’s Italian and Spanish populations. In addition to its world-famous steaks, other popular dishes include Chorizo (pork sausage) mollejas (sweetbread) and empanadas, which are small pastries of meat, cheese, sweet corn and other fillings. With so many delicious delicacies at their disposal, it’s no wonder Argentines have a reputation for their love of eating.
No trip to Argentina is complete without a visit to this spectacular natural wonder. Meaning “great waters” in the Guarani language, this semicircular waterfall at the heart of Iguazu National Park. Visitors can enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the falls while enjoying tours, treks and water sports at its base.
Enjoy the more sophisticated side of Argentinian culture by frequenting the beautiful boutique shops lining Palermo Soho, the creative design hub of Bueno Aires’ creative design district. Be prepared to be in awe of gorgeous designer goods that line this trendy neighbourhood. Be warned. This street is not meant for the budget traveller. For horticulture buffs, Palermo Soho is also home to the Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens and the Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens—the largest Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
El Ateneo Bookstore
This is heaven on earth for all book lovers! Originally a theatre, this famous bookstore has kept the gorgeous fixtures and theatre boxes. It’s no wonder it’s widely considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Don’t worry, you won’t have to pay admission.