Why Travel to Argentina?
Waterfalls, Winelands, Dancing and Glaciers! A difficult holiday to pack for … but an even harder one to forget. Our Argentina Travel Guide takes you through the highlights of the country to help you find the perfect trip to this South American beauty.
From the mightiest waterfall in the world at Iguazu Falls, you will be able to see across to three different South American countries! Head out to dinner for one of the famous Argentinian steaks in Buenos Aires, and maybe learn to Tango after a couple of glasses of their world-famous wine!
If the food, dancing, wine and waterfalls are not enough for you, head to the Patagonian wilderness and trek through the mountains of Fitzroy and Torres del Paine. The best travel tip we can give you … take a good camera and go ready for adventure!
More About Argentina
The diversity of Argentina means that you can take your pick of a rich mix of culture, history, landscapes and culinary delights. As one of the largest countries on the continent (and 8th largest in the world) it is bordered by the towering Andes mountains to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East.
Infamous for its turbulent political past, the well-known historical figures of Juan and Eva Peron are often a fascinating draw for visitors. Later immortalised on stage as ‘Evita’, Eva Peron became President following the death of her husband in 1974. The subsequent economic collapse then led to one of the most violent and devastating periods in the country’s history.
Unlike its South American neighbours, Argentina actually has very few ‘native’ inhabitants. The majority of natives were killed off my European disease as travellers arrived from Italy, Germany and Spain in the 16th century. It is estimated that around 95% of todays population are of European descent – nearly half of which reside in or around Buenos Aires.
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A cosmopolitan and sophisticated city, with both Latin American and European influences. Buenos Aires is brimming with colonial architecture, eclectic neighbourhoods and exquisite cuisine. Explore the historical city centre, wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo or wander at the colourful houses of La Boca. A perfect base for foodies, wine lovers and culture buffs! Buenos Aires is the South American capital that never sleeps!
Bask in the beauty of glistening, glacial lakes ringed by snow-capped volcanoes and the beautiful alpine forests and flowers. The Lake District of Argentina is a perfect location to either relax or use as a base for a bit of alpine hiking. Prepare for an almost Swiss-like experience, with artisan chocolate shops and thermal spas in the heart of the Argentinian Lakes.
Officially Argentina’s second city, Cordoba is well known for its Spanish colonial architecture and its 17th century Jesuit complex and cloisters. Often quoted as the most under-rated region of Argentina, this city is now beginning to rival Buenos Aires in terms of its history, culture and arts scene. The nearby ‘Pampos’ offer wonderful horse riding country if you fancy summoning your inner ‘gaucho’.
Get up close and personal with one of the largest waterfalls in the world, Iguazu Falls. This network of 275 falls is situated on the border of Argentina and Brazil. You can visit the falls from both sides to get different experiences and viewing points. Connected by a series of boardwalks you can get close enough to Iguazu Falls to feel the spray on your face. Or perhaps enter the spray with a boat trip under one of its many falls.
Spread across the Mendoza River, this town is perhaps best known for its world-renowned wines. One of Argentina’s premium growing areas, Mendoza has a lovely atmosphere, with wide tree-lined streets and friendly communities.
Situated at the tip of Argentina and Chile, the large island of Tierra Del Fuego translates as ‘land of fire’, referring back to the smoky activities of its native inhabitants. The island itself is split between Argentina and Chile (north to south), forming part of the Patagonia region. The island is remote and desolate, and yet brimming with atmosphere, stunning landscapes and a myriad of wildlife. Search for condors, seals and se lions by exploring the Tierra Del Fuego National Park on foot, bicycle or even horseback!
Situated in the Argentinian half of Tierra Del Fuego, Ushuaia is the ‘city at the end of the world’. From its humble beginnings as a remote outpost and penal colony, Ushuaia has now found its place as a highlight for visitors to Argentina. The town makes an excellent base from which to visit the Martial Glacier, Beagle Channel and Susana’s Mountain viewpoint. A hauntingly beautiful place to visit.
December to February – This time of year brings the warmest weather, particularly in the northern regions. This is also a good time of year to head to the South of Argentina if you are looking to explore Patagonia. Often the better conditions mean that the main attractions can be much busier and more expensive, so it’s best to book far in advance.
September to November is a great time to visit the Lake District for the spring wildflowers, or March time for beautiful Autumn colours and harvests.
A lot of Argentina is really a year-round destination, so if you are planning on avoiding the crowds the October-December and April-June can be excellent times to explore.
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- Buenos Aires
- Tierra Del Fuego
- Ride Iguazu
- Get your feet (and the rest of your body) wet on a boat ride into the infamous Iguazu Falls.
- Great Outdoors
- Explore the hauntingly beautiful Tierra de Fuego walking and cycling trails.
- Tango the night away
- Watch a thrilling tango show in Buenos Aires
- Take a sip
- Take in the stunning scenery and sample wine from some of the finest vineyards in Mendoza.
National Parks– Argentina arguably has one of the most established National Park system in South America, however there are still areas that are under considerable threat from over-tourism and development.
Protecting the People– Argentina has a chequered past when it comes to protecting indigenous communities from discrimination and exploitation; however there have been considerable strides made over recent years. Argentina’s constitution now recognises the rights of indigenous people and their ancestral lands.
Deforestation– According to the UN (http://www.fao.org/home/en/), Argentina has lost two-thirds of its forests since 1914; mainly as a results of cattle farming and soy production. Establishing the national parks and protecting areas of land goes someway to help this issue, but there is no real sign of the overall deforestation slowing down to a sustainable level.
Waste Disposal– This has become a big problem in many areas of Argentina, particularly in finding sufficient space to dispose of things effectively. Travellers are encouraged to avoid using plastic and to try to keep waste to a minimum wherever possible.
- Capital city Buenos Aires
- Currency Argentine Peso
- Language Spanish
- Time difference GMT-3
- Flight time 14.5 hours
- Best time to visit Dec-Feb
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