Alive with a vibrant, rich culture and history, Argentina is one of the most exciting places to visit in South America – not to mention accessible and affordable too. With wild desert in the north and a land of ice and snow in the south, there’s a wide range of things to see and do here – try these highlights of Argentina for starters.
1. Buenos Aires
There’s no better place to acquaint yourself with Argentine life than the bustling capital city. On arrival in Buenos Aires you’ll be able to pick up on the country’s fiery and passionate lifestyle right from the get-go: through its chaotic streets and lively neighbourhoods.
Make sure you watch a tango show while you’re in town, at one of the city’s many clubs where performers put on spectacular shows. If you’re here at the weekend, stop by San Telmo Market, a street fair with long rows of stalls selling anything from dulce de leche to South American textiles and handicrafts.
The southern regions of Argentina, those that make up the area known as Patagonia, are among the most scenic and naturally stunning in the entire country. People flock here all year round the go skiing and snowboarding, or hiking through valleys and across mountain passes.
Visit Ushuaia, a town often described as ‘at the end of the world’ because it’s among the most southern settlements in South America. This is a popular base for people setting off to Antarctica, so there’s always a whiff of adventure in the air here.
3. Quebrada de Humahuaca
Although many people gravitate towards the south in Argentina, there’s a lot to discover in the country’s dry, arid north. UNESCO World Heritage site Quebrada de Humahuaca is a perfect example – a natural wonder that should not be missed.
These beautiful multi-coloured hills are not only gorgeous to look at, but represent one of the best examples of ancient South American trade routes. It is believed to have been used for 10,000 years, making it one of the most important sights in Argentina.
4. Wildlife around Puerto Madryn
On the eastern shores in the middle of Argentina you’ll find a place called Puerto Madryn, which is where you’ll want to head if you’re keen on wildlife. In this area, you can go whale watching, watch elephant seals laze around on the shores, and walk among thousands of penguins. Make sure you check the best times of year to go – the species found here are seasonal and not always in abundance.
5. Wine in Mendoza
The city of Mendoza is located just over the border from Chile’s Santiago, and most people visit this part of Argentina for one reason: wine. Outside the city, vineyards spread across the land as far as the eye can see, which produce delicious, world-class wines.
One of the most popular ways to visit these vineyards is to cycle them. Head to Los Caminos del Vino, a road that runs through a number of qualities wineries and where you can rent bikes to hop between them.
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