Attractions in Argentina
Check out our list of places to see in Argentina, including tourist attractions and all the best places to go sightseeing in Argentina. This is just a taste of what this great country has to offer!
There’s heaps going on in Buenos Aires and devaluation has made it a cheap city to explore. Go sightseeing and shopping by day, dining and dancing by night in some of South America’s best clubs. Its Spanish founders and Italian immigrants have given the city a taste of Europe with signs of their culture and cuisine widespread. With several new museums and a continuous agenda of cultural attractions and events, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
If you’re into the outdoors then you’ll find an exhaustive list of activities to keep you busy in Bariloche – horse riding, trekking, paragliding, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and in the winter, skiing at Cathedral Hill. The city itself will keep you busy; there are medieval structures to explore along with historic buildings, museums and shops. Head to Nahuel Hupi National Park; home to a plethora of flora and fauna and many ancient Aboriginal rock art sites.
Nestled on the shores of the Argentinean Lake is the small village of El Calafate. From here you can see the wildlife of the Nimes Lagoon, hike to the Perito Moreno Glacier (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the border of Chile, see the rock paintings of the Gualicho Caves and swim or fish in the Roca Lake. There are also plenty of rural tourism activities to see such as sheep shearing.
Iguazu, meaning 'great waters' is surrounded by national parks on both the Argentina and the Brazil sides. The falls themselves are divided into 275 separate falls, the highest being the Devil's Throat, higher than Niagara Falls at 70 m. Jump on a boat that will take you right under the falls, an awesome experience.
Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata (Sea of Silver) offers more than 17 km of coast for the water lover. All the usual water sports are on offer from surfing to water skiing, scuba diving to sailing. When you can manage to pull yourself out of the ocean, go and see the Lorenzo Scaglia Municipal Museum of Natural Sciences or the Juean Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art. The Mar del Plata Aquarium has seal and dolphin shows which are worth a look too.
Mendoza is set at the foot of the Andes Mountains so there is plenty of opportunity for skiing. There is also many wineries around so go on a wine tour while there. Explore the mountains or go to Aconcagua on the Chilean border to take in the view of South America’s highest mountain, the Cerro Aconcagua.
Rosario offers museums of modern art, a blend of Spanish and Italian architecture, parks home to beautiful statues and monuments, beaches along the river front, restaurants with international cuisine and steakhouses where you can get the best and biggest Argentine beef steaks you have ever seen, or taste the local gourmet specialty - fresh river fish.
Salta mixes it’s colonial past with modernity, having preserved the architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Houses with wooden balconies and iron framework, along with engraved entranceways and pillars, interior patios and fountains dot the streets. Some of the buildings that are worth a visit are Hernandez House (which houses the City Museum on its lower level), the Arias Rengel Provincial Museum of Fine Arts, Leguizamon House, the Town Hall, and the Northern History Museum. Salta also offers plenty for the adventurous traveler– fishing, trekking, windsurfing and more.
San Martin de los Andes
San Martin de los Andes sits on the shores of Lake Lacar and is surrounded by the Lanin National Park, meaning there is plenty to do if you’re up for an adventure. In summer you can go mountain biking, horse riding, hiking, canoeing, climbing, trout and salmon fly-fishing. In winter you can go skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of nearby Mount Chapelco. Make sure you indulge in another activity – eating the handmade chocolate the region is famous for.
History lovers will enjoy Tucuman, a city that conserves much of its colonial roots. It was the cradle of the independent movements in 1816, when it declared its independence from Spain and contains a plethora of historical sites. These days it is one of the world’s biggest producers of sugar cane. Explore the plethora of historical sites, join in one of the many outdoor activities on offer, or see the ruins of the prehispanic indigenous city of Quilmes.
Ushuaia is the southernmost city of the world and there are plenty of attractions to make the trip worthwhile. The Argentinian government built a jail here that operated until 1947. Today, the ‘jail at the end of the world’ serves as a museum at the natives, the local history, and the disasters of this region.
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