Argentina Destination Guide

There’s so much to do in Argentina. Sample the life on an authentic Argentine farm at an estancia. Saddle up like a South American cowboy and ride your stallion through the mountains and grasslands, watch a live soccer match or go on a tour to the Antarctica from Ushuaia and have a whale of a time with the huge whales, seals and penguins!

A beautiful country, with a pleasant climate, Argentina can be visited at any time of the year, and is a true delight to explore!

Our Argentina Destination Guide tells you all the highlights of visiting Argentina. Many of these can be visited on an exciting tour in Argentina. You can also find out what there is to see and do in Puerto Iguazu and Buenos Aires. Our Argentina Country Guide has more general travel information.

Things to See & Do in Argentina

There are several towns in Argentina that have a rich past dating back to the colonial rule and these are worth a visit. For the outdoor person, there is plenty of skiing and hiking to be done on the great snowy slopes of the Andes. You can visit Patagonia, a cold and rugged region in the southern part of Argentina. Ushuaia, a beautiful place in the southern tip of Argentina, is pleasant in October through May and is great for wildlife aficionados. Steppes and deserts can be found in the north west of this region, while the Iguazu Falls is situated in the north eastern part of Argentina.

Follow the links below or scroll further down the page for details on some of the many interesting tourist attractions in Argentina:

Buenos Aires Top

When in Buenos Aires, you must pay a visit to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) and the Cementerio de la Recoleta. Enjoy shopping? Well, you’re sure to like the hip microcentro, with the dazzling malls of Lavalle and Florida as well as the Plaza San Martín. You will also like the vibrant atmosphere of the San Telmo district in Buenos Aires that houses several cafes, tango clubs, antique shops and even a flea market on Plaza Dorrego.

Ibera Natural Reserve Top

This is the place for the wildlife aficionado. Home to more than 300 species of birds and some of the most exotic animals, like the caiman, maned wolf, capybara, howler monkey, paraná otter, water boa and marsh deer, this place is often known as the American Serengeti.

Iguazu Falls  Top

Powerful and overawing, a boat ride to the base of Iguazu Falls is an experience you should not miss. You must visit Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat) and walk across the thundering waters on one of those catwalks. This is a tourist hot spot with a lot of organised tours and interesting activities to keep the adventure alive. Situated on the Brazil border, this place is great for hiking too.

Los Glaciares National Park - Fitz Roy and El Chaltén Top

The Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park is known for its huge icebergs that keep toppling and melting into Lake Argentino like extravagant ice-cream sundaes. El Chaltén, a remote village in the foothills of mountains, is often known as the trekking capital of the country. The Cerro Fitz Roy is one of the most popular mountains with climbers. Situated inside Los Glaciares National Park, the mountain is frequented by avid mountain climbers during the summer months of November – February. There are climbing options for people with all levels of experience.

Mar Del Plata Top

This is a popular as well as modern seaside town that is more than just a party-crazy place. Infused with art and culture as well as art buffs, this place is a short flight away from Buenos Aires and a long bus drive away from the capital. The chamamé, which is foot tapping music with its roots in the polka, originated in Corrientes, one of the most ancient towns of Argentina. The San Francisco convent and the Santísima Cruz de los Milagros church are also worth visiting.

Mount Aconcagua Top

Mount Aconcagua (6,995m/22,944ft), in the Andes, is the highest peak in the Western hemisphere. Situated in the Aconcagua National Park, it makes for an incredible view. Near this peak is the statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), which stands 4,000m (13,120ft) above sea level.

Pampas Top

If you like picturesque places, then you’re sure to like the breathtaking view of the peaks of Sierra de la Ventana. You may also like to see the remains of the colonial rule in Santa Fe and the pink granite rock formations at Lihue Calel National Park. Salta and Mendoza are known for their wines the world over. The Nahuel Huapi National Park, situated at the foot hills of the Andes, in Patagonia, is a tourist hot spot. And, of course, there is the most visited city in Argentina, Buenos Aires, with its wonderful culture, excellent dining and great shopping.

Quebrada de Humahuaca Top

Quebrada means “break” and is an apt prefix for the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley carved by the Rio Grande. Humahuaca, a UNESCO Heritage Site, is known for its picturesque streets and colonial architecture. This place is also a base camp for those who want to explore the entire region. Humahuaca was once part of the great Inca Empire and the ancient ruins are steeped in history. If you enjoy history, you might like to visit Santa Rosa de Tastil, a site of pre-Incan ruins.

Rafting Top

Enjoy the adrenaline-pumping experience of rafting on the rapids of the River Manso near Bariloche, the Juramento Rapids near Salta, or the River Atuel near San Rafael.

Skiing Top

If you are in Argentina anywhere between May and September, then do make it a point to ski on the snow-covered slopes of the Andes. You can check into Bariloche, the oldest ski resort, or you can try the Las Leñas, a relatively modern resort.

Talampaya National Park Top

Talampaya National Park contains fine examples landscapes created by wind and water. Carved by these elements of nature, the ravines, sculptures and cliffs have evolved over a millennium. An important area for archaeologists and geologists, this place is also a tourist spot. When you visit Valle de La Luna and Talampaya, you can also see the fossils and remains of dinosaurs, ancient trees and petroglyphs and ceramics used by an ancient, pre-colonial civilization.

The Seven Lakes Region- Bariloche Top

This is a beautiful region with quaint mountain towns dotting the Seven Lakes region of Rio Negro and Jujuy in the Andes. If you are here during the summer, you can indulge in hiking, go out camping or hunting, fly-fish and enjoy your rendezvous with nature. But if you’ve chosen winter, then get your skiing gear because you can have the time of your life skiing to your heart’s content on the snow-clad slopes. When covered with a coat of snow, the glacial lakes, the forests and the mountains in Bariloche's Lake District look lovely. If you move on to Lanín National Park, you can visit the Lanín Volcano (3,776m/12,386ft), which is now extinct.

Trekking Top

The mountains, beautiful landscapes and deserts of Argentina provide ample opportunities for trekking and hiking. For stunning scenery visit Mount Fitzroy in Los Glaciares National Park, the Sierras de Córdoba, as well as the Lake District around San Martín and Bariloche.

Tren a Las Nubes - Train through the clouds Top

Did you like whizzing around in one of those dragon-faced carrousels at children’s fairs? If you answered in affirmative, then try the Tren a Las Nubes from Salta that weaves its way through 21 tunnels and over 29 bridges. The train whizzes over bridges, across salt flats, deserts and gorges at a height of 4,000m (13,000ft).

Ushuaia Top

Ushuaia is a remote city, which was once the prison-home of some of the most hardened criminals of Argentina. The southern-most town in the entire world, this place is on the banks of the Beagle Canal, which was once used by Darwin when he sailed around the South of America. Cool and pleasant, the wonderful weather is courtesy the surrounding water bodies and snow-capped mountains. So apart from the climes, you can enjoy an active life exploring, hiking and sight-seeing during the summer months, and participating in cross-country skiing during the winters.

While you’re here, you can visit Tierra del Fuego, which is the portal to Antarctica. If you enjoy wildlife, you might like to see the marine life that can find in the Beagle Channel.

Valdez Peninsula Top

Watch exotic birds and penguins and spot elephant seals, sea lions and whales at the Peninsula Valdez Wildlife Reserve. You can also visit a colony of 1.5 million Magellenic Penguins in Punta Tombo. You’ll have to use one of the restricted trails to do so.