What to do in Argentina: the Kiwi.com guide – Kiwi.com
The best cities, places to visit, famous landmarks and fun attractions across Argentina
Argentina is a country of big cities and wild landscapes where centuries of tradition meet European culture and Latin hospitality. Here’s our guide to what to do, where to go and what to see.
The capital of Argentina is cultured, romantic, frenetic, crowded and many other exciting adjectives. A mix of European influences coupled with a fierce pride in local culture means it’s a wild cocktail of things to excite, be it food, dancing, football or simply life itself.
The locals are right to want to show off their city. Wide boulevards, large parks and gardens, bustling squares, world-class art and culture, some of the best restaurants in the world, the list goes on. It’s remarkable that it’s all here, though, because the city has seen as much in 200 years as most places go through in a thousand. A rapid expansion at the turn of the 20th century, a military dictatorship from 1976 to 1982 and a boom in the 90s that led to a crushing recession ten years later. However, despite all this, the city remains a confident and forward-looking place that welcomes visitors with enthusiasm.
Set off to experience the effervescence of urban life: go to a dance hall to attend a milongas, a night of dancing with all the grace, class and social etiquette that comes with something of such enduring cultural significance; find the Plaza de Mayo and use it as a starting point for long walks in the old town; get a ticket to watch a football match (clubs in the city include San Lorenzo, Vélez Sarsfield, Huracán, Argentinas Juniors and the two superpowers of Boca Juniors and River Plate); visit one of the hundreds of museums and galleries; or just sit in a park and watch the tango of life play before you.
Whichever way you choose to discover Buenos Aires, you will be rewarded a thousand times over. It is truly one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.
Further afield: Cordoba, Mendoza, Salta, Rosario
It doesn’t just start and end with the capital, of course. There are many other interesting towns dotted around the country with good value for money and regular connections between them.
In the foothills of the Sierras Chicas lies Cordoba. Immigration has meant that in just over a century, the population has fallen from 90,000 to around 1.5 million today. It is one of the most important financial centers in South America, as well as the oldest museum in the country. There’s a large number of students, giving it fantastic nightlife, and there’s a whole commercial area devoted to local artisans selling their wares: cheese, wine, leather goods and more.
Mendoza is an area known for its excellent wine (more on that later), but the town that gives the area its name is one of tree-lined streets, sunny days and a laid-back atmosphere that couldn’t be further from the passion and bustle of Buenos Aires. It’s also a great base for more adventurous types, with rafting, horseback riding in the Andean foothills, fishing, mountain biking and more all major draws in the area. Too much? Then, spend your days enjoying long picnics in city parks or joining a local wine tour.
In the northwest corner of the country, you’ll find Salta, a slightly overlooked city with a wonderfully multicultural vibe. 20th century immigration, particularly from Spain, Italy, Syria and Lebanon, gave it a bounce and feel all its own, and when you mix that with its colonial buildings and traditions and its indigenous culture, you get a place that has a different spirit. of the most European cities to the south.
And what about Rosario? 300 km northwest of Buenos Aires, it’s almost like a slightly smaller version of the capital. Stylish, lively and confident, it makes the most of its location on the vast Río Paraná with an attractive waterfront containing parks, bars, restaurants and, to the north, beaches.
Natural Wonders: Iguazú Falls, Iberá Wetlands, Patagonia
Leave the cities behind and you’ll soon discover that Argentina is home to both beautiful and brutal landscapes: vast deserts, mountain ranges, vast plains and lush greenery.
On the border with Brazil you will find something that both countries are rightly proud of, the Iguazú/Iguaçu Falls. Twice as high as Niagara Falls, the water crashes down and descends 275 separate drops, making it the largest waterfall system in the world. It’s also a national park, so you can hike the trails through the forest, stroll along the walkways to get up close to the thundering power of the water, or even venture to the lowest lake in a boat. pneumatic.
More water now, and the Iberá Wetlands, a vast area of marshes, lakes, swamps and lagoons that are an important conservation area and home to deer, wolves, parrots, capybaras, otters and many other equally diverse creatures. Ecotourism in the area is growing all the time, and visiting the vast flat area with the sunrise or sunset reflected in the water under the biggest sky you have ever seen is truly something.
You can also get high if that’s your thing: the mountains of Patagonia are one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Walking, climbing, horse riding and mountain biking are all popular here, as well as visiting the huge glaciers that carved their way through the landscape millennia ago. Hike, ski or kayak across the cobalt waters of icy lagoons, head to the Atlantic coast to search for whales or hunt for fossils in the grassy steppe. The whole of Patagonia is a once in a lifetime experience.
Wine and gastronomy
Not a destination, but definitely a reason to visit Argentina! In terms of wine, Argentina is a newcomer to the world market, but it is now considered one of the best producers on the planet.
When Malbec grapes – a Bordeaux variety – were brought to Argentina from France in the mid-19th century, the story began. There are now seven wine regions across the country, namely Mendoza, Salta, La Rioja, Catamarca, Neuquén, Río Negro and San Juan, with Mendoza being the best known and responsible for around 80% of the country’s wine production.
If you want to visit the vineyards, the options range from day trips from a city to complete 10 or 12 day personalized tours, including meals and accommodation, offering magnificent views of the vineyards and over the mountains and deserts beyond.
These meals will include all that Argentina does best, and that’s the other reason to visit. It’s carnivore heaven, of course, with its legendary steaks and love of asado (barbecue), and no trip is complete without sitting around a grill surrounded by nature, a selection of meats cooking slowly over the fire, a glass of Malbec in hand.
It’s also ideal for people with a sweet tooth, as treats like alfajores (crumbly shortbread biscuits), chocolate torta (chocolate cake), frola pasta (a fruit pie) and many others, often accompanied by dulce de lechea thick, sticky caramel.
Of course, we could never cover everything this wonderful country has to offer in such a short time, but we hope this has given you enough insight to add Argentina to your to-do list. It will be one of the best decisions you can make.
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