Don’t Miss These Must-Visit Places in Argentina
If you are planning to travel to Argentina, you made a great decision as the country has everything to offer so you can have the time of your life.
The country boasts a perfect balance of breathtaking landscapes, exquisite architecture, top-notch culture and much more.
There is only one negative side: there are so many options for tourism in Argentina that it may be too hard to decide where to go, especially if you are short on time.
So to make your decision a little bit easier, we prepared this travel guide with some top attractions in Argentina that will help you plan your unforgettable experience!
Must-visit places in Argentina (to make sure you go at least once in your lifetime!):
1- Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazú falls)
Visiting the Iguazú Falls should be included in all travel lists to Argentina. Located in Misiones province, the northeast of our country, on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the landscape will leave you speechless. The name Iguazú derives from two words of Guarani origin and means “big water”.
They are located within the Iguazú National Park. They are made up of around 280 waterfalls and 80% of them are on the Argentine side. The most impressive waterfall is called the Devil’s Throat. It is also the highest, with an 80-meter fall.
The fauna of the park includes some endangered species, such as the jaguar, the anteater and the caiman. It is also possible to enjoy bird-watching, butterflies, toucans and coatíes.
There are two main trails: Upper and lower circuits. Both of them will leave you speechless, as you admire the breathtaking views. An ecological train is also available. It goes through the jungle, getting up a point to walk to the Devils’ Throat. This train is accessible for wheelchairs and baby strollers.
The Iguazú Falls were named as one of the Seven New Natural Wonders of the Modern World in 2011. Also listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1984. What an honor!
2- Glaciar Perito Moreno (Perito Moreno Glacier)
This may be the only reason to travel all the way south for many people, as it is considered among the top destinations in Argentina. It is part of Los Glaciares National Park.
Although there are around 45 glaciers in the national park, Perito Moreno is the most famous of them all.
In this case, you have to go towards Patagonia, southwest of Santa Cruz Province. It is located towards the Andes mountains, 80 kilometers (20 miles) from El Calafate. The international airport is located a few kilometers from the city of El Calafate, this makes it much easier to arrive at the place.
There are different options to navigate the area and get unforgettable experiences.
It is one of the few glaciers in the world that keeps its equilibrium because it increases its ice mass at a rate similar to what is lost every year. The water causes constant erosion and for this reason, the remaining vault collapses. This is one of the most amazing and wonderful spectacles that can be witnessed.
It is one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves and it is considered the eighth wonder of the world. Here you can be part of a landscape of absolute peace that was completely blessed by Mother Nature.
3- Península Valdés (Valdés Peninsula)
If you love wildlife and seeing animals in their own habitat, this is the right place for you. In this case, we are still in Patagonia, but on the Atlantic Ocean side.
Valdés Peninsula is a protected natural area located in the province of Chubut. With a landscape of steppe, plateaus and plains, Puerto Madryn is the closest city to this wonderful paradise.
Valdés Peninsula is one of the World Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in Argentina.
It hosts the most important population of southern right whales, since its calm waters make it the ideal place for the birth of calves. So, whale watching is possible between July and November approximately, departing from Puerto Pirámides, a small town an hour away from Puerto Madryn.
Interestingly enough, you can listen to the whale sound as you walk along the coast. Yes, as you go for a stroll!
Visiting the sea lions is also a unique experience. They can be seen from a viewpoint from the coast or taking a boat-tour, where –in some cases- you can swim with them. They are on the peninsula almost all year round. Unbelievable!
Do you want more wildlife? Then penguins are the right option! Present in different natural reserves, just a couple of hours away from Puerto Madryn, they live there from September to March, that is to say: they avoid autumn/winter months in the area. It is possible to admire these lovely animals taking care of their eggs and the newborns.
4- Ushuaia: The End of the World
We still go on further to the south of our country up to Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego province and one of the southernmost cities in the world.
Ushuaia is surrounded by sea and mountains, so it is another right place to live unforgettable experiences. Walking around is a nice way to feel the quiet lifestyle of the city and imagine what to discover.
One of the places of great beauty is the Tierra del Fuego National Park. The views are unequaled: vegetation, sea, mountains. It is common to see ducks, foxes, beavers, woodpeckers and albatrosses.
Another way to explore a small part of the park is with the famous “Tren de Fin del Mundo” (End of the World Train). The last station of the itinerary is located inside the National Park.
Other options are visiting “Puerto Almanza” and “Estancia Harberton”. Puerto Almanza is a small fishing town. The place is well known for spider crab fishing.
There are several restaurants to enjoy a lunch surrounded by an amazing landscape. Founded in 1886, Estancia Harberton (Harberton ranch) was one of the first permanent European settlements. In 1999, it was declared a National Historic Monument. Within the boundaries of the ranch, there are lagoons, mountains and several rivers pass through it. Estancia Harberton is an interesting place to learn and enjoy history, local cuisine, and relax. It is open from September to April, and will give you a true feeling of being at the end of the world.
5- Buenos Aires
Acting as a cultural bridge between Europe and South America, Buenos Aires is unforgettable. Food is superb, shopping goes from world-famous designers to street vendors, and people are so friendly that you will feel like a local after a few days in.
Come visit and you will quickly understand why so many travelers are setting foot in this incredible city.
These are just some of the suggested options to decide about the must-visit places in Argentina. Still finding it difficult to make up your mind about things to do in our country? Don’t worry. We can help you with that!
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