Romantic tango and soccer passions, the endless roads of Patagonia, the harsh climate of Tierra del Fuego and the snowy Andes are the classic symbols of Argentina. Buenos Aires is European-beautiful, its restaurants always have great menus, and the night streets are never quiet. But on the whole, Argentina is pretty deserted. The population centers are small and seem to serve to prepare travelers for Argentina’s main attraction: its nature, from the Iguazu Falls in the subtropical north to the thundering Perito Moreno Glacier in southern Argentina. There are some of the Andes’ highest peaks, Patagonia’s massive ice fields, cactus-laden deserts, lichen-covered forests and glacial lakes.
1. Iguazu Falls
One of the most stunning waterfalls in Argentina are Iguazu Falls, they are simply stunning with their majesty and grandeur. There are 275 waterfalls on a 3 kilometer stretch. This is a true wonder of nature. The impressive force of nature and the sound of cascading waterfalls will stay in your memory for a long time and this is not to mention the jungle that surrounds the waterfalls. The borders of 3 countries, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, converge at Iguazu Falls. Iguazu Falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno is a huge moving glacier located in Los Glaciares in the southwestern province of Santa Cruz. Perito Moreno is one of Argentina’s symbols and one of its main attractions because it is relatively easy to reach, less than two hours by bus from El Calafate, and the beautifully located viewing platforms and trails make it easy and enjoyable to visit and see.
Perito Moreno Glacier
The majestic town of Bariloche is located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, which combined with the mountains and forests gives tourists the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Bariloche was founded in 1902 and is located in the west of the province of Rio Negro, 1640 kilometers from Buenos Aires. Bariloche offers travelers all the services and facilities needed for the tourist,
The town of Bariloche, an ideal holiday destination at any time of year. Trout and salmon fishing all year round, hiking, rafting on dozens of rivers, visiting ancient forests, horseback riding, a trip to Chile along the lakes, and magnificent mountains, it gives a terrific combination for any tourist.
4. La Boca.
La Boca is a working class neighborhood in Buenos Aires and a popular tourist attraction in Argentina. La Boca is located in the southeast of the city, near its old port. La Boca is a popular spot for tourists visiting Argentina with its colorful houses and narrow streets that encapsulate the flavor of Argentina’s provincial towns.
5. Valdes Peninsula
Paul Valdes Island in Patagonia, is a sanctuary of global importance that has a tremendous impact for the conservation of marine mammals. It is home to the endangered southern right whale population and is also important for the breeding population of southern sea elephants and southern sea lions. The shoreline is populated by sea lions and elephants, and penguins from October through March. Here you can watch whales during the breeding season. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6. The Beagle Channel
Beagle Channel separates Tierra del Fuego from the mainland in the far south of Argentina. The Strait is one of the three navigable waterways around South America, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. The largest settlement on the Ushuaia Canal in Argentina.
7. Fitzroy (Monte Fitz Roy).
Fitzroy is a mountain 3405 meters high located on the border between Argentina and Chile in Patagonia. Although the mountain is relatively low, it has a bad reputation because its walls are mostly vertical and the winds are strong and it is believed to be as difficult to climb as Everest. Everest is climbed by 100 people and Fitzroy by one person maximum. Due to the vertical walls, the mountain is loved by professional photographers.
8. Mendoza Province (Mendoza Wine Regions).
The Province of Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes and is the main wine region of Argentina. But Mendoza is popular for its tourist attractions such as guided tours with wine tasting in a beautiful Andean landscape. The area is known for its grape variety, Malbec, and also produces a good Cabernet Sauvignon. The provincial capital, Mendoza was completely destroyed in 1861 after a major earthquake and rebuilt, so it is not surprising that the houses are mainly one or two story. Local highlights include the Enoteca Giol wine museum and the annual Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia wine festival which includes concerts and dancing.
Near the border with Chile is Mount Aconcagua, at 6,900 meters, the highest mountain in the western hemisphere. The mountain and its surroundings are excellent for hiking and mountain climbing, although it is important to note that in low season tourists are only allowed short hikes for safety reasons. The high season begins in mid-November. Throughout the year, hiking without an official guide is discouraged. The province of Mendoza is home to La Lenas, one of the largest and most famous ski resorts in Argentina.
Located in the Beagle Strait, Ushuaia is generally regarded as the southernmost city in the world. Formerly a missionary base, penal colony, and naval base, Ushuaia is now one of Argentina’s top tourist attractions, complete with a casino, fine hotels, and restaurants. The city is widely used as a base for hiking, skiing and cruises to Antarctica.
10. Cave of hands (Cueva de las Manos)
The Cueva de las Manos, or Cueva de las Manos, is one of the most famous caves in Argentina. It gained its fame because of the petroglyphs of hands on its walls, the age of the drawings is 9,500 to 1,000 years B.C.
The inconceivable cave paintings of Cueva de las Manos are listed as a World Heritage Site. Colorful paintings, thousands of years old, cover the almost steep walls of the cave and depict human hands, animals native to the area, and classic hunting scenes. There are also abstract images.
Most of the drawings show the left palm of a child’s hand. According to archaeologists, they were part of the initiation rites of adolescent boys. The amazing rock art was preserved by mineral paints, the secret of which preparation is still unknown, but it is not the only mystery the cave hides. The main question is why the handprint has six fingers.
The cave is located in the province of Santa Cruz in southern Argentina.
11. Inca Cueva
Another unique prehistoric site in Argentina is the cave, Inca Cueva, with numerous prehistoric cave paintings in black, white and red. Most of the drawings show circles and animals. Most interestingly, the cave is completely covered in prehistoric paintings.
12. Cathedral of La Plata
The Cathedral of La Plata, a Roman Catholic church in the city of La Plata, is one of the most remarkable and largest neo-Gothic cathedral in Argentina and South America. Built between 1884 and 1902, its towers rise to a height of 112 meters, and it is located in the heart of the city, opposite Plaza Moreno, the central square of the city.
13. National Flag Monument
The National Flag Monument is a large monumental complex built in 1957 in memory of Manuel Belgrano, who created the flag of Argentina in 1812. The monument consists of a 70-meter high tower, a courtyard, and a triumphal propylaeum. The complex stands on the banks of the Paraná River in the city of Rosario.
The complex is one of the most revered monuments in Argentina, and guided tours are available.
14. Gateway to Antarctica (Ushuaia cruises)
The southernmost city in the world is a small Argentine town Ushuaia, also called the gateway to Antarctica and is a cruise port from which most cruises to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands start. The city has a population of about 45,000 people.
The cruise ship terminal is located in the heart of the city. Shopping enthusiasts will be happy to find the city’s main shopping street nearby.
In Salta, the old meets the new – and the old wins. Salta is colonial architecture, friendly inhabitants and a rich history. Conservative in nature, the city contradicts itself once a year by organizing a parade that is partly dedicated to the historical events of the region. For its large number of colonial-era monuments as well as the beauty of the surrounding valley, the city is called none other than “beautiful Salta.” Sandwiched between green hills and blessed with a pleasant climate, it will leave a vivid impression of visiting Argentina.
16. Monte Leon National Park
Located on the coast, Monte Leon National Park combines the amazing headlands and unspoiled steppes of Patagonia, miles of coastline with coves, beaches and shoals constantly exposed to the tides.
Once a hunting ground for nomadic tribes, the park is now home to numerous Magellanic penguins, sea lions, llamas and cougars. So if you’re going to visit Monte Leon, don’t forget to bring binoculars. The best time to explore the coastline is at low tide, when the caves are exposed. Unfortunately, the famous La Olla Cave, the jewel of the park, was recently destroyed by a strong tide, but even without it, you can enjoy unique views of the coast and wildlife here.
Founded in 1573, Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina. It is famous for its well-preserved old colonial houses and churches. Attractions in Cordoba include the 17th century Cabildo (City Hall), the Romanesque Iglesia Cathedral and the Jesuit Church Iglesia de la Compañía, the oldest surviving church in Argentina, built in 1622. Special mention should be made of the Provincial Historical Museum, which is one of the most important historical museums in Argentina.
Cordoba has long been considered the cultural center of Argentina, being the home of famous writers of the last century, such as Leopoldo Lugones, Arturo Capdevila and Marcos Aguiniz. The city is home to the Caraffa Museum of Fine Arts and the Evita Museum of Fine Arts, as well as Pastor Paseo del Buen, a cultural center with an art gallery, fine wine store, artisan cheese store and other craft stalls where you can buy good souvenirs during a tour. Cordoba is also known as La Docta because of its many scientific institutes and universities, including the National University of Technology.
18. Ibera Wetlands
Iberia Lake and Wetlands is one of the last natural paradises on earth. Tourists can see up close: caimans, capybara, marsh deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anaconda, large nandu and hundreds of birds. The wetlands cover more than 13,000 square kilometers in Argentina and have more than 60 lakes. The reserve, founded in 1983, is located 800 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.