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Places to See in Argentina

Argentina has it all – beautiful scenery, great hotels, fantastic food and of course the wine is pretty good too! Whether you are looking for a short add on to another country or an extensive tour around Argentina, we can help you plan the right trip for you. If you like the idea of having a car rental for a few days then there are some areas where we highly recommend this. The sparsely populated countryside makes driving easy! Argentina has such varied scenery so in one trip you can experience desert, glaciers, lakes and coast.

buenos aires tourBuenos Aires

The capital city is a vibrant place to visit and often the first stop in Argentina. Sitting on the banks of the River Plate, the city is divided into many districts, each full of character and with its own personality and style. Palermo is a fashionable district full of boutique shops, restaurants and cafes. La Boca is a brightly coloured area where the streets are lined with tango dancers, art stalls and football shops – La Bombonera is home to Boca Juniors. San Telmo has a great antiques market on Sundays and Puerto Madero has some excellent restaurants. Taxis are cheap so wherever you stay, you can easily get around. Highlights of the city include Plaza de Mayo to see Casa Rosada (the pink presidential palace), Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried and Teatro Colon. You may even like to try a tango lesson or see one of the many excellent tango shows. Possible day excursions from Buenos Aires include a visit into the Pampas to a traditional estancia, a trip across the River Plate to Colonia, Uruguay, or a boat trip around the Tigre Delta.

iguazu tourIguazu

These famous falls sit on the border with Brazil and Paraguay. Visitors tend to visit two sides of the Falls; Argentina and Brazil. The Argentine side has some good walkways allowing you to get close to the water and there are boat trips for those who don’t mind getting very wet. The Brazilian side offers more of a general overview of the Falls as the walkways are a little set back allowing you to see the Falls in all their glory.

salta tourSalta

The northwest of Argentina is an interesting area with a lot of diversity. It is also little visited in comparison to other regions of Argentina. Salta itself is worth a night, if only to see the excellent MAAM Museum where you can admire the displays of findings from excavations at the top of Llullaillaco Volcano where high altitude Inca Shrines were found. In particular there are three mummies of child sacrifices which are sensitively displayed. The countryside surrounding Salta is beautiful and a superb area to explore by car. To the north is Quebrada de Humahuaca with its intense multi-coloured rocky gorge and Andean villages scattered around. There is some good walking in this area. You could easily spend anything from a couple of days to a week in this area. South of Salta, Cachi is a village worth seeing, mainly for the drive and surrounding scenery. Rocky formations are stunning and if you travel by road to Cafayate, albeit on a rather bumpy road, you can’t fail to be impressed by the dramatic scenery. Cafayate has some vineyards so there is a reward after a long day of driving! A driving loop south of Salta can take 5 days, but it all depends on your interests and what type of trip you want! Related tours: Self-drive in Northern Argentina

medoza tourMendoza

This is famously known for wine, and there is no shortage of wineries to visit or stay at. Mendoza itself is a pleasant city but most visitors tend to stay out of town. Various wine tours can be organized and there is usually a hearty lunch as part of a full day excursion. The quality of food is fantastic and it is worth seeing a mixture of larger and smaller wineries to observe the difference in how they produce their final product.

bariloche and lake district tourBariloche & Lake District

Bariloche is in the heart of the Lake District and is quite a busy city these days. However, there are some great hotels on the edge of town or in the countryside which are all surrounded by stunning scenery. The Lake District is another area worth considering hiring a car for a few days to explore – there are so many routes to follow passing beautiful lakes and picnic spots, the Seven Lakes Route being the most famous. Possible activities in the area can include hiking in forest or nearby Victoria Island, riding, mountain biking and kayaking. A few days is the usual length of time spent here but depending on your interests it can easily be extended. This is also a good area to cross into Chile either by road or by a combination of boat and road.

el calafate tourEl Calafate

El Calafate is the nearest town to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, and others. The town itself has grown hugely over the years but there are some good hotels in the area, mostly out of town. The area can be reached by plane from other parts of Argentina or by overland from the south of Chile. A few hours from Calafate is El Chalten which attracts hikers, particularly those who don’t have the time to travel to Torres del Paine in Chile.

ushuaia tourUshuaia

In the far south this is the last stop before Antarctica, for some. Lapataia National Park and Estancia Harberton are notable day excursions from Ushuaia, as well as a trip along the Beagle Channel. This is another good area to cross into Chile by boat as there are 3 and 4 night cruises which operate between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas in Chile, passing some beautiful scenery. Most people spend anything from a day to a few days in the Ushuaia area, depending on their interests.

valdes peninsula tourValdes Peninsula

This area attracts those looking for whales (August-November for Right Whales and February-March for Orcas). There are also plenty penguins to be seen! The area is most commonly accessed by flight to Trelew, then the Peninsula itself is a few hours (or more depending on where your destination is) on by road from there. It is a very isolated area, true Patagonia. In 1865 in nearby Puerto Madryn, Welsh immigrants arrived and settled in the area. There is still a strong Welsh community today and a visit to the area isn’t complete without a Welsh tea! Related tours: Patagonia 360 tour