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You can’t go to Argentina without doing these 10 things

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Sheer geographical scale, natural wonders and a fiercely passionate people – Argentina is a force to be reckoned with (and is one of South America’s most popular destinations). The allure of wine, steak, endless plains, and stunning Patagonian landscapes draws in visitors every year to explore everything this country has to offer.

Stretching 3,650km north to south, its habitats range from butterfly-flecked rainforests enveloping the Iguazu Falls – there are so many options in such a vast country. Because of that it can be tough to know where to start – and whether you’re a first-timer or a repeat visitor, there’s always more to see. To get you started, here’s our guide to some of the top 10 things to do in Argentina.

Take in the culture and charm of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires earns its reputation as the ‘Paris of South America’, evoking images of charming outdoor cafes and a vibrant arts scene. However, this label only scratches the surface of the city’s allure. Buenos Aires is a melting pot of cultures, where the chic and cosmopolitan mingle in stylish bars and pulsating clubs, savoring the city’s legendary nightlife. Don’t miss the experience of stumbling home in the early hours after indulging in one too many fernet and colas—a quintessential Buenos Aires adventure.

Buenos Aires also boasts exceptional beauty at every turn! From the leafy charm of Palermo to the rustic allure of San Telmo’s cobblestone streets, the city exudes charisma. Speaking of San Telmo, don’t miss its vibrant Sunday market, where you can find everything from fine wines to unique treasures like crushed beer bottles (just in case you ever need one).

Argentina La Boca Buenos Aires

Experience the spectacle of Iguazu Falls

A UNESCO World Heritage Site shared between Argentina and Brazil, this mighty system of waterfalls is one of the top tourist attractions for visitors to both countries – and for good reason! There are few more spectacular sights on Earth than the Iguazu Falls. With border crossings conveniently close to the falls, it’s easy to see this stunning spectacle from both sides in one visit. With the opportunity to nip into Brazil, it’s a great excuse to get another stamp on your passport, but make sure to check in advance whether you need a tourist visa for Brazil.

This spectacular Natural Wonder of the World offers visitor trails, boardwalks, viewpoints, and boat trips allowing you to get remarkably close to the action. Expect to get wet at some point – it’s an essential part of the fun.

Argentina Iguazu Falls

Eat more than your weight in steak

Indulging in steak is a quintessential Argentine experience that simply cannot be missed. What’s truly remarkable about Argentine steak isn’t just its renowned quality, but also the mastery with which it’s cooked by everyone, from top restaurants in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Salta, to homemade asados. There’s an unmatched delight in savoring a mouth-watering Argentine asado, elevating your culinary journey to new heights.

Argentina steak cooking

Explore Patagonia’s beauty

Located in the south of Argentina, the vast region of Patagonia is home to some of South America’s most spectacular views! Icebergs crumble and crash into the sea, while penguins roam freely around the frozen landscape. You simply can’t leave Argentina without capturing the magic of the region on your camera.

Torres del Paine National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and undoubtedly earns it place on our top things to do in Argentina. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, the park encompasses rugged mountains, pristine lakes, ancient glaciers, and vast expanses of wilderness – here you can hike an abundance of trails, take a boat tour to some of the most impressive glaciers, and visit crystal-clear lakes. It’s an outdoor paradise.

Argentina, Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier

Join football fans at La Bombonera

Attending a fútbol (soccer) match in Argentina is not merely a sporting event, but a deeply ingrained cultural phenomenon that offers profound insight into the soul of the nation. It transcends mere competition, often resembling a vibrant religious ritual where passionate fans fervently support their teams with unwavering devotion. By securing tickets to a match and immersing yourself in the electric atmosphere of one of the country’s iconic stadiums, you’ll witness first-hand the fervor and intensity that define Argentine fútbol culture. It’s an experience that goes beyond the game itself, providing a unique window into the heart and spirit of Argentina.

Argentina, football fans celebrating in the street

Go winery-hopping

For wine aficionados, Argentina might be paradise. It’s not just the locals’ expertise or the exceptional quality that sets Argentine wine apart; it’s the unbeatable value that will truly captivate you. Here, you’ll discover exquisite Malbecs aged to perfection, available at prices that defy belief, alongside a delightful array of Sauvignon Blancs perfectly suited for pairing with delectable seafood dishes. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or simply curious, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the numerous wineries in Mendoza, Argentina’s enchanting wine capital.

Argentina, winery

Take to the dancefloor to tango

No exploration of Argentina’s allure would be adequate without mentioning tango. Whether you’re entranced by a professional performance or captivated by impromptu dancers in the charming streets of San Telmo, this dance embodies the essence of Argentine culture and forms a quintessential aspect of the nation’s identity.

We suggest immersing yourself fully by attending a tango class or seeking out an authentic show, where you can witness this mesmerizing dance in its natural, sultry setting, away from the glare of cameras and the bustle of tourists. Not only will this afford you the chance to mingle with locals, but you’ll also get to try your hand (or feet) at the dance, even if it means embracing a bit of light-hearted embarrassment along the way.

Argentina street dancers doing the tango

Try a glass of maté

The quintessential Argentine tipple isn’t wine, as some may think, but maté! Pronounced ‘mah-tay’, this is an earthy, tea-like drink which locals are generally not seen without. Sipped from a distinctive vessel and passed among friends, it fosters a deeply communal atmosphere—even if its flavor isn’t to everyone’s liking. So, if you happen to forge friendships during your Argentine travels, chances are you’ll be invited to partake in this cherished tradition.

Argentina calabash cups for mate

Get splashed by a whale in Puerto Pirámides

Puerto Pirámides, located on the Valdes Peninsula, is one of the premier destinations for whale-watching in the world. Between May and December, whales come here to breed and raise their young, giving visitors the opportunity to observe these magnificent marine mammals up close. The southern right whales are known for their acrobatic displays, which often include breaching, tail-slapping and flipper-waving, making an unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to witness them.
Argentina Puerto Piramides hale

Wander into the wetlands

Iberá National Park is one of the largest protected areas in Argentina, and also one of the most important wetland ecosystems in South America. This relatively new national park is a triumph for Argentine conservationists, spanning over 13,000 sq km. It encompasses a diverse range of habitats, including marshes, lagoons, grasslands and forests, making it a haven for wildlife and biodiversity.
Visitors to Iberá National Park have the opportunity to observe a wide array of wildlife, including caimans, capybaras, marsh deer, howler monkeys, and over 350 species of birds, such as herons, ibises, and storks. The park is also home to elusive and endangered species like the jaguar, giant anteater and maned wolf, making it a hotspot for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists alike.
Argentina Ibera National Park

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