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Welcome to Argentina

From the desert plains of the north, through the Andes Mountains and green pampas, and to the icy frontier of Patagonia, Argentina draws in travelers with its diverse geography. The obvious starting point is Buenos Aires, Argentina's free-spirited capital, where the old-school romance of the tango is offset by an electric nightlife scene, a passion for fútbol (soccer), and the meat-mad feasts on offer at parrillas (grill houses). From the capital, long distances and vast landscapes divide Argentina, so tours can help visitors cover more ground in one trip. Many visitors go west into the Pampas to ride horses with gauchos (cowboys), enjoy Malbec wine tasting amid the vineyards of Mendoza—650 miles (1,046 kilometers) from Buenos Aires—or head north, where boats dot the water under the UNESCO-listed Iguazú Falls, a good 15-hour drive away. Journeying south, travelers traverse the lake district of Bariloche and skirt the Andean border with Chile before hitting the wilderness of Patagonia. Stretching to Ushuaia—2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) from Buenos Aires at South America's southernmost tip—Patagonia is a region defined by ice-capped mountains and shimmering glaciers, where penguins abound and touring ships glide beneath the gigantic icebergs of the Perito Moreno Glacier. In stark contrast to the south, arid desert, red rock canyons, and sweeping highlands hem in the northwestern cities of Salta and Jujuy. Still somewhat off the beaten track, travelers here can walk past gigantic cacti in Los Cardones National Park, marvel at Salta's glistening salt flats, and discover otherworldly rock formations at Ischigualasto Provincial Park.

Top 15 attractions in Argentina

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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold, spanning the border between Brazil and Argentina. Though Brazil boasts better views of the falls, Argentina is blessed with about 80 percent of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades. Paved trails and catwalks wind their way around the falls—sometimes reaching within an arm’s length of the water—and a free train connects the main trailheads.More
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Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

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The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America.More
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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

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When travelers make their way to the far southern reaches of Argentina, chances are they’re heading into Tierra del Fuego National Park. The country’s only coastal national park protects the Andean-Patagonian forest, a land of peat bogs, beech forests, glistening lakes, remote beaches, and snow-capped peaks ideal for outdoor adventures.More
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San Telmo

San Telmo

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The central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an upmarket residential area, the area’s “old mansions and faded glory” vibe set the perfect scene for the artists and musicians who now call this enclave home. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse.More
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Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

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With its opulent architecture and fine acoustics, the Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón) ranks alongside Paris’ Opera Garnier and London’s Royal Opera House as one of the world’s most impressive theaters. Reopened after extensive renovations in 2010, the Colon Theatre is the premier venue for opera, ballet, and classical music in Buenos Aires.More
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Palermo

Palermo

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Buenos Aires’ largest barrio, the northeastern district of Palermo is one of the city’s most affluent and fashionable neighborhoods. Known for its beautiful parks, grand monuments, and art museums, Palermo is whereporteños (locals) come to eat, shop, and party, with a buzzing nightlife and some of the city’s top restaurants, bars, and cafés.More
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Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

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Puerto Madero, once a lackluster cargo port, is now one of Buenos Aires’ most fashionable districts, teeming with upmarket restaurants and glitzy nightclubs. Marooned from the mainland by the Rio de la Plata estuary, the largely pedestrianized island is celebrated for housing some of the city’s most architecturally stunning buildings.More
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Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

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Home to the Casa Rosada—where Eva Peron famously stood on the balcony—and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Pope Francis’ former church, Plaza de Mayo is the historic and political heart of Buenos Aires. Named for the May 1810 revolution, the square’s centerpiece is the Pirámide de Mayo, an obelisk commemorating Argentina’s independence.More
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Recoleta Cemetery (Cemiterio de Recoleta)

Recoleta Cemetery (Cemiterio de Recoleta)

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While it may seem odd that one of Buenos Aires’ principal attractions is a cemetery, this is no ordinary graveyard. Recoleta Cemetery(Cemiterio de Recoleta) is one of the world’s most exquisite necropolises—home to more than 6,400 tombs, mausoleums, and monuments laid out in formal tree-lined avenues, including the grave of Eva Perón (Evita).More
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La Boca

La Boca

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Few places in Buenos Aires are photographed as frequently as Caminito Street. The main artery of the waterfront La Boca neighborhood is a jumble of old buildings, brightly painted facades, and street-side market stalls, with hawkers, buskers, and tango dancers adding to the atmosphere.More
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Potrerillos

Potrerillos

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Potrerillos is a town with an artificial lake outside of Menzoa that is a destination for rafting, kayaking, hiking, and fly-fishing. Visitors can also opt to go horseback riding or do some mountain biking. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and cypress forests, Potrerillos is a particularly scenic location for an outdoor adventure.More
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Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

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The beauty of Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia has earned it the nickname of the "Eighth Wonder of the World” in Argentina. It’s the planet's third-largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers, slowly making its way in crackling celestial blue from the granite spires of the Chilean Torres del Paine into Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares).More
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Tigre

Tigre

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With its scenic waterways, riverside fun fair, and lively handicrafts market, the charming provincial town of Tigre offers a welcome change of pace from nearby Buenos Aires. Located on the Tigre Delta at the meeting point of the Paraná River and the Río de la Plata estuary, it’s a popular choice for a day trip from the capital.More
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Aconcagua Provincial Park

Aconcagua Provincial Park

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Watched over by the mighty peak of Aconcagua Mountain—among the highest peaks in the world outside of the Himalayas at 22,837 feet (6,961 meters)—Aconcagua Provincial Park is a dream for hikers, with remote valleys, glacial lagoons, and towering peaks, all with sweeping views of the Andes Mountains.More
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Trapiche Winery (Bodega Trapiche)

Trapiche Winery (Bodega Trapiche)

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With a history dating back to 1883, Trapiche Winery(Bodega Trapiche) is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the Mendoza wine region. Along with its award-winning malbecs—exported to more than 40 countries around the world—the winery produces a wide variety of wines including sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, syrah, and chardonnay.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Mendoza

How to Spend 3 Days in Mendoza

How to Spend 3 Days in El Calafate

How to Spend 3 Days in El Calafate

How to Spend 3 Days in Bariloche

How to Spend 3 Days in Bariloche

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Andes Mountains Tours from Mendoza

Andes Mountains Tours from Mendoza

How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 3 Days in Ushuaia

How to Spend 3 Days in Ushuaia

Top activities in Argentina

Gaucho Day Tour Ranch in San Antonio de Areco from Buenos Aires
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3-Days Iguazu Falls Trip with Airfaire from Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls Tour, Boat Ride, Train, Safari Truck
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Iguazu Falls: 4x4 in the Jungle, Boat Ride and Argentinian Falls
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Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate
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Recent reviews from experiences in Argentina

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It was amazing!...
Iva_J, Jul 2022
Iguazu Falls, Jungle Activities and Boat Ride from Puerto Iguazú
She speaks english which is pretty rare in Brazil & Argentina.
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Brilliant tour
Jay_L, Jul 2022
Iguazu Falls: Visit to Argentinian and Brazilian Side in two days
And the Falls are absolutely amazing from both sides of the border!
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Great trip highly recommended
MarkB, May 2022
Gaucho Day Tour Ranch in San Antonio de Areco from Buenos Aires
She was knowledgeable and friendly and knew exactly what to do.
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Fantastic sight and trip.
Melanie_P, Sep 2022
Iguazú Argentine Falls with Jungle Walk and Boat
One issue guys on the boat took photos and video, we paid to see them but then never heard from them again so be careful of paying money over.
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Highly Recommend
Ben_S, Aug 2022
Walking tour: Plaza de Mayo and coffee time at Cafe Tortoni´s
I also got to see the cultural festival and go to Cafe Tortoni.
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Absolutely the best!
Mystina_S, Jul 2022
Iguassu Falls Brazilian Side: Macuco Safari, Helicopter Flight and Bird Park
They took care of me during my tour of the Brazil side of the falls.
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Fantastic
Justin_S, Jul 2022
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
He was super knowledgeable of the city and of Argentina in general, his English was top of the line (as he was also conducting the tour in Spanish) and was super friendly.
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Iguazu both sides tour
Sumilan_M, Jun 2022
Full Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides - Brazil and Argentina
I only had one day to spend in Iguazú and was really interested in seeing the falls from both sides.
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A wonderful experience!
Megan_M, May 2022
Premium City Tour of Buenos Aires
It was also wonderful to see so much of Buenos Aires in a few hours.
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Must do activity
Kerry_O, May 2022
Gaucho Day Tour Ranch in San Antonio de Areco from Buenos Aires
The activities on the ranch are unforgettable.
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Amazing tour guide!
Lindsay_B, May 2022
Bike Tour: Half-Day City Highlights of Buenos Aires
We love taking bike tours in new cities to see a lot in only half a day.
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A great tour for English speakers with little Spanish language skills
Justin_F, Dec 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
His communication in English is really good and invites questions and discussions.
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Iquazu Falls is a must see
Mitchel_M, Feb 2020
3-Days Iguazu Falls Trip with Airfaire from Buenos Aires
At least 3 days for both sides of the falls.
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San Isidro and Tigre Delta
CAROLYN_M, Feb 2020
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Very interesting to see a different part of Argentina.
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Must see!
jonesjudd, Feb 2020
Private Day at Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires with Airfare
Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the falls and the local wildlife and plants.
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What a flash trip but wonderful!
rtarng, Feb 2020
Private Argentinian Iguazú Falls
We flew to Iguazu Fall in the early morning.
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View of the fall from Brazilian side. Spectacular.
rlaurenjohnson, Jan 2020
Full Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides - Brazil and Argentina
A lot packed into one day, but well worth it to see both sides of the falls.
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All of it
Jaimesh_P, Jan 2020
All Day, Small Group, Luxury Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch
Tour was great, our guide (Victoria) spoke English to an excellent standard, and provided excellent knowledge on the wine industry and wider history of Argentina.
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Excellent
Elizabeth_C, Jan 2020
Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate
Really enjoyed the experience- there was plenty of time to see the Glacier from the walkways and the boat and we were not hurried.
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Had a great tour
malbruMontreal, Dec 2019
Pope Francis Tour in Buenos Aires
You learn alot the Pope's background in Argentina, You get to see the city and experience BsAs by car ( which is in and of itself an experience)
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All about Argentina

Currency
Argentine Peso (ARS)
Time Zone
ART (UTC -3)
Country Code
+54
Language(s)
Spanish
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