So you’re planning to go to Argentina? First of all — excellent choice! Secondly, let this blog post guide you to some of the most unmissable stops for the best possible tour of Argentina.
Argentina is a spectacular place. Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, and the second largest country in South America after Brazil. Argentina is famous for being the birthplace of the Tango, one of the most well-known dances in the world. With mountains, jungles, waterfalls, and wildlife ranging from big cats to penguins, Argentina is the perfect place for a cultural and ecological adventure.
Iguazu Falls, on the river border between Argentina and Brazil, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was named as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Iguazu contains 275 waterfalls and has the greatest flow of any waterfall system in the world.The biggest fall, named “Devil’s Throat”, is twice as wide, and almost 100 feet taller than Niagra Falls! Surrounded by lush jungles and incredible wildlife (think coatis, monkeys and colorful birds), coupled with amazing views and epic photography opportunities, this is a must-see! We visit this spot in the pre-trip extension of our Argentina Tour.
Mendoza Wine Country
Argentina is known for its world-class wines, and there is no better place to sample them than in Mendoza. This is a perfect place to soak up Argentinian wine, food (especially local BBQ called asado), dancing, and culture. Nearly two-thirds of all Argentinian wine is produced here! When you’re touring the wineries, you will want to ensure you have an expert guide with you, so that you can learn about the growing process and techniques of cultivation. When you sample asado, commonly referred to as Argentinian BBQ, it is important to remember that this is more than just a meal, it’s a cultural tradition.
You’ll learn about Argentinian culture, such as how the gaucho, a figure of a skilled horseman, is a folk symbol of this special country. Mendoza Wine Country is the first stop on our tour of Argentina.
While you’re in this part of the world, it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to observe Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia at an incredible 22,837 feet. As you ascend the nearby foothills, wildflowers flank the path and you are treated to spectacular views from the south face of Aconcagua.
You can’t travel to Argentina without visiting Patagonia, home to some of the wildest places that Earth has left. There are lots of places to choose from in Patagonia, but we’ve picked out a few that we think are unmissable.
Los Glaciares National Park
Argentina is the home to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares National Park covers over 1,600 square miles, containing 47 major glaciers. The star of the show, Perito Moreno glacier stands nearly 196 feet above the waters of Lake Argentina. This is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still growing, despite our changing climate. You can even trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier on tours such as our Patagonia & Mendoza Adventure tour.
Mount Fitz Roy Massif
Mount Fitz Roy is a mountain in Patagonia, which sits on the border between Argentina and Chile. The Fitz Roy hike is a spectacular 11 mile (18km) loop with outstanding views. You’ll see the iconic silhouette of the mountains made famous by the Patagonia logo.
Most tours of Argentina start and finish in Buenos Aires—and so they should! It is the perfect place to experience Argentina in its true form. The fact that Buenos Aires is the birthplace of the tango tells you everything you need to know about this city—romantic, exciting, and vibrant! The combination of architecture, culture, and creativity, combined with friendly hosts is sure to make this exciting stop on your tour of Argentina.
Fancy a trip to Fin del Mundo (the End of the World)? This is what they call the Southern tip of Argentina. Ushuaia is a city located on an island of Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Here you will see spectacular views of the Andes Mountains. Ushuaia is famous for its scenery and as a gateway to Antarctica. Things to do include glaciers to hike, slopes to ski, and restaurants to savour, all while looking at—or immersing yourself—in incredible scenery. We have this special trip as a post-trip extension to our incredible tour of Argentina. Oh, and did we mention you can see colonies of penguins?
So there you have it—the Best Tour of Argentina! A combination of wildlife, landscapes, food, and culture that can not be found anywhere else. To make sure your Argentinian adventure includes all of the magical experiences we mentioned above, be sure to follow an itinerary like our tour of Argentina so that you don’t miss any of it!