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What are the most popular places in Argentina? Answered by bloggers.
We ask some international bloggers what are the most popular places in Argentina. Here, they tell us what they think and wich destinations in Argentina they enjoy the most.
The Perito Moreno glacier is only one of almost 50 glaciers located in the Andes mountains shared with Chile and one of the world’s largest reserve of fresh water, and one of the most popular places in Argentina. What is unusual about the glacier is that it is advancing, while most glaciers worldwide are retreating. Why? Glaciologists don’t really know.
The glacier, located in Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, is one of the most spectacular glaciers on earth. Perhaps the most impressive part of visiting the glacier is the opportunity to see a “calving.” This is when a portion of the ice breaks away from the glacier and tumbles to the sea accompanied by a loud booming sound – almost like an explosion – that reverberates throughout the area. If you are lucky enough to witness a calving closeup while on the boat, that will be a memorable experience. The kick-off point for getting to the glacier is the town of El Calafate, about an hour and a half away. The town has an interesting vibe to it, kind of a cross between a Swiss mountain village and a western United States ski town. It is full of little vacation cabins kept by folks wanting a retreat from the big cities in a peaceful and beautiful natural environment.
by My Adventures Across The World
Punta Tombo is one of the coolest places to visit from all the destinations in Argentina. This peninsula can be easily reached from Puerto Madryn, a city in the province of Chubut at about one hour drive from Trelew, best reached by plane from Buenos Aires. Visiting Punta Tombo is a must for any lover of nature and, even better, wildlife. Many species can be admired here, depending on the season – even orcas, sea lions, and whales.
However, the main attraction is the immense penguins’ colony. These lovely animals are the majority in the area, having literally claimed it to themselves. Visitors can only walk along the wooden footpath, but even then, penguins (which are highly protected) remain very easy to spot, as they walk everywhere and even near visitors. Even a plain smartphone will be enough to catch some great photos. Penguins are very loud, and between that and the incessant wind that blows in this part of the country, the experience can be very noisy. Yet, going is an absolute must.
Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina and is filled with culture, and as the capital city, it’s one of the most popular places in Argentina. From early morning cafe breakfasts to late nights with steakhouses and Malbec, you’ll never be bored in this metropolitan port city.
Allow yourself time to explore the city without being rushed. Buenos Aires is a massive city and deserves at least four days to visit all of the unique neighborhoods. You can spend a morning in colorful La Boca and an afternoon in colonial San Telmo shopping for antiques. Pretend you’re in Europe while in Recoleta followed by a cocktail bar in hipster Palermo Soho. But, if you’re lucky to have a week to spare, you won’t regret it. This extra time allows you to experience the rural countryside on a nearby Estancia ranch with gauchos and horseback riding.
Tigre is another excellent day trip. The river delta in Tigre offers wonderful boat tours that will have you forgetting you’re only a train ride away from the city center. However you decide to spend your days, you’ll leave enamored with this lively South American capital.
by Travel Collecting
Ushuaia, the capital of Tiera del Fuego, sits at the bottom of South America, at the end of the road. Its setting is spectacular. The dramatic mountains of the Martial Glacier behind it are capped in snow even at the height of summer and the still waters of the Beagle Channel glow in the dusk light of long summer nights. Climb the surrounding hills or take a cable car up to Martial Glacier for spectacular views. In addition to the scenery, the Beagle Channel is home to seals and birds, and a sailing trip along the channel is a great way to see them.
Ushuaia is also one of the best places north of Antarctica to see penguins. A day trip to Isla Martillo (Penguin Island) will be one of the highlights of your South American trip. Many people go there because it is the major departure point for boats to Antarctica, but is worth the effort to visit even if you are going no further.
by Buddy the Traveling Monkey
Visiting Iguazu had always been a dream of mine so while I was in Argentina I made a plan to travel there one weekend. Flights from Buenos Aires to Iguazu are less than two hours and fairly easy to get. The town itself is small but there are plenty of hotels and hostels to choose from as well as many restaurants. Of course, the main reason people visit is to see the waterfalls, one of the most popular places in Argentina
I took public transportation from the town to the entrance of the park. Then I spent the next few hours absolutely dazzled by the over 275 waterfalls in Iguazu. There are wooden paths and stairs that let you get really close and you can even take a boat that takes you right up to one of the biggest waterfalls. Prepare to get drenched! The entire experience is one I’ll always treasure and never forget, so if you’re in Argentina, we definitely recommend visiting Iguazu.
by Tales from the Lens
Bariloche is one of the most incredible places in Argentina for outdoors and extreme sports lovers. Right at the entrance to Patagonia, along with the southern side of the Andean Cordillera and the Chilean border, the region is dotted by clear blue lakes and low altitude mountains. Remotely inhabited for decades by local indigenous and German immigrates, Bariloche really appeared on the map in the 30’s when the Argentinian government developed it as a luxury center for winter sports.
When in Bariloche it feels like you are walking through the streets of a mountain village in the Swiss Alps. Filled with fondue restaurants and boutiques serving handmade chocolate, the Alpine reference is intensified by a myriad of outdoor stores selling hiking and skiing gear. But all this is to serve one cause: the beauty of Bariloche’s surrounding nature. It is a place to go hiking, discover hidden mountain lakes, river raft, kayak, and ski depending on the season. No doubt, one of the destinations in Argentina you have to see.
Bariloche is intense, lively and warm. However, all the above come with a price that can repel budget-friendly travelers. For a full list of what activities can be done for free or on a budget, check out Tales From The Lens’ post.
by Tales from the Lens
Only 80 km south of the Peninsula Valdes on the Atlantic Coast of Argentina, lies Gaiman, a town where time seems to have stopped. Made famous by Bruce Chatwin in his book “In Patagonia”, this Welsh settlement is an invitation back to the old time when Argentina opened its borders to immigrants willing to populate the backcountry. A group of 150 Welsh immigrants settled at the end of the 19th-century in response to the British wanting to ban them from speaking their own native language.
Also present in the closest towns of Trelew and Puerto Madryn, the community of Welsh people have grown and their influence remains strong. Head to Gaiman and you will find charming tea rooms where you will be served an all-you-can-eat Welsh tea buffet with delicious homemade cakes, made from old family recipes. Planning a visit in September? Make sure to join the literary and music festival Youth Eisteddfod to listen to traditional choirs and hymns from the motherland.
For more details about Trelew, Gaiman and Puerto Madryn and also all the great things to do in the Chubut Region, check out Tales From The Lens’ article.
by Time Travel Turtle
One of the best places to see wildlife in Argentina is Peninsula Valdes. This small bit of land on the northern coast of Patagonia is protected not only by national authorities but by UNESCO. Peninsula Valdes was made a World Heritage Site because of the incredible diversity of animals that live here.
The area’s open to visitors and it’s easy to see a lot of animals yourself. The most important ones are the marine species. As you travel through the peninsula, you come across different colonies – penguins, sea lions, and elephant seals, for example. Hundreds of them congregate on the beaches at different times during the year. There also animals on land. Armadillos, foxes, guanaco, and plenty of birds. You’d almost think the park was a zoo if you didn’t know better.
The best way to visit Peninsula Valdes is to stay at the nearby city of Puerto Madryn, which is about an hour’s drive away. From there it’s easy to organize a tour with a local agency or you can drive yourself if you have a car. It’s worth checking what animals will be in the park at the time of year you’re visiting because it changes depending on the seasons.
by Stingy Nomads
The town El Chaltén located in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park in the Santa Cruz province was one of our favorite places to visit in Argentina. With a network of trails starting in town and surrounding the peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy, El Chalten is often referred to as the hiking capital of Argentina. The colorful town fringing the Southern Patagonian Ice Field today only exist for tourism, with campsites, hostels, and hotels catering to travelers on a variety of budgets.
Hiking is the main activity here and the vibe is really lively and fun with visitors exchanging stories and tips from the trails. There are campsites in the park, but the majority of people hiking here do one-day routes returning to town every night. The park boasts several trails leading from town to the main viewpoints, each taking between four and eleven hours to hike. Trails are well marked and free maps are available all over the town. Also, the most popular one-day hikes are named after the viewpoint where the respective trails end. El Chalten is one of the destinations in Argentina that you just can’t miss!
Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colors)
by Surfing the Planet
One of the most surprising highlights of any trip to Argentina is the Northern part of the country, so different from its more indigenous character from the rest of the country. One of the most popular places in Argentina, and specifically in this area, is the Quebrada de Humahaca, a mountain valley filled with lovely small settlements such as Tilcara, Purmamarca o Humahuaca. The most picturesque of these Northern villages is Purmamarca, situated near the beautiful Cerro de los Siete Colores, a beautiful hill showing a great variety of colors, much more than seven actually. According to local legends, children painted the colors of these mountains.
Walking amongst the colorful rocks is especially gratifying during the early morning hours when the lights make the colors more intense. We also recommend you to climb some of the mountains opposite to these hills to get a glimpse at the mountain in its entirety with charming Purmamarca in the foreground. It’s one of the most amazing panoramas we have seen in South America.
Mendoza is Argentina’s 4th largest city with a 2018 population of 876,884. It sits at an altitude of 2,500 feet, nestled in a river valley in the foothills of the Andes mountains. Largely rebuilt after an earthquake in 1861, central Mendoza has wide streets dotted with pleasant plazas and parks.
Mendoza is only about a 2-hour plane ride west of Buenos Aires but has a much less frenetic vibe, perhaps because it is also the capital of the largest wine producing area in South America. The region is especially known for the production of the red wine, Malbec.
Many people use Mendoza as a starting point for wine tours in the region. Day-long wine tours from Mendoza are available. Indeed, it’s a good idea to leave the driving to someone else if you are wine tasting and plan on swallowing your “tastes”.
Another option is to stay at a winery, inn or hotel outside Mendoza among the vineyards. These are available at all price points. The splurge for our visit was to stay at a wine lodge outside Mendoza. The lodge arranged tours of several wineries from there. Watching the sunrise paint the snow-covered Andes pink beyond the vineyard was one of the highlights of our visit to Argentina. Mendoza should be on your itinerary, it’s one of the most popular places in Argentina.
San Antonio de Areco and Día de la Tradición
According to many, San Antonio de Areco is the prettiest town in Las Pampas and the cradle of gaucho tradition, and a must-see destination in Argentina. Located in the north of the Buenos Aires Province, about 70 miles from the capital, the town was founded in the 18th century and it has been declared City of Historic National Interest for preserving many gaucho and criollo traditions.
The sleepy historic center is lined up with a turn of the 20th-century buildings; which include bars and general stores that still have their original fittings.
Every November, gauchos from all over Argentina gather in San Antonio de Areco to commemorate the Día de la Tradición, which celebrates all things gaucho and its culture. Activities on the day include rodeo-style shows, lassoing, and plenty of gaucho fiestas where you get the chance to practice your best gaucho dance.
Outside of the celebrations, must-do in San Antonio de Areco include staying in an Estancia, traditional Argentinian ranch, exploring the area on horseback, and eating “asado” (Argentinian barbecue).