With its astounding geological diversity, amazing cuisine, wine, and friendly locals, Argentina is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This South American nation can captivate your heart whether you love adventures, eating, or simply relaxing. Here are some of our top recommended destinations in Argentina you should not miss.
IN THIS GUIDE:
- Perito Moreno Glacier
- Talampaya National Park
- Valdes Peninsula
- Bariloche’s Myrtle Forest
- Fitz Roy
- Iguazu Falls
- Marble Caves
- Nahuel Huapi National Park
- Valle de la Luna
- Quebrada de Humahuaca
- Lighthouse at The End of the World
- …and more
Perito Moreno Glacier
Prepare for your breath to be taken away by the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park located in the southwest of the country. This astonishing sight will make you appreciate the power of nature.
While some glaciers in the world are shrinking, this one is growing in size. In fact, it grows around two meters per day. Additionally, you can witness parts of the colossal 60-meter glacier loudly crash into the water below. This area also holds the third largest freshwater reserve in the world.
Talampaya National Park
Located in La Rioja (not to be confused with Spain’s Rioja), the UNESCO-listed Talampaya National Park can be found near the Valley of the Moon in north-central Argentina. This impressive landscape is perhaps best known for its giant red sandstone cliffs and structures. It’s also a treasure trove of ancient dinosaur and mammal fossils, with its sediments preserving the remains of ancient species going back as far as 250 million years.
This giant desert reserve offers incredible opportunities for adventures such as condor sighting and petroglyph education. There are also foxes and guanacos in the area, as well as a wide variety of local flora in the park’s beautiful botanical garden.
A famous spot for whale sighting, the Valdes Peninsula is rich in marine biodiversity. It is home to countless sea creatures and animals such as sea lions, elephant seals, and adorable penguins. Furthermore, the Reserva Faunística Península Valdés will give you a glimpse of the continent’s deepest salt marshes.
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Bariloche’s Myrtle Forest
If you were ever a fan of Bambi, this is the perfect destination for you. According to stories, Walt Disney visited this place to help create the famous Disney character. Whether the story is true or not, the cinnamon-colored arrayán treetrunks that dot the groves of this natural wonder look like they came straight out of a Disney movie.
The forest known as Los Arrayanes National Park is located deep within the Nahuel Huapi National Park and is one of the dreamiest places you will ever get to visit. Some of the trees in the park are over 600 years old.
Fitz Roy Mountain
If you love hiking, conquering Fitz Roy should be on your Argentina bucket list. This mesmerizing mountain is surrounded by amazing glacial lakes and the Aconcagua Peak in southern Patagonia. Perfect for photographers, hikers, drone pilots, mountain climbers, or simply nature lovers, Fitz Roy is definitely a place that will long harbor a place in your heart.
The Iguazu Falls are one of the world’s seven natural wonders. This paradise located in northern Argentina can be found in a dense forest that links the country with Brazil. The falls are part of the Iguazu river and can be found in the Iguazu National Park in Misiones. In total, there are over 275 waterfalls along the Iguazu River, making the collection the largest waterfall system in the world. While the falls themselves are impressive, the rainforest that surrounds the area is one of the most biologically diverse in the world, with over 2,000 known plant and animal species to be discovered by nature lovers.
Known locally as Cuevas de Mármol, the Marble Caves can be found in the Patagonian Andes. This remote geological structure can only be accessed by boat, and the waters are actually shared by both Argentina and Chile. The marble caves carved by the power of the ocean have resulted in awe-inspiring arcs that resemble giant cathedrals. The caves make for a perfect day trip by boat, but we highly recommend renting kayaks once you’re in the area for a more memorable up close and personal experience.
Nahuel Huapi National Park
The massive area of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi in Patagonia’s Bariloche region is basically heaven on earth. Filled with rich biodiversity, lakes, and Mount Tronador, a dormant volcano, the nature reserve is a favorite among hikers.
There are so many activities to do in this sprawling paradise. After you’ve reconnected with nature and enjoyed peace in a simple rustic cabin, you can head over to Bariloche to get a taste of city life. You can also treat yourself to a pint of local craft beer and a bar of chocolate. To top it all off, go for a skiing session!
Valle de la Luna
The Parque provincial Ischigualasto is an enormous protected area in Argentina. The park is home to the Valle de la Luna, named as such due to its lunar landscape-esque features. It boasts dinosaur remains and amazing rock formations that look otherworldly. Located in San Juan, northwest of the country, the valley is believed to hold the best fossil record from the Triassic Period.
Mendoza is a charming city that plays host to incredible architectural wonders and green plazas. Year-round, it is a favorite destination for Winetravelers thanks to its amazing wineries, which specialize in Malbec grape production. Through visiting this place, you will understand a significant part of Argentinian culture and develop a deeper appreciation for wine. We discuss a bit more about this special wine region and also list some of the best wineries to visit in this article.
After you’ve consumed wine at the foothills of the beautiful Andes, you can try extreme sports such as mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. If you want to spend a day simply relaxing, you can rent a bike and explore the city at your own pace.
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Sticking with the wine theme for a moment, Salta is another amazing and rugged destination to visit in Argentina if you’re looking to broaden your palate. This desert landscape is home to number of high-quality wine producers that specialize in high-altitude Malbec. However, the region is also quickly becoming recognized for its impressive Torrontés-based white wines, native to Argentina. This aromatic and refreshing dry white wine is sure to lift your spirits while you traverse the Salta Wine Trail all the way to Cafayate. Learn about some of our favorite wineries to visit in Salta here.
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Quebrada de Humahuaca
Quebrada de Humahuaca, located in Jujuy, a province in the northern part of the country, is grandeur at its finest. With its massive rock formations and indigenous villages, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is beaming with history since it was once a major trade route referred to as the Camino Inca 10,000 years ago.
Lighthouse at The End of the World
On the southern tip of the country lies a lighthouse which many people fondly refer to as the lighthouse at the end of the world. The official name of the lighthouse is Les Eclaireurs, or the Scouts, and can be reached by boat from Ushuaia. While this may be a bucket list destination for many adventures, there are few tour companies that operate visits to the lighthouse. The lighthouse essentially bridges the gap between South America and Antarctica, positioned on an island surrounded by notoriously dangerous waters and frigid winds. Your best bet is to hop on a boat en route to the Island of Lobos, which will take you near the lighthouse.
Nestled on the Suquia River and at the foot of the Sierras Chicas mountains, the scenic town of Corboda is something you should not miss. This beautiful and charming town draws a considerable number of tourists all year long and is famous for its natural wonders and art scene. Here, you can also marvel at its lovely Spanish colonialist architecture which has been notably preserved through the ages.
Argentina Awaits You
Argentina is truly any traveler’s dream come true. With its distinct South American feel, you will have the time of your life as you immerse yourself in its cultural attractions and natural wonders.
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