Argentina is a huge country packed with stunning vistas and exciting attractions. The waterfalls of Iguazú on the border of Uraguay, Brazil and Paraguay; the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno; whale-watching off Península Valdés; the handsome lakes and mountains that surround Bariloche are just some of the highlights. If you wish to see it all in one trip, then you must prepare for lots of travelling from point to point, but believe us when we say that touring the varied regions of the country will be worth the effort.
Many of Argentina’s most rewarding destinations are also its least well known. These include the Ibera Wetlands (Esteros del Iberá), a huge network of lagoons offering close-up encounters with cormorants and caymans. Likewise the Antofagasta de la Sierra, a remote village set amid frozen lakes mottled pink with flamingos; or Laguna Diamante, a high-altitude lake backed by a volcano. Climate and distance mean it’s more sensible and rewarding to concentrate on one or two sections of the country when planning your travel.
Most people start their journey in Agrentina at Buenos Aires, the country’s capital. It’s a vibrant city, with plenty of sightseeing to do and local delicacies to sample. But after exploring the city, make sure you venture further afield to see some Argentina’s natural beauty.
If you plan to spent time in the country’s landlocked northwest region, then you will want to experience the Quebrada de Humahuaca, a gorge lined with rainbow-hued rocks. You can also get a taste of some of the country’s vast valleys by visiting Valles Calchaquíes near to the gorge, which features high-altitude vineyards that are responsible for torrontés wine.
Across the middle of the country are the Pampas, which is considered the country’s most archetypal landscape. The 1,200,000 square kilometres of lowlands are worth driving through to find peace and tranquility, as you’ll pass through small towns, ranches and fields littered with grazing cattle. A popular activity for those travelling through here is horse riding, the locals are friendly and will cater for all ability levels.
In contrast, north of the Pampas you can find the country’s colonial-era second city, Cordoba, in the midst of the Argentinian highlands. However, if finding the highest peak in the country is a big ticket item for you, then head west to Cuyom where you will find the highest Andean peaks and the wine capital of the country, Mendoza.