There is so much to do and see in Argentina
It is hard to narrow it down to a Top 5 but here goes…
No. 5 El Calafate
El Calafate is a small lakeside city in the Patagonia region of Argentina. While the city itself has a great vibe and outdoor-town allure, it is best known as a basecamp for backcountry adventurers in and around Patagonia. From the relative luxury of El Calafate, you can explore Los Glaciers National Park and go on glacier hikes, kayaking trips, or even visit the Glaciarium—a museum dedicated glacier ice and education. Visit the famed Mt. Fitzroy or hop across the border to Torres del Paine in Chile. If you’re at all outdoorsy, El Calafate will quickly move to the top of your bucket list of places to visit in Argentina.
No. 4 Mendoza
Mendoza is in the heart of wine country and is home to Argentina’s world-famous Malbec wines. For wine lovers, vineyard tours and wine tastings will be at the very top of the list. The best time to visit for wine lovers is in March during The National Grape Harvest Festival. One part beauty pageant and two-parts international wine tasting carnival—the Harvest Festival is a celebration of the wine region and its culture.
Obviously, wine is a big deal here but Mendoza has a little something for everyone. If you’re burnt out on tastings and winery tours, you’ll find Medoza a very cultured city with shops and museums and a vibrant community. Medoza is also a gateway city to the Andes mountains. Mountaineers and other outdoor enthusiasts find Mendoza an easy starting point for Climbing trips up to Aconcagua (Highest peak in South America); Hiking trips in the Andes; Shooting the rapids in the Potrerillos Valley; Horse riding adventures in the foothills; or just Biking through the vineyards.
No. 3 Iguazu Falls
Puerto Iguazu is home to the famous Iguazu Falls. From here, you can visit the falls by boat, helicopter, or via local transportation. Bigger than Niagra Falls, Iguazu is a magical and inspiring place. There are several different vantage points from both the Argentina and Brazillian side of the falls. You can also tour the local rainforest or simply relax at your hotel spa after a long day of touring and sightseeing. The whole area surrounding the Falls is like one giant nature preserve. We put this high on the list because pictures just do not do it justice—you have to see it for yourself.
No. 2 Bariloche
San Carlos de Bariloche, (also known simply as Bariloche) makes you feel more like you’re in the Alps rather than Argentina. This lakeside city is surrounded by mountains and beautiful vistas. In the summer months, it is a world-class destination for hiking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, and pretty much anything else outdoorsy.
In the winter, Bariloche is home to one of Argentina’s best ski resorts—Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia. Think of it like Lake Tahoe without the casinos. You’ll find the food and culture a little more refined but the views are just as majestic.
We should also mention that Bariloche is also very well known for its chocolates. Visitors should not miss the “Avenue of Chocolate Dreams” where chocolatiers are known to give out free samples. True chocolate lovers should come in April for the annual chocolate festival.
No. 1 Buenos Aires
From the local beaches to the streets of La Bocas, Buenos Aires is a city of passion and beauty. It is also a city of many seasons.
Go in the Spring (September to November) for mild temperatures and to see the Jacaranda trees in bloom. Jacaranda trees are planted throughout the city and line several major streets. As a result, the city comes alive and is blanketed in a cloud of lilac when they’re in bloom.
In the Winter (June to September) you will find the city to be cool and inviting. It’s a great time of year to go sightseeing and explore the various neighborhoods such as La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo Hollywood, and Palermo Soho. Winter is also the season for Tango. In August the Annual Tango Festival pours out into the streets with tango performances and demonstrations held all over the city.
The Fall (March to May) is the best time to travel if you’re looking to catch a bargain on the tail-end of the summer or just visit the city while it’s still warm yet mild out. You’ll also be just in time for Harvest Festival season. Wine lovers will enjoy sampling wines and learning about the history of the wine industry in Argentina.
No matter which season you go, you will fall in love with Argentina.