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Argentina
Land of diverse geography and vibrant cities

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country in South America. Its diverse geography encompasses dense forests, lakes, rolling hills, magnificent waterfalls, long ocean beaches, and the soaring Andes. Argentina's architectural heritage and culture is just as diverse, drawing influences from different parts of the world. Colorful arts neighborhoods, trendy cities and vibrant tango dance make Argentina one of a kind. Its lively atmosphere is unique and will stay with you for a long time. 


Popular cities: 

  • Buenos Aires

  • Bariloche

  • Puerto Madryn

  • Córdoba

  • Ushuaia

  • Mendoza 

  • Mar del Plata 

Climate
Argentina's climate varies according to region and altitude. It spans from tropical climate of the north to temperate climate of Buenos Aires and the Pampas, to cold and windy Patagonia and to the subpolar climate of Tierra del Fuego. The best time to visit the country is between October and mid-December and from April to mid-June.

  • January — Humid
  • February — Humid
  • March — Humid
  • April — Dry
  • May — Dry
  • June — Cold
  • July — Cold
  • August — Cold
  • September — Warm
  • October — Dry
  • November — Dry
  • December — Hot
Things to do
City Life
Bueno Aires is the capital of Argentina and also its cultural epicenter. It is adorned with European architecture, romantic boulevards, historic sites and fascinating museums. There are vibrant neighborhoods which are very aesthetic with their small shops, boutique-style restaurants, bustling markets, modern art galleries and cafés with charming outdoor patios. Caminito street is famous for its tango performances. La Boca, Recoleta,Palerno, and Belgrano are some of the best neighborhoods. Mendoza valley is well-known for its winery tours known as bodegas. It's nothing short of a paradise for wine-lovers. Argentina's rich wine culture can be best explored here. El Museo del Vino y la Vendimia (The Wine and Harvest Museum) offers a detailed history of wine-making in Argentina. Ushuaia is a unique place as it is the southernmost city in the world and it almost feels like the edge of the world. It is also a getaway to Antarctica. Beagle Channel, Laguna Esmeralda, Martial Glacier, San Juan de Salvamento Lighthouse and Tierra del Fuego National Park are the main attractions of Ushuaia. Córdoba is a must-visit destination for its gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture and fun nightlife. It is dotted by impressive art galleries, museums, theatres, parks, bars and clubs.
Historic/Architectural Heritage
Les Eclaireurs is a lighthouse located on the southern tip of Argentina referred to as 'the end of the world'. Reached on short boat tours from Ushuaia, it is a popular tourist attraction. Teatro del Libertador is Argentina's oldest and grandest theater. This building consists of a theatre, a music hall and opera house. The architecture of this theatre in itself is awe-inspiring and the brilliant shows and performances make the visit even more memorable. Teatro Colón, located in Buenos Aires, is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. The history, artistry and architectural brilliance contribute this storied building opulence. Obelisk de Buenos Aires is a national historical monument. Erected in 1926, this humongous structure commemorated the quadricentennial anniversary of the city. Southern Fuegian Railway (Train at the end of the world), San Ignacio Miní, Curutchet House, Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza Dorrego, El Zanjón de Granados, Plaza de Mayo, Fortress of Tilcara are some of the other iconic landmarks of Argentina.
Museums
Museo de La Plata is a natural museum located in the city of La Plata. It houses huge replicas of ancient sloths, Egyptian room, the skull of a blue whale and an inventory of foods, among other interesting things. With nearly 12,000 artworks, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has the largest public art collection in all of Latin America. It features the works of Argentine and European masters from the Middle Ages through to the 20th century. Other prominent museums are Museo Histórico Nacional, Caminito Street Museum, Juan Manuel Fangio Museum, Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña, Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, Evita Fine Arts Museum, and Museo Emilio Caraffa.
Nature & Adventure

Iguazú Falls is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. These thundering waterfalls are arguably one of the most spectacular sights of South America. There are viewing platforms and accessible walkways designed to provide the best views of this natural wonder. You can also opt for a helicopter tour or a boat tour. Nahuel Huapi National Park is an enormous protected area encompassing pristine lakes, a dormant volcano called Mount Tronador and fascinating wildlife. You can indulge in hiking and trekking. There are a number of mountain refugios used by overnight trekkers. Los Glaciares National Park is famous for ice trekking and excursion tours. Perito Moreno Glacier and Monte Fitz Roy are the prime attractions of this scenic park. Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important attractions in all of Patagonia. It holds the third-largest freshwater reserve in the world. You can indulge in ice trekking, walking circuits, boat rides to get different perspectives of this enormous natural structure. Las Leñas, Los Penitentes and Cerro Catedral are other popular skiing destinations. Surrounded by the stunning Andes Peak and glacial lakes, Fitz Roy is a must-visit for nature lovers, hikers, mountain climbers, photographers and just about everyone else. Quebrada de Humahuaca is a mountain valley known for its colossal rock formations dotted with indigenous Quechen villages. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quebrada de Humahuaca features visible evidence of prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities and its use as a major trade route over the past 10,000 years.Talampaya National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers everything from condors to petroglyphs. It's known for its stunning red rock canyons and formations. You can spot maras, condors, hares, foxes and guanacos wandering about. Aconcagua Mountain is the tallest summit in Argentina. Though the trek to the summit is lengthy it's not very difficult. Once you've reached the top, immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the glaciers that lay around. Short boat tours to Beagle Channel provide the opportunity to see exotic wildlife and the mountainous shorelines of Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia. Longer boat tours take the visitors though entrancing forested landscapes and the icy blue Glacier Alley. Some other scenic natural wonders of Argentina include Los Arrayanes National Park, Hill of Seven Colours, Cerro San Bernardo, Valle de la Luna, Monte León National Park and Salinas Grandes, among others.

Lakes

Nahuel Huapi Lake, located in northern Patagonia, is a breathtaking sight to behold. With lofty mountain expanses, lush greenery and crystal clear water, this lake looks like it's from a fairytale. You can enjoy the view from one of the many lakeside cafés. You can also sail across the glacial lake or hike the surrounding trails. Lake Argentina, located in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, is the country's biggest freshwater lake. Situated in the Los Glaciares National Park, this lake is surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Cami Lake, General Carrera Lake, Cardiel Lake, Epuyén Lake, Fagnano Lake, Mascardi Lake, Paimún Lake,Futalaufquen Lake, Espejo, Escondido, Falkner, Villarino, Correntoso, and Machónico are a few of the many beautiful lakes of Argentina. 

Beaches
Playa Bristol, located in Mar de Plata, is one of the most popular beaches of Argentina owing to its proximity to the commercial city center. Surfing and swimming is quite popular. If you seek some time off the buzzing crowds you can visit Playa Punta Mogotes or Playa Serena. El Doradillo, located near Puerto Madryn, is an ideal location for beach-loving tourists. During July to December, this place becomes one of the breeding habitats of the southern right whale. You can try snorkeling, swimming or just lay back and immerse yourself in the beauty of this pristine beach. Puerto Madryn is known for its sand beaches and amazing marine life viewing opportunities. Whale watching is one of the main attractions of this city as it serves as a getaway to the nearby Valdés Peninsula. Other popular places famous for their sandy beaches in the country include Playa Chica, Playa Grande, Playa Varese, Playa Iglesia Pinamar, Corilò, Miramar, Villa Gesell, Mar de Ajò, Monte Hermoso, Las Grutas, and Mar de las Pampas.
Wildlife
Punta Tombo National Reserve is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world. You can indulge in 'walk with the penguins' during which you get to hike by these waddling charming creatures. Valdés Peninsula, situated at the northern edge of Argentina's Patagonia region, is known for its abundance of penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, orcas, dolphins, whales and 181 bird species. You can enjoy this all from the serene beaches of Puerto Madryn. Tierra del Fuego National Park is a paradise for hikers owing to its trails for all experience levels. Reaching this park via hiking is an entirely different adventure in itself. You can spot mammals such as muskrat, European rabbit, North American beaver and birds such as Patagonian woodpeckers, austral parakeet, heron, creston duck, eagle and much more. Mar del Plata Aquarium is one of the most important marine parks in Argentina. It has a splendid diversity of fauna that includes several species of dolphins, penguins, sharks, sea lions, stingrays, and lemurs, among others.
Places of Worship
Cathedral of Córdoba is one of the most famous landmarks of Códoba. Its stunning quaint facade is well kept till date. The cathedral is a beautiful sight to behold with its interior beautifully painted by the famous Emilio Caraffa. Other beautiful cathedrals in Argentina are Capuchinos Church, Basilica of Our Lady of Lujan, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Nahuel Huapi, Cathedral of Our Lady of Sorrows, Cathedral de La Plata, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and many others.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major chunk of Argentina can be covered in 8 to 12 days. Starting off in Buenos Aires, spend two days exploring this exquisite city's iconic landmarks and neighbourhoods. From here go to Mar del Plata and spend a day exploring the picturesque coastline. Spend a day at the Iguazú National Park to visit the breathtaking Iguazú Falls. Spend a day in Salta and from here take a day trip to Quebrada de Humahuaca. Spend a day or two in the scenic city of Córdoba to explore its architectural heritage sites, museums, natural sites, etc. To learn about the rich winery history of Argentina visit Mendoza for a day. Next, head to Puerto Madryn for a day or two. From here take a day trip to Valdés Peninsula indulging in wildlife viewing or hitting destinations like Caleta Valdes, Punta Delgada, Puerto Piramides and more. If you seek a soulful escape into nature you can visit the Los Alerces National Park for a day. From El Calafate you can easily reach the famous Los Glaciares National Park. You can indulge in ice trekking, hiking, boating or simply go sightseeing at your own pace. After spending a day or two here, you can end your trip at the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia. Spend a day or two here making some precious memories before you head back home. 


Cuisine
  • Argentine cuisine is a blend of cultural influences of the different immigrants the country has seen over the decades. The people's love for eating is clearly visible through the variety of lip-smacking dishes. You have to try Argentina's national dish, Asado which is also known as barbeque, but it is a bit more extreme. Other scrumptious Argentine foods you need to experience are Empanadas, Choripán, Provoleta, Milanesa, Chimichurri, Dulce de leche, and Alfajores, among others. Wine has been the most popular alcoholic beverage in Argentina. So, you must try some of the vintage wine to experience the culture of this vibrant country in a unique way.
Costs
  • In general, a regular meal might cost around ARS 80 (USD 0.83) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians require a Visa
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • October
  • November
  • December

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 8 - 12 days

Known For
  • Beaches
  • Snow
  • Mountains
  • Forests
  • Lakes
  • Tango Dance
  • Nightlife
  • Architecture
Areas to Visit
  • Bueno Aires for vibrant neighborhoods, nightlife, architecture, beaches
  • Chubut Province for Peninsula Valdes and Los Alerces National Park
  • Santa Cruz Province for Los Glaciares National Park
  • Cordoba and Mendoza for cultural retreat
  • Tierra del Fuego Province for nature and wildlife

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