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10 places to visit in Argentina that should be on your itinerary

Argentina is always a country I keep coming back to. Now that it’s open, I am going to share with you some of the best places to visit in Argentina so start planning your trip!

📬 Reader Mail: Hola Trish! I found out about you from a fellow Australian who used your blog to go backpacking in South America. I really love your content as it encourages women like me to travel solo!

I planned to do my Argentina trip last year but then it was hard to go in and out of Australia. Now I am finally ready to hit the road! I am 27 years old and I feel like I need to travel now!

As you know, Argentina is popular with many Australians like me. Can you recommend places to visit in Argentina or perhaps an itinerary that you’ve already written on your blog?

I appreciate all the encouragement you give to solo female travelers. I would like to buy you a cup of coffee if we cross paths in Latin America. Thank you for the work that you do and more power!

-Isabella Lukin, Australia

Dear Isabella,

Ever since Argentina opened in November 2021, I keep getting questions like this which is great because all my Argentina content has been stagnant for a while! It really drives me to update all these posts!

I am also going to Argentina this year. When are you headed? Perhaps we can do the trip together but I only have three weeks this time around.

I will share with you all the places to visit in Argentina to add to your itinerary but I would say you should focus on Buenos Aires and Mendoza. I’m not really sure how much time you have in Argentina but this should work!

If you feel like this article is incomplete, feel free to reach out and I will gladly modify this post for you. This blog thrives on reader questions so keep them coming!

Xx,
Trisha

Is Argentina a safe country to visit?

ABSOLUTELY! I always feel safe in Latin America in general but safer in Argentina. Mainly because I already lived in Argentina and I have so many friends here!

But honestly, you don’t have to worry about safety in Argentina. In fact, you will hear very little news about the dangers of traveling in Argentina. It’s a very tourist-friendly country, especially now they are trying to recover from being closed for over a year because of the pandemic.

What is Argentina famous for?

Argentina is famous for its food and wine. In fact, it’s my favorite cuisine in the world! Believe it or not, despite living in Mexico, I’m always on the hunt for the best Argentine restaurants.

The country is also famous for expeditions to Antarctica that depart from the southernmost part of the country, Ushuaia. These expeditions only happen during the summertime (December-March) as the weather in Antarctica is more tolerable at this time of the year.

What cities should you visit in Argentina?

The city that you shouldn’t miss in Argentina is, of course, Buenos Aires. BsAs is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve seen in my life! I would say it’s definitely for your people as it’s very upbeat.

I also got the chance to live in Cordoba (where I taught English). Cordoba is bigger and is an expat hub mainly because rent here is cheaper than in Buenos Aires.

Rosario is optional. I only visited Rosario because I had a friend there whom I met while backpacking Ecuador. Another thing that drew me to visit Rosario is Messi and Che Guevarra. Rosario is their hometown! I’ve been a fan for a long time and wanted to see what their hometown is like.

Is Argentina expensive?

Not at all. Argentina is currently experiencing a very bad economy so if you bring USD here, it will go a long way! They are currently building a program where tourists can open a bank account and deposit USD in the account.

The blue dollar (black market) is still most popular with tourists and expats. If you know locals who live in Argentina, you will get a better conversion rate by exchanging it in the black dollar market.

When is the best time to visit Argentina?

The best time to visit Argentina is from December to March. It is really perfect for those who are escaping the winter in the USA, Canada, and Europe! Argentina’s summer is in December (strange, right) and this is usually the most popular time for tourists to visit.

Top 10 places to visit in Argentina

#1: Mendoza

Wines are pretty much a staple for every Argentine home. The Mendoza Province is one of the most important wine regions in Argentina with two-thirds of its production done there.

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They produce the finest Argentinian wine known around the world. A trip to a winery is a must for fans of vino (like me). There are arranged tours that can take you to a couple of wineries that shows the whole wine production, even give you free samples.

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#2: Buenos Aires

Time travel to the 17th century by visiting the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires. This area has some of the nicest museums, from historical to contemporary art.

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There are dozens of street markets and cafes where you can grab a choripan or spend a crazy night with tourists and expats. Learning the tango in this neighborhood is also one of the cheapest in the city.

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#3: Aconcagua

Get those hiking gears ready and trek to the Western Hemisphere’s highest mountain. The journey to the summit, 7,000 feet above the ground, is definitely exciting but requires a substantial amount of preparation. There are many guided hikes in Aconcagua so you don’t have to do this on your own!

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Aconcagua is close to the city of Mendoza and most of the guided hikes start here. You can also add the Chile side to your Aconcagua itinerary. It usually lasts 6-8 hours and prices start at $125 USD.

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#4: Cueva de las Manos Pintadas

Translated in English as the “cave of the painted hands”, this archeological wonder boasts 13,000 years old rock paintings made by its inhabitants in about 7300 BC. It is currently maintained and protected under the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, it’s about 163 km from Perito Moreno so you can definitely combine this tour with it. It’s one of the best and unique sites in the south!

Tours to Cueva de las Manos always depart from Perito Moreno so just book your accommodations here. From Perito Moreno, the drive to the caves is about 1.5 hours. A guided tour costs around $100 USD and lasts for 9 hours.

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#5: Neuquen

Yes, dinosaurs did exist some lifetime ago! Witness a true-to-life Jurassic Park, where you will encounter fossilized dinosaur eggs and remains of some of the largest creatures that ever walked on the earth’s surface!

The excavation site is 95 kilometers away from the city of Neuquen which is accessible by bus, train, or plane from Argentina’s major cities.

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Neuquen is the largest city in Argentine Patagonia and it’s always nice to stay here and unplug. It’s a great vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts who love mountains and lakes.

Neuquen has its own Patagonia wine route so you can definitely do wine tours here! It is also very popular to have a very upbeat nightlife. I will share with you the best bars and pubs to party in Neuquen in another post!

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#6: Iguazu Falls

I spent my birthday in Iguazu Falls in 2015 and it was one of the best experiences! A local legend suggests that an angry snake divided the river into two after a man rescued his lover from being the sacrificial lamb for the said snake.

Nonetheless, wherever this spectacular display of nature came from, the Iguazu Falls has proven its might when it was declared one of the seven New Natural Wonders of the World.

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It is shared between Argentina and Brazil which also marks their borders. The falls are higher and twice as wide as the Niagara (which astounded me having seen both, I still can’t believe how much water comes out of Iguazu), so the area has been nicknamed “Niagara on Viagra”.

Admission tickets to Iguazu Falls cost $45 USD and you don’t really need a tour guide to go here. I did this by myself!

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#7: Perito Moreno Glacier

Probably the most notable site to see when in Patagonia, go here before the rest of the world melts this attraction. This ice field is the world’s third-largest reserve of freshwater.

I visited Perito Moreno because I have a long-time friend who is from Calafate. I stayed in his house without knowing that Perito Moreno was close by! It was really funny how I came across this popular tourist attraction in Argentina!

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I would suggest staying in Perito Moreno/Calafate for at least a week since there are also other things to do apart from the glacier.

The best Perito Moreno tour is by taking a boat from Calafate. Prices start at $75 USD – $100 USD and this is a mini-trek so don’t worry!

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#8: Ruta de los Siete Lagos

This scenic route is the famous passageway to the seven lakes between San Martín de Los Andes and Villa La Angostura in the Neuquén Province.

The lakes are Nahuel Huapi, Espejo, Correntoso, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner, and Machónico which also have several fishing spots.

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Most of the 7 Lakes tours I know depart from Bariloche and they’re just day trips that last for 9 hours. Prices for this tour start at $100 USD.

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#9: Ushuaia

This is the largest city of Tierra Del Fuego where travelers come from around the world to begin their journey to Antarctica or end their South America trip.

Don’t miss the “Train to the End of the World”, formerly built as a freight line to serve the prison of Ushuaia to transport timber.

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It is now a tourist attraction that leaves the ‘End of the World’ station 8 km west of Ushuaia into the Tierra del Fuego National Park.

It is also considered the southernmost functioning railway in the world. The snow-capped Andes is definitely a picturesque backdrop.

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#10: Talampaya National Park

Talampaya National Park is one of the top-rated places to visit in Argentina. It is incomparable to the Grand Canyon but I really can’t say that because I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon. It’s just feedback I got from American friends.

Here, you will find magnificent rock formations (geoglyphs) and huge reddish walls that you can explore. Tour companies usually give 3 hours since it’s massive!

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A day trip to Talampaya National Park starts at $185 USD and lasts for 12 hours. Most tours depart from San Juan. Mendoza is about 2.5 hours away and you can also do it from there.

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