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Best Tours in Argentina
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Argentina is, for the adventurous, a gift that just keeps on giving. Whether you fancy horseback rides through sun-dappled country lanes, skiing the slopes of a Patagonian winter wonderland, or dancing the night away in historic, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires—or all of the above!—you will find it here. Stretching from the humid, fertile plains of Salta to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, there’s no denying that Argentina is vast. It is, in fact, the world’s eighth largest country! All that square mileage adds up to unmatched diversity.
From sedate little towns in the Pampas dusted red with rock dust to the gleaming cosmopolises of the interior, one would hardly believe they are in the same nation. And yet, all these things are Argentine: throbbing nightlife, sleepy afternoons talking with new friends, high-end dining, joining a mountainside cattle drive, and quibbling with merchants (with their curiously-accented Spanish) at the open-air markets.
The food and libations in Argentina are legendary. Argentine beef is exquisite (some say unmatched), and the wines have well-earned their glowing reputation. Visit the vineyards where the fruit of the earth is lovingly cultivated into vino, or simply savor a glass—or several!—as you go people-watching at some fabulous, dimly-lit little dance club where couples explore the essence of tango—and each other—to the pulsing beat of amazing music. In short, if you are looking for a destination where one can eat, drink, and be merry… book your ticket now.
Top Argentina Sights
Sophisticated, sensual, and richly cultured, it isn’t for no reason that Argentina’s capital is referred to as the Paris of South America. The city is visually grand, packed to the gills with outstanding dining and shopping, and possessed of an inimitable charm that has prompted many a visitor to open their wallet for just a few more days of savoring their Buenos Aires love affair. Visit Recoleta Cemetery, the dignified and peaceful resting place of thousands of famed Argentinians ranging from presidents to poets—it’s a major attraction, not the least reason for which is that Eva Peron (“Evita”) is interred here. World-class opera is served up regularly at the Teatro Colon, the gilded interior of which features a hall of mirrors reminiscent of Versailles. Browse the ultra-fashionable shopping district of Palermo Soho, sip a cup of cafe con leche, and watch the world go by.
A strong contender for the country’s headliner attraction, this natural wonder will take your breath away. What we call Iguazu Falls is actually made up of almost three hundred cascades spilling into the divide between Argentina and Brazil. The most dramatic section, called the Devil’s Throat, is a semi-circular waterfall that, thanks to cleverly-placed catwalks, will bring you close enough to feel the spray of water all around you and drown your voice in the roar of nature’s majesty! The churning fury of the falls is powerful enough to create near-continual mists, which breed a proliferation of rainbows when the sunlight hits just so. The foothills surrounding the falls, the area generally known as just “Iguazu,” is studded with picturesque hiking trails and teeming with wildlife.
Think you’ve accidentally wandered from Latin America into an Alpine paradise? Nope—it’s just Bariloche, unique and wonderful. Another Patagonian destination, Bariloche is Argentina’s number one ski destination and the heart of its Lakes District. Sporting 40 lifts and miles after miles of meticulously-marked trails, ski bunnies will go crazy for this place! Happen to visit during the warmer months? Indulge in swimming, boating, and hiking. For pleasure, rent a car and cross the Road of Seven Lakes, which will wend you through two national parks and afford countless breathtaking lakefront views. Nature proudly boasts its diverse glory here: from dense forests of ancient, fragrant evergreens to ice-capped volcanoes and deep, cerulean glacier-fed lakes, one breathtaking vista after another waits to amaze and astound you here.
Los Glaciares National Park
The glaciers of Los Glaciers, located in the southern part of Patagonia on the foothills of the Andes, are epic enough to tempt even the most intrepid explorer. Chief among them is the Perito Moreno glacier, an impressive specimen that rolls out in a river of solid, crystalline blue. Take a 4×4 ride over the glittering, frozen surface, or set out on a (guided) tour by foot, with nothing between you and the celestial glimmer of the ice. Catwalks allow you to explore the steep, jagged edge of where the glacier meets the lake in which it sits. Many whale watching tours depart from here! You’ll spy pods of majestic whales, with calves swimming alongside their mothers—truly an unforgettable experience. The base for your glacial adventures will be El Calafate, a tiny Patagonian enclave known for outstanding food and wine.
A cultural hotbed surrounded by rolling hills, Cordoba is Argentina’s second-largest city and an important center of historic preservation. Numerous historic churches and administrative buildings constructed by Jesuits in the 1600s and 1700s stand testament to the enduring beauty of colonial architecture, and a thriving arts district bustles with museums and galleries. The shopping is outstanding, ranging from gleaming shopping malls to eclectic boutiques and thriving open-air markets peddling local handicrafts, artisan meats, and honey fresh from the comb. Vibrant nightlife and a youthful, energetic population ensure that an entertaining evening out is never far away!
Located in the country’s extreme northwest, in the shadow of the Andes, Salta is a paradise of natural scenery and fresh, exciting entertainment. This is the traditional home of indigenous farmers who are descendants of the ancient Incas, and homemade Andean handicrafts are must-have souvenirs of a visit to Salta. Venture down into San Lorenzo Gorge, tucked at the base of the Andes, and soak in the wonder of a natural cloud forest. On the opposite end of the altitude scale, the intrepid can climb the 1,000 steps up San Bernardo Hill for sweeping city views and sightings of many small, charming shrines. (A cable car ride to the top is another option, and makes for a much easier ascent!) Come hungry to Salta, which proudly defends its title as the birthplace of the delicious, ultra-versatile empanada. More adventurous eaters can sample the local delicacy: llama meat.
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