This is your ultimate Argentina travel guide for experiential, transformational, and adventure travel! Argentina located in South America, is a long country that stretches from jungles and deserts in the north to the “end of the world” in the south. It is host to diverse landscapes and climate zones from rain and cloud forests to deserts, mountains to plains, the famous Iguasu waterfall to glaciers in Patagonia. Argentina boasts 13 UNESCO World Heritage declarations, 15 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, and 37 National Parks that preserve flora and fauna.
It is easy to get to Argentina from the U.S.; no visa is necessary and there is no reciprocity fee. Argentina, south of the Equator, has opposite seasons from the United States, so it is possible to enjoy summer when our temperatures are frigid, or ski in our summer.
“Life is a journey. When we stop, things don’t go right.” ~Pope Francis, famous Argentinian Catholic Pope
Low seasons in Spring and Fall still offer time for great outdoor pursuits in mild temperatures, making it a country suitable for travel year-round.
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Buenos Aires, the capital, is an European-flavored city with French-influenced Beaux Arts buildings, and those with a Spanish flavor.
Tango is King
Tango is king here, where you can watch stylized shows or join in local milangros, where passionate locals meet.
Without the streets or dusks of Buenos Aires, a tango cannot be written. ~Jorge Luis Borges Click To Tweet
The Argentine tango is special in its style- and its approach. There are codes and customs, dos and don’ts to joining in. So start with a private lesson or two: most hotels can put you in touch with a teacher, or you can reach out to one of the more reputable schools, such as Mora Godoy Tango or Escuela Carlos Copello. Once you have the basics under your belt, you can head to local spots to go to a group class and practice. Some that welcome beginners are La Catedral, Confitera Ideal and la Viruta.
Arts and Culture Abound
Horses are ingrained in the culture; polo is a major sport and gauchos still herd cattle. A trip to an estancia in the pampas (long flat plain) outside Buenos Aires is a must, as is participating in a asada, or barbeque.
Iguazu Falls in the very north of the country is a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
In addition to the natural awe-inspiring falls, the wildlife in the area is abundant, and I is a bird watcher’s dream.
Salta and Jujuy
The Northwest providences of Salta and Jujuy will immerse you in traditional life and Incan influence.
Andean landscapes here are breathtaking, including hills seemingly painted seven colors. You will see the white desert of the Great Salt Fields, the Salinas Grandes. Exquisite high altitude wines in the Salta province are worth a vineyard visit or two.
Find off-the-beaten path experiences thin the Salta and Jujuy provinces in Argentina. Click To Tweet
Another great wine region is Mendoza with the most well-known wines come from.
Food, wine and outdoor activities in the surrounding mountains abound here as well as beautiful vineyard properties to stay.
Patagonia is a beautiful region, starting in the north of the region in Bariloche filled with blue sparkling lakes and green forested mountains.
German influence is strong here, and weather conditions are excellent in winter and summer, offering outdoor pursuits from sightseeing to hiking and biking, kayaking, fishing and snow sports in winter. Luxury properties offer relaxation at day’s end.
To the south Calafate will welcome you to the glacier lands where you and not only see glaciers but also hear “ice thunder” as formations collapse into lakes.
The City at the End of the World in the very end of South America is Ushuaia, where you can follow in Darwin’s footprints to see the nature of the area by cruise or a train, ski in the mountains. Puerto Madryn is another UNESCO site for its natural importance. Birds of the coast, including penguins and whales are major attractions.
“Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment – the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.” ~Jorge Luis Borges, famous Argentinian poet
Argentina Travel Guide: Diverse in Landscape and Culture
Argentina is a diverse country in landscape and cultural influence that beckons visitors, whatever their interests.
Like in this ultimate Argentina travel guide, I look forward to sharing more of my personal insights in upcoming travel blogs!
Don’t forget to check out our other Argentina blog posts from this series:
- Argentina Travel Guide: A Land of Many Reasons to Go
- Traveling to Argentina: Adventure and Sustainable Travel – Where in the World is Theresa now?
- Salta, Argentina: A City in Andean Argentina (Part 1.a.1)
- Cultural, Natural and Ultimately Transformative Argentina Travel Tips: A Life-Changing Day in Salta, Argentina (Part 1.a.2)
- Natural Argentina: Ecotourism Can Fill Your Heart and Life Your Spirit (Part 1.b.)
- Desolate Beauty: The Great Salt Flat Salinas Grandes in Awe-Inspiring Argentina (Part 1.e.)
- Hiking in Search of the Pachamama in Argentina (Part 1.f.1.)
- Hiking in Search of the Pachamama in Argentina (Part 1.f.2.)
- Buenos Aires: How to Experience the Best of Its City and Countryside in 3 Days
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