Argentina is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America, attracting a footfall of over 5 million visitors every year. The country is known for its diverse culture, several natural wonders, and vibrant urban life. Attractions in Argentina are varied enough to attract from backpackers and adrenaline junkies to those traveling with families and children. In this blog, we list 10 such varied activities and attractions that have recurrently showed up in the lists of tourists visiting Argentina.
- El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore
This is the most majestic of bookstores that you can set foot in. It is housed in a building on Santa Fe Avenue that was originally the Gran Splendid Theater. It was constructed in 1919 and was ornately designed with sculptures and ceiling frescoes. In the years to come, the building was used as a radio station and a cinema hall. The present owners of the building refurbished it into a bookstore at the turn of the century. The building still retains its old-world charm and grandeur — including the theater boxes and even the crimson stage curtains — which is why it attracts over a million visitors through its doors every year!
The city of Ushuaia, located on the Beagle Strait, is considered to be the southernmost city in the world. This is the place from where the expeditions to Antarctica take off. This beautiful port city will surprise you with its wide array of attractions. It has a visually impressive landscape, especially of the Andes range which ends here. Ushuaia offers enough opportunities for skiing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, and scuba diving. You can even spot sea lion and penguins in Ushuaia! Those more into the city life can visit the numerous museums and several historically significant buildings and monuments.
- The Valley of the Moon
The Valley of the Moon, officially a part of the Ischigualasto Provincial Park, is famous for its unique landscape that has earned it this name. This vast terrain with typical geological formations spans over an area of over 600 sq km. Along with the neighboring Talampaya National park, this whole region has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinosaur fossils dating back millions of years were excavated in the Valley of the Moon, and are on display at the entrance of the park. At the Valley of the Moon you have the option to go for a tour or enjoy camping and trekking at the Morado Mount point.
- Mendoza Vineyards
Argentina is renowned the world over for its wine production, and Mendoza is situated right in the heart of this wine industry at the foothill of the Andes in the Cuyo region. Interestingly, Mendoza is part of the desert in Argentina, but an extensive artificial irrigation system has facilitated the growth of grapes and greenery. The best way to explore the vineyards is to take a wine tour, several of which are offered regularly. If you are visiting during early March then join in on the Vendimia Harvest Festival with plenty of wine tasting and concerts.
- Teatro Colon
The Teatro Colon — Spanish for Columbus Theater — is located right next to Plaza Lavalle in the city of Buenos Aires. This majestic theater is considered to be one of the finest in the world, both in terms of architecture and acoustics. This present building was completed in 1908 replacing an earlier theater that was constructed in 1857. Teatro Colon, with its majestic façade and horse shoe shaped auditorium, is an attraction in itself. Even if you are not a theater person, or not into classical concerts, visit the Teatro Colon to experience the sheer grandeur of this iconic landmark.
- General Carrera Lake
Also known as Lake Buenos Aires, the General Carrera Lake is a natural wonder that is shared by both Chile and Argentina. This glacial lake is set amidst the Andes mountains and has a surface area of 1850 sq km which spills into both the countries. It is one of the deepest lakes in the continent. What makes Carrera Lake so special is its geological formations of several marble tunnels and caverns. In fact, the site has a Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral which you can explore through a boat tour.
- Mount Fitz Roy
Mt. Fitz Roy is one of the most popular landmarks in the Andes range. Situated on the border of Argentina and Chile, this mountain is known for its picturesque looks and its tough terrain which has made it one of the most challenging peaks to conquer. Earlier the place was quite difficult to access, but with the completion of the El Calafate International Airport in the neighboring El Chalten village, travelers have much easier access to this peak.
- Perito Moreno Glacier
The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Covering an area of about 250 sq km in the Los Glacieres Park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be one of the largest reserves of fresh water in the world. It is very easily accessible from El Calafate — about 2 hrs by bus — from where several daily tours are offered. You can opt for the ‘mini trekking tour’ which has a guided trek of about 90 minutes; the ‘big ice trek’ includes a trek of about 5 hours.
- Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is not only the capital of Argentina, it is also the most populous and most vibrant city in the country. It is a major tourist destination and is the most visited city in South America. It has a diverse culture with immigrants from many nations. In fact, the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called ‘portenos’ meaning people from the port, a reference to the huge number of people that entered the city through the ports. This has resulted in a very cosmopolitan feel that the city. However, it does not mean that you cannot tango in Buenos Aires. Plenty of museums, art galleries, colonial architecture, well-landscaped parks, and shopping centers will keep you entertained the whole day. After sundown the several cafes, restaurants, and dance clubs ensure that the city never sleeps.
- Iguazu Falls
With a width of 2.7 km and a height that varies from 60 m to 82 m, the Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world. The falls is on the border of Argentina and Brazil. To give an idea of how big Iguazu is: it is twice the size of the Niagara Falls! The highest part of the falls — at 82 m — has a ‘U’ shape and is known as the Devil’s Throat. It has 275 individual drops right after the rainy season. Tours are available to this UNESCO World Heritage Site from various neighboring cities. There are several walkways that have been built so that visitors can have a closer look at the magnitude of the Iguazu. This stunning natural wonder has been featured in several major movies including Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Miami Vice, to name just two.
Originally posted 2017-03-08 13:25:05.