Argentina things to see and do

Tourist offices

Argentina Government Tourist Office in the USA

12 West 56th Street, New York City, Argentina
Tel: (212) 603 0443.
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1730.
www.turismo.gov.ar

Things to see and do

Bariloche

Beautiful Bariloche is an enthralling place whatever the season. In the summer, hike the hillside trails, kick back with a fishing rod or hop on a horse or mountain bike and explore. As the winter sets in, so do the skiers, with reliable powder attracting a global crowd of snow fanatics.

Whale-watching in Puerto Madryn

The beautiful nature reserve Peninsula Valdis situated near the Patagonian town Puerto Madryn is a prime whale-watching location. From June until December whales can be seen populating these majestic waters. Those heading there in September and October will likely see the forms of many elephant seals basking on the shoreline.

Andes

When the snow falls, it’s time to zoom down the eastern slopes of the Andes. The best time for this is May to September. Bariloche is the most established Argentine ski destination, while purpose-built Las Leñas (www.laslenas.com) is swiftly gaining popularity; this remote ski location, near Malargue, offers a well-stocked village, and access to world-class advanced slopes.

Buenos Aires

Heady Buenos Aires is a vibrant mix of Argentine culture and cosmopolitan city life. This is a round-the-clock city, with a bustling centre by day, packed cafés well into the evening, late night feasting at its grill restaurants, and tango halls and modern night clubs that go on way past dawn.

Iguazú Falls

The magnificent Iguazú Falls fittingly receive their name from the Guarani Indian word meaning 'great waters'. Surrounded by the virgin jungle of Iguazú National Park, home to 2000 species of flora and 400 species of bird, the Paraná River divides into 275 separate falls. The highest, the Garganta del Diabolo (Devil's Throat), reaches 70m (230ft) - one and a half times the height of the Niagara Falls.

La Boca

Marvel at the rainbow of painted houses and artistic talents of La Boca - a colourful neighbourhood in southern Buenos Aires. One of the area's star attractions is football team Boca Juniors' home ground: The Estadio Alberto J. Armando – also known as La Bombonera (the chocolate box).

Lake District

With glacial lakes, looming mountains and dense forests, Argentina's Lake District is certainly one of its most prominent natural beauties, and the ideal destination for both those looking escape into the wilderness, and those eager to indulge in adrenaline-filled activities. Continue on to Lanín National Park, dominated by the extinct, snow-capped Lanín Volcano which stands at 3,776m (12,386ft).

Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park (www.losglaciares.com) is the second largest in Argentina and runs for 170km (106 miles) along the border with Chile; it is characterised by rugged mountains and clear lakes. The largest glacier is Upsala, but the most popular is the mighty Moreno glacier, where massive chunks of ice shear off and fall into Lago Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina, to form icebergs. Visitors can view the advancing Moreno glacier from catwalks and platforms.

Mendoza

Mendoza is one of Argentina’s key wine regions, and nearly two thirds of Argentine wine is produced here. Taste some of the New World's best wines and learn about winemaking heritage at one of Mendoza's traditional bodegas (wineries). Try Clos de Chacras (www.closdechacras.com.ar) - a boutique Mendoza bodega with a beautiful restaurant and 100-year-old cellar.

 

 

Nahuel Huapi National Park

The park offers trekkers and sightseers many areas of natural beauty, including an extinct volcano called Tronador, alpine meadows and amazing fauna. The sprawling glacial lake, Lake Nahuel Huapi, stretches over 100km (63 miles) to the border with Chile; the lake contains a nature reserve, the Isla Victoria, which can be reached by private or organised boat trips.

Pampas

These flat and fertile lowlands provide optimum respite from hectic city life. Head out into the Pampas and stay at an estancia (traditional Argentine farm). Many offer horse riding around the local beauty spots, open log fires in the winter months, and a banquet of South American meats.

Parillas

The traditional Argentine parrilla (grill) is the very heart and soul of Argentina's cuisine. Sample morcilla (blood sausage), chinchulines (intestines), or simply plump for a slap of prime Argentine beef - all charred to perfection. For an authentic and reliably delicious meat experience in Buenos Aires, try El Trapiche in Palermo, and Desnivel in San Telmo.

River Manso

Charge down wild rapids on the River Manso, near Bariloche. This thunderous force of nature, lined with picturesque forest and jungle, is born from the glaciers at the foothills of Mount Tronador, and winds its way through to Chile. Other top rafting options are the River Atuel near San Rafael or the Juramento Rapids near Salta.

Salta

Colonial Salta (www.turismosalta.gov.ar) is peppered with colonial architecture. Stop in on the nearby pre-Incan ruins at Santa Rosa de Tastil, before travelling through the stunning red gorge of the Quebrada de Humahuaca (www.quebradadehumahuaca.com), scattered with verdant oases. Horseriding treks amid the arid, rose-tinted mountains around Salta are a popular way of taking in the area's distinctive backdrop.

Tierra del Fuego

Travel to the 'end of the earth' at Tierra del Fuego (www.tierradelfuego.org.ar), the gateway to the Antarctic. This archipelago is shared by Argentina and neighbouring Chile. Explore the marine and bird life of the Beagle Channel by boat and wander through Ushuaia, the world's most southerly city.

Edited by Jane Duru
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