Argentina is a land of natural and man-made wonders. From the glaciers and sky-scraping peaks of the Andes to the vineyards of Mendoza and the bustle of Buenos Aires, there’s so much to see in this dynamic and incomparably unique country.
There are many reasons why Argentina is a top destination for tourists. It has the largest waterfalls, the highest peak in the Americas and some of the most extraordinary scenery that travelers will find anywhere. It’s not just the overall excellence. It’s the extreme variety of tourist attractions in Argentina that keeps visitors coming back for more.
On the border region between Argentina and Chile is Volcan Lanin, a volcano that is wildly popular with hikers and rock climbers. The truly adventurous can seek permission at the Lanín national park office, show proof of supplies, and then trek to the summit on an often snow-capped route. Alternatively, a short walk of under an hour can take visitors to the Volcán Lanín’s Cara Norte, or north face, which also offers views of the lake called Lago Tromen and the surrounding forest.
Quebrada de Cafayate is a spectacular canyon in the Valles Calchaquíes region. Sandstone, unusual rock formations and bold colors make this is a true bucket-list item for travelers. Organized tours allow for hiking or driving along the Río de las Conchas, traveling into the gorge and the heart of the canyon. In the background, the Sierras de Carahuasi are a bold contrast, creating picture-perfect vistas. Look for landmarks like the iconic monolith known as El Obelisco, the vivid rock formation castles known as Los Castillos and the chalk quarry, which is home to a unusual rock formation called El Fraile, or the monk.
Just north of Buenos Aires is the city of Tigre, a destination that serves as a hub for the surrounding delta. While the city offers an extensive museum, great shops and a bustling outdoor market, the real appeal is escaping Tigre and exploring the river delta by boat. Book a spot on a guided tour, or just hop on one of the local water taxis, and see the local homes along the canals, the many floating means of transport used in the area and even purchase goods from the floating vendors who ply their trade right in the river.
One of the most popular attractions in Buenos Aires is Recoleta Cemetery. The cemetery dates back to the early 18th century, and it contains nearly 5,000 vaults. Architectural features abound at the Recoleta Cemetery, including countless statues, Doric columns and mausoleums. What makes the cemetery so fascinating, however, is who is laid to rest there. Some of the tombs in Recoleta belong to people like Eva Peron, Armando Bo, José Figueroa Alcorta and virtually every Argentinian of political or cultural note from the past two centuries.
In La Rioja Province is Talampaya National Park, a large preserve that protects some of the country’s most important archeological and paleontological sites. Approximately 250 years ago, dinosaurs roamed in this region, and fossil remains found in the park confirm that fact. For those without an interest in archeology, the dry bed of the Talampaya River, the rich red of the gorge, the unusually shaped rocks and the magnificent scenery are enough reason to visit this amazing tourist attractions in Argentina.
Dating back to the 17th century, the Iglesia San Francisco is one of the most impressive colonial structures in the beautiful city of Salta. This Italianate church is known for its exquisite white pillars and an elaborate multi-tiered tower that is illuminated at night. With its domed ceiling and archival library, the church’s interior is equally noteworthy. This architectural landmark is worth the trip alone to the provincial capital of Salta.
Located in the Lake District near San Carlos de Bariloche, Cerro Catedral is South America’s most famous and well-developed ski resort. Challenging terrain, off-piste access and snowboarding facilities make it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts and ski festivals. In the offseason, the resort welcomes hikers, climbers and cyclists who want to tame the terrain and take in the breathtaking mountain views.
Once a retreat for Argentina’s aristocracy, Mar del Plata today is the country’s top beach resort city. Located on the Atlantic Coast, the city attracts millions of tourists every year to its sandy beaches and lively culture. During the summer weekends it can get very crowded here but outside the summer months, the city takes on a much more relaxed feel.