23 Top Tourist Attractions in Argentina

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Volcan Lanin

The Volcan Lanin is located in the province of San Juan and lies in the southern sector of the Tierra del Fuego Island, the southernmost part of Argentina, under the administrative jurisdiction of the municipality of the same name. The stratovolcano has a double crater, which divides the summit into an eastern and a western lobe, located on the main ridge and accessible on foot.

The first recorded ascent of the Volcan was made on May 28, 1932, by a group of English mountaineers, consisting of P. K. Mummery, A. Wynter, H. Jenkin, and H. Shoudlard, and was organized by the Alpine Club of England. They encountered the volcano in Southern Patagonian icefield, and the way they reached the summit was their marvellous feat.

For the travelers who passed by that place, they never let them idle from their outing, and they always do it in a brilliant and festive way. If you are one of them, there are many attractions available for you.

Take a look at them and you’ll know that the tourist places are practically too many, but not possible to mention all of them. Some may not be familiar to you, but the most important ones will surely catch your eye.

Quebrada de Cafayate

Quebrada de Cafayate is the only place in the world featuring caves with stalactites in different shapes. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Argentina, especially with photographers who can’t resist the natural scenery, which includes cliffs, valleys, and a variety of colors.

Casa Rosada

If you want to gain some insight into the Argentinean history you’ll find here. If you want to take a photo with a famous structure this is probably the best place to do it. The Casa Rosada is a national monument, the house of government since 1882. It has been the seat of many revolutionary governments since the times of the May Revolution (1810).

Lion’s Square

Lion’s Square is one of the biggest squares in the city at Plaza de Mayo. It is the center of Buenos Aires, with a clear view of San Martin Hill. This is one of the biggest monuments in the city and since it has usually been the focus of the city’s attention, it is also one of the main tourist attractions in Argentina.

La Boca

Tigre Delta

This vast swamplands of marshes, banks of lotus flowers, lagoons and reputed Central and South America’s largest mangrove swamp has long been a sanctuary for thousands of birds.In the heart of Argentina’s Argentina’s capital is a haven for wildlife and birdlife.

A journey in the Tigre Delta is an adventure of a lifetime. Along the Cataratas River, honeymoon couples pose for romantic photos with the lush Cataratas delta as background.

The well-established routine of fishermen, birdwatchers, and tourists seeking a romantic atmosphere, make this a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

You can enjoy this perfect natural phenomenon when you rent a canoe in Tigre Delta. Tigre Delta is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

There is also a colony of nearly 100,000 magpie-rooks, a migratory animal from Australia, which is a unique bird to the area.

Recoleta Cemetery

Talampaya National Park

Iglesia San Francisco

Church – Real Bernardini: This beautiful chapel is located in the quiet village of Bahia Blanca, and though it has become a must-see attraction for tourists, the church has remained undisturbed, which is the result of a mediation process between the two warring parties, the Argentine army and the guerrillas. For a little over two decades, the site on which this structure sits was used as a military base by the army. Although highly recommended, it is certainly not recommended to walk around the church, as it is a constant reminder of the horrors of war.

Cerro Catedral

Mar del Plata Beaches

  • Mi Casa Residence. An eclectic house in a very sought after location, which was a (failed) attempt to build the Ritz-Carlton in Argentina.
  • Balcon San Martín. A place where visitors can have coffee while listening to tango music.
  • Rip Curl Beach. A place where surfers hang out as well.
  • Museo de Arte Popular, featuring colonial and religious artworks, and the rest of the largest collection of tango artifacts by any museum in the world.
  • Rip Curl Beach, a surf spot, where the lagoon is a breeding ground for Atlantic Sea Turtles. The turtles come every summer to lay their eggs while the kids of Mar del Plata watch the turtle larvae hatch.
  • La Baita del Cala. A bar and restaurant where tourists can sample asado de mar (grilled meat from the local pescado negro – black fish) in a beach setting.
  • Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
  • Las Olas, a district designed for leisure. This zone includes the well known Centro Cultural, a cultural center which attracts art and music enthusiasts.
  • Water Park, features three great water slides and is located in the neighborhood of Caballito.

Cueva de las Manos

The Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands) or simply the Cueva de las Manos Natural Monument is located 18 meters deep in the Province of San Juan in Argentina.

Located near Santa Fe, on a hill of the same name, it is surrounded by low-elevation coniferous forest and several small rivers.

Surrounded on all sides by vertical rock walls above 50 meters of depth, it was formed by the action of the underground Chanchana River, whose water percolates up through the faults, wetting the limestone rock, and from there forms the waterfalls that feed the cave.

It is also one of the most important archaeological sites in Argentina. Offering museum pieces and remains of extinct animals such as birds, bats, crocodiles and odd-toed ungulates.

There are several hypotheses about the Cave’s origin, the most popular of them is that it is a ceiling cave that collapsed and was later formed by a conical mass, similar to a collapsed volcano.

Aconcagua

(at 18,000 feet) Located in the picturesque valley of Mendoza Province, Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. This hyperbolic arc volcano locks in glaciers that grow in the South American winter. The mountains summit is almost entirely covered in snow, and the one day tourists are permitted to the summit, is commonly plagued with fog and clouds.

Heights explained: Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere and one of the highest mountains on Earth, the Aconcagua sits right in the middle of the Andes, on the border of Chile and Argentina. The mountain is in Argentina, so if you are a the summit, your feet will be in Argentina. The summit sits on a ridge which peaks at around 18,000 feet, and the mountain itself runs entirely over 18,000 feet, so the entire mountain is over 18,000 feet.

Tourists: Viewing Mount Aconcagua was on my list of goals when I moved to Argentina. It’s a majestic, scary place. Incredibly overwhelming. If you’re wondering, there aren’t any birds in the picture, so it’s not the moutain, but that’s what the guides were afraid of me taking pictures of.

Tips: Bring layers.

Quebrada de Humahuaca

Pictured here: "Quebrada del Tunuyán"

Quebrada de Humahuaca is a arid canyon located in the northwest of the Potrerillos Department of the Jujuy Province. The Quebrada de Humahuaca was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.

The Quebrada de Humahuaca has been formed by the erosion of a swath of rocks called the Altiplano. These rocks are two thousand million years old and are part of the Precambrian Period. In the center of the valley there are mesas and canyons that rises to more than 1300 m (4300 ft). The canyon runs north-south and extends approximately 30 km (19 mi) and varies in width from a few hundred meters to almost a mile.

Below are 10 reasons to travel To The 14 towns of the Jujuy province, a province in Argentina famous for its spectacular rock formations.
To get there from El Alto: Bus: 1: 125 or 1: 195. Bus: 2: 37. Train: 3: 50.

Street Tango

The city of Buenos Aires has more than its fair share of tourist attractions and options for things to see and do. One of these is the highly popular street Tango in Buenos Aires.

Street Tango originated in the streets of Buenos Aires in early 1900's and has grown to be a worldwide sensation.

The Tango is performed not only by professional performers, but also by school-aged children, musicians and even the homeless.

The Tango is more than just a dance and cannot be separated from social and cultural aspects of its practices; It has inspired numerous musicians, comedians, writers, painters and poets.

Ushuaia

Ibera Wetlands

There are also many other places of interest in Argentina like the Alejandro “H’ckel” Paletas National Geographic Reserve, the Pampa Candungue National Reserve, the Salta “Chinche” Wetlands, the Milodon National Monument, and many other places.

Mendoza Wine Regions

Argentina’s Mendoza wine region is a popular destination for all kinds of travelers. Grapes used to make the best wines in the world are grown here. Vineyards range from the granite terraces of the Andes in the east, to the flat plains in the west. Its natural beauty and unrivaled climate make Mendoza a highly desirable place for tourists all year round. But perhaps the biggest draw for tourists is its wine country, which regularly receives international awards for the world’s best wines. Its vineyards cover around 60% of the province of Mendoza, which makes it larger than Napa Valley and Switzerland’s Valais. Most traditional wineries are located around the city of Malalane near the ski resort of Cerran and the resort town Miguel Indurain. This region is very popular with those looking for a rustic, remote and outdoor filled vacation, and activity options here offer something for everybody, from skiing and hiking, to mountain biking and horseback riding. The wineries here are situated near the scenic vineyards, where visitors can taste and buy fresh grapes, wine, artisan cheeses and grilled meats.

Monte Fitz Roy

One of the greatest mountain in the world.

Location: Patagonia, Argentina.

Activities: Skiing, Mountaineering, Trekking, Photography

The stunning alpenglow setting of San Martin's lookout (which looks out over the entirety of Argentina), along with the amazing views from Europa.

Christy’s on Monte Fitz Roy

On the way down from Treble Cone to the San Martin hut you can stop at the famous Christy’s Restaurant, which is famous throughout the world for the best almighty burger.

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares: The Glacier National Park.

Location: Rio Negro, Neuquen Province, Argentina

Activities: Hiking, Trekking, Camping, Climbing, Skiing,

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

The town is filled with people in the winter and the rest of the year it is a very quiet place. It is a very different village at the winter compared to the summer. The winter requires all the residents to go microbus to microbus to get to other towns and cities.

Schedule your trip to be between mid March and first week of June. The summer is very hot with temperatures reaching up to 39 Celsius.

Staying on an Estancia

In Patagonia you will find yourself struck by both a sense of wilderness, feeling far from civilization, and an amazing sense of proximity and connection with the land. A stay at an estancia is a great way to experience the beauty of the land while learning about the history that shaped it.

At an estancia, you will experience a slice of the great outdoors mixed with a little bit of a resort experience. There is one in almost every Patagonian region, but you can also find one in Santa Fe Province and Santiago del Estero Province. You’ll find alpacas, horses, and pastures to wander across. Some estancias also offer trekking in the Andes.

Restaurants and bars open up to the outdoors are common in estancias. The rustic style of food, combined with the natural scenery, makes for a wonderful meal.

Another nice thing about staying at an estancia is that it provides a convenient base for exploring the region. Estancias are located along many of the major attractions in Patagonia. So, if you want to visit the Torres del Paine National Park or see the glaciers in Parque Nacional Perito Moreno, you can get there simply by dining at an estancia and catching a ride.

Beagle Channel

From San Sebastián to Isla Grande (2,283 km).

The Beagle Channel separates the South American mainland and the island of Tierra del Fuego. The Beagle Channel is an important waterway that connects Argentina with the rest of the world.

During the winter, when the weather is stormy and the ice is thick, the Beagle Channel invites adventure.

The channel is always risky, and brave cruisers will enter the centre of the Strait to begin the journey to the South American mainland.

You will need a voyage to sail through the Beagle Channel. It has lots of danger, and yachts even get stuck in it sometimes.

This perilous adventure will take you from San Sebastián, one of the most beautiful coast of Argentina, to the settlement of Isla Grande.

Before leaving San Sebastián, you can shop for rare and delicious wines at Bodegas Fletcher. The bodegas are old and historic and you can taste the classic wines of Argentina.

Once you arrive to Isla Grande, take a look at what Puerto Williams has to offer. Be sure to admire the natural beauty of the town nestled on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

In the town, you will be able to find great food, and a range of other services. Isla Grande will surprise you with its unique and astonishing features.

Valdes Peninsula

Caminito

Caminito del Rey (English: King's Little Path) is a hand-built footbridge that was famously featured on the cover of El Otro Yo , the third studio album by Argentine rock band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (English: The Superb Cadillacs)

Designed and built by local schoolchildren, the bridge swung across a ravine, over a 300-metre (1000 ft) gorge on the side of Cerro Catedral to link the town of Barreal near the top of the mountain to El Castillo, which lies on the steep slope of the ravine.

Although it is a popular local attraction and tourists often take photos next to it, it was not built as a tourist attraction and belongs to the children of the town.

The structure is made of local woods and steel pipes and was built over a three year period.

An additional road existed before the bridge was built, and became unsafe due to erosion.

Despite its popular name, the path belongs to the town (Catedral barrio) of Barreal.

Route of the Seven Lakes

(Los siete lagos)

Located in the Laguna del Lagarto Park lies the route of seven lakes. The route is known as the Ciclomill of Los siete lagos, it has been designed to allow cyclists to enjoy the beauty of the area and its surrounding waters.

The route includes the highway that separates the seven lakes of the Laguna del Lagarto, paved interurban connections from each lake, the scenic or boat route along the lagoon and the Raúl Bolaños highway connecting with Route 13.

The number of lakes in the route is different according to the source consulted, with the difference reaching up to eleven. At present, the seven lakes that can be found in the route are Arroyo Morado, Barrancas, Baraúnas, Chico, Punta Negra, San Martín and Unquillo.

Other sources mention the following lakes: Barragán, Pilcomayo, Lule, Laguna de Santa Fe, Laguna de Cayastá, Laguna del Cóndor and Laguna del Lago.

Along its route, the route is covered by a tree, flower and bird group known as the biosphere reserve of Los siete lagos.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Iguazu Falls

  • One of the top natural attractions in Argentina
  • Iguazu Falls refer to waterfalls that fall over the Iguazu River. There are three major waterfalls: Foz do Igua[/u], one of the world’s most spectacular gorges and waterfalls; Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall; and Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) with its ever-changing torrent of water.
  • There are three different levels for visitors to be able to see the falls: the visitor center, to view the falls from a viewpoint within the park, and the walking trail where one can get practically right up to the edges of the falls.

Time required: At least half a day to see everything and several days to spend at the park

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  • Rodeleros perderños represent the path chosen by the wind. The river forms at its feet.
  • Upwards of 20,000 people visit Iguazu Falls each day, so special information for each visitor will be introduced upon arrival.