Below you’ll find the top Things to Do in Argentina as rated by VIVA’s travel writing staff, local experts and travelers.
The list of things to do in Argentina is practically endless. Whether you want to tango at a milonga in Buenos Aires, climb Aconcagua (South America’s tallest mountain), go wine tasting in Mendoza, or hang with gauchos at an estancia in the Pampas, Argentina ensures that there is something for everyone, and then some. Depending on whether you choose to visit the southernmost tip of the continent or hang out in one of the country’s many cities, one thing is for sure: you will never run out of things to do in Argentina.
Put on a smile and head to San Telmo on Sundays for the festivities of the feria, a neighborhood-wide flea market offering antiques, artesanias and good times for all.
Stroll down the cobblestone of Calle Defensa between Parque Lezama and Avenida Belgrano, and awaken all of your senses in one of
The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. When it snows high in the Patagonian Andes, the snow and ice does not melt. Rather, it accumulates, forming the massive South Patagonian Icefield,
In 1870, Italian immigrant Santiago Graffigna founded the first winery in the San Juan region. It would become the area's most famous vineyard. Graffigna continued in the family until 1980. Today, the company is under the auspices of the French enterprise Pernod Ricard. A tour through Museo Santiag
Another popular way to explore the Estero del Iberá is by hiking. Near the Reserva Provincial Iberá's Centro de Visitantes Agua Brillante are three trails. Behind it are the Sendero del Cerrito, a loop trail through fields and forests to the meteorological statio
Welcome to Cretaceous Park! No, not Jurassic-all these creatures come from the last great dinosaur era. Replicas of reptiles found only in this region of Argentina roam the park garden. The eleven types of residents include light-weights like Aniksosaurus Darwini, which weighed only 50 kilograms
San Ignacio Miní, in its pre-exodus incarnation, was located in the Territorio del Guairá in Brazil's modern Paraná state. Founded in 1609 by Fathers José Cataldino and Simón Maceta, this was one of the earliest Jesuit reducciones founded in South America. Like many in that region, the inhabit
Founded in 1992, Parque Provincial Teyú Cuaré protects 78 hectares (192.7 ac) of unique geology and jungle. On this stretch of the Río Paraná's south bank, there are 120- to 216-meter-high (394- to 709-ft) bluffs tinted yellow, orange, rose and red, much like the landscape of the rest of Misi
You can't visit Buenos Aires without making an afternoon pilgrimage to the La Boca barrio and its best-known street. It's certainly the city's most colorful walkway, both literally and figuratively. Multi-hued zinc buildings, restaurants serving up pricey grub and staging modest tango performances,
Behind elegant neo-classical gates in a quiet corner of northern Buenos Aires lies a city in miniature. Avenues of cypress weave past stately yew lined mausoleums bearing ornate facades of granite and gleaming white marble. Silence hangs like mist in this quiet neighborhood where the dead slumber pe
The hottest ticket in town is the boat tour of Laguna Iberá. Most trips leave 6-11 a.m. or 4-6 p.m., avoiding the heat of day. Night excursions are also available. Outings are usually canceled if it's raining.
Many morning rides do a three-hour trip to Miriñay, an area on the east side of the lag
Enjoy a whole or half day in a private polo club to either watch or participate in Argentine polo: wander through the pony lines, meet professional players, and watch a fast-paced match. The whole day package includes a generous barbecue with excellent Argentine wine, and a chance to ride a pony and
Plaza de Mayo is the most historically significant spot in Buenos Aires, and perhaps its number one tourist destination. Plaza de Mayo has been in the same location and at the political heart of Argentina since Buenos Aires was first founded. Named to commemorate the revolution of May 1810, which be
New to Buenos Aires and don't know where to start? The offerings of city tours are overwhelming, but there's only one that really caters to the budget traveler. However, it is not just the price - or lack thereof - that distinguishes BA Free Tour. Founded by a group of locals, the BA Free Tour wi
If you would like to combine an excursion showcasing the impressive views of Lago Lácar and the Andes mountains with a chance to get up-close to the Arrayán tree, then this is your day trip. Begin by traveling from Avenida Costanera until it meets with Ruta Naciónal 234. Follow the paved road t
Cerro Piltriquitrón's steep mountain face rises from the edge of El Bolsón, creating an awe-inspiring vista. The mountain's name means "the gathering of clouds" in Mapuche, an appropriate name since it is the only place in the entire area that gathers condensation. Several aspects make a visit to
For those needing acupuncture, El Recinto is one of your best options in all of Patagonia. The owner, Fernanda Magadán, is a sweet, energetic and open-hearted woman who has created this healing and learning center. She has studied acupuncture for over twenty years and has made many trips to China t
The El Bolsón valley is criss-crossed with hiking trails that bring adventurers deep into the Andean mountains. The majority of the trails lead to manned huts that offer hot meals, beds and sometimes home-brewed beer. In contrast to the hiking in Bariloche, the trails in El Bolsón venture up valle
Artesanias del Llao is a small, locally owned artisan craft gallery. It is one of the better places in Bariloche for candles, rose hip oil and well-priced knick knacks. The store is filled with a huge variety of homemade treasures such as sweaters, chocolates, pottery, wind chimes, or slippers. The
Cerro Chapelco is San Martín's winter playground. A ski area with over ten lifts, an altitude of 6,340 feet and slopes averaging between 25 and 40 degrees, Chapelco is, understandably, one of Argentina's favored ski resorts. It is also a great place to take in the views of the surrounding volcanoes
For those rainy evenings or nights when you are looking for something different, try Ludovico. A pizza, bowling and bar mix, this quaint bowling alley has made an attempt at a bit of variety in El Bolsón. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The pizza is basic but they have good microbrews on tap.
The Parque Municipal Llao Llao is a 1,200-hectare national park within the larger Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. It is sandwiched between kilometers 26 and 31 of Circuito Chico. The park is a mix of native wood species (such as Coihues and Cordilleran Cypress), bamboo, mosses and ferns, and the home
Cerro Campanario is a little mountain with a big view. It was also rated top 10 viewing spot in the world by National Geographic. It was first summited February 2, 1930, by Monsignor De Andrea. The chairlift begins at 770 meters (2,526 feet) and summits at 1,050 meters (3,445 feet). The orientation
Learning the culture of the Mapuche is an important aspect to understanding the true culture of Argentina. A great place to do so is within the Mapuche Curruhuinca community. The zone actually encompasses multiple townships that all share the common food, activities and crafts of the people. There a
There are a few different canopy companies in Bariloche but the most popular is Canopy Adventure Tour. Located off the Circuito Chico, the owner has taken his acres of land and made a great course among the tops of old growth Lenga trees. It boasts to have the longest flying span between two trees
Whether the weather is keeping you from hitting the trails, or an injury has rained on your parade, El Chaltén's community offers a few activities to fill the hours. The national park service, APN, has an interpretive center at its headquarters. One room covers the natural and human history of
The Puente del Inca (The Bridge of the Inca) is the most interesting and important Incan ruins in the province of Mendoza. Set off the highway en route to Chile, arrange an excursion in Mendoza. Legend says a group of Incans left Cuzco to look for medicine for their ailing leader. But when their tr
The cinnamon-colored Arrayán trees (or Myrceugenella) only grow southern Argentina, and they flourish in the Seven Lakes area, home to the largest known specimens of Arrayanes on the planet. The trees grow slowly and the trunk of the tree has a unique way of staying cool in any temperature. It's ru
In your stroll around town, drop in to see Fernando Pugliesse's life-size bronzed statues of important historical figures. Iglesia Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús holds Padre Manuel González, who ministered to villagers throughout Santa Cruz province, and Alberto María de Agostini, who explored th
Situated in the old growth forests of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, this canopy tour is 1.6 km long, and stops at 11 platforms. The distances between trees makes for a speedy decent, if so desired. The company will drive you up to the flying zone via a bumpy picturesque 4Ã?4 r
Capilla de San Eduardo is a complimentary edition to the Hotel Llao Llao. Built in 1938 by the hotel's architect, Bustillo, the church replicates the log and stone theme. The windows are decorated in stained-glass religious picture stories. The views from the church veranda are awe-inspiring. Mount
Punto Panorámico is one location that anyone visiting Bariloche must see at least once. This magnificent view is spectacular. It looks over lakes Moreno Oeste and Nahuel Huapi, Llao Llao Hotel, the Andes and towards Chile. It is truly a special spot. It can be a bit touristy, though. There is usual
Resistencia's bright sun glares off its eclectic Catedral dedicated to San Fernando Rey. This temple, built from 1888 to 1898, is a blend between classical and early-Gothic architecture stripped to its pure geometric forms. In the faÃ§ade's niches there are abstract statues of the Virgin Mary and
If all of the travel has made your body a little angry with you, then El Bolsón has a community of healers that are ready to make you feel better. One of those is the Bien Estar (well-being) Spa. This massage and relaxation house was created to help visitors and locals alike to enjoy the sensation
Teatro San José is a true representation of San Martín history. The community theater was originally started in 1957 but fell to the wayside. In 1987 it was rebuilt by the Foundation of the Friends of Culture and placed in the antique, historical church where it can be found today. With the suppor
The Monasterio de las Carmelitas Descalzadas de Santa Teresa de Jesús are a set of buildings dedicated to St. Teresa located directly southwest of Plaza San Martín. However, because it is a working nunnery it is not entirely open to the public. The Iglesia Santa Teresa, located at Independencia 14
Meli Hue is an operating lavender farm with a tea house and B&B. It is a charming property that has the same expansive view as the Punto Panamericano. The common tea room and outdoor seating are great for relaxing, sharing conversation and appreciating the Patagonian life. The rooms are cute. The f
The Jesuit Estancias, found two blocks southwest of Plaza San Martín, encompass an entire block allocated to the Society of Jesus. The main offices of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba serve as the entrance to the Museo Histórico de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, as well. As Argentina's o
El Bolsón is a fly fisherman's dream with its crystal clear rivers, striking views and pristine fishing holes. But let's not forget the size of the Rainbow Trout being pulled from the turquoise water. The fish are the real reason that people from around the world travel to this small town in the su
Going through every shade of pink since it was first painted this color during the presidency of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in 1870, the Pink House on Plaza de Mayo is the headquarters of the executive power of the Republic of Argentina. Aside from its most important offices, the Pink House holds th
Just when you think you're in Tombstone, the hooting of monkeys or the chirping of parrots might seem incongruous. But out of the dust rises the Carlos Merti zoo, a family run collection of 47 regional animal species. The menagerie includes toucans, monkeys, wild cats, turtles, foxes, owls, snakes
Located 26 kilometers from Ushuaia, the ski resort of Cerro Castor offers perhaps the longest and most consistent ski season in South America. The season lasts from the 9th of July until the 16th of October. It has the reputation of being one of Argentina's premiere spots for all things winter. Wit
Although not a giant casino, the Esquel casino offers all of the normal practices of gambling fare: craps, roulette, poker and black jack. It is a small and dingy establishment with a basic number of tables and machines. Not the cheeriest place in town, it always welcomes lovers of the game. It is t
A lively dance club for more than just the kids, Majestuoso understands that those that are young at heart like to boogie, too. The club has the common unimpressive exterior with a smoky, dark interior. But it gets the job done. They play the normal mix of fun, upbeat songs that make you want to hi
La Trochita, a steam train running on a narrow rail system, is a legendary piece of Patagonian history. Its arrival to the isolated landscape in the early 1920s was the beginning of settlement of the region. It was built by the Croatians, Russians, Polish and Italians who later became the founding
This is Areco's top attraction, a goldmine for anyone interested in the country ranch lifestyle. Across the river from town, the Parque Criollo surrounds the museum, housed in a historic ranch building. Both have been there since 1979, and were declared a National Historic Monument in 1999. The muse
Down along the city's seafront the low tide reveals marshlands and tidal flats stretching many kilometers south. Resting and feeding here are resident species like the Ostero Austral (Magellanic Oystercatcher, Haematopus leucopodus) and Chorlito Ceniciento (Magella
An exciting activity located near Esquel city center is whitewater rafting adventures. The Rio Corcovado ranges in difficulty from a class two to a class four. There are over a handful of guide companies based in el centro that take the adventurous on single- and multi-day excursions. The majority o
Esquel is blessed with great soil that remains tacky despite a lack of rain in the summer. This lends itself to being a fabulous mountain biking arena. It is also the playing field for the Argentine Mountain Bike Championships in April. There is the full range of trail difficulties interlaced throug
Rafting is a major business in the El Bolsón area. With multiple world-class rivers and gorgeous natural landscapes, the zone is known by many in the rafting and kayaking business as one of the world's best. There are various trips and guide companies offering an adventure for all abilities. Some
Aside from the museums in the city, Ushuaia has cultural centers where performance and visual arts are showcased. The main tourism office posts the week's events.
Casa de la Cultura. The city's cultural center has galleries showing temporary art exhibits and
Mountain horse trekking into the Andes is an incredible way to see Patagonia. You'll ride over mountains and valleys, forge rivers and skirt lakes to see waterfalls, condors, volcanoes and hot springs.
The annual branding of calves on a ranch calls for a huge party, called a Yerra. At Estancia Ranquilco, they slaughter a cow for a grand BBQ and gauchos and friends come from all over the surrounding countryside for the
Amidst Palermo's vast green parks is the Jardín Japonés. It contains the requisite features of Japanese gardens in cities around the world such aslarge stands of bamboo, fish ponds, a wealth of trees and those great little bridges. At the entrance on the corner of Avenidas Berro and Casares there
From scenic walks to technical climbs, Argentina offers a variety of excellent hiking opportunities. Although some trails are heavily populated, such as Mount Fitz Roy in the northern Chaltén area of Parque National Los Glaciares, others can be traversed in solitude for days. These areas, most oft
The Miradores de los Cóndores and de las Ãguilas trails begin from the park office. At first, the main trail passes through the compound, to the trailhead to the left. The path then rises steadily and easily up. Near the top of the hill, the trail forks. The left route heads up to BA Free Tour<
Named for Saint Rosa of Lima, church was built in 1648 and stands guard over Plaza Prado. Its church's squat adobe faÃ§ade is beautiful in its simplicity, and inside the spare wooden pews and darkened-with-time cactus wood roof are reminders both of its age and the small size of its congregation.
Argentina has a long and rich equestrian tradition. The gauchos, sort of like Argentine cowboys, ruled the vast grassland pampas for hundreds of years, tending enormous herds of cattle, and they have since entered into myth. Argentina is still one of the world's greatest ranching nations and is worl
The Melipal cultural center is a modern building housing the history of the people and the area. The government created this interactive museum to help create a feeling of excitement and enjoyment in learning about the human and cultural aspects of Esquel. The center is not only a museum but also pr
Plaza San Martín is the original main square and social center for residents of Córdoba. Bull runs, religious processions, military exercises and various sporting events have been hosted here throughout the city's history. Now it is best enjoyed during early evenings when locals congregate in the
The Futaleufu boat trip is aboard a state-of-the-art ferry boat. The ship carries 122 people and has the capacity to hold large, catered private parties. It is the only ship in Villa La Angostura certified for nocturnal navigation. The boat sets sail every day at 2:30 p.m., and there is no minimum n
Angel Mendoza worked as a winemaker at the uber-big Trapiche winery before leaving to open his own family-sized boutique bodega. In fact, his wife and three children are involved in the day-to-day operations of Domaine St. Diego.
The family's "quality over quantity" mantra goes well beyond
In the heart of wine country, it seems ironic that a distillery would provide one of the region's best tours, but Tapaus delivers just that. The architecturally stunning building utilizes recycled oak barrels, rail cars and cane roofing to complete its stone construction. Although built to produce
Formed in 1988, La Reserva Provincial Payunia encompasses the seemingly endless volcanic formations that surround MalargÃ¼e. Payun Matru is the tallest peak within the reserve; however, volcanic cones litter the entire landscape. Excursions to Payunia, possible between October and
Enthusiastic guides lead visitors throughout the extensive operation at the Familia Zuccardi winery. Built with the future in mind, it features an organic vineyard and it was also the first winery in Mendoza to open a full-service restaurant to visitors. Today, the scenic
As the name suggests, Séptima is the seventh winery built by the Codorniu family. Despite being the only property in Argentina, the family owns eleven wineries throughout Spain and the USA. Although the Catalonian family's wine making heritage dates to the early 1500's, little tradition or history
The Caverna de Las Brujas provincial reserve sits 75 km (46 Mi) south of MalargÃ¼e. Nearly 6 km (3.5 Mi) of the limestone caverns have been explored, but visitors are only able to experience a small portion of the extensive collection to help preserve the area. Underground water g
Excursions to the Cañon del Atuel can be arranged with most agents in San Rafael. They cover 170 kilometers and begin by passing through Cuadro Benegas and Los Terneros, agricultural areas with vineyards and olive trees, dotted with mud-brick homes. It then passes by salt flats before reaching t
There are many opportunities to go caving in the Caverna de las Brujas. Shop around to find the best price tour. This is a long tour-over 500 kilometer-so expect to leave early, around 6 a.m. You won't be back in San Rafael until 9 p.m. The route stops in the small town of El MalargÃ¼e at the base
Started in 1995 by Ricardo Jurado, Viñas del Golf is just outside of the Cuadro Venegas, a scenic, remote area. A nine-hole course forms almost a square through the vineyards. There is also a driving range and the winery opened in 2003. Although fairly new, a passion for golf and wine has given th
Founded in 1883, Bodegas La Abeja is the oldest winery in the area. A picturesque old place within the city limits of San Rafael, it was founded by a Frenchman who harvested his first batch of grapes in 1888. 40-minute guided tours are available in Spanish, English or German and go all day with a br
The cathedral dominates the northeastern corner of the Plaza General San Martin and is an attractive if not stunning representation of neo-roman architecture. Inaugurated in 1952, it was declared the cathedral of the San Rafael diocese in 1961. The building extends back from along Carlos Pellegrini
Just ten blocks from the heart of downtown, this park is a long strip (sometimes) of green that fills with locals on summer evenings. There is an outdoor amphitheater where concerts and plays are held during the warm months. A dirt bike track provides for some good viewing entertainment and the park
Suter is Argentina's oldest running winery and consequently makes for one of the most interesting tours. The progression of wine-making is represented by the different artifacts around the grounds, from the huge oak barrels shipped across the ocean over 100 years ago from France to the stainless ste
This 420-kilometer tour leaves early in the morning and makes the first stop outside the small town of El Sosneado where there are hot springs and a lake. It continues to cross the massive plain leading up to the Andes where there is little more than cacti and the occasional herd of sheep. The ro
This combined tour hits the main sights outside of San Rafael. Heading out through wine country on Route 143, the tour makes its first stop at the Bianchi champagne-making spread. It then goes through the picturesque municipality of 25 de Mayo where San Rafael was founded and ends at the reservoir
A flair for the dramatic easily describes Carlos Pulenta's Vistalba winery. Features like the gourmet La Bourgogne restaurant, two all-inclusive (wine too) hotel suites, and a picture window-lined lounge highlight the natural beauty of the winery's location near the Andes but the modern building st
When standard wine tours that offer a guided walking tour around the property and a repetitive explanation of the wine making process grow boring, a trip to Renacer can spice things up. With a variety of unique day excursions, including an afternoon Asado or vineyard-side picnic, the staff and owne
Laguna Llancanelo attracts more than 150 000 birds from 73 distinct species, including the austral flamingo and black-necked swan, to its waters each summer. Its location, only 53 km from MalargÃ¼e make it an easy-to-access wildlife sanctuary that can be experienced in a single day. Visits are po
If time allows a visit to only a single winery, it should be Catena Zapata. After all, owner Nicolas Catena, who won Decanter Magazine's Man of the Year 2009 award, is credited for spurring Argentina's rapid rise from world laughing stock to wine powerhouse in only two decades. The newly rev
Founded in 1998, Achával Ferrer combines Argentine and Italian partners to produce a variety of high-scoring wines. It hasn't been an easy start though, as two consecutive vintages were destroyed by hail in 2003 and 2004. The winery operates on two principals: a profound respect for the terroir an
Situated in a provincial nature reserve, Laguna del Diamante is a treasured location few people manage to visit. The lagoon sits at the western limit of the province at 3250 m (10662'), flanked by the 5323 m (17463') Volcan Maipu.
The road to this nature reserve can only be tackled by 4X4
Formed from a massive Edemsa hydroelectric dam, Los Reyunos has become a summer destination for locals and tourists looking to cool off in its glacier-fed waters. Located a few kilometers from Villa 25 de Mayo, visitors will find a series of viewpoints before arriving at the touristic Los Reyunos c
The Canon del Atuel links Valle Grande with El Nihuil with an amazing display of turquoise waters and volcanic formed walls. Tours are available by bus along the 60 km stretch of gravel roads, but active travelers should opt for to bike the route to truly experience the natural splendors.
Anyone from decent to fantastic skiers should take advantage of the two of the oldest and most traditional Patagonian ski resorts at Cerro Catedral and Cerro Otto.
Although weather conditions drastically change from year to year, good powder is always found somewhere. What the mountains do lack in e
La Laja village doesn't have much in the way of historical buildings, as it was the epicenter of the 1944 earthquake. It does, however, provide relief from the rigor of the road. Termas La Laja has three pools, each in a different setting. One is surrounded by native plants. A second has an Arabesq
Back in the 1890s, in the Boston area, a different type of bowling came to be: Duck pin. How it ever landed in Rosario is a mystery. If you want to give it a try, here are a few things you should know: The ten pins are set up as in regular bowling, but are only half the size. The hole-less ball is
The chain of bridges that connects Rosario with Victoria drapes across 60 kilometers (37 mi) of islands, sandbars and marshes that make up the Islas Alto Delta which spans 45 kilometers (28 mi) of the Río Paraná's length. The closest isles to Rosario are El Espinillo and La Invernada. Other sig
Campo del Cielo, also called Parque Provincial Piguen N'Onaxa, owes its name to the meteorites strewn across the countryside near the border of Santiago del Estero Province. Scientists believe they are remnants of an asteroid that broke up in Earth's atmosphere approximately 6,000 years ago. The la
Sáenz Peña's 25-hectare (61.7-ac) Complejo Ecológico Municipal is a place to learn about the Chaco's flora and fauna. Considered to be one of Argentina's top three zoos, it is home to 214 native and exotic species (including a hippo and a pride of lions). It's also a successful endangered spec
Where the Paraguay and Paraná Rivers meet, you'll find Isla del Cerrito. Once a leper colony and Chaco Territory's first capital, this island is now a provincial reserve with ample opportunities for observing flora and fauna. Birdwatching is especially rewarding. The big draw of the island, though,
Reserva de la Biósfera de la Laguna Oca del Río Paraguay, created by UNESCO, is a 13,000-hectare (32,123-ac) reserve with lagoons, creeks and forests. The park is home to 176 species of bird, including Martín Pescador (Ringed Kingfisher, Ceryle torquata), Gallito de Agua
In the heart of Sáenz Peña are the thermal baths of Complejo Termal, considered by the Sociedad Argentina de Estudios Termales to be one of the best medicinal springs in the country. The waters here are said to be good for all types of muscular, circulatory and skin ailments. The spa has 20 pri
Each of Corrientes' plazas is the focal point of a church. These temples reflect the city's long history.
Just a few blocks south of the port is Iglesia San Francisco (Mendoza, between Martínez and Quintana). Named for San Francisco Solano, this is Corrientes' oldest church. It has eclecti
Estancia San Antonio invites travelers to come experience the payé del Iberá, the charm of Iberá. This private wildlife reserve is located between Esteros del Miriñay and Esteros de la Cañada del Yuqui-cuá, in the southeast sector of Esteros del Iberá.One way to explore this
Glaciar Martial is one of the most popular outings in Ushuaia. Located just seven kilometers (4.2 mi) from town, this glacier flows down the side of the mountain of the same name. An aerosilla takes you halfway up
Most tourists come to Ushuaia when the summer days are long, but there's plenty of action for snow bums when the weather turns cold. There are ten winter centers (centros invernales) outside the city that offer just about every snow sport you can imagine. Bes
The area that is today known as the Tierra del Fuego National Park was home to Yamana tribes some 10,000 years ago, who lived in beach-side huts and built lenga canoes from the nearby forests. It's still possible to see overgrown, grassy mounds of mussel shells near the shoreline, indicating previ
The âTren del Fin del Mundoâ was originally constructed as a train to move prisoners logging the Tierra del Fuego region to provide wood for the population in Argentina's interior. It was the first train to be used for tourist purposes in Latin America. Today it is an elegantly decorated a
Travelers wending between Paraná city and Santa Fe are suddenly plunged into the depths of the Túnel Subfluvial Uranga-Silvestre Begnis, beneath the Río Paraná. For almost 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) there is no sound except the steady turn of wheels as buses, trucks and cars go from one bank to the
Gualeguaychú is the gateway into the Entre Río Province's hot springs corridor along the Río Uruguay. Termas del Gualeguaychú has four pools filled with 37-42°C (99-108 °F) waters rich in chlorides, sulphates and other minerals. One pool is especially for children. Another two basins have fre
With its massive icebergs, jagged mountain ranges, and vast expanses of empty polar plains, Antarctica presents some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet. While it is the coldest, driest, windiest, most uninhabitable
At El Soberbio's Plaza San Martín, the intersection of Avenida Rivadavia with Avenida San Martín is marked by a tall pole topped with an Argentine flag. Turning left onto San Martín Avenue is the way to Moconá (75 km / 45 mi; mostly paved, last 20 km / 12 mi rough dirt). After crossing Arroyo S
For a change of scenery, day-trip over to Paraguay. Bus over, or for a different twist on the adventure, take a boat from Posada's port. Once on the other side of the Río Paraná, go shopping for inexpensive electronics and other goods in Encarnación, try sopa parguayo and sip a tereré. Or hop o
Visit the world's southernmost observatory to learn about the constellations that are visible across the South American continent. The Andes are well-known as one of the best places in the world to view the night skies, and this is the only observatory located within Patagonia. In addition to gaz
From Zapala, follow route 46 through the park. Established as a national park in 1940, the 11,200 hectares that make up the park Laguna Blanca have been providing wildlife with a safe refuge for the past 70 years. The Lake itself takes up 1,700 hectares and is well-known for the abundant and dive
In the hills to the West of the city, Via Christi is a 2.5 km route through the woods that includes 18 different stops with sculptures. The project is the result of a collaboration between the local Catholic and Mapuche communities, and the sculptures tie together various scenes from Jesus' life w
Situated in a provincial nature reserve, Laguna del Diamante is a treasured location few people manage to visit. The laguna sits at the western limit of the province at 3,250 m (10,662'), flanked by the 5,323 m (17,463') Volcan Maipu.
The road to this nature reserve can only be tackled by 4x4 be
Pack a picnic and prepare for a journey down Ruta Provincial 12, the road to Zonda. Along the way, hike, visit a prime museum and sample some more Sanjuanino wine.
West of San Juan is Quebrada del Zonda, protected by Parque F Cantoni. The eastern gateway into the park is Jardín
Parque Provincial Ischigualastoâor Valle de la Lunaâis the only place on earth where the entire geologic sequence of the Triasic Period of the Mesozoic Era is preserved. These 45-50 million-year-old rocks are one of Argentina's greatest fossil reservoirs. The most primitive dinosaur, Eo
Bordering the northeast edge of Parque Provincial Ischigualsto is Parque Nacional Talampaya. This 215,000-hectare (531,277-ac) national park protects another stretch of desert canyons and dinosaur fossil fields very similar to Valle de la Luna. Rocks here span from the Precambric to Quaternary Eras
Bariloche's plentiful waters make for fantastic fishing late into April. Many organized lake and fly-fishing trips are available; knowledgeable guides guarantee a good catch.
Victor Katz's trips come highly recommended, though at $90 for up to three people, the trips are on the pricey side. With Vic
All the rivers and waterworks in the area make it easy to believe how popular rafting is in Bariloche. Most rafting takes place on the Rio Manso, which is broken into three main sections: Manso Inferior, Manso Medio and Manso Superior. Rapids rang from class II-IV.
Typical guided trips run half or f
Argentina has 285 species of orchids, 200 of which are in Misiones Province and 85 in Parque Nacional Iguazú. Take time out to smell the flowers at one of Puerto Iguazú's orquidiarios, or orchid houses, which nurse flowers into life. The most well-known orquidia
While in the jungle, you might yearn to plunge into its emerald vastness and go romancing the stones. You won't need a treasure map or face kidnappers to have this adventure. You can seek such dreams in Wanda, a quiet village one hour from Puerto Iguazú. Here the earth glitters with rock crystals,
The road heading out to the national park is lined with much more than multi-star hotels. Along Ruta Nacional 12, just a few kilometers outside of Puerto Iguazú, are many portals leading into the natural and human diversity of the jungle.
A multi-level, 36,000 square-foot entertainment facility that offers action every night of the week, San Martín's Casino Magic is a classy rendition of a gambler's playground. The impressively large floor offers all the needed games; roulette, slot machines, Black Jack, Poker, etc. This is also wh
One of a few teleferico options in Bariloche, the Cerro Otto gondola ride is probably the easiest to access thanks to a couple of tourist kiosks set about Bariloche's city center. Buses will pick you up at one of the two stops (with one located at the corner of San Martin and Independencia and the o
This newly opened store has one specialtyâ??knitted clothing. Sweaters, hats, scarves, dresses, skirts, throws, you get the picture. The quality of the merchandise is exquisite. Products range in price and style. All of the sweaters are made by a locally owned shop located in the center of town. Th
If you think the views around San Martín are amazing, try a birds-eye view with Canopy. A guided activity among the thousand-year-old Lenga forests, you will be able to fly amongst the tree tops, giving you amazing views of the Lakes District. Each person is fitted with a harness, gloves and helmet
Upianita, a small village south of Santiago del Estero, is known for its artisan and musical traditions. On Saturdays, it hosts a Feria Artesanal selling local crafts and gastronomic products (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Upianita also has an open-air museum of sculptures carved in algarrobo, quebrac
Located south of Lujan de Cuyo, Tupungato houses fine wineries throughout the Uco valley, which they share with San Carlos and Tunuyan. The most famous wineries are likely O'Fournier and Salentein, but a number of others make an overnight journey a possibility. Keep in mind that these wineries attra
Eons before the last Ice Age began, before Perito Moreno Glacier formed, even before the Andes rose from the bowels of the earth, the Patagonian steppe around the lake was a much warmer land. Dinosaurs roamed the forests of immense trees covering these environs 65 - 90 million years ago. Their fossi
If the august mountains, glaciers, and mirror-smooth lakes of Patagonia aren't enough for you, try checking into one of the estancias (ranches) for a bit of "adventure tourism."
Cerro Frías arranges horseback riding,
Summer may be the height of the tourism season, but that doesn't mean that during the dark, cold winter months you won't find plenty to do here. You can still navigate to Glaciar Perito Moreno and trek the glaciers, strap on the ice skates and glide out to Isla Solitaria, cut a hole in the ice on th
Punta Walichu was a refuge for the ancient peoples who used to wander this valley. In these caves on the point jutting into Lago Argentino, ancestors of the Aónikenk nation left paintings about their lives and the fauna on these Patagonian plains. The site also has an interpretive center with a sma
Skateboarding in Buenos Aires, as in the rest of the world, is exploding. However, Argentina has long had a history of respect for skateboarders and has produced a number of internationally renowned pros including Diego Bucchieri. The skateboarding scene is closely intertwined with underground and
Are you eager to play tennis on red clay in one of the most charming and cosmopolitan cities in South America?
Tango Tennis Argentina offers tennis vacation packages for players of all skill levels.
If you like traveling, culture, sports and shopping this could be the opportunity that you were wai
At our intimate tastings, guests are introduced to five, limited-production Argentine wines from throughout the country's main wine producing regions, including Mendoza, Salta, and San Juan.Wines featured range from the typically Argentine Malbec and Torrontés to the lesser known Bonarda and Tanna
About 50 families share the peaceful confines of this island, which is less than one square mile in size and located off the coast of Uruguay. Martín Garcia is a haven of dense, lush forest (a protected nature reserve), home to squawking green parrots, two species of owl, eight kinds of hummingbir
When the cold weather settles in, many abandon El Chaltén until spring brings the warmth once more. Come winter, when snow blankets the Río de las Vueltas valley, visitors break out the skis (both cross country and alpine trekking) and hit the trails in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Snowshoe to C
GÃ¼lmen, Viedma's microbrewery, invites travelers to come visit the shop. They can check out how it makes its wonderful selection of frothy drinks. GÃ¼lmen creates a Dorada Patagónica (a malty, blonde ale), a Roja Pale Ale and Negra Porter. Also on the menu are brews rarely seen in Latin Ame
Through Estancia La María courses a volcanic rock ravine that is the stage for what archaeologists consider to be the second most important ancient site in Santa Cruz Province. In 12 sectors of the ranch are 84 caves and rock overhangs covered with pinturas rupestres dati
Just on the other side of the bay is Reserva Provincial Península San Julián. A 30-kilometer (18 mi) road loops around the coast of this 10,400-hectare reserve. This is where the Patagonian plains merge with the sea. Guanaco (Lama guanocoe), Choique (Lesser Rhea,
Caleta OliviaÂ´s Centro Cultural is the place to slip away to enjoy some culture. The gallery on the ground floor shows temporary exhibits of local artists' works during the day. The Centro Cultural also has one of Argentina's few títere (marionette) theaters, with regular events for both
The two large islands in Bahía San Julián may be visited on boat tour. Isla de los Pájaros (a.k.a. Banca Justicia) is a nesting ground for Cormorán Imperial (Imperial Shag, Phalacrocorax atriceps), Cormorán Gris (Red-legged Cormorant
At the mouth of the Río Deseado, some 11 nautical miles from Puerto Deseado, is Isla PingÃ¼ino, the main raison d'Ãªtre of Reserva Provincial Natural Isla PingÃ¼ino. On this small island is Patagonia's only colony of PingÃ¼ino de Penacho Amarillo (around 300 couples nest here). The
Anglers can practice their favorite sport in the crystalline rivers surrounding Río Gallegos. From November through April, avid fly casters and spinners line the banks of the Gallegos, Chico Sur, Gallegos Chico and Coig Rivers patiently awaiting trout to nip the bait on their ho
This far southeast corner of South America called Cabo Vírgenes is scattered with the remains of human endeavors. Here are the ruins of Ciudad del Nombre de Jesús, founded by Spaniard Sarmiento de Gamboa in February 1584 who succumbed to the ravishes of starvation and disease.
This sheep ranch was originally founded by Irishman Greenshyls and his wife, Emma McMunn, who called it the Luckacho Sheep Farming Company. After Greenshyls' death, Emma married Dr. Arthur Fenton and it became Estancia Monte Dinero. From October to April, the Fenton family opens
Reserva Natural Cabo Blanco is a 737-hectare (1,821-ac) park protecting one of the largest surviving colonies of South American Fur Seal, which had been hunted to near extinction. Bluffs and small islands shape the reserve's landscape, and an isthmus leads to a cape divided into two coves. To the s
Mundo Bizarro is a great place to start your night with its hipster-cool attitude, comfortable lounges, sofas, and its red-lighted ambiance. A relaxed vintage vibe is apparent everywhere, seen with the art on the walls, and heard through the bohemian soundtrack.
The bathrooms have also been âta
Located only a couple blocks away from Plaza San Martín, Ligier is a great pit stop for those in search of a good bottle of malbec-or a few thousand. While the store offers a range of Argentinean wines (costing anywhere from $30 to $4,000), as well as hard alcohol,
The largest amusement park in Argentina, Parque de la Costa, is a must for anyone who likes roller coasters and cotton candy. The amusement park has about twenty rides, including an impressive roller coaster, and a number of entertainment venues with musical shows and a kiddie-land for todd
Chicoana is a small, old-fashioned colonial town, founded in the late 16th century. Surrounded by mountains, Chicoana is worth visiting for its old houses, treed plaza and its many festivals. Every February, the town celebrates Carnaval, and every July, since 1983, Argentine artists have been gathe
Each February, Tilcara celebrates its Carnaval. The nine-day festival begins with the Desentierro del Carnaval, during which a small devil figure is unearthed by masked revelers. Cigarettes and alcohol are spilled on the ground to ensure a good harvest. The typically shy northeast Argentines
Mention this cultural center to a local, ex-pat or anyone who's ever visited Buenos Aires and you'll hear them rave about La Bomba de Tiempo, the Monday night percussion show, which drives the crowd wild every week with pounding rhythms and an unforgettable atmosphere. But the former oil factory al
If it's tango that you are looking for, you'll find it at Salón Canning. This locale is one of the most popular of the Buenos Aires ballrooms and sponsors milonga (tango) dance nights.
Crowds flock to the shiny parquet dance floor (touted as the city's best) of this Palermo Soho disco to try out th
Originally built to host boxing during the golden age of Argentine boxing-there is still the occasional fight-Luna Park is now a mid-size, high profile music venue. While blockbuster acts like U2 and The Rolling Stones play massive, impersonal shows in football stadiums, popular bands with a narrowe
While Café Tortoni still pulls an even distribution of locals and tourists, the tango shows offered by the long-time establishment are clearly geared toward the latter. Don't be surprised if a show's audience is less than 10 percent Argentine. Be that as it may, the numerous shows are well-choreogr
El Ateneo, as it's popularly known, is a well-organized venue that attracts some of Latin America's most talented musicians. Rock, jazz, and folk dominate the stage where quality shows are held consistently, sometimes seven nights week. Keep in mind that El Ateneo is a theatre with seating (and seat
Ku Club (Mitre 24, Tel.# 02254 49168) which is worth the experience no matter if âclubbingâ is your scene or not. It is a massive dance free for all, with a holding capacity of around 8,000 people and located right on the beach. Multi leveled, with multiple types of music on each floor yo
When you arrive in Buenos Aires, a city which is known to rest at the mouth of the mighty Rio de La Plata, it is easy to look around and wonder, â??well, where is the river?â?
Downtown Buenos Aires actually butts against a series of controlled dikes which were created during the massive enginee
The first thing to check out the Monumento Nacional de la Bandera, which is an impressive sight and offers plenty to do. The massive 70-meter (230-ft) tall monument commemorates General Manuel Belgrano, who is credited with creating the Argentine flag. The tower stands on the exact spot where the f
Along the bank of the Río Paraná is Corrientes' pleasant Costanera. This broad walkway extends from the port to well past Puente General Manuel Belgrano. There are terraced parks all along the palisade shaded by palo borracho and lapacho trees, where you may rest and watch the river flow. It is a
Obviously this is a must-do for football fans, but even for those with little interest in the sport, the atmosphere at the famous â?Bomboneraâ? Stadium (so-called because it looks like a giant candy) is electric, and certainly worth sitting through a 90-minute game to experience. The fans, es
Ralph Lauren, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, La Martina, Penguin, and Lacoste are just a few of the brand names that stock this upscale, preppy store, which keeps the polo crowds happy. More Polo than department store in appearance, all the top brands in the market can be found here with price tags gen
The Paseo Costanero Vuelta Fermosa, with Formosa's port as the centerpiece, runs for almost three kilometers (1.8 mi) along the west bank of the Río Paraguay. To the north, the coastal promenade passes by the members-only nautical club before cutting inland, edging a marsh frequented by bird
Grab a rental bike or lace up some comfortable walking shoes and head to the summit of Cerro de la Gloria. A footpath leaves the zoo entrance and leads toward the summit, but the best views over Mendoza are found along the driving or cycling route. The large Monumento Nacional el Ejercito de Los An
Removed from the city center and overshadowed by the famous Cementerio de Recoleta, Chacarita's cemetery is often overlooked by tourists, but a quick trip on the "red" subway line (get off at Federico Lacroze) brings visitors to the cemetery's vast and hauntingly beautiful grounds. Created during t
Offering both traditional and offbeat tours, bilingual guide Pedro Werberg is a knowledgable and personable option for touring the many neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Tours include walking itineraries through La Boca, San Telmo, Recoleta, Plaza San Martin and Florida Street, as well as a Tango Histo
Spend a few leisurely hours wandering around Gaiman, checking out the architecture and sights of this quaint Celtic village. Start with a visit to the Museo Histórico Regional in the former train station, where you'll learn about the town's past (Entry: $0.60, daily 3-7 p.m. 28 de Julio and
El Camino de la Historia is an ancient tour that meanders through a wide array of natural and historical attractions. It encompasses several small towns that the Jesuits originally founded over a period of nearly 200 years from 1599-1767 in an effort to bring cultural, economic and religio
Just south of Caleta Olivia is La Lobería, a colony of approximately 160 South American sea lions, the only survivors of a massacre that occurred along the gulf up until the 1930s. Now, protected by the Reserva Provincial Caleta Olivia, these marine mammals share the pebbly beach with cormorants,
Within the 1880-hectare Monumento Natural Provincial Bosque Petrificado Sarmiento you can see the tremendous geologic changes that shook this region 65 million years ago during the Cenozoic Era. Scattered across a lunar landscape surrounded by colored mountains are the petrified remains of conifero
In the picturesque valley north of Catamarca city are small villages with quaint churches.
San Isidro, seven kilometers (4.5 mi) east on Ruta Nacional 38, was founded in 1668. On one side of the orange-treed plaza is Iglesia de San Isidro Labrador (1869
El Rodeo is Catamarca's favorite weekend retreat. In summer, when the city is sweating, this village's higher altitude (1,365 m / 4,478 ft) provides a cool and lushly green escape. Its small, red-roofed chalets are framed by Sierras de Ambato. This is greathiking country, with Cerr
Parque Yatana is the last stand of native forest left in Ushuaia. The forest, whose name in Yaghan means â??weave,â? is a space for the indigenous to practice their crafts, which are shown at the art center in the park and the hiking trails in the woods. Every year this community celebrates the
Located to the east of San Salvador de Jujuy, Parque Nacional Calilegua covers 76,306 hectares of mountainous terrain that include faults, glens and very steep mountain ranges originating in the Calilegua Highlands. It is popular for its flora and fauna, and mountains that reach 4,000 meters (13,124
Hotel Termas de Reyes is located slightly north of San Salvador de Jujuy along RP-4 at Km 19. If you have a bit of money to burn, this hotel is highly recommended. There is a magnificent outdoor thermal pool, saunas and massages, even an indoor water-therapy facility. All rooms have baths with therm
A visit to Yacanto de Calamuchita is a can't-miss excursion near Santa Rosa. The small village is approximately 31 kilometers (19 mi) west of Santa Rosa de Calamuchita along a paved road. Once reaching the village, take the road almost to the summit of the region's highest peak, Cerro Chappaqua (2,8
For those tired of the backpacking scene, or in need of a quick tune-up before going home to your bowling league, head to the lanes at Bowling Kamama. Ten frames cost approximately $3, and there is no need to worry about renting bowling shoes because patrons can simply roll in their socks.
Parque Nacional de la Quebrada del Condorito can be found 18 kilometers (11.2 mi) from Mina Clavero. The park takes its name from the Quebrada del Condorito - an eroded canyon in the mountains where condors tend to breed. Snakes, puma, rodents, foxes, condors and other birds can be found throughout
This chilly 7-meter waterfall is actually located approximately 5 kilometers (3 mi) north of Villa Cura Brochero, where a dirt road that passes San Lorenzo continues eastward until it reaches Cascada de Toro Muerte.
Termas de Río Hondo is the region's most famous hot springs (to 65°C / 149°F). The public pools are at Centro Médico de Orientación Termal (Libertad and Av Alberdi, Parque GÃ¼emes. Entry adults $1.25, children to 7 years old $0.60).
The town also has several museums<
The sleepy village of Maimará, five kilometers from Tilcara, is dominated by the surrounding mountains. The mountains, rightly named La Paleta del Pintor (The Palette of the Painter) for their wash of creamy colors, look as though they could only have been created on purpose.
The hillside cemetery
Parque Nacional Los Cardones has breathtaking views from altitudes varying between 2,700 meters (8,858 ft) and 5,000 meters (16,404 ft). A walk in this park brings you through an amazing landscape of candelabra cacti with stratified pink rock in the background
Las Pailas is an intriguing set of ancient ruins approximately 16 kilometers (10 mi) west of Cachi, including a complex irrigation system and intricate circular dwellings. The view of white-tipped Nevado de Cachi from this spot is amazing. It is possible to ta
A road off Ruta Provincial winds downhill, past Dique La Angostura. Along the shore of this 800-hectare (1,977-ac) lake, anglers are casting their lines. Windsurfers skip across the gleaming surface.
The road continues down to El Mollar, a small village at the foot of Cerro Ñuñorco G
Amaicha del Valle is a small, indigenous Diaguita village in a cactus-strewn desert with a wealth of attractions within a 20 kilometer (12-mi) radius. The most famous archaeological site is Quilmes (18 km / 11.2 mi north). On the road east to Los Zazos are El Remate (9 km / 5.6 mi) and Pucará Los
Cerro San Isidoro, located five kilometers (3 mi) west of town, contains ancient cave paintings from the region's indigenous people. From the top of this 2,700-meter (8,858-ft) hill, there are wonderful views of the Aconquija mountain range toward the south.
A visit north of Cafayate to the Quebrada de los Flechas (Gorge of Arrows) is a breathtaking experience. Through the Río Calchaquí gorge, massive rocks are eroded into impossible-looking shapes and tall peaks that rise high into the sky. Its origins date back 15-20 million years ago, when th
Plaza Prado is in the heart of Tilcara. The daily market sells a variety of regional crafts. Non-shoppers can visit the museums that line the square. Art lovers have their pick of three museums: the Museo Ernesto Soto Avendaño, which is devoted to the sculptor who created Humahuaca's Monument to In
Long before you reach the salt flats, you'll a surreal sea of white in the distance starkly contrasted against the brown desert landscape. But this is nothing compared to actually standing or driving on the flats themselves, a massive expanse of white, hazy against the sun and etched into artwork by
Bodegas open their doors to teach the history and manufacturing, and of course provide samples, of the traditional wine produced by the people of Salta. The famous white Torrontes has long been a favorite. Bodega La Banda (Ruta 40 s/n, Tel: 42-1850; office: Santiago del Estero 722, Tel:
Some 90 million years ago, before the Andes warped the landscape, the region north of Cafayate was a vast inland sea. Its remains are now Quebrada de las Conchas, stunning rock formations carved by wind and rain, by heat and cold. Sea shells stud rock layered in white, russet, pale blue and other c
Mundo Fantástico is a large amusement park fairly close to Tanti that is open during the summer months. It contains a swimming pool with a 14 meter (46 ft) water slide, a couple of rollercoaster rides, and attractions like the Medieval Castle, Valley of the Kings, Great Pyramid, and Trojan Horse
Peko's is an unusual mix between a zoo and a funhouse located close to Tanti. In the zoo portion you can find birds, reptiles and aquatic life, including a sea lion show. The funhouse diversions include the garden maze, crystal maze, room of mirrors and âincredible castle.â
Just offshore of solitary Playa El Doradillo, mother whales and their calves laze in the tranquil waters. From time to time, one will raise her fluke skyward, falling drops glistening in the sun. From June to December female Southern right whales come to this protected cove to breastfeed. Its warme
The Magellan Penguin colony at Punta Tumbo is a wonderful place to see penguins in their natural habitat. This is the largest Magellan Penguin colony outside of Antarctica, and half a million of these birds come to Punta Tumbo each year to breed and raise their chicks. The reserve is truly special
Located eight kilometers south of Gaiman, Parque Paleontológico Bryn Gwyn is an excellent place to see Patagonian fossils still in their excavation sites. Though the beds are too young to yield dinosaur bones, visitors can view fossils of some interesting creatures like giant anteaters, dolphins,
Another provincial nature reserve near Puerto Madryn is Ãrea Natural Protegida Punta Loma. This park, created in 1967, was Chubut Province's first such protected area. Its objective is to preserve one of Patagonia's largest sea lion (lobo marino de un pelo, Otaria flavescens) col
Rada Tilly is on a small cove anchored by two plateaus full of 60-million-year-old marine and land fossils. To northern point is Punta Piedras, with a lookout point atop. To the south is Punta del Marqués, a 167-meter (548-ft) high meseta jutting 2.5 kilometers (1.5 mi) into the sea.
Las Grutas and other beaches along the Patagonian coast are important stopping points for shorebirds who fly thousands of miles between the North Pole and Tierra del Fuego every year. The Centro de Interpretación de la Naturaleza y Observatorio de Aves Vuelo Latitud 40 researches these bird
Las Grutas is a center for artisanal epicurian delights. Centers of production may be toured, and the products bought to take home. Right in town is where the journey begins. At Finca La Sofia, the world's southernmost olive grove, guides take visitors through the plantation. Then it's off t
Comodoro Rivadavia's symbol, Cerro Chenque, is a 215-meter (705-ft) high plateau at the edge of the gulf. On the south flank is downtown, and on the north are the old oil company towns. From the top of the hill are spectacular sights of the land and seascape. To the south are Rada Tilly (15
Caleta Córdova is a small fishing village north of Comodoro. Every day the flotilla amarrilla goes to sea, bringing back pejerrey (Patagonia silverside) and other deep-sea creatures for market. Caleta Córdova a popular seaside resort, with artisans, restaurants and beaches. T
Visiting a park constructed entirely out of garbage may at first not sound like a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. But Parque El Desafio, filled with mazes, whimsical sculptures and fanciful renditions of famous works of art and structures â all made from trash â is fun for children
The Jesuit Estancias which lie around the city of Córdoba where built in the 1600's to support the Manzana Jesuítica in the city center. As Jesuit culture spread through religion and education, supplemental monetary support was needed to finance building projects and religiouse diffusion.
This is a popular place to cool off once the weather starts to heat up in the Punilla Valley. Locals and tourists mix in the three swimming pools and various watering holes that form under the waterfalls from La Falda Dam.
If you want a fantastic view of the city, hop on the aerosilla (chairlift), which for $3 dollars takes you on an uphill ride of a little over half a mile. At the top, aside from the view, is a complex with a cafeteria that overlooks the city, a candy store, a swimming pool and a small muse
Near the foot of the aerosilla is the pathway to La Cruz Hill, which is topped with a 49 foot high cross. Here you will also get a great view of the city and the lake. You can either hike or drive - the hike is about 1.4 miles (roughly an hour).
About 90 miles outside of Carlos Paz in Tanti sits a 20 ton reflecting telescope whose mirror measures nearly 5 feet in diameter. For many years this was largest telescope in South America, and it is still one of the largest. The observatory itself, fondly nicknamed "El Gato G
El Trapiche is a tiny village in the province of San Luis, about 39 kilometers (about 24 miles) from the capital. It contains little more than a few hostels, a small civic center, a chapel and a school. The name refers to an old mill that used to grind minerals and was the center of the village's e
Capilla del Monte has gained some fame around the country, and to some extent worldwide, for the mysterious activity around Cerro Uritorco. Local legend has it that this hill, for unknown reasons, is a preferred landing
In 1891 under a different name the Teatro del Libertador San Martín first opened its doors and ushered in the era of distinguished theater in Córdoba. Located in a beautiful building directly adjacent to the Patio Olmos shopping center, over it legacy it has seen some of the biggest names in musi
Golf fanatics are advised to beeline directly to this more than 90-year-old course. It's landscaped with care, and the clubhouse is excellent. Golf clubs are available to rent, so don't worry about hauling a personal golf bag and clubs around the country to La Cumbreâand try not to slice it on
This is the well-known alfajores factory located approximately 5 kilometers east of the town and produces varieties of the famous Argentine cookies. Sweet milk, along with incredible homemade jam and marmalade are also on sale at this factory. Follow the sign
East of the golf course along Route 66 is the breathtaking El Descanso, featuring intricately-designed gardens, which are particularly popular among families. There is also an interesting maze to navigate. Further on is Complejo Aerosilla, which is a chairlift into the hills. A ride cost approximate
If walking from Palermo to Recoleta, be sure to go along Avenida del Libertador so you can stop at the magnificent Plaza Mitre. Although on a noisy main road, the plaza manages to maintain a sense of calm, and is a favorite for locals to sunbathe or have a picnic in the summer. The centerpiece is a
A few kilometers from Las Pirquitas village is Dique Las Pirquitas, a 276-hectare (682-ac) artificial lake. The dam was built in the 1960s, using indigenous techniques of stone and earth. In summer, it is one of Catamarqueños' favorite get-aways from the sweltering city. At 755-meters (2,477-ft)
The glaciers here beg to be climbed. Take a boat across Lago Viedma to Glaciar Viedma, the largest ice floe in Argentina. Two expeditions can be done here: the six-hour Viedma Glacier, in which you visit ice caves; and t
"I do not think I ever saw a spot, which appeared more secluded from the rest of the world, than this rocky crevice in the wide plain." - Charles Darwin, The Beagle Diary (December, 1833)
During his visit to the headwaters of the Ría Deseado, Darwin reflected in his diary, "how
For many Catamarqueños, El Rodeo is a place to party down on hot summer weekends. But that's not all this town offers. The surrounding Sierras de Ambato, cross-hatched by creeks, provide for incredible treks. Hikers can immerse themselves in this emerald alpine landscape, passing days hiking and c
To most travelers, Lago del Desierto is just a sight along the trek across the border to Villa O'Higgins. But this lake is a destination unto itself. At Punta Sur on the south shore you can hike through virgin lenga fore
Laguna de los Tres is the destination of a rewarding 20-kilometer, two-day hike in Los Glaciares National Park. The hike starts at the northern end of Avenida San Martín, next to the sign for the Sendero Fitz Roy. The trail climbs through a boulder-strewn forest until it reaches Campamaneto Poincen
Piedra del Fraile is a gigantic boulder that sits on private land in the Río Electrico valley. To get to the site, you must set off from the Puente del Río Electrico, a low bridge accessible by public transportation from El Chaltén. The path, which can be difficult to follow at times, winds throu
One of the easiest hikes in Los Glaciares National Park leads to the pretty Chorrillo del Salto waterfall. The path is well-marked and leaves from Route 23, the road toward Lago del Desierto, about five kilometers beyond El Chaltén. The path cuts through the forests near the Río de las Vueltas bef
Hikers hoping to get a perfect view of Cerro Torre should set off for Laguna Torre, a glacial lake at the foot of the mountain. The lake is a reasonable turn-around point for a day hike out of El Chaltén, and is reached via an interesting, but not overly taxing, 9-kilometer (5.6 mi) trail. The trai
Lago Roca, a thin sliver of lake known for its fly fishing, lies within the national reserve section of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. One kilometer (0.6 mi) past Huala campsite, you'll find Cerro de los Cristales (1268
The trail to Lago Toro, not to be confused with Laguna Torre, makes for a long, but relatively easy, hike. Starting at the signposted trailhead on the grounds of the national park headquarters, the path hugs the Río Tunel valley before crossing some hills and then descending into a forest. The Camp
Los Terrones is an impressive rock formation with multicolored stones on both sides of a 5 kilometer (3 mi) dirt road. This site is located a short drive from Capilla del Monte, and it is possible to continue driving rig
Lace up those hiking shoes to set off on this pleasant and scenic 3-hour hike to the summit of Cerro La Banderita (1350 m / 4429 ft). It is possible to arrange a tour of the formerly impressive Hotel Eden or visit the Miniature Train Museum (426643) as part of the hike.
This hike is a short walk from the center of La Cumbrecita. The photogenic waterfall is approximately 14 meters (46 ft) high and while you're in the area, take a dip in La Olla, a small lake that is perfect for cooling off after the hike.
For a great view of the red-tiled roofs of the village and the surrounding mountains, take a short 45 minute hike to the top of Cerro de la Virgen, a peak overlooking the valley. Leaving the main entrance from Villa Belgrano, turn to the right on Provinicial Route 5 and walk less than a mile to the
Out on the Patagonian steppe rises an ancient volcano whose rough, basaltic rim is studded with colorful lichens. Within its crater, Laguna Azul's crystalline blue waters gleam under the sun and clouds. Legends speak of mythical creatures living in its bottomless depths. Others s
Eons ago, when the glacier Campo de Hielo began receding, it gouged the landscape to form Lago Viedma, halfway between El Chaltén and El Calafate. Cruise this lake's icy waters to the foot of Argentina's largest glacier, Glaciar Viedma, towering 40
The relatively unknown Garganta del Río Fitz Roy--it makes infrequent appearances on most maps--is a short, easy trek. Starting in El Chaltén, the one-hour hike follows a path through lenga beech forest, growing steeper when it aligns with and runs along the
This is an ideal trek if you've only got one day to hike. Just a simple two-hour trip (one way, 7 km / 4.2 mi), the trail to Laguna Capri begins north of town and has good signage, so no guide is necessary. There are great views of granite mountains, camping can be done for free and, in winter, you
The nearly two-hour Piedras Blancas hike is moderately difficult (12 km / 7.2 mi). The glacier views from its trail are well worth the effort. From Campamento Poincenot, a climbers-only campground, take the right fork of the trail. The incline is a bit of a challenge, but more worrisome are the nume
If you're not staying on an estancía, but still came to Areco to see life from a gaucho's perspective, a horseback ride is an available option. La Cinacina estancía on the edge of town will take you trotting through the countryside or touring town by horseback. Up to 14 people can ride, and ther
Another way to explore the Esteros del Iberá near Colonia Carlos Pellegrini is on horseback. Two-hour cabalgatas traverse the marshy shores of Laguna Iberá, where you can catch the lagoon's diverse wildlife in action. Other excursions go to ranches in the area where you can see gauchos wor
The trip over to Paraguay is a good daytime activity and boat trips across are especially fun. You can renew your Argentinean tourist visa, buy some cheap goods, rack up another stamp on the passport and be back in Argentina in time for an evening Asado. Or of course you can just keep going and leav
On sunny days, the Río Paraná is brightly colored with all sorts of watercrafts. Some are heading over to the Islas Alto Delta beaches, where daytrippers will pass the day swimming and sunbathing.
Others just are cruising the swift, silty waters on weekends and holidays. The major boat offering
Way down at the bottom of the South American continent, the Beagle Channel is a treacherous strait that flows for roughly 150 miles (240 km) out into the Antarctic Ocean between Chile and Argentina. The channel is named after Darwin's ship, the HMS Beagle, whichnavigated the icy waters of the Tierra
From September through April, Cruceros Australis runs four-day luxury cruises from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas (five days Punta Arenas to Ushuaia; see Things to See and Do in Punta Arenas) aboard one of three ships: the M/V Mare Autralis, M/V
The sparkly waters of Lago Nahuel Huapi stretch over 100 kilometers at 765 meters above sea level. The lake is the center attraction of the national park of the same name. The lake itself is the remnant of a glacier. Today it is water sports paradise and offers numerous boating, fishing, canoeing, k
During the hot Mendoza summers, El Carrizal becomes a common lakeside getaway for local residents. The large reservoir, formed by the El Carrizal hydroelectric dam, is found only 60 kilometers (37 mi) from the city. The lakeshores are lined with campgrounds, rental cabins, and 4-star hotels, while
In the 1960s, a landslide caused a large forested area to fall off of either Bayo Hill or Alto Mahuida into Lago Traful. At least 60 Cypress that fell off of a high point kept their roots firmly planted in the Earth as it fell, and today, those trees are still standing upright under water. The to
Take the popular and scenic boat trip that will land you on Isla Victoria, on Lago Huapi. On the Isla, you can explore quiet pebble beaches, rock paintings and take a chairlift to the top of Cerro Bella Vista for breathtaking panoramas.
Boats leave from Puerto Pañuelo, right off the Circuito Chico
Boats head west from Puerto Pañuelo for Puerto Blest on a scenic excursion along Brazo Blest, the main arm of Lake Huapi. The trip combines a boat trip with a minibus transfer to the sparkly waters of Lago Frías.
After visiting the lake, passengers return to Puerto Blest through the channel, docki
Despite the fact that it was built over seventy years ago, El Obelisco is one of the city's more modern looking monuments. The 220ft tapered column was built back in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the city's foundation. Right in the very heart of the city, the
Situated in the Valley Calamuchita, visitors can spend a day in the countryside, where they can enjoy a traditional breakfast or asado lunch, followed by polo lessons or a guided horseback tour through the rolling hillsides, where over 200 horses roam the expansive property. Be sure to call ahead to
Estancia Ranquilco, a traditional horse and cattle ranch in Patagonia is offering a unque horse riding experience in 2009.
Each place has it's storyâits light at each phase of the day, its sounds, unique scents, the cadence of language, particular tastes, and how the elements of the landscape
The long and gently winding trails that dot the area are superb for horseback riding. Trip possibilities include: a short, few hour ride ride, days exploring the region and -even- weeks spent on top of a horse crossing the Andes from Bariloche to Osorno, Chile.
Many outfitters in town offer popular
Explore the ragged landscape surrounding El Chaltén the way the pioneers did: on horseback. Even now, locals travel the backcountry on horse. The most common trail is on Cerro Fitz Roy, the most famous of the mountains on this northern side of Atop Cerro Montecristo, a sudden rise on the flat plains around Puerto San Julián, is Vía Lucis, or Path of Light. This creation of artist Luis Quiroz is of the 14 Stations of the Cross, made of cement encrusted with sea shells and stones, set in volcanic rock frames. Unlike o
Fewer than 10 people call Puente del Inca home but an endless stream of travelers visit the site each year to capture an image of the stunning natural arch bridge that spans the Rio Las Cuevas. It has been an active settlement since the Inca Empire laid down roots here and famous naturalist Charles
On the very tip of a point jutting into the Río Paraná river is Hito Tres Fronteras. A sky-blue and white obelisk is the hito (border marker) that marks the Argentine side of the frontier. Terraced gardens descend to a sweeping view of the confluence of the Río Iguazú into the Paraná. O
Puerto Iguazú has several impressive mural monuments decorating parts of the city. They present tourists with a gateway into the history and world vision of its people. Across from Plaza San Martín is Paseo de la Identidad, which consists of seven bas-relief murals, each with a different s
Villa Alpina is another little village that can be accessed from La Cumbrecita. It is a pleasant and peaceful place in a beautiful countryside. It can be reached in four hours on foot, or traveling by car along the roads from V
This massive green mountain looms over Salta, but the real attraction is not its greenery but the view from the top, reachable by a gondola which leaves from Parque San Martin. For those who prefer the rugged way, there are 1070 steps up, and they start behind the Monument to Don Martin de GÃ¼eme
South of town beyond the Port area lays the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach within close proximity of the city. This area is spotted with several family-oriented private beach clubs that charge for chair rental and access to the playgrounds and other beach-centric activities, mostly geared to
Just North of the center La Perla is an urban beach filled with rentable chairs and activities for all. The edge of the beach closest to the road is filled with little huts that are taken over by families for the afternoon during the busier months. The beach itself is a little constricted. There is
A top-rated spa for Bahienses and other people from the area, Pehuén-Có has an extensive beach that allows for sport fishing, surfing, kayak, walks along the shore, horseback riding, biking and even paleontologist tourism. With a mapuche name meaning pines and water, Pehuén-Có holds fossil print
South of the Casino and center of town is Playa Chica, unique in the area because it is the only part of the coast with cliffs instead of a sandy beach. There are staircases that descend from the street level promenade to access the rocky coast below for curious tide poolers or amateur anglers. Fur
Playa Florida and the surrounding areas are an important part of the Rosario experience. On sunny afternoons, bikini clad locals cover the riverside beach in flocks. Playa Florida has palm-thatched umbrellas to shade those bathers who have gotten a bit too much sun, and other amenitiesâfor a s
Head South along Av. Argentina until it turns into Av. Coronel Olascoaga, where you'll eventually find an artificial beach created along the riverfront. When the weather is hot, you'll find locals and tourists alike enjoying a swim in the water. The water is also safe for fishing, and this is the
Definitely take a stroll along the Costanero, especially on the weekend if you get a chance. The lively scene, both day and night and the sheer amount of Mate being consumed is unbelievable. Drink a beer, rent a sailboat or kayak, check out the views, head to the beach and stick around for the nigh
Take yourself and your trusty pole down to the beach to try your hand at fishing in the Rio Paraná. The waters around Santa Fe are known as a sport fisherman's paradise. The nation's fishing professionals all come here to practice their trolling, fly-fishing and spinning. The big catches are golde
Puerto Madryn well earns its nickname, National Scub Diving Capital. All year long, tourists can explore Golfo Nuevo's underwater world. The six dive shops in the city offer all levels of dives. The bautismo submarino with a guide, to allow the un-initiated to experience that realm.
This area is not as tame as it appears upon first glance. In March, it attracts daredevils for an international paragliding competition. Southwest of La Cumbre provides a perfect landscape to launch off cliff tops and soar through the air.
The Santa Ana and Loreto mission ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are often overlooked by tours. Both sites are only partially excavated; trees sprout from the fallen vine-covered stones. Each site has its own museum. Like San Ignacio Miní, both were originally established in Brazil, but were r
Never-ending class II and III rapids make rafting on the Río Mendoza an exciting if not extreme activity. Paddlers won't have to paddle too hard, as no flat water exists on this high-mountain river. A number of companies, including Campo Base and Argent
Kite Surfing is also very popular in Pinamar due to a nearly constant offshore wind. On good days the sky is dotted with kites and people launching up to 30 ft off of wind chop and waves. Pinamar can be a tough place to learn but lessons are available. Check out Bain (Avenida del Mar and Guerrero, T
Up the slope of Cerro Alto del Rey is Quilmes, a sacred city to the Quilmes nation and Argentina's most important archaeological site. Founded in the early 9th century AD, it grew to be a city of 4,000 inhabitants. Quilmes was a center of resistance against Inca invasions in the 15th century and la
Once upon a time, from the 3rd to 5th century AD, about 300 Aguada indigenous lived atop a mesa at the east end of Quebrada de Tala. Only the stone bases of their homes and corrals yet exist, amid giant cardoon cactus. The complex, now known as Pueblo Perdido de la Quebrada, extends 200 meters (656
Cerro Uritorco is supposedly a hot spot for UFO sightings, but that shouldn't prevent superstitious travelers from making the climb. It takes about three hours to summit at 1,980 meters (6,496 ft) but the reward is a postcard view across the valleyâwell w
Tanti, only 9 miles from the city, is a popular tourist destination that marks the jumping off point for many of Carlos PazÂ´ adventure tours. It is an entryway to Los Gigantes mountains, extremely popular for climbing, whose highest peak lies at more than 7,800 feet. T
This climb can be accessed from La Cumbrecita, or from the eastern base of Villa Alpina. This is a good, mild climb, though it requires two days to complete. There is a refuge at Puesto Dominguez halfway up the climb, providing shelter for the night.
About 19 km outside Bariloche and inside Nahuel National Park, Cerro Catedral is a striking image up through the clouds. The area has one of the biggest and most classic ski centers on the continent. Magnificent views over Nahuel Huapi lake can be see at any time of year Summer attracts hikers and r
There is no better way to spend a hot summer day in Santa Rosa de Calamuchita than to soak up some sun at this stretch of beach along the river, surrounded by lush green vegetation. Be sure to pack a few beach chairs to help relax, and don't forget a sun umbrella if you burn easily.
A variety of beaches line the San Antonio River and its tributaries, including Mayú Sumaj, Icho Cruz, Tala Huasi and Cuesta Blanca. These areas are good for hiking, relaxation or tours by horse or mule.
Four beautiful waterfalls are located just 17 km southwest of Trevelín along Ruta 259, but to reach them you'll need a car or bike or to arrange a tour. Nant y Fall consists of four breathtaking waterfalls that appear where the waters from Lago Rosario drop more than 67m
El Abuelo, â??the Grandfather,â? is the largest Alerce tree within Parque Los Alerces. This 2,600 year old tree towers over the park with a height of 57 m, which is quite impressive considering that these trees only grow 1 mm per year. To reach the tree, visitors must take a boat tour, Saf
At 3,776 meters, volcano Lanín is snow-capped year-round, making crampons and ice axes necessary for all hikers. The base of the volcano is easily reached by travelers along Ruta 60, which causes many people to underestimate the difficulty of reaching Lanín's summit. Reaching the top of Lanín
Parque Nacional Los Alerces was established in 1937, primarily to protect endangered Alerce trees, which are some of the oldest plant species on Earth but were heavily logged in the 19th century. Alerces grow only 1 mm every year, but many of these trees are more than 55
Built around the 6,962 m (22,841 ft) Cerro Aconcagua, this provincial park welcomes thousands of hikers and climbers each year. As one of the seven summits, Aconcagua is a highly sought after target for climbers looking to top the seven continents but its technically easy routes have witnessed summ
Starting at one end of town and winding around the Cerro de Siete Colores to the other, this circuit affords spectacular views and an up-close look at the amazing rock formations of the mountain. Start on Gorriti and follow it until you reach the dirt road, which winds around the colorful, elaborate
Cerro de la Virgen is a nice day hike in the Cachi area, through hanging valley slopes freckled with huge boulders to incredible views of the Calchaquí Valley. As the trail is not well marked, it is necessary to hire a
Cerro Aconcagua (6962 m / 22841 ft), located within Parque Provincial Aconcagua, is the world's highest non-Himalayan peak and dominates the Mendoza hiking and climbing scene for this reason. All hikers, whether hiking into base camp or heading for the summit, are required to purchase a park pass a
Just west of La Rioja begins Quebrada Los Sauces. This canyon carved by the Río Los Sauces is a rugged landscape covered with algarooba, cardoon cactus, mistol and weeping willows (sauce llorón). Before the tunnel, a road leads west to the shore of Dique Los Sauces, a m
Cerro Tronodor is the highest peak in Nahuel Huapi National Park. It is named for the powerful avalanches that blast down the slopes and are loud enough to hear thundering from miles away. The three jagged peaks (â??The Argentine,â? â??The Chileanâ? and â??The Internationalâ?) provide ex
A moderate day hike around Lago Moquehue's eastern shore offers hikers a chance to walk alongside Pehuenia trees and streams, as well as untrodden lakes, and it offers great views. The trail goes through land belonging to the Puel Mapuche community, so it's very important to respect the land by car
With dozens of rivers criss-crossing its countryside and miles of coastline, Argentina is a playground for all aquatic thrill-seekers. There are major hubs of guide companies throughout Argentina for group or family white-water adventures. For solitude-seekers, the national parks provide for tranqui
Extending 80 kilometers (48 mi) along Golfo San Jorge, from the northern Playa Bonita to the southern Las Golondrinas, are over a dozen beaches where you can join the locals in sunbathing, windsurfing and kayaking. In summer, the tranquil waters of the gulf are warm enough to take a dip. Most are v
Five kilometers south of Las Grutas, the Piedras Colorados, massive red boulders polished by sea and wind, rise out of the sand dunes. At low tide on the nearby beaches, you can swim and snorkel in pockets of shallow water, and hikers can watch picnic and enjoy sea views from one of the gras
La Florida is a tiny village outside the city of San Luis that is centered around a large reservoir with the same name. The lake is surrounded by the forests of the Florida Nature Reserve, and is great for water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking. You also have the opportunity to spot a numb
Paddling the rivers and lakes is a great way to enjoy El Chaltén's glacier-frosted spire mountains and ancient forests. Traveling the gravel-braided Río de las Vueltas is a popular trek. Another is to navigate Lago del Desierto, where you can put ashore and hike to the foot of Glaciar Huemul. A tw
For your safety, be sure to register with the Park Rangers (guardaparque) before heading out on the trail so they know where you'll be hiking and when to expect you to check in at the next ranger station in Rucachoroi. Hiking conditions are safest during the summer (December - March) and ca
Up in the hills, just 17 km East of the city, is an exclusive neighborhood surrounded by forest and farmland. The area was developed after the installation of the golf course and since become a popular area for those looking to breathe a little more nature into their trip. Hiking, horseback riding a
Perched atop a hill, Tandil's somewhat bizarre religious monument can be seen from around town, but it is only upon reaching it that one can truly realize the oddity. Based on the opinion that it looks like Calgary (the hill in the Middle East on which Jesus was crucified), the residents of Tandil h
Puerto Iguazú lies precisely where the Río Iguazú flows into the Paraná. Boating is a great way to explore the tri-national character of these two mighty rivers coursing through Paranaense jungle. Several excursions depart from the city port into the impressive landscape. All companies have t
When the estancioneros arrived to establish their great sheep ranches, the 4,000 or so local Selk'nam (Ona) people soon began dying off from diseases. The Salesian religious order established a mission to convert and educate the indigenous survivors. The Misi
Punta Cuevas, a small bluff jutting into Golfo Nuevo, is perhaps Patagonia's most significant piece of land. Here, southern Argentina's history was forever changed on a winter's day in 1865. A group of 160 or so Welsh landed to found the first successful settlement in these parts. In the soft stone
Capilla Moriah is the oldest surviving Welsh church in the Chubut Valley. Built of brick in 1880 under the guidance of the Gael colony's religious leader, Reverend Abraham Matthews, it is a simple affair with original kerosene lamps by the altar. To the left of the temple is the vestry, used for co
For those that need to be saved, come here to find the âGateway to Heaven.â At least, that is the claim on the inscription over this private chapel's doorway. Inside view the exquisitely painted altarpiece and wooden-canopy ceiling held together with bamboo canes. Ask the staff at the main
Anyone who's spent quality time in the great European capitals knows beautiful churches. And to be perfectly honest, on the inside, Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar is more of the sameâvaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, intricate high-relief religious sculptures. But sometimes it is
Argentina's national House of Congress might look familiar to visitors from the United States-the massive gray stone building was modeled on the Capitol in Washington D.C. The Palacio del Congreso opened in 1906 after eight years of work, though it wasn't completed until 1946 (later, when a buildi
Anyone who has compared Buenos Aires to Paris has probably been to the Palacio Paz. Once the private residence of José C. Paz, founder of the Argentine newspaper La Prensa, this is Buenos Aires' most opulent and ornate French-style palace. The only way to tour the palace is with a guide, wh
About a 10-minute walk from the Plaza San Martín, this elaborately decorated theater is Buenos Aires landmark. Since it was built in 1921, it has had its challenges, from a break-in in 1926 to a fire in 1961. The now-remodeled building hasn't lost its antique charm. Insid
Opened in 1894, the Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes once served as the Buenos Aires waterworks, distributing water to the city from 12 enormous tanks (which were filled via pumps in Recoleta located inside the building which now houses the Museum of Fine Arts) in this incredible building. Tour the
The cathedral is located on Rivadavia 740 in the southeast corner of Plaza Pringles. It was built between 1880 and 1940. It is of some interest mostly because of its onyx fontsâ??one green, the other grayâ??that were both extracted from the quarries in the Sierra de San Luis. If you want to sit i
The Estancia Jesuitica Alta Gracia was built in 1643 and is the site where the town took its roots until the Jesuits were expelled in 1767. The Museo Casa de Virrey Liniers is home to the original dwelling place and workshops of the Jesuits. Both places offer a ton of exhibits and information conce
In 1903, young Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937) made a journey to Misiones that would change his life forever. Haunted by the beauty and savage wilderness of the region, he returned in 1906 to build a home on 185 hectares near San Ignacio, where for a while he was Justice of the Peace.
Convento de San Francisco is an impressive feat of colonial architecture and an interesting museum. The ceiling of the convent is especially amazing and a testament to the ingenuity of the pre-Hispanic people who constructed the wooden masterpiece without nails and under gunpoint. Other highlights
Located 85 km east of Ushuaia, the Estancia Harberton, which was founded in 1886, is the oldest in Tierra del Fuego and the oldest house on the Argentinean part of the island. It sits on a narrow peninsula overlooking the Beagle Channel. The founder, local pioneer and missionary Thomas Bridges, was
If you are looking for a great down-day activity, ask the tourism office for the Circuito Patrimonial map. This free layout of San Martín history is a great way to get to know the town as well as see some fantastic historical monuments. There are over 25 different places to visit, including family
This placid reservoir is Argentina's largest manmade lake and Salta's hub for outdoor activity. Any water sport one might think of, from fishing to jet skis, can be enjoyed here. For the gutsier, there is bungee jumping, puenting (a pendulum jump), and more. Feeling waterlogged? Hit the nearby trai
Built in 1625, the Iglesia San Francisco had to be rebuilt after a fire in the 18th century. The reconstruction, led by Fray Vicente Muñoz, architect of the Iglesia de San Francisco in Buenos Aires and of the Along Tierra del Fuego's Atlantic coast, the low tide retreats very far, leaving behind deep tidal flats. Here is the 28,600-hectare(70,672-ac) Ramsar site Reserva para Aves Playeras Costa Atlántica (Atlantic Coast
Still a very important- if not the most important- port in Argentina, the area functions much better as a hub of fishing and international commerce than a tourist destination. However, the stench and industrial cranes that take up most of the horizon do not seem to be keeping people away. The area m
Considered by many to be the heart of the classy Recoleta neighborhood, Plaza Francia's green sloping banks and massive old trees provide respite for tired legs. Surrounded by a wealth of tourist sights - including the adjacent Cementerio de Recoleta and the Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar - durin
Despite the corny sounding name, the renovated factory is home to one of the most famous tango shows in Buenos Aires. With three levels and a capacity of 1,500, the theater itself is impressive. There are bars on either side and a round stage in the middle of the massive room. Until the lights go
The tiny Plaza Pellegrini (L.N. Alem and Primitiva de le Reta) doesn't immediately appear to offer anything special when compared to the more popular plazas in downtown Mendoza; however, a unique antiques market is set up each afternoon. Old cameras, household china, and other miscellaneous wares c
The central square in San Rafael is dominated by a huge bronze statue of San Martin, whose heroic crossing of the Andes started not far away. The plaza is well-lit, quiet and safe and full of couples, kids on bikes and people enjoying its shade. The present park boundaries were established in 1925,
Overlooking Plaza de Mayo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, though it could be mistaken for a government building or law courts, with its heavy columns and no obvious religious symbols.
Wander inside and you'll find a dim, glowing sanctuary, calm in the face of the busy traffi
If Plaza Independencia is a bit too populated, just five blocks away is the quiet Plaza Chile. With little foot transit and towering old trees, Plaza Chile is a good place to get away from it all and think things over. In the middle of the park is a monument to O'Higgins and San Martin, but the real
The urban heart of Mendoza's capital city, Plaza Independencia covers four blocks in the middle of the city. Founded in 1861 after a large earthquake, it has long been the public meeting spot where mendocinos get together. Weekends there is an arts and crafts market and there is often live
The meeting place of choice for lunching businessmen and groups sipping mate, Salta's leafy central Plaza is a great place to get a feel for Salteño culture. Take a seat under a tall palm and watch shoe-shiners hard at work, keeping an ear-out for an impromptu jamming session which often erupts fr
Plaza Belgrano is surrounded by avenues Sarmiento, San Martín, Gornti and Belgrano at the eastern part of the microcentro. This was the main square of the colonial settlement and is still a vibrant part of today's community, with local potters showcasing, an
Plaza Presbítero Olmos de Aguilera is a well-manicured plaza shaded by orange trees and palms. It is lined with several cafés and ice cream shops -- all good for a quick break from a leisurely walk around town.
Plaza Independencia is the heart of Tucumán, with its large central fountain surrounded by fruit-laden shade trees. Locals tend to gather around the Liberty statue in the evening to cool down with an ice cream.
On a corner courtyard squats a cobblestone church, Iglesia Santo Domingo. To the right is a free-standing campanile with two bells. The algarrobo doorway has flowers, the Dominican Order's seal and the date 1623 carved into it. This chapel was commissioned by Pedro R
A reservoir behind Parque Independencia, Lago del Fuerte is so much more than just a large body of water. A restaurant, children's park, and walking paths mean visitors of all ages can make a day out of exploring. But the real peach in the pie is Balneario del Sol, a complex of public pools complete
Luján's premier attraction is not only the center of town but the reason for its existence. In the courtyard outside, visitors can light prayer candles on the massive cross that fell from one of the spires and see the steps it broke around back. High vaulted ceilings and a stark, beautifully constr
Located directly beneath Plaza Independencia, Museo Arte Moderno gives pulse to a budding art community. Nightly presentations, which include literary Tuesdays and live music concerts, encourage return visits. The gallery shows change every month. The museum also manages Teatro Quintailla, w
So many attractions in the mountains outside the city make two wheels a great way to get around. The Bicicleteria is a small shop at 700 Belgrano, a minute from the tourist office. They are open from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. all week and rent bikes by the hour or the day. All rental fees include helme
This ambitious organization has 12 departments dedicated to the research and development of the social sciences, and three others which concentrate on the different art forms. The CCC actively pursues social change, with the goal of spurring critical thought and bringing to life a new leftist, anti
Beautiful little art gallery in the trendy Palermo neighbourhood, with small and affordable original art by Argentinean artists, both contemporary and classic. They pack an amazing amount of artists into such a small space, but all done extremely tastefully!
Ten blocks west of the Plaza, this huge lagoon and park stretches over 500 hectares and is the locals' choice spot for playing sports, anything from water-skiing to volleyball. Outdoor playthings and island fortresses, including a bright pink princess castle, make the Laguna a popular destination fo
Every weekend, over 40 artists descend upon Palermo Viejo (beginning at noon and ending around 8 p.m.) to sell their crafts in the Plaza Julio Cortázar. Here you can find everything from jewelry and bags, to scarves and shoes, hand-crafted sculptures, mate gourds, and hand-made boxes. Most of the
This great little gallery just opened this year. It displays small and medium format art by modern and classic (1930s onwards) artists from Argentina and Uruguay (the name Mar Dulce was the name given to the River Plate by the Spaniards). They have a main exhibition, which is usually a solo show, a
One of the highlights of any Mendoza visit is a bicycle tour of the nearby vineyards, most of which are located along one main road, making it an easy route to self-navigate. Many of the tour operators in Mendoza will arrange such a tour. The guides at Kahuak Aventura (Avenida San Martín 1134, God
Nearly everyone gets around by bike in the incredibly bike-friendly city of San Rafael. To join up with the locals, the best rental spot is Bicipartes. Bikes cost $4.75 for a half day and $6.35 for a full day. The friendly staff will take you back to a large back patio strewn with bikes and let yo
From two ports on Magallanes Peninsula, boats sail to the foot of the ice floes that form at the feet of Perito Moreno and other glaciers before channeling into Lago Argentino. The Safari Náutico excursion, which leaves from Bajada los Sombres on the southern shore, plows through Brazo Rico, up Ca
On the delta of the Río Gallegos is Punta Loyola. Here is Puerto Illía, the last port of continental Argentina. On the horizon are rigs exploiting oil reserves. This is the backdrop for one of the Patagonia's prime spots for sea fishing. Many devoted to this trade spend the summer months in shacks
The best way to see the unique landscapes of Ría Deseda, Isla PingÃ¼ino and the other nature reserves near Puerto Deseado is on a nautical wildlife tour. Get up close to the Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins and watch their mating dances. Check out the incredible menagerie of birds soaring overh
Decide why you're taking a boat trip and you'll find the perfect boat for your purpose. If you've booked a spa on one of the islands and just need a taxi to your destination, then the small lanchas colectivas will ferry you right there. During summer weekends, these boats end up packed and
Laguna Nímez, a municipal bird reserve, is refuge to over 80 species of birds, including the Black-necked Swan, Magellan Goose, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Caracara and Magellanic Plover, as well as flamingos, ducks, gulls, hawks and herons. It's a true birdwatcher's paradise - or a quiet retreat from
A bike ride through wine country has a strong romantic pull, and few places offer a better place to realize the seductive idea than Maipú's wine route. Eight wineries, a pair of olive oil plantations and a chocolate maker give guided tours and samplings to passing cyclists. Reservations are not ne
Cycling possibilities abound throughout the Bariloche region, day trips on windy yet scenic lakeside roads to multi-day mountain biking excursions through expert terrain. Both the Circuito Chico and Circuito Grande offer biker-friendly roads that have plenty of interesting vista lookouts and swim sp
San Martín de los Andes has some of the best mountain biking in the Lakes District. From the Chapelco ski area to the national park, there are a range of rides with varying degrees of difficulty and distances to choose from. The tourist office can supply maps, as can the many mountain bike shops ar
Several travel agencies offer day and night tours of Ushuaia on mountain bike, as an alternative to the typical tour. You can also wheel out on your own to the ranches, Tierra del Fuego National Park and other attraction
The Poema IlustradoâIllustrated Poemâis a world where literary art meets the visual arts. For 20 years, Perito Moreno hosted competitions in this unique pictorial form, allowing poets and artists from all over Argentina's Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego to join creative forces. The collect
Located beside Cerro de la Gloria in Parque San Martin, Mendoza's Jardin Zoológico is home to more than 40 species of animals from around the globe. Despite the obvious discomfort shown by the polar bear during hot summer days, the zoo appears cl
This national park is hands down the best reason to visit the province. The orange-pink sandstone walls of Potrero de la Aguada canyon have been rain- and wind-battered into twisted contours that fade to red as the sun sets. This 8-kilometer (4.9-mi) long, 6-k
The sprawling complex of parks and plazas known as the Bosques de Palermo houses a true urban gem: the Rosedal. More than a simple rose garden, this enclosed area of the park is home to over 12,000 rose bushes and shrubs. In a city that is better known for its architectural landmarks, a stroll thro
The massive swath of green on the western edge of Mendoza is said to be the largest city park in Argentina. The ornate iron and gilt gate at Avenida Libertador marks the main entrance and from there the avenue angles up toward the towering Andes in the distance. The park itself can be explored for h
The city's signature black-necked swan finds a home at Laguna de los Cisnes, which the Aónikenk called Pari-Aike, or Place of the Reeds. It is also an important spot for flamingos, gulls, ducks and other migratory waterfowl.
Laguna de los Cisnes is a major focal point for Peritense social
Parque Unzué is the year-round gathering place for Gualeguaychuenses and tourists. This 115-hectare park covers a broad peninsula on a bend of the Río Gualeguaychú. In Unzué Grande, the north sector, are bicycle paths, horseback riding and sporting fields. Unzué Chico, the southern part, has b
This beautiful 404-hectare (1,000-ac) park, also known as the Bosques de Palermo (woods of Palermo), is a heavenly slice of green for all temporary and permanent porteños to enjoy in the big city. Known for its many paths, groves, lakes, and gardens, including the wonderfully
Parque Centenario, located near the geographic center of Buenos Aires, is one of the biggest public parks in the city. The oval-shaped park is easily accessed by bus and subway. During the week, the park is the picture of serenity, with children feeding the resident swans and ducks at the lake. On
With South America's biggest marathon taking place every October, it's no surprise that Buenos Aires is the perfect place to work off that ice cream. Palermo's numerous parks, flat and close together, make running in Buenos Aires pleasurable and suitable for all abilities. Best of all, you won't be
This popular park, located east of the city center, is a green haven in a busy, traffic-infested city. Lovers come here to cuddle in park corners and friends gather to form impromptu soccer matches. There is also a lake to relax by and watch the birds knock around the water's edge.
Parque 2 de Febrero is a shady public space with plenty of facilities for all kinds of recreation. If you are craving a BBQ, buy some meat and beer and join the locals cooking up a feast. With luck, you might even be able to get some local Argentine cooking tips about how to make the best asado.
Every major city in the world has one. New York has Central Park and Mexico City, Chapultepec. A place where you can paddleboat across the park's mini-lake, have your photo taken with a pony (or a llama), catch comedy shows, buy seeds to feed the fish. Rosario is no different. Here it is Parque d
Paranense life focuses on the river. For several kilometers along the Río Paraná's towering left bank bluffs stretches the terraced Parque Urquiza. This greenspace begins in the Puerto Nuevo where kayaking, sailing and other nautical adventures begin. Baqueaños (fishermen) take hikers over to wa
In the heart of downtown, La Plaza San Martín is one of the city's best places for immersing yourself in the life and tradition of the locals. Two tiers - the lower one leading up a grassy slope from Avenida Leandro Alem - give the park a dynamic geography in a city lacking hills.
Trees are thic
Founded in 1898, the botanical garden's lush canopy provides examples of trees and plants from all over the world. With its main entrance facing plaza Italia, the Jardín Botánico (www.jardinbotanico.gov.ar ) stretches for five or six blocks along Avenida Las Heras. Filled with tons of trees, plant
Located on the outskirts of the city, 7 km from Avenida Hipolito Yrigoyen, Parque Mariano Moreno sits on a Rio Diamante island. Its spacious green landscape is a favorite destination for picnicking locals. A small zoo will keep children entertained, while sipping mate by the man-mad
Made famous by the brand of bottled water found throughout Argentina, Villavicencio was declared a Natural Protected Area in 2001. Although the government recently approved a proposal to renovate the abandoned hotel and add a 108-room, 4-star building to the property, construction has yet to begin.
Walk or drive up to the Balcon del Valle, where you can quietly gaze out over a panoramic view of the city and the Limay and Neuquen rivers at 264 meters above sea level. This is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or spend an afternoon relaxing and reflecting in the sun. From here, you ca
The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Punta Corral (Cerro de la Virgen) is the destination of an annual Holy Week pilgrimage. On the Wednesday before Easter each year the Virgin of Copacabana, who leaves her sanctuary the Ash Wednesday prior, is ceremoniously returned to her home. Travelers can visit the s
On a cobblestone street running next to the historical Plaza Lezama, El Tasso has old-world charm and one of the consistently best line-ups of live tango music and quality groups from other genres. Large enough to host big-names but small enough to retain intimacy, small candle-lit tables fill the
Skiing in Mendoza is popular at both Las Leñas and Los Penitentes ski resorts between June and September. In fact, Las Leñas is a world-renowned ski resort frequented by North American powder hounds searching for some off-season snow. Its Marte lift is legendary for steep expert ter
The Perito Moreno ski center is a small, two-lift ski area. There is a fair network of beginner/intermediate ski slopes and a more extensive one of backcountry trails which you access by the plateau at the top T-bar. The lifts can service up to 8,000 skiers per hour, although that number of visitors
Sitting directly between Puente del Inca and Los Penitentes, Los Puquios is often overlooked by the tourist crowd. Despite its small size, it offers enough terrain for beginner skiers and snowboards to learn the basics while experts head towards the ever-growing terrain park. Other attractions incl
La Hoya, meaning bowl in Castillano (Argentine Spanish), is Esquel's activity central for all mountain excursions. It is located 13 kilometers up canyon from the city. The majority of ski descents face south, helping it to offer quality, cold snow long after a storm (remember the southern hemisphere
Argentina's diverse landscape provides travelers with a great choice of sporting and recreational opportunities. Whether it be horse riding across the dry central sierras, skiing in the Andes or trekking throughout Patagonia, in many respects Argentina is a sporting paradise.
Its size and variation
Looming over Tilcara is the sprawling pre-Incan hilltop fortress, Pucará. The partially reconstructed ruins are one kilometer south of Plaza Prado and include homes, corrals, a temple and a cemetery. Inside the park are a small botanical garden (of cacti) and a tiny store selling clothing and artwo
The main things to see in B.A. are easily accessed on foot, by the underground Subte system, or, if you're feeling adventurous, on the bus (you're looking for a 'collectivo').
Start with the Microcentro and nearby Montserrat and Congreso, where you'll find Plaza de Mayo - named af
Garganta del Diablo (devil's throat) is a massive rock formation and waterfall seven kilometers from Tilcara.
From town, it is a two hour hike, half hour car ride or it can be reached on horseback. Stop at the top to enjoy breathtaking views of the canyon. Tours (in Spanish only) depart at 12:30 p.m
Situated on an extinct volcano, Parque de Nieve(Snow Park) is located on a sacred Mapuche site and is operated by the local Mapuche people. Although skiing is the largest activity at the park, with only one t-bar lift, this is one of the smallest ski resorts you will ever come across. With
Accessed from the Costanera Sur boardwalk, the reserve is the best place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city without really leaving. Large enough for a hearty jog or bike ride (bikes can be rented at the entrance or in nearby San Telmo), raised dirt roads bisect four lakes until they re
The Uruguay river has a mild current that lends itself to practicing swimming and other aquatic sports popular in the beaches of Colón. Along the coast there are businesses where one can rent equipment for kayaking, surfing, rowing, windsurfing and sailing. The calm water is great for beginners an
Turned into a popular activity all over the country, and particularly in Mendoza, wine tours of French style wineries offer visitors delicious explanations on how the grape drink is made and give winery owners the opportunity to create brand loyalty, aside from generating a new source of income.
Hop on the two knobby tires of a mountain bike to take your adventure travel in Argentina to a new level. This increasingly popular sport can be an enjoyable experience of Argentina if you take the time to plan out a trip that fits your interests and difficulty level. Patagonia and Barriloche are th
Colón contains numerous zones perfect for spinning, trolling, fly cast and other types of fishing. Starting at La Leche stream and passing by Playa Municipal, the route ends at Club Piedras Coloradas. Some of the fish found in this area are types of catfish like bagres and surubíes. If casting a l
Four kilometers from the city of Colón, a landmark foreign to Argentinean traditions adds to the landscape as a symbol of perseverance from the first generations of European immigrants. Built by the Holland-born Juan Forclaz in 1888, the 15meter-high windmill was meant to grind wheat and corn, as i