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Welcome to Argentina

From the desert plains of the north, through the Andes Mountains and green pampas, and to the icy frontier of Patagonia, Argentina draws in travelers with its diverse geography. The obvious starting point is Buenos Aires, Argentina's free-spirited capital, where the old-school romance of the tango is offset by an electric nightlife scene, a passion for fútbol (soccer), and the meat-mad feasts on offer at parrillas (grill houses). From the capital, long distances and vast landscapes divide Argentina, so tours can help visitors cover more ground in one trip. Many visitors go west into the Pampas to ride horses with gauchos (cowboys), enjoy Malbec wine tasting amid the vineyards of Mendoza—650 miles (1,046 kilometers) from Buenos Aires—or head north, where boats dot the water under the UNESCO-listed Iguazú Falls, a good 15-hour drive away. Journeying south, travelers traverse the lake district of Bariloche and skirt the Andean border with Chile before hitting the wilderness of Patagonia. Stretching to Ushuaia—2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) from Buenos Aires at South America's southernmost tip—Patagonia is a region defined by ice-capped mountains and shimmering glaciers, where penguins abound and touring ships glide beneath the gigantic icebergs of the Perito Moreno Glacier. In stark contrast to the south, arid desert, red rock canyons, and sweeping highlands hem in the northwestern cities of Salta and Jujuy. Still somewhat off the beaten track, travelers here can walk past gigantic cacti in Los Cardones National Park, marvel at Salta's glistening salt flats, and discover otherworldly rock formations at Ischigualasto Provincial Park.

Top 10 attractions in Argentina

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Palermo

Palermo

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Buenos Aires’ largest barrio, the northeastern district of Palermo is one of the city’s most affluent and fashionable neighborhoods. Known for its beautiful parks, grand monuments, and art museums, Palermo is whereporteños (locals) come to eat, shop, and party, with a buzzing nightlife and some of the city’s top restaurants, bars, and cafés.More
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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold, spanning the border between Brazil and Argentina. Though Brazil boasts better views of the falls, Argentina is blessed with about 80 percent of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades. Paved trails and catwalks wind their way around the falls—sometimes reaching within an arm’s length of the water—and a free train connects the main trailheads.More
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San Telmo

San Telmo

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The central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an upmarket residential area, the area’s “old mansions and faded glory” vibe set the perfect scene for the artists and musicians who now call this enclave home. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse.More
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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

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When travelers make their way to the far southern reaches of Argentina, chances are they’re heading into Tierra del Fuego National Park. The country’s only coastal national park protects the Andean-Patagonian forest, a land of peat bogs, beech forests, glistening lakes, remote beaches, and snow-capped peaks ideal for outdoor adventures.More
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La Boca

La Boca

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Few places in Buenos Aires are photographed as frequently as Caminito Street. The main artery of the waterfront La Boca neighborhood is a jumble of old buildings, brightly painted facades, and street-side market stalls, with hawkers, buskers, and tango dancers adding to the atmosphere.More
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Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero

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Puerto Madero, once a lackluster cargo port, is now one of Buenos Aires’ most fashionable districts, teeming with upmarket restaurants and glitzy nightclubs. Marooned from the mainland by the Rio de la Plata estuary, the largely pedestrianized island is celebrated for housing some of the city’s most architecturally stunning buildings.More
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Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu)

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Iguaçu Falls (Cataratas do Iguaçu), the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold. Though Argentina boasts better trails around the falls, Brazil is blessed with the best views of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades, which span the border between the two countries. Take in full-frontal views of Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo), San Martin Island, and more from the short-but-sweet catwalks that wind their way around the Brazilian side of Iguaçu Falls.More
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Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

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The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America.More
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Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

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The beauty of Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia has earned it the nickname of the "Eighth Wonder of the World” in Argentina. It’s the planet's third-largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers, slowly making its way in crackling celestial blue from the granite spires of the Chilean Torres del Paine into Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares).More
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Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

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Home to the Casa Rosada—where Eva Peron famously stood on the balcony—and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Pope Francis’ former church, Plaza de Mayo is the historic and political heart of Buenos Aires. Named for the May 1810 revolution, the square’s centerpiece is the Pirámide de Mayo, an obelisk commemorating Argentina’s independence.More

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Andes Mountains Tours from Mendoza

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How to Spend 3 Days in Bariloche

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

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How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

Top activities in Argentina

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Recent reviews from experiences in Argentina

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Iquazu Falls is a must see
Mitchel_M, Feb 2020
3-Days Iguazu Falls Trip with Airfaire from Buenos Aires
At least 3 days for both sides of the falls.
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San Isidro and Tigre Delta
CAROLYN_M, Feb 2020
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Very interesting to see a different part of Argentina.
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Must see!
jonesjudd, Feb 2020
Private Day at Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires with Airfare
Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the falls and the local wildlife and plants.
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What a flash trip but wonderful!
rtarng, Feb 2020
Private Argentinian Iguazú Falls
We flew to Iguazu Fall in the early morning.
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View of the fall from Brazilian side. Spectacular.
rlaurenjohnson, Jan 2020
Full Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides - Brazil and Argentina
A lot packed into one day, but well worth it to see both sides of the falls.
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All of it
Jaimesh_P, Jan 2020
All day, small group, luxury wine tour with gourmet lunch
Tour was great, our guide (Victoria) spoke English to an excellent standard, and provided excellent knowledge on the wine industry and wider history of Argentina.
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Excellent
Elizabeth_C, Jan 2020
Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate
Really enjoyed the experience- there was plenty of time to see the Glacier from the walkways and the boat and we were not hurried.
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Had a great tour
malbruMontreal, Dec 2019
Pope Francis Tour in Buenos Aires
You learn alot the Pope's background in Argentina, You get to see the city and experience BsAs by car ( which is in and of itself an experience)
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Beautiful, incredible falls
Dave M, Aug 2019
Iguazu Falls: Visit to Argentinian and Brazilian Side in two days
Most of the falls are on the Argentina side but you get a better view from the Brazil side.
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Ubelieveable nature
Olivier_S, Jul 2019
Iguazu National Park Admission Ticket
Both sides of the falls are very impressing.
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An Exhilarating Experience!!!
MichaelS_G, Mar 2019
3-Day Private Iguazú Falls Experience
Iguazu Falls are fantastic.
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To truly experience these falls you...
Kerry, Mar 2018
Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú
To truly experience these falls you need to see both sides.
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This tour was amazing!! The entrance to...
Wendy D, Jun 2014
Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú
Then the guide gave us time to explore the falls from the Brazilian side.
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Definitely a reason behind our trip...
Patrice_D, Jan 2018
Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch
Excellent winery visits and wine tasting sessions with good conversation in English with owner or their representatives.
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The falls are amazing and a must for...
David E, Oct 2017
Iguassu Falls Sightseeing Tour from Foz do Iguaçu
The falls are amazing and a must for inclusion on everyone's bucket list.
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I spent that day with Claudia at San...
Eduardo_T, Apr 2018
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
She also made himself available to us with recommendatins for other activities.
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The guide is very helpful who knows...
Yining W, Sep 2017
Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
It just give you enough time to visit the Argentinaian side in the morning, so you can do the Brazilian side in the afternoon.
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Sandra was an excellent guide. She...
Joseph W, Jul 2017
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
A city tour of a new city is good for your first few days in Buenos Aires to see the most interesting neighborhoods and be able to plan the rest of your time.
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The tour is good. I thought that I...
NancyMuoi_L, Sep 2016
Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
I thought that I have paid for both Falls.
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This tour includes the pick up by...
Hilary l, Mar 2017
Sightseeing Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Sides of Iguassu Falls
This tour includes the pick up by private van from your hotel, either side of the Argentina/Brazil border- u are taken directly to the park entrance with ur guide- our guide Juan spoke very good English, had a fun personality and kept the group moving at a reasonable pace-both parks should be visite
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