Argentina Tourism
Journey to the Bottom of the World


I love to talk about Argentina Tourism because I have been in loved with this country even before I visited for the first time. More than fifty years ago I met my Argentinean friends and was mesmerized by their stories of such an important country.

Many years later I visited Argentina for the first time and confirmed the fact that It is one of the most picturesque countries of the world. We have been back many times since then.

Argentina is a country of great cities and large deserted areas like the Pampas; torrential rivers and a long coastline on the Atlantic; lakes and mountains; Skiing, culture, great food, tango and some of the best wines in the Planet.

Let me mention a few places that should never be missed when visiting Argentina.




Collage of the City of Buenos Aires Capital of Argentina

Collage of the City of Buenos Aires Capital of Argentina


Buenos Aires

This Capital of Argentina was built with the plans of Paris and is today in my opinion one of the greatest World Capitals, competing with Madrid, Paris or Mexico City. It features fascinating neighborhoods, old European architecture. Teatro Colon is the home of the Philharmonic and the Opera.

In Buenos Aires you will find restaurants to cover many trips. Meat is the first staple among Argentinean dishes, but the great influence left by Italian immigrants converted Buenos Aires into a Pasta and Pizza City.

You should go to a Tango show in San Telmo or Palermo, wander around in the elegant neighborhood of La Recoleta, named by the adjacent cemetery with the most amazing monuments you’ll ever find.

And last but not least La Boca District with its colorful houses and the famous Caminito or little alley that gave its name to the famous Tango “Caminito que el tiempo ha borrado……”




Iguazú Falls between Argentina and Brazil

Iguazú Falls between Argentina and Brazil


Iguazú Falls

You’ll have to fly to the corner of Brazil and Argentina to enjoy one of the most famous waterfalls ever the Iguazu. Since the falls lie between both countries you may reach them from either one.

Since we are in Argentina we are going to fly from Buenos Aires domestic Airport. One there I highly recommend to cross the border and view this Natural Wonder from the Brazilian side.


Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere

Aconcagua is the tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere


The Andes

They form the border of Argentina with Chile on the west. This range of mountains feature deserts, lakes, trekking and hiking and the tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, the Aconcagua.

One place designated as a World Heritage site is the “Quebrada de Humahuaca” heading towards Bolivia on Argentina’s northwest. The landscape is absolutely awe inspiring.


Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche Argentina

Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche Argentina


Bariloche Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche, known as plain Bariloche is like being in Switzerland in the South American continent. It is located on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi in the center of the national park bearing the same name.

In summers the place is green and has the most beautiful landscapes, and in winter it becomes a Mecca for skiers coming from all over.

And don’t forget that Bariloche is Argentina’s Chocolate Capital. The town is huge display of chocolate wherever you go.



Glaciar Perito Moreno

It is located in the south of the country within “Parque Nacional Los Glaciares”. This spectacular glacier is 60 meters high, 30 km long by 5 km wide with enormous icebergs the size of mountains.




Tierra del Fuego

This is southernmost area of Argentina; if you keep going south then you are in the Antarctica Continent. What separates it is the Straits of Magellan.



 


Córdoba

This important city is located northwest of Buenos Aires. In 2006 it was designated as the Cultural Capital of the Americas. In Cordoba the visitor will find great Theater and films; fashion designers and many artisans.



Argentina Tourism

Whale Watching in Peninsula Valdés in Argentina

Whale Watching in Peninsula Valdés in Argentina


Península Valdés

This is a great wild reserve is the most important in South America. UNESCO has designated it as one of World Heritage sites. This peninsula is located mid-way from the Capital to the southern tip of Argentina. It faces the Atlantic Ocean. Its coastline is about 400 km and the total area of the reserve is about 3,600 sq. km.

It is home to whales, sea lions, rheas, guanacos, penguins, elephant seals and millions of birds for those of you into bird-watching.


World renowned Argentinean Asado

World renowned Argentinean Asado


Argentinean Cuisine

When we talk about Argentine Cuisine we talk about the delicious empanadillas, dulce de leche, amazing deserts, and Italian style dishes. But there is a king in this country’s cuisine, the Argentine Beef. Beef is Argentina, and Argentina is Beef. Wherever you go or wherever you stay there are great restaurants serving meat which is considered some of the best in the world and of Latin American Cuisine.

Argentineans eat the famous “Asado” so famous now in all countries. It is simple meat on the grill. But, what make the beef great is the cuts by experts. Here are a few of the most famous steaks to order while in Argentina:

  • Bife de chorizo – sirloin; a thick, juicy and popular cut
  • Bife de costilla – T-bone; a cut close to the bone; also called chuleta
  • Bife de lomo – tenderloin; a thinly cut, more tender piece
  • Cuadril – rump steak; often a thin cut
  • Ojo de bife – ribeye; a choice smaller morsel
  • Tira de asado – shortribs; thin strips of ribs and meat sliced crosswise
  • Vacio – flank steak; textured and chewy, but very tasty

I repeat what I said at the beginning, Argentina Tourism has all the right to be great, the country baking it is one of best destinations in the World.


Flag of Argentina

Flag of Argentina

It was officially adopted on February 12, 1812. The blue stripes upon a white field were placed on the flag by Manuel Belgrano, the leader of the revolution, and are said to be symbolic of the sky above, when the fight for the country's independence began.


Map of Argentina Tourism

Map of Argentina Tourism



For more information visit Argentina Tourism Office



images credits for argentina tourism

buenos aires by juan iglesias
iguazu n/a
aconcagua by beatriz moisset
baroloche by david
glaciar by luca galuzzi
ushuaia by jerzy strzelecki
cordoba n/a
whale n/a
asado by bleff

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