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Things to Do and See in Argentina
There is a lifetime’s worth of great things to see and do in Argentina. If it’s your first trip to this amazing country, then you’ll want to make sure to hit the high points. These include the amazing landscape and wildlife of the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego or Patagonia; going on a cattle drive or roundup with the Gauchos on the pampas, or at least having some type (there are several) of Argentine beef eating experiences (unless you are vegetarian); learning to tango here, where the dance was born; exploring and sampling the vineywards around Mendoza, famous for their Malbec; viewing the near-ridiculously scenic Iguazú Falls on the Brazilian border; and making an incursion into the beautiful arid wasteland of the Andes.
Along the way, you’ll sample the art, nightlife, and architecture of what is arguably South America’s most European city, Buenos Aires. You’ll encounter the world’s most accessible ice field at Perito Moreno Glacier. Maybe you’ll even elect to whale watch, to swim with the seals, or to hold your breath while Orcas hunt for penguins in the shallow waters of the UNESCO World Heritage site, Peninsula Valdes. Whatever side destinations you choose, you’re bound to have an amazing adventure in this amazingly diverse country.
Neighboring Chile shares the Patagonia region with Argentina, and makes for a good pairing if you'd like to include another South America country in your itinerary.
The Weather in Argentina
Argentina has an exceptionally diverse climate. Most of the populated areas are situated in the temperate zone, but the country stretches from subtropical areas near the northern borders with Uruguay and Brazil, to the sub-polar region at the southern tip of the continent.
Even in winter, the area surrounding Iguazú Falls on the Brazilian border can be quite warm, while summer temperatures in Tierra Del Fuego between the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn can dip below freezing at night. If you plan to see these areas all, you will need to pack accordingly, keeping in mind that the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere.
Argentina Transportation Options
In Buenos Aires, you will have many transportation options available to you. For starters, the city operates a subway system and a bus system. There are metered taxis available at rates that are inexpensive compared to taxi rates in Europe or the United States. There are also un-metered taxis called remises, with fixed rates and fixed routes in the inner city.
Outside of Buenos Aires, it can be difficult to get around if you’re not signed up for a guided tour. We can arrange a car and driver for the day, or rent your own transport if you wish to get farther off the beaten path. Train lines are reopening throughout the country after several years of decline, but train travel can still be challenging, depending on where you’re going. The local flight network is often used to get to different parts of the country.
Hotels & Resorts in Argentina
Buenos Aires has many options at many prices for travelers looking for luxury accommodations, those on a budget, and everyone in between. Outside of the major cities, you will find accommodations a little harder to come by.
There are resorts near most of the major tourist attractions, and resorts for those looking to experience the scenic beauty of the Andes or the Argentine coast, while enjoying the luxury of five-star lodging. There are hostels, inns, and smaller hotels for everyone else, but it is best to plan your itinerary in advance and to book your lodging before you arrive in country, and we wouldn't recommend budget accommodations in general.
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Unique Adventures and Experiences in Argentina
Argentina’s big tourist draws are relatively unique in and of themselves, but if you’ve been to the country before or are just looking to do something a bit different than everyone else, consider the following.
Book a flyover of the white continent. Argentina is the main gateway for Antarctic travel. And if you’re not planning an Antarctic cruise, a fly over of the continent may be the next best option.
Travel back in time at eerie Villa Epecéun, a submerged town that has only re-emerged from the salt water of Lago Epecuén. Tour the water-damaged buildings of this once popular resort, and take a dip in the curative waters of the lake, second only to the Dead Sea in salt content.
Visit the Welsh town of Gaiman and tour the Parque el Desafío. A sculptural park made entirely of recycled trash and found by a retiree in the 1980s, the park makes an excellent contrast to the town’s proud heritage as a Welsh colonial village.
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