At over 1 million square miles (or almost 3 million square kilometers), Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world by area. As one can imagine with a country this size, there are a lot of places to visit in Argentina. As someone who finds Argentina very near and dear to her heart, these are my top five places to see while visiting Argentina.
5 Best Places To Visit In Argentina :
1. Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires
The Recoleta Cemetary is known to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It is the final resting place for some of Argentina’s most notable and wealthiest people. This includes former presidents and Noble Prize winners. The most famous tomb in the Recoleta Cemetary belongs to Eva Perón, the wife to Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. Eva Perón became famous internationally through pop culture following her death, most notably when Madonna was cast to portray her in the movie Evita.
The cemetery is free to visit and is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM. Visitors should plan to spend at least a couple hours at the Recoleta Cemetery wandering aimlessly through the endless rows of tombs.
2. Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls are waterfalls on the Iguazu River that borders both Argentina and Brazil. This waterfall system is the largest in the world and Niagara Falls is dwarfed in it’s comparison. To get to Iguazu Falls, travelers will need to take the 1 hour 45-minute direct flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu. Visitors can stay in Puerto Iguazu, which is about 20 km from the national park entrance to the falls.
There are numerous hiking trails that wind through the park with several lookout points to see the falls. Visitors should plan to spend at least 1 night at Iguazu Falls to fully enjoy one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world.
3. Cerro Campanario in Bariloche
Bariloche is located in Patagonia along the Argentina-Chile border. Known for its lake region and snowcapped mountains, Bariloche is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Argentina. Travelers should plan to visit Bariloche for at least a couple of days during their trip to Argentina. You can easily get there by taking a 2-hour flight from Buenos Aires.
While there is a lot to do and see in Bariloche, one of the most important thing is experiencing its beauty from numerous viewpoints throughout the area. While there are several viewpoints to choose from, nothing quite compares to that of the views from Cerro Campanario.
Cerro Campanario is located about 17 km from the center of Bariloche. It is located on a road that winds along Lago (Lake) Nahuel Huapo, which is one of the largest lakes in the region. While visitors to Cerro Campanario can take the 30-minute hike to the top, there is also a chair lift that can quickly transport visitors to the viewpoint.
At the top, there are 360-degree panoramic views of the entire region, complete with it’s deep blue-colored lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks. Visitors can easily spend a couple hours taking in Bariloche’s beauty from the several viewpoints at the top of Cerro Campanario.
4. Isla Martillo in Ushuaia
Ushuaia is located at the southern most tip of Argentina. It is known as the “end of the world” due to its southern location in South America. Ushuaia is a popular cruise port and is a 3.5-hour flight from Buenos Aires. While Ushuaia itself can be experienced in as little as a day or two, one must plan to visit Isla Martillo when traveling to Ushuaia.
Isla Martillo is an island on the Beagle Channel that is home to colony of Gentoo and Magellanics penguins. Visitors to Ushuaia can travel by boat to Isla Martillo and walk among the penguins in what is very likely a once in a lifetime opportunity!
5. Mendoza Wine Region
Mendoza’s world-famous wine region is approximately 350,000 acres in size and produces a majority of the wine in Argentina. Mendoza is famous for its production of Malbec because its prime sunny, high-altitude location is the perfect terroir to produce Malbec. Wine aficionados cannot visit Argentina without taking the 2-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza.
There are three wine producing areas within the Mendoza wine region: Maipu Valley, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valley. Travelers should plan to spend at least 3 days in the Mendoza to experience these areas and their wine.
Maipu Valley is the easiest region to visit because it is located in and around the city of Mendoza. The wineries in Maipu Valley do not require reservations and walk-in wine tasters are welcome.
Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley are located further out from the city of Mendoza. Lujan de Cuyo is about a 30-minute drive south of Mendoza and Uco Valley. It requires a day-trip on its own as it is about a 75-minute drive from Mendoza. While both of these areas are less convenient to get to than Maipu Valley, they should not be missed by anyone traveling to Mendoza.
As you can see, there are a lot of places to visit in Argentina! If you are planning a trip to Argentina and would like to see these top 5 sights that I highly recommend, then I would suggest planning a 2-week trip to Argentina (if not longer!). That will give you plenty of time to see these sights, plus many more, while also giving you enough time to travel between the various cities.
Enjoy your trip – cheers!
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Andrea is a wife, mom, and full-time HR professional who somehow finds time to travel the world (economically, as insisted by her accountant husband!) and share her wisdom and hard-earned tips on her travel blog, One Savvy Wanderer. Follow her on Facebook to find out more on how to get the smallest bill while traveling the world.
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