Tours, Activities, Excursions, and Day Trips in Argentina
Argentina is a large South American nation with terrain encompassing Andes mountains, glacial lakes, and Pampas grassland, the traditional grazing ground of its famed beef cattle. The country is famous for tango dance and music. Its big, cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires, is centered on the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace.
Arriving in Buenos Aires is like an explosion of lively atmosphere and culture. On the streets is where the place comes alive- the cafes, the purple jacaranda flowers draped over the sidewalks in spring, and portenos (residents of Buenos Aires) in stylish clothing, walking purposefully past handsome early-20th-century stone facades. And it's not just Buenos Aires that's a stunner - Cordoba, Salta, Mendoza, and Bariloche each have their unique personalities and unforgettable attractions, all well worth a visit and offering various attractions and adventures.
The countryside in general is a most pleasant side of Argentina; laid-back and with a taste for life close to nature. Rural villages are a breath of fresh air compared to the country's hectic big cities and a nice way to experience traditional culture. The north is as South-American as Argentina gets. Its wine regions are famous throughout the world and an increasingly popular tourist destination. If the bustle of Buenos Aires is too much for your taste, Mendoza and Salta are an excellent choice. They also make for a good base to explore the scenic regional vineyards and friendly villages with the Andes mountains in the background. Salta is also the starting point for the Train to the Clouds, a heritage railway that seems to be running solely to provide some unforgettable panoramas for travellers. The Traslasierra Valley is a pleasant green valley and one of the many places where you can enjoy a world class spa, as hot springs naturally occur around here. Finally, if you like a day at the beach, Argentina has plenty to offer for you. Mar del Plata is one of the top destinations for beach resorts.
The natural world in this stunning country is enough to make anyone feel a little breathless. From the mighty Iguazu Falls in the subtropical north to the thunderous, crackling advance of the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south, Argentina is a vast natural wonderland. The country boasts some of the Andes' highest peaks. It's home to rich wetlands that rival Brazil's famous Pantanal, mountains painted in rustic colors, deserts dotted with cacti, massive ice fields and arid steppes in Patagonia, cool lichen-clad Valdivian forests, Andean salt flats, a spectacular Lake District, penguins, flamingos, capybaras and more. All are stunning sights and adventures just waiting to be experienced.
The gastronomic offerings in Argentina are sure to not leave anyone hungry. Satisfying that carnal craving for juicy steaks isn't hard to do in the land that has perfected grilling wonderfully flavorful sides of beef. Parrillas (steak restaurants) are everywhere and will offer up any cut you can imagine. And if you're a fan of pizza and pasta, these Italian staples are ubiquitous as well. But there's more - in Buenos Aires you can experience a huge variety of ethnic cuisine, from Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern to Scandinavian. Down it all with that famous Argentine wine, and you'll be struggling to maintain your waistline.
Tango is possibly Argentina's greatest contribution to the outside world, a steamy dance that's known worldwide and that is taught in classes across the globe.)? Argentines are passionately devoted to futbol (soccer) and, if you're a fan, experiencing a live match should definitely be on your itinerary. Add a distinctive Argentine take on literature, cinema, music and arts, and you have a rich, edgy culture - part Latin American and part European - that you can't help but fall in love with. For many travellers, Argentina as a country has the same seductive appeal as the tango it's famous for. Just like that iconic partner dance, Argentina embraces you, constantly moving to the rhythm of the streets and improvising every step of the way. It's apparent why Argentina has long held travelers in awe: tango, beef, gauchos, futbol, Patagonia, the Andes. The classics alone make a desirable destination for any wanderer.