5 Things to do in Argentina
Featured destinations: Argentina, Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Ushuaia
Published 30 March 2016
Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, Argentina’s diverse capital, is alive with colour, history and culture, a sprawling metropolis where you can tuck into the country’s juiciest steaks and sip on its finest wines. The 48 barrios (districts) that make up the city include the colonial San Telmo and the brightly coloured La Boca, featured on many a postcard, both well worth a few hours wandering. But you simply can’t visit Buenos Aires without catching a tango show of some kind. Whether it is an energetic street performance or a dinner show at a hotel or a theatre, it’s an impressive and evocative display of dance and expression.
MendozaMendoza is pleasant enough, but your real reasons for visiting are the surrounding vineyards, producers of Argentina’s world-renowned Malbec. The city has wine tours coming out of its ears, varying from cheap and cheerful tastings just outside town to longer, full-day excursions to the Uco Valley with a gourmet lunch included. Further afield, the snow-capped peaks of the Andes are easily visited on a tour from Mendoza, many of which take you to the base of Cerro Aconcagua, America’s highest mountain at 6,962m.
BarilocheAt the foot of the Andes, surrounded by lakes, Bariloche is a scenery lover’s dream. The town itself is reminiscent of a Swiss Alpine village, with a quaint main square, plenty of fondue restaurants and chocolate shops, and even a friendly St Bernard that likes to pose for photos. But for the best vistas you should head to the impossibly pretty mountains of Cerro Campanario, the creaking glaciers of Nahuel Huapi National Park and the glassy lakes of Llao Llao National Park, all easily reached from town. They don’t call this area Argentina’s Lake District for nothing.
UshuaiaUshuaia is known as ‘el fin del mundo’, or the ‘end of the world’, as there’s no larger settlement between here and Antarctica, just 700 miles further south. Ushuaia is bursting with attractions, the best of which is Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago of twinkling blue seas, thick forests and snowy mountains. There’s wildlife aplenty, including grey foxes, condors and even a beaver colony, introduced from North America in the 1940s. Other highlights include cruises on the Beagle Channel, where you might see sea lions (and if you’re lucky, whales and dolphins) and trips to the nearby colony of gentoo and Magellanic penguins. And do not leave town without trying the freshly-caught king crab. It’s delicious!If you fancy visiting Argentina, try our Southern Highlights Journey, travelling from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, visiting Iguazu Falls on the way.You might also like:A Glimpse of the Real BrazilTravel Souvenirs: What to Buy Where