Looking for your perfect Argentinian adventure? Here at Teithiau Tango we’ve created a list of the 7 top places you must visit in Argentina!
Teithiau Tango are the experts when it comes to organising small group, private and bespoke tours to Welsh Patagonia, due to the amazing Welsh contacts we have built there; but Latin America has so much more to offer than its Welsh heritage alone.
In fact, as our Managing Director, Angeles is originally from Argentina, our roots in this incredible continent go much deeper.
The sheer scale of the country might be somewhat overwhelming to a first-time visitor, but at Teithiau Tango we have the insider knowledge and expertise to make your Latin American travel itinerary as jam-packed, or as free-flowing as you want it to be.
Argentina is one of the most awe-inspiring, fascinating countries in the world and we want to share more of this beautiful place with you.
Spend your best holiday ever horse-trekking through lush green valleys; appreciate Argentinian agriculture with a visit to an estancia – one of South America’s traditional sprawling ranches; sample some Argentinian beef (of course!) Explore the vineyards of Mendoza (naturally!) Drink coffee in a Parisian style street café in Buenos Aires; even ski in one of the 14 ski resorts scattered along the spine of the Andes. The possibilities are endless.
These are just a few of the attractions we think you should consider making part of your trip on a visit to Argentina.
The top 7 places you must visit in Argentina!
Simply one of our favourite cities in Latin America. This city is passionate, colourful, fascinating, alive, it’s…well…Latin American!
Buenos Aires never sleeps, the city constantly buzzes, so our advice is to have a siesta, sample some strong coffee and make the most of it! It’s not just youngsters out on the town, BA nightlife has something for everyone, from jazz and tango to bars and clubs.
Speaking of Tango – which deserves its own dedicated post – Buenos Aires is the perfect place to catch an incredible Tango Show or even take a class. Our expert local guides can point you in the direction of some lively street tango too – will you be joining in?
Salta and Jujuy
Salta or Salta la Linda (Salta the beautiful) as it’s known is a laid-back rural city with a distinctly Spanish vibe.
Its unusual location in the North West of Argentina 1,152 metres above sea level means that over the centuries it hasn’t had quite as many European incomers as the other cities in Argentina, so it retains a lot of indigenous traditions and cultural influences. Nearby, in the Jujuy region is the town of Purmamaraca; this is where you’ll find the colourful mountains you see on instagram and the famous Hill of 7 Colours.
Salta and Jujuy’s spectacular Salinas Grandes salt flats are a sight to behold, like an impossible moonscape Be sure to try the Torrontés Riojano wine, this province is to white wine – what Mendoza is to red wine!
Iguazú – “y” means “water”, and “ûasú ” means big in Tupi-Guarani, the native language. And with 275 waterfalls cascading over an area of 1.7 miles ‘big waters’ is no exaggeration. Iguazu Falls are almost double the height and width of Niagara Falls in some parts. Visitors can step easily between Argentina and Brazil to marvel at the most ferocious fall, the aptly named Devil’s Throat.
An easy trail to get up close and personal with the waterfalls and includes a panoramic lift. Be sure to take a ‘selfie’ next to the permanent rainbow which floats in the mist where 14 of the falls drop a staggering 350m into the subtropical forest below.
Bariloche and Patagonia’s Lake District
At the foot of the snow-capped Andes in Patagonia’s lake district is a European inspired city. Often known as the Switzerland of South America – they even make chocolate, which you’ll see rivals anything the Swiss can produce! Bariloche is part of Nahuel Huapi, Argentina’s largest National Park.
Throughout the year, tourists and Argentinians flock to Bariloche to enjoy the city, head out to the wild to fish, canoe, mountain bike, paraglide, hike and, of course to sample the chocolate!
Here you’ll find majestic Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and cafes and bars spilling out along leafy avenues and plazas with cascading fountains.
With its world class wines, stunning clear blue skies and bubbling gastronomic scene, there’s no doubt that Mendoza is high up on the to do list when you’re visiting Argentina. Known as “The land of sun and good wine” to the rest of the country, Mendoza is the perfect location to experience authentic Argentina. The views over the Andes and the stunning open countryside are such a delight to drive that the wine might even come second!
The last stop at the end of the world. This windswept, rugged town is the capital of Tierra del Fuego or the land of fire. It is commonly referred to as the southernmost city in the world. The adventure and unique history of this stunning settlement are almost palatable. Tierra del Fuego is actually an archipelago made up of a number of islands and is a hotspot for anyone interested in an unforgettable travel experience.
Enjoy a boat cruise along the Beagle channel and admire the white tipped mountains, deep fjords and the icy tidewater glaciers. Discover the intriguing culture and complex history at one of Ushuaia’s museums or even sample a tipple at the world’s most Southerly microbrewery! Whatever you choose to do here, be sure to get your passport stamped at the last stop at the end of the world.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Unlike most of the world’s other glaciers, the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park is still growing! This blindingly white and impossibly turquoise UNESCO heritage site is currently 19 miles long and looks like something out of a sci-fi film.
Visit one of the many viewing points to admire the incredible scenery; feel the glaciers icy cold breath on your skin and hear the ice fields creaking and cracking as they make their way across the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world.
We’re not exaggerating when we say these places are just the tip of the iceberg (get it?!) when it comes to what South America has to offer travellers looking for adventure in 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance, be sure to read through our last blog post on Patagonia – The heart of Wales in the deep south of Latin America.
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