Things to do in Argentina
You can’t go to Argentina without doing the tango, and you can’t not tango in Buenos Aires. On a Sunday evening around 8pm, head to the bandstand at the Barrancas de Belgrano park for the casual La Glorieta milonga (tango event) - get there a little earlier for a free tango lesson.
Rent a bike in Maipú and explore the wine country to sample the rewards of Argentina’s blessed malbec, tempranillo and syrah grapes. Mendoza province is packed with world-famous wineries too, but if you’ve had enough of sniffing and swirling vino, Mendoza city is worth a visit and is also a great place to base yourself for a ski trip to Los Penitentes or Los Molles. But if you’re really after some serious snow, from mid-September until mid-October head to San Carlos de Bariloche. A Patagonian mountain village with a Swiss-German alpine feel, the ski resort of choice here is the Catedral Alta Patagonia with 40 lifts and over 100 kilometres of trails.
Keen lovers of the great outdoors would be wise to check out El Chaltén – one of Argentina’s lesser-known tourism spots. Also for the determined traveller, El Chaltén has no airport and is accessible only by a 3.5-hour bus ride. But once you get there, you can breathe fresh air and walk, hike and climb until your heart’s content, and never tire of the mountainous scenery at the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park.
Want something different and off the beaten track? Head to Quebrada de Humahuaca in the far northwest province of Jujuy right near the Bolivian border. Cast your eyes on cosmic rock formations and dark red, maroon, grey and orange mineral-rich multicoloured hills. Don’t miss Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of the Seven Colours) that creates an epic backdrop for the little village of Purmamarca.
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To see the coloured houses within the Buenos Aires brochures, you need to go to La Boca - a local neighbourhood with a strong European flavour. La Boca is a great place to explore, particularly along the Caminito pedestrian street where arts and crafts are sold and cafes serve delicious local food.
Replendent in pink, the Argentine Presidential Palace is better known as Casa Rosada for its distinctive rosy hue. Visit the eye-catching Buenos Aires attraction for all things Evita and historically significant.
The historic Buenos Aires opera house, Teatro Colón, is famous for its perfect acoustics and opulent interior. Nab standing-room only tickets for a concert, or do a behind-the-scenes tour of this stunning establishment.
Iguazu Falls is wrapped in legend and wonder. Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, the Argentine waterfalls are considerd to be one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature, and are a definite must-see.
Owned by Boca Juniors, one of Argentina's most famous football clubs, La Bombonera stadium sits in the La Boca quarter of Buenos Aires and holds a capacity of 49,000 people. The Argentines are fanatical about football and La Bombonera is a pilgrimage site for soccer tragics.
One of the most famous attractions in Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentine Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier will take your breath away with its sheer size, beauty and stunning powdery blue-coloured ice.