Top 10 Things to See and Do in Argentina

Top 10 Things to See and Do in Argentina

One of the biggest countries in South America, Argentina boasts a versatile culture as well as nature. The vast natural wonders are complemented with vibrant cities, where one can discover rich cultural heritage. Check out this week’s ten great choices of what to see and do once in Argentina.

10. Visit El Ateneo Grand Splendid

The most sumptuous bookstore in the world welcomes readers from all around the world. From 1919 to 2000 the building was home to historic Teatro Gran Splendid. Today the shop attracts approximately 1 million visitors each year! Believe it or not, but most of them are actually shoppers: for instance, in 2007 an incredible number of 700 000 books was sold.

Why to go there?

The building itself obviously is worth visiting: wonderful ceilings, sculptures, frescoes, theater boxes, even a stage with a curtain were made by the finest Italian and Argentinian artists as well as architects.

El Ateneo-Photo by Nicolas Zonvi

Photo by Nicolas Zonvi

El Ateneo-Photo by Martin Rojas

Photo by Martin Rojas

El Ateneo-Photo by Carla Wosniak

Photo by Carla Wosniak

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9. Visit Ushuaia

It is the Southernmost City in the world! Ushuaia port is a point from where the Antarctic expeditions take off. This is also where the Andes meets the sea: the iconic mountain range creates an impressive cityscape. The city provides plenty of outdoor activities. Skiing and hiking in the mountains, as well as sailing, kayaking and scuba diving in the sea will suit everyone’s taste.

Why to go there?

A nice port town, with great panoramic views, mountains and the sea. Its ski areas make it a desirable winter holiday destination. Moreover here penguins and sea lions can be spotted.

Ushuaia-Photo by Baixeki

Photo by Baixeki

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Photo by eyals

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Photo by Ning Ma

8. Explore Valley of the Moon

The place where „the moon sets“ definitely looks like from a different planet. Unsurprisingly the scientists have found fossils of various dinosaur species, buried here tens of millions of years ago. The park was even included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. At the entrance of the park visitors can observe the replicas of the fossils.

Why to go there?

The visitors can climb Morado Mount from where an amazing panoramic views open. It is even possible to camp in this vast terrain.

Moon-Photo by Jose Ferreyra

Photo by Jose Ferreyra

7. Go on a Wine Tour in Mendoza

One of the most famous wine producers in South America, the country will really please any gourmand. The region is so beautiful – its vast nature is really best explored on a tour. Numerous wineries are established here, so the visitors get a chance to compare different tastes and production.

Why to go there?

A romantic and entertaining trip, providing a beautiful panoramic views as well as delicious wines.

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6. See Opera in Teatro Colón

Together with other four theaters, it is said to have one of the best acoustics in the world. A bunch of architects have collaborated to the construction, therefore the architecture features a variety of styles and influences. It is also famous for its world-known artists and great performances that maintain the theater’s high standards.

Why to go there?

Visitors can expect to see the secret corners of the opera, beautiful interiors, statues and visit the stage, which is said to exude a captivating atmosphere.

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5. See Carrera Lake of Marble

Carrera has many great qualities. Besides being the second deepest lake in South America, having fresh water, whose colors vary between emerald, turquoise, aquamarine and azure, Carrera is surrounded with the Marble Caves!

Why to go there?

The most exciting thing to do here is to go on a boat tour in the Marble Cathedral.

Carerra-Photo by Thomann

Photo by Thomann

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4. Climb Mount Fitz Roy

Part of the Andes mountain range, Mount Fitz Roy is one of the most challenging peaks in the world. Although it is not that high, the mountain is indeed challenging even for the experienced climbers. Only one climber might succeed in reaching Mount Fitz Roy in a year, due to its shape and extremely severe wind.

Why to go there?

The village of El Chaltén and El Calafate international airport have been built recently, so that the area would be more accessible to visit. There are many hiking tracks in the Los Glaciares park and the peak can be approached from many angles. The photographers are also tempted to go there and take pictures of the summit, since it is so unique.

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Mount Fitz Roy-Photo by Markus Eichenberger

Photo by Markus Eichenberger

Mount Fitz Roy-Photo by Joel Santos

Photo by Joel Santos

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Photo by Jon Grigson

Mount Fitz Roy-Photo by Nora De Angelli

Photo by Nora De Angelli

3. Hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier

The monolithic glacier is the most popular attraction in Argentine Patagonia. The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) growing ice formation is surrounded with detached ice blocks and icebergs, providing a truly spectacular sites. The whole Los Glaciares National Park’s unspoiled nature is breathtaking.

Why to go there?

The hiking trails around the glacier and tours on the glacier’s ice will give a big picture of Perito Moreno. The glacier is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world and is included in UNESCO’s list.

Perito-Photo by Nora De Angelli

Photo by Nora De Angelli

Perito-Photo by John Barwood

Photo by John Barwood

Perito-Photo by Federico Cappone

Photo by Federico Cappone

Perito-Photo by Ricardo Bevilaqua

Photo by Ricardo Bevilaqua

Perito-Photo by Steve Boyden

Photo by Steve Boyden

2. Tango in Buenos Aires

The vibrant, historic, cultured and simply beautiful capital is a must see once in Argentina. Learn about the history as well as art in an abundance of museums, enjoy an exhilarating walk in one of many beautiful parks, please your senses in a restaurant and order a true Argentinian steak. Go to a tango club in the evening and experience the true passion of this soulful dance.

Why to go there?

This is a hub of entertainment, education on the history and culture of the country.

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1. Admire Iguazu Falls

Not very tall (285 ft/87 m), but very impressive: the waterfall has 275 cascades, that form a horseshoe and stretch for 8858ft (2700 m). It is taller and twice as wide as Niagara Falls. Iguazu Falls are surrounded with national parks in both countries. Fed by Iguazu River, the beautiful falls are of volcanic origin.

Why to go there?

Experience the enormous plunge and force of water as well as the unspoiled surroundings of this gorgeous place.

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