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7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina

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Apr 17, 2015

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By Michelle Beetham

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Last updated on October 15th, 2020 at 11:08 am

The Best Places to Visit in Argentina

Coming up with only “7 Places You Must Visit in Argentina in 2021” is not a simple task because Argentina is an incredible country that has something for every traveler. From the busy city of Buenos Aires to the roaring Iguazu Falls and jagged mountains of Patagonia, Argentina offers both luxury travel and adventure. There is something magnificent to see or do for every traveler.

The best time to visit Argentina really depends on the activity, season, and places you’re visiting. The spring is fabulous, from October to mid-December, as well as the fall from April to mid-June. However, Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world and has one of the greatest varieties of ecosystems on the planet and if you are planning to visit Patagonia in the south of the country, October to April is best.

Whether you’re in search of the world’s best wines, majestic landscapes, world-class skiing, or an evening of Argentine tango and steak, our top Argentina tours deliver it all with class. With a nearly flawless guest satisfaction score – 4.9 out of 5 stars – our South America tours and cruises are highly rated and can be completely customized for less than most premium group tours. Here are 7 amazing places to visit in Argentina you’ll surely want to consider.

1. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentine Patagonia

woman standing at viewpoint for Perito Moreno Glacier

Why Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

First on our list of places to visit in Argentina is Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re a sucker for massive glaciers, then this is the place for you. Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest advancing glacier in the world. If you are visiting during summer, chances are you will see a massive iceberg chunk calving followed by a loud echo across the water. Take a short walk to view the glacier from different angles or sign up for a boat tour that will take you within 500 meters of the glacier ice wall. It is no wonder Perito Moreno Glacier is on the places to visit in Argentina list!

Best Time to Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

Like much of Patagonia the best time to visit Perito Moreno Glacier is from November to April, with the shoulder months being the coldest. The glacier is most accessible at this time and must-see during any trip to the region.

How to Get to Perito Moreno Glacier

All direct flights to El Calafate Airport (FTE) are within Argentina. You can fly from Ushuaia (USH), Trelew (REL), Bariloche (BRC), Córdoba (COR) and both the international (EZE) and City (AEP) Airports of Buenos Aires.

Recommended Perito Moreno Glacier Tours

Very Best of Argentina
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2. Mendoza, Argentina

Andes scenery on mendoza winery

Why Visit Mendoza?

Wine connoisseur or not, Mendoza welcomes everyone. Take a city tour and learn how the Spanish transformed this land into the wine flourishing countryside it is today. Have your selection at a wine tour and relax with some fine wines, while taking in the charm of the valley juxtaposed by the beautiful Andes mountain range.

Best Time to Visit Mendoza

Many consider October to April to be the best time to visit. (October/November) and (March/April) are particularly nice as the temperatures are milder than the height of summer and in fall the landscape is bursting with colors.

How to Get to Mendoza

There are many domestic flight options to Mendoza including both in the city (AEP) and International (AEP) Airports of Buenos Aires, but you can also fly internationally from Santiago, Chile (SCL), Sao Paulo (GRU), Lima (LIM) and even Panama City (PTY) in central America.

Recommended Mendoza Tours

The South America Wine Tour
Essential Mendoza Wine Tour
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3. Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls from side, overlooking the many falls

Why Visit Iguazu Falls

No Argentina visit is complete without a trip to Iguazu Falls – one of the world’s largest waterfalls. Fly directly into Puerto Iguazu airport and spend a day or two exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a tram ride through the subtropical jungle and view the falls from Devil’s Throat. If you want the full experience, sign up for a helicopter ride that will take you over the falls. If the falls don’t take your breath away, the helicopter ride will. Again, no list of the best places to visit in Argentina would be complete without Iguazu Falls!

Best Time to Visit Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is a destination that’s great to visit all year round in terms of weather, but if you want to enjoy the view with fewer tourists, July to October and February to April are best.

How to Get to Iguazu Falls

You can fly from multiple domestic airports to Puerto Iguazu Airport (IGR), but you can also fly to (IGU) Foz do Iguaçu, on the Brazilian falls as a nice way to combine or transit between both countries.

Recommended Iguazu Falls Tours

World Wonders of South America
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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina

jacaranda trees in buenos aires argentina
Why Visit Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of the best places to visit in Argentina. Spend a few days in the “Paris of South America.” Watch an Argentine tango show or -if you are feeling brave- sign up for a tango class and learn from the pros. After dancing, enjoy some spectacular cuisine – perhaps a high-quality steak paired with fine wine. On Sunday, spend a few hours strolling through the San Telmo outdoor Antique Market.

Best Time to Visit Buenos Aires

The warm weather in Buenos Aires is October to March, with December to February being the hottest. October and November are a particularly beautiful time to visit when the jacaranda trees are in bloom.

How to Get to Buenos Aires

You can fly direct from multiple domestic airports in Argentina, but a great way to combine a trip that includes Brazil & Argentina is to fly into Foz do Iguaçu (IGU) in Brazil, visit that side of the falls and then after visiting the other side of the falls in Argentina, fly from (IGR) to continue your trip in Argentina.

Recommended Buenos Aires Tours

South America Deluxe Tour
Rio Carnival, Buenos Aires & Iguazu Tour
Buenos Aires to Santiago Wine Tour & Patagonia Lakes

5. Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia town from distance with backdrop of mountains

Why Visit Ushuaia

Head to the southernmost city in the world, also known as the “End of the World.” From Ushuaia catch a train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Or, spend the day hiking through the national park and enjoy the beautiful wilderness and wildlife. Don’t forget to stop by the Post Office in Ensenada Bay to get your passport stamped with an End of the World stamp.

Best Time to Visit Ushuaia

Since Ushuaia is the most southern city in the world, there is a smaller window in which you can enjoy the city at its best. December through March are the most favorable months for weather and general accessibility.

How to Get to Ushuaia

You can arrive in the City of Ushuaia from Multiple domestic airports in Argentina. However, you can also arrive to or depart from the city aboard an Australis cruise to either Antarctica or Punta Arenas.

Recommended Ushuaia Tours

Patagonia: Australis Cruises Across Fuegian Fjords
Ushuaia to Antarctica Cruise on the Plancius
Patagonia Cruise to Ushuaia, Torres del Paine & Santiago

6. Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

two kayakers looking at whale's fin

Why Visit Peninsula Valdes

If you’re looking for a place to visit in Argentina for whale watching, you must go to the Peninsula Valdes. Not far from Puerto Madryn is the Valdes Peninsula. Peninsula Valdes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to southern sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, whales, birds, and more. I will warn you, if you are visiting during the breeding season, you may see a few sea lions fighting to claim their mate.

Best Time to Visit Peninsula Valdes

The best time to visit Peninsula Valdes is at the height of the whale season, which is October, but the whale season starts in June and ends in December. July and February are also good times to visit.

How to Get to Peninsula Valdes

You can fly to Trelew Airport (REL) from multiple domestic locations but check the dates as most are only seasonal.

Recommended Peninsula Valdes Tours

Classic Argentina Patagonia Tour
Bariloche and Peninsula Valdes Wildlife Watching Trip

7. El Chalten, Argentina

patagonia-view-of-torres-del-paine-with-blue-lagoon

Why Visit El Chalten

Last on our list of places to visit in Argentina is El Chalten. Welcome to the Argentinian side of Patagonia and the home of Cerro Fitz Roy. This is an outdoor enthusiast heaven. Here you can enjoy trekking and climbing amongst the incredible landscapes. If you only have one day, I’d recommend spending half of it hiking to Laguna de Los Tres. Here you will see a turquoise glacier silt lake standing in front of a spectacular glacier. Keep in mind, when traveling in Patagonia, prepare for all weather conditions.

Best Time to Visit El Chalten

The weather in Patagonia is famously unpredictable, but when in a hiking hotspot like El Chalten, something else you need to consider as well as the weather is daylight hour. Late December to late February (southern hemisphere summer) will give you the longest days to enjoy more hiking.

How to Get to El Chalten

The best way to get to El Chalten is by bus or car from El Calafate. El Calafate can easily be reached from Buenos Aires via plane to El Calafate or Río Gallegos international airports.

Recommended El Chalten Tours

El Chalten and El Calafate Trekking Tour
El Calafate & El Chalten Patagonia Eco Tour

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