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Welcome to Argentina

From the desert plains of the north, through the Andes Mountains and green pampas, and to the icy frontier of Patagonia, Argentina draws in travelers with its diverse geography. The obvious starting point is Buenos Aires, Argentina's free-spirited capital, where the old-school romance of the tango is offset by an electric nightlife scene, a passion for fútbol (soccer), and the meat-mad feasts on offer at parrillas (grill houses). From the capital, long distances and vast landscapes divide Argentina, so tours can help visitors cover more ground in one trip. Many visitors go west into the Pampas to ride horses with gauchos (cowboys), enjoy Malbec wine tasting amid the vineyards of Mendoza—650 miles (1,046 kilometers) from Buenos Aires—or head north, where boats dot the water under the UNESCO-listed Iguazú Falls, a good 15-hour drive away. Journeying south, travelers traverse the lake district of Bariloche and skirt the Andean border with Chile before hitting the wilderness of Patagonia. Stretching to Ushuaia—2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) from Buenos Aires at South America's southernmost tip—Patagonia is a region defined by ice-capped mountains and shimmering glaciers, where penguins abound and touring ships glide beneath the gigantic icebergs of the Perito Moreno Glacier. In stark contrast to the south, arid desert, red rock canyons, and sweeping highlands hem in the northwestern cities of Salta and Jujuy. Still somewhat off the beaten track, travelers here can walk past gigantic cacti in Los Cardones National Park, marvel at Salta's glistening salt flats, and discover otherworldly rock formations at Ischigualasto Provincial Park.

Top 10 attractions in Argentina

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Parque de la Costa

Parque de la Costa

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Less than one hour from Buenos Aires, Parque de la Costa is one of Argentina’s leading amusement parks. With more than 50 attractions—which range from gravity-defying rollercoasters to classic carousels—there’s something to appeal to both thrill seekers and toddlers.More
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Tigre

Tigre

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With its scenic waterways, riverside fun fair, and lively handicrafts market, the charming provincial town of Tigre offers a welcome change of pace from nearby Buenos Aires. Located on the Tigre Delta at the meeting point of the Paraná River and the Río de la Plata estuary, it’s a popular choice for a day trip from the capital.More
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Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón)

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With its opulent architecture and fine acoustics, the Colon Theatre (Teatro Colón) ranks alongside Paris’ Opera Garnier and London’s Royal Opera House as one of the world’s most impressive theaters. Reopened after extensive renovations in 2010, the Colon Theatre is the premier venue for opera, ballet, and classical music in Buenos Aires.More
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Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei)

Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei)

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Visitors to the Palermo Woods can’t miss the Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Planetario Galileo Galilei), with its futuristic silver dome towering over the surrounding park and lake. Inaugurated in 1966, the planetarium remains a popular family attraction, hosting a space-themed museum and daily shows.More
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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfalls system in the world, are truly awe-inspiring to behold, spanning the border between Brazil and Argentina. Though Brazil boasts better views of the falls, Argentina is blessed with about 80 percent of this natural marvel’s 275 separate cascades. Paved trails and catwalks wind their way around the falls—sometimes reaching within an arm’s length of the water—and a free train connects the main trailheads.More
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Buenos Aires Eco-Park

Buenos Aires Eco-Park

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With over 350 different animal species and an acclaimed exotic breeding program, Buenos Aires Eco-Park is the go-to place for urban wildlife spotting, hitting headlines at the start of 2013 when one of its Bengal White Tigers produced a rare litter of four cubs. Located close to Plaza Italia in the heart of the city’s Palermo district, the zoo has been running since 1888 and today houses over 2,500 animal inhabitants, as well as spearheading Argentina’s zoological research, education and preservation efforts.The 18-hectare park aims to mimic a range of different ecosystems, with a variety of unique enclosures and architecturally impressive buildings, set around a boating lake and island inhabited by a population of Madagascan Lemurs. Highlights include the subtropical jungle exhibition, where a suspension bridge offers a prime view of the lush vegetation and birdlife; an aquarium where piranhas, sea sharks and tropical fish are displayed alongside a penguin and seal pool; a Japanese style pagoda housing a family of Giant pandas; and a dimly-lit bat enclosure. Giraffes, rhinoceros, pumas, lions, monkeys and elephants are just some of the zoo’s animal inhabitants, along with some more unique specimens like Red Pandas, Orangutans and a colorful array of native birdlife. There’s even a petting zoo where visitors can interact and feed goats, donkeys, llamas and Shetland ponies. The zoo also frequently opens its doors during the evening hours with after-dark visits offering the chance to see a different side of the animals’ lifestyle as well as getting the rare opportunity to watch the zoo’s nocturnal animals at large.More
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Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo)

Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo)

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Once the tallest building in South America, the towering architecture of the Barolo Palace (Palacio Barolo) in Buenos Aires has stood the test of time. Built by Italian architect Mario Palanti in 1923, the building’s fanciful style was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, a poem in three parts that in turn represent Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven.More
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Palermo Hippodrome (Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo)

Palermo Hippodrome (Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo)

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From the nomadic gauchos of the Pampas to the skilled champions of polo, Argentina’s illustrious equestrian history draws horse lovers from all over the world. One of Buenos Aires’ principal equestrian venues is the art nouveau–style Argentinean Palermo Hippodrome (Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo).More
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Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

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The beauty of Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia has earned it the nickname of the "Eighth Wonder of the World” in Argentina. It’s the planet's third-largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers, slowly making its way in crackling celestial blue from the granite spires of the Chilean Torres del Paine into Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares).More
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San Telmo

San Telmo

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The central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an upmarket residential area, the area’s “old mansions and faded glory” vibe set the perfect scene for the artists and musicians who now call this enclave home. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Bariloche

How to Spend 3 Days in Bariloche

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier

How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 2 Days in Buenos Aires

How to Spend 3 Days in Ushuaia

How to Spend 3 Days in Ushuaia

Andes Mountains Tours from Mendoza

Andes Mountains Tours from Mendoza

Top activities in Argentina

Recent reviews from experiences in Argentina

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A great tour for English speakers with little Spanish language skills
Justin_F, Dec 2021
Premium Tigre Delta and San Isidro Tour from Buenos Aires
His communication in English is really good and invites questions and discussions.
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Howard Crowston is a fabulous guide
Kurt_S, Dec 2021
Private city tour of Buenos Aires
We learned about him meeting his wife, his relocation from England to Argentina, his two children, his work activities, his tennis and other fun activities, and more.
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Iquazu Falls is a must see
Mitchel_M, Feb 2020
3-Days Iguazu Falls Trip with Airfaire from Buenos Aires
At least 3 days for both sides of the falls.
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San Isidro and Tigre Delta
CAROLYN_M, Feb 2020
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
Very interesting to see a different part of Argentina.
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Must see!
jonesjudd, Feb 2020
Private Day at Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires with Airfare
Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the falls and the local wildlife and plants.
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What a flash trip but wonderful!
rtarng, Feb 2020
Private Argentinian Iguazú Falls
We flew to Iguazu Fall in the early morning.
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View of the fall from Brazilian side. Spectacular.
rlaurenjohnson, Jan 2020
Full Day Iguassu Falls Both Sides - Brazil and Argentina
A lot packed into one day, but well worth it to see both sides of the falls.
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All of it
Jaimesh_P, Jan 2020
All day, small group, luxury wine tour with gourmet lunch
Tour was great, our guide (Victoria) spoke English to an excellent standard, and provided excellent knowledge on the wine industry and wider history of Argentina.
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Excellent
Elizabeth_C, Jan 2020
Perito Moreno Glacier Day Trip with Optional Boat Ride from El Calafate
Really enjoyed the experience- there was plenty of time to see the Glacier from the walkways and the boat and we were not hurried.
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Had a great tour
malbruMontreal, Dec 2019
Pope Francis Tour in Buenos Aires
You learn alot the Pope's background in Argentina, You get to see the city and experience BsAs by car ( which is in and of itself an experience)
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Beautiful, incredible falls
Dave M, Aug 2019
Iguazu Falls: Visit to Argentinian and Brazilian Side in two days
Most of the falls are on the Argentina side but you get a better view from the Brazil side.
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Ubelieveable nature
Olivier_S, Jul 2019
Iguazu National Park Admission Ticket
Both sides of the falls are very impressing.
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An Exhilarating Experience!!!
MichaelS_G, Mar 2019
3-Day Private Iguazú Falls Experience
Iguazu Falls are fantastic.
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I spent that day with Claudia at San...
Eduardo_T, Apr 2018
Small-Group San Isidro and Tigre Delta Tour
She also made himself available to us with recommendatins for other activities.
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The guide is very helpful who knows...
Yining W, Sep 2017
Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
It just give you enough time to visit the Argentinaian side in the morning, so you can do the Brazilian side in the afternoon.
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Definitely a reason behind our trip...
Patrice_D, Jan 2018
Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch
Excellent winery visits and wine tasting sessions with good conversation in English with owner or their representatives.
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Sandra was an excellent guide. She...
Joseph W, Jul 2017
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
A city tour of a new city is good for your first few days in Buenos Aires to see the most interesting neighborhoods and be able to plan the rest of your time.
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The falls are amazing and a must for...
David E, Oct 2017
Iguassu Falls Sightseeing Tour from Foz do Iguaçu
The falls are amazing and a must for inclusion on everyone's bucket list.
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The tour is good. I thought that I...
NancyMuoi_L, Sep 2016
Day Trip to the Argentinian Side of Iguassu Falls from Foz do Iguaçu
I thought that I have paid for both Falls.
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the tour was great, 6 people in the...
Luisina_C, May 2016
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires
the tour was great, 6 people in the group, the guide spoke great english, good introduction to the history of argentina
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