|Top Five Highlights of Argentina
|Laura Radford, Travel Writer
Argentina is a country famed for its horse-riding, its incredible steaks, plus a decent bottle of Malbec, but there is so much more to this European-influenced gem of South America than is talked about. Here we list out top five highlights of this fascinating and diverse country…
No trip to Argentina is complete without a trip to Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s most astonishing natural wonders, which sits along the border of Argentina & Brazil (it is possible to visit both sides of the falls by crossing the border). This 90m drop waterfall stretches around 3km and along the Argentinian side it’s possible to get close, traversing boardwalks where you can feel the spray. There are a number of lodges on both sides of the falls if you fancy spending a couple of nights here, but only one hotel is situated within the falls themselves on the Brazilian side.
MENDOZA WINE REGION
Argentina is known for its fabulous wine, most of which hails from the vineyards in and around the region of Mendoza. Beauty is all around in this region, as the stunning vineyards are flanked by the backdrop of the impressive Andes mountains. It’s a wonderful place to spend a few days visiting different bodegas and sampling the different wines. The town of Mendoza itself is an elegant one, with tree-lined avenues, and is worth a stroll around, but the real beauty lies where the grapes grow!
PERITO MORENO GLACIER
Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most impressive, and most popular sites to visit in Argentina. Located in the El Calafate region of Argentina in the south, with a town by the same name which usually acts as the departure point for tours of the glacier itself. The Patagonian Continental Ice Cap has some of the most impressive glaciers in the world, but Perito Moreno is by far the most famous, named after an Argentinian explorer named Francisco Moreno, the term perito is his nickname, which translates to expert, or specialist. You can take boat trips to get up close with the glacier itself and its best to visit when the weather is a little warmer, between October and February.
ARGENTINIAN LAKE DISTRICT
The crystal blue lakes of the Argentinian Lake District are a remarkable sight. This region is popular with adventurists, with the town of Bariloche drawing water sports enthusiasts, as well as those interested in horse riding, paragliding and more. The forests here seem to go on forever, and you are surrounded by the Andean peaks which makes the backdrop truly breath-taking, this region is well worth a visit on your trip to Argentina.
Likely to be your entry and exit point when visiting Argentina, is of course its cosmopolitan capital, Buenos Aires. This bustling city is home to over a third of the population of Argentina, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were strolling through the streets of a European city instead. The capital draws many influences, and of course boasts an incredible gastronomic scene, one of the best in the world, with some of the top chefs from all over the globe choosing to open restaurants here. Be sure to visit the La Boca region of the city with its colourful buildings and the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of Eva Perón.
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