Argentina is the largest Spanish speaking country in Latin America, and is home to over 42 million people. It’s a beautiful country that covers temperatures ranging from tropical to sub polar depending on how North or South you’ve decided to venture. It even has a claim on part of Antarctica! A land of stunning architecture, and national parks, there is a little something for everyone in the country, so check out our list of 5 top things to do on your trip!
1. Check out Gualeguaychú for Carnival!
From January to March, this usually calm river city is pumping with tourists and locals, dancing and partying the day and night away! Gualeguaychú is one of the best places in the country to go during Carnival, the celebration traditionally before Lent, the 40 day fasting period observed in Catholicism. Nowadays though, Carnival is a time to party, lose your inhibitions, and run as wild and free as you like! Think Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but with even more costumes and lascivious dancing. Really, it can’t be beat!
2. Take a walk through the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.
Both the BBC and CNN have hailed the Recoleta Cemetery as one of the most beautiful in the world. Sure it might seem a bit morbid, but the place is a beauty to behold. Out of the 4691 graves 49 have been declared National Heritage Monuments by the government of Argentina. Some incredibly famous people rest in Recoleta, like Eva Peron and Luis Federico Leloir, a Chemistry Nobel prize winner. It may be a bit of a somber walk, but it will also be a beautiful one.
Argentina is considered the birthplace of Tango, so you would be entirely remiss to skip it. Even if you have two left feet, you should check out some amateurs or even some professionals dance the tango during your stay. Head to the bandstand at Barrancas de Belgrano national park also known as La Glorieta to catch some beautiful displays of tango dancing. If you’re keen on the stuff, then you should know there’s a whole Festival devoted to Tango in Buenos Aires. This year, it will take place mid August, and would be an absolute treat for anyone travelling there this summer (or winter depending on your hemisphere!). Their website is mainly in Spanish but easy to navigate, and gives you a great idea of what’s on offer!
4. Be dumbstruck by the beauty of Iguazú.
One of the most breathtaking waterfalls you will ever have the opportunity to see resides in a national park of the same name in the North of Argentina. The park itself offers special corporate services, a restaurant, and a train that takes you to the Devil’s Throat (which is coincidentally also the border between Brazil and Argentina) and the Ecological Jungle that sits within the park. Amazing natural beauty for you to see and discover for yourself, the Iguazú falls are a definite must-see when travelling to Argentina.
5. Hike/Visit the Quebrada de Humahuaca.
A narrow and somewhat harsh mountain valley that follows along the valley of the Rio Grande, it is yet another unique panorama in Argentina. The trail itself has been used for trade for the past 10,000 years and even has evidence of an Incan population. Because of all of its rich history, it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hiking it is possible and a lot of information can be found through one of the major tourism websites like this one that offer information on food, hotels, and just about everything you could need on your trip.