Old-world cafes, colonial architecture and beautiful people beset the Argentine capital.
Jagged peaks and wild, barren expanses; great for road trips.
Salta & The Andean Northwest
With a very tangible sense of history, the northwest is Argentina’s most ‘indigenous’ region, and the sights and people here show much closer links with the country’s Andean neighbors than the European image of its urban centers.
Iguazú Falls & the Northeast
Northeast Argentina is defined by its water. Muscular rivers roll southward through flat green pastureland that they flood at will, the crashing roar of spectacular waterfalls reverberates through the surrounding jungle, and fragile wetlands support myriad birdlife, snapping caimans and cuddly capybaras.
Bariloche & The Lake District
Home to some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, the Lake District hosts thousands of visitors each year. People come to ski, fish, climb, trek and generally bask in the cool, fresh landscapes created by the huge forests, glacier-fed lakes and cute little alpine-style villages.
Patagonia’s cavorting right whales, penguin colonies and traditional Welsh settlements are all accessed by Argentina’s coastal RN 3. While this paved road takes in some fascinating maritime history, it also travels long yawning stretches of landscape that blur the horizon like a never-ending blank slate. It’s also a favored travel route for oversized trucks on long-haul trips.
The Pampas & The Atlantic Coast
Mendoza & the Central Andes
Save for the travel hubs of El Calafate and El Chaltén, RN 40 and its offshoots are bit of a backwater. The ultimate road trip, 40 parallels the backbone of the Andes, where ñandús doodle through sagebrush, trucks kick up whirling dust and gas stations rise on the horizon like oases.
Jujuy & Salta Provinces
Intertwined like yin and yang, Argentina’s two northwestern provinces harbor an inspiring wealth of natural beauty and traditional culture. Bounded by Bolivia to the north and Chile to the west, the zone climbs from the sweaty cloud forests of Las Yungas westward to the puna and some of the most majestic peaks of the Cordillera de los Andes.
Córdoba & the Central Sierras
Tierra Del Fuego (Argentina)
Reluctantly shared by both Argentina and Chile, this ‘land of fire’ really is the end of the world. Its faraway location has drawn explorers since the days of Magellan and Darwin, and this tradition continues with today’s travelers.
Along the Río Paraná
The mighty Río Paraná, the continent’s second-longest river at 4000km (after the Amazon at 6405km), dominates the geography of Northeast Argentina. Several of the nation’s more interesting cities lie along it; all have their town centers a sensible distance above the shorelines of this flood-prone monster, but have a costanera (riverbank) that’s the focus of much social life.
A busy port and adventure hub, Ushuaia is a sliver of steep streets and jumbled buildings below the snowcapped Martial Range. Here the Andes meet the southern ocean in a sharp skid, making way for the city before reaching a sea of lapping currents.
Argentines can justly claim Latin America’s highest peak (Cerro Aconcagua), its widest avenue (Buenos Aires’ 9 de Julio) and perhaps its prettiest capital, but its beaches aren’t tropical paradises strewn with palm trees. There’s no white sand here, the winds can be fierce and the water is cloudy rather than turquoise.
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
One of Argentina’s most-visited national parks, Nahuel Huapi occupies 7500 sq km in mountainous southwestern Neuquén and western Río Negro provinces. The park’s centerpiece is Lago Nahuel Huapi, a glacial remnant over 100km long that covers more than 500 sq km.