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10 Exciting Things to Do in Argentina for First-Time Visitors

With its stunning views and rich culture, Argentina is a glistening gem of South America. 

Bordered by the Andes to the west and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, the list of unique activities that Argentina has to offer is impressive. Whether taking a solo trip or traveling with a large group, a trip to Argentina will make memories that last a lifetime.

If you’ve got the travel bug, check out our top ten things to do in Argentina! 

1. Hike the Andes

If planning a trip to Argentina, the Andes are a must-see. 

Spanning across nearly the entire western edge, the Andes offer breathtaking views and prime hiking through its stunning deserts and watersides. 

Known as the roof of the Americas, the Cerro Aconcagua is the continent’s highest peak. Located within the Parque Provincial Aconcagua, the stunning summit spans across 710 square kilometers of the Andes.

You simply cannot travel to Argentina without seeing one of the country’s most treasured features.

2. Go Fly-Fishing for Sea Trout

Fishing and wildlife enthusiasts everywhere will love fly-fishing for sea trout in Argentina’s Rio Grande.

Offering infinite views of the serene plains and waterways, the Rio Grande has both a medium-sized river and a lower stream below for optimal fly-fishing opportunities. While the view is magnificent alone, expect to see rare wildlife in their natural habitat while casting your line.

Argentinian sea trout are furious fighters and of exceptional quality. Most fishers catch at least 201b fish on every trip to the Rio Grande.

For more information on fly-fishing in Argentina, check out this blog post.

3. Experience the Iguazu Falls 

For a perfect photo opportunity and a view you’ll never forget, Iguazu Falls should undoubtedly be one of your stops. 

Spanning across Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu River is home to nearly 300 waterfalls. About half of the river flows into a long, narrow canyon known as the Devil’s Throat, which the Argentina and Brazil border runs right through.

With scenic overlooks that bring you extremely close to the waterfall’s rushing water, Iguazu Falls is the main tourist attraction. With views as beautiful as they come, it is no surprise why.

4. Visit Buenos Aires

The nation’s capital, Buenos Aires showcases some of Argentina’s best assets. 

With Latin and European influences, the rich culture found in Buenos Aires prioritizes fun. Some of the nation’s best food, art and activities are found here. 

When visiting Buenos Aires, be sure to treat yourself to a delicious steak dinner, a specialty of the city. While you’re at it, seeing a tango show always makes for a great time. 

Be sure to also see Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery. As the final resting place for some of the most famous Argentinian citizens, architecture and history is the main attraction.

5. El Ateneo Grand Splendid 

Built in 1919, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a national treasure. 

First, a theatre for the arts, then a cinema and now a bookstore, El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a monument of Argentina’s rich history. Home to an extensive selection of books, this bookstore also has a live pianist playing on its famous stage and a coffee shop.

Shoppers spend hours browsing the shelves and taking in the elegant architecture at El Ateneo Grand Splendid. While being a current popular destination for books, it was also the first cinema in Buenos Aires to show both sound and film. 

6. Adventure at Rio Juramento 

An adrenaline junkie’s paradise, the Rio Juramento is home to both fun and beauty. 

Located in Salta, the Rio Juramento is known for its exciting rafting, zip lines, and hiking. Salta Rafting, the most popular rafting company in the area, takes visitors on scenic day trips to the base of the river. 

Once visitors get to the river base, they are trained and coached on proper rafting. After spending the day adventuring, visitors are offered a delicious, traditional Argentinian meal. 

If you’re looking for a memorable and fun time, the Rio Juramento is sure to not disappoint. 

7. Taste Wine at the Vines of Mendoza

Home to over 800 wineries, Argentina has some of the world’s best wine. 

For wine lovers and foodies alike, the Vines of Mendoza is located in the heart of wine country. Offering luxury tastings and relaxation at the base of the Andes mountains, Vines of Mendoza sits on over 1500 acres of land.

With a tasting room and information center located in downtown Mendoza, visitors can experience Argentina’s hospitality and culture they are so known for. Visitors also get an opportunity to brew their own delicious, unique wine.

On your trip to Argentina, visiting Mendoza to taste and brew is a must.

8. Go Horseback Riding With the Gauchos 

Some of Argentina’s most treasured animals are their wild horses. 

Visitors get an opportunity to experience the country’s connection to these beautiful creatures by horseback riding with the gauchos. Gauchos are skilled cowboys known for their strength and skill and are one of Argentina’s symbols. 

With Argentina’s beautiful farms, plains, mountains, and rivers, there is surely much to be seen. One of the best ways to do so is on a guided horseback tour with the gauchos. 

Some of the best places for horseback riding can be found in Mendoza, Patagonia and San Antonia de Areca. 

9. Perito Moreno Glacier 

A once in a lifetime opportunity, seeing the Perito Moreno Glacier is something you’ll remember forever.

Located at Los Glaciares National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier rises about 240 feet above the water. Covering around 121 square miles, the park showcases bright white and turquoise colors and unique views and continues to grow.

Visitors have a chance to see the beauty up close on walking paths and platforms, and can even take a 45-minute boat ride around the Perito Moreno. This view is one of the most unique in Argentina, and your trip isn’t complete without it. 

10. Marvel at Dinosaur Remains in Patagonia 

Often setting records and making history, Patagonia is one of the most unique destinations in the world. It is also home to some of the world’s largest dinosaur remains. 

Archaeologists and dinosaur lovers travel from far and wide just to see the magnificent fossils found here. Some of the best fossils can be seen at the Museo Ernest Bachmann and the Museo Carmen Funes.

Endless Fun and Things to Do in Argentina

If you’re reading this, you’re probably halfway to booking your trip!

We don’t blame you. After all, there are countless opportunities for memory-making and fun things to do in Argentina. You’ll never forget your trip and it’ll be the experience of a lifetime.

What are you waiting for? Make sure to remember our top ten destinations while you get ready for the trip.  

For more travel advice, check out some of the other posts on our website

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