The 13 Best Things to Do in Argentina

From tango and festivals to wildlife spotting and glacier hiking - there's plenty to do in Argentina
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Lily Bunker

Published on: September 29th, 2017

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Taking up most of the southern half of South America, Argentina is an unbelievably diverse destination, bursting with incredible things to do. From the buzzing streets of Buenos Aires and the renowned vineyards of Mendoza to the towering glaciers of Patagonia and the thundering waters of Iguazú Falls, it’s among the most captivating countries in Latin America.

Argentina may be known for tango, football and steak, but behind these symbols lies an incredibly rich culture. There’s no better way to understand its identity than by meeting locals and exploring this breathtaking country for yourself. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, a family trip or an active adventure, here are the best things to do in Argentina.

1. Taste World-Class Wine in Mendoza

Nestled at the foot of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is the wine-growing capital of Argentina. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful backdrop for winery tours and tastings. Make sure to try  Malbec, the local specialty – ideally paired with gourmet cuisine.

Apart from wine and food, this region is also known for outdoor activities, from biking and rafting to hiking and horse riding. We suggest staying at Cavas Wine Lodge to soak it all in.

2. Go Hiking on the Glaciers of El Calafate

Close to Argentina’s southern tip you’ll find the stunning scenery of El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. This is one of the world’s best places to see glacial landscapes up close, including the massive Perito Moreno glacier.

A trip to El Calafate is an adventurous traveller’s dream. Take the opportunity to trek across the glaciers and explore the surrounding mountains before settling into a suite at Eolo.

3. Take a Tango Lesson with Locals in Buenos Aires

The beguiling city of Buenos Aires has many claims to fame, but tango might just top the list. You can learn the basic steps of this beautifully complex dance by taking a lesson or even joining a milonga: a lively gathering where people come together to dance and socialise.

If you want to see how the professionals do it, Buenos Aires offers plenty of fantastic tango shows – often including dinner and wine pairings to complete the evening.

4. Experience Gaucho Culture in Las Pampas

Gauchos are commonly characterised as Argentina’s take on cowboys, and it’s easy to see why. These legendary horsemen symbolise the traditional lifestyle of Las Pampas, a land of wide-open plains, grasslands and grazing cattle.


Las Pampas is also located conveniently close to Buenos Aires. Here you can get to know gaucho culture first-hand – including sipping on mate and sampling Argentina’s famous steaks straight from the source. 

5. Marvel at Mount Fitz Roy in El Chaltén

The charming village of El Chaltén is among the best places in Argentina for trekking and climbing. It sits in the shadow of Mount Fitz Roy – one of the country’s most iconic peaks – whose jagged silhouette looms over the landscape.

Active travellers can enjoy scenic treks and climbing expeditions, providing epic views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests.

Hiking near Mt Fitzroy, Argentina

6. Encounter the End of the World in Ushuaia

Ushuaia is certainly one of Argentina’s can’t-miss destinations. Located far down south in Tierra del Fuego, it’s the final frontier before Antarctica. We highly recommend exploring the coastline on a boat trip through the Beagle Channel.

Beyond its brilliant natural beauty, Ushuaia is also rich in history. Ride the End of the World Train to discover its past as a penal colony: a great activity for families and history buffs alike.

7. Feel the Power of Iguazú Falls

Few places on earth can equal the sense of awe inspired by Iguazú Falls. This is the world’s largest waterfall system, consisting of 275 cataracts. Feel the force of the falls on a thrilling boat ride, or take a helicopter tour for a bird’s-eye view.


Right on the border between Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú National Park is also bursting with fascinating fauna and flora. Stay at nearby Awasi for privileged access to the park.

8. Savour Authentic Argentine Cuisine

Argentine cuisine is nothing short of amazing, from steak and empanadas to alfajores and dulce de leche. Take a culinary tour or cooking class in Buenos Aires, and make sure to visit at least a few of its world-renowned restaurants.

Beyond the capital, cities like Salta and Mendoza are also paradise for foodies. And in many of the country’s smaller towns and villages, you’ll find inimitable local dishes and flavours.

9. Go Kayaking in the Lake District

If you’re wondering what to do for fun in Argentina, the gorgeous Lake District offers plenty of options. Whether you’re into mountain biking, horse riding, rafting, kayaking or snow sports, this is one of the country’s best places to experience the great outdoors.


The best time to visit Argentina’s Lake District is during the summer months from October to February, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities.

10. Spot Wildlife in the Iberá Wetlands

Tucked into the northeast corner of Argentina, Iberá is the second-largest wetland on earth. This remote area is home to hundreds of bird species, as well as animals like capybara, caiman and giant otters.

Locally known as Esteros del Iberá, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. Visit in May for cool temperatures and lush scenery, or September–October for great wildlife viewing.

11. Get Off the Beaten Track in Salta

Known as the gateway to Argentina’s beautiful northwestern region, Salta is well worth a visit in its own right. The city’s colourful architecture and delicious food make it an essential stop when exploring this part of the country. 

From Salta you can set out on expeditions to the Ruins of Quilmes or the Puna de Atacama plateau, where surreal volcanic landscapes and salt flats await you.


12. Celebrate Festivals in Buenos Aires

At certain times of the year, the streets of Buenos Aires truly come alive. Plan a trip in February to experience Carnival, complete with costumes, parades and street parties.

If you really want to dive into the culture of tango, catch the Buenos Aires Tango Festival in August. It includes dance competitions, shows, art exhibitions and much more.

13. Go Whale Watching in the Valdés Peninsula

There’s no better place to see Argentina’s majestic marine life than the Valdés Peninsula. Here you’ll find not only orcas and other whale species, but also seals, sea lions and penguins.

The best season to see orcas is November to April, while southern right whales tend to appear between June and December. Many other animals can be seen year round.

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