Argentina Travel Guide

There are not too many countries that have everything from rainforests, mountains, and glaciers. You will find it all in this country. If you are on a backpackers budget, or if you want a luxury vacation, you will find it here. The currency of the country has seen its ups and downs over the years, but as of 2016, still can be an affordable place to travel.

You could spend many weeks and months exploring the vast array of landscapes of this country. Play with the penguins in the south. Drink wine in the foothills of the Andes. You can even visit the amazon falls of Iguazu. Not to mention, you will be eating like a champion with some of the best grass fed beef and South American European fusion meals.

Top Things to Do

  1. Visit the Wine Country – Head over to Mendoza and sip on some of the best wine in the world. I fell in love with Malbec while I was over there. It is in the foothills the Andes and is an amazing time to see great landscapes with a world class beverage.
  2. Iguana Falls – These are the largest waterfall system in the world. it is on the border of Argentina and Brazil. You can make a quick day trip from BA if you have the money, but many people stay for a day or two. It is one of the worlds natural wonders.
  3. Patagonia – Many people rent cars and drive for days through this massive country. If you get far enough south you will reach Patagonia. This is where mountains meet the ocean and you can find penguins and glaciers. You will be surprised how far south this country stretches!
  4. Dance – Argentina is the Tango capital of the world. Take a dance lesson or find a local to help you with a few moves. You can go to Tango clubs. Beware, there are some amazing dancers, but do not let that scare you. Grab a Quilmes and get out on the dance floor.
  5. Explore Buenos Aires – This is an amazing city that is changing every year. There are many different aspects to the city. You have Boca which is a mixture of European and South American Architecture. Puerto Madero is the up and coming ritzy part of the city east of the city center. Explore the Barrio Retiro and check out the amazing architecture and sites. So much to do, eat, and see in this city.
  6. Day trip to Colonia – Take a day trip to Uruguay and spend the day at the beach. There are many ferry operators that will take you there and back for the day. It is a nice escape from the capital, BA. In Buenos Aires you will not find any beaches, so this is a great way to spend a day outside the city.
  7. Watch some football – In BA there is the Boca Juniors which has the largest following in the country. It is right in BA and has a stadium that some soccer fans would call one of the Meccas. See the real football culture in this country!

Food

Argentina, just like many Latin countries have later times for meal. Typically, you have a small breakfast, a late lunch, and an even later dinner. When coming to Argentina, you have to try all the variations of their beef cut. Some of the best beef in the world comes from this country. I recommend a restaurant called Siga La Vaca (Follow the Cow). This is an all you can eat BBQ buffet of many different cuts. You also get a bottle of wine per person.

Argentina is also the country I fell in love with empanadas. There seems to be a stall on every corner and is a great snack or cheap meal substitute. There are countless variations and taste amazing.

One note, in Argentina, it is rude for a waiter or waitress to bring the bill. You will need to ask for “la cuenta, por favor”. This will help you from waiting for hours for the bill.

Cost

Overall Country Cost – $$ (2/4)

Hostels – $12 – $25 USD per person

3 Star Hotel – $50 – $110 USD

Breakfast – $3 – $10

Lunch – $5 – $12

Dinner – $5 – $30

Note: I paid about $20 USD for my all you can eat buffet of meat and a bottle of wine.

Itineraries

Your journey will most likely start in BA. I would spend the following for a typical 12 day trip.

3 Days in Buenos Aires – Explore the city and the many different areas. Eat like a king!

2 days in Iguazu Falls – Take a flight and spend the night in Iguana and fly back the next day.

3 days in Mendoza – I love wine and mountains. Spend a few days getting lost and buzzed in Mendoza

4 days in Patagonia – You will also need to fly, or LONG bus, to Patagonia. Go on some amazing hikes and explore the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Guide Books

 

Lonely Planet “Argentina”