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Top Places To Go In Argentina

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November 27th, 2013Travel, Latin America
By Maria Kruk from VisitArgentina.net


Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Image courtesy of Flickr, PhillipC

This is a guest post by Maria Kruk from VisitArgentina.net

Argentina is a popular travel destination, famous for the Argentine tango, the wild Patagonian landscape, beef production, and for Aconcagua – the highest point of the Andean mountain range. The country also gladly welcomes foreign guests, tourists and those looking to study in Argentina.

One of the most popular travel destinations in Argentina is Buenos Aires. The capital of Argentina has a lot to offer visitors. When sightseeing in the city, one should definitely pay a visit to La Boca district, a place famous for its local artists, dancers and public musicians. Originally, La Boca was a quarter for poor immigrants, and its appearance speaks of cultural contrasts. Houses painted in bright colours, large and vivid signs above shops and cafes, and people dancing the tango right on the street – this all makes La Boca a great highlight of Buenos Aires.

La Boca district in Buenos Aires

Image courtesy of Flickr, Nico Kaiser

Those looking for an active holiday should head to Bariloche, in the Argentine Lakelands. The resemblance to a typical Swiss town is one of its distinguishing features, with Swiss chocolate shops and numerous prestigious skiing resorts dispersed over the neighborhood. Local travel agencies specialise in hiking and backpacking tours, mountain climbing, horseback riding, boating and fishing.

Bariloche in the Argentinian Lake District

Image courtesy of Flickr, Miradas.com.br

Ushuaia, gateway to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, is the southern-most city in the world. It is only recently that the city has been recognised as a travel hotspot. At first, it was a missionary settlement, which later was turned into naval facilities. At present, in contrast, Ushuaia has lots of restaurants and hotels that cater for tourists. The city also acts as a starting point for those looking to explore Antarctica, 900km away. Here one can book a cruise to the coldest continent on the planet and enjoy the beauty of the snow-white landscape and observe the penguin colonies.

Penguins in Antarctica

Image courtesy of Flickr, jthetzel

It is also possible to see penguins and sea lions in Argentina, on the Valdes Peninsula. This area is famous for its unique geology and fauna, which are carefully protected in a national park. Fans of whale watching should go there during May-December, when southern right whales can be seen. The entire coast of Peninsula Valdes is often nicknamed the open-air zoo of Argentina, which leaves no doubt as to why UNESCO added it to the World Heritage List.

Seals on Peninsular Valdes

Image courtesy of Flickr, longhorndave

Los Glaciares National Park is where you can see Mother Nature in motion. The biggest attraction around is Perito Moreno, a 30,000 year old glacier that moves at speeds of 2 metres per day. It is possible to hear the crash of lumps of ice falling from the peaks into the lake water at the bottom. Tourists can also go on a boat ride and get inside a mighty glacier cave, where you can enjoy the beauty of the site in all its glory.

Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia

Image courtesy of Flickr, misskslice

I hope you found this blog useful. I’d love to hear your feedback. Have you been to Argentina? What was the highlight of your trip? Have you got some good tips for readers regarding things to do in Argentina? Please leave your comments below.

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