Argentina is massive country with vastly different landscapes and an endless list of things to do and places to see. If it’s not on your dream destination list yet, it should be! Here are 52 reasons you need to travel to Argentina:

  1. Get soaked at Iguazu Falls – voted one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
  2. Go trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still growing.
  3. Head to the End of the WorldUshuaia is the southernmost city in the world, and the portal to Antarctica if you’re looking for an icy adventure.
  4. Live like a gaucho on a typical cowboy estancia in the Pampas.

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  1. Shred some powder skiing or snowboarding at Cerro Catedral in Bariloche.
  2. Visit the dead in Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires – resting home to the city’s rich and famous, including Evita Perón.
  3. Eat arguably the best empanadas in the country in Salta.

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  1. Play with perspectives on the surreal white landscapes of the Salinas Grandes, the giant salt flats straddling Salta and Jujuy.
  2. Walk amongst the sea lions in Punta Loma.
  3. Watch a tango show in Buenos Aires, or learn the steps in one of the city’s milongas (tango salons).
  4. Try to master polo on one of the polo estates outside of Buenos Aires.
  5. Cycle through Mendoza’s vineyards and taste Argentina’s number one grape varietal: Malbec.
  6. Hike to Mount Fitz Roy in El Chaltén, the little Patagonian town that is known as the National Trekking Capital.

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  1. See the whales frolic in the Atlantic Ocean from Peninsula Valdes, in Puerto Madryn.
  2. Drink beer in the German immigrant town of Villa General Belgrano in Cordoba, also home to the country’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration.
  3. Admire the magnificently stark desert landscapes of Salta from the Train to the Clouds, the third highest railway in the world.
  4. Enjoy an opera at Teatro Colón, regarded as one of the top 5 opera theatres in the world.
  5. Eat chocolate in Bariloche. If you can time it well, go for the chocolate festival held in the town in July.
  6.  Go wine tasting in Argentina’s lesser-known wine mecca, Cafayate, in Salta. Taste the deliciously crisp Torrontés this area is famed for.
  7. Drive Argentina’s Route 40, which stretches from the southern tip of the country in Rio Gallegos, to the northern limits in Jujuy, running parallel to the Andes.
  8. Spend time in Patagonia’s Lake District and take a tour along the 7 Lakes Circuit running between Bariloche and San Martin de Los Andes.
  9. Visit Che Guevara’s childhood house in Alta Gracia.
  10. Eat a typical Argentine asado (barbecue). Top quality meat, grilled to perfection on flames, mmm, delicious!
  11. Indulge in dulce de leche. On its own, in an alfajor, as ice cream, stuffed in pastries, or simply on a slice of toast – you can’t leave Argentina without trying this caramel-like heaven!
  12. Climb the highest mountain in the Americas – Aconcagua. Or, if you’re less active, explore the Andes from Mendoza where you can see other attractions like the massive Christ the Redeemer of the Andes and the Inca Bridge.
  13. Explore the multi-coloured mountain ranges in Jujuy’s mountain ravines and admire the incredible Quebrada de Humahuaca.
  14. Drink a submarino (local version of hot chocolate which involves dipping chocolate into warm milk) at Café Tortoni, the oldest café in Buenos Aires.
  15. Go rollerblading around the rose garden in the Bosques de Palermo in Buenos Aires.
  16. Admire some of Latin America’s finest art at MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires).
  17. Visit the eerie moon landscape of Valle de la Luna, or Ischigualasto Provincial Park, in Northern San Juan.
  18. Experience a football match in Buenos Aires, home to some of the most passionate football fans in the world.
  19. Learn castellano, the Italian-influenced Spanish of Argentina, and the Lunfardo slang used in Buenos Aires.
  20. Learn to surf in Mar del Plata.
  21. Celebrate all things wine during Mendoza’s Grape Harvest Festival.
  22. Take part in the annual Gay Pride Festival celebrations in Buenos Aires.
  23. Celebrate carnival in Gualeguaychú – it might not be as big or glamorous as Rio’s carnival, but it’s still a lot of fun!
  24. Watch the New Year’s fireworks from Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires.
  25. Wander around the San Telmo antique market on a Sunday in Buenos Aires.
  26. Spend hours at a café people watching and enjoying Argentina’s Parisian-like café culture.
  27. Share mate in the park with friends.
  28. Be part of the crowd at a music concert – Argentina’s fans are said to make the best crowds in the world.
  29.  Experience dog sledding in Ushuaia, pulled along in the snow by a team of huskies.
  30. Admire the city’s architecture and immigrant influences on a walking tour of Buenos Aires.
  31. Lose yourself to the percussive beats of La Bomba de Tiempo at the Centro Cultural Konex.
  32. Marvel at the Magellan Penguins in Punta Tomba – the largest colony in the world!
  33. Party and shop in the trendy Porteño suburb of Palermo Soho.
  34. Explore Argentina’s largest protected area, the Esteros del Ibera (the Ibera Wetlands).
  35. Get active with a myriad of adventure sports in Patagonia, from trekking, skiing, kayaking and more.
  36. Cool off in the summer with helado – the local ice cream that falls between Italian gelato and creamier American ice creams.
  37. Drink the local liquor of choice: fernet and coke.
  38. Take a day trip from Buenos Aires to the island town of Tigre on the Paraná Delta.
  39. Make friends. Argentine’s are a warm and welcoming nation, and are a big part of what makes Argentina so special!

For more information on Argentina, check out Argentina4u’s blog or follow @Argentina4U on twitter. Planning a trip to Argentina? Argentina4u offers a variety of tours and activities in destinations across Argentina. For more information about Argentina check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Argentina.

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