Argentina Travel: Let's Tango
Argentina, the "Europe of South America," is rife with places to visit and things to do. It's over a million square miles large, so a visit to this beautiful country requires much planning, whether you intend to visit one specific place or several regions at once. In this guide you'll find the online resources that bolster your knowledge of the country and aid in your vacation planning.
In this section you will find famous tourist sites or unique aspects of Argentina to guide your trip planning. You'll find general travel guides as well as sites specific to different regions of the country.
- Because Argentina is so enormous, consider focusing on one or two particular regions that you can reach by plane. Once you've landed in one, consider renting a car to get around this smaller area and admire the landscape in the process.
- Take a look at some general sites about Argentina below to learn about the country's many attractions, as well as a few sites for specific regions so you can figure out what you want to see most. Some offer specific itineraries which can help you gauge how long you should stay.
- Not to be missed in Buenos Aires are La Boca, the premier district for cultural outlets and some of the best shopping in the city, and the city center, which has a few nice open-air malls, the best restaurants, and beautiful historical buildings.
- If you're an oenophile, head to Mendoza, Argentina's premier wine-producing region. You can take vineyard tours and stock up on the best malbecs.
- If adventure travel is up your alley than consider a trip to Patagonia, Argentina's southernmost region filled with towering mountains and enormous glaciers. There are several national parks of interest, and cruises to Antarctica are available from Puenta Arenas (in Chile) and Ushuaia. If you're planning to fly from Buenos Aires, consider landing in El Calafate, near the Pietro Moreno glacier or Ushuaia on Tierra Del Fuego.
- Although Argentina's official language is Spanish, many Italian, Portuguese, and German immigrants have made their way to the country. The areas around Cordoba and Bariloche still have many Argentineans of German and Italian descent. Check out those cities for good Italian and German food and some European flair.
For general information and tourism sites ...
The CIA World Factbook
is a great resource for learning the basics of any country. Its Web site is not the best resource to use for planning a trip, but it's useful to learn the basics about Argentina's government, population, and general facts.
The Ministry of Tourism
is the most comprehensive site for visitors to Argentina. On the homepage, you'll find a selection of rotating images: the first set displays activities and types of tourism, and the second portrays Argentina's regions. Select an image, or use the toolbar above to learn about tourist services, specific attractions, or travel agencies.
On the Road Travel
is an online travel guide written by locals rather than writers or tourists. If you're interested in getting a true local flavor, this is the best site to visit. In addition to suggested itineraries, you can find important information about visas, health advisories, and transportation. For a crash-course in slang terms, check out the "cultural cheatsheet
Moon Travel Guides
are known for providing detailed maps of cities and regions and suggesting sites that are often off the beaten track. You can explore Argentina by region by using the site's maps and lengthy descriptions, or click "Explore Argentina" to find suggested itineraries for a quick 10-day trip, wine tours, and 21-day excursions "from tip to top" and for "nature lovers."
All About Argentina
provides general information about Argentina including safety, transportation information, and a special section for featured destinations. Be sure to check out the "Emergency Guide
"; it has the numbers you will need if you lose your passport, get in an accident, or need medical care.
For Argentina's World Heritage sites ...
UNESCO World Heritage
showcases the natural wonders and landmarks of Argentina. Argentina has eight World Heritage sites and several more up for consideration. Be sure to consult the list and visit pages of individual sites for thumbnail pictures, essential statistics, and resources for further exploration.
For mountains and rock climbing ...
has information on Argentina's walls and peaks categorized by region. It's a site for climbing buffs, and once you've selected the climb you're interested in, you'll find a description of routes, photos, comments from others, and avenues for further exploration.
has a feature on Cerro Torre, one of Argentina's most impressive and dangerous peaks. The article covers the journey of three climbers who set out to prove, or disprove, a 1959 climber's claims that he had completed the ascent via the peak's most challenging route. You'll also find a photo gallery of Cerro Torre at the bottom of the page.
provides information about this peak, the tallest mountain in South America, which sits on the border of Argentina and Chile. Here, you'll find pictures, insight into routes and base camps, photos, and of course, information about how to book a guided climb through the company.
For Buenos Aires destinations ...
Easy Buenos Aires
is a comprehensive guide to Argentina's capital city. Especially useful are the guides to Buenos Aires transportation, which include information on standard bus and taxi fares as well as the best ways to get to or between the city's two major airports. There's also an extensive section on visiting Buenos Aires on a budget, providing a few insiders tips that don't make most guidebooks.
The New York Times
Travel section highlights the increasingly bohemian Buenos Aires. The article explains how a growing group of ex-patriot artists and writers from Europe and the U.S. are changing the face of the city, opening hotels, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Learn how this free spirited city with "cheap prices and Paris-like elegance" thrives on creativity, drawing comparisons to Prague in the 1990s.
For Mendoza destinations ...
The Vines of Mendoza
, an American-owned Mendoza winery, includes a travel guide on its site. You'll get advice on when to go, how to get there, where to stay, and what to do while you're there. If you're inclined, explore the Vine's of Mendoza vineyard, which gets high rating in travel guides, as well.
For Bariloche destinations ...
is the official site of Patagonia's north and provides links to restaurants, ski areas, and mountain excursions. Note that you'll need to sift through numerous Google ads before you'll access the valuable information.
For Patagonia ...
originated as a tourism company but through rigorous research and years of experience developed into a full-fledged travel guide to Patagonia. You'll find features on various tourism activities, photos, statistical data, and even some travel deals. Also take advantage of the festival and events calendar
is your source for information on the Magellenic penguins which come to Patagonia's shore every summer to lay eggs and raise their chicks. On the site, you'll find pictures, and information about study sites that are open to the public.
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