Argentina is one of the most popular destinations in the southern American continent. The country is located in the Southern Hemisphere, therefore, seasons are here reversed in comparison to Europe. Spring (October to mid-December) and autumn (April to mid-June) are considered by many travel guides the best period to visit the country, not only to find more pleasant temperatures, but also to avoid the hordes of tourists coming to the country during peak seasons. Due to the country’s enormous length, which stretches from North to South, the climate is very variegated, ranging from subtropical to subpolar. In terms of cultural, artistic and natural heritage, Argentina has so much to offer. From the lively capital of Buenos Aires to the natural wonders of the Perito Moreno and the Iguazu Waterfalls, and the romantic vineyards of Mendoza to the beautiful beaches of the east coast. Whether you are backpacking across the country or visiting the country for a short holiday, one word can describe this experience: ADVENTURE!
How to get around
There are different ways to travel across Argentina. The cheapest and, probably, the most common way to travel is by bus. The country offers an unbelievably exceptional short and long-distance bus network, which reaches also the most remote areas of the country. Remember that the country is huge, therefore, when travelling by bus, it is important to take into consideration that the trip could last really long – even up to 15 hours.
Yet, flying could represent another possibility to travel around the country. Air transportation options will not be as cheap as buses – actually it is pretty expensive -, however, if you don’t have much time, this is the most efficient way possible to get around the country. The most popular airline carrier in the country is Aerolineas Argentinas.
TOP best spots in Argentina
1- Buenos Aires
The first sight is, of course, the Argentinian capital. Buenos Aires, also known as the “Paris of South America”, is one of the most attractive cities in the whole continent. Although many tourists stop here only to reach their final destinations (e.g. Patagonia), the city has so much to offer: art, culture, food and nightlife. Don’t forget to visit here La Boca, the city’s most colorful neighborhood and home of El Caminito Street Museum and, for football lovers, La Bombonera.
The spectacular Iguazu Falls, located in the northeastern region, where three different countries meet – Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay -, represent the biggest waterfalls in the world. With an average height of 70 metres, the 275 cascades drops down up to 450.000 cubic feet per second, earning it the nickname of “Niagara on Viagra”. The protected UNESCO World Heritage Site is also provided with an efficient network of pathways, which allows you to get really close to the Falls, thus enjoying a great view.
Salta, a small town located in the northwest part of the county, lies on the longest mountain chain of Earth: the Andes. Although it was damaged by several earthquakes, the small town achieved to preserve numerous colonial-style buildings, including its Cathedral. The Cerro de los Siete Colores (The Hill of Seven Colors) and the Salinas Grandes are located not too far away from the small town.
1.3 million people live in Cordoba, the second biggest city in Argentina. Cordoba, located in the hearth of the country, is also called “La Docta” (the Learned) due to the presence of numerous learning institutes and universities. Moreover, the city also strikes for its 16th-18th century colonial buildings, such as the Cathedral of Cordoba, and its historical part, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5- El Calafate
El Calafate belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage sites and represents the “base camp” for the several excursions to Los Glaciares National Park. The park is also home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a 250km2 ice formation, which, despite global warming, is growing 2 meters per day.
Nope, we are not talking about the Ushuaia Club in Ibiza, rather the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antartida and Atlantico Sur Province. It is Argentina southernmost end and it is often called the end of the world. Ushuaia offers numerous glaciers, snowy mountains, crystal clear lakes and dense forests. Worth visiting are also the San Juan de Salvamento, the End of the World Museum and the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia.
Argentina: the place to be
Don’t be a fool, Backpacking in Argentina should definitely be on your bucket list! It is true, the country is pretty far away from Europe, however, it offers breathtaking landscapes that you will not see anywhere else.