Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Argentina on a few week whirlwind tour. It is a gorgeous country with incredible diversity between cities. One minute you can be scorching in Buenos Aires and the next you can be climbing on a glacier. Here are the top 10 reasons you should head to Argentina ASAP:
El Perito Moreno
One of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world, El Perito Moreno is an incredible sight to see. Listen to the cracking and moaning of El Perito Moreno while climbing on its surface or admire its beauty from the walkways at a distance.
Tierra del Fuego
Experience the southern most tip of the Americas or as some like to say, “the end of the world.” If you have the time (and money), take a cruise all the way to Antartica :).
From Tierra del Fuego you can visit the Isla Yecapasela to get up close and personal with thousands of penguins for a day. The zoo's got nothing on this spot.
Wine tasting in the Andes (aka Mendoza)
Argentina is the 5th largest wine producer in the world and in terms of regions, Mendoza is king. Enjoy delicious Malbecs with a view of the Andes and as an added bonus, many wineries offer incredible multi-course, wine-paired lunches for an unforgettable visit.
Patagonia could be a whole trip in and of itself, so do yourself a favor and make sure you spend at least a day or two here. If you can, rent a car, drive around, hike, and take in as much as possible. In my opinion, El Chalten is a must. The hike to Fitz Roy is incredible.
Closed Door Restaurants
Supper clubs and underground restaurants have grown in popularity over the last few years, but closed door restaurants have existed in Argentina (especially Buenos Aires) for over a decade. These restaurants are a great way to try different cuisine in an upscale and communal environment - typically someone's home.
The blue rate (shhhhh...)
Umm, I don't think I'm supposed to talk about this. Google it and save a lot of money.
Alright, so everyone says you have to go to Argentina for the steak. It's good, it's cheap (around $10 USD will get you a solid steak), and they treat their animals better than most North America producers. That said, it's not the most flavorful steak I've ever had. If you know of a place that can prove me wrong, let me know!
With 275 unique waterfalls falling an average of 200+ feet each, Iguazu is a must. The only waterfall in the world considered larger is Victoria Falls in Africa, but Victoria Falls is narrower, which many say makes her less impressive. You be the judge.
Cheap (and delicious) Wine
Seriously. A great stop in Mendoza was a place called Azul. They had a delicious bottle of wine priced around 40 Pesos. You read about the blue rate, right? Yep. Cheap, great wine.
Have you been to Argentina? Do you have a favorite spot? Tell me about it!