Stretching from the tropic of Capricorn towards the tip of Antartica, Argentina is a land of diverse landscapes. From the snow-capped Andes, to the flatlands of the Pampas and barren wilderness of Patagonia, there’s no end to this country’s scenic beauty.
But to give you more of an idea of what this stunning country has to offer besides its scenery, we’ve handpicked our top five experiences you need to have in Argentina.
Drink wine in Mendoza
Set on the edge of the Andes Mountains, this laid-back city is the wine capital of Argentina. Home to plenty of big-name wineries and stunning natural scenery, a visit to Mendoza would not be complete without a tasting or two.
The region is most famous for its award-winning Malbec, although you can also find foot pressed wine known as vino patero. Time your visit with the annual Grape Harvest Festival in March to truly experience this city’s love of viticulture. Alongside plenty of wine tasting opportunities, there are dazzling parades and a spectacular grand ceremony ends the festivities.
Watch a tango show in Buenos Aires
Known as the home of tango, Buenos Aires is the place to go to experience this iconic dance. First originating in the suburbs in the 19th century, tango soon made its way to the core of the city. And nowadays, Buenos Aires is packed with tango schools, shows and themed restaurants, cafes and hotels.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an expert, you’ll find private and group lessons everywhere to help improve your skills. And to see some of the best dancers in the world, you can’t beat seeing a tango show. The sensual moves combined with the distinctive music are sure to leave you captivated.
Meet Gauchos in Los Cardales
Similar to the cowboys of North America, Gauchos are the horsemen of the south. Flourishing from the mid 18th to 19th centuries, gauchos roamed Argentina’s plains and played a major role in the country’s independence from Spain. Featuring in legends and ballads, they’ve become something of a folk hero and are deeply embedded in Argentine cultural tradition.
Annual fiestas often feature demonstrations of Gaucho horsemanship, but if you head out into the countryside you can visit a traditional ranch. Here you can spend a fun-filled day horseback riding, enjoying a traditional BBQ and admiring the incredible skills of the famous Gauchos.
Walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier
One of the most dynamic ice fields on Earth, the Perito Moreno Glacier stretches for 30 kilometres through the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It’s also in a state of constant advance, unlike many other glaciers, and growing around 2 metres per day.
Visitors tend to base themselves in El Calafate and flock to the park for the glacier’s awesome displays. Here, huge chunks of ice can be seen crashing down to the water, before resurfacing as floating icebergs. Excursions can also take you out trekking on top of the ice sheet. Equipped with a warm coat and crampons, this is a truly unforgettable experience.
Eat steak and more in Buenos Aires
With beef being the backbone of the Argentinian diet, this country is a mecca for meat lovers. But whilst Argentina is famous for its legendary steak, there’s plenty more on offer to tempt your taste buds. And the capital is where to find it.
Locro is a hearty stew and also the country’s national dish. Traditionally served on May 25th, the date marking Argentina’s Revolution, it consists of corn, meat and vegetables with a touch of seasoning. Other culinary delights include a popular street food known as empanadas, which consists of stuffed dough pockets, and the traditional BBQ known as asado.
Sweet tooths will also be thrilled to discover dulce de leche. This caramelized milk and sugar sauce is found in everything from deserts to ice cream. And it’s a treat you don’t want to miss.
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