The Argentine Republic
Within its vast geography, and with
an area of 3.800.000 square kilometers, the tourist possibilities of
Argentina are numberless.
With all the climates and geographical varieties, our country ranges from the
subtropical forest in the northeast, with its plentiful flora and fauna; the
numberless beaches over the Atlantic; the cultural and economic pole that is
reflected in the city of Buenos Aires; to the wonderful Patagonia, with its
lakes, woods, and glaciers, together with the possibility of knowing the Antarctica
eternal ice lands.
Among all these wonder, there are particularly remarkable zones to be visited by
the tourist, zones that are impossible to miss. This section is devoted to stand
out what we consider to be the most important zones.
City of Buenos Aires and its Roundabouts
city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important ones
in Latin America, is a great cosmopolitan and many-sided metropolis.
evident universal influence, this city astonishes the tourist.
is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the vital bond of the nation.
It offers a wide variety of attractions: monuments, churches, museums, art
galleries and theatres; squares, parks and gardens with ancient trees; typical neighborhoods;
large commercial centres, traditional and modern hotels, typical restaurants and
As long as European architecture is concerned, many streets recall those of
Its numberless museums, exposition and conference centers, art galleries,
cinemas and theatres with high level national and international spectacles are
witnesses of its important cultural life.
The Colon Theatre, one of the most important lyrical theatres in the world, is
seat, together with some other scenarios, of an intense musical activity that
comprises all genres including, of course, the famous and typical Tango;
besides, the city is frequently visited by orchestras, groups and soloists from
all over the world.
Financial, stock-exchange and economical seat of the country, Buenos Aires is
the principal port of the nation. It has an intense commercial activity,
reflected in numberless shops of the main world famous branches, shop
centres and commercial shopping.
Buenos Aires is a city with its own personality, open to the World's
architecture, culture and art; cosmopolitan and contradictory, dynamic and
traditional, historical and avant-garde.
The size of Buenos Aires forces travelers to choose their visits very well.
Without a good guide, the city may seem scattered. Therefore, it is advisable to
choose different itineraries depending on the travelers' free time.
A very important detail:
Argentine currency is the peso. The exchange rate varies from $4.00 to $4.11 pesos per U.S. dollar or $6.00 per Euro.
high rate has turned Buenos Aires into an excellent destination to purchase
premium products at incredible prices.
Buenos Aires is a
cosmopolitan city that offers strong surprises and emotions to those who dare
look for them.
If there is something
that distinguishes it from the rest of the Latin American capitals is the hectic
nightlife. So intensive is it, that B.A is called "the city that never
There are as many
alternatives for fun as personal tastes: bars, discos, pubs, saunas, shows
featuring outstanding men, audacious shows. When the city lights are turned on,
Buenos Aires becomes a challenge for senses.
Dance and drinks start
very late in Buenos Aires, certainly not before 1 a.m.
Fun sexy encounters,
party and music expect you in any of the countless discos and cruising bars of
the city that caters for all tastes
If you are looking for a
little action, Buenos Aires has it all. Although its architecture resembles some
European cities, its life is passionately Latin.
Daring men may enjoy
striper shows that promise to raise your temperature regardless of the season of
the year. For men who love beautiful men may visit cruising bars featuring
highly erotic shows, dark rooms, labyrinths, glory holes, leather, escorts,
spectaculars spa & saunas, cinemas X are a classic of Buenos Aires unforgettable
Since several years in November, Buenos Aires has its Gay Pride Parade, and
the city is the first one (and only) in Latin America, having a Same Sex
Marriage for Homosexuals. Nevertheless offer or demand of paid sex in the streets contravenes Buenos Aires Municipal Laws if it takes place less than 2 blocks from a residential area, a school or a temple
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If it comes for sensuous
pleasures, the excellent cuisine, including aphrodisiac food, gets the night
ready. The city offers first rate various alternatives with a common
characteristic: the possibility to have dinner very late at night and the
promise to discover a whole world of sensations.
Las Cañitas, and
the so-called Palermo Holywood and Palermo Soho neighborhoods, are
very fashionable gourmet districts, the spot of choice of actors, models and
publicists. On the other side of the city, you can visit Puerto Madero
and its top restaurants sitting alongside the river.
The islands of Paraná River Delta
Just visiting only a fraction of its area, it is possible to grasp the beauty of the delta's 21000 km2.
It starts to split into several arms near the city of Diamante, Province of Entre Rios and ends up flowing into the Rio de la Plata.
Although the Delta is made up of more than 5000 waterways, the major branches are the rivers Paraná Guazú, Paraná Miní and Paraná de las Palmas.
The current Delta population is 3000 residents and its "islands" are exploited to supply the cellulose, paper and plywood industries.
In like manner, osier grawing represents 80 to 90% of the country's total production for orts and crafts purposes.
Having a wide variety of flora and fauna, this almost undeveloped tourist paradise only 30 km away from downtown Buenos Aires has attracted foreign and local investors who have experienced with their own senses the communion between man and nature.
is the starting point to visit hundreds of islands forming up the Paraná River
Delta at the mouth of Río de la Plata (River Plate), where lots of residences,
hostels and sports clubs are located. Tours along the Delta and to Martín García
Island - a natural and historical reserve - start from the river port of Tigre.
Parque de la Costa, an amusement park located at Delta station,
offers different shows and outdoor entertainment. You can also go on catamaran
rides along the Delta.
Horseback riding activities at the San Isidro racetracks are also
This herbal sea, almost trees lacking is the widest extension of Argentina,
and the agriculture engine of this country. Its natural richness includes salty
lagoons full of pink flamingos, at Luro Park and the National Park Lihuel Calel
and are also home of local species like the puma, guanaco, and a big chinchilla
called vizcacha. The most important urban centers are: La Plata, Luján, Rosario
and Santa Fe, all of them with interesting churches, museums and colonial
Train to the Clouds
It is one of the three highest trains in the world. It travels through the vertiginous mountains of the
Andes Mountain Range and moves along astonishing landscapes.
It leaves from the city of Salta, runs along the Valle de Lerma (Lerma valley), gets into
Quebrada del Toro (Bull's Gorge) and reaches the Puna.
The final point of the trip is the kilometer 1350 where you will find La Polvorilla
Viaduct which is 224 metres long and 63
meters high. It is the highest railway line, at 4200 m.a.s.l. and one of the most important ones in the world due to its characteristics.
The whole trip takes almost 15 hours, crossing 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts,
2 "curls" and 2 zigzags. Due to the height at which the train moves, it is quite common to see clouds under its bridges or at the mountainsides, hence the choice of its name.
The train offers several services such as: restaurant car, panoramic car, folk spectacles, consulting room, audio, video and bilingual guides.
Quebrada de Humahuaca (The Humahuaca's Gorge)
UNESCO has acknowledged the area as a "Mankind
Heritage", to cross through it is to live
a plenary session of color and beauty of nature, together with the magic of
an immemorial culture. The small "Quebradeños Villages" connect
history and traditions by ancestral roots.
The imprint of the conquest actually persists
in a natural way together with the pre-Columbian old culture, like the cult to the
Pachamama, the Inti Raijmi, the Manca Celebration, the Señalada, the
Flachada, the Misachicos, the fervent Carnival, the deep devotion by Virgins and
Saints and the Andean music. All this enhanced by the warm and hospitality of its
The attractive hills that accompany this Gorge, are by it selves a wonderful
spectacle, standing out the Seven Colors Hill in the locality of Purmamarca,
that is unique in the region and in the rest of the country. The combination of
colors is the mark that match the difference and delights for the eyes of whose
The Humahuaca's Gorge is possible acceded from the following
localities: San Salvador de Jujuy , Humahuaca , Purmamarca and Tilcara .
has acknowledged the area as a "Mankind Heritage", the Iguazu Falls are a sublime spectacle.
They are located within a wild uncultivated setting surrounded by subtropical vegetation. Its 275 falls, some of them with more than 70
meters of height, make up a world of cascades that fall with such a strength that give birth to clouds of little atomized drops, in which the sun light decomposes in spectacular rainbows.
Among the main falls we can mention the Mitre, Belgrano, Rivadavia, Three Musketeers, San Martín, Bozzetti, Two Sisters and the famous Devil's
Throat, one of the most impressive falls due to its size and scenographic effect.
The Iguazu National Park, which lodges the famous falls, contains more than 400 species of birds, around 2 000 vegetal species and an immeasurable world of insects making of this
biome one of the richest natural environments of the country. They are near the locality of Puerto Iguazú
Esteros del Ibera (Swampy Lands)
The swampy lands and ponds of Iberá and the ecosystems that make them up are, without any doubt, one of the richest biological areas of Argentina.
Approximately between the 20 and el 30 % of the Provincial Reservation of Esteros del Ibera is formed by
ponds. There are more than sixty ponds that joined to swampy lands and marshes, make up an environment of extreme humidity giving birth to a remarkable diversity of animal and vegetal species.
Among the vegetal species we can find: Ombues, American Timber trees, Jacarandaes, Silk-cotton trees, Willows, Espinillos, Yatay Palm trees; and water plants such as Royal Water Lily, Water Hyacinth, the little cabbage and the Lesser Duckweed.
Among the fauna species we find great reptiles such as Alligator, rodents such as The Coypou and the Capybara (the biggest rodent in the world), The Swampy Deer, The Howling Monkey or Carayá, The small Grey Fox, The Wildcat, The Black Armadillo or
Tatú, apart from Ferrets, Hares, Weasels, Vizcachas, Boas, Rattlesnakes, Pit vipers, etc.
Appart from these species, there are hundreds of bird species and an infinity of insects, among which we can find varied
It is near the locality of Mercedes ( 125 km.) and the small village of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini (within the reservation), both located in Corrientes and comprising infrastructure for the tourist .
El Palmar National Park
The final aim of this Park and National Reservation close to the locality of Colón in Entre Ríos, is to preserve a representative sector of the large Palm trees area that extended over the zone up to the end of the last century.
These palm trees, of almost 12 meters of height, posses
Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) and Talampaya
Provincial Park Ischigualasto (Valle de la Luna) in San Juan and the National Park
Talampaya in La Rioja, are next one to each other, and both of them are paleontologist
and archaeological deposits of utmost importance.
Fossils of vertebrates, footprints and rests of dinosaurs, ferns and petrified Araucaria trunks imprints, are just some examples that show its relevance.
They also posses geological formations that were wind-eroded resulting in curious shapes; natural sculptures very similar to real elements forms
The fauna of this region consists of guanacos, Patagonic hares or maras, foxes, ferrets and sierra squirrels, among others.
Finally, in Talampaya we can see several petroglyphs and ceramics belonging to the inhabitants that occupied the land before the arrival of the
colonization, and which are still object of numerous studies of scientists and investigators from all over the world.
Both parks offer the tourist specialized guides and in Talampaya there is a vehicles private service that is in charge of taking the visitors into the park.
The city of La Rioja and the locality of San Agustín del Valle Fértil (in San Juan) are the nearest points to reach both parks.
Also called the "The
roof of teh Americas", is the highest peak in the American continent. It is located in the province of Mendoza, and its summit rises up to the 6.959
meters above the sea level.
It is the goal of mountain climbers from all over the world. Reaching its summit is a hard challenge that requires very good training and careful planning
It is located within The Aconcagua Provincial Park and those who do not practice
mountaineering can find many other activities in the zone, generally related to adventure tourism.
Excursion to the Aconcagua Provincial Park can be made from the province of Mendoza, among many other possibilities that this province offers.
The Atuel's Canyon
seven kilometers away from the city of San
Rafael , this extraordinary geomorphologic formation begins waters behind the floodgates of the
The Nihuil's Dam, extended along 550 meters and almost 40 km level
Waters above of the imprisoned Great Valley, an extraordinary green water mirror
emerald, we can get into the Canyon itself. It is a present evidence of the
origins, that by means of the erosion of the
wind and the water has modeled rocks, conforming the most varied natural
sculptures like: The Museum of Wax, The Rivadavia's Armchair, The Lizard, The Old
Ones, The Monsters, The Enchanted City, The Hanging Gardens, The Monks, The Castles,
The Fist, The Mommies, The Lion's Head, and
other that call our attention.
Some have baptized to this place as the mini Colorado Canyon, resemblance
in some characteristics to the existing one in the United States.
This geographical accident, one hour far from the city of
Puerto Madryn, is the principal
center of sea fauna in Argentina, due to its diversity and abundance.
Here you can watch: southern franca whales, Orcas, sea wolves and elephants, penguins and a great variety of sea birds.
The zone of Valdes Peninsula and its roundabouts are, moreover, suitable for the practice of nautical activities and, especially, for scuba diving.
Its long beaches with transparent waters and imposing cliffs offer the tourist a landscape of striking beauty.
The Route of the Seven Lakes
San Martín de los Andes and arriving at Villa La Angostura or San Carlos de Bariloche (and
vice versa), this singular mountain road of the Argentine Patagonia encounters, all along its track, several lakes of singular beauty. Their waters are transparent and of different tones ranging from blue to emerald green.
In these lakes it is likely to find a great variety of trouts, and there are some points of the road that are considered excellent for sporting
San Carlos de Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura are beautiful tourist mountain villages with an excellent service infrastructure for the tourist. They offer a large quantity of excursions and activities to do both within their cities or in their roundabouts.
Perito Moreno Glacier
It is located within
The Glaciers National Park and was registered as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Its front covers 5
kilometers and it has almost 80 meters of high above sea level. Ice blocks of different sizes are constantly coming off the glacier and falling into the waters of the Argentine lake causing astounding sounds and impressive waves over the surface, turning this moment into an unforgettable spectacle.
This glacier is one of the few ones in the world that is in constant development.
Several lake and terrestrial excursions can be done, and even it is possible
to walk on its surface being in close contact with the glacier ice, meeting its inner peaks and ponds. Within the park, located at 80 km. from the locality of
El Calafate, the tourist can visit other nearby glaciers and take part in varied activities.
Beagle Channel and Antarctic
Right from Ushuaia,
the southernmost city of the world, the tourist can join in excursions to sail the waters of the
Its bays and islets bathed by transparent waters and its variety of birds including cormorants, penguins, sea gulls, swallows and mammals turn the visit to the Beagle
Channel into an unforgettable experience. There are daily excursions in different kinds of boats that go to
Cape Horn, The Estados' Island, Bridge Islands, The Wolves, The Birds and Les Eclaireurs lighthouse.
Another mysterious and fascinating possibility is visiting the Antarctica. There exists several itineraries that take from 8 days to 2 weeks, where you can accede (going ashore by means of rubber boats) to
scenarios especially chosen due to the beauty of their landscapes or the richness of their fauna.
The boats posses all the facilities and comfort necessary for this type of trips
Argentina has several winter
centers for the practice of ski and snowboard.
Las Leñas Valley in Mendoza , Mount Cathedral in San Carlos de
Bariloche, Chapelco in San Martín de los Andes, La Hoya in Esquel,
Mount Bayo in Villa La Angostura and Mount Castor in Ushuaia are the most important
centers of the country. However, there are several smaller centers such as Vallecitos and
Penitentes in Mendoza, Caviahue in Neuquén and some others that are apt just for the cross-country style in
The skiing season starts in June and finishes in October, depending on the snowfall volume registered in the year. However, the best months for the practice of this sport are July and August.
Refer to our section Ski Centers to know the technical cards and ski runs maps of the main
centers for the practice of this sport
Thanks to Argentina Turística and Argentine Republic's Tourism Office