When you think Argentina, you think tango. This romantic dance is popular all over the country, but there’s nowhere better to learn how to slay this style better than La Boca. This lively neighbourhood of Buenos Aires is heaving with music and life. With a strong European flavour thanks to its early Italian settlers, you can catch street performers tangoing on its multi-coloured streets at almost any time of day. Follow their footsteps on the sidewalk or head on over to Teatro de la Ribera – one of the most famous theatres in the city – to see how the professionals do it.
Visit Iguazu National Park and be stunned by the world’s wildest waterfall
Home to hands-down the biggest natural attraction in Argentina, you’ll want to spend some time exploring the Iguazu National Park. Home to between 150 - 300 separate waterfalls, the Iguazu Falls are definitely the main show here. These massive waterfalls reach heights of almost 100 metres, which then spill out into the channel known as the Devil’s Throat. Climb up to the scenic lookout for the best vistas of the falls, before spending some time exploring their sub-tropical rainforest surroundings. Located right on the border of Argentina and Brazil, you can reach the Iguazu National Park from the town of Puerto Iguazu in Argentina.
Try whiskey with 17,000-year-old ice at Perito Moreno Glacier
Lovers of nature, this one is for you. Located in southern Argentina and Chile, the icy deserts of Patagonia will take your breath away. On the Argentinian side, one of Patagonia’s main attractions is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Unlike most other glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno is still growing. Reaching about 75 metres in height, this giant ice mass towers above turquoise glacial water of Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park. And you can do so much more than just gawp at this natural beauty; you can taste it, too. Jump onto an optional whisky tasting tour to enjoy some of Argentina’s best whisky over a chunk of this 17,000 year-old glacier.
Visit historic Salta
If you’re looking for things to do in Argentina outside of Buenos Aires, head straight for Salta. This high-altitude city is located in the mountains of North-western Argentina and is jam-packed with history, culture and views for days. Some of the city’s main attractions include the Cabildo of Salta, a restored 18th century government building that houses a collection of the region’s revolutionary history, and the pink Cathedral of Salta, which is the perfect place to snap a selfie. Our pick for the best thing to do in this colourful city? Head straight for the High Mountain Archaeological Museum to check out some Inca mummies.
Go on a Parrilla tour around Buenos Aires
There’s no better way to explore Buenos Aires than to eat your way through it. A Parrilla tour of Buenos Aires lets you do just that. One of the friendly, knowledgeable locals will take you through all the best local restaurants, bars and markets to introduce you to the variety of flavours of Argentinian cuisine. Go off the beaten track to try some of the city’s best asado and empanadas at the locals’ favourite haunts, which you’ll wash down with tonnes of Torrontes and Malbec. With generous portions shared with an intimate group of people, make sure you come hungry and ready to make new friends.
Things to do in Argentina
Tango Buenos Aires Festival
Dance & Culture
If there was an ideal time to visit Argentina, it’s during the Tango Buenos Aires Festival. Every August, Argentina’s capital city gears up for thousands of competitions, workshops and general tango-fever. Be entertained by lovers and professionals dancing in the streets as the city heats up for this non-stop dance-a-thon. Dance lovers, this is one event you don’t want to miss.
Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia
Food & Wine
As one of the world’s biggest producers of wine, you’d expect Argentina to throw one hell of a wine festival – and they sure don’t disappoint. The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, held in Mendoza City every March, is an annual celebration of Argentinian wine. This week-long festival features concerts, performances and, of course, a whole lot of wine.
Cosquín Folk Festival
Culture, Dance & Music
One of the most important folk festivals in Latin America, the Cosquín Folk Festival is an annual celebration of Argentinian folk music and dance. Happening between January and February in the city of Cosquín, you can catch the musical styles of the likes of the ‘Cacerera’ and the ‘Chamame’ during this nine-day music festival.
Much like its neighbour Brazil, Argentina goes nuts during Carnival season every February. Marking the start of the Christian season of Lent, Carnival sees a four-day party erupt all over the nation. Featuring parades, performances and general merriment, while you can party wherever you are in Argentina, the best place to experience this festival is in the city of Gualeguaychu.
Art Basel Cities
Happening in Buenos Aires on 6 - 12 September 2018, Art Basel Cities is a collaboration between the Art Basel organisation and the City of Buenos Aires. This art festival will feature multimedia installations and artworks by local and international artists – including Maurizio Cattelan and David Horvitz – in galleries, museums and public spaces throughout the city.
Top 5 Festivals in Argentina
With a love of dance, music and fiestas, Argentina really knows how to throw a party. When it comes to the best time to visit Argentina, why not coordinate your travels with some of the country’s biggest festivals? Here’s when you can catch five of our favourite Argentinian festivals.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Art lovers, get excited: The National Museum of Fine Art in Buenos Aires is home to the biggest public art collection in Latin America. Not only will you discover the work of Argentinian masters, but a comprehensive collection of European Art from the middle ages through the modern era.
The Museum of Latin American Art, known as MALBA, boasts artworks from some of the most-renowned Latin Artists. Discover original pieces by the likes of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Roberto Matto and Joaquín Torres. The collection is housed in an incredible contemporary building, so be sure to snap a selfie out front.
La Plata Museum
Known as the Museo de la Plata in Spanish, this amazing natural history museum is located in the city of La Plata, about an hour outside of Buenos Aires. Considered one of the best museums in the country, science buffs will geek out to its huge collection of mineral and plant life, giant replicas of ancient sloths and the enormous blue whale skull.
Francisco Moreno Museum of Patagonia
Located in Bariloche, the Francisco Moreno Museum takes a look at the natural history and cultural anthropology of Argentinian Patagonia. Learn about the history of the native people of these lands, such as the Tehuelches, Pehuenches and Mapuches, as well as the flora and fauna of the region.
Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña
If you’re going to visit one museum in Argentina, make it this one: the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (the High Mountain Archaeological Museum) in the city of Salta is famous for its showcase of three Incan mummies. The mummies – all of which were children – were human sacrifices made to the gods over 500 years ago. Their bodies were perfectly preserved by the eruption of the Llullaillaco volcano.
Top 5 Museums and Galleries in Argentina
From its fine art tradition to the discovery of ancient Incan mummies, dive into the history and culture of amazing Argentina. The best way to learn? Visiting some of their amazing museums. Here are our picks for the top five must-see museums in Argentina.
When it comes to meet, the Argentinians know what they’re doing. Asado is the Argentine method of grilling meat, as well as the name given to having friends around for a barbeque. Lasting several hours, an Argentine asado includes include blood sausages, beef sweetbreads and chitterlings as entrees, followed by roasted pig or lamb over an open flame. For the best asado in Buenos Aires, check out Cabaña Las Lilas.
Best eaten at Cabaña Las Lilas, Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, 1107 CABA
Crispy and delicious, empanadas are one of Argentina’s street food staples. These small pastries are usually stuffed with chicken, cheese, ham or blue cheese. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon dessert empanadas, filled with quince jam or dulce de leche and sprinkled with cinnamon or sugar. Pick up some hot empanadas at Empanadas Caseras Gourmet in Buenos Aires.
Best eaten at Empanadas Caseras Gourmet, Av. Federico Lacroze 2411, Buenos Aires
Did someone say ‘dessert for breakfast?’ Alfajores are Argentina’s favourite sweet treat and they’re enjoyed All. Day. Long. These crumbly biscuits are stuck together with jam, mousse or dulce de leche to make the perfect shortbread sandwich. Enjoy Argentina’s national biscuit at Havanna Café in Buenos Aires.
Best eaten at Havanna, Av. de Mayo 615, CABA
Dulce de leche
So good that you know it’s probably bad for you, dulche de leche has put Argentinian food on the map. This thick, sweet caramel is made from condensed milk, which has been slowly reduced until it turns into a sauce-like consistency. Stock up with jars of this stuff for the plane-ride home at La Casa del Dulce de Leche in Buenos Aires.
Best eaten at La Casa del Dulce de Leche, Defensa 733, 1065 CABA
Most countries will have some sort of coffee culture, but in Argentina, it’s all about the mate. Yerba mate is a bitter herb that is brewed like tea. Consumed from a hollowed-out gourd, it’s drank through a metal straw-like device called the bombillo. Super-high in caffeine, you can pick up some yerba mate at any supermarket in Argentina.
Best eaten at Buy from any local supermarket, make at home
Food in Argentina
Barbequed meats, deep-fried empanadas and sweets for breakfast: in Argentina, food is life. Get ready to eat your way through this amazing country. Here are our picks for the top five foods to try in Argentina and where you can find them.