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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet's Argentina is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch enormous icebergs calve from Glaciar Perito Moreno, tour wineries and enjoy the finished product around Mendoza, and hike the rugged Fitz Roy Range for stunning mountain views - all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Argentina and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Argentina:

  • Color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics
  • Over 84 maps for easy navigation
  • Covers Buenos Aires, The Pampas & the Atlantic Coast, Iguazu Falls & the Northeast, Salta & the Andean Northwest, Córdoba & the Central Sierras, Mendoza & the Central Andes, Bariloche & the Lake District, Patagonia, Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas, Tierra del Fuego, Uruguay, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Argentina is our most comprehensive guide to the country, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.

Looking for more extensive city coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Buenos Aires for a comprehensive look at all the capital has to offer.

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Argentina

Contents

Plan Your Trip

Welcome to Argentina

Argentina’s Top 20

Need to Know

What’s New

If You Like…

Month by Month

Itineraries

Argentina Outdoors

Eat & Drink Like a Local

Travel with Children

Regions at a Glance

On The Road

BUENOS AIRES

Sights

Activities

Courses

Tours

Festivals & Events

Sleeping

Eating

Drinking & Nightlife

Entertainment

Shopping

Tigre & the Delta

Going to a Fútbol Game

The Tango

THE PAMPAS & THE ATLANTIC COAST

Northern Pampas

La Plata

Luján

San Antonio de Areco

Southern Pampas

Tandil

Sierra de la Ventana

Villa Ventana

Atlantic Coast

Pinamar

Villa Gesell

Mar del Plata

Necochea

Bahía Blanca

IGUAZú FALLS & THE NORTHEAST

Along the Río Paraná

Rosario

Santa Fe

Paraná

Corrientes

Mercedes

Parque Esteros del Iberá

Along the Río Uruguay

Concepción del Uruguay

Colón

Parque Nacional El Palmar

Concordia

Paso de los Libres

Misiones

Posadas

San Ignacio

Santa Ana & Loreto

Saltos del Moconá

Iguazú Falls

Puerto Iguazú

Parque Nacional Iguazú

Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Brazil)

Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil)

The Gran Chaco

Resistencia

Juan José Castelli

SALTA & THE ANDEAN NORTHWEST

Salta & Jujuy Provinces

Salta

Valles Calchaquíes

Cafayate

Quebrada de Cafayate

San Antonio de los Cobres

Salinas Grandes

Jujuy

Las Yungas

Quebrada de Humahuaca

La Quiaca

Yavi

Tucumán & Around

Tucumán

Tafí del Valle

Around Tafí del Valle

Santiago del Estero

Catamarca & La Rioja

Catamarca

Belén

Londres & El Shincal

Western Catamarca

La Rioja

Chilecito

Parque Nacional Talampaya

CÓRDOBA & THE CENTRAL SIERRAS

Córdoba

The Central Sierras

La Cumbre

San Marcos Sierras

Capilla del Monte

Jesús María

Estancia Santa Catalina

Alta Gracia

Villa General Belgrano

La Cumbrecita

Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito

Mina Clavero

San Luis & Around

Merlo

San Luis

Parque Nacional Sierra de las Quijadas

Valle de las Sierras Puntanas

Carolina

Papagayos

MENDOZA & THE CENTRAL ANDES

Mendoza

Around Mendoza

Cacheuta

Potrerillos

Uspallata

Los Penitentes

Parque Provincial Aconcagua

Valle de Uco

San Rafael

Cañon del Atuel & Valle Grande

Malargüe

Las Leñas

San Juan

Barreal

Rodeo

Parque Provincial Ischigualasto

BARILOCHE & THE LAKE DISTRICT

Bariloche

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi

El Bolsón

Around El Bolsón

Villa la Angostura

Villa Traful

San Martín de los Andes

Parque Nacional Lanín

Junín de los Andes

Aluminé

Villa Pehuenia

Caviahue

Copahue

Chos Malal

Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca

Neuquén

PATAGONIA

Coastal Patagonia

Puerto Madryn

Around Puerto Madryn

Reserva Faunística Península Valdés

Trelew

Gaiman

Área Natural Protegida Punta Tombo

Camarones

Cabo Dos Bahías

Comodoro Rivadavia

Puerto Deseado

Reserva Natural Ría Deseado & Parque Interjurisdiccional Marino Isla Pingüino

Monumento Natural Bosques Petrificados

Puerto San Julián

Parque Nacional Monte León

Río Gallegos

Inland Patagonia

Esquel

Trevelin

Parque Nacional Los Alerces

Gobernador Costa

Río Mayo

Perito Moreno

Los Antiguos

Cueva de Las Manos

Bajo Caracoles

Parque Nacional Perito Moreno

Gobernador Gregores

El Chaltén

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (North)

El Calafate

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (South)

Reserva Los Huemules

Chilean Patagonia

Punta Arenas

Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos

Parque Nacional Pali Aike

Puerto Natales

Parque Nacional Bernardo O’Higgins

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

TIERRA DEL FUEGO

Ushuaia

Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego

Tolhuin & Lago Fagnano

Río Grande

Estancias Around Río Grande

Puerto Williams (Chile)

Porvenir (Chile)

URUGUAY

Montevideo

Western Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento

Carmelo

Mercedes

Salto

Tacuarembó

Valle Edén

Eastern Uruguay

Piriápolis

Punta del Este

La Paloma

La Pedrera

Cabo Polonio

Punta del Diablo

Parque Nacional Santa Teresa

Understand Uruguay

Uruguay Today

History

Culture

Food & Drink

Environment

Survival Guide

Understand

Argentina Today

History

Life in Argentina

The Sounds of Argentina

Literature & Cinema

The Natural World

SURVIVAL GUIDE

Directory A–Z

Accommodations

Courses

Customs Regulations

Discount Cards

Electricity

Embassies & Consulates

Gay & Lesbian Travelers

Health

Insurance

Internet Access

Legal Matters

Maps

Money

Opening Hours

Post

Public Holidays

Safe Travel

Telephone

Time

Toilets

Tourist Information

Travelers with Disabilities

Visas

Volunteering

Women Travelers

Work

Transportation

Getting There & Away

Getting Around

Language

Behind the Scenes

Our Writers

Welcome to Argentina

Beautiful, defiant and intense, Argentina seduces with its streetside tango, wafting grills, fútbol (soccer), gaucho culture and the mighty Andes. It’s one formidable cocktail of wanderlust.

City Life

Arriving in Buenos Aires is like jumping aboard a moving train. The modern metropolis whizzes by, alive with street life from busy sidewalk cafes, to hush parks carpeted in purple jacaranda blooms in springtime. Stylish porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) savor public life – whether it’s sharing mate (a tea-like beverage) on Sunday in the park or gelato under handsome early-20th-century stone facades. There are heaps of bookstores, creative boutiques and gourmet eats. Buenos Aires isn’t the only stunner – Córdoba, Salta, Mendoza and Bariloche each have their unique personalities and unforgettable attractions, so don’t miss them.

Natural Wonders

From mighty Iguazú Falls in the subtropical north to the thunderous, crackling advance of the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south, Argentina is home to a vast natural wonderland. Diversity is a big part of it. The country that boasts the Andes’ highest snowbound peaks is also home to rich wetlands, rust-hued desert, deep-blue lakes and Patagonia’s arid steppes. Wildlife comes in spectacular variety, from penguins and flamingos to capybaras, giant anteaters, whales, guanaco herds and more. In this vast country, stunning sights abound and big adventure awaits.

Food & Drink

Satisfying that carnal craving for flame-charred steak isn’t hard to do in the land that has perfected the art of grilling. Parrillas (grill houses) are ubiquitous, offering up any cut you can imagine, alongside sausages and grilled vegetables. Thin, bubbly pizzas and homemade pastas also play central roles, thanks to Argentina’s proud Italian heritage. But there’s more. Buenos Aires fads are fun and fast-changing, bringing gourmet world cuisine to both upscale restaurants and the shady cobblestone neighborhoods. Grab a table, uncork a bottle of malbec, and the night is yours.

Argentine Culture

Cultural activities abound here. Tango is possibly Argentina’s greatest contribution to the outside world. The steamy dance has been described as ‘making love in the vertical position.’ And what about fútbol? Argentines are passionately devoted to this sport and, if you’re a fan, chanting and stomping alongside other stadium fanatics should definitely be in your plans. Add a distinctive Argentine take on literature, cinema, music and arts, and you have a rich, edgy culture – part Latin American and part European – that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Tango dancers, La Boca, Buenos Aires | JUICE IMAGES LTD/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

By Carolyn McCarthy, Writer

Once it’s in your system, Argentina, like mate, proves a hard addiction to kick. I’ve lived there and keep returning. It’s a place that begs for deeper exploration. Blame it on the energy and intrigue of Buenos Aires. Or a culture that stirs the imagination with its offbeat sensibility, melancholy tango and great literature. Or the inherent power of its vast landscapes, from desert north to the frozen south. And then there’s the Argentines themselves, whose playfulness and enduring resilience has so much to teach us all.

For more See our writers

Argentina’s Top 20

Glaciar Perito Moreno

As glaciers go, Perito Moreno is one of the most dynamic and accessible on the planet. But what makes it exceptional is its inexorable advance – up to 2m per day. Its slow but constant motion creates incredible suspense, as building-sized icebergs calve from the face and spectacularly crash into Lago Argentino. You can get very close to the action via an extended network of steel catwalks and platforms. Cap the day with a huge steak dinner back in El Calafate.

SJ TRAVEL PHOTO AND VIDEO/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Iguazú Falls

The peaceful Río Iguazú, flowing through the jungle between Argentina and Brazil, plunges suddenly over a basalt cliff in a spectacular display of sound and fury that is truly one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring sights. Iguazú Falls are a primal experience for the senses: the roar, the spray and the sheer volume of water will live forever in your memory. But it’s not just the waterfalls – the jungly national parks that contain them offer a romantic backdrop and fine wildlife-watching opportunities.

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Top Experiences

Wine Tasting around Mendoza

With so much fantastic wine on offer, it’s tempting just to pull up a bar stool and work your way through the menu – but getting out there and seeing how the grapes are grown and processed is almost as enjoyable as sampling the finished product. The best news is that wine tasting in Argentina isn’t just for the wine snobs – there are experiences to meet every budget, from DIY bike tours for backpackers to tasting-and-accommodations packages at exclusive wineries.

ANDREW PEACOCK/GETTY IMAGES ©

Top Experiences

Buenos Aires’ Food Scene

Believe the hype: Argentine beef is some of the best in the world. Join the throngs of locals at one of the country’s thousands of parrillas (steak restaurants), where waiters pour malbec and serve up seared steaks at leisurely meals. The scene in Buenos Aires is buzzy, with experimental young chefs making their mark at a number of new casual restaurants. Their calling card: small plates of flavorsome gourmet fare paired with local craft beers and cocktails for the win.

STUART DEE/GETTY IMAGES ©

Top Experiences

Hiking the Fitz Roy Range

With rugged wilderness, glaciers and shark-tooth summits, the Fitz Roy Range is the trekking capital of Argentina. Park rangers help orient every traveler who comes into the area. World-class mountain climbers battle its tough, outstanding routes, but the region’s beautiful hiking trails are surprisingly easy and accessible, with the most stunning views just a day hike from town. Not bad for those who want to reward their sweat equity with a pint at the brewpub. Or private refugios (rustic shelters) offer backcountry comfort.

WOLFGANG WöRNDL/500PX ©

Top Experiences

Ruta de los Siete Lagos

A journey of extraordinary beauty, the Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) is a not-to-be-missed road trip. Your vehicular adventure winds through lush forests, past waterfalls and dramatic mountain scenery, and skirts the various crystal-blue lakes that give it its name. Stop for a picnic and go swimming, fishing and camping. You can also bus it in a couple of hours or bike it in a few days. Experiencing this gorgeous route is a decision you won’t regret.

ERIK_NM/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Ushuaia, the End of the Earth

Shoehorned between the Beagle Channel and the snowcapped Martial Range, this bustling port is the final scrap of civilization seen by Antarctica-bound boats. But more than the end of the earth, Ushuaia is a crossroads for big commerce and adventure. Snow sports brighten the frozen winters and long summer days mean hiking and biking until the wee hours. Happening restaurants, boisterous bars and welcoming B&Bs mean you’ll want to tuck in and call this port home for a few days.

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Top Experiences

Skiing at Las Leñas

Hitting the slopes at Las Leñas isn’t just about making the scene, although there is that. This resort has the most varied terrain, the most days of powder per year and some of the fastest and most modern lift equipment in the country. Splash out for some on-mountain accommodations or choose from a variety of more reasonably priced options just down the road. Whatever you do, if you’re a fan of steep, deep runs, add this one to your austral winter itinerary.

CHRISTIAN ASLUND/GETTY IMAGES ©

Top Experiences

Gaucho Culture

An enduring Argentine icon, the intrepid gaucho came to life after Spaniards let their cattle loose on the grassy pampas centuries ago. These nomadic cowboys lived by taming wild horses (introduced by the Spaniards), hunting errant herds and drinking mate (a tea-like beverage). It’s a living tradition. You can see folkloric shows at estancias, the country’s oversized livestock ranches, or the Feria de Mataderos in Buenos Aires. But if you want to see gaucho culture in all its glory, don’t miss November’s Fiesta de la Tradición in San Antonio de Areco.

CRISTIAN LAZZARI/GETTY IMAGES ©

Top Experiences

Quebrada de Humahuaca

You’re a long way from Buenos Aires up here in Argentina’s northwestern corner, and it feels a whole world away. This spectacular valley of scoured rock in Jujuy province impresses visually with its tortured formations and artist’s palette of mineral colors, but it is also of great cultural interest. The Quebrada’s settlements are traditional and indigenous in character, with typical Andean dishes supplanting steaks on the restaurant menus, and llamas, not herds of cattle, grazing the sparse highland grass.

ALFREDO OTTONELLO/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

San Telmo

One of Buenos Aires’ most charming and interesting neighborhoods is San Telmo, lined with cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and a classic atmosphere that will transport you back to the mid-19th century. Be sure to take in the Sunday feria (street fair), where dozens of booths sell handicrafts, antiques and knickknacks, while buskers perform for loose change. Tango is big here, and you can watch a fancy, spectacular show or catch a casual street performance – both will wow you with amazing feats of athleticism.

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Top Experiences

Bariloche

A gorgeous lakeside setting, adjacent to one of the country’s more spectacular and accessible national parks, makes Bariloche a winning destination year-round. During winter you can take in the magnificent panoramas on skis from on top of Cerro Catedral. Once the snow melts, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails in the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, where a well-organized network of mountain refuges means you walk as long as your legs will take it.

TETYANA DOTSENKO/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Nightlife in Córdoba

Boasting seven universities (and counting), it’s no surprise that Argentina’s second city is one of the best places for night owls in the entire country. The wide variety of cute sidewalk bars, thumping mega-discos and live-music venues (all more or less within walking distance) could keep you occupied for months. While you’re in town, try to catch a cuarteto show – popular all over the country, this music style was invented in Córdoba and all the best acts regularly play here.

ROBERTO BOWYER/GETTY IMAGES ©

Top Experiences

Colonial Salta

Argentina’s northwest holds its most venerable colonial settlements, none more lovely than Salta. This beautiful city is set in a fertile valley that acts as a gateway to the impressive Andean cordillera not far beyond. Postcard-pretty churches, a sociable plaza and a wealth of noble buildings give it a laid-back historical ambience that endears it to all who visit. Add in great museums, a lively folkloric music scene, some of the country’s most appealing lodging options and a fistful of attractions within easy reach: that’s one impressive place.

Iglesia San Francisco | DABOOST/GETTY IMAGES ©

Top Experiences

Reserva Faunística Península Valdés

Once a tawny, dusty peninsula with remote sheep ranches, today Península Valdés is a hub for some of the best wildlife watching on the continent. The main attraction is seeing endangered southern right whales. But the cast of wild characters also includes killer whales (orcas), Magellanic penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and rheas. Shore walks feature ample wildlife-watching opportunities, but diving and kayak tours take you even deeper into the ambience.

Magellanic penguins | JULES_KITANO/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Jesuit Missions

The Jesuits brought some fine things to Argentina – winemaking and universities to name just two. Many Jesuit missions are listed as Unesco World Heritage sites and open to the public, letting visitors get in touch with their inner archaeologist while wandering among sun-drenched stonework. In Misiones province, San Ignacio Miní has the most impressive mission ruins. For more, day trip to nearby Paraguay for further amazing remnants of this curious historical interlude.

San Ignacio Mini | ALFREDO CERRA/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Parque Esteros del Iberá

These protected wetlands offer astonishing wildlife-watching opportunities around shallow vegetation-rich lagoons. Head out in a boat and you’ll spot numerous alligators, exotic bird species, monkeys, swamp deer, and one of the world’s cutest rodents, the capybara – but no, you can’t take one home. It’s an out-of-the-way location, and a wealth of stylish, comfortable lodges make this a top spot to book yourself in for a few days of relaxation amid an abundance of flora and fauna.

Capybara | SUNSINGER/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Cementerio de la Recoleta

A veritable city of the dead, Buenos Aires’ top tourist attraction is not to be missed. Lined up along small ‘streets’ are hundreds of old crypts, each uniquely carved from marble, granite and concrete, and decorated with stained glass, stone angels and religious icons. Small plants and trees grow in fissures, while feral cats slink between tombs, some of which lie in various stages of decay. It’s a photogenic wonderland, and if there’s a strange beauty in death you’ll find it in spades here.

JULIAN DE DIOS/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Cerro Aconcagua

The tallest peak in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua is an awe-inspiring sight. People come from all over the world to reach its summit, not a task to be taken lightly. If you can take the time to train and acclimatize, and you’re good enough to reach the top, you’ll be granted bragging rights as one of a select group who have touched the ‘roof of the Americas.’ Otherwise, savor viewing it from the nearest vantage point and save your energy for wine tasting in Mendoza.

JASON MAEHL/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Top Experiences

Mar del Plata

Argentina’s premier beach resort is a heaving zoo in summer but that’s what makes it such fun. Compete with porteños (Buenos Aires residents) for a patch of open sand, then lie back and enjoy watching thousands of near-naked bodies worship the sun, play sand games or splash around in the surf. Outdoor activities such as surfing, fishing, horseback riding and even skydiving are also on deck. When the sun goes down, it’s time for steak or seafood dinners, followed by late-night entertainment, from theater shows to nightclubs.

MAGAIZA/GETTY IMAGES ©

Need to Know

For more information, see Survival Guide

Currency

Argentine peso (AR$)

Language

Spanish

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days. Canadians must pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ before entering.

Money

ATMs are widely available, though tend to run out of money in tourist destinations. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants.

Cell Phones

It’s best to bring your own unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM cell phone to Argentina, then buy an inexpensive SIM chip (you’ll get a local number) and credits (or carga virtual) as needed.

Time

Argentina Standard Time (GMT/UTC minus three hours)

When to Go

High Season (Nov–Feb & Jul)

A Patagonia is best (and most expensive) December to February.

A Crowds throng to the beaches from late December through January.

A Snow falls at ski resorts from June to August.

Shoulder (Sep–Nov & Mar–May)

A Temperature-wise the best times to visit Buenos Aires.

A The Lake District is pleasant; leaves are spectacular in March and April.

A The Mendoza region has its grape harvests and wine festival.

Low Season (Jun–Aug)

A Good time to visit the north.

A Many services close at beach resorts, and mountain passes can be blocked by snow.

A July is a winter vacation month, so popular destinations get busy.

Useful Websites

Argentina Independent (www.argentinaindependent.com) Current affairs and culture, plus much more.

The Bubble (www.thebubble.com) Dissects current events in Argentina and Latin America, with a dose of pop and media culture.

Pick up the Fork (http://pickupthefork.com) Savvy guide to Buenos Aires food and more.

Ruta 0 (www.ruta0.com) Handy driving tips, such as distance/duration between cities, gas consumption, road conditions and tariffs.

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Important Numbers

Exchange Rates

For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$60

A Dorm bed: US$15–22

A Double room in good budget hotel: US$65

A Cheap main dish: under US$11

Midrange: US$60–200

A Three-star hotel room: US$75–150

A Average main dish: US$10–16

A Four-hour bus ticket: US$30

Top End: More than US$200

A Five-star hotel room: US$165+

A Fine main dish: over US$17

A Taxi trip across town: US$12

Opening Hours

General opening hours:

Banks 8am to 3pm or 4pm Monday to Friday; some till 1pm Saturday

Bars 8pm or 9pm to between 4am and 6am nightly

Cafes 6am to midnight or much later; open daily

Clubs 1am to 2am to between 6am and 8am Friday and Saturday

Office business hours 8am to 5pm

Post offices 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday

Restaurants Noon to 3:30pm and 8pm to midnight or 1am (later on weekends)

Shops 9am or 10am to 8pm or 9pm Monday to Saturday

Arriving in Argentina

Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (‘Ezeiza’; Buenos Aires) Shuttle buses (AR$240) travel frequently to downtown BA in 40 to 60 minutes; local buses take two hours. Use official taxi services only; avoid touts.

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (‘Aeroparque,’ airport with mostly domestic flights; Buenos Aires) Shuttle buses (AR$75) travel frequently to downtown BA in 10 to 15 minutes; or take local bus 33 or 45. Taxis available (AR$160 to downtown).

Getting Around

Air Argentina is a huge country, so flights are good for saving time. Delays happen occasionally, however.

Bus Generally the best way to get around Argentina; they’re fast, frequent, comfortable, reasonably priced and cover the country extensively.

Car Renting a car is useful (but expensive) for those who want the most travel independence in remote regions such as Patagonia.

Train A few train lines can be useful for travelers, but generally this is not the most efficient method of transportation.

For much more on getting around

What’s New

Low-Cost Flights

Probably the most exciting change in travel within Argentina: budget airlines have finally made their debut, offering both low-cost travel options and new routes between provincial cities that will spare travelers a lot of time and effort.

Exciting New Parks

Throughout Argentina, Fundación Flora y Fauna (www.florayfaunaargentina.org) is building nature reserves, most notably Parque Nacional Patagonia, with new trails leading into Cueva de las Manos, Parque Nacional El Impenetrable in El Chaco, Futuro Parque Nacional Aconquija near Tucumán, and various marine parks.

Wine Country DIY

Touring vineyards just got easier with hop-on, hop-off buses serving Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco around Mendoza, which also has added a public bike share program.

Cocktail Bars

While these are trending everywhere, Buenos Aires is upping the ante: Palermo bar Uptown is accessed through an actual NY subway train. Also worth checking out: refurbished classic Los Galgos and Boticario in Palermo.

A Glacial Sleep

Patagonia’s easy access to glaciers is part of its thrilling appeal. In Reserva los Huemules, near El Chalten, it’s even easier with a new trekking hut called Puesto Cagliero.

Museo Casa Carlos Gardel

A must for tango fans, this Buenos Aires staple in the everyman’s barrio of Almagro has seen a reboot with fresh exhibits and new audio stations where you can listen to every one of his classic tracks.

Craft Beer Craze

Small batch brewing has exploded in southern Argentina, but Bariloche is the definitive craft-beer capital with a real thirst for hops and over a dozen breweries in and around the city.

Bars Go Gourmet

Gone are the days of stale peanuts with your drink. BA is finally revamping casual bar food to rate on par with its great dining scene. Check out the delectable small plate options at Proper, Chin Chin or NoLa.

Parque Esteros del Iberá

This mega wetland reserve has added infrastructure and excellent new activities. Highlights include overnighting with gaucho families in traditional houses built in the estuaries or staying at the new boutique hotel Alondra’i Casa de Esteros in Concepción.

Montevideo’s Social Scene

Exciting new bars and restaurants include Escaramuza, a trendy bookstore and cafe in a renovated historic space with a buzzy outdoor patio.

For more recommendations and reviews, see lonelyplanet.com/Argentina

If You Like…

Cities

Gourmet restaurants, world-class museums, fine shopping, cutting-edge music and rocking nightlife all contribute toward satisfying your needed dose of big-city culture.

Buenos Aires Plan to spend several days exploring the world-class offerings of this unique and astounding metropolis.

Córdoba From Jesuit ruins to modern art to cuarteto music, you’ll experience it all in this historic city.

Salta Argentina’s most colonial city boasts extraordinary culture, from museums to peñas with authentic folk music.

Bariloche Build your appetite skiing, hiking or white-water rafting, then dine on Patagonian lamb and artisan beer.

Ushuaia The world’s southernmost city, stunningly located, is one to mark off your destination list.

Rosario Birthplace of Che and Messi, it’s famed for innovative urban planning and friendly, party-loving locals.

Hiking & Mountaineering

Lining Argentina’s western edge like a bumpy spine, the Andes rise to nearly 7000m at Aconcagua’s peak and offer some of the continent’s finest hiking and mountaineering.

Bariloche With Swiss roots, Bariloche has outstanding hut-to-hut hiking; some huts even brew their own beer.

El Bolsón Drawing in hippies like patchouli, this laid-back town offers nearby hikes to forests, waterfalls and scenic ridges.

El Chaltén Argentina’s ground zero for premier hiking, boasting gorgeous glaciers, pristine lakes and unparalleled mountain landscapes.

Mendoza Mountaineers flock here to summit Cerro Aconcagua, South America’s highest peak.

Parque Nacional Lanín Dominated by the perfect cone of Volcán Lanín, it’s one of Argentina’s most spectacular trekking challenges.

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine This exceptional Chilean park abuts the Argentine border, with some of the world’s best hiking.

Beaches

Ah, those waves lapping on the shore, salty wind on your face and warm sand between your toes. What says ‘vacation’ more than a day at the beach? Whether you’re looking for a party, adventure sports or isolation, Argentina has it.

Punta del Este This famous Uruguayan beach packs with wealthy Argentines, celebrities and models party-going in summer.

Necochea Kilometers of beachcombing, decent surf breakers and even a pine forest to explore.

Pinamar Popular destination with affordable neighborhoods and one of Argentina’s most exclusive beach resorts, Cariló.

Puerto Madryn Whether you like windsurfing, whale watching or diving, Puerto Madryn caters to your desires.

Mar del Plata Popular with Argentina’s middle class, ‘Mardel’ turns into the country’s biggest summertime party.

Food

Argentina is known for its steak, but Buenos Aires peddles trends from afar, and there are tasty regional cuisines on offer around the country.

Buenos Aires Argentina’s creative metropolis has exciting restaurants and many corner cafes to linger at over pastries.

Andean Northwest Welcome to the classic Andean palate: sample locro (spicy stew), humitas (sweet tamales) and empanadas.

Atlantic Coast Take advantage of the fresh fish, shrimp, oysters and king crab.

Bariloche The city with diverse dining, from wild game to fantastic fusion and locally made chocolates.

Patagonia In the land where sheep ranches reign supreme, barbecued lamb is a staple.

Mendoza Wine country adds gourmet outings – don’t skip the five-course wine pairing lunches at scenic vineyards.

Locro (spicy stew), humitas (sweet tamales) and empanadas | ASHOK SINHA/GETTY IMAGES ©

Memorable Landscapes

Argentina is made up of amazing landscapes, from cactus-filled deserts and lofty Andean peaks to deep-blue lakes and verdant forests. Throw in the wonders of Iguazú Falls and Patagonia, and the word ‘unforgettable’ comes to mind.

Andean Northwest Undulating desert landscapes are punctuated by cacti sentinels, alien rock formations and rainbow mountainsides.

Iguazú Falls Spanning more than 2.5km, these are the most incredible waterfalls you will ever see.

Lake District Argentina’s ‘little Switzerland’ is just that – snowdusted mountains looming over lakes edged by forest.

Andes Mountains Strung along the whole of South America, this spectacular mountain range is stunningly beautiful.

Patagonia Few places can evoke the mysticism, wonderment and yearning of Argentina’s last frontier.

Wildlife

Argentina’s environments translate into homes for many creatures, including flightless, grasslands-loving ñandú (rheas); majestic Andean condors and pumas; and desert-dwelling camelids such as llamas, guanacos and vicuñas.

Península Valdés This barren and beautiful peninsula attracts southern right whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and orcas.

Parque Esteros del Iberá These rich and amazing wetlands harbor capybaras, black caimans, howler monkeys and countless bird species.

Iguazú Falls A tropical rainforest with species of monkey, lizards and birds like toucans; also watch for coatis.

Ushuaia Colonies of cormorants, sea lions and penguins flank this stepping-off point to Antarctica.

El Chaltén While the seldom-seen huemul deer can be evasive, sightings here have increased.

Parque Nacional Patagonia Under severe threat, the maca tobiana frequents tiny mesta lagoons found only here.

Caiman, Parque Esteros del Iberá | SUNSINGER/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Wine Tasting

Malbec is the dark, robust, plum-flavored wine that has solidly stamped the region of Mendoza on every oenophile’s map. But Argentina has other worthy varietals: try a fresh torrontés, fruity bonarda or earthy pinot noir.

Mendoza Argentina’s powerhouse wine region; produces the majority of the country’s grapes and boasts countless wineries.

San Juan With exceptional syrah and bonarda varieties; this lesser-known region also boasts a winery in a cave.

Cafayate This lovely town is famed for the torrontés grape, now trending with unoaked, drier varieties.

Neuquén Taste the splendid results of some of Argentina’s southernmost wine production outside this city.

Colonial Architecture

While Argentina isn’t world-renowned for its unique buildings, its status as an ex-Spanish colony means there are some fine examples of colonial architecture to be found, especially to the north.

Córdoba Argentina’s second-largest city boasts a beautiful center dotted with dozens of colonial buildings.

Salta Don’t miss this city’s most striking landmark, the colorful and intricate Iglesia San Francisco.

Buenos Aires With a neoclassical downtown, hit San Telmo for colonial buildings and cobblestone streets.

Colonia del Sacramento An easy boat ride away from BA lies Uruguay’s architectural gem of a town, popularly called ‘Colonia.’

Humahuaca This picturesque valley town is the perfect base for exploring the region’s other wonders.

Adventure Sports

The eighth-largest country in the world, Argentina covers a lot of ground and offers plenty of adventurous sports. Wild rivers, bare cliffs, snowy mountains and high thermals abound, so if you’re looking for some adrenaline, you’ve found it.

Skiing and snowboarding Hit Mendoza’s Las Leñas and Los Penitentes, Bariloche’s Cerro Catedral and San Martín de los Andes’ Cerro Chapelco.

Rafting and kayaking Hit the pristine white waters rushing through the mountains around Mendoza, Bariloche and Esquel.

Mountain biking The mountains around Bariloche are great for adventurous trails, especially at Cerro Catedral in summer.

Rock climbing Try Cerro Catedral, the rocky walls around El Chaltén and the granite boulders of Los Gigantes.

Paragliding Some of the loftiest spots are around La Cumbre, Bariloche and Tucumán.

Month by Month

TOP EVENTS

Carnaval, February

Fiesta Nacional del Lúpulo, February

Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, March

Fiesta Nacional del Chocolate, March–April

Tango BA Festival y Mundial, August

January

January is peak summer in Argentina. Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) escape the sweltering heat at beach resorts, making them crowded and expensive. It’s also high season in Patagonia, so expect top prices there, too.

3 Festival Nacional del Folklore

Near the city of Córdoba, the town of Cosquín hosts the National Festival of Folk Music during the last week of January. It’s the country’s largest and best-known folklórico (folk music) festival.

DíA DE LA MEMORIA

Held on March 24 (the date a military coup took over the Argentine government in 1976), this public holiday commemorates the victims of Argentina’s military dictatorship. Over seven years, tens of thousands of people ‘disappeared’ and were never heard from again.

February

Summertime crowds at the beaches and in Patagonia thin later in the month. The Andean deserts and the Iguazú region continue to be very hot, but the Lake District is ideal. Mendoza’s grape harvest begins.

z Carnaval

Though not as rockin’ as it is in Brazil, the celebration is very rowdy in the northeast, especially in Gualeguaychú and Corrientes. Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is another party spot. Dates vary depending on the city.

3 El Lúpulo al Palo

El Bolsón’s hop festival honors the key ingredient for its artisanal craft beers. Expect musical performances, activities, food and plenty of beer tasting (of course).

March

Autumn is starting and Buenos Aires is balmy, though rainy. Prices fall at the beaches and in Patagonia, but the weather remains decent. The north starts cooling, and Iguazú Falls is less hot and humid.

6 Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia

Mendoza city’s week-long Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia kicks off with parades, folklórico events and a royal coronation – all in honor of Mendoza’s wines.

Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, Mendoza | PHOTO BY 3FOTOGRAFIA/LATINCONTENT/GETTY IMAGES ©

April

Lake District forests start changing from verdant green to fiery hues. Patagonia is clearing out but you might get lucky with decent hiking weather. Buenos Aires heads into low season, with still-pleasant temperatures.

3 Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

Independent film buffs shouldn’t miss this festival in Buenos Aires, which screens more than 100 films from Argentina and Uruguay.

5 Fiesta Nacional del Chocolate

Happening during Easter week (dates vary annually), Bariloche’s chocolate festival often highlights a 9m tall chocolate egg, cracked and consumed on Easter Sunday. Look for the world’s longest chocolate bar, too.

May

It’s late autumn and Buenos Aires is cool as the rains ebb. It’s a good time to visit Iguazú Falls. The crowds also leave Mendoza, though vineyards are still a gorgeous red from autumn leaves.

z Día de Virgen de Luján

On May 8 thousands of devout believers make a 65km pilgrimage to the pampas town of Luján in honor of the Virgin Mary. Other pilgrimages take place in early October, early August, late September and on December 8.

June

Winter begins. Beach resorts and Patagonia close down, but it’s an ideal time to visit the deserts of the Andean Northwest and Iguazú Falls, which have less rain and heat at this time of year.

z Anniversary of Carlos Gardel’s death

On June 24, 1935, tango legend Carlos Gardel died in a plane crash in Colombia. Head to Buenos Aires’ Chacarita cemetery to see fans pay their respects at his grave and statue.

z Festival Nacional de la Noche Más Larga

Ushuaia celebrates the longest night of the year with about 10 days’ worth of music and shows.

July

Ski season is at its peak, so skiers head off to the resorts around Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes and Mendoza. Whale-watching season starts heating up in the area around Península Valdés.

z Día de la Independencia

Argentina’s Independence Day is July 9, and celebrations are especially strong in Tucumán, where the country’s independence was first declared.

August

Beach resort towns are dead and Patagonia is desolate and cold. Buenos Aires is still cool, but it’s a great time to explore the theaters, museums and art galleries.

z Tango BA Festival y Mundial

World-class national and international tango dancers perform throughout Buenos Aires during this two-week festival. It’s a great way to see some of the country’s best tango dancers and musicians do their thing.

September

Spring has sprung, and it’s peak season for whale watching (both southern right whales and orcas) around Península Valdés. Polo season begins in Buenos Aires and the ski slopes wind down.

6 Vinos y Bodegas

Lovers of the grape shouldn’t miss this huge Buenos Aires event, which highlights vintages from bodegas (wineries) all over Argentina.

October

It’s a fine time to visit Buenos Aires and central Argentina. The season is just starting in Patagonia, but the crowds haven’t quite descended. Flowers are blooming in the Lake District.

5 Bariloche a la Carta

This week-long food festival represents the Lake District’s best culinary offerings. Dozens of restaurants take part, showcasing special menus, and numerous food stalls and microbreweries set up shop in the main square.

6 Oktoberfest

Join the swillers and oompah bands at Argentina’s national beer festival, Villa General Belgrano’s Oktoberfest in the Central Sierras.

November

Buenos Aires’ weather is perfect, its jacaranda trees dazzling with purple blooms. It’s a good time to visit the beach resorts and Patagonia, since the crowds and peak prices are still some weeks away.

z Fiesta de la Tradición

This festival salutes the gaucho and is especially significant in San Antonio de Areco, the most classically gaucho of towns. However, it is also important (and much less touristy) in the mountain town of San José de Jáchal.

Fiesta de la Tradición, San Antonio de Areco | SUNSINGER/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

December

Summer begins and it’s excellent beach weather at the resorts (just before the January peak). It’s also ideal weather for outdoor activities in the Lake District, and penguin and hiking seasons start in Patagonia.

z Buenos Aires Jazz

This big jazz festival takes place over five days in venues all over the city in either November or December, attracting tens of thousands of spectators.

Itineraries

A Week Around Buenos Aires

1 WEEK

Seen Buenos Aires from top to bottom and wondering where else to visit? There’s plenty of choice just outside Argentina’s capital, from small and alluring cobblestoned towns to bigger, more exciting cities and bustling soft-sand beach resorts.

Tigre, with its hidden waterways and busy delta, is a popular porteño (resident of Buenos Aires) getaway for a day or two. Take a day trip to peaceful San Antonio de Areco, which has a history of gaucho culture, or tidy La Plata, with its huge cathedral.

Perhaps you’d prefer a weekend at the beach? Pinamar and Villa Gesell make great summer escapes, as does Mar del Plata, the biggest Argentine beach destination of them all. Or head inland to Tandil for a couple of days; it’s a pretty town near scenic hills and a large recreational reservoir.

And then there’s Uruguay, just a (relatively) short boat ride away. Colonia del Sacramento is truly charming; filled with cobbled streets and atmospheric colonial buildings it makes a great day trip. Or stay overnight in Montevideo; like BA’s little sister, it’s smaller and less frantic, with a historic downtown with a thriving cafe and nightlife scene and a long Río de la Plata beachfront on the Rambla.

Itineraries

Unmissable Argentina

5 WEEKS

Argentina is a huge country – the world’s eighth largest – and experiencing all its highlights thoroughly will require at least a month, plus several airplane flights. Whereas Patagonia is best in January and February, the northern deserts are at their hottest, so doing both regions might be best in spring or fall.

Take a few days to explore the wonders of Buenos Aires, taking in the restaurants, parks and cultural attractions. Explore the subcultures of its different neighborhoods and admire the big-city sights. If it’s the right season, fly south for wildlife viewing at Reserva Faunística Península Valdés. From here hop another flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world with skiing, dogsledding and penguin viewing. It’s also a prime jumping-off point to Antarctica (for this side trip, add another two weeks and minimum US$5000).

Now you’ll head north to El Calafate, where the stunning Glaciar Perito Moreno of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is one of the world’s most spectacular sights. If you adore the outdoors, cross the border to Chile’s Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, to hike its awe-inspiring landscapes. Back in El Calafate, your next stop should be El Chaltén, another world-class trekking destination.

Further up the Andes is Argentina’s Lake District, where a chocolate stop in Bariloche is a must. Gorgeous scenery, outdoor activities and lovely nearby towns can easily add days to your itinerary. Your next destination is Mendoza, Argentina’s wine mecca, which also offers great outdoor adventures and mind-blowing Andean scenery. Tour the wineries by bicycle or on a driving tour. A 10-hour bus ride lands you in Córdoba, the country’s second-largest city, with amazing colonial architecture and cutting-edge culture. From here go north to pretty Salta, a colonial masterpiece where you can explore colorful desert canyons, charming villages and rust-colored panoramas.

Pack your bags again and head east to Parque Nacional Iguazú, where the world’s most massive falls will astound you. Fly back to Buenos Aires and party till your plane leaves.

Itineraries

Ruta Nacional 40

30 DAYS

Argentina’s quintessential road trip, RN 40 travels the length of the country. To do this adventure independently you’ll need to rent a vehicle. If you plan to get off the beaten path, a 4WD comes in handy.

Start near the colorful mountainsides of Quebrada de Humahuaca before hitting Salta to take in the colonial charms and the wildly scenic villages of Valles Calchaquíes. Pause at lovely Cafayate and Chilecito before the long trip down to Mendoza to suss out the wine scene.

Continue south, stopping to check out the lagoons and hot springs around Chos Malal. Explore the lovely national parks of Lanín and Nahuel Huapi before hitting San Martín de los Andes and Bariloche, both of which offer fantastic outdoor opportunities. Further on, sidetrack to Cueva de las Manos for indigenous rock art.

Enjoy world-class hiking at El Chaltén, then experience Glaciar Perito Moreno. Cross the border to Chile to explore the stunning Parque Nacional Torres del Paine before your last stop, Ushuaia – the windswept finale of the world’s most southern highway.

Ruta Nacional 40, Patagonia | KAVRAM/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Itineraries

Patagonian Passage

18 DAYS

Jaw-dropping Andean peaks, adorable mountain villages and exotic coastal wildlife – you’ll hit them all on this spectacular Patagonian adventure.

Start in Puerto Madryn in springtime to see the whales, elephant seals and penguins at Reserva Faunística Península Valdés. From nearby Trelew, check out the world’s largest dinosaur at the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio and catch a flight south.

Arrive in Ushuaia and hop on a boat to cruise around the Beagle Channel. Nearby Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego offers hiking at the end of the world.

Now hop to El Calafate and lay your eyes on the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno. Outdoors lovers should cross the border and trek in Chile’s famous Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. Hit El Chaltén for world-class hiking and camping.

Return to El Calafate to fly to Bariloche, gateway to the gorgeous national parks of Nahuel Huapi and Lanín. If you have a couple of days extra, overnight in the hippie enclave of El Bolsón or the cute village of Villa Traful.

Itineraries

Mendoza Wine & Adventures

2 WEEKS

Few getaways hold more appeal than a journey to South America’s most scenic wine country. Whether you’re cycling through the vineyards or sipping malbecs, it’s a fabulous way to unwind.

Start in beautiful Mendoza, on the flanks of the Andes with world-class vineyards surrounding the city. White-water rafting and skiing in the area are superb, and Cerro Aconcagua (the western hemisphere’s highest peak) isn’t too far away.

Now take a crack-of-dawn bus to San Rafael, where you can rent a bike and ride out to the city’s wineries. The area is also home to scenic Cañon del Atuel, a colorful mini Grand Canyon. Then backtrack up north to San Juan to try the excellent syrah and regional whites. Rent a car and head west to ethereal Barreal for rafting, mountaineering and land sailing, then go further north to explore the remote, traditional villages of Rodeo, Huaco and San José de Jáchal.

Finally, visit the amazing landscapes of Parque Provincial Ischigualasto and Parque Nacional Talampaya; both boast spectacular rock formations, along with petroglyphs and dinosaur fossils.

Itineraries

Northern Adventure Loop

3 WEEKS

Argentina’s north feels otherwordly, with pretty towns and cities, colorful mountains and desert scenery. To the east are incredible waterfalls and wildlife-filled wetlands.

Start in Córdoba, and explore one of the country’s finest colonial centers.

Now head north to historic Tucumán to see where Argentina declared its independence from Spain. Over to the west is pretty Tafí del Valle. A bit further north is beautiful Cafayate, the place to knock back some aromatic torrontés wine. Sober up and day-trip to the epic Quebrada de Cafayate, then head to otherworldly Valles Calchaquíes and the adobe villages of Molinos and Cachi.

Historic Salta is a great base for stellar excursions into the Andes. Now journey north through the magnificently eroded valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca, where you can overnight in lively little Tilcara.

Return to Salta and fly to the incredible Parque Nacional Iguazú. With time, head to Parque Esteros del Iberá, an amazing wetlands preserve full of capybaras, caimans and birds, or pay a visit to the evocative ruins of the Jesuit missions.

Catedral de la Plata | EVGENIYA UVAROVA/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Plan Your Trip

Argentina Outdoors

Mountaineering, hiking and skiing have long been Argentina’s classic outdoor pursuits, but these days locals and visitors alike are doing much more. They’re kiteboarding in the Andes, paragliding in the Central Sierras, diving along the Atlantic coast and pulling out huge trout in the Lake District.

Best Bases for Thrill Seekers

Bariloche

One of Argentina’s premier outdoor cities, with a hut-to-hut hiking tradition thanks to its Swiss-German roots. There’s also fine skiing, biking, fishing, rafting and even paragliding.

Mendoza

One word: Aconcagua. Here at the highest section of the Andes there’s also outstanding skiing and rafting and rock climbing in summer months.

El Chaltén

At the edge of the southern ice field, there’s no location more dramatic for world-class hiking, mountaineering, ice-hikes and rock climbing.

Puerto Madryn

Check out the outstanding marine wildlife, including sea lions and whales, by going diving, kayaking or windsurfing.

Junín de los Andes

In the drier part of the Lake District you will find lovely hiking and gorgeous rivers offering some of the world’s best fly-fishing with huge trout.

Córdoba

The closest city to Los Gigantes, Argentina’s rock-climbing mecca (80km away).

Hiking & Trekking

Argentina is home to some superb stomping. The Lake District is probably the country’s most popular hiking destination, with outstanding day and multiday hikes in several national parks, including Nahuel Huapi and Lanín. Bariloche is the best base for exploring the former, San Martín de los Andes the latter.

Patagonia, along the Andes, has out-of-this-world hiking. South of Bariloche, El Bolsón is an excellent base for hiking both in the forests outside of town and in nearby Parque Nacional Lago Puelo. Parque Nacional Los Glaciares offers wonderful hiking in and around the Fitz Roy Range; base yourself in El Chaltén and wait out the storms (in the brewery, of course).

Head to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, in Chile but not far from El Calafate in Argentina, for epic hiking. Tierra del Fuego also has good routes in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego.

Then there are the high Andean peaks west of Mendoza. Although these areas are more popular for mountaineering, there’s some great trekking here as well. The northern Andes around Quebrada de Humahuaca are also good.

Bariloche, Ushuaia, El Bolsón and Junín de los Andes have a hiking and mountaineering club called Club Andino, which is good for local information, maps and current conditions.

Mountaineering

The Andes are a mountaineer’s dream, especially in the San Juan and Mendoza provinces, where some of the highest peaks in the western hemisphere are found. While the most famous climb is Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas, there are plenty of others in the Andes – many of them more interesting and far more technical. Near Barreal, the Cordón de la Ramada boasts five peaks more than 6000m high, including the mammoth Cerro Mercedario, which tops out at 6770m. The region is less congested than Aconcagua, offers more technical climbs and is preferred by many climbers. Also near here is the majestic Cordillera de Ansilta, with seven peaks scraping the sky at between 5130m and 5885m.

The magnificent and challenging Fitz Roy Range, in southern Patagonia near El Chaltén, is one of the world’s top mountaineering destinations, while the mountains of Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi offer fun for all levels.

Rock Climbing

Patagonia’s Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, home to Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, is one of the world’s most important rock-climbing destinations. Cerro Torre is considered one of the five toughest climbs on the planet. The nearby town of El Chaltén is a climber’s haven, and several shops offer lessons and rent equipment. If you don’t have the time or talent for climbs of Cerro Torre’s magnitude, there are plenty of other options.

Los Gigantes, in the Central Sierras, is fast becoming the country’s de facto rock-climbing capital and has lots of high-quality granite. There’s also climbing around Carolina.

In Mendoza province, Los Molles is a small, friendly hub for rock climbing, and there’s more nearby at Chigüido (near Malargüe). Around Mendoza city are the draws of Los Arenales and El Salto.

There’s good climbing around Bariloche – Cerro Catedral especially has popular crags. Finally, in the Pampas, there’s some climbing in Tandil and Mar del Plata.

MUSH, FIDO, MUSH!

You can’t say you’ve done it all until you’ve tried dogsledding, and Argentina’s a great place to start. Obviously, this activity is possible only when there’s snow, during the winter months of June to October – though in Ushuaia the season might be longer. Here are a few places to check out:

Caviahue A village on the flanks of Volcán Copahue.

San Martín de los Andes A picturesque town north of Bariloche.

Ushuaia The southernmost city in the world!

Fishing

Together, Patagonia and the Lake District constitute one of the world’s premier fly-fishing destinations, where introduced trout species (brown, brook, lake and rainbow) and landlocked Atlantic salmon reach massive sizes in cold rivers surrounded by spectacular scenery. It’s an angler’s paradise.

In the Lake District, Junín de los Andes is the self-proclaimed trout capital of Argentina, and lining up a guide to take you to Parque Nacional Lanín’s superb trout streams is easy. Nearby Aluminé sits on the banks of Río Aluminé, one of the country’s most highly regarded trout streams. Bariloche and Villa la Angostura are other excellent bases.

Further south, Parque Nacional Los Alerces (near Esquel) has outstanding lakes and rivers. From El Chaltén, you can do day trips to Lago del Desierto or Laguna Larga. Río Gallegos is a superb fly-fishing destination. Other important Patagonian rivers include Río Negro and Río Santa Cruz.

The city of Río Grande, on Tierra del Fuego, is world famous for its fly-fishing. Its eponymous river holds some of the largest sea-run brown trout in the world.

Deep-sea fishing is possible in Camarones and Puerto Deseado; near Gobernador Gregores there’s a lake with salmon and rainbow trout.

In subtropical northeast Argentina, the wide Río Paraná attracts fly-fishers, spin fishers and trollers from around the world, who pull in massive river species, such as surubí (a huge catfish) and dorado (a trout-like freshwater game fish). The dorado, not to be confused with the saltwater mahi-mahi, is a powerful swimmer and one of the most exciting fish to catch on a fly.

Guides & Services

In smaller towns such as Junín de los Andes, you can usually go to the local tourist office and request a list of local fishing guides or operators. Another good option for independent anglers heading to the Lake District is the Asociación de Guías Profesionales de Pesca Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi y Patagonia Norte (www.guiaspatagonicos.com.ar), which maintains a list and contact details of licensed guides for northern Patagonia and the Lake District. For information about fly-fishing, contact Asociación Argentina de Pesca con Mosca (www.aapm.org.ar).

Many anglers use tour agencies based outside Argentina for guided fishing excursions.

Rules & Regulations

In the Lake District and Patagonia, the season runs from November through April or May. In the northeast, the season runs from February to October. Certain lakes and streams on private land may stay open longer.

Trout fishing is almost always mandatory catch and release. Throughout Patagonia (including the Lake District), native species should always be thrown back. These are usually smaller than trout and include perca (perch), puyen (common galaxias, a narrow fish native to the southern hemisphere), Patagonian pejerrey and the rare peladilla.

Fishing licenses are required and available at tackle shops, clubs de caza y pesca (hunting and fishing clubs), and sometimes at tourist offices and YPF gas stations.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Argentina’s mountains have outstanding skiing, offering superb powder and plenty of sunny days. Many resorts have large ski schools with instructors from all over the world, so language is not a problem. At some of the older resorts, equipment can be a little antiquated, but in general the quality of skiing more than compensates.

There are three main snow-sport areas: Mendoza, the Lake District and Ushuaia. Mendoza is near Argentina’s premier resort, Las Leñas, which has the best snow and longest runs; the resort Los Penitentes is also nearby. The Lake District is home to several low-key resorts, including Cerro Catedral, near Bariloche, and Cerro Chapelco, near San Martín de los Andes. Although the snow doesn’t get as powdery here, the views are superior to Las Leñas. And Esquel, further south in Patagonia, has great powder at La Hoya.

The world’s most southerly commercial skiing is near Ushuaia. The ski season everywhere generally runs from mid-June to mid-October.

Off-piste skiing, Cerro Chapelco | ERICSMANDES/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Cycling

Cycling is a popular activity among Argentines, and spandex-clad cyclists are a common sight along many roads (despite a decided lack of bike lanes in the country). There are some outstanding paved routes, especially in the Lake District and, to a lesser extent, in the Andean northwest.

In the northwest, there are several excellent road routes, including the highway from Tucumán to Tafí del Valle, the direct road from Salta to Jujuy, and, arguably most spectacular of all, RN 68, which takes you through the Quebrada de Cafayate. The Central Sierras are also great candidates for cycling, and the mostly paved network of roads rolls past a countryside that is at times reminiscent of Scotland. Mendoza boasts some epic routes through the Andes, but most are doable only for the seasoned cyclist – those lacking thighs of glory can entertain themselves by pedaling between wineries in Maipú.

In the Lake District’s Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, there are several excellent loops (including the Circuito Chico) that skirt gorgeous lakes and take in some of Patagonia’s most spectacular scenery. Cyclists often take their bikes on the Cruce de Lagos, a famous two-day boat-bus journey across the Andes to Chile.

Patagonia is a popular and mythical destination, with its desolate, beautiful landscapes and wide-open skies. However, be ready for fierce, multidirectional winds and rough gravel roads. Take four-season gear, even in summer, when long days and relatively warm weather make for the best touring. The classic road down here is RN 40, but cycling is tough because of the winds and lack of water; most cyclists alternate sections with Chile’s Carretera Austral.

In recent years, Buenos Aires has become a more bike-friendly destination, with an expanding system of dedicated bike lanes, along with a free bike-share program. Mendoza and Córdoba also have some dedicated bike lanes.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is fairly undeveloped in Argentina and you’ll find few places have true single tracks for mountain bikers. However, at most outdoor hubs (such as Bariloche) you can rent a mountain bike for a day of independent pedaling or for guided mountain-bike rides – a fantastic way to see parts of an area you wouldn’t otherwise explore.

Good places with mountain-bike rentals include San Martín de los Andes, Villa la Angostura, Bariloche and El Bolsón in the Lake District; Esquel in Patagonia; Mendoza and Uspallata in Mendoza province; Barreal in San Juan province; Tilcara in the Andean Northwest; and Tandil in La Pampa province.

CATCHING THE WIND

From around the world, windsurfing and kiteboarding fanatics drag an insane amount of gear to an isolated spot in the central Andes: Dique Cuesta del Viento, literally ‘slope of the wind reservoir.’ The reservoir, near the small village of Rodeo in San Juan province, is one of the best wind-sports destinations on the planet. Its consistent and extremely powerful wind blows every afternoon, without fail, from October to early May. We checked it out and it blew us away!

White-Water Rafting & Kayaking

Currently, Río Mendoza and Río Diamante in Mendoza province are the reigning white-water destinations, while Río Juramento near Salta is an exciting alternative.

If you want great scenery, however, it’s all about Patagonia. The Río Hua Hum and Río Meliquina, near San Martín de los Andes, and Río Limay

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