A lot of us are busy dreaming of and planning the holidays that we will take in 2023. And why not? There’s so much of the world that needs to be seen and explored, and now that Covid is behind us, we want to travel more. And that is why, we are suggesting that Argentina make your travel bucket list.
A destination of endless adventure, Argentina is home to some of the most diverse natural landscapes in the world. From the snow-capped mountains of Patagonia to the lush jungles and waterfalls of Misiones, visitors can enjoy a wealth of life-changing experiences in one trip alone. With the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions to the country, the reinstatement of the direct flight from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires with British Airways from 26 March 2023, and the launch of the digital nomad visa, there has never been a better time to discover some of the incredible adventures awaiting travellers in Argentina.
There are multiple reasons why you should visit this beautiful country, and tons of things to do once you are there. For now, we will list the top 5 ones here:
Stargaze surrounded by spectacular landscapes
With its clear, dark skies, Argentina is one of the best destinations in the world for a year-round stargazing experience. Argentina’s national Astro tourism capital, El Leoncito National Park in San Juan, is located at 2,552 metres above sea level and is home to Argentina’s biggest diameter telescope. El Leoncito National Park is also perfect for hiking, with beautiful waterfalls and trails to explore. Other stargazing spots include Salto Encantado Provincial Park in Misiones with spectacular natural surroundings and Ampimpa Observatory in Tucumán which is one of the country’s most educational observatories.
Discover the vineyards of Mendoza
Producing 78% of Argentina’s wine, and home to over 1,200 wineries, Mendoza Province is renowned for its rolling vineyards, winery tours and cosmopolitan downtown area. But drinking wine is not the only activity to enjoy in this world-class wine region. Cycle around the vineyards and soak up the fascinating panoramic views, try harvesting your own Malbec with the help of a local wine expert, relax in a yoga class among the vineyards, or stay in one of the many cabins or hotels at the foot of the Andes Mountain range.
Explore the capital, Buenos Aires
With the return of the British Airways direct flight from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires from 26 March 2023, now is the perfect time to discover Argentina’s vibrant capital. The city’s historic centre plays an important role and visitors can tour the famous Casa Rosada, Argentina’s Government House, and explore San Telmo, the oldest neighbourhood in the city and the tango mecca, with colonial buildings, antique shops and small cafes. Wander the streets of the trendy Palermo neighbourhood, home to independent boutiques and murals, and enjoy beautiful landscapes and local gastronomy in Tigre.
Embark on one of 17 nature routes with La Ruta Natural
Experience the natural beauty and scenic attractions of Argentina with La Ruta Natural (The Natural Route), a new tourism website offering detailed tips to help travellers plan their trips in a responsible, sustainable way. With 17 routes across the whole country, visitors can enjoy experiences including scuba diving in the Patagonian Sea, meeting the indigenous Qom community in Chaco, witnessing awe-inspiring landscapes such as Ischigualasto and seeing a host of wildlife, from emperor penguins near Ushuaia to capuchin monkeys in Iguazú National Park.
Visit the 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Argentina is home to 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – including five natural and six cultural sites – each offering a completely unique experience. Travellers can join a guided hiking tour in Los Glaciares National Park to Perito Moreno, the most famous glacier in the country, or discover the exceptional cave paintings over 9300 years old in Cueva de los Manos (the Cave of Hands) in Santa Cruz. Sites also include the Natural Parks of Ischigualasto and Talampaya with impressive red geological formations, and the Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis – the remains of five Jesuit missions built during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Are you inspired to explore Argentina? Let us know. Or if you have been there once but are aching to go there again, do leave us a comment as well.