Top Five To-Dos in Argentina
Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires
- Eva Peron’s final resting place, enchanting Recoleta Cemetery is a welcome respite from the fast-paced and noise-filled city around it. Shady lanes, stray cats and inviting benches add to its charm.
- Tips: It is highly recommended that you hire a guide for a short tour to get all the juicy anecdotes. Be sure to ask about guide fees at the official tourist information booth at the entrance to the cemetery. (There is no entrance fee to the cemetery itself.)
Tango Show in Buenos Aires
- To get to know the soul of Argentine culture, experience a tango show. The dance was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists in 2009. Its origins in the crowded lower-class barrios of Buenos Aires tell a colorful yet bleak story of European immigrants in the late 19th century.
- Tips: Tango Porteño and Café de los Angelitos both put on exceptional shows.
- The majestic waterfalls of Iguazu (also spelled Iguassu and Iguaçu) sprawl almost 2 miles along the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
- Set in the lush rainforest of Misiones province, they were the backdrop of Jeremy Irons’ epic scene in the movie The Mission and named one of the Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011.
- Iguazu is easily combinable with a trip to Buenos Aires. Just hop a short flight from El Aeroparque, the national airport located right in the heart of Buenos Aires.
- Tips: Two nights in Iguazu is plenty, and there is no need to cross the border for a glimpse from the Brazilian side of the falls. There are long lines at Immigration, and US citizens must get the $140 Brazilian visa in advance.
- Home of Argentina’s signature Red Malbec, Mendoza Province is alive with a vibrant wine scene and fantastic wine tour options and accommodations, from boutique hotels to large ranches.
- Mendoza is conveniently located in close proximity to Buenos Aires. Just take a short flight from El Aeroparque, the national airport located right in the heart of Buenos Aires.
- Tips: Ideally spend 3 nights in Mendoza to enjoy wine-tasting as well as outdoor activities (from rafting to hiking to biking) to the fullest.
Perito Moreno Glacier in Southern Patagonia
- Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, the glacier sheds ice in a spectacular rupture roughly every four years. You can witness up close the falling of large sections of ice blocks and hear the roar they produce before they become wonderful floating icebergs.
- Tips: Closest city is El Calafate. There are several companies that offer trekking tours.