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The 10 best activities in Argentina

Argentina is a country many of us have firmly placed at the top of our travel bucket list. To make the most of your experience, you need to try out the 10 best activities in Argentina.
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The Argentine Republic, or simply Argentina, as it is better known, is a country many of us have traveled to multiple times or have firmly placed at the top of our travel bucket list, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to visit. There is a good reason for this, considering this country is famous for many things, including Tango, steak, Patagonia, and wine. To make the most of your Argentine experience, you need to try out the ten best activities in Argentina.

Argentina is the largest Spanish-speaking country by area, with a population of 45.38 million (as of 2020), so you can imagine that you will have a lot of ground to cover when attempting to explore this fantastic spot in a short time. One of the best things to do when traveling to any country, especially Argentina, is to contact a ‘Destination Expert,’ who can help you discover all the main things to see, even if you are short on time. Then again, if time is on your side, you can quickly tick off a few of these ten activities that we are about to recommend to you, ensuring you get the whole and eclectic Argentine experience. 

Let the inspiration begin now!

Take a Wine Tasting Tour

The 10 best activities in Argentina
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Anyone who likes a nice glass of wine on occasion and perhaps takes their wine seriously will know that Argentina is world-famous for its top-class wine, Malbec in particular. Argentina makes three-quarters of the world’s Malbec, so you need to go wine tasting when in Argentina. 

The most famous regions for winemaking are Mendoza, Salta, Rio Negro, Catamarca, La Rioja, Neuquen, and San Juan. If you thought Malbec was the only wine available, you would be glad to know that you will find Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc varieties here. Many accommodations will have connections to some wineries, and it may be bookable through them, but it is also worth looking around yourself to see what you might find.

For inspiration, check out these wine-inclusive tours in Argentina organized by Baboo’s amazing Local Experts:

Visit Patagonia

The 10 best activities in Argentina

Patagonia is a place that we have all dreamt about visiting, and when in Argentina, this should take high priority because what you will see will be otherworldly. Although the southernmost area of South America is divided between Chile and Argentina by the Andes, both sides have vastly different landscapes, with Argentina displaying grasslands and deserts. In contrast, Chile shows a more glacial landscape. 

This region is an adventurer’s dream, and many tours can take you there, including those family-oriented Patagonia Tour and  Self-drive Tour in Patagonia, where you can stop wherever you like, and believe us when we say you’ll want to!

Check out these other Patagonia included tours in Argentina organized by Baboo Local Experts for ideas:

Visit Iguazu Falls

The 10 best activities in Argentina

Straddling the borders of Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls are not one giant waterfall but a group of around 275 of them, which make up the most extensive system of waterfalls in the world. Here, you can access various viewpoints for a range of views and photo opportunities, and boat trips to get you up close and personal with these natural wonders of the world.

Have a look at Baboo Local Experts’ Argentina-based Iguazu Falls tours:

Attend a Tango Show

The 10 best activities in Argentina

Attending a Tango & Dinner show is an absolute must-do activity in Argentina, specifically Buenos Aires, where Tango hails from. The evening event is top-rated and will give you chills as you watch some world-class dancers perform on stage and enjoy dinner and drinks.

If you’re interested in Argentina dance culture, check out Baboo Local Experts’ Tango-themed tours:

Go Horse-riding with the Gauchos

The 10 best activities in Argentina

A Gaucho is an Argentinian cowboy, and they are responsible for rounding up cattle on horseback, making them proud and highly skilled horse riders. They have gained a heroic symbol status in Argentina, so if you get the opportunity to go horse riding with a real-life Gaucho, you should do it. This will be an experience of a lifetime and an excellent opportunity to hear stories of what Gaucho’s life is like.

Have a look at our local specialists’ incredible Gaucho escapades in Argentina:

Visit Ushuaia

The 10 best activities in Argentina

Ushuaia is a world-famous city known as the most southerly city in the world. It is the starting point for cruises to Antarctica, so you will most certainly be traveling to this incredible place if that is on your list. It is famed for its marine life, fantastic scenery, and proximity to islands home to penguins. Taking a trip to ‘The End of The World‘ is a must-do activity in Argentina.

Explore Ushuaia with our Argentina Local Experts on some of the most unforgettable excursions in the region:

Take a cruise to Perito Moreno Glacier

The 10 best activities in Argentina

While in the region of Patagonia, there will be so many things to see and do, but one thing, in particular, is the Perito Moreno Glacier: the world’s third-largest reserve of freshwater Argentina’s most impressive things to see. 

At an enormous size of 254kmsq, this glacier measures 19 miles long, 3 miles wide, and 730 meters thick and sees 100-ton blocks of ice occasionally come crashing down into the waters below. There are options to sail right up towards the icy wall with your tour boat or pop on some crampons and trek across the surface if you want a little more of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is an activity in Argentina that you will not forget, and it might even inspire you to get more active on your South American adventure.

Meet massive glaciers, rugged mountains and wide open, star-lit skies on Baboo Local Expert’s incredible tour to El Calafate and Torres del Paine:

Go trekking in the Andes

The 10 best activities in Argentina

It is no surprise that people flock to Argentina every year to discover the landscapes by foot, especially now that we know that Argentina has some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world. In addition, some excellent trekking is on offer in the Andes mountains, so pack well for an outdoor adventure.

Take a look at the amazing Argentina-based Andean adventures recommended by our Local Experts:

Hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park

The 10 best activities in Argentina

Tierra del Fuego is a great region in Patagonia to go hiking, and some of the variety of hiking trails available include, but are not limited to:

  • Cerro Guanaco Summit – 13.5km/8.4miles
  • Senda Costera Hike – 21.7km/13.4miles
  • Esmeralda Lagoon Trail – 8.7km/5.4miles
  • Cerro del Medio – 10.1km/6.2miles
  • Vinciguerra Glacier Trail – 10.5km/6.5miles

Always remember to be prepared when hiking, including having enough food, warm clothing, waterproof clothing/footwear, first aid kit, and always tell somebody where you are going. 

Visit the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats

The 10 best activities in Argentina

At an altitude of 3450m above sea level, these salt flats, which are in the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, are one of the best activities to experience for a reason. The massive area of 212kmsq is covered in salt and famed for its white desert-like landscape. It is the third-largest salt flat landscape globally, and although it is certainly not as big as Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, it should not be missed when in Argentina. 

You will be mesmerized by the expansive, snow-like landscape that seems never-ending in one direction. Still, from another perspective, you will see the backdrop of the red Andes mountains, which are a remarkable contrast against the salt.

Take advantage of our local experts’ remarkable journeys to Argentina and visit the country’s famous salt flats:

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