Mountains, lakes, deserts and vast expanses of pampas define Argentina, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the towering Andes mountain range in the west.
Top Things about Argentina
One of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls is at Iguazu in the far north east of the country, on the border with Brazil, with more than 270 separate falls stretching for over one and a half miles. Over 2,000 miles south of the waterfalls is the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, surrounded by mountains and water, remote and awe-inspiring. The ‘Valley of the Moon’, near San Juan in the west, has strange, otherworldly rock formations where dinosaur remains have been discovered, and further west are the foothills of the Andes, rising up to majestic peaks and glaciers that form the backbone of the South American continent. The endless swathes of lowlands pampas are Argentina’s agricultural heartland, with immense cattle ranches and the country’s celebrated vineyards.
Best Cities to Visit
Buenos Aires is the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, catching the eye with its European-style architecture and its rich cultural mix. Situated on the River Plate opposite Uruguay in the northeast, Argentina’s largest city is the gateway to the country. Córdoba, in the centre of the country, is the second biggest city, and is full of historical monuments dating back to Spanish colonial times. The city’s nightlife is renowned for its hundreds of late night bars and clubs. Museums and one of the world’s best planetariums are features of Rosario, on the Paraná River to the north west of Buenos Aires.
From luxury hotels to backpackers’ hostels, Argentina’s cities and towns have accommodation to suit every budget. With choices ranging from bed and breakfasts to guesthouses, and apartments to hotels for every part of the market, it is easy to find the right place to stay when visiting any part of Argentina.