You could be forgiven for thinking that all of the top Argentina tourist attractions are crammed into the city of Buenos Aires. However, this isn’t the case at all.
While this massive city has some amazing sights, there is also plenty more to be discovered in the 8th biggest country on the planet.
North Argentina Tourist Attractions: Salta and Tucuman
What can expect to find in the north of Argentina? It’s probably just a desert wasteland, right? Well, I have travelled through this region plenty of times and I love it.
The first thing you should know about the north of Argentina is that it is massive but lightly populated. You won’t see much desert, though. Rather, you will see awesome fields of orange trees and sugar cane that just stretch out into the distance. The distances here are huge and a bus trip from Buenos Aires to Salta takes the best part of a day.
It is worth it, though. Salta is a cute, laid back city that feels on a different planet from the noise and bustle of the capital. The main plaza here has a lovely cathedral and the people are famously friendly too.
Salta is probably the best city in this region but the North of Argentina tourist attractions also include the fine city of San Miguel de Tucuman (commonly just called Tucuman). Here, you will find the historic building where the country’s independence was declared and where a daily show is carried out in honour of this.
Tucuman has a stunning plaza and one of the biggest city parks you will ever see. It is famous for its magnificent climate and for having a great culture scene. I have also visited here a few times and feel that it offers a little less for tourists than Salta but is bigger and possibly a better place to live.
Cordoba and Its Surroundings
The city of Cordoba is the second biggest in the country and has a lot to offer tourists. The first things people told me about this city are that the people are famously friendly and that they have a funny accent. The first point certainly seemed to be true, while my problems in understanding the local accent could be down to the second point.
Few of the most obvious Argentina tourist attractions are found here but it is a cool place to spend some time. There are some atmospheric old religious buildings in the city and Paseo del Buen Pastor seems to be the place where the locals head to when they want to meet up.
Most of the main attractions here seem to be outside of the city itself. For example, I took the wildly popular train ride out to Cosquin but had to get the bus back to Cordoba, as all of the carriages on the return trip jam-packed 10 minutes before the departure time. An annual music festival is held in Cosquin but at other times of year it is a peaceful place to head for a barbecue and a quiet stroll round the small town.
The nearby Carlos Paz is where many Argentine celebrities head to during the summer months, as the many local theatres become the cultural centre of the nation for a period. The other big attraction here is a cuckoo clock that, well, to be honest it regularly leaves crowds of eager tourists a bit disappointed with its feeble display every hour. Nevertheless, this is another easy day trip well worth making, with a cheap bus journey from Cordoba taking just a couple of hours.
Other Top Argentina Tourist Attractions
The rest of Argentina has enough in it to keep you travelling for years. The Iguauzu Falls, Bariloche, Mar Del Plata, Mendoza, Corrientes and Ushuaia are all places well worth exploring and very different from the country’s cosmopolitan capital.
The people, the scenery, the weather and the food as you explore the different regions of this country but the feeling of being somewhere very special never goes away.
If you are planning on visiting here, then the very best piece of advice you can receive, is to make it a long trip. Even with a couple of months in Argentina you are unlikely to feel that you have had more than a tantalising taste of a huge country. However, it will be enough to let you see that there is a lot more to see and do here than just visit Buenos Aires.
Argentina Tourist Attractions – by Robert Bell
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