Why visit Argentina? I’m here to tell you why! These 15 reasons should be enough to convince you that Argentina is one of the most amazing countries in the world – and very much worth visiting.
With so many incredible destinations in the world just begging you to visit them, it can be hard to decide where to go next. I know that my own list of must-visit destinations is longer than my arm!
But if you’re looking for a country with diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, moreish food and warm hospitality, then Argentina should be at the top of your list.
Located at the bottom of South America, it’s a long journey to get here – but it’s so worth it.
Trust me when I say that visiting Argentina should be a priority. I lived in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, for two years and fell in love with the country. During that time, I travelled all around the country, ate so much food and was awed by its beauty.
So, if you still need some convincing that Argentina is the place for you, here are 15 reasons why you should make Argentina your next travel destination.
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1. The capital city
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a city that pulsates with life. The city blends European elegance and Latin American passion – and most people fall in love with it. I did!
It’s a must-visit destination when you travel to Argentina. Not just because it’s where most flights land, but because this city is worthy of several days on your Argentina itinerary.
This “Paris of South America” (although Argentines hate it called that), known for its stunning architecture, diverse neighbourhoods, sweeping boulevards and beautiful parks, has a charm (and, yes, a grittiness) that’s all its own.
From the colourful, bohemian streets of La Boca and the antique markets of San Telmo, to the chic boutiques and hip cafes in Palermo, Buenos Aires will get under your skin.
It’s here you can taste your first bites of Argentina’s famous cuisine (more on that later) or sip Malbec or Torrontés.
If you’re a night owl, then spend the evening in a tango bar or dance until the wee hours in one of Buenos Aires’ boliches (nightclubs).
Buenos Aires is undoubtedly one of the world’s best cities to visit and a great way to kick off a visit to Argentina.
2. The diversity of places
If you’re wondering whether you should visit Argentina, then know that the country has something for everyone.
In the north of Argentina, you’ll surprising rock formations, taste incredible wines and experience a culture that is distinctly different to other areas of Argentina.
The stark desert landscape makes this part of the country my absolute favourite region to visit. A northern Argentina road trip is the best way to travel through the area. Along the way, you’ll see salt flats, colourful mountain ranges and lunar-like landscapes.
As you venture south, the landscape transitions into the fertile Pampas, a vast expanse of grasslands that is the heartland of the gaucho (Argentine cowboy) culture.
Here, you can visit traditional estancias (ranches), experience the gaucho lifestyle and indulge in the renowned Argentine barbecue or asado.
Further south lies the famed region of Patagonia. Rugged, pristine wilderness makes the perfect setting for hiking, fishing and wildlife spotting.
The Ruta de los Siete Lagos is one of my favourite drives, winding through a series of crisp blue lakes and flower-filled fields.
3. The natural wonders
Argentina is home to many impressive natural sites, many recognised by UNESCO.
In the northeast, you’ll find the incredible Iguazu Falls. Stretching nearly 3km and reaching over 80m high, they’re an awe-inspiring sight. The falls are surrounded by a rainforest dense with diverse wildlife, making it a key area for biodiversity.
These waterfalls are shared by Argentina and Brazil and it’s worth visiting both sides – but, of course, I think the Argentina side is far more impressive!
Further down, Tierra del Fuego National Park offers an interesting change of scenery. This area, located at the southernmost tip of South America, is filled with plains, sharp peaks, and wind-shaped forests. Despite its rough conditions, it’s home to a variety of wildlife, including Andean condors, guanacos and the elusive Fuegian red fox.
In the Patagonian region, you can visit Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This giant ice formation is one of the few glaciers in the world that’s still growing. It’s an impressive sight, whether you see it from the viewing platforms or try ice-trekking on it.
The sharp, echoing crack of the ice calving off the glacier is a sound I’ll never forget.
So, if you appreciate nature and adventure, Argentina has some stellar spots to see.
4. The food
Think Argentina and I bet you think food, right?
Argentina, the land of the famed asado, is a paradise for meat lovers. Asado isn’t just barbecue: it’s an art form in Argentina and a family tradition, with many a Sunday spent around the parrilla (grill). Pair it with a glass of full-bodied Malbec and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
Beyond steak, Argentina’s food scene has many cultural influences. Empanadas – pastries filled with meat, cheese or vegetables – are a staple snack, and each region has its own unique variation.
On the street, you’ll find choripan (chorizo sausage in bread with chimichurri sauce) and lomito (steak sandwiches).
The Italian influence is particularly noticeable in the country’s culinary scene. Pizzas and fresh pasta are as ubiquitous as the traditional asado.
While Argentina may be most famous for meat, they don’t skimp on sweets. The country’s helado (ice cream) is arguably the best (or even better!) outside Italy.
Dulce de leche, a sweet, caramel-like spread, is another highlight of Argentina’s culinary offerings. It graces everything from flaky pastries to pancakes and even ice cream. (There was always a jar in our fridge in Buenos Aires – although it never lasted long!)
No visit to Argentina is complete without trying as much food as possible.
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5. The wine
Argentinian wine isn’t just good, it’s world-renowned.
Argentina is the sixth largest wine producer globally and home to some spectacular wineries. Among the vineyards, the Mendoza region stands out – it’s the heart and soul of Argentina’s wine country, producing nearly 70% of the country’s wine.
The star of the show is Argentina’s signature grape, Malbec. This grape flourishes in the high altitude and sunny climate of Mendoza, resulting in deep, full-bodied reds.
But Malbec isn’t the only grape that thrives in Argentina. You’ll also find excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Torrontés (an aromatic white wine native to Argentina – and one of my favourites).
You can try wine in any restaurant or head to the vineyards in Cafayate or Mendoza. Wine tasting here isn’t snobby at all, and the wineries are usually located among spectacular scenery.
6. The culture
Argentinians are rightly proud of their rich traditions and artistic expression. You may think you’re coming to Argentina for the food, wine and landscapes, but I guarantee the culture will also capture your attention.
The most famous dance of all, the tango is an integral part of Argentine identity. Watch this stirring blend of music and passion at a street performance in Buenos Aires or try the sensual dance yourself with a tango lesson.
Not as famous as the tango but just as important is folklorica, a traditional music style that has its roots in the north of the country.
You’ll more likely find this music and dance outside of Buenos Aires. Folklorica performances are a common fixture in local festivities, and you won’t be able to stop your feet tapping along. Or find yourself a peña, a popular event where musicians gather to play traditional tunes – the best ones can be found in Salta.
The literary scene in Argentina is also noteworthy. This is the land that gave birth to great writers like Jorge Luis Borges and Ernesto Sabato. Buenos Aires is a book lover’s paradise with its countless bookshops and literary cafés. The annual Buenos Aires Book Fair is a highlight for bibliophiles, bringing together authors, publishers and book lovers from around the world.
7. The passion
You’ve never seen more passionate fans than Argentine soccer fans. Did you see how the country celebrated its World Cup win in 2022?!
The sport – fútbol to Argentines – is practically a religion here, and attending a game at the legendary La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires is an unforgettable experience. The intense atmosphere, complete with singing, chanting and flares, is exhilarating and at times overwhelming.
But it’s not just soccer that Argentinians are passionate about. They also love their food, their wine, their art – basically, anything that brings them joy.
And their passion is infectious. Talk to an Argentine for just a little while and you’ll find yourself getting drawn up into their excitement and energy.
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8. The wildlife
Argentina’s wildlife is incredibly diverse, making the country a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.
The southern region of Patagonia is where you’ll see penguins in their natural habitat. Punta Tombo is home to the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins. Watching these majestic creatures waddle along the beach is such a special experience.
For more aquatic wildlife, head to Peninsula Valdés. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for whale watching, particularly the magnificent Southern Right Whales that visit between June and December (August to October are the best months to see them). The sight of these majestic creatures breaching the surface is truly awe-inspiring.
Peninsula Valdes is also home to several species of penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and more.
If bird watching is more your speed, the Iberá Wetlands, Argentina’s hidden gem, will not disappoint. This expansive marshland is teeming with over 350 bird species, including herons, storks and hawks. Its serene waters and lush vegetation are an unspoiled paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike.
But it’s not just about birds. The Iberá Wetlands is also home to the elusive jaguar, one of the largest and most endangered big cats in the world.
9. The beautiful estancias
One of the best places to stay in Argentina is at an estancia. An estancia is a large, traditional ranch or farm that’s a unique and authentic experience for visitors.
These properties are scattered throughout the country, with different activities such as horseback riding, hiking and even cooking classes.
They’re located all over the countryside, including several estancias near Buenos Aires. This makes them a perfect option for a day trip or weekend getaway from the city.
Can’t stay overnight? Then you can easily take a day trip and enjoy an asado and cultural activities.
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10. The affordability
Argentina offers a remarkable value for money. While this, sadly, is because of economic challenges in the country, it makes Argentina an attractive destination for travellers.
The cost of food, accommodation and activities are generally less expensive than in many other countries, allowing you to experience more for less, particularly if you take advantage of the blue market in Argentina. For a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay in a city in the United States or Europe, you can dine out in Buenos Aires with a three-course meal with a bottle of wine.
This makes Argentina very affordable. But I encourage you to help boost the economy by supporting small businesses and locally-run accommodations when you visit.
11. The adventure
Love the outdoors? Then Argentina is the destination for you.
From the towering Andes mountains to the expansive Patagonian steppe, this South American country is a playground for adventurers.
Hiking enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise here, with trails winding through the whole country. The FitzRoy trek in El Chaltén is a must-try for any trekker who relishes epic scenery.
Volcan Lanín, on the Argentina-Chile border, is a challenging yet rewarding climb for experienced mountaineers.
Ever dreamed of walking on a glacier? Perito Moreno Glacier gives you the chance. It’s a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
More into winter sports? Argentina’s ski resorts, such as Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, have world-class slopes that cater to all levels of skiers.
12. The shopping
The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive in Buenos Aires is that Argentines are pretty stylish. And shopping is a big part of the Argentine culture.
Is Argentina worth visiting if you also love shopping? Yes. The capital city has a huge range of shops and markets, from designer boutiques to flea markets.
You can find quality leather goods at affordable prices, perfect for souvenirs or gifts. A must-do is to have a custom leather jacket made for you – they can be turned around in a matter of 48 hours.
Apart from clothes and accessories, be prepared to bring home lavish amounts of wine, alfajores and dulce de leche. What’s a trip without a souvenir?
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13. The chance to disconnect
Why visit Argentina? It’s a chance to take a break from your screens and enjoy some downtime in stunning settings.
Surrounded by Argentina’s natural beauty, you can’t help but disconnect and switch off.
The country’s slow pace of life is infectious, and you’ll find yourself embracing the siesta culture in the rural areas.
Even in big cities, people take their time to connect with each other. Meals aren’t rushed, they’re to be enjoyed. The sobremesa, the conversation after a meal, is an essential part of Argentine culture and can last hours after a meal has finished.
It’s a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and I think Argentines have got it right.
14. The language
Argentines speak a different form of Spanish, known as Castellano. While it may take a little getting used to, the lilt and sing-song rhythm will have you falling in love with the language.
This rhythm has been influenced by Argentina’s Italian heritage, which also translates to big hand gestures and boisterous conversations. Listening to Argentines speak Spanish is like listening to music, and you’ll find yourself wanting to pick up the language and join in.
Even the country’s slang is fun.
And don’t worry if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch. Argentines are patient and friendly and will do their best to help you communicate.
15. The people
Last but not least, one of the top reasons you should visit Argentina is for the warm hospitality you’ll receive from the locals.
Argentines are incredibly friendly and welcoming, always willing to share their culture and traditions with visitors. They love talking and chatting and laughing and just generally enjoying life.
They’re not shy people, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself sharing mate (a type of tea that’s part of the cultural fabric of Argentina) with strangers or quickly making new friends when you visit!
Reasons to visit Argentina: Final thoughts
Argentina is a country that quickly gets under the skin of most travellers, and for good reason. It certainly got under my skin – and that’s why I love writing about this country.
From breathtaking landscapes to rich cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone in this diverse and fascinating country. Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie or simply looking for a laid-back atmosphere to recharge your batteries, Argentina has it all.
You won’t regret visiting Argentina.
Why visit Argentina: FAQs
When is the best time to visit Argentina?
The best time to visit Argentina depends on the regions you plan to explore. For Buenos Aires, spring (September to November) and autumn/fall (March to May) are ideal. For Patagonia and the south, the summer months (December to February) are the warmest.
What are the visa requirements for Argentina?
For many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia and most EU countries, no visa is required for stays of up to 90 days for tourism purposes. However, always check the latest regulations with your local Argentine embassy or consulate. iVisa can also provide advice.
Is it safe to travel to Argentina?
Overall, yes. While Argentina is generally safe for tourists, like any country it has areas of higher and lower risk. Exercise general caution, particularly in large cities where petty theft can occur. Avoid flaunting expensive belongings and always keep personal items secure. Always purchase travel insurance (read my full guide to Argentina travel insurance).
What kind of power outlets are used in Argentina?
Argentina uses Type I power outlets, and the standard voltage is 220 V, with a standard frequency of 50 Hz. Visitors from countries with different standards should bring a power adapter or converter (I like this one).
Is English widely spoken in Argentina?
While Spanish is the official language, English is taught in most urban schools and is widely understood in major cities and tourist areas. Restaurants in major cities and towns may have menus in English. However, I recommend learning a few basic phrases in Spanish to make your experience better.
What is the currency in Argentina?
The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS). Cash is king in Argentina, and you should bring US dollars or Euros to exchange on the “blue market” at a better rate than the official rate. Credit cards are accepted in major cities and tourist spots, but you’ll need cash for smaller establishments and rural areas.
What is the food like in Argentina?
Amazing! The cuisine is one of the main reasons to visit Argentina. The country is famous for its beef. Don’t miss out on other local favourites like empanadas, locro (a hearty stew) and dulce de leche, a sweet caramel-like spread.
What are some must-visit sights in Argentina?
There are many incredible places to visit in Argentina. In Buenos Aires, you can explore the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, hip Palermo and the historic Plaza de Mayo. For nature lovers, the stunning Iguazu Falls, the Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia and the rugged Andean peaks are unforgettable.
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ARGENTINA TRIP ESSENTIALS
- Book your flight to Argentina online with Skyscanner or Kayak. I usually compare flights on the two sites to find the best deals.
- Find a great hotel in Argentina. Check prices on Booking.com and HotelsCombined online.
- Check out the huge range of day tours throughout Argentina on GetYourGuide or Viator. There’s something for everyone.
- Keep those bottles of wine you’ll be buying safe in these wine bags.
- A copy of the Lonely Planet guide to Argentina will be handy. Also pick up a Spanish language guidebook to help you navigate your visit.
- One thing I always purchase is travel insurance! World Nomads offers simple and flexible travel insurance. Buy at home or while traveling and claim online from anywhere in the world.
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