Argentina Travel Guide

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From the urbane streets of Buenos Aires to the jungle by Iguaza Falls and the rugged terrain of Patagonia, Argentina travel offers a study in extremes—a perfectly poised balance between wilderness and sophistication. This South American country has seen its share of political and economic turmoil over the years, but the geography of the Argentina nicely mirrors the diversity of the cultures that populate it. When you visit Argentina you’ll find the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires, as well as a tranquil coastline, the exquisite (but unforgiving) beauty of the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the rich wine country of Mendoza. Read on in this Argentina travel guide to embark on a rich South American vacation:

Things Not to Miss in Argentina

• Trying your hand (or feet) at the tango
 • Standing in the Playa de Mayo in Buenos Aires
 • Wandering the cobblestoned streets of San Telmo in Buenos Aires
 • Seeing the Iguazu Falls
 • Sampling a local Malbec, perhaps at one of the local parrillas, or steak houses
 • Sitting in the stands for a futbol match
 • Driving through the Lake District
 • Explore Cordova, a university town with Colonial architecture

When to Go to Argentina

The best time to travel to Argentina depends on where you want to focus your trip. Some factors to consider: Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia. You’ll find fewer crowds in Buenos Aires during the summer, but it can get hot, too. The prime time to visit Buenos Aires is in the spring (September through November), when the temperatures are cool and the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.

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