Argentina might not enjoy the hype that Brazil, Bolivia or Colombia do, but with scenery to rival the best in the world and endless exciting activities, it might just be the jewel in South America's crown. If you're looking for incredible things to do in Argentina, then look no further. In this blog post, I'm going to run through the best things to do in Argentina when it comes to eating, hiking and seeing the sights. Whether you're looking to eat and drink your way from north to south, see mother nature at her very, very best or adventure in the wilderness, there is something for everyone in Argentina. Here's a shortlist of just some of the incredible experiences this beautiful country can offer.
Experience the nightlife in Palermo. As the sun goes down, Buenos Aires comes to life, and nowhere more so than in the Palermo district. Grab a cocktail or craft beer from one of the many bars and settle in to watch the hustle and bustle, as tourists and locals fill the streets, ready for a good time.
Explore the vibrant food scene. Whatever your taste and whatever your diet, Argentina is a playground for foodies. Experience a traditional Argentine 'asado' (barbecue) or pick up a mind-blowingly tasty empanada in Buenos Aires.
Search for hidden gems in San Telmo. Beautiful San Telmo is the oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. It's full of art and artists and is known for its cobblestone streets and antique markets. Shop until your feet hurt and then find yourself at the San Telmo Market - a sprawling array of cute, independent food stalls.
Stamp, clap, sing and shout along with the locals at a football match. Whether you're a sports enthusiast or not, the atmosphere at a football match in the Boca Juniors' home, La Bonbonera, is electric. Make sure you're wearing the home team colours, then join the passionate fans cheering their team, as the sun sets over the beautiful old stadium.
Get your skates on and explore Buenos Aires' parks. Strolling through one of Buenos Aires' many beautiful parks, you'd be forgiven for forgetting you were in a capital city. Whether it's the Rosedal rose gardens or the sprawling Bosques de Palermo, this city is spilling over with green space. To explore them like the locals, pick up a pair of roller skates and whip along the perfectly maintained pathways, wind in your hair.
Be lost for words at the sight of Iguazu Falls... Made up of over 275 falls, there's a reason Iguazu draws so many visitors. If you're prepared to embrace the crowds, you'll be rewarded with one of the most breath-taking sights in the world. The scale of the falls is hard to describe until you've seen it. Hike the 'superior' and 'inferior' trails for different perspectives, and end up at the famous Devil's Throat for a real sense of mother nature's power.
Explore the Argentine way – on horseback! Get a real gaucho experience by checking into a homestay on a ranch and helping care for the horses. Be rewarded with an exhilarating ride through beautiful Argentinian landscapes. Try the province of Cordoba for authentic ‘estancias’, folk music and family vibes.
Visit the ‘end of the world’ in Ushuaia. Where better to end your trip than at the world’s most southern city, Ushuaia. Feel almost in touching distance of Antarctica as you sip a hot chocolate and look out for the many penguin and seal colonies that make the surrounding islands their home.