The famous capital, Buenos Aires, is the most visited city in South America and a place like no other. Of course, there’s fancy cosmopolitan boutiques, top of the line nightlife and gourmet cuisine. However, it’s the classic, unpolished side of the city that makes it a world wide traveller’s magnet.
*San Telmo (map) is the oldest neighbourhood of the city and a good place to indulge in the city vibe of cafés, street artists, tango parlors and antique markets in a colonial surrounding. Some of the main sights include Recoleta’s cemetery (map) and the Plaza de Mayo (map).
Mendoza (map) is a lively yet laid-back town, characterized by broad avenues. It’s famous as a wine capital far beyond the borders of Argentina and a perfect starting point for the Argentina Wine Route along the hundreds of wineries in the area.
Mar del Plata (map) is a tourist city with huge beaches on the Atlantic. San Rafael (map) heart of Mendoza, where the best wines in Argentina are made, with its imposing Atuel Canyon (map), the valleys of Barreal (map) of Iglesia, in San Juan highlighting the adventure tourism.
The old university city *Córdoba (map) is known for its particular musical culture with the cuarteto as its number one music style. The city also boasts some of the best colonial heritage sights in the country. Bariloche (map), also at the base of the Andes mountains, is a major tourist destination, popular for its skiing opportunities, lovely beaches and chocolate shops.
With some 30 national parks in the country, there’s always a good place nearby to see some of the country’s natural wonders. A highlight in the subtropical north are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls (map), easily one of the most impressive waterfalls on earth or the famous Perito Moreno Glacier (map) (*List of national parks of Argentina)
Other great destinations for nature lovers include the *Ibera wetlands (map) (with the most diverse fauna in the country) and Talampaya National Park (map), a primary site for archaeological and palaeontological finds.
Many ruins of the ancient Jesuit missions – some of which have been covered by the jungle – are located near *Posadas (map). The most well-known ruins are in *San Ignacio Miní, 56 km away from the province’s capital. The ones in Candelaria, Loreto, Santa Ana and Santa María are also very interesting. These Jesuit reductions were declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.