There are thousands of things to do in Argentina – the country I have personally deemed the most geographically/geologically diverse I’ve ever been to. With vast and dry deserts, jagged mountains, massive glaciers, incredible waterfalls, lots of wildlife, rich culture, amazing food, colorful landscapes, and delicious food, it’s tough to decide and prioritize what to do in Argentina.
If you’re visiting Argentina, you’ll have to plan your itinerary wisely to make sure to hit all the different places you want. It’s a massive country full of every landscape imaginable, so I hope you can use my guide to the best things to do in Argentina to your advantage to pick the tours, food, and adventures that work best for your Argentina trip.
Note: this post is all about fun things to do in Argentina, organized in a bucket list style. If you’d like to read more specifically about places to visit in Argentina, click here or below (opens in a new tab). That post is organized by region and may be better to help incipient trip planning.
I also have:
- A Complete Guide to Buenos Aires (things to do)
- A 3 Day Itinerary to Iguazu Falls
- A Guide to the Salta + Jujuy regions of Northern Argentina
- A Southern Patagonia Itinerary
- A Northern Patagonia Itinerary
- A Guide to Wine Tasting in Mendoza
- A Cafayate Itinerary with Adventures + Wine
- and more Argentina tours, posts, and stories linked below!
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50 Top Things to do in Argentina: A Complete Argentina Bucket List
1. Ride the Tren a Las Nubes in Salta.
One of the lesser-known things to do in Argentina, the Tren a Las Nubes is completely underrated and probably one of the coolest attractions in the country. Translated to the ‘Train to the Clouds,’ this train ride leaves from San Antonio de Los Cobres a few hours from Salta. It is actually one of the highest altitude trains in the world, reaching over 4200m in elevation!
It used to cross the Andes mountains into Chile in order to access the Pacific Ocean (the closest ocean). Now, it draws lots of domestic visitors as an incredible tourist attraction including a road trip from Salta visiting lots of small indigenous towns along the way.
2. Watch the Sunrise Over Mt. Fitz Roy in El Chalten.
One of my most memorable moments in Argentina was seeing the tip of Mt. Fitz Roy turn pink with the rising sun. It was well worth a 4km hike in darkness to see the completely still reflection of the jagged mountaintops staring back up at me in the increasing light, and I’m sure it’ll be the same for you!
The hike is relatively easy until the last vertical kilometer, but is one of the best in Patagonia for sure. And, this sunrise is sure to be one of the best as well!
Read more about my experience in my Patagonia Itinerary.
The Polvorilla Viaduct on the Tren a Las Nubes + Sunrise at Fitz Roy are awesome things to do in Argentina.
3. Try a Real Parilla Steak in Buenos Aires.
They say Argentina has the best steak on earth, and it would be crazy not to sink your teeth into a juicy piece of meat of your own in Buenos Aires. There are some of the most world-famous steak restaurants here that will have your mouth watering.
Read more about where I had the best steak of my life in Buenos Aires in my guide right here.
4. Sip on some Malbec While Wine Tasting in Mendoza.
Mendoza has risen to one of the world’s most famous wine regions in the past ten years, and now has three different wine regions teeming with amazing quality wine. One of the best things to do in Argentina is to go wine tasting in this amazing region in general, and more specifically to sip on a glass of the most famous Argentinian varietal, Malbec.
5. Visit the Hill of 7 Colors in Purmamarca.
The colors of the mountains and landscapes in Northern Argentina are like something from another world, and the ‘Cerro de Siete Colores” or the “Hill of 7 Colors” is the perfect example of this. Northern Argentina is one of the most underrated places I’ve ever been, and I’ll shout it from the rooftops if I can!
Behind the quaint little town of Purmamarca, you’ll find this esteemed hill with strips of yellow, orange, red, pink, green, and everything in between. The colors are due to different mineral deposits, and it’s a great photo op for sure. It’s one of the must-do things to see in Argentina.
Hill of 7 Colors
6. Bike the Circuito Chico in Bariloche.
If there’s one thing you need to do in Bariloche, it’s to visit the Circuito Chico loop in between its many beautiful lakes and mountains. Lots of people rent bikes to ride this 30km loop and stop at different viewpoints, two breweries, little pebble beaches, and forests.
I would say biking is the most adventurous way to do it, but you can always drive it too! Read more about things to do in Bariloche in my Northern Patagonia Itinerary.
7. Learn Some Ancient History at the Pucara de Tilcara, an Ancient Fortress.
On the same Humahuaca Gorge Day Tour you can visit an ancient Pre-Hispanic fortress used by indigenous peoples from before the Incas. The Pucara de Tilcara was restored by students at the UBA some years ago, and you can now visit the cactus-ridden hilltop fort and gaze out at the amazing views from it.
You can also learn about ancient rituals they practiced in places of worship within the Pucara, and about how they lived through hundreds of years. Read more about my experience here.
Views from the Pucara de Tilcara and Iguazu Falls
8. Meet some Gauchos and Ride Horses Through Patagonian Estancias Near El Calafate
If there’s anywhere to catch some bona-fide gauchos, it’s in the south in Patagonia. They ride their horses through massive ‘estancias,’ or estates, out in the countryside near National Parks, glaciers, and rivers. Riding horses along these rugged and uninterrupted views can pair perfectly with a boat ride next to one of many massive glaciers!
9. Ride Your Bike Between Wineries in Cafayate
There aren’t a lot of places on Earth with many different wineries within a biking distance, but Argentina’s got one of them – and it’s incredible. Cafayate may be one of the lesser-known yet still top things to do in Argentina, but it’s one of my top recommendations if you enjoy wine and amazing scenery!
There are about a dozen wineries within about 12km of the main Northern Argentinian town of Cafayate, which you can ride between on a bike. Lots of travelers do this (I mean, not all 12 in one day of course 😛 ) along with some other amazing Cafayate activities. Read more about my time in Cafayate and check out my Cafayate itinerary here!
10. Marvel at the Largest Waterfall System in the World at Iguazu Falls
If Argentina’s not amazing enough already, you can head up into an incredible, warm, dense jungle teeming with wildlife that actually borders the largest waterfall system in the whole world, Iguazu Falls. You can take a tour of both sides and pop over into Brazil for a day to see the waterfalls from each country. Feeling the mist and feeling the extravagance of the thousands of gallons that go over the falls each second is like nothing else in the world!
Read more about my experience in Iguazu Falls in my 3-Day Itinerary from Puerto Iguazu (the city closest to the Argentinian side) here.
11. Try Some Chocolate in Argentina’s Chocolate Capital, Bariloche.
As if Bariloche wasn’t amazing enough, it has loads of confectioneries that make AMAZING chocolate in many varieties. You won’t be able to miss them while walking down the main road of town – there are truffles and fudge in every window.
But perhaps the most famous place to eat chocolate in Rapa Nui. Rapa Nui is what I have dubbed the ‘Harrods of Chocolate,’ and you can find chocolate beer, waffles, crepes, alfajores, and every possible kind of chocolate treat you can imagine. Find out more about Bariloche and where to stay in my Patagonia Itinerary.
12. Learn About Alien Conspiracy Theories in Cordoba’s Sierras Chicas.
Yep, you read that right – there are theories that there’s something fishy going on in the Sierras Chicas mountains outside of Cordoba. There are multiple videos showing strange shiny creatures walking about, lots of crop circle experiences, and strange energy shifts in the area – specifically around Capilla del Monte.
Check out this video and tell me if you believe or not! It’s spooky for sure.
Tasty Buenos Aires sandwiches in Puerto Madero
13. Get a Stacked Sandwich on Buenos Aires’ Shores of Puerto Madero.
If you take a stroll along the water’s edge in Puerto Madero, ‘the Dubai of Buenos Aires,’ you’ll find tons of little sandwich stands serving up delicious and cheap fare. You can choose between a few different types of meat or fried cheese, and them go ahead and pile on a million different toppings from bowls they have on the stand. Pile it high and people-watch by the lagoon – it’s a perfect lunch break!
14. Scuba Dive With Sea Lions in Puerto Madryn.
Yes, I did say scuba diving with sea lions! One of the coolest things to do in Puerto Madryn (not to be confused with Puerto Madero) is do an actual tour diving with sea lions. You can swim around with these playful creatures whipping and whizzing around you in the water. And don’t worry – these ones are used to humans and love to play!
15. Meet with Indigenous Guarani Communities in Puerto Iguazu
The more north you get in Argentina, the more indigenous it gets and the more you can learn about local tribes. Much of the north was inhabited by the Incas and by other pre-hispanic tribes, and it’s actually tangibly different in places like Salta, Jujuy, and Puerto Iguazu. There are indigenous communities within walking distance of many hotels in Puerto Iguazu, and visiting them is an awesome thing to do during one of your days in Puerto Iguazu.
16. Hike to the Bahia Manza Viewpoint in Los Arrayanes National Park, Villa La Angostura.
This is one of the lesser-known but best viewpoints in the country in my opinion. Villa La Angostura is 100% worth a stopover, especially if you like hiking. There are some longer hikes, but these two incredible viewpoints are just at the beginning of the National Park and right along the water.
Learn more about Villa La Angostura and where to stay in my Northern Patagonia Itinerary.
17. Cruise the Beagle Channel and Visit the Penguins in Ushuaia.
You can’t visit Patagonia without saying hello to some penguins, and Ushuaia is definitely the best place to do this! You can visit the penguins and also cruise the Beagle Channel. The Beagle Channel is a large channel that separates different parts of the Tierra del Fuego Park + main islands, and is actually part of the Strait of Magellan that was used to sail around the tip of South America for the first time. Cruise the channel and check out the amazing sights at the end of the world, yourself!
18. Party Until the Sunrise in Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires is known for a lot of things, but nightlife has got to be at the top of the list. Porteños (people from Buenos Aires) go out late… and I mean late. I’m talking, they have dinner at 10, go to the first bar at 1, and head to the clubs at 3am. Clubs close at 6-7am and then they will party on into the day…. or, like, go straight to work from the club. I’ve seen it happen! These timings may not be for everybody, but when in Buenos Aires, you’ve gotta try it once.
Read more about Buenos Aires nightlife, clubs, speakeasies, bars, and restaurants in my Buenos Aires Guide!
19. Drive the Quebrada del Toro (Toro Gorge – Route 51) Between Salta and San Antonio De Los Cobres
This beautiful road goes through a gorge called the Quebrada del Toro and up into the Atacama highlands – a beautiful watercolor desert that’s very high in elevation. If you do the Tren a Las Nubes (see point #1) you will drive this road, or if you do a tour around the highlands you will also. No matter which way you do it, make sure you take lots of photo stops because this road trip is gorgeous!
You will pass a viaduct that was used by the Tren a Las Nubes, lots of incredible colorful mountains, even more viewpoints, thousands of cacti, probably some wildlife, and mountains that look like they were painted in crazy colors. Read more about the road trip from my experience here!
20. Take a Boat Ride to the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate.
The Perito Moreno glacier is a must while in Patagonia, or Argentina in general. This is one of the largest and most active glaciers in the world, and pieces of it actually fall off every 20 minutes in a huge loud rumble.
Some tours just take you to the glacier, but make sure you also book the boat ride because this is the best way to get up close and personal to the glacier and be able to feel its sheer size and power up close. It’s the most popular day tour from El Calafate and one of the absolute best things to do in Argentina.
hiking to La Islita + taking the boat ride next to the Perito Moreno Glacier are some more incredible things to do in Argentina.
21. Hike to La Islita in San Martin de Los Andes.
San Martin de Los Andes is a more Northern Patagonian town with beautiful hiking trails, mountains, and volcanoes around. La Islita was one of the most serene places I visited in Patagonia, with a perfect reflection on the still water of the lake. The hike is beautiful, also – going through colorful trees and past indigenous communities. Read more about my time here in my Northern Patagonia itinerary!
22. Drink Fernet at a Futbol Game at the Boca Junior Stadium in Buenos Aires.
If there’s one modern cultural activity you do in Buenos Aires, make it this! They say that the national religion of Argentina is futbol, and that the futbol stadium is the temple… and this couldn’t be truer. If you’re here at the right time of year, make sure to attend a futbol game, preferably at the most popular team, Boca Junior’s, stadium near La Boca.
Traditionally, the excited fans will drink Fernet, an Italian spice liquor, with coke out of a coke bottle cut in half. This has become a part of the culture here; I think it tastes really good but you’ll have to see what you think for yourself!
If you aren’t here at the right time of year, you can at least take a Stadium tour so you can get a feel for how important futbol is to the Argentinians.
23. Ride The Cable Car Up Cerro San Bernardo To See All of Salta.
Salta City is the capital of the Salta province of Northern Argentina. It’s actually a massive city, and the best way to see this massive city is to take the cable car up the big hill in the middle of town, Cerro San Bernardo.
The ride is fairly cheap, and you can do some shopping as you marvel at the view from the top. There are buildings for miles and miles stretching back into the tall mountains you’ll hopefully explore later. You can also pick out the main churches and town landmarks from the top, too!
Food + Wine pairing in Mendoza and the cable car in Salta
24. Dip Your Toes in Laguna de Los Tres in El Chalten.
Well, you don’t have to be like me and actually dip your toes in like I did (see my post linked below!), but Laguna de Los Tres is a sight to behold while in Argentina. Laguna de Los Tres is located at the base of one of the most amazing mountains in the world, Fitz Roy, and about a 10km hike out of El Chalten.
The hike is beautiful and tranquil for 9km, and very challenging for the last one! But the only way you’ll get to behold the incredible Laguna de Los Tres is if you make it up the final stretch – so you must persevere! You can also do this as a guided hike if you’d feel more comfortable. Check out my Classic Patagonia Itinerary for more info on what to do and where to stay in El Chalten.
25. Go Whale Watching in Puerto Madryn
After diving with sea lions, Puerto Madryn is also one of the best places to go whale watching. If you catch it at the right time of year you can take a whale watching tour out to sea to hopefully catch some of these incredible creatures yourself.
26. Relax on the Beach in Mar Del Plata
Mar del Plata is a beach city not too far south of Buenos Aires that many Porteños flock to for a weekend away laying on the beach. It has a large expanse of beaches that can happily fit hundreds and hundreds of beachgoers who are keen for a weekend tan.
Mar del Plata also has great nightlife that rivals that of Buenos Aires. Many of the Argentinian festivals and weekend parties can be found here. You can also visit Mar del Plata as a day trip from Buenos Aires.
27. Take Crazy Perspective Pictures at the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats in Salta/Jujuy.
There’s no need to go all the way to Bolivia to find amazing salt flats when there are great ones right here in Argentina! The ‘Salinas Grandes’ bridge the northern Salta and Jujuy provinces, and are actually still used for salt extractions to export all around the country.
You can take many tours from Salta and Jujuy to visit the Salinas Grandes, or rent a car and visit them yourself, too! I took this tour from Salta, but you can check out an ideal road trip in my Northern Argentina guide here.
28. Drive the Famous Route 40 through the Country – It Runs The Entire Length!
One of the things to do in Argentina that you’ll more likely than not do at some point is driving the Ruta Cuarenta, or the Route 40. This road actually runs all the way from the far south up through Salta in the north – and it is technically part of the Pan-American highway as it runs all the way up to Alaska!
The Ruta 40 is very celebrated and sells stickers, patches, shirts, and other merch all along it. I drove this road from El Calafate to Bariloche (27 hours) and also parts of in from Bariloche, through Mendoza, and within Salta. Parts of it are dirt and part asphalt, but it’s pretty cool to be on one of the longest roads on earth.
29. Watch a Traditional Tango Show in Buenos Aires
One of the things Buenos Aires is best known for is being the home of Tango. Tango broke out as a type of rebellious dance long ago, and these days there are still dozens of tango shows that go on throughout the city.
It’s one of the most popular things to do in Argentina, and Buenos Aires really takes the cake with the best Tango shows. Check my Buenos Aires guide for more Tango tips, or check out some Tango tours too.
30. Try Dulce de Leche and Alfajor Cookies
If you don’t stumble your way right into some dulce de leche when you enter Argentina, I’ll be really surprised. Most hotel and hostel breakfasts will have this incredible, sweet, caramel cream for you to spread on bread (or eat with apples!) and I got so used to it while I was there that I craved it at home.
Alfajores are amazing Argentinian cookies made from two cookies with dulce de leche in the middle and dipped in chocolate. YUM! There are fancy alfajores at chocolate shops (like Rapa Nui in Bariloche) and cheap ones at all corner stores. Got a sweet tooth? Try them all!
31. Bike or Tour the Colorful Quebrada de Las Conchas in Cafayate
The Quebrada de Las Conchas is an INCREDIBLE area of colorful rock formations on the road between Salta and Cafayate. I wasn’t expecting this when I took the bus between these two cities, and I nearly had tears in my eyes at the beauty of the area.
There are a dozen or so specific points of interest to visit during the last 25 or so kilometers outside of Cafayate, including gorges, sweeping wavelike colorful rocks, arches, massive canyons, rivers, and more – all in bright yellows, reds, pinks, and greens. Don’t believe me? Check my Cafayate Itinerary for more photos!
32. Get Soaked on a Boat Ride Under Iguazu Falls (The Gran Aventura)
To get the most out of your experience at Iguazu Falls, you must go on the Gran Aventura. This is a zodiac boat ride that goes up close to the waterfalls and even goes UNDER some of the waterfalls for a quick little bath… ok, soak. Everyone gets life jackets and waterproof bags so you can keep your stuff safe when you soak yourself to the bone. It’s pretty exciting.
Some tours come with the boat ride included and some do not, so make sure to book one with the boat ride included so you won’t be disappointed or paying double at the park. More info in my Iguazu Falls Guide.
The Quebrada de Las Conchas in Salta + The Tigre Delta in Buenos Aires + Empanadas Salteñas
33. Try Ice Cream in Argentina’s Ice Cream Capital, Rosario.
Bet ya didn’t know Argentina has an ice cream capital, did ya?! Rosario often goes under the radar, but it is, in fact, the third most populated Argentinian city and is full of students. It’s right on the Parana river and has loads to do, but is somehow best known for its ice cream. Argentina apparently has better ice cream than a lot of South America, but Rosario is known for having the cream of the crop. check it out yourself!
34. Take a Boat Ride to the Tigre Delta Outside of Buenos Aires.
It’s a pretty popular tour in Buenos Aires to take a boat ride up to the Tigre Delta – the mouth of the Rio de La Plata, the ‘largest river in the world’ that separates Argentina from Uruguay. The Tigre Delta is a beautiful labyrinth of small rivers separated by silt islands and is the most popular to visit in the summertime.
Many porteños have holiday homes up on the Delta, and love to swim in the cool water and attend beachside parties there in the summertime. See if you can catch it at the busy time of year – there are also markets, a small amusement park, and a cute little town to visit as well. Check out the day tour I did to the Delta.
35. Try the Special Empanadas Salteñas in Salta.
Empanadas are great throughout the country, but Salta is specifically known for having especially good empanadas – called empanadas Salteñas. Check my Northern Argentina Guide to find out the best places to eat these, but they’re basically good all around the city. It also confused me that these are not one specific type of empanada, but the general empanadas from Salta. This means all of them are good, I think because of the closer ties to indigenous culture and baking style up in the north.
36. Go River Rafting in Mendoza
Wine tasting is not the only thing to do in Mendoza, contrary to popular belief! Mendoza is also a very adventurous city, given its proximity to the Andes mountains and different rivers and canyons. If you have extra time in Mendoza, make sure to check out the river rafting tours you can do from the city.
These tours will leave from Mendoza and take a scenic drive up to the Mendoza river and try your hand at navigating the rapids on an equally scenic river rafting adventure.
37. Ride Your Bike Through the Jungle on a Bike Tour in Puerto Iguazu
If you’re visiting Argentina’s only jungle area, Puerto Iguazu, you might as well make the most of it by checking out more of the jungle! A popular activity to do in Puerto Iguazu (after visiting Iguazu Falls, of course) is to do a bike tour through the jungle.
This kind of tour enables you to experience the dense jungle first hand – seeing plant and animal life and even some indigenous communities. Youll experience all the sights and sounds of the jungle (and probably see lots of beautiful butterflies float by) in a truly unique part of the country.
38. Learn How to Play Polo, the Traditional Game Played with Mallets on Horseback.
Argentina is known for being one of the homes of the sport of polo. I’m not talking about water polo, I’m talking about the game played on horseback with two teams trying to hit a ball through opposing goals with mallets.
Polo is often seen to be a sport of the elite, and after being brought over by British settlers it quickly became a spot of skilled gauchos and a pastime of the rich. You can sign up for your very own Argentina Polo Day where you’ll learn how to play polo and also have a real Argentinian Asado Barbecue with local wine. It’s definitely one of the more interesting things to do in Argentina – and the tours leave from Buenos Aires.
39. Visit the Markets and Hike the Cerro Hielo Azul in El Bolson.
El Bolson is known as a kind of hippie town in Northern Patagonia, and is a popular destination for those traveling around Bariloche in that it’s just an hour or so south.
El Bolson is known for having amazing markets with unique arts, crafts, and artifacts. It also has some amazing hiking (like everywhere in Patagonia!), and the most popular hike to check out here is called the Cerro Hielo Azul.
40. Try Drinking Mate – Anywhere and Everywhere!
Okay, so you CANNOT leave Argentina without trying some mate – and that’s pronounced ‘mah-tay.’ This is a very special kind of tea they drink here, which is drunk from small gourd-type cups. The loose-leaf tea is poured into the cup and drunk through a special straw that strains only the water through it. People carry around thermoses of boiling water and occasionally sugar with their mate gourd, and refill their mate dozens of times each day.
Mate is also something of a social activity among groups of friends. Because the gourds are small, filling it once from the thermos provides just a few sips of tea. In a circle of friends in the park on a warm afternoon, you’ll see groups of people passing the mate around in a clockwise circle, having conversations and passing away the time.
Drinking Mate and going hiking near Bariloche are must-do things to do in Argentina!
41. Go Hiking in Bariloche’s Mountains
Bariloche is yet another incredible place to go hiking. There are lots of hikes near the Llao Llao area, but if you go beyond the main lakes there are more jagged Patagonian mountains waiting to be discovered. I did the Refugio Frey hike, which you can find out more about in my Northern Patagonia guide.
I did the hike on my own, but if you want to do a guided hike there are a few popular ones you can complete with a guide to show you the way. Check out the amazing Tronador Mountain hike in Nahuel Huapi National Park, or the Bella Vista Trek for some amazing mountain and lake views.
42. Go Glacier Trekking in El Calafate
Did I mention that El Calafate is one of the adventure capitals of South America?! If all the previous adventures I’ve mentioned aren’t enough, you can also actually trek on the Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate.
As you will see from photos or first hand, the glacier is actually extremely jagged and razor-like. However, there’s a special place that you can sign up for a guided trek on a safe part of the glacier that takes you through some caves and across the top of the massive glacier.
43. Do a Mountain Bike Adventure in San Martin de Los Andes
San Martin de Los Andes is a perfect place for any outdoor activities – mountain biking included! There are dozens of trails, mountains, and viewpoints to explore all around the city, and you can actually sign up for some guided mountain biking tours that will take you through some harder-to-reach parts of this nature.
These tours are a great way to see a little bit more of the area than is possible by walking from the town, and are great for adventurers like you and me!
44. Explore the Old Adobe Houses and Beautiful Mountain Views of Cachi
Cachi is another small town in Northern Argentina – even closer to the border of Chile than the previous ones I have mentioned. Cachi is a nice day trip from Salta and can be added into a Salta Road Trip very easily – possibly after Cafayate if you aren’t yet tired of tasting even more wine!
You have to drive through yet another incredible gorge to get to Cachi, presenting you with more jaw-dropping views than you thought would be possible in one region of the country. Cachi has a lot of indigenous charm and tradition and is the best knows for its old adobe houses and colonial architecture.
You can see Cachi as yet another amazing day trip from Salta.
45. Complete an Ascent of Volcano Lanin Near Junin de Los Andes
Volcan Lanin is actually on the Argentina side of the border of Chile and Argentina, and is a very popular Volcano to climb for tourists and locals alike. Junin de Los Andes (just north of San Martin de Los Andes) is the best base for the ascent, which takes 1-2 days depending on your route.
You can climb the volcano as a 1-day tour from San Martin de Los Andes if you’re so inclined, or if you’re not you can do other tours within the Lanin National Park. Horseback Riding through the National Park and exploring both Lanin and Hua Hum National Parks are popular as well.
46. Drive the Road of the Seven Lakes from Bariloche to San Martin de Los Andes
The ‘Ruta de Siete Lagos,’ or the Route of 7 Lakes, is surely one of the most famous and scenic drives in Argentina. This panoramic road trip is quintessentially Patagonia, and takes you past jaw-dropping scenery, perfect lakes, tree-covered mountains, and other generally awesome views.
You can drive this route in a rental car, you can book it as a tour from Bariloche, or you can simply take a bus from one city to the other and press your face and camera against the window as you drive, hoping to get some good shots! 🙂 I would recommend the tour or rental car if possible though so you can stop at viewpoints.
47. Ride Quad Bikes Through the Patagonian Mountains
One of the lesser-known adventurous things to do in Argentina is to ride quad bikes through incredible Patagonian landscapes outside of, you guessed it, El Calafate.
This quad biking tour takes you on a 12km adventure around Mt Huyliche, giving you both panoramic views of Patagonia and a good rush of adrenaline as well. It’s possible you could also rent quad bikes from the city and have your own adventure yourself.
48. Marvel at the Wildlife in Iberá National Park/Wetlands
Located in the Northeastern part of Argentina, the Iberá wetlands are one of the most diverse parts of the country in terms of wildlife. These freshwater wetlands are mostly permanently flooded, which gives way to thousands of species of birds, insects, mammals, plants, and other wildlife.
This is one of the most perfect places for a safari, and the area is undergoing extra conservation efforts recently in hopes to preserve this massive area of wetlands.
49. Marvel at the Historical Monuments and Try Some Trendy Bars in Cordoba
Cordoba is Argentina’s second largest city and financial center. It’s the largest city in its area and is home to tons of fascinating monuments and museums for the daytime, and trendy bars and shops at night. It’s also a center for art, with art galleries and museums bordering bustling parks, squares, and cathedrals.
In the night time, Cordoba has a popular night market with incredible food and arts and crafts. Next to the night market in Nueva Cordoba, you can find small trendy malls, busy bars, and rooftop patios to enjoy a beverage and a nice meal.
50. Visit the Cave of Hands (La Cueva de las Manos) in Patagonia
Although this cave is quite remote and a bit of a trek, by visiting you can witness some of the oldest known forms of human art and one of the coolest things to do in Argentina. Thought to date back to 5,000BC, these incredible stencils of hands painted on a cave wall are one of the most interesting historical artifacts in the country.
There are also some hunting scenes depicted and a few other styles of art in the large 70m long cave. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site as well. It’s about halfway between El Calafate and Bariloche off the Ruta 40, but you can book multi-day Patagonia tours to visit this amazing sight.
How many of these things to do in Argentina have you checked off? How many more would you like to do? Let me know what you think!
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