10.5 Reasons To Visit Argentina Right Now
Many people dream of going to South America, and Argentina always seems to be a very popular destination and for very good reasons! The country has incredibly beautiful attractions, from the Andes in the west to the Iguazu Falls in the east. The capital city, Buenos Aires has a fantastic atmosphere and culture and is renowned a place where Latin American and European styles come together (think the Paris of the America’s)! Here are 10 of the best reasons for you to drop everything, book a flight and travel to the heart of South America and see what this amazing country has to offer.
An Argentina travel itinerary
Tango the night away!
Argentina is home to one of the most famous dances in the world so whilst you are here, there is no excuse for you not to try it out. There are a ton of bars where you can try out your fancy footwork, or sit back and admire tango shows over dinner. Tango is not a spectator sport so be prepared to get on up and get involved.
2) Eat meat!
Sorry to all the vegetarians out there (ie me), but another must-do is to try the famous Argentinian grass-fed steak. Make sure to order it Jugoso (Juicy) or a punto (Medium). Rumour has it that those who order it well-done get the oldest cut of meat because it will be ruined with fire anyway.
To wash down that juicy steak, there’s nothing better than drinking a good bit of New World wine, of which Argentina has some of the finest to offer. The regions of Mendoza and La Rioja in the west of the country produce some of the best and varied wine in the country, made from Cereza, Sauvignon, and Tempranillo grapes. There are also many other varieties to get your taste buds tingling! You absolutely must sample a Malbec…
3.5) Pick grapes & Make vine.
If you’re a wine nerd like me, then you’ll surely want to know a little bit more about where it comes from and why it tastes so freaking dammed good! In Argentina, it is easy to find work, either paid or voluntary, working in the vineyards around Mendoza. You get to live out in the mountains, earn, learn and drink! I have to admit, this is still one of my all time travel fantasies and one I have still not gotten around to fulfilling yet. If you are looking to do this then you can simply ask around hostels in Buenos Aires or Mendoza or try Workaway and Help-Ex for voluntary gigs.
4) Tierra Del Fuego.
If you want to get out of the city and explore the landscape, you can head south and discover the vast rugged landscape of Tierra del Fuego, or head west and hike along the Andes, the world’s longest mountain range.
If there’s one thing Argentinians can do well, its playing football! The nation is football mad and has produced some of the finest players the game has ever seen such as Diego Maradona. No Argentina travel itinerary would be complete without watching a game involving Argentinas most famous club, the Boca Juniors, so be sure to get a ticket and watch some talented footballers show off their skills! If you can get to a heated derby match against their arch nemesis River Plate than even better.
6) Embrace the night-time!
Argentina is a place for night owls because things don’t even get going until 10 pm! After that, the bars, restaurants, and streets come to life, and there is a huge choice of places to see. Socialising here is a top priority so be sure to make the most of it. As for drinks, the Argentinians tend to consume more Fernet than anywhere else in the world, which apparently comes hangover free – so give it a try!
7) Shop for souvenirs.
Looking for some cool souvenirs? Check out some of Buenos Aires famous antique shops in San Telmo. The narrow cobbled streets and vintage markets will be a true delight. The best day to go there is on a Sunday where you will see many street performers and smell all the delicious local flavours. Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes because the cobbled streets can be a bit tricky!
8) Get festive.
Never shy to celebrate, Argentinians love their festivals, and there is always something going on. From Oktoberfest celebrating German culture to BAFICI celebrating independent films, there will be something for everyone. If you like fashion then make sure to check out Fashion Buenos Aires which happens twice a year. Plus, February and March are filled with carnivals around the country.
9) Meet the people.
The Argentinian people are known to be very warm and friendly, and seldom try to hide their passion. Be prepared for some great and intense conversations with them. They are known to be very helpful as well so donâ€™t be scared to strike up a few conversations when you’re there. That said, English is now all that widely spoken across Latin America so in order to get the most out of this you really should see number 10 on this list…
10) Learn the lingo.
Of course, none of this would be nearly as good if you didn’t speak some of the language. Fortunately, you can combine your trip to Argentina with learning Spanish with at one of the many language centres . By picking the right centre, not only can you learn or improve a language, but you also get to be right at the heart of the action. The schools situated around Buenos Aires are often located in the beautiful historic city centre, close to the Plaza del Mayo. Learning a new language should never be a chore, but instead an exciting and interesting experience. That’s why the courses are combined with different activities and excursions so you can see everything that Argentina has to offer!
Well, I think that covers it!