Argentina is a traveler's paradise offering beautiful landscapes and natural attractions, cosmopolitan cities, seductive cuisine, and lively culture. Lovers of nature can traverse the Patagonian steppe, climb the highest peak in South America, walk among thousands of penguins and see some of the most amazing waterfalls in the world. Hikers can sample the amazing scenery of the lush Lake District, with its glorious lakes and white-tipped mountains, and reveal the glacier-carved landscapes of Patagonia and paint the Andes deserts.
Argentina, located in the southern part of South America, is bordered to the north by Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay, to the northeast by Uruguay, and to the west by Chile. Argentina also has a long coastline to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors who are looking for an urban adventure will find everything in Buenos Aires, shopping for affordable designer clothes and enjoying some of the best steaks in the world during the day, sampling the scintillating nightlife, and perhaps even learning how to dance the sexy tango at night.
One of Argentina's most spectacular and memorable sites is Iguazu Falls, which is taller than Niagara Falls and four times larger. Located on the Brazilian border, Iguazu Falls boasts 275 cascades spread over nearly two miles of the Iguazu River in a horseshoe shape. The falls are part of a jungle ecosystem on either side of the cascades which is protected by Argentine and Brazilian national parks. Two-thirds of the falls are on the river's Argentine side, where visitors can also visit Iguazú National Park with its jungle trails and bird walks. Plan a full day at the park to fully enjoy the wildlife.
Visit Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and the breathtaking Glaciar Perito Moreno, one of the most dynamic and accessible ice fields on earth. A low gap in the Andes allows Pacific storms that are charged with moisture to drop their precipitation loads east of the divide, where they accumulate as snow. Over the millennia this snow has recrystallized into ice under tremendous weight and flowed slowly to the east.
Visiting the Moreno Glacier is no less an audible experience than a visual one, as huge icebergs collapse into the Canal de Los Témpanos (Iceberg Channel) on the glacier's face cave. Visitors can safely see, hear and photograph the glacier from a series of catwalks and viewpoints on the Península de Magallanes, as the huge chunks crash into the water.
Although Buenos Aires may attract most tourists, Mendoza is a busy city with wide avenues, atmospheric plazas, and cosmopolitan cafés in the western-central part of Argentina, and should not be missed. The city really comes into its own during the day when the bars, restaurants, and cafés along Ave Arístides fill up and overflow with all the bright young things on the sidewalks to be seen and seen.
Mendoza is synonymous with wine throughout Argentina, and this is the place to base yourself if you're up to tour the vineyards, take home a few dozen bottles, or just looking for a good bottle to accompany the pizza in the evening.
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